All for Jamaica's art, and happy birthdays
Chester Francis-Jackson, Contributor
Luvs, Hanover was buzzing last weekend like everybody's business as the uber class was out to play polo in support of their favourite charity - The Hanover Charities.
So, luvs, with charity on everyone's minds, it was a weekend of fabulousness and nothing but, as giving blesses the giver as well as the recipient. What sets the uber class apart from aspirants is the fact that charity is in their DNA and not just some kind of fashionable cause to be trotted out for social mileage.
And so, my dears, that's one of the primary reasons the annual Sugar Cane Ball at the fab Round Hill is always a successful outing, with this year being no different. It was oversubscribed.
So, too, my daahlings, was polo, the following day. That was a family affair and saw families from the north shores out in fab numbers, with both events being the place to be and be seen. But dears, the marquee event was not played out in the glare of the paparazzi and with social neophytes out gawking. The preferred event was the decidedly intimate do. Jamaica-born, London-based international socialite and art patron, Theresa Roberts, and her husband, Andrew, in their capacity as Friends of The Arts Foundation of the Edna Manley College, hosted a fabulous do at their tres fab Tryall home last Sunday.
Darlings, we are talking top drawer and nothing but, as le grande dame of Jamaican art, the fab Pat Ramsay, chair of the foundation, Minister of Culture Lisa Hanna, and the internationally celebrated Vanessa Noel were among the shortlist of VIPs and celebrities in attendance giving support to the foundation.
And, my dears, talking about fab surprise, luvs, the shortlisted guests, about 50, were treated to a simply awesome 'command performance' by British songbird Mica Paris, who simply thrilled!
Dears, it was all that and then some, and so fab people are still talking!
And speaking of fabulous people, places and things. Luvs, some time ago, a group of international students undertook to rebrand the always-fashionable Faith's Pen Rest Stop, between Linstead and Ocho Rios, to accommodate the changes made due to the facilitation of the highway.
Well, my dears, the highway might still be under construction, but the Faith's Pen Rest Stop has been rebranded and ready for prime time once again. So, the buzz is all about March 9 when the new-look Faith's Pen will be unveiled to much fanfare and welcome by travellers using this corridor to commute.
Dears, definitely a must-attend and celebrate!
And next Saturday, March 3, is the day for Marcel Robinson and his fiancée, Sherene Singh, as the couple is set to walk the marital aisle and exchange I dos in an intimate ceremony for immediate family and friends, in Toronto, with the reception set to follow at a later date.
Congrats are extended with best wishes to the fab couple.
And happy birthday wishes to the fabulous Ingrid Green; businessman and football enthusiast Andrew Chin; radio personality Priscilla Archer-Campbell, man-about-town Craig Powell; the charming Patricia Amos; Sean O'Reilly; Debra Lewis-Boothman, in Brooklyn, New York; Patrick Campbell, in Pennsylvania; and Rob Mullally, in California, all celebrate their birthday today.
Celebrating tomorrow, the charming Grace Elmore, in Montego Bay; hotelier Donahue Jarrett, at the Altaman Court West hotel, in Montego Bay; Pulse modelling sensation Jeneil Williams; the affable Robert Palmer; and Solid Agency's Gail Thompson will share the same birthday.
On Sunday the 26th, journalist and social commentator Annie Paul; north coast habitué Howard Harinstein, from Turnbull, Connecticut; Catty Alfaro, in Lima, Peru; Dave Smith of Mr Caribbean International/resident of Toronto, Canada, will make it a very special day of celebration.
Come Monday the 27th, Jamaica's High Commissioner-designate to London, England, Aloun Assamba; impressario and talent manager John Alexander; the lovely Venice Davis, will make it a very special day.
On Tuesday the 28th, the lovely Jade Brown; Lou Hall, in Runaway Bay, St Ann; Julian King; Derrick Forbes; Hansel Llynch in Florida; Michael-Anthony Gordon, in the United Kingdom; Charlotte Fodor-Fernandez, formerly of Runaway Bay, now in London; will make it a global party.
On March 1, the lovely Amanda Cross Seaga; Junior Taylor; artist Jivanni Redmarks; Robert Collins; the lovely Opaline Plamer-Quinlan, and model Jully-Ann Samuels makes it a very special day.
Come March 2, entrepreneur Mark Brooks; Denton Ellis, in May Pen Clarendon; and the lovely Claudie Warner, formerly of the French Embassy in Kingston, now back home in France, will share the same birthday.
Best wishes all around with champagne toasts and beluga treats!