During October, designated Older Persons’ Month across the Cayman Islands, Brac seniors had a lot of activities to take in to mark the occasion, including a tea party, island tours and a social.
Seniors had the opportunity to take in the sights of Cayman Brac on island tours on Oct. 11 and 24.
“Island tours are a huge hit with the Brac seniors who do not have access to a vehicle and do not see their beautiful island beyond the grocery stores, hospital and church,” said Annie Rose Scott, community development officer for the Department of Children and Family Services, who helped organize several of the events throughout the month.
On the first tour, the group, including two visitors from Grand Cayman, were treated to music from Conrad Martin, who entertained throughout the day from bus to scenic trails.
“The driver Barry Morgan took [us] down some roads that we did not know even existed,” said Ms. Scott.
“They were thrilled with the feeding of goats at the goat farm, and modeling at the lighthouse was the ultimate. After four hours of touring the island and singing our hearts out, we dined at the Asian House Restaurant at West End.”
Ms. Scott said the seniors tours are much more than an opportunity to do some sightseeing.
“They thoroughly enjoy the fellowship together, reminiscing about old-times, singing songs and telling jokes as the bus driver, Barry, takes them to some favorite places, including the scenic trail at Long Beach, Spot Bay, the lighthouse, the agriculture grounds, caves, the football field and, of course, feeding the goats at the goat farm.”
On the Oct. 24 tour, Ms. Scott said, the group gathered for lunch at Paradise Creations, West End, and as an added treat watched episodes of “Sanford and Son” on TV.
Many Brac seniors also took the opportunity to attend the Older Persons Month Autumn Tea Party at the historic home of Dan and Lisa Scott in the Creek.
Ms. Scott said neither the dark clouds nor slight drizzle of rain affected the mood of the many seniors who attended the charming tea party on Oct. 22, hosted by the Department of Children and Family Services in partnership with the Senior Citizens’ Social Club, and catered by the Brac Reef Beach Resort.
“A tea party is a very rare activity in Cayman Brac, so it was very amazing the willingness of the seniors to loan their beautiful antiques, such as their finest sets of tea pots, cups and saucers, servers, creamers, and so on, they had stored or hidden in boxes and trunks and china cabinets, to [add to] the success of this event.”
The menu consisted of assorted mini sandwiches, savory appetizers, sweets and teas, but Ms. Scott said none could compare to the old-time Johnny Cake or the local bush teas like lemongrass, mint and tea basil.
Idalee Scott, young Siyanna Maragh, and Jenna Grant all provided entertainment on the evening.
On Oct. 26, Brac seniors gathered for a daytime social at the beautifully decorated Aston Rutty Civic Centre.
Oliver Rivers, 87, and Elese McLaughlin, 93, were recognized as the eldest male and female at the event. Organizer Annie Rose Scott noted that Deputy District Commissioner Mark Tibbetts gave heartwarming remarks, while Pastor David Woods offered the opening prayer and remarks, and Pastor Joel Scott blessed the meal.
Entertainment was provided by performers including children from the Cayman Brac Day Care Centre, Koalition Group, Conroy Ebanks, Leathan Martin, Raymond Scott, Idalee Scott, Siyanna Maragh, Temple Tatum, Lurlie Scott and Marguerita Scott. As the participants hit the dance floor, Mr. Rivers was not the only one with some impressive dance moves.
Older Persons’ Month events wrapped up with a service on Oct. 30 at the Little Cayman Baptist Church.
Pastor Luis Faliz of Grand Cayman joined Fernando Yorke of Little Cayman to lead the service. Fruit baskets were given to the eldest male, Bruce Eldemire, 80, and eldest female, Pamela Rockette, 79.
The service was followed by lunch at the Little Cayman Beach Resort.
Ms. Scott extended her appreciation all those who helped arrange the events throughout the month and to Cayman National Bank as the major sponsor of all the Older Persons’ Month functions in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.