Hotel Mockingbird Hill took a day out to celebrate and have a holiday inviting the famous Alpha Boys’ School from their school in Kingston and pupils from the special needs ‘School of Hope’ to a very special Easter party hosted in our slow food restaurant Mille Fleurs, TripAdvisor’s #1 restaurant in Port Antonio.
Madonna and Jamaica don’t often get mentioned in the same sentence but we think the lyrics of her song Take a Holiday sum up a wonderful day that celebrated our community and the talents and differences of Jamaica’s children. Not only did local children have a sensory delight listening and dancing to the amazing live music performed by some of the very talented pupils at the Alpha Boys School, but all the children and their teachers got to learn some new delicious recipes and useful life cookery skills using sustainable breadfruit flour.
If we took a holiday
Took some times to celebrate
Just one day out of life
We’re gonna have a celebration
All across the world in very nation
It’s time for the good times.
Forget about the bad times, oh yeah
One day to come together
To release the pressure
We need a holiday.
If we took a holiday
Took some time to celebrate
[Come on let’s celebrate]
The Hotel Mockingbird team kindly donated their precious time off at a busy time of the year and the petrol to the wonderful Mr White, our charming taxi driver who will be remembered by so many ex-guests. He shared his valuable time for free by driving to Kingston to ferry the Alpha School children across the Blue Mountains to Port Antonio and then taking them safely back again at the end of the party.
The boys from the Alpha School kindly agreed to come and play at our party without charge and four of them and their accompanying teachers were kindly hosted by the our local agriturismo, Restoration Village Farm. We were delighted that they had such a good time!
“Many thanks for treating Alpha to a wonderful day (and night for Brother Todd and Ron). It was a day the students (Alpha and School of Hope) will remember for their entire lives I am sure. ” Joshua Chamberlain
The children were taught to use breadfruit flour that had been kindly donated by the Trees that Feed Foundation, and together we baked recipes we had especially created for the event, muffins and fruit cake using this very special gluten-free flour.
Sharing and taking time out to learn, see, listen and do something entirely different made for a precious day and we’re really looking forward to the next one!