Happy Birthday Bernie
Happy birthday, Bernie
Gem Myers and Fab Five turned up the heat on what was an extremely cool afternoon at Silver Sands Villas in Duncans, Trelawny, last Sunday, when they whipped birthday boy Dr Bernie Marshall and his friends into a musical frenzy.
The renowned obstetric gynaecologist, who has the reputation of delivering close to 10,000 babies, was fÍted by his wife, Judith, to an unforgettable birthday soirÈe at the mule tent in the exclusive community.
Marshall, who resides in Greensboro, North Carolina, but owns a home at Silver Sands, had in attendance his two daughters, Dr Stephanie Thompson, who followed in his footsteps, and Whitney, who is a lawyer.
His son-in-law, Dr Sean Thompson, who has also made his name as one of the best orthopaedic surgeons in New York, and more than 25 of his best friends from his alma maters, Cornwall College and Howard University, were in Trelawny celebrating his special day.
Careful not to mention her husband's age, Judith told Outlook that it was a day to party and they did just that, using a steel pan band to open the six-hour event.
The exceptionally rich voice of Myers reverberated throughout the outdoor venue, while the bass, drums and guitar, strung by Fab Five, were like a breath of fresh air. It was a party mood that took charge of the Sunday afternoon, a respite from three nights at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival.
Coupled with music of all genres, caterer Thelma Gray's suckling pig, curried goat, jerked chicken, peppered shrimp, potato pudding and coconut rum cake hit the spot the way only authentic Jamaican food does.