Tree-mendous times at Camana Bay

You know Christmas is around the corner when trees start getting decorated. 

Perhaps one of the most recognisable Cayman institutions is the annual Festival of Trees, which is coming up as of Monday, 19 November. 

The event is the principal annual fundraising event for the Central Caribbean Marine Institute. 

The Festival of Trees’ primary goal is to celebrate another year of successful work in the fields of education, research and conservation whilst raising funds to support the operational needs of the Little Cayman Research Centre. 

Beautifully decorated trees are sponsored by individuals and businesses and displayed prominently at Camana Bay for a week before they are auctioned during a fabulous dinner which is held at an elaborately decorated venue. This year the Festival of Trees 2012 will be launched on 19 November with a primary school Christmas Carol competition, Christmas Tree viewings throughout the week (from 5.30 to 7.30pm on Monday, 19 until Friday, 23 November) and will all culminate in the Gala Dinner and Auction on Saturday, 24 November. 

The marine institute said that it was incredibly fortunate again this year to be partnered by Camana Bay, Lions Productions and the restaurants of Camana Bay: Abacus, Karoo, The Black Trumpet, Ortanique and Michael’s Genuine. The Festival of Trees is therefore unique on the fundraising scene, for providing first class food from a bevy of Cayman’s finest restaurateurs. 


Local focus 

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute has a focus on marine sustainability and this fundraiser supports the Little Cayman Research Centre. The institute’s local focus is to provide up to date education information and provide environmental/conservation-based courses for primary, secondary and further education students. This year, they are focusing on providing sustainable solutions where possible, giving everyone the opportunity to get involved. The institute’s Lionfish Culling Tournament is being introduced to help provide fresh fish for the Gala Dinner and reduce the numbers of the pesky invasive alien species. Teams (minimum of two, maximum of 10) will be able to enter the tournament, win fantastic prizes and contribute to their fundraising goals. 


Event schedule 

Thursday, 15 November – Sponsors’ tree decorating workshop (invite only) 

Saturday, 17 November – Lionfish Culling Tournament. Please register your teams at [email protected] 

Monday, 19 to Friday, 23rd Novemver – Christmas Tree viewings from 5.30pm until 7.30pm 

Monday, 19 November – Primary School Carol Competition. Please register your school – there is an open invitation to attend. 

Friday, 23 November – Camana Bay Christmas Tree Lighting, Festival of Trees open to public 

Saturday, 24 November – Gala Dinner at the ARC. Tickets are $150 per person and the tables seat ten and can be reserved by e-mailing [email protected] 

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