'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.