Country music lovers were tapping their toes in delight at the Arlin Tatum Tribute Concert and Country Jamboree on Nov. 12.
Held under the stars and a beautiful autumn moon, the event on the grounds of the Veterans and Seamen’s Society of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman opened with prayer and remarks by Veterans and Seamen’s Society President Royce Dilbert.
Food on the buffet line was served by cowgirls and cowboys – Nola and Steve Bodden, Henry and Terry Scott, Marcia Rankin, Debbie Rankin, Lynne Scott-Creamer, Yvette Dilbert, Sharon Conolly, Jennet Thompson and Glen Dilbert, to the musical stylings of DJs Slim (EJ Myles) and Tech’mardo (Remardo Ebanks).
The creative efforts of Debbie Reid-Rankin and Jennifer Miller transformed the yard and set the mood for the steak cookout, with Royce Dilbert as grill-master, assisted by Morrill Scott with his young daughters Daphne and Belen, and Scott Creamer and Kelly Thompson.
Getting the show started, emcee Jon Tibbetts introduced Sophia Johnston and the Koalition Dance Troupe, who performed a high-energy country line dance to “My daddy said shoot” from Beyonce’s “Daddy Lessons.”
Next up was a gospel rendition by Society board director Henry Scott, followed by the tribute to the late Capt. Arlin Tatum, who was president of the Society from 2011 to 2015. Captain Tatum’s son Roy Tatum introduced the segment and spoke fondly of his father’s musical legacy, of his seafaring career and his contribution to the Veterans and Seamen’s Society.
Family members Greta Tatum, Ernie Scott, Rene Connolly and Percy Whorms performed songs recorded and enjoyed by the late captain. Other performances, including Junior Dilbert’s rendition of “Jailhouse Rock” got the crowd going.
All of the live performances were backed by the multi-talented “Big Ray” Raymond Scott and Rene Conolly.
Other show-stealers were “impersonations of Dolly Parton (Anya Connor) and Tammy Wynette (Liz Walton Thompson) as the ‘Honky-Tonk Angels’ and the not-to-be-missed impersonation of the Man in Black (Jonathan Tibbetts) got much appreciation from the crowd with his rendition of ‘Ring of Fire,’” stated the press release.
Raffle winners for the night were Roger Scott, Barton C. Solomon, Hosea Brown and Churchill Bodden. Sue Rankin Martin was recognized for selling 28 books of raffle tickets.
“It was a wonderful evening with a great atmosphere and a record turnout of guests,” event organizer Liz Walton Thompson said in the release. “It was heartwarming to know that on a weekend when we honor our war heroes that we could celebrate the legacy of one of our past presidents.
“It is hoped that we will also be able to recognize other presidents who have passed … in the near future. I am deeply grateful to all those who supported us and as I said in an earlier interview, I would like to think that our dear friend the late Captain Arlin was smiling down from the great beyond on Saturday evening.”
Ms. Walton Thompson thanked the sponsors and organizing committee of Nola Bodden, Terry Ryan Scott, Marcia Rankin, Debbie Reid Rankin and Lynne Francis Walton, along with members of the Society, who assisted in various ways, as well as Treasurer Chris Randall and Vice President Capt. Ivan Whittaker.