August tends to be a quieter month when it comes to events, as many people are on their summer holidays. There are a still a few items on the calendar to note, however, including sporting competitions, an evening of cabaret, a tribute to Whitney Houston, and independence day celebrations for two Caribbean neighbors.
If you’re not flying off, consider relaxing on the beach and taking a staycation at one of the many gorgeous rental properties on the island. A weekend in East End or North Side is as good as any travel destination, and you can get there by car or boat!
The island of Jamaica became independent from the UK on August 6, 1962, and every year since then, Jamaicans at home and abroad have celebrated the anniversary of the day when the Jamaica flag was raised for the first time.
With such a high population of Jamaicans in the Cayman Islands, you know that there will be parties and entertainment scheduled for Wednesday, August 6, and probably throughout that weekend. Keep your eye on the Cayman Compass Weekender to see what’s going on so you can join in the fun.
Stroke & Stride
The Stroke & Stride is a fun sporting event held over three weeks in August. Dates for this year’s races are confirmed as August 6, 13, and 20, with the first race being a 400m swim and 2 mile run; the second race, a 600m swim and 2 mile run; and the final event, an 800m swim and 2 mile run. The event starts each week at 5:45 p.m.
It takes place at Sunset House, the perfect choice for competitors and supporters, as friends and family can easily take a seat and cheer on their favorites. A Step Ahead Physiotherapy is sponsoring Stroke & Stride once again, with proceeds benefiting Cayman HospiceCare.
Save The Date
Terry Williams, a Jamaican singing star with an impressive bio, will be performing at the Club House on Saturday, August 9 – her birthday, which she happens to share with the late, great Whitney Houston. As a tribute to Houston’s career, Williams will sing a number of her top hits, as well as a variety of other songs.
There is no cover charge on the evening, so really you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by spending a night in the company of this terrific entertainer.
Cocktails & Cabaret
If you like great music and a lot of fun, then you should head to the Prospect Playhouse Theatre for Cocktails & Cabaret on the weekend of August 14, 15 and 16. Featuring Melanie Ebanks and friends, there is some well-recognized talent in the program, including Glen Inanga and Chuck and Barrie.
Performances begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with an extra matinee performance on the Saturday at 3 p.m.
Proceeds will be donated to the Zak Quappe Memorial Scholarship Fund, and tickets are very reasonably priced. Don’t miss it!
Trinidad celebrates its Independence Day on Sunday, August 31, the date that it became independent from Britain in 1962; also the same year that Jamaica became independent.
There is a contingent of Trinidadians in the Cayman Islands, and they tend to gravitate towards Singh’s Roti Shop for some classic, delicious Trinidadian dishes.
If you crave that kind of mouthwatering soul food, head to Singh’s and get your fix. It’s a great way to celebrate.