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Bajan fun in the sun

It is amazing what a difference an extra hour of daylight can create on a summer day, in July.

A young adult was fumbling as he tried to squeeze some shaved ice into card cup, when I asked: “What are you making?”

He covered the ice with “crocus bag”, looked up and said:

“I really don’t know how to do it, but I will learn.”

Three bottles of syrup (Puerto Rico style) lay on a table. There were no bees, no long lines, nor a final toss of ice crystals as “John” n’use to do, whenever he made a “traveler”.

The satisfied customer was soon gone, “licking” a sno-cone and not a “popsicle” as the Mighty Gabby, proposes to do!

Then, as I walked around a venue that was certainly bigger than the playing field in Queen’s Park, it was my turn to answer some questions. Wuh you doing wid dem pictures? Who got the best fish cakes? Where can I get cou cou? Are the spirits with us today? Did you take a picture of the security tent?

Many honest questions, but of the kind that only individual taste buds could answer. The truth is, it was 4 p.m. and the food stalls were getting crowded.

My eye caught the large flag flying on top of the stall of Rocus Depeiza, who told me that he is an international vendor. He also tried to persuade me that Clairmonte Depeiza — Barbados and West Indies cricketer — was family to him. His next stop is Barbados and then Miami Carnival.

By six ‘o clock, all the 50 or so stalls that lay on the perimeter of the large cricket playing field at Seaview and 108 Street were hiding behind a sea of yellow and blue colours.

For sure, after a one-year break, the Barbados Fun Day Festival, organised by the Friends of Barbados DLP, had returned in grand style as more than 5,000 patrons enjoyed eight hours of fun, frolic, food and entertainment.

The weather was fine, and patrons were able to enjoy a long afternoon of daily light, and as usual, it was a reunion for many friends.

Among those attending the festival day were George Pilgrim, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite and Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner.

Consul General at New York Lennox Price was extremely happy with fact that the event brought together scores of Barbadians and he was spotted assisting with the start of the three legged and sack races. Pauline Clarke, Acting President of the organisation, was also happy and felt that all the hard work paid off.

Finally, at about 8:15 p.m. Andy Hewitt, in typical Bajan fashion, thanked everyone for coming, turned off the music and announced: “Look, look, wunnah better guh home befo’ darkness and the flies come. Down in hey, ent got no ‘lectricity.”

Still, there was one critic in the departing crowd. As a happy Barbara Greaves headed for New Jersey and is already looking forward to next year, she complained that she could not find a drop of coconut water.

“Dem better have coconut water next year,” she said to a friend.

Now Mac Fingall would say: “Lord have mercy, dat is Bajan for yuh.”

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