Flying out for the public holiday weekend is an idea popular with a lot of island residents. Being able to piggyback extra vacation days onto it is an almost irresistible notion, but then not having to deal with the hassles of travel is pretty tempting as well.
If you’re staying in Cayman, you could clean out the house, catch up on work or vegetate in front of the television. On the other hand, you could participate in the many activities scheduled for this weekend.
Easter weekend camping has been a local tradition for years. Caymanians stake out their campsites well in advance on the beaches and along the coastline of the island. It is time for family and friends to get together and fish, cook, play games and enjoy each other’s company. Although the setups may not be as rudimentary as they once were (generators, televisions and mobile devices are often found outside robust multi-room tents), the sentiment remains the same: appreciating the simpler things in life.
You can still join in the fun one of two ways. Either score an invite to a friend’s camp or set up your own. By now, all the prime spots will have been taken, but with a bit of research you could find somewhere to hang your hat.
Don’t have any of the accoutrements you need? Worry not; all the major hardware stores and supermarkets are well familiar with this annual tradition and have everything required to turn a homebody into a bona fide outdoors person.
Before you head out, full of enthusiasm, make sure you know the rules. Get permission from any private land owners, where necessary, and if you’re planning to go fishing, check that it is not in a protected marine zone.
You also need to be careful about food preparation and storage. Nothing ruins a camping trip like food poisoning.
Many of Cayman’s restaurants and hotels hold Easter brunches. The Ritz-Carlton, Marriott, Westin and Kimpton will all be bringing their best to the table along with popular restaurants from Seven Mile to East End.
It is usually recommended that you book well in advance for these brunches, as many sell out. If you’re suddenly keen on the idea, get on the phone as quickly as possible to see if you can still book a table.
Remember to think outside of the familiar box. Don’t just concentrate on Seven Mile Beach – look further afield if you can’t find availability at the usual hotspots. Not only is it a good idea to try something new, but you may be pleasantly surprised by what you’ll discover.
Camana Bay recently launched its new Events App, making it easier and more convenient to have all of the Town Centre’s happenings in the palm of your hand.
Upcoming events to be featured on the app include Chalkfest, taking place on Saturday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Chalkfest will embrace the Easter theme, with a springtime artisans market and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Artists of all ages and abilities will have the chance to decorate the Rise – Camana Bay’s new pedestrian walkway which connects the Town Centre to West Bay Road and Seven Mile Beach – and may win a prize within their age category for their chalk art. Registration takes place at the event and proceeds benefit the National Gallery Outreach Program. Other activities include a live story reading and crafts section. The public will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite chalk art through the app. Download the Camana Bay Events App for more information, available in the App Store and Google Play. Entry for Chalkfest is $2 for children 4 and under; $5 for children 5-17 years old; and $10 for adults 18 and older.
Kirk Freeport is hosting its Easter Extravaganza at Bayshore Mall on Saturday from 4-6 p.m. This is a free entry event and family members can take part in the Bayshore scavenger hunt with a chance to win Easter surprises. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance (possibly dancing to the live steel pan music) offering chocolate prizes galore. Refreshments will be available including popcorn and cotton candy, with face painting for the children.
Original Cadbury Easter Dig
Residents of the Red Bay/Prospect/Savannah areas may want to stay closer to home when it comes to their Easter activities, so they can head to Salty’s Sports Bar in Grand Harbour on Saturday. The venue is hosting the Original Cadbury Easter Dig, open to children 12 years and younger. There will be two “dig” areas open – one for the younger children under 6, and a separate site for the older kids. There will also be a craft area and food available for purchase. Entry is simply a $5 proof of purchase of any Cadbury product and registration is at 11 a.m. with the dig starting at 11:30 a.m.
Not only will children be awarded with some of their favorite Cadbury treats for their efforts, there is also the opportunity to win a huge Cadbury gift basket, as well as other exciting prizes.
While many head to brunches or other outings, a large percentage of the population will be attending church over the Easter Weekend. Easter is a particularly important time on the Christian calendar, attracting more people than usual to listen to the word of God. For information on church services and times, visit www.caymancompass.com/events.
Supermarket opening hours
Going shopping may not seem like the most exciting thing to do on a weekend, but if you are planning to go camping or have people round for a party, you need to know when the shops are open. You can always get essentials at the gas stations, but anything beyond bread, chocolate, chips and sodas will have to be bought at supermarkets like Foster’s, Kirk Market and Hurley’s. All supermarkets will be closed on Friday, with regular opening hours on Saturday.
On Sunday, they will be closed as usual, and on the public holiday Monday all the supermarkets will be open with restricted hours.