Countryside hosts Shades of Blue
Mel Cooke, Gleaner Writer
Tomorrow evening, Countryside Club will host its first Valentine's Day Dinner and Party since reopening in November 2013. Dubbed Shades of Blue, it is a combination of a three-course meal (with a complimentary glass of wine), performance and party to recorded music.
It is fortuitous that the annual day for matters of the heart falls on a Saturday, as Marcia Lawrence said that makes it easier for Countryside to host the event. The name, Shades of Blue, comes from a movie premiere and the club's strategy to make all who want to come to the Courtney Walsh Drive, St Andrew venue comfortable.
Therefore, there is no red in the title.
"So many say they don't have a Valentine, so we want them to be comfortable to come," Lawrence said.
"If you have your Valentine, fine; if you don't, come same way."
The 'Shades' is related to the Jamaican debut for the film 50 Shades of Grey, coming out of the popular erotic books with the same title.
Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., with the last meal served at 9:30 p.m. During dinner, Heather 'Brown Sugar' Grant and Errol Bean will provide a combination of songs and poetry which Lawrence describes as a good fit for the occasion.
At 10:00 p.m. the party starts, with DJ Sanjay putting on the selections.
With the event organised into segments, there are cost options. Couples pay $7,500 for the dinner and party, for which a person attending Shades of Blue alone would pay $4,000. Couples wanting to do the party only will pay $2,000 and single persons will shell out $1,200.
Lawrence said there will be special Blue Rush and Tidal Wave cocktails, done specially for Shades of Blue. There will be a bottle of water provided on the way out. The evening is sponsored by Barefoot Wines and Wata.