Top 10 Things We Love This Month – August 2017

1. Total solar eclipse

One of the most amazing celestial events easily visible to the human eye will be happening on Aug. 21 – the total eclipse of the sun. What’s even more exciting is that it will be best viewed on our side of the world, namely across the United States.

Thousands of people are expected to gather along the line from Oregon to South Carolina for a premium spot, eclipse glasses in hand. Even if you don’t plan to fly north to see it up close and personal, expect to see a partial eclipse in Cayman between approx. noon and 4 p.m. on the day.

2. Microblading

Eyebrows have definitely made a comeback in a big way over the last few years. The Kardashians, Hadids and Cara Delevingnes of this world put a spotlight on beautifully groomed brows and it doesn’t seem to be fading anytime soon.

Microblading is an alternative to the gels, pencils and tattoos available up until now. Described as “an embroidery of trompe l’oeil strokes that look just like real hairs,” it is a semi-permanent solution for those not blessed with glorious shapely ample brows. Ensure you visit a reputable provider, for all the obvious reasons.

3. The Nest online store

This little interior designer gem has recently launched its online store, a rarity for retail businesses here on the island. There is a wide range of elegant and stylish home décor and furniture to peruse through. Everything from soft furnishings and lighting to outdoor furniture is available to buy, and since all items are stocked locally, the wait is just three days until it is delivered to your home. You’ve got to take a look at this stuff. www.nest.ky.

4. Southwest Flights to Fort Lauderdale

This route has just started and is a great direct connection for Cayman residents to Ft. Lauderdale if they want to avoid the much larger Miami Airport. Close to Palm Beach and popular outlet malls, it creates an alternative to the usual bank holiday destinations. A daily flight schedule makes it the perfect convenience flight for a short break and with Southwest boasting an extensive network across the United States and South America, it is also a prime connecting airport for access to further destinations. www.southwest.com.

5. Legends of scuba diving

The National Museum on Harbour Drive may not register in the minds of Cayman residents, simply because it’s been around for decades. Apart from answers we need for permanent residency tests, how many of us think of visiting it? Well, now might be an excellent time to do so, before the “Legends of Scuba Diving” exhibition closes later in the year. It features “an impressive collection of historical artifacts” according to the website, coupled with information about famous members of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame.

6. Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams

Chris Martin and friends are visiting South Florida this month in spectacular style – hitting the stage at the Hard Rock Stadium in Hollywood on Aug. 28. Lauded as a visually extraordinary show with a carnival-like kaleidoscopic atmosphere, the concert features a mix of the group’s blockbuster hits from previous albums and their newest tracks. There are still tickets available, including premium seating (for a very high price, naturally) but if you’re going to make the effort to fly up to see your favorite band, why skimp and watch from the nosebleeds?

7. Swimming as exercise

Whenever we think of exercising and getting in shape, doesn’t our brain conjure up jogging, weightlifting or a group activity like spinning and CrossFit? Nothing wrong with any of those, but when it’s hellaciously hot outside, perhaps we should be looking at a cooler way to work off the pounds. Cayman is surrounded by beautiful water, providing a completely free outdoor gym experience. Swimming is a fantastic form of exercise for all ages; it works multiple muscles and is very low impact. It can also double as training for the Flowers Sea Swim next year.

8. Drum Circle Cayman

Anyone who appreciates the natural beauty of these islands and the sense of community should give the Drum Circle get-togethers on Seven Mile public beach a try. Music lovers and drummers gather around 6 p.m. as the sun prepares to set, sharing beats, good vibes and even a dance or two. Everyone is welcome to come along, whether they bring an instrument or not, and join in the celebration of life. The group meets every other Sunday with updates to be found on their Facebook page: Drum Circle Cayman.

9. Cowgirl Dance-Off

If you fancy your moves in boots, then the 11th Annual Cowgirl Dance-Off at Lone Star on Aug. 11 is where you want to be. This popular event, no doubt inspired by the film “Coyote Ugly,” gives wannabe dancing stars their chance to shine on the bar top. Before you shake your head at the idea, know that there is $1,000 up for grabs as the grand prize. Does that encourage you to start thinking about your “Boot Scootin’ Boogie”? It all starts at 9 p.m. with a pole fitness performance courtesy of Quinntessential Movement.

10. PAWS on Wheels

Once again, animal lovers take to their bicycles for PAWS on Wheels on Sept. 3. The PAWS organization (Protection Animal Welfare Society) holds this annual event where people of all ages can ride either a 5-, 10- or 20-mile circuit starting and ending at the Lighthouse Restaurant. Registration is from 6:15-6:45 a.m. on the day with a start at 7 a.m. Adults paying $25 get a commemorative T-shirt, while those who pay $50 get a commemorative cycling jersey. Kids under 12 are free. See www.caymanactive.com for more information.