Tales from the North Side

The heritage and culture of North Side will be on show today, Monday, 12 November, kicking off a great week’s worth of Heritage Days. 

The area is rightly feted as one of the most beautiful in Grand Cayman, as it can boast the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park, the extraordinary Mastic Trail and of course the Water Cay Park Kaibo, which hosts the North Side Heritage Day. 

And as you can imagine from these ingenious chaps, there’s a packed and perfect day of activities ahead. 

Just to name a few, there’s the re-enactment of an old-time local back yard garden; pig roast; rope making, crocheting, tatting, almond popping, plaiting, wamper making, conch blowing and even catboat sailing. 

Games of days gone by are also promised – gigs and marble games, for a start. There’s also music from the Kitchen Band, a DJ and steel band to keep the atmosphere flowing niftily. 

Those who had been paying attention during the float parade would have collected coins from the North Side float. These might win you a prize so lively up yourself and pay attention. 

Kids are also well-served with a special park being set up and also those difficult-to-maneouvre but definitely-fun Wow Balls. Can you stand up? 

Of course, one of the true pleasures of any Heritage Day is tasting the food that made Cayman so great. Local fare will be on offer – and we’re told that the cakes, tarts, jams and jellies are ‘decadent.’ Sounds like something we just have to try. 

Finally, there’s a bonfire and fireworks displays plus performances from excellent local acts Backbeat, Musical Crew and CayNRG. The entrance for the concert is $20 from Reflections, Funky Tangs and Vibe FM and it’s worth it as the headliner is none other than Edwin Yearwood. 

The man named General and lead singer of Krosfyah has been wowing audiences since 1983, when at the tender age of 14 he had a talent show audience in rapture as he won his first award. Since then he swept the board at Barbados Carnival 1995 by winning Calypso Monarch, Party Monarch and Tune of the Crop Monarch. Edwin’s success continued through the 1990s including World Soca Monarch in 1998. He signed a six-album deal with VP Records in 2005 and continues to get parties jumping throughout the Caribbean and further afield. No wonder he goes by the title Soca King – this is good stuff, brethren. 

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