Summer is almost over, but that doesn't mean an end to the fun and delicious events at Camana Bay. Here’s a look ahead at what’s happening this fall:
Summer Supper Club
Abacus, Agua and Mizu Asian Bistro + Bar have partnered to offer the Summer Supper Club every Thursday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The promotion, which is expected to continue beyond the summer, allows guests to enjoy a three-course dinner for only CI$33 per person. If you enjoy indulging in wine with your meal, you’ll be pleased to hear that the promotion includes 25% off wines by the bottle at Abacus and Mizu Asian Bistro + Bar, and 40% off selected wines by the bottle at Agua. Markus Mueri, owner and operator of Abacus, says the Summer Supper Club is a win-win proposition.
“The initiative provides an opportunity for anybody to have a lovely three-course dinner at a price that everybody can afford," he says. "It gives the restaurants an opportunity to highlight their menu, and makes a Thursday night unique.”
Summer Music Series
Mueri is also part of a team of business owners that developed the Summer Music Series in partnership with Camana Bay. Visitors can enjoy outdoor performances by local musicians in three Camana Bay locations, Wednesday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Paseo and the Crescent, and on Saturdays on the Crescent at two times: from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m.
The series was conceived as a way for residents to enjoy a lively and positive atmosphere, Mueri says, adding that it's also a way to support local musicians who were particularly impacted by the economic effects of COVID-19.
“The intention is that we get as many different musicians coming in here as possible,” Mueri says. “We have solo musicians [and] we have duets. What we’re trying to do is to create a bubble of happiness and confidence for people to come out and enjoy. You don’t even need to spend one dollar; you can mingle at the Farmers Market or just listen to music. It’s just a feel-good event to make people happy.”
Molly Morales, senior manager of events and experiences at Dart echoes Mueri’s sentiments.
"We are thrilled to have live music back in the Town Centre,” she says. “The business owners at Camana Bay came together on this live music series to help support local musicians and offer the public a way to enjoy being safe and together again outdoors in the inviting atmosphere of the Town Centre."
Farmers & Artisans Market
The weekly Farmers & Artisans Market has also returned to the Paseo on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
It’s a one-stop shop for fresh, locally grown produce and handmade artisanal goods. Here, you’ll find seasonal fruits and vegetables like pumpkin, mangoes and eggplants alongside craft goods ranging from Caymanite jewellery to soaps and fine art.
Long-time market artisan Launa Green says she's happy to be back at the market after the pandemic-imposed hiatus.
“It’s wonderful to be back," she says. "This is a good time for locals to shop on island and see what the local vendors have to offer.”
Angela Wood, fellow vendor and owner of Cayman Scents, agrees.
“I’ve had some customers say that they didn’t know we had such good stuff here on island," she says. "This current situation is helping customers realise that they can get great quality for their money locally. Supporting local business is more important right now than ever.”
Stingray City and the Sand Bar are open for visitors again. Since all the visitors right now are residents, it's a perfect opportunity to see what the North Sound was like before it became a mega tourist attraction.
Red Sail Sports offers several different excursions departing from Camana Bay, all at reduced resident rates.
This article originally appeared in the September 2020 print edition of Camana Bay Times with the headline "Camana Bay humming with activities."