Cayman Islands First Baptist Church gym hall on Thursday was packed with elders of the community, all decked out in their finest Boxing Day attire and enjoying a holiday event hosted by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman.
Seated at long tables decorated with sweets, the elders enjoyed a meal of baked ham and turkey with all the trimmings and shared their recollections of Christmas celebrations in simpler times.
“We are thankful for all those who made this day possible and to the seniors who have joined us here today from all over the island to entertain us with poems, songs, dances and laughter,” said Rotary President Stephanie Wight.
“This is the time of year to share in love and fellowship and thanksgiving,” she said, “a time to give back and show appreciation for our blessings both big and small… Today we are also thankful for all those who made this day possible.” Christmas music filled the air and Swanky band members went into their first old-time favorite, “Conch na ga no Bone,” Faces took on a glow and feet seemed to lighten as attendees headed to the dance floor. Some recalled days of yesteryear made golden by the music of the traditional kitchen dances.
Others recalled their youthful days, with some catching up on the latest with friends not seen in a while. Breakers resident Nell Connor, 94, gleefully proclaimed she was getting up in age but her memory was still sharp and energy abundant.
Deputy Governor Franz Manderson hanked the seniors for all that they did to make Cayman what it is today.
“The success of a country is determined by the quality of its citizens. Cayman is not a special place because we have sunshine and great beaches, it is because of the people that live here and a lot of the people who made Cayman what it is today are in this room. We are thankful for that, and [for] what they have done for this country,” Mr. Manderson said.