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Parties in high gear!

Published:Friday | November 16, 2012 | 12:00 AM
P.J. Patterson (right) shares lens time with A.J. Nicholson (left) and Kelly Tomblin. - PHOTOS BY Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
From left: Thomas Desulme, P.J. Patterson, K.D. Knight and Yvon Thomas Desulme pause for a photo opportunity.
From left: Vin Lawrence, Beverley Lawrence, Marilyn Bennett, Karlene Smith and Colin Smith having a grand time at the reception in honour of former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson at Terra Nova All Suite Hotel on Tuesday.
Suzie Benjamin (left) and Jack Cwach greet each other at the Guardsman's Group Appreciation Reception at Hope Zoo, Hope Gardens, last Friday.

Chester Francis-Jackson, Contributor

My daahlings, 'tis the season to be jolly or what?

Dears, it's definitely the time for jollification as indeed every-which-where one goes there are parties aplenty, and then some. And when we say parties my dears, we do mean the haute style, as it is the uber-class we are talking about here!

Luvs, it's been a stellar week so far and the weeks ahead portend of the fabulous, from Negril to Morant Point, as the fabulocracy, beset by the doldrums of a stagnant world economy and the prospects of the dreadful 'R'-word (recession) reigning on their nest eggs and expected inheritances, the fab had adopted a wait-and-see attitude, afraid of being identified with the gauche classes, if they dared to be seen enjoying the fruits of their labour.

Alas, such concerns are no longer at the top of the agenda, as the season of the Christ child approaches and with it, not only a spirit of giving, but also that of celebration, and so my dears, celebrations there are and aplenty.

Restaurant Week

Mind you, with Restaurant Week in full swing, the city was already in the throes of its own culinary celebrations, but as the week progressed, the partying moved into high gear, with the joint sitting of both Houses, in recognition and salutation of the work and contribution of the former prime minister, The Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, on Tuesday, which culminated with the reception of all receptions in his honour at the Terra Nova Hotel poolside on Tuesday evening, but more anon, my dears, as that event has been the event, so far.

On Wednesday evening, the partying continued as the PSOJ honoured one of their own in the personage of le grande dame, the supremely elegant trailblazing Lorna Myers, by inducting her in the organization's Hall of Fame, with all the fanfare and razzmatazz deserving of the auspicious occasion.

Congrats are definitely in order, and so extended to businesswoman and style icon.

Well my dears, that was Tuesday and Monday, tonight it's all about the ten-thousand-dollar per person fund-raiser being hosted by the Portia Simpson Miller Foundation, in upper St Andrew to assist with various undertakings and commitments for education.

Dears, the event is simply the hottest ticket in town, as the foundation's chairperson Zein Issa-Nakash and her organising team are pulling out all stops to make the event a season smasheroni, and with the tickets going like hot bread, and the word being it's all systems go, y'all know we are talking partying for a good cause here and nothing but.

Pumpkins, definitely the place to start this weekend this very Friday evening, so y'all know where this here scribe will be.

And the fabulous partying does not stop here. Come tomorrow evening, it's all about the friends of Devon House and their much-anticipated fund-raiser and outreach party that was originally scheduled for October 27 but was rescheduled due to the passage of Hurricane Sandy.

The event is scheduled to get under way at 8 p.m., continuing until 2 a.m., with the organisers promising that tickets purchased for the previous date will be honoured tomorrow evening.

And in-between the sips and spills of all that partying, the place to browse and chill this weekend is definitely the 2012 Antique and Collectibles Fair, being hosted at the Campion College this very Saturday and Sunday, commencing both days at 10 a.m. and going through until 6 p.m. in the 'Lindo Auditorium'.

Dears, if y'all have never been, then believe you moi, this is a must event for those not given to collecting the ordinary; and especially those looking for that 'statement' gift, or accent piece for the civilised home.

Luvs, we are talking the greatest showcase of Jamaican antiques and collectibles here, and not just Jamaican pieces, but some fabulous imports that have been lying dormant in some private homes and collections over the years. Each year, the two-day event pulls out collectors and browsers alike, as well as the neophyte, all in search of the exotic and or eye-catching, head-turning piece!

And my dears, speaking of fabulous people, parties and places, it's still the age of Scorpio, and among those celebrating this season will be former first lady Lorna Golding, who celebrated on Wednesday of this week (the 14th).

First lady of regal style, Ambassador Madge Barrett, celebrated yesterday, the 15th, as did her ambassadorial colleague Lloyd Wilks.

Celebrating today are: the lovely Tara Evans; the fabulous Capheion Gordon-Rookwood, now in Fort Myers Beach, Florida; and north coast habitué Michael Hawks of East LA.

Come tomorrow, Saturday 17th, among those celebrating will be: the elegantly fabulous Minna Israel; the charming Andrea Hutton; the lovely Karena Green over in Ocho Rios; and the fab Natasha Ganguly, in Sydney, Australia.

On Sunday the 18th, former head of delegation, EU Ambassador Gerd Jarchow, now in Brussels, Belgium; the stylish Sadie McBean; Rodney Davis; the lovely Aditi Dhiman; Ian Lyn; the lovely Kimberly Seymour; Javar Barrett; Teddy Barrant, over in Morant Bay, St. Thomas; the uber fab Vivilyn Lindsay, now in Toronto; Nicola Bestley, now in Manitoba; and Derrick Mills, from Spanish Town, St Catherine, now in Shibuya, Tokyo, will all share the same birthday.


Come Monday the 19th: the celebrated Dr Freddie Hickling; Dr Carol Ball Thompson; Winston 'Merritone' Blake; the fabulously multilingual Dawn Ruddock; the fab Shakeria Issacs; Casten Allen, over in Montego Bay; the charming Annette Carter, from Port Antonio, now in George Town, Grand Cayman; David Ewan, formerly of Hedonism III, now in Kansas; north coast habitué Art Murnan, of Chicago; PC Harris, in Toronto; and the stunning Verity Rushton, now living in Vientiane, Laos, will make a very special day of celebrations across the island and the globe.

Tuesday the 20th will see: the Dapper Tony Scott; Drum Manley; James Watson, marking his 40th birthday, with the party of parties to mark the occasion to come; the lovely Quindell Ferguson; Norman Perry; the suave James Wettengl, over in Negril; Aldane Mullings, formerly of Ocho Rios, now in Hyannis, Massachusetts; and north coast habitué the fab Stephanie Merlo, over in Bangor, Pennsylvania, making it a very special day.

And next Wednesday the 21st, those celebrating will include: businessman Nigel Pagon; the lovely Andi Green; Cedric McDonald; the lovely Simone Blair; Garth Henriques; and the fab Heather Patterson-Phillips, now resident of Tampa, Florida.

And Thursday the 22nd, it will be all about the fabulous Claudette Chung; the oh so stunning dish of fabulousness Carla Campbell; and Mike Ricketts, now in London, England, will be among those celebrating.

Best wishes all around with champagne toasts and beluga treats. And since 'tis the season to party, dears, what is there to say but let the partying begin, and in earnest!