Celebrations all around
Chester Francis-Jackson, Contributor
Belated wishes to: former MP and Education Minister Maxine Henry-Wilson, who celebrated her very special day on the first, with the partying to follow later today.
To Mark Berry and Novia McDonald-Whyte, who celebrated on the second.
To Stephen Ashley Jr, who celebrated on the third.
And last Saturday, the fourth: The Most Honourable Carla Seaga; celebrated musician and musicologist Micky Bennett; the fab Jacquie Williams; Chef Joseph Kalyniuk, at Hedonism II in Negril; the lovely Karen Simms Booker, in New York; and etiquette and grooming consultant and organiser of the Miss Jamaica UK pageant, the fab June Daley, in London, England, all shared in what was a fab day.
Sunday the fifth: media personality Claude Mills; the affable Lyndel Frater, over in Trelawny; the charmingly fab Janji Shakes; Tajh Williams from Mandeville, now in Pembroke Pines, Florida; and Janelle Lobban, from Glengoffe, St Catherine, now in Gaborone, Botswana, all shared the same birthday.
On Monday the sixth, while folks the world over were commemorating the birthday of international reggae super star and icon Bob Marley, also celebrating were: the fabulous Donna Feltis Coore, the uber-talented Bunny Rugs, the enterprising Makonnen Blake-Hannah and the gorgeous Raquel Jones.
On Tuesday the seventh, athletic dynamo Allodin Fothergill, the fabulous Carla Newsam, model Russell Magnus, Howard Hylton, and the lovely Sidonie Thompson, now in South Bronx, New York, made a very special day of celebration.
On Wednesday the eighth, former Mexican ambassador to Jamaica, the fab Leonora Rueda, now in New Zealand; songstress and attorney Carol Gonzalez; the fabulous Aloima Suarez; the lovely Scarlett Beharie; the oh-so-gorgeous Shana Brown; the lovely Claudette Kenlock; the happening Paul Mullings; the charming Naulyn Jones; Patrick Suragdeen; the lovely Debbie Estensen, in Bremerton, Washington; and Prudence Johnson-Love, now in Brooklyn, New York, all partied in celebration.
Yesterday, Thursday the ninth, among those celebrating were: the charmingly beautiful Gloria Dawkins; Jonathan Surtees; the stunning Audrey Miller of the Guardsman Group; the fab Henrietta Harris Delisser; the lovely Tiffany Cornwall; and the stunning Maxine Tulloch, over in Miramar, Florida, who all made it a special day.
Celebrating today are Ian Rowlands; the lovely Nicola DeMercado Barbar; the fab Jacquie Neilssen; the lovely Tanya Shirley; wine buff Christopher Reckord; the charming Andrea Green; the fab Andriana Weinerz, in Arizona; and US sprint athletic star Justin Gatlin.
Tomorrow, Saturday the 11th, those celebrating include the amazing looking Maureen German, who turns 60 and jets in from London, England, to celebrate in Kingston with family and friends; Michael-Anthony Nunez, now in Pampatar, Mexico; Brian Hamilton, now in Florida; Gregory Shervington, of Island Outpost Strawberry Hill Boutique Hotel; Roger Brown, whose wife, Shana Brown, cele-brated on the eighth; Okuson Onura; and the lovely Charmaine Austin. They all share the same birthday.
On Sunday the 12th, honorary consul of Lithuania, Lois Sherwood; the celebrated Carl Bliss; the stunning Nevine Heaven, now in the Big Apple; and the fab Maureen Lee, formerly of Yallahs, St Thomas, now in Toronto, Canada, will celebrate.
On Monday the 13th, entrepreneur David Holland will celebrate his birthday, but the word is the businessman and his fabulous wife Fenella Kennedy-Holland, and their two sons, are all set to relocate from the Second City and tourism mecca of Montego Bay to the nation's capital.
On Tuesday the 14th, it will be a case of double celebrations for Senator Marlene Malahoo-Forte; the fab Romae Gordon of Pulse; and Michelle LaPorte of Hedonism II, in Negril.
Celebrating on the 15th will be former model, entertainment dynamo and grooming expert Weston Haughton, beauty Michelle Moodie and the oh so fab Seya Henry-Wilson, who will be having her pre- and post-birthday celebration to mark both hers and mom Maxine Henry-Wilson's birthday!
Many happy returns all around, with champagne toasts and beluga treats!
And speaking of fabulous people and places, Destination Jamaica is still the preferred choice for the international jet-setters and gadabouts, with the latest celebrity to fly in for some R and R being the famous adult movie star, Lexington Steel, who was spotted in Negril holidaying with an entourage of beauties.
But come next weekend, the spotlight will be on Round Hill for the annual Sugar Cane Ball. Members of the international A-crowd will jet in to support the signature event of the Hanover Charities and, luvs, it promises to be a sensational event.
And speaking of Hanover and beautiful people, Dr D.K. Duncan and wife, Beverley Anderson-Duncan, are back from their honeymoon and are still glowing, as the couple decided on making theirs a Jamaican getaway and honeymooned at the tres-fab SuperClubs Breezes Grand over there in fabulous Negril.
Then, my dears, talk about recognising talent, on the heels of US President Barack Obama declaring June as Caribbean American Heritage Month in the United States. To celebrate, Karib Nation Inc, a non-profit organisation based in Washington, DC, will be hosting the third annual Caribbean Style and Culture Fashion showcase, on Friday, June 29. In celebration, they will be honouring a number of outstanding Caribbean nationals who have distinguished themselves in the arts, fashion and music.
The awardees have been announced and they are: Jamaican fashion designer Bill Edwards, known nationally, regionally and internationally for his fab designs and style.
And with past awardees Claudia Pegus, Patricia Coates Uzuri International, Francis Hendy, Lois Samuels and Roger Gary, fashion observers say Edwards is deservedly joining a list of distinguished fashion luminaries. But perhaps more important, he will be showcasing his designs in a spectacular show featuring other Caribbean fashion giants such as Roger Gary (programme director), Claudia Pegus, Michelle Cole, and Patricia Coates.
Dears, it all promises to be one hot summer here and abroad, and this definitely places Washington, DC, on the stopover list this June!