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Cruising under the stars

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Members of the Hope United Church Family on their recent 'Twilight Cruise Around Kingston Harbour'. From left: the Rev Stotrell Lowe, interim minister; Mrs Pauline Morgan (Webster United); Mrs Pauline Mason (Providence Methodist); and Winston Wright, chair of the April-born Cruise Committee, with Lime Cay in the background. - Contributed Photo
Guests of the Hope United Church on all three decks cruising around Kingston Harbour, as part of their Rally of the Months fund-raising activity. At left is Winston Wright, chair of the April-born Cruise Committee. The Energy Plus Mento Band plays on the upper deck. - Contributed Photo

'Twas twilight on the Kingston Harbour with the golden rays of sunset beckoning the Caribbean Queen. There was a hubbub of activities at the dockside as patrons hopped on board for what promised to be a night of dancing under the stars. And the organisers of the April-born members of the Hope United Church delivered.

The recent cruise around the picturesque harbour was the first such fund-raising event to be organised by the church, and it was a "huge success" said organiser Winston Wright.

"We are not only grateful for the tremendous support from the Hope Area Churches Organisation (HACO), and from the United Churches in the Corporate Area and Portmore, but we are confident that the funds raised will go a far way towards renovating our church hall and expanding our youth ministry at Hope United, he added.

It was indeed a happy night of reverent and at times irreverent revelry. As promised, guests were given a treat of 50 years of popular music and festival songs by Magic Fingers Disco. They rocked and swayed, dancing solo or in groups. This was balanced by Jamaican roots music by the Energy Plus Mento Band.

But this was not the end of entertainment on the deck. The suave Maurice Henry from Meadowbrook United Church thrilled the audience with his cabaret performance and choice of love songs.

When the Caribbean Queen docked sometime after 8 p.m., many admitted that it was a night well spent.