A walk down memory lane at West Bay Heritage Day

A Pirates Week favorite, West Bay Heritage Day offers a cornucopia of activities for the whole family. This year’s event takes place on Wednesday, with gates opening at 11 a.m., followed by the official opening and ribbon cutting, and admission is free. 

Event organizers noted West Bay offers many year-round attractions, including Hell, the Cayman Turtle Farm, a lighthouse, Nurse Leila’s House, the Cayman Motor Museum, two dolphin aquariums and horseback riding, along with sports facilities, restaurants, churches, schools, the Teacher Redley Powery Memorial Library, the Powell Museum, a public beach and true Caymanian hospitality. 

“We take this opportunity to invite and welcome everyone to our beautiful district, as we take you on a walk down memory lane at our new Heritage Village located next to the Ed Bush Stadium on Birch Tree Hill Road,” said event chair Eziethamae Bodden. 

This year’s heritage day theme is “Preserving our past, protecting our future.” 

“West Bayers are proud of our Christian, seafaring, turtling, agricultural, music and thatch heritage. We are also proud of the many accomplishments of our district,” said organizers in a press release. 

“We honor our forefathers and the lessons passed on, enabling us to learn the values of one generation to another.” 

Activities and demonstrations will offer opportunities to reminisce on the district’s church-going, turtle ranging, regatta racing, thatch plaiting, backing sand, cultivating and kitchen dancing days. 

“We also invite all schools to bring their students to experience West Bay Heritage Day,” added Ms. Bodden. 

While the West Bay float did not make it into the float parade on Saturday because the truck towing it broke down, Ms. Bodden says it will be on display at the Heritage Day. 

This year’s theme is Cayman music, and the float will also be up and running in time for the “Illumination” night parade on Nov. 21. 

Along with music from DJ Super C, Earl La Pierre Cayman School for Pan and the Panoramers will be performing at 2 p.m. 

Of course, no Pirates Week Heritage Day is complete without pirates, who will be paying a visit at 3:30 p.m. 

Organizers say there will be great food, crafts, games, catboat displays, information booths, heritage displays, conch shell blowing, Cayman thatch work, coconut husking and oil making. 

A rope-making competition is planned for 4 p.m. 

For younger visitors, organizers plan for storytelling, children’s treats, old-time games like gig-spinning. The Baby Show for little ones aged 0-36 months will be taking place at 5 p.m., followed by West Bay’s Got Talent for kids ages 5-18 at 5:30 p.m. 

Along with a Hula Hoop contest, a new attraction for the kids this year is a petting zoo, in recognition of the 2016 Agriculture Heroes celebrations. 

The evening will feature old-time skits and a church service at 6 p.m. and, last but not least, fireworks to round out the day at 8 p.m. 

Great food, crafts, games, catboat displays, information booths, heritage displays, conch shell blowing, Cayman thatch work, coconut husking and oil making are all planned for the West Bay Heritage Day. 

Checking out a craft stall at West Bay Heritage Day. - Photo: Chris Court

Checking out a craft stall at West Bay Heritage Day. – Photo: Chris Court

Eziethamae Bodden

Eziethamae Bodden is the West Bay Heritage Day chair. – Photo: Norma Connolly

Don’t miss the chance to try some heavy cake at West Bay Heritage Day. – Photo: Chris Court

Don’t miss the chance to try some heavy cake at West Bay Heritage Day. – Photo: Chris Court
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