May 27, 2007 — There was food, dancing, music and people galore at the Fourth Annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at the Palms Court Harborview on Sunday afternoon.
The overflow crowd was dressed in their Sunday best to celebrate National Senior Citizens Month and to honor Ms. Theresa Abbott, age 108.
Abbott was accompanied by her close friend Edward Lettsome, who said that she had known about the celebration but was surprised and touched by the number of people in attendance.
Sydney Flax, who gave the invocation and benediction at the event, said that Abbott could be 107 or 108, but it was hard to tell, because records going back that far were inaccurate.
Regardless, Abbott was resplendent in pink, as she was offered congratulations and well wishes by attendees, who included former Gov. Charles W. Turnbull and Sen. Liston Davis.
As the smells of the buffet wafted over the crowd, master of ceremonies Eddie Donoghue kept the crowd entertained and a jammed-packed show moving. We have a great show for you. Better than anything you have ever seen before at these luncheons, said Donoghue.
The music was provided by island favorites. Milos Kings and first to hit the dance floor were the Mungo Niles Cultural Dancers.
The traditional dancing was followed by a dance and fashion show by students from Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, who modeled contemporary styles and evening wear.
Vocalists Rivo Hodge and Attalah Bertrand both sang impressively. In one of the afternoons highlights, Bertrand was joined by Donoghue, who danced while she sang Wind Beneath My Wings.
Celebrating the territorys heritage and culture, poet Fabiola Martin-Rhymer read two of her poems from her latest book, Perspectives.
The poetry was followed by spectacular performances by the Bertha C. Boschulte Steel Band and the Gladys Abraham Elementary School Choir.
After the awarding of door prizes, which included perfumes, hotel visits and a cruise for two, Davis made his closing remarks and thanked everyone.
Donoghue said that they had work hard to put everyone in the mood for dancing.
And dance they did for a few hours to the sounds of Milos Kings.
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