Last week, we had a most interesting group visit T-Party. The Antigua Board of Tourism hosted an after hours tea for 20 travel agents to acquaint them with their beautiful Caribbean island.
This lovely lady, who is an author, read her poetry and stories about island life to the group. She wore what is considered the island's national dress featuring a madras frock with a gathered waist and puff sleeves over a starched white apron. These aprons are sewn by hand, having frills, lace, several tucks and pockets. This garb was fashioned after the outfit worn by market vendors and cake makers in Antigua and Barbuda as far back as 1834. It was selected as the island's national dress in 1992. The madras used was chosen for its symbolism; the red, gold and green represent the dynamism of the Antiguan people and their African heritage.
The travel agents, who came to learn about what this enchanting archipelago has to offer, got into the tea spirit and donned hats for the occasion. Some were stylish, some were silly, all were fun.
A contest was held for the best hat and Cynthia and I were asked to be the judges. We picked the lady in the straw hat and brown blazer whose hat featured sea shells, mini beach umbrellas and witty verbiage relating to Antigua. It was a clear winner for both effort and creativity. She was awarded three free nights at a resort in Antigua! Kudos also went to the woman with the hat covered with blue feathers and exotic birds and to the brave gent sporting the springtime creation featuring the bunny.
This was our second year hosting this special tea. (Last May, Anguilla was the focus.) What a fun and lively group. It's always interesting to see what hats they will come up with and also learn about a beautiful vacation destination.