This year’s Bodden Town Heritage Day on Friday promises to bring Bodden Town’s history and culture to the fore. The event is at Harry McCoy Sr. Park off Gun Square Road and admission is free.
Organizers say they will highlight Bodden Town’s historic role in Cayman’s development, as Cayman’s first capital and a leader in the islands’ education system.
Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to explore interesting exhibits and demonstrations chronicling life in the district.
The gates open at 11 a.m., and this year plenty of parking will be available for visitors.
For those who stop by during the day, great times to visit will be late morning and early afternoon, said Heritage Day committee member Ellen Eden.
“From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is when we will be having lots of old-time demonstrations and games,” she said.
These include fish and fritter making and other cooking in an old-time kitchen and a caboose; a laundry demonstration with washboard; thatching and basketwork exhibits, and displays of artifacts.
Many delicious food offerings are planned, and with the event falling on a Friday, it should make for an ideal end-of-week lunch or dinner outing.
“We will be offering special dishes that are well known in our district, like stewed crab, conch stew and Cayman-style beef, as well as traditional drinks like tamarind and swanky,” said Ms. Eden.
She noted that tours of the heritage buildings on the grounds will be conducted every hour. Nurse Josie’s senior center and another adjacent building will feature cultural and historic exhibits.
“Along with historic items, we will have the elaborate Pirates Week festival queen costumes on display from previous years, for example,” said Ms. Eden.
“And for the kids, we’ll have a special shop set up just for them with items for sale starting at just a dollar,” she added.
Local musicians will provide entertainment, and the evening will kick off with a performance from Dance Unlimited. Visitors are urged to stick around for the fireworks at 8 p.m.