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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

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Tregenza, Lisa, Iona Roach and Ian.Leos ruled the roost this month… as they are supposed to do. And as such we caught up with a couple of very special celebrations of August birthdays.
One day after his birthday, Tregenza Roach made his official Senate campaign announcement at Victor’s Hideout. Friends and supporters surprised him with a very unusual cake made by Melissa at Paradise Photo Cakes. Just fabulous!
And his good friend Betty Hicks also showed off her legendary baking prowess with an absolutely finger-licking Vienna cake to help with the merriment.
At the end of the evening there was hardly a crumb left of either confection.
The celebration was continued later in the week when Tregenza’s mother and my favorite St. Thomas matriarch, Iona Roach celebrated a milestone birthday surrounded by friends and her offspring.
Son, Ian also a Leo, and daughter, Lisa, flew in from Washington, D.C., and Florida respectively to join in the special dinner party held at Hook, Line and Sinker. Helping to spread birthday cheer were Karen Blyden, Enrique Rodriguez, Noreen Michael, Raul Carrillo, Winston Brathwaite, who shared the same birthday as Mrs. Roach, Sylvia Thomas and Lisa Melchior.
The party was delightful as Ian, Lisa and Tregenza honored their mother and shared stories about how she has always surrounded them with love throughout their lives even when she was physically separated from them for brief periods. Those of us who have come to know Mrs. Roach are honored and grateful to be able to share some of her big heart.
Tregenza's unusual birthday cake.The leading ladies of UVI’s Reichhold Center for the Arts, Pamela Toussaint, Denise Humphrey and Karen Gutloff hit this season’s offerings out of the park! What a scrumptious lineup they have chosen for this community.
The unveiling came at the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event at the center. Hordes attended to take advantage of the advance notice so they could purchase tickets early and many were definitely there for the free hors d’oeuvres and the $2 drink bar.
Run don’t walk to the box office or online to get your tickets for the season. I predict that they will sell so fast that this season will be completely sold out.
Opening the run in October will be the sizzling hot, Chaka Khan, followed by our very own Dion Parsons and the 21st Century Band, featuring Rashawn Ross in November. Among the other highlights are the smooth and silky, Michael Bolton in January, and I will definitely celebrate my birthday with South Africa’s sexy saxophonist-singer, Hugh Masekela in March and the legendary reggae artist Jimmy Cliff will come hard in April. Go to reichholdcenter.com for the complete lineup.
Before the announcement excitement mounted to a fever pitch as patrons and potential patrons tried to guess at who may have been chosen. As guests stood in lines for the food and drinks, the sizzling sounds of Spectrum band with the sensational Lorna Freeman-Dennis doin’ the dayum thing, rocked da house.
We spotted our dear friend, Rosary Harper dancing her way to a seat.
Among the myriads attending were many politicos including, Malik Sekou, Simon Caines, Janette Millin-Young who was accompanied by her sister, Juliette, Alecia Wells, Louis Hill, as well as Larry Boschulte, Stanford Mings, Joan Doss, Edward Thomas with his wife Lucia, Benita and Lukata Samuel, Juel Anderson, Larry and Linda Benjamin, Michael and Jennifer Toussaint, Gene Emmanuel, Betty Mahoney, Cornell Williams and his wife, Lena and UVI’s head honcho David Hall with his family.
You’ve been warned….hurry to get your tickets!

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Contact June Archibald with invitations to private and public events at june.archibald@gmail.com or source@viaccess.net

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