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Reef Bay

Reef Bay St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)
Reef Bay

Within the greater Reef Bay on St. John’s south coast are three inner bays, Parrot, the surfing beach accessible by road from Fish Bay, Little Reef Bay behind the shallow-water lagoon created by the reef just offshore and Genti Bay at the end of the Reef Bay Trail.

St. John News

Virgin Islands Daily News reporter’s article about running the 8 Tuff Miles Road Race

St. John Live Music Schedule

Wednesday 3/4

Aqua Bistro
Mark Wallace
5:30-8:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
Reverend Raven
9:00
340-777-4220

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am
340-777-3316

Coconut Coast Studios
St. John Flutes
5:30 – 7:30
340-776-6944

Cruz Bay Landing
Matt Mirkut
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Shipwreck Landing
Chris Carsel
6:30-9:30
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Coral Creek
6:00-9:00
340-779-4982

Virgin Fire
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 – 9:00
340-244-9713

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Seine Net

seine net
fishers setting a seine net

A seine is a fishing net that hangs vertically in the water with its bottom edge held down by weights and its top edge buoyed by floats.

St. John Events

St John School of the Arts
Today, Tuesday 3/3
7:30 pm

Still Dreaming
Still DreamingWith visiting filmmaker Jilann Spitzmiller
95 – minute documentary

Stretching physical, emotional and mental limits, a group of elderly Broadway actors, musicians and dancers bravely dive into a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and find that nothing is what it seems to be. These former Broadway stars, who reside at the Lillian Booth Actors Home just outside New York City, embark on a journey through the magical play at the urging of the Home’s administrators. The staff of the Home sees this as an opportunity to boost quality of life for the residents. The residents are not so sure.

As the rehearsal process unfolds, the actors find themselves experiencing both the pain and exhilaration of re-immersion in their life’s work amidst the vagaries of old age. At the same time, the troupe’s young co-directors, Ben Steinfeld and Noah Brody of NYC’s celebrated Fiasco Theater, struggle to maintain forward momentum with this over-80 acting ensemble.

Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and even minor issues such as sight and hearing loss create constant crises and obstacles for all involved. As the troupe pushes forward, the play’s themes of perception, reality vs. dreaming, and memory become relevant in sharp relief. Ultimately the performance of the play turns out to be surprising, mysterious and resonant, and a vital reminder of the value of engaging in our dreams no matter the circumstance.

Stay for the discussion with filmmaker Jilann Spitzmiller

St. John Live Music Schedule

Tuesday 3/3

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
8:00
340-201-1236

Beach Bar
Reverend Raven
9:00
340-777-4220

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am
340-777-3316

Cruz Bay Landing
T-Bird
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

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Rendezvous Bay

Rendezvous Bay St John USVI
Rendezvous Bay

Rendezvous Bay is the greater bay encompassing, from west to east, Hart, Monte, Klein and Ditleff Bays.

Supposedly, Rendezvous Bay got its name because it was reputed to be a rendezvous location for pirates.

There’s also a shark story about Rendezvous Bay. The story goes that there were two fisherman that often fished in the bay. It was said that they drank a lot and were prone to argue with one another. One day only one fisherman returned from the day’s fishing. He said that his friend had fallen overboard and was eaten by a shark. Whether his story was true or not was never investigated and no body was ever found.

St. John Events

St John School of the Arts
Tomorrow, Tuesday 3/3
7:30 pm

Still Dreaming
Still DreamingWith visiting filmmaker Jilann Spitzmiller
95 – minute documentary

Stretching physical, emotional and mental limits, a group of elderly Broadway actors, musicians and dancers bravely dive into a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and find that nothing is what it seems to be. These former Broadway stars, who reside at the Lillian Booth Actors Home just outside New York City, embark on a journey through the magical play at the urging of the Home’s administrators. The staff of the Home sees this as an opportunity to boost quality of life for the residents. The residents are not so sure.

As the rehearsal process unfolds, the actors find themselves experiencing both the pain and exhilaration of re-immersion in their life’s work amidst the vagaries of old age. At the same time, the troupe’s young co-directors, Ben Steinfeld and Noah Brody of NYC’s celebrated Fiasco Theater, struggle to maintain forward momentum with this over-80 acting ensemble.

Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and even minor issues such as sight and hearing loss create constant crises and obstacles for all involved. As the troupe pushes forward, the play’s themes of perception, reality vs. dreaming, and memory become relevant in sharp relief. Ultimately the performance of the play turns out to be surprising, mysterious and resonant, and a vital reminder of the value of engaging in our dreams no matter the circumstance.

Stay for the discussion with filmmaker Jilann Spitzmiller

St. John Live Music Schedule

Monday 3/2

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mirkut
5:30-8:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
Miss Fairchild
9:00
340-777-4220

Concordia
Open Mic
4:30 – 6:30
340-693-5855

Cruz Bay Landing
Chris Carsel
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Virgin Fire
Mark Wallace & Broheem
6:00 – 9:00
340-244-9713

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Under the Pillar Coral at Salt Pond Bay

St John Marine Life
Glassy-Eyed Snapper and Spotted Drum

There’s this really cool pillar coral on the reef at Salt Pond Bay around the rocks that break the surface in the center off the bay. This is one of the best snorkels on St. John so I snorkel here often. On this last snorkel a few days ago, I noticed that I seem to always see the same fish in the same place, namely these two, the glassy-eyed snapper and the spotted drum.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Sunday 3/1

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
4:30-7:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
Coral Creek
9:00
340-777-4220

Concordia
Brunch with Bo
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
340-693-5855

Cruz Bay Landing
Jazz
5:00-8:00
340-776-6908

Miss Lucy’s
Jazz Brunch
10:00 am-2:00 pm
340-693-5244

Shipwreck Landing
Chris Carsel
6:30-9:30
340-693-5640

Virgin Fire
Sunday Night Jam
Hosted by Mark Wallace
7:00-10:00
340-244-9713

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8 Tuff Miles Road Race Tomorrow!

St. John Events

8 Tuff Miles Road Race
Tomorrow  Saturday February 28 7:15 a.m.

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Centerline Road  will be  closed to vehicle traffic while runners navigate the course, beginning about 7:15 a.am.

As the last racers continue along the course, the road  will open behind them.

Centerline Road should be completely open sometime after 10:30 a.m.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Friday 2/27

Aqua Bistro
Steven Sloan
5:30-8:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
High Hopes
9:00
340-777-4220

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
8:00
340-201-1236

Cruz Bay Landing
Bri Felix
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Shipwreck Landing
Tropical Sounds
6:30-9:30
340-693-5640

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel & Friends
6:00-9:00
340-779-4982

Virgin Fire
Inner Vision
6:00 – 9:00
340-244-9713

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Catching a Spider (Almost)


The Ghost From Jost Demonstrates How to Catch a Spider

For those that don’t already know, “The Ghost From Jost” is Curtney Chinnery, culture man, poet, author and philosopher originally from Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands

St. John Live Music Schedule

Thursday 2/26

Aqua Bistro
T-Bird
5:30-8:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
High Hopes
9:00
340-777-4220

Banana Deck
Steel Pan
7:00 – 9:00
340-693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
8:00
340-201-1236

Concordia
Groovus
4:30 – 6:30
340-693-5855

Cruz Bay Landing
James
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Inn at Tamarind Court
Black Star Safari
6:00
340-776-6378

Rhumb Lines
Shane Meade
7:00
340-776-0303

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Sunset From Gifft Hill

Sunset from Gifft Hill St. John

St. John Live Music Schedule

Wednesday 2/25

Aqua Bistro
Mark Wallace
5:30-8:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
Jon Gazi
9:00
340-777-4220

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am
340-777-3316

Coconut Coast Studios
St. John Flutes
5:30 – 7:30
340-776-6944

Cruz Bay Landing
Matt Mirkut
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Shipwreck Landing
Chris Carsel
6:30-9:30
340-693-5640

Virgin Fire
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 – 9:00
340-244-9713

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Golden Orb Spider

Golden Orb Spider
Golden Orb Spider (Nephila clavipes)

If you’re walking around in the bush, you’re bound to come into contact with the sticky webs that these spiders weave. The webs can be quite large and they can span  distances of 20 feet or more. Wikipedia says that their bite is mildly toxic to humans, but in all my hundreds of encounters with them, getting their webs stuck all over me, I’ve never been bitten by one.

Golden Orb Spider (Nephila clavipes)  By Cmglee
Photo By Cmglee

The golden orb is the only spider known to make its webs strong enough to be used for various kinds of bags and fishnets and, as you can see in this photo, an exquisite cape.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Tuesday 2/24

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
8:00
340-201-1236

Beach Bar
St. Groovus
9:00
340-777-4220

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am
340-777-3316

Cruz Bay Landing
T-Bird
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

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If you don’t like the weather…

Ditleff Point St. John Virgin Islands
Squall over Ditleff Point

Although the weather forecast was for sunny skies, yesterday saw squall after squall passing over St. John, each one lasting just briefly. I love the way you can see the weather as it moves across the sky.

And the St. John adage, “if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes,” certainly held true yesterday.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Monday 2/23

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mirkut
5:30-8:30
340-776-5336

Beach Bar
T-Bird
9:00
340-777-4220

Concordia
Open Mic
4:30 – 6:30
340-693-5855

Cruz Bay Landing
Chris Carsel
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Virgin Fire
Mark Wallace & Broheem
6:00 – 9:00
340-244-9713

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