West Bay residents showcased their district with activities and artifacts at last week’s Heritage Day event at the West Bay Heritage Park.

On display at the event, held on Thursday, Nov. 17, were thatch crafts, a catboat, an old-time outside kitchen and a variety of well-kept memorabilia.

Visitors included Minister Tara Rivers and other government officials. During the afternoon, students from St. Ignatius, East End and John A. Cumber Primary Schools, excited about the Pirates Week field day activity, heard all about catboats from Captain Kem Jackson.

When the St. Ignatius students visited the old-time outside kitchen caboose with teacher Anna Keating, they had the chance to learn how produce such as cassava, plantain, sweet potato and pumpkins, combined with fish in coconut milk were staple dishes that Caymanians relied on for sustenance in Cayman’s early days. The students also had many questions for the teacher and stall vendors about thatch baskets, rope twisting, turtle netting and old-time cooking as they skipped from stall to stall.

Youngsters enjoyed peeking inside Mr. BB’s tiny shop, where grocery items lined the shelves packaged and displayed as was done in years gone by. Also providing a lesson in culture were several senior citizens, including Marlene Anglin, Francine Rivers and Rose May Ebanks, who took visitors back in time with old folk stories and demonstrations of the way they did things in the olden days.

The food stalls offered up dishes of home cooked food such as turtle and conch stew and fry barracuda, as well as an impressive variety of heavy cakes.

Along with the sale of arts and crafts, the event featured a raffle, a petting zoo, information booths, baby and talent shows, competitions, music and lots more, and the festivities continued well into the night with music and fireworks.

Baby show results:
1st – Cameron Shervin Ebanks Jr. (4 months)
2nd – Briley Ann Kelly Vernon (8 months)
3rd – Luna Ebanks (12 months)

1st – Jhene’ Manahan (17 months)
2nd – Naomi Ashanti Ebanks (24 months)
3rd – Mikael McLaughlin (36 months)
4th – Onella Gould (18 months)

All babies received gift certificates from Carlos and Martin’s restaurant, a tiara, puzzles, gift cards and participant certificates from the West Bay Heritage Committee.

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