A slice of Cayman in Texas

 Few places in the United States have as close a link to the Cayman Islands as Port Arthur, Texas. On 18 June that link will be reinforced as Cayman Night celebrates its 30th year.

Cayman Night in Port Arthur has always been an overwhelming success with more than 700 guests from the south Texas area and from across the United States and the Cayman Islands, coming together to dance, socialise and share family stories.

Why Port Arthur? Over the years hundreds of Caymanians settled in Port Arthur, as it is has been the primary port-of-entry for many Cayman seafarers who brought their families to this area. Caymanian roots lie deep here – in the early 1930’s Caymanian Capt. Harley Eddingston imported 6,000 pink conch shells on two ships in order to have a wall built to remind him of his island home. This wall has since become one of the area’s tourist attractions.

Port Arthur and Grand Cayman were proclaimed to be Sister Cities in 1983, and that Sister City relationship has strengthened over the years because hundreds of Caymanians still reside in this area. Many area residents annually visit the Cayman Islands for pleasure, business or personal reasons.

This year as in many years past, the Barefoot Man, Sea n B, and the ‘Cayman Cowboy’, Andy Martin will be performing along with Bob Brammer and K.O. Harlow, aka The OutRigger Band. Guests usually arrive wearing tropical shirts, shorts, flip flops or other casual attire and look forward to plenty of fun and laid-back good times throughout the evening.

The annual event is sponsored in Cayman by Cayman Airways and the Ministry
of Tourism.

For more information, tickets and discount hotel rates contact the Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce at 409 985 7822