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Of parties & birthdays

Published:Friday | April 13, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Leonora Rueda.
Sharon McConnell
Stephen 'Cat' Coore of Third World.
Joseph Adduci
Senator Norman Grant
Laurel deMercado
Jesús Silva

Chester Francis-Jackson, Contributor

My daahlings, it was simply one of those very hot Easter weekends that will long be remembered, especially for the party-hearty who made Negril their Easter getaway.

And more so for those who made Hedonism II their resort of choice, as luvs, we are talking a sizzler like no other. It was the kind of fab stuff from which urban legends spring and strangers become fast friends.

Pumpkins, we are talking a simply fabulous weeklong party, made that much more so by the slew of celebs and hot mamas and papas who were out to party hard!Sweet things, it was a dream weekend where fantasies came alive and partying took on a turn as in the disco, rumps were shaken; along the unending beach the partying was non-stop; and at the nude beach, the nude beach concierge, the absolutely fab Serena Williams (no relation to the tennis star) made sure her guests were pampered to a fault. Bartenders Delroy and Scumba served up some of the most potent island concoctions ever to bless the lips of man.

Dears, we are talking long breakfasts, lazy lunches and relaxed dinners that segued into long nights that started with the floor show, then moved to the piano bar where the new pianist, Mickey Spice, belted out all-time musical favourites, while guests get on bad; then move to partying to the disco or wading pools. But no night is ever complete without a visit to the resort's much-talked-about nude pool and party-sized Roman hot tub.

Dearhearts, trust moi, the Romans gave the world the toga, but Jamaica has upped the ante and given Hedonism II to the world, and now even the Romans are flocking to this modern interpretation of Romanesque indulgence.

My darlings, hail Caesar, and then some!

Mon congrats to Senator Angela Brown Burke on her elevation to the position of the capital's first citizen as mayor of Kingston and St Andrew.

We wish you well as we hope you will bring some semblance of order to the city.

And speaking of exciting people, places and things, former Mexican Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Leonora Rueda, now Mexico's ambassador to New Zealand, is back on the rock, and Kingston is set to rock, so more anon!

American actor Wesley Jonathan jetted in for some fun in the sun over the Easter holidays and was spotted at Hedonism II, partying up a storm.

Happy Birthday!

And belated birthday wishes to: internationally acclaimed musician Cat Coore, from the band Third World; the elegant Ruth Francis; the lovely Tanya Eldemire; the stunning Lydia Moss-Solomon; Therence Gibson; the stunning Alicia Nicole Fredericks; Bryan Davis, who all celebrated last Friday.

The fabulous Sophia Butler; the lovely Neisha Benjamin; Wendy Freckleton, in Mandeville; north coast habitués, the fabulous Angelita Byrd, in Philadelphia; and Dr Curtis Stone, of Alberta, Canada, who shared birthdays on Saturday the 7th.

The charmingly lovely Dierdre Ewart; actor and businessman Adam Hyde; Negril resident Joe Adduci of Aducci Cigars; Lennie Chin, now resident of Florida; and the fab Janet Chue Francis, formerly of Linstead, St Catherine, now resident of Summit, New Jersey, who celebrated on Sunday the 8th.

Olympian and fitness trainer, the fab Juliet Cuthbert; the lovely Sharon McConnell; the celebrated Keith Anthony; the affable Ewan Williams; pop dancer André Cosmic; social activist Maurice Tomlinson; and the fab Derricka Hart, in Toronto, Canada, who celebrated on Easter Monday, the 9th.

Dr Diana Davis-Smith; the celebrated Pliers; the charming Sandra Reynolds-Barrett; Benton McTaggart; the stunning Anne Harris; Paul Clahar, in Brooklyn, New York; and the fab Trish Galvin, in Moline, Illinois, who all celebrated on Tuesday the 10th.

The fab Sandra Cammock; the elegant Lana Forbes; the lovely Deneise White; Gregory Burrowes, over at Dolphin Cove, in Ocho Rios; Keisha Fagan, in Mandeville; Merika Amoy Ramoccan, formerly of Mandeville, Manchester, now resident of St Clair Shores, Michigan; the fabulously lovely Kathryn Wong-Crooks, in Ontario, Canada; the beautiful Micaela Gomez, in Lima, Peru, who all celebrated their birthday on Wednesday the 11th.

Celebrating yesterday, Thursday the 12th, were: the charming Sarah Manley; the elegant Dorothea Gordon-Smith; the fab Opal Wisdom; the lovely Britt Mitchell, in Ocho Rios; Roger Foster, now in Miami, Florida; the fabulous Elena Zinuhova, in New York; Bruce Francis, doctoral student at Walden University; Camilla Ebanks, now resident of Alberta, Canada.

Today might be unlucky for some, but for Marcus Brooks; Jason Ricketts; the lovely Nadine Blake; the fab Tanya Guthrie, in Ocho Rios, St Ann; Nathan Bird, in Montego Bay; Dennis Donovan Powell, in Washington, DC; the fabulous Shaka Spagnoletti, formerly of Hedonism II, now resident of Bealeton, Virginia, today is their birthday!

Come tomorrow, former Spanish ambassador to Jamaica, now ambassador to Panama, His Excellency Jesús Silva; the très fab Bridgette Anderson; George Wadsworth, formerly of Linstead, St Catherine, now resident of New York; and north coast habitué, the lovely Rebecca Pike, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, will be blowing out the candles on their birthday cakes.

On Sunday the 15th: the lovely Heaven Leigh Terrelonge; the charming Jan Polack, in Montego Bay; Ruel Francis, in Port Antonio; the celebrated Paul Levy, now resident of Pembroke Pines, Florida; and the lovely Winsome Johnson, formerly of Linstead, St Catherine, now in Brooklyn, New York, will share the same birthday.

On Monday, April 16, among those celebrating birthdays will be: the fab Rosamond Brown; Ansel Collins; the lovely Terry Ann Brown, in New York; and Donald Moore, formerly of Stony Hill, now resident of Bogota, Colombia, will make it a very special day of partying.

And on Tuesday the 17th, those celebrating will include: Senator Norman Grant; the elegant Laurel deMercado; famed National Dance Theatre Company former premier danseur Alaine Grant; André Cyrus; and the lovely Trudy Williams in Ocho Rios.

Come Wednesday the 18th: famed broadcaster and TV host Simon Crosskill; the charmingly fab Connie Holdsworth of Lasco; law clerk, the affable Anthony Watson; the fabulous Donna Hussey; the affable Stephen Hibbert; the lovely Prishana Rennie; Carl Thompson; the lovely Saneika Evans; fashion designer Michael Williams, now in Queens, New York; Jamaica-born international make-up artist Grantley McIntire, of NBC TV; and James Hyman, in the United Kingdom, will be the birthday celebrants.

And come next Thursday, the 19th: the lovely Colleen Flynn of Sagicor; model Jaime Rose; the fab actress Tulip Reid, now residing in the Sunshine State; the fabulous Anton Douglas, now resident of Wisconsin; and the lovely Teri Mitchell Wilson, Cockeysville, Maryland, will see out the birthday celebrations.

Many happy returns all around, with champagne toasts and beluga treats!