Cayman’s Christmas calendar would not be the same without the Pink Ladies Annual Christmas Tea and Bazaar.
The bazaar has something for everyone, including a wide selection of handmade crafts, cakes and entertainment for all. It runs from 2 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay,
Among the items for sale will be Christmas gifts, decorations, quilts and linens, bags, dolls, and decorated shells and boxes. The White Elephant stall will also offer items for Christmas shoppers, and a raffle and silent auction offer chances to win numerous donated prizes.
The Pink Ladies have also been busy making an array of homemade jams and preserves, and cakes and cookies, which will be on sale at The Country Kitchen stall at the bazaar. A plant stall, run in conjunction with the local Garden Club, will please those looking for festive greenery.
The Cayman National Choir will provide entertainment, along with local dance groups and musicians, while children will be kept busy with face and nail painting, Christmas crafts and activities and readings with Santa in his grotto.
New to the bazaar this year are henna tattoos and mini-portraits.
Also, the Pink Ladies have invited other local charities to take advantage of this popular forum. The Humane Society will have a book sale, Cayman HospiceCare will be selling Christmas ornaments and 2015 calendars, and ARK’s “Giving is Receiving” initiative will be part of Santa’s Grotto, where children can submit their Christmas wish while helping families in need.
The bazaar has grown exponentially in the past three decades, said Jane Moon, secretary of the Pink Ladies.
“The bazaar started as a small tea party in the grounds of a private house, expanded to Government House garden and then to Loyola Hall at [St. Ignatius] Catholic School, where it was held for many years until the event got too big for the venue and it moved to Family Life Centre and then to the ARC at Camana Bay,” Moon said. “This will be the bazaar’s fourth year at the ARC.”
Moon added: “It is our major fundraising event for the year and allows us to continue to support local charities in the community.”
The volunteer corps established in 1980 by Olive Miller and Evelyn Andresen now has about 100 members, and some 40 active volunteers. All money raised from the bazaar will go back to the community through the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, the Pines Retirement Home and numerous other community projects and charities.
Tickets for the bazaar are $5 and are available from the Pink Ladies Coffee Shop at the Cayman Island Hospital or from Pink Ladies members. The ticket price includes a selection of homemade sandwiches, cakes, tea breads and cookies, as well as tea or fruit punch. Tickets will also be on sale from 5-7 p.m. Nov. 28 at Hurley’s.