Cayman Brac Heritage Day took place on Saturday, Nov. 7 and the event was jam packed with fascinating displays, delicious food and even a fashion show.
The Heritage Day kicked off with an old-time breakfast by the seashore provided by Aunt Sha’s Kitchen. Attractions featured all-day hot food and baked goods vendors, craft kiosks, a bouncy castle, a heritage maze with a theme of “Preserving our past, protecting our future,” and a kids’ corner.
The official opening featured a performance by the Primary School Choir, conch blowing and a dance number by Koalition.
With music from the Ole Time Kitchen Band, the day was packed with activities and demonstrations. Old-time games, plaiting and thatching, caboose cooking and peppermint cand making were all on display, as were coconut oil making, catboat sailing, model coconut catboat making and rope making.
“One little girl, Catrise Connor, got so excited about the rope laying, she joined in to help Keino Daley turn the three wrench,” noted Heritage Day Committee Secretary Simone Scott.
Adding to the old-time feel, the Heritage Market craft stalls were set up in the old Creek post office, which is currently being renovated on the Heritage Grounds.
“The building is very historic as it was not only a post office but also a jail, with the jail bars still on the window, and a library,” said Ms. Scott.
“Aunt Cora’s Cottage from Watering Place is also being renovated on the Heritage House grounds, and for Heritage Day 2015 it was fixed up with artifacts representing an old Caymanian cottage, complete with plantain trash bed and a conch-lined sand yard.”
Inside Heritage House, there was an exhibit by local artists showcasing Brac history and beauty up to the modern day. Artists included Monte Lee Thornton and Theingi Tin Oung, who capture the island’s beauty, Conroy Ebanks’s interpretation of heritage, Simone Scott’s iPad tech art and Dakota La Ness’s manga art, representing the modern day and beyond.
The fashion show, which contrasted old and new styles with a “Past welcomes future” theme, was followed by an elegant tea party hosted by Speaker of the House and Sister Islands MLA Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, who undertook the impressive task of making all the sweets and teas herself.
The evening’s entertainment kicked off with a gospel concert hosted by the Hillside Chapel and Cotton Tree Bay Church of God (Chapel).
After an impressive fireworks extravaganza and a bonfire, festivities continued at the Ole Time Brac Saturday Night, featuring the “The Cayman Cowboy” Andy Martin and other local talent, as well as a teen disco with DJ Slim for the younger Brackers.
All in all, it was a well attended event, said Ms. Scott, thanking the numerous volunteers and exhibitors for their excellent contributions.