(CMR) World Mangrove Day celebrations continue this week, following the success of the inaugural ‘Cayman Mangrove Festival’ by the Cayman Islands Mangrove Rangers’ on 24 July.
The day-long celebration, marking nearly one year of the Mangrove Rangers, attracted more than 200 attendees to George Town’s Parcel 110 at 40 Cardinall Avenue.
Over 30 students from Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac, alongside 10 invited artists, contributed their mangrove-inspired art to the charity event.
Twelve of the student art show submissions will be chosen for a 2022 Cayman Islands Mangrove Rangers calendar.
‘Stoakd’ artists Marc and Pamela Laurenson provided free workshops on eco-art using recycled materials from their personal collection, and Miss Cayman Islands Universe, Mariah Tibbetts, judged the afternoon’s lively mangrove-fashion show with prizes donated from Cayman Arts Festival, Lucky Slice Pizza, illustrator Michelle Bryan, and CLM Publishing.
Foster’s also donated funds to provide healthy snacks and refreshments throughout the day. Catering was provided by Chef Anastascio.
Art sales’ proceeds from the show will benefit the Cayman Islands Mangrove Rangers’ mission to promote mangrove education, conservation, and restoration.
Original, mangrove-inspired artwork remains on sale from invited artists Teresa Grimes, Chris Mann, Marc Laurenson, Kerwin Ebanks, Jo Austin, Tiffany Polloni, Damien Doogan, Amrita Debnath, Michelle Bryan, and Alvaro Serey. More details are in the press release.
Upcoming mangrove outings
This weekend, the Mangrove Rangers will offer several opportunities to get out to nature and interact with Grand Cayman’s mangroves.
On Saturday, 31 July, the Mangrove Rangers are partnering with Ambassadors of the Environment at The Ritz-Carlton for two mangrove kayak sessions, one at 10 am and another at 11:30 am. Register online now: https://forms.gle/c3YwcWS4R7c88B5R9
The registration form will remain open until all spots are filled. Attendees are encouraged to bring sun protection, including sunscreen and hats, water bottles for hydration, and water-appropriate shoes, such as sandals or water shoes. The outings cost $25 for adults and $10 for children.
On Sunday, 1 August, the Rangers join Plastic Free Cayman for an 8 am mangrove cleanup at Barkers. Attendees should wear good shoes, such as hiking or rubber boots, hats and long sleeves for sun and mosquito protection, sunscreen, and water bottles for hydration. Contact [email protected] for more details.