Pegasus' Mother's Day Brunch kept them rocking
Jamaican singer Karen Smith entertains mothers at the Pegasus Mother's Day Brunch on Sunday. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)
It was a rollicking atmosphere inside the grand ballroom of the Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Sunday with Dwight Richards and friends and Karen Smith highlighting the Mother's Day Buffet Brunch that packed the venue with hundreds of guests.
Both Richards and Smith kept the audience rocking with a good blend of songs drawn from different genres with almost the entire ballroom rising and dancing during both of their performances.
In between the performances, emcee Dahlia Harris engaged the audience with fun activities that allowed guests to win various prizes from the different sponsors of the event.
One mother won for having the brightest colour nail polish, another for daring to attend in purple shoes and an 80-year-old who was "too shy" to dance for the audience, still got a prize for busting some moves earlier, before being called out by Harris.
There was also a kids' zone, and a fashion show with Saint International Models wearing local designs.
The mothers and their entourages were feted well by the staff of the Pegasus, with buffet-style food available for the duration of the four-hour event. Some guests journeyed from as far away as Trinidad and Tobago, New Jersey, New York and Florida.
According to Prudence Simpson, director of sales at the Jamaica Pegasus, the event was the hotel's way of treating mothers on their special day annually.
She said, "we are very pleased that persons have come out to support us. We had to close out very early because it is a very popular activity. It is all-inclusive, it is fun, it is energy, it is four hours on Mother's Day. You don't have to cook. You can come down and just enjoy the time with your family."
Public relations practitioner Camille Taylor, who was accompanied by four women who she said helped to shape her, was delighted with the opportunity to show some appreciation for their love and support during her formative years.
Taylor said, "it is not just Mother's Day celebrating my mother, but the women who had mothered me and encouraged myself and my sister. I am fortunate and extremely privileged to have four such women with me today. So today I am feeling especially privileged that I can share Mother's Day with all the women who mothered me."
Among Taylor's group was Sonia Joyce, who travelled from Orlando, Florida for the event and enjoyed the offerings fully.
Joyce, who turns 80 soon, said, "it was wonderful. The programme was beautiful."
Millicent Scott and three friends journeyed from St Thomas and were won over by the experience.
Scott said, "it was absolutely wonderful. It is my first time here and I enjoyed every moment, as the food was good, the entertainment was good, the ambience was good. Everything was just right. I am coming back next year if my life is spared."