Top 10 Things We Love This Month – May 2018

1. Discovery Day Adventure Challenge

To celebrate Christopher Columbus’s discovery of the Cayman Islands in 1503, one of Cayman’s most anticipated events returns on the May 21 Discovery Day bank holiday. Presented by DMS Broadcasting, teams of four will compete in 10 island-wide challenges for the chance to win a $5,000-dollar cash prize. This year, the first 20 teams will receive a Jeep Wrangler to use while participating in the event, and places are limited. Event rules and forms can be found at www.x1071.ky and stay tuned to x107.1 for more details.

2. Bàcaro Thursday night jams

You can’t ask for more than good food and great music. Thanks to Bàcaro, located at the Yacht Club, you can enjoy both at the same time. Every Thursday, prepare to boogie (oogie, oogie) at Bàcaro from 10 p.m. onwards with music from a live DJ, cocktails and drinks from the bar, and delicious cuisine with a distinctly Venetian twist. The venue’s design is refreshingly open air with ample outdoor seating, offering wonderful views of the water. Dance under the stars until the wee hours. See www.bacaro.ky to learn more.

3. Eta Aquariids Meteor Shower

The Eta Aquariids meteor shower returns this year to light up the night sky. Associated with Halley’s Comet, this shower is typically visible from about April 21 to May 28. Previously, star-gazers have found that the best time to watch this celestial phenomenon is around May 7, when activity is supposed to be at its highest. On this peak date, one can witness up to one meteor per minute. Best viewed in the pre-dawn hours away from the glow of street lights and other man-made light sources, the display makes for some pretty awesome free entertainment.

4. ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

The latest film in one of the highest-grossing franchises in movie history opens on May 25. Everyone’s favorite “scruffy-looking nerf herder” returns for his own movie in Disney’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Through a series of daring escapades and adventures, a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) will meet his future co-pilot and best friend, Chewbacca, and encounter the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian.

Emilia Clarke, best known for her role in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” and Woody Harrelson, will also take to the screen in this latest foray into a galaxy far, far away.

5. Batabano

Batabano is here! J’Ouvert and Junior Batabano in April gave a taste of what’s in store this month, so prepare for feathers, sparkles and pageantry along West Bay Road and into George Town. The Outta D Blue festival lights up Harbour Drive on May 4 with the Adult Parade on May 5. This is when the mas bands really strut their stuff, starting at Seven Mile Public Beach and making their way to the islands’ capital. Supporters line the streets and wave on the costumed revelers while dancing to the music of the DJ trucks.

6. Royal wedding

Who doesn’t love a Royal wedding? Kensington Palace has announced that the nuptials of Prince Harry and (Rachel) Meghan Markle will take place on May 19 at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle at noon U.K. time (6 a.m. Cayman time).

Foregoing the tradition of wedding gifts, the royal couple has asked that donations be made to charities instead, publishing a list of organizations they support. Britain is going wild this year by extending pub hours till 1 a.m. and no doubt there will be celebrations in the Cayman Islands as well. Check local listings for events

7. Scratch desserts

Since 2013, Scratch has been making iconic rustic cakes, donuts and macarons all from scratch – hence the name. Chef Brittanni Seymour, founder of the company, delivers delicious desserts made with the most natural, fresh, and finest ingredients possible, ensuring that her products are free of preservatives and additives. She uses locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. From weddings to birthdays or just everyday celebrations, Scratch has a dessert for you. With the classics to the classy flavors, you’re sure to find a favorite you’ll love.

Visit www.scratchgourmetdesserts.com and indulge your sweet tooth.

8. HospiceCare Big Bash

Cayman HospiceCare is once again holding its Big Bash at Ristorante Pappagallo. Titled “May the 4th Be With You” in a nod to Star Wars fans, the dress code is cocktail chic, but perhaps there will be extra points given to those who wear their finest Darth Vader costume. Tickets are $250 per person and the fun kicks off at 7 p.m. This is always a guaranteed good time, with DJ Jacko spinning the hits and live music from Bona Fide. All funds raised go to a worthy cause and tickets include food and drink for the evening. Call 945-7447 for more information.

9. KAABOO

How many of us have flown to the U.S. or further afield in search of amazing live concerts? Well, it seems that finally the multi-day ultimate concert experience is coming to us. KAABOO Del Mar, an already tried-and-true stateside festival with talent such as Katy Perry and the Foo Fighters on the bill, now has a Cayman launch in 2019. Tickets are already on sale and many of the early bird options have sold out. The music and comedy lineup will be announced on May 15 when tickets will jump to full price, so now may be the time to snag yourself a deal. www.kaaboocayman.com.

10. Madison Reed Root Touch-Up

We happened to grab a compact of this stuff while waiting in line for the cashier at Sephora and what a great buy it turned out to be. Unlike root touch-up sprays, this powder comes with a brush for more controlled application, and you can see when you’re running out of it well in advance instead of being surprised. It stands up to the hot temperatures of Cayman so roots won’t “run” after it has been applied and you get a lot of applications out of one box. Another bonus, it includes a mirror and fits in your handbag. Genius.