Big Mamas, Most Beautiful Girls buzz Joy FM Family Party in the Park
Wow! But that was real fun. I mean if you weren't at the third edition of the Joy FM Family Party in the Park at the Legon Botanical Gardens on Saturday, it's your big, big loss.
Heavyweight mamas, (some actually dead weights, except they were no load to themselves or anybody else given their agility) on the dance floor and at the musical chairs, plus a bevy of beauties from Ghana's Most Beautiful pageant on TV3 who came to wiggle and boogie to good music and food.
In the comfortable shades of the “forested” trees of the Botanical Gardens, fathers were cuddling, nannying, or walking little family members, while moms spread varieties of family favourite camping foods and games.
Kids ran after one bouncy castle or chased a cartoon character or went for face and body painting, while others went horse riding.
Everywhere one turned, a happy smile planted on the lips of a partying individual elicited a good requite, and even when the rains threatened to dampen an otherwise sun-shining day, spirits remained flamboyantly high – no, the rains were not going to spoil anyone's day.
The rains did pour down, seeping through the canopy of green leaves mounted by the garden trees, and managed momentarily to scatter revelers – everyone dashing for cover under the many tents or large umbrellas provided by organisers. A great forethought.
And even while the rains poured, several culinary dishes steamed hot, flavoured by Onga seasonings, and little queues here and there picnicked pleasantly.
But the big mamas who predictably managed to break one of the chairs provided for musical chairs as a pair of them, in a contest for survival brought down their weight to bear on the 'miserable' chair, stole the show, goaded by Joy FM's DJs - Black, Gabby Adjetey, Jamie, Nii Ayi Tagoe and Bola as well as live band music by the Shabo Crew.
The men were not completely outdone though – they also provided some of the most exciting moments competing for first place in Azonto dance only to be found out to be now picking lessons how to even shake their legs and little funny butts. Some tried to even grow festoons out of the tiny backs and only managed to get everyone cheering and laughing.
And the young of course, gave a show twisting , be it dancing or musical chairs. You may not want to be left out of spending quality time with the family the next time the bell tolls, or you will have to wait for me to come and paint a picture of the little I saw for you.
The party was sponsored by Onga from Promasidor (manufacturers of Cowbell), Schwepps Malt from Coca Cola, Clique from Expresso, Yes Mineral Water and Cal Kiddie Save Account from Cal Bank.
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