The annual Pompasette Brunch Party signals not only the start of summer but that the biggest festival of the year – Crop Over is slowly approaching.
Pompasette isn’t your typical Crop Over event with blaring soca and endless ‘wukking up’, but patrons were assured a good time as the sweet sounds of soca penetrated throughout the Barbados Museum and Historical Society grounds last Sunday.
The all white affair kicked off with Barbadians leisurely arriving sophisticatedly dressed to the tens’ with the intent to show up and show out.
The models on the catwalk were not the only ones who came to slay at the annual charity brunch held in support of Variety, The Children’s Charity. That charity raises funds for sick, disadvantaged and differently-abled children in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.
The highlight event on the Crop Over calendar featured a showcase of the work of 16 rising and respected local and regional designers as well as a live painting demonstration by artistic talent Von Hall.
The vast line up of designers included Sunshine246, Candi Fab, Vintaj Life, Butterfly Allumini, Juice Apparel, Nieu Look, Anna Ross, Ole Luck Love, Always Leia, Suga Apple Swim, Marie Collette, Renee Wu Designs, Lisa Fabrics and SM Warner.
Deejays Hutchy and Sizz, Reko and Andwele and deejay Sasha kept the crowd thoroughly entertained as they mixed and mingled, taking in the ambiance and the delectable treats on display.
Curator Toni Thorne, who is also the vice president of Variety, told Bajan Vibes that she was pleased with the reception the event has garnered since its inception. Last year, the fundraiser raised $5 000, which assisted with two children’s programmes at the Disability Units and the Afterschool programme. Thorne revealed that this year, the proceeds would go towards a mobility programme for the children.
“The fact that persons can support the event which is in essence, all for charity, is a testament to the fact that there is a genuine attempt by Barbadians to give back,” said Thorne. (KK)