Seniors treated to a special night out

| 18/10/2017
CNS Local Life

One of the stalls showcasing local arts and crafts

(CNS Local Life): Senior citizens from across Grand Cayman enjoyed live entertainment, local food, spot prizes and a tour of the Cayman Islands National Museum during “A Night with the Stars” on Thursday, 12 October 2017. The Ministry of Community Affairs’ event, held as part of Older Persons Month,, was co-ordinated by the Department of Children and Family Services in partnership with CUC and the National Museum, and attracted busloads of seniors.

Seated in open-sided tents on Goring Avenue, attendees were treated to an afternoon and evening of fellowship, friends and food. District booths decked out with exhibits vied for first place. Attendees also milled around the closed-to-traffic area to inspect the various colourful local arts and crafts displays.

Acting Chief Officer Teresa Echenique thanked the museum and CUC for making the event possible and expressed the importance of such public and private sector partnerships. She also spoke of the stars that guided Cayman’s seafearers years ago and described today’s seniors as “superstars”, saying without them our islands would not be as prosperous as they presently are.

Guest speaker Dr Steve McField then spoke of Cayman’s rich history of seafarers and merchant marines. He also talked about how things have changed in these islands over time.

Museum director Dr Peggy Leshikar-Denton escorted attendees inside for back-to-back screenings of a 20-minute film about the history of the Cayman Islands and the museum while others toured the building. “We are proud to have been one of the sponsors for the event and were encouraged that so many older persons attended,” she said. “A Night with the Stars was a multifaceted initiative that helped showcase the rich culture and heritage of the Cayman Islands which guests are a living part of.”

Dinner was prepared by East End United Church and blessed by Zeta Bodden, who sang the National Song. The Lions Club of Grand Cayman assisted with serving while the seniors were being entertained. Musicians Dennom Bodden and Gary Scott played throughout the evening.


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