Appropriately, the sea will be the focus of the Quincentennial Discovery Day weekend celebrations on Cayman Brac. Following the Lions Swim Meet at Cayman Brac High School on Saturday, 10 May, there will be a Sea Swim at 3:30 Saturday afternoon at the Divi Tiara Beach Resort. The Tiara will also be the site of a welcoming party for visiting boaters arriving from Grand Cayman for the weekend’s festivities.
Monday’s events begin with a breakfast of fish and fritters, which will be served from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Channel Dock. Proceeds from the breakfast will go to the Sister Islands District Committee to help support the year’s Quincentennial activities. A limited number of stalls are available for food sales throughout the day; anyone wishing to sell local food should contact Trudy McLean at 948-2222 as soon as possible.
One of the highlights of the day will be the kids’ raft building contest. Young people should be gathering material from the beaches and building their rafts in preparation for Monday. Rafts are to be constructed from found materials, and a maximum of 4 children will be permitted on one raft.
The full day of events on Monday will include snorkelling and sightseeing trips on the dive boats from both Brac Reef and Tiara Beach resorts; kayak, boat, and Jet-ski races; treasure hunts for adults (underwater) and children (on the beach); a re-enactment of Columbus’s discovery of the Sister Islands, and storytelling and catboat activities by the Veterans’ and Seamen’s Society of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The Bouncing Castle (and a cotton-candy booth) will be on the grounds for the younger children.
The Sister Islands District Committee will have a Quincentennial Celebrations stall selling souvenirs and District Monument pavers. There will be music throughout the day, and a raffle at 3:00 p.m., with proceeds earmarked for support of upcoming Quincentennial events.
That evening, for partygoers 17 and older, a grass-skirt competition will be held at the Divi Tiara Beach Resort. The evening festivities will run from 6 to 9 p.m. Plans are also under way for a nighttime Parade of Lights on the sea at some point during the weekend.