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Of birthdays and celebrations

Published:Friday | April 15, 2011 | 12:00 AM
Grace Silvera
Honor Ford-Smith (second right), editor of the book '3 Jamaican Plays' presents a copy to Professor Daphne Douglas, chairman of the National Library, as Burchell Duhaney, principal of Edna Manley College, and Paul Issa, publisher and chairman of Edna Manley College, look on. - Contributed
Charmaine Limonius

Chester Francis-Jackson, Gleaner Writer

Belated birthday wishes to former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, who celebrated his birthday on Sunday the 10th.

The charmingly lovely Grace Silvera, who celebrated on Monday the 11th.

And very best wishes to: the lovely Jan Polack, in Montego Bay; Ruel Francis; the fab Leigh Terrelonge; Paul Levy, in Pembroke Pines, Florida; who all celebrate their birthday today!

Tomorrow will see: media personality Rosamond Brown; Ansel Collins; and Donald Moore, now in Bogota, Colombia, all sharing the same birthday.

On Sunday the 17th, celebrating will be: Senator Norman Grant; the elegant Laurel DeMercado; Andre Cyrus; and the lovely Lucille Stennett-Lopez, now in Toronto, Canada.

Monday the 18th will see the irreverent Simon Crosskill; the charmingly lovely Constance 'Connie' Holdsworth of Lasco; the lovely Saneika Evans of SuperClubs; man-about-town Stephen Hibbert; James Hyman, in London, England, will all make it a very special day of celebration!

The birthday partying continues on Tuesday the 19th with: actress and entertainer Tulip Reid; the lovely Colleen Flynn; Jaime Rose of Liquid Gold Models; the fabulous Anton Douglas, now in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and the lovely April Mullings, in Toronto, Canada.

Wednesday the 20th will see: songbird/cabaret star Charmaine Limonius; the lovely Rachel McCarthy of Sandals; Denzie Sinclair, in Montego Bay; and the charming Colleen Cowan-Miller sharing the same birthday!

On Thursday the 21st: Millicent Peart; Claudette Joiles-Flowers; and the lovely Desiree Dawkins-Chue, formerly of Linstead, now in Delray Beach, Florida, celebrating their special day!

Best wishes all around with champagne toasts and beluga treats!

And congratulations are extended to the Honorary Consul of Portugal Paul Issa, entrepreneur now publisher, on the occasion of the launching of his first venture - 3 Jamaican Plays - launched last Monday evening at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. It is a welcome addition to the to the ongoing evolution of Jamaican theatre!

Fallen Angel and The Devil Concubine is perhaps one of the more prolific and authentic plays ever mounted onstage here, with Honor Ford-Smith and Carol Lawes not only capturing the essence of their respective characters, but contextualising the gravamen of their role in such an effortless mode. Theatre lovers have been clamouring for its remounting, with both as lead actors, since it was first mounted. That their roles and skills have been immortalised is testimony to their craft.

interesting narrative

The other two plays, Stafford Ashani's Masqueraders and Ginger Knight's Whiplash, are included in the book, and all three make for an interesting narrative and historical composition, from the perspective of a snapshot of the country's social, political and cultural metamorphoses, and thus make for a keepsake.

Then congrats to Michael Subratie, on his appointment as the new Honorary Consul of Bangladesh, succeeding the late Desmond Blades.

Then, the Florida social circuit was a rather busy one last weekend as separate and apart from the Florida chapter honouring international recording sensation Shaggy, it was also about the 4th Annual TATI Dream Fete.

Transforming America Through Interaction (TATI) was inspired by the memory of Tatiana McIntosh, the daughter of Tanya Ragbeer and Dr Peter McIntosh of the Mayo Clinic, who was a University of Florida student and socially active junior who died in a tragic car accident in 2007, and in her memory, the non-profit organisation raises money for three scholarships and an essay competition of up to US$2,000 to students studying in the US.

And so, my dears, this year the event was hosted last Saturday at the Casa Reta in Davie, and the buzz is the all-white do was all that and then some, featuring Pluto Shervington and The Millennium Band, and goodies such as an auction of a vacation package to fab Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica, plus a number of other goodies, you know we are talking celebrating for a cause here. And so it was, with the buzz being a number of Jamaican personalities and nationals out in attendance, including: Mother of Tatiana McIntosh, Tanya Ragbeer; former national cricketer Marlon Neita; Joyce DeSousa of JIA Insurance; and New York-based former fashion model and publicist Karen Stephens; plus a number of others.

party season

Then my darling dears, it's that time of the year again - the religious party season, as Easter approaches and the fab goes partying, while the culture doyens and doyennes are all set for the Easter Sunday NDTC offering of a Morning of Movement and Music at the Little Theatre on Tom Redcam Avenue.

Dears, NDTC dance captain Marlon Simms is promising the very finest of the NDTC dancers and no less from the singers and musicians, so y'all know we are indeed talking cultural tradition of the finest order here and nothing but, and a must-attend for the culture aficionado.

Now, for those given to revelry, the preferred destinations are definitely Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril, and necessarily in that order!

For many Negril enthusiasts, however, Easter will be early, as they head to the famed resort town for one of the West End's best-known boutique resorts, the fabulously laid-back RockHouse Hotel, for the fifth anniversary celebration of its much-acclaimed Spa.

Dears, with the lovely Charlotte Wallace promising nothing but a fabulous do to mark the anniversary, y'all know we are talking Negril and more Negril here, so more anon!