Heritage Day celebrates Brac culture

Andrea Martinez with her creations. - Photos: Simone Scott

In a show of community spirit, the people of Cayman Brac came together for a day of fun and culture at last weekend’s Pirates Week Heritage Day.

The day kicked off at Heritage House, where visitors had the opportunity to browse numerous craft and art displays from Nim Things, Coleen Gibson, Cliff Gibson, Lineaya Hendricks, Kelwin Scott, Annelee Ebanks, Diana Scott-Driscoll, Andrea Martinez and Annie Joy Ebanks, as well as enjoy food from Sophia Johnston, Valda Scott, Uleen Anderson and Kevin Foster. Local businesses also drew interest with giveaways.

A bouncy castle was popular with the kids, and visitors of all ages captured some memories at the “Age of Romance” photo booth.

At the official opening, Heritage Day subcomittee secretary Simone Scott welcomed guests. Emcee Jonathan Tibbetts introduced the entertainment, which included the Primary School Choir, Hendenburgh Dixon, Koalition dancers, and a skit by Laurel and Elton Martin, Marquita Douglas and Simone Scott. DJ Slim was also on hand, with music featuring sounds of the Ole Time Kitchen Band, and live music by Perry LeNess.

Demonstrations included cold-pressed coconut oil from Lance and Kathleen Boley, and rope laying and twisting from Laurel Martin.

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Lurely Scott performed an old-time romantic ring play: “Lay your carpet on the sand to the one you love the best,” with help from children from the crowd. Starrie Scott demonstrated plaiting and thatching and Margharita Bodden presented some classic bush teas.

On the grounds, visitors peeked into Aunt Corra’s cottage, filled with artifacts such as a plantain trash bed, thatch basket, bath pan and an old wedding dress, a wedding proposal and a consent letter.

Inside the Heritage House, a “Now and Then” exhibit showed off the changes that have taken place in Cayman Brac over the years.

Rounding out the day, Brac residents and visitors took part in a float parade in the West End.

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