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Thanksgiving in Ja

Published:Tuesday | December 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM
From left: Tryall homeowner, James Goren, businessman, Shoib Shaffee and Pier One's Robert Russell.
Clowning around (from left) are VIP Attraction's Allison Callam, Lily Russell, Ana Hinojosa, while engrossed in conversation are tennis star Jan-Michael Gambill (who has beaten Roger Federer in the past) and Michael Russell.
Director at Hospiten Hospital, Sergio Gonzalez Lopez, his wife, Milena, and Iberostar Suite's general manager, Sonja Nalkiran at Thanksgiving dinner at the Coo Yah Villa at the Tryall Club recently.
From left: Pier One's Anna-Kaye Russell, businessman Shoib Shaffee, VIP Attraction's Alison Callam and Robin's Steakhouse's Robin Russell.
Iberostar's Philipp Hofer and Wray and Nephew's Tanisa Samuel in a jovial mood.
From left: Tryall's Richard Ferdinand, host Maria Roberson and Chris Gordon of the group Nomadz.
Richard Ferdinand (left) and his best friend Philipp Hofer singing their hearts out at Thanksgiving dinner at Coo Yah Villa at the Tryall Club.
Melonie Lewin (left) and Juanita Diaz at Maria Roberson's Thanksgiving dinner.


Texan businesswoman and Tryall homeowner Maria Roberson opened up her fabulous four-bedroom villa, Coo Yah, in Hanover, to an intimate group of friends to celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 26.

Set amid lush landscaping overlooking the Tryall Club's championship golf course and the Caribbean Sea, Roberson's holiday home paid homage to the traditional American feast, offering a turkey dressed with sprigs of rosemary and thyme, roasted to perfection and garnished with grapes.

Roberson's in-house chef, Nadia Bolton, presented a tasty treat of mac and cheese, glazed spiral ham, topped with pineapple and Maraschino cherries, the usual suspect - cornbread was in tow, while flavourful steamed greens toned down the many starches. Of course, the inevitable stuffing and cranberry sauce were featured, proving yet again that no roasted turkey can be served without it.

Organised by Tryall's Richard Ferdinand, after-dinner entertainment was a serving of Karaoke. Pier One's Robert Russell, a renowned 'singjay ' took the 'Best Performer' trophy, while the Italian/American 'superstar' Manuela Goren took the all-female title.

Philipp Hofer and Richard Ferdinand, did their 'bro' piece, while Anna-Kaye Russell and her sweetie-pie John Byles went for a couples rendition.

VIP Attraction's Allison Callam, brought her personal dancer and Juanita Diaz took control of The Gleaner's camera.

NoMadz lead singer Chris Gordon, could easily have blown all the other performers out of the water, but instead opted to MC an unforgettable evening of music and food. Here are the highlights.