FOR NEARLY a week, the brilliant minds in the world of chartered accounting throughout the Caribbean knocked heads and occupied beds at the popular The Jamaica Pegasus hotel for their conference. On Saturday night, it was time for fun and partying at Fort Charles, Port Royal, before heading back to their various countries. And party they did, following the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the region's 29th conference.
The last time they had the conference here was in 2003, but this time around, the numbers have tripled and delegates cannot stop talking about it. So, with 300 delegates then and 900 delegates now, Kingston is alive and well with prospects for similar events.
The otherwise conservative clan, donned pirate costumes and headed off on shuttle buses to Jamaica's once "wickedest city on earth". There Paul Hamilton and his team used their skills to remind everyone of what obtained during the swashbuckling days of Sir Henry Morgan and his marauding men of mayhem. Swords, skulls, bones and barrels of loot with a shipwreck washed "ashore" thrown in and used as a bar, completed the décor. And we never saw so many one-eyed Jacks in one place. The only missing pirate was Captain Hook!
Patsy Lyn Caterers laid out a feast that included their signature roast suckling pig (oh the taste of that crackling), fried fish, bammy, roasted breadfruit, yam and sweet potato, among other delights. And since rum was the preferred libation of the pirates of old, Marilyn Bennett concocted a devilishly delicious rum punch for everyone's enjoyment. It was gone before you knew it.
The ruins of the fort was the perfect spot to get on bad and guests danced up a storm to live music from Dwight Richards' band, Nadine Sutherland and Stokey Love and DJ Fire disco. The range of costumes selected by the 'wenches' looked good too, and poor Raymond Campbell, the excellent conference chairman, must have been feeling out of character in his getup as he reluctantly allowed himself to be photographed. Contrastingly, the sharp-witted Ethlyn Norton Coke enjoyed herself immensely, dancing up a sweat and looking fabulous in her costume.
The team from Dynamic Events did a great job coordinating the event and being everywhere at once as they ensured that the visitors and locals had a grand time.