The show must go on... Parties and birthdays aplenty
Chester Francis-Jackson, Gleaner Writer
My dears, it's not only the hottest daytime drama here, but it has now gone global and not just in the diaspora either!
The Manatt, Phelps & Phillips-Dudus enquiry is also quite hot in the Caribbean, and has found new fans as far away as Dubai, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States east and west coasts and Bermuda, among a number of other states, with telephone commentary and emails pouring in on the subject under investigation and the main players involved! And so, once again dears, Jamaica is under the glare of the international spotlight. Viewers nationally and internationally are watching the most anticipated matchup of the enquiry - Prime Minister Bruce Golding being cross-examined by K.D. Knight, QC! And now that the day has arrived, it's still the hottest show in town!
But my daahlings, the show must go on elsewhere, and it is. Party people continue partying and so celebrations there are aplenty from the nation's capital - dubbed the 'Ackee Pod' by this here scribe, all the way to Negril's fabulously racy West End, including a stopover in midweek in new and improved Falmouth, for the calling of the super cruise liner the Oasis of the Seas.
Falmouth model replicated
My darlings, not only is Falmouth and its pedestrianisation earning rave reviews from tourism power players, but the movers and shakers of the industry are now seeking to have the model replicated on Main Street in Ocho Rios, starting at the Island Village Shopping Mall and Entertainment Plaza, all the way to the Royal Plantation Resort. They are also recommending that the model be used in Montego Bay on the Hip Strip. This, they say, reduces the perennial problem of tourist harassment and all the attendant problems associated with it.
So, it's over to you, Minister Edmund Bartlett, to spearhead the transformation of these two boom towns to make them more visitor-friendly and hospitable.
And speaking of Ocho Rios, last weekend it was all about the resort town's latest offering - The Hermosa Cove - a simply fabulous gem of a boutique resort that is only now opening its doors to vacationers, but more anon.
This weekend, however, it's all about the University of the West Indies Dance Society's Season of Dance, which commences today and ends on Sunday. It promises to be a cultural dance showcase of the highest order! Dears, there will be three nights of glorious dance and nothing but, and a must-attend for lovers of the arts.
And on that note, birthday felicitations to former National Dance Theatre Company dancer, now resident of Toronto, Canada, Marguerite Orane; musicologist Monte Blake; and Steven Williams, who all celebrate their birthdays today.
Tomorrow, the lovely Noelle Silvera Murray, now residing in Pembroke Pines, Florida, celebrates her birthday, and on Sunday, it will be party time for Sam James Jr.
On Monday, the talented Alwyn Scott; the charmingly lovely Betty Sullivan Black; the talented Michael Hinds, in Negril; and Lennie Haye in Vancouver, British Columbia, will all share the same birthday.
Then on Tuesday, Ashawn Jackson celebrates adulthood as he celebrates his 18th birthday. Also celebrating are the lovely Karlene Salmon; Paul Tomlinson, in Nassau, The Bahamas; and the lovely Sameerah Brown, in Norfolk Virginia.
On Wednesday, singer Terrence 'Fahrenheit' Harold; hotelier Ricardo Bowleg, of Couples Swept Way Negril; the simply fab Elena Diedrick-Lynch; the fab Andrea Mul; beauty Mitzie Blackwood, in Mirimar, Florida; and the lovely Yvonne Wright, in London, England, all share the spotlight.
On Thursday, Ted Emanuel; the lovely Marcia McDermott; and former model, now fashion beauty and etiquette consultant now in New York, Karen 'Kay' Stephens, all celebrate on this day.
Best wishes all around with champagne toasts!