Jamaica Gleaner

VIVICA FOX'S B'DAY BASH

Star cel­e­brates birth­day in Ja

- Bar­ring­ton Flem­ming GLEANER WRITER

AMER­I­CAN AC­TRESS and tele­vi­sion pro­ducer Vivica Fox jet­ted into Mon­tego Bay with fam­ily and friends on Fri­day to celebrate her 51st birth­day at the el­e­gant Tav­ern at the White Witch, Rose Hall Great House prop­erty.

The vi­va­cious Fox, who looked ev­ery bit the diva in a rasp­berry jump­suit, got the party started as soon as she danced in at 8:30.

“Wow! It is so great to be here in one of my favourite places in the world – the beau­ti­ful city of Mon­tego Bay, to celebrate my 51st birth­day. I am es­pe­cially happy be­cause my brother, Mar­lon, who is here with me, also shares my birth­day. I am also happy that all of you are here to celebrate with me, and I thank God for bless­ing me and giv­ing me another year,” she said.

Dou­glas Gor­don, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Ocean Style Mag­a­zine, who said the com­pany has a won­der­ful re­la­tion­ship with the star, ex­pressed how pleased they were to have in­vited her back to Ja­maica to celebrate this mile­stone.

“We took this op­tion to bring Fox here to do some­thing spe­cial for her and her fam­ily and friends. I have done stuff in Mon­tego Bay for the past eight years, and we are com­mit­ted to cel­e­brat­ing and bring­ing at­ten­tion to the great city Mon­tego Bay with a good mix of com­merce and tourism prod­uct,” shared Gor­don.

New York-based Bar­ba­dian singer, Dwane An­to­nio, ser­e­naded the birth­day girl with Your Num­ber One Fan while Fox and her guests dined.

How­ever, it was Mon­tego Bay­based cabaret act Alisa Flem­mingShaw who got the full at­ten­tion of Fox and her guests.

Flem­ming-Shaw, with her flaw­less vo­cals, sang the Phyl­lis Hyman hit

Old Friend, which cap­ti­vated the in­ter­est of Fox and her guests. Flem­ming-Shaw’s per­for­mance moved Fox and lo­cal media per­son­al­ity Kha­dine ‘Miss Kitty’ Hyl­ton to their feet, with Fox call­ing out for more, to which Shaw will­ingly obliged.

Dur­ing the tributes, Hyl­ton shared: “You are sim­ply won­der­ful and fab­u­lous and ex­ude ex­cel­lence and beauty and grace.” She then en­treated Fox to learn some Ja­maican dance moves.

In­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed chef Collin Brown, who found fame in Lon­don for his Ja­maican-Euro­pean culi­nary fu­sion, had the party din­ing on a five-course meal which in­cluded sweet potato vichys­soise, shrimp with Scotch bon­net chilli sauce and salmon ce­viche, which was cho­sen by Fox her­self. Beef Welling­ton, which in­cor­po­rated Ja­maican patty crust and chicken roulade, rice and peas cro­quette, and for dessert – corn brûlée with fresh mango purée.

Lo­cal fash­ion de­signer Lisa McIn­tosh, of Neahlis De­signs, brought out the sig­na­ture birth­day cake, done by For­ever Sweet with sparkling can­dles, giv­ing the cake a jolt of ex­cite­ment.

Fox then took the dance floor soon af­ter invit­ing guests to dance the night away, which they cer­tainly did.

 ?? CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTOS ?? Vivica Fox is as­sisted to hold up her 51st birth­day cake by (from left) Mar­lon, Kha­dine ‘Miss Kitty’ Hyl­ton and Lisa McIn­tosh, while wait­ers add some spark with sparkling can­dles at­tached to the cham­pagne bot­tles.
CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTOS Vivica Fox is as­sisted to hold up her 51st birth­day cake by (from left) Mar­lon, Kha­dine ‘Miss Kitty’ Hyl­ton and Lisa McIn­tosh, while wait­ers add some spark with sparkling can­dles at­tached to the cham­pagne bot­tles.
 ??  ?? Model and en­tre­pre­neur, Chantel Davis, with friend Deryk Meany, res­i­dent man­ager, Se­crets Re­sorts.
Model and en­tre­pre­neur, Chantel Davis, with friend Deryk Meany, res­i­dent man­ager, Se­crets Re­sorts.
 ??  ?? Stacy Crooks strikes an el­e­gant pose for our cam­era in this hot off-shoul­der num­ber.
Stacy Crooks strikes an el­e­gant pose for our cam­era in this hot off-shoul­der num­ber.
 ??  ?? Ti­van Da­ley of Vistaprint, with his part­ner, Se­mone Mor­ris.
Ti­van Da­ley of Vistaprint, with his part­ner, Se­mone Mor­ris.
 ?? BAR­RING­TON FLEM­MING PHOTO ?? Randy McTyson and his dance part­ner get­ting their groove on on the dance floor.
BAR­RING­TON FLEM­MING PHOTO Randy McTyson and his dance part­ner get­ting their groove on on the dance floor.

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