Youngblood Productions, a local promotions and special events company, in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism and the Almond Tree House, has unveiled plans to provide an outlet for native arts and crafts in a typical island beach setting.
Beginning this July 1, 2002, the Cayman Craft Market will showcase the best of Cayman’s arts and crafts at the old Almond Tree restaurant. The thatch-roof and surrounding courtyard with tall breadfruit trees, almond trees and plants indigenous to the Cayman Islands makes this venue a perfect location. The grand opening will take place on July 1, at 10am and special guests include the Minister for Tourism, the Hon. McKeeva Bush; Miss Cayman, Shannon McLean; and Mr. John Gunter, the founder and operator of the original George Town craft market on Cardinal Avenue.
On hand will be various displays of local arts, crafts, thatch demonstrations and jewellery - all excellent souvenir options. Guests will also be able to enjoy visual artists at work sketching portraits, landscapes and abstracts. Specialty stalls offering hair braiding, fresh coconut water and local fruits ensure that there will be something for everyone. The Cayman Craft Market will also feature the best in live musical entertainment with local bands such as Hi-Tide and Local Motion performing on a rotating basis. Visitors can purchase snacks and refreshments at the Treehouse.
CEO of Youngblood Productions, Jean-Eric Smith (aka Notch), comments “this is an exciting new attraction that’s cultural, Caymanian and geared to providing a richer experience for visitors, especially cruise visitors.”
Minister for Tourism, the Hon. McKeeva Bush remarked, “I am excited to see young Caymanian entrepreneurs getting actively involved in the provision of services for the visitors who come to our shores. It is this type of experience that will help to showcase the rich culture and diverse people of the Cayman Islands.”
The Cayman Craft Market will be open daily Monday through Thursday 10am-2pm and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays of scheduled cruise ship calls. Admission is free.