Brackers celebrate heritage with autumn festival

Tourists and locals got a taste of island culture at the weekend when they attended the Brac Heritage Autumn Festival at Heritage House on Saturday.

Local artists, young people and various organisations showed up to take part in the festivities, which included steel pan playing by Layman Scott High School students, a craft display, singing, a fashion show, rope making, caboose cooking, hat sewing, artifact displays, a flower show and plenty of tasty local food.

Despite a small turn-out, the event’s co-founder Simone Scott said she received a lot of positive feedback from those who gathered to enjoy the day.

“It was a nice and simple event. I enjoyed my time there …. The music was nice, and the food was good,” said Jinky Walton, coordinator for the YMCA children’s fun booth.

Annalee Ebanks with some of her thatch work. – Photo: Simone Scott

Tannya Mortimer, a food vendor, congratulated Liz Walton and her team for organising a beautifully decorated event.

“The purpose of the Brac Heritage Autumn Festival is to showcase and preserve the Caymanian heritage and culture through the ‘Art with an Autumn’ theme,” Scott said.

She said numbers were lower at this year’s festival due to several illnesses and deaths on the Brac, which had affected the festival’s committee and the Brac community.

The flower show inside the Heritage House will remain open until 4 Oct.

The week-long festivities conclude on 6 Oct. with an old-fashioned service at the Church of God Holiness in Spot Bay, with members dressing in their 1930’s Sunday best.

The Brac Autumn Festival, a non-profit organisation, started in 2015 when Michel Powery approached Simone Scott to do a poetry festival on Cayman Brac. She thought it would be better to celebrate their cultural heritage through the arts, using visiting and local artists, with an Autumn theme.

Last year, the festival organisation merged with the Cayman Brac Heritage Committee, which had been formed in 2005 by Avelinda Ebanks.

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