Brac residents are urged to mark their calendars for the upcoming Full Moon Sock Hop on Jan. 23, to be held at the Public Beach.
Organizers say the National Trust fundraiser is becoming a popular winter event. This year, the $25 entry includes a chance to “cut the rug” to “oldies rock music,” a drink with food, and an ice cream soda bar, with additional drink tickets for soda, beer or wine available for purchase at the front gate.
“Our local DJ, Mark Knowlton, will also play the role of auctioneer for our live auction,” said organizer Kathleen Bodden-Harris.
The auction begins at 7:30 p.m. and will include top-of-the-line fishing gear, a weekend getaway to the Wyndham Reef Resort, dive packages, a 52 inch beveled glass table top, and dinner for two at Little Cayman’s Southern Cross Resort, she said.
The funds raised will be put toward the National Trust’s Brac land acquisition fund on the Brac.
“Cayman Brac has no government-sanctioned reserve for any native animal species or indigenous trees and plants, save that of what the National Trust has acquired,” said Ms. Bodden-Harris.
“Through funds raised and generous donations from contributors, parcels of land have been set aside to allow the natural beauty of the Brac to thrive in its natural state. The benefit of our fundraisers goes directly to this cause preserving and conserving what is innately Cayman Brac for now and generations to follow,” she added.
Ms. Bodden-Harris is excited about the new outdoor venue at the beach, which dovetails with the Trust’s focus on conserving the Brac’s natural heritage.
“January is typically a dry month and we count on the seasonal return of part-time residents fleeing the cold and enjoying their holidays in the Brac. Since the National Trust is all about the great outdoors, we count on our fundraising venues to be outdoor events,” said Ms. Bodden-Harris.
“Our last winter venue at the Alexander Hotel is no longer available, therefore, we sought the Public Beach and checking our calendars, we found that holiday weekend to also include a full moon rising in the evening.”
She noted that historically, the Trust’s winter fundraisers are very well attended. Last year’s Winter Gala was expected to draw 100 guests, but 110 turned up.
“We hope to meet or exceed the same enthusiastic crowd this year,” she said.
Tickets are on sale now for both the event and Split the Cash Raffle, which features a number of prizes and for which the grand prize winner does not need to be in attendance.
Dress attire is “Smart Saturday Night Wear,” with pizzazz encouraged.
“This is the time to dig in your closets for your old poodle skirt, biker leathers, hippie garb or your Elvis costume,” Ms. Bodden-Harris said.
“And don’t forget your dancing shoes. A photographer also will be on hand to take picture with a old-time rock ‘n’ roll backdrop to commemorate the occasion.”
Tickets for the raffle and the event are now on sale from Trust members. For more information on the event, call 547-0892.