St. John News and Happenings

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St. John Events

Annual Folk Festival

Annaberg Sugar Plantation Ruins 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The management of Virgin Islands National Park announces the presentation of the 22nd Annual Folk-life Festival on Feb. 28 and March 1. The management is extending an invitation to all schools, both public and private, to have students attend. However, if it is at all possible, the first day (Feb. 28), is geared towards grades K – 6, and the second day (March 1) is geared towards grades 7 – 12. Music will be provided by Smalls and the Music Makers.
Annaberg Sugar Plantation ruins
Name: Ranger Golda Hermon – 776-6201, ext. 239

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Caribbean News

Coral comeback: Reef ‘seeding’ in the Caribbean
By By DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press

ORACABESSA BAY, Jamaica (AP) — Mats of algae and seaweed have shrouded the once thick coral in shallow reefs off Jamaica’s north coast. Warm ocean waters have bleached out the coral, and in a cascade of ecological decline, the sea urchins and plant-eating reef fish have mostly vanished, replaced by snails and worms that bore through coral skeletons….

…In the U.S. Virgin Islands, scientists with The Nature Conservancy have reared some 2,500 coral colonies and transplanted over 1,000 fragments to local reefs with the aid of U.S. stimulus money. In the Dominican Republic, the Puntacana Ecological Foundation in the thriving tourist town of Punta Cana has planted some 1,200 fragments of Acropora coral, a genus that includes staghorn and elkhorn…. Read entire article

St. John Weather (10:00 AM Great Cruz Bay)

Another beautiful St. John Day. Clear, blue skies with puffy white clouds. Moderate winds from the southeast. High temperature forecast 79 degrees F.  Sun sets at 6:24 PM and the moon will rise at 9:09 PM (a waning gibbous – still fairly full)

St. John Live Music Schedule Thursday February 28

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
James
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Inner Vision
8:30
714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
Jazz with Rich and Greg
6:00 – 9:00

Morgan’s Mango
Mark Wallace
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones Magnie
6:00
779 4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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St John Beaches, News & Happenings

St John BeachesWhat is it exactly about St. John, Virgin Island beaches that make them so special? … read more

Press Release: St John Brewers:

St John Brewers Ginger BeerSt. John Brewers Announces New Ginger Beer Soda, to be Sold Throughout the Virgin Islands

Things are about to get dark ‘n stormy for the St. John Brewers guys. This month, they’ll release their third soda, a ginger beer, which will join the brewers’ popular Green Flash energy drink and Root Beer.

The ginger beer, a well-balanced take on the classic Caribbean beverage, features spicy ginger notes with a sweet balance. The recipe was perfected over the past four years at St. John Brewers’ on-site brewery at their well-known Mongoose Junction brewpub, the Tap Room.

“It’s a recipe that Kevin and I created at the Tap Room that we’ve been brewing in small batches for the past four years,” said St. John Brewers co-owner Chirag Vyas. “Because of its popularity at the Tap Room, where we’ve been serving it on draft, we decided it was time to bottle it and release it to the larger market of the Virgin Islands.”

The recipe calls for pure cane sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup, resulting in a perfectly refreshing ginger beverage.

“It’s not too spicy or too sweet,” said Chipman. “It’s balanced the way our customers have enjoyed it over the years.”

Vyas and his St. John Brewers partner Kevin Chipman recommend the ginger beer as part of the popular Caribbean dark ‘n stormy cocktail – a sweet and spicy combination of rum and ginger beer – or on its own over ice for the perfect end to a day spent on a beautiful Virgin Islands beach.

Due to the constraints of their small on-site brewery, the ginger beer soda will be bottled at St. John Brewers’ production partner in Portland, Maine while draft production will remain in the Virgin Islands. Vyas and Chipman will constantly monitor the product to ensure that it continues to meet their strict specifications.

St. John Brewers’ other two sodas, the Green Flash energy drink and their Root Beer, as well as their Tropical Mango Ale, Island Summer Ale, Liquid Sunshine Belgian Ale, and Island Hoppin’ IPA beers, were all created by Vyas and Chipman on the island of St. John and are distributed locally in the Virgin Islands and in the U.S. mainland.

Additionally, Vyas and Chipman continue to create small batch brews on-site, like their Amber Jack, Double IPA, and Frozen Cistern Winter Ale, available on draft at the Tap Room.

The ginger beer will be sold at convenience stores, bars, and restaurants throughout the Virgin Islands by distribution partner West Indies Corporation and found wherever St. John Brewers products are available.

St John Events

Friends of the Library
The Friends of Elaine I. Sprauve Library will have a tasty footnote to their annual meeting, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the library.

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St. John Weather

Chocolate Hole looking east southeast 10:00 AM
It’s It’s partly cloudy. Clearer in the east with darker clouds in the mountains to the north. There’s a strong breeze coming from the southeast, so the seas look choppy, with lots of whitecaps (Old Virgin Island Saying about white-capped seas: “the sheep are in the meadow”) It’s cool, (cold for Virgin Islanders) with a high temperature forecast at 79 degrees F, which, by the way, is a few degrees cooler than the ocean water at 82.9 degrees F. Want to warm up? Jump in the sea.

1:15 PM Update
Clear blue skies, 79 degrees F, winds seem to have moderated or possibly shifted more to the north.

St. John Live Music Schedule Wednesday February 27

Aqua Bistro
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 8:00
776-5336

Castaways
Flip Flop Rock
8:00
777-3316

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
776-6944

Cruz Bay Prime
Sambacombo
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00
714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
David Reed
6:00 – 9:00
693-5254

Shipwreck Landing
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30

Sun Dog Cafe
Wednesday Night Jam
Lauren & Mark Wallce
7:30-10:30
244-9713

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The Queen’s Lincoln

Bob and Nell Deniston
The late Bob and Nell Deniston and the Lincoln that carried the Queen – Smugglers Cove, Lower Belmont Bay, Tortola BVI

“…It seems that on the Queen’s previous visit to Tortola in 1966, her motorcade did not proceed as smoothly as those involved would have liked. On that occasion, the Queen had taken part in a brief ceremony at the dock at Sopers Hole, after which she proceeded by motorcar to Road Town and then on to the eastern end of the island to dedicate the newly constructed bridge connecting Tortola with Beef Island and the airport.”

In those days, when security was less of an issue than it is today, the Queen customarily would be carried in an open vehicle where she could be seen by, and wave to, the throngs of admirers lining the route of the procession. On her 1966 visit, the Queen was presented with an almost brand new, two-door Buick convertible coupe for the motorcade. Unfortunately, a two-door model is undesirable for the transportation of royal personages due to the inherent problems of entering and exiting the vehicle.

The Queen obviously does not drive the car, nor ride shotgun next to the driver. She sits in the back seat. In a two-door convertible this means that someone has to fold down the front seat allowing her to sit in the rear. This procedure cannot be done gracefully, and there was a moment when the posterior of Her Majesty’s anatomy, which was fairly wide-beamed I might add, was presented to the public and, unfortunately, to certain photographers as well. As might be expected, the Queen was unhappy, to say the least, with the resulting scuttlebutt over photographs appearing in some unsympathetic publications…. read entire article

For more St. John and Virgin islands stories like this check out “Tales of St. John and the Caribbean”

St. John News

Montessori School Fundraiser Set for Saturday
By Lynda Lohr — February 25, 2013

Twenty tickets remain for the St. John Montessori School’s fundraiser Flame and Fusion Dinner Auction, according to dinner and auction organizer Katie Tarta. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Concordia Eco-resort…. read more

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St. John Weather

High Surf Advisory!
Clear with rain showers in the afternoon
High of 79 degrees F
Winds from the SE at 10 to 15 mph
Chance of rain 20%
Water temperature: 82.9 degrees F
Sunrise: 6:39 AM AST – Sunset 6:24 PM AST
Full Moon Rises at 7:18 PM AST

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Steven Sloan
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

Driftwood David’s
Benn Marr
5:30 – 8:30
777-4015

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
714-6169

Island Blues
Karaoke & Open Mic
8:00 – 11:00
776-6800

La Tapa
Greg Kinslow
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Miss Lucy’s
David Reed
6:00 – 9:00
693-5254

Morgan’s Mango
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:30
693-3304

Spyglass
T-Bird
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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St. John News & Happenings

picnic table at battery, st john us virgin islands (usvi)
Picnic table at the Cruz Bay Battery

St. John News

Cheese Sommelier to Speak at Friends of Library Meeting

By Lynda Lohr — February 24, 2013

The Friends of Elaine I. Sprauve Library will have a tasty footnote to their annual meeting, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the library.

Cheese sommelier Kathy Guidi will connect cheese to literature starting at 6 p.m.

“Greek feta was in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey,” Guidi said.

She’ll feature a Spanish Manchego that was a favorite of Don Quixote. She said she’ll link a French camembert to famous chef Julia Child because of her years in France. An artisan cheddar is also on the menu because of its prominence in American cooking.

“Cheese has so many stories to tell,” she said…. read more

St. John Weather

High Surf Advisory
Full Moon Tonight
Clear
High of 79 degrees F
Winds from the North at 10 to 15 mph
Sunrise: 6:40 AM AST – Sunset 6:23 PM AST
Water temperature 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Trivia Night
8:00
777-3316

Concordia
Ben Marr – Open Mic
3:30 – 5:30

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Maho Bay Camp
Bo & Lauren
8:00

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

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St. John News and Happenings

Cruz Bay Dock St John US Virgin Islands 1965
Cruz Bay Dock, St. John 1965 – photo by Bob Garrison

St. John Events

Oppenheimer Recovery Beach Party

From 11AM- 4PM walk, run or swim to Oppenheimer beach to indulge in some St John Limin’!

Soak, feast and groove to Live Music, cool libations and an Island Style Clam Bake & BBQ.

All proceeds will benefit Love City St John Cancer Fund

$5 shuttle service across from Mongoose Junction please use public parking lot

NO PARKING AT OPPENHEIMER BEACH- volunteers contact Judy Whitley jwnp1234@yahoo.com

St. John News

Course Record Broken in 8 Tuff Miles
By Lynda Lohr — February 24, 2013

David Riddle, 31, an aviation engineer from Cincinnati, set a course record in Saturday’s 8 Tuff Miles race with a time of 45 minutes and 46 seconds, 14 seconds faster than the old mark.

Riddle was the first of 1,207 runners to cross the finish line at the Coral Bay Ballfield. The race started in Cruz Bay…. Read more

8 Tuff Miles Results

St. John Weather

Partly cloudy with rain showers in the afternoon
High of 79 degrees F
Winds from the ESE at 5 to 15 mph
Chance of rain 30%
Sunrise: 6:41 AM AST Sunset: 6:23 PM AST
Water temperature 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

Concordia
Bo
Sunday Brunch 10:00 am

Cruz Bay Prime
Mark Wallace
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00
714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
Sambacombo
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
693-5254

Ocean Grill
David Laab
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
T-Bird
7:00 – 10:00

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club
7:00 – 10:00

Sun Dog Cafe
David Laab
11:00 am- 2:00 pm
244-9713

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Peter Bay Past and Pesent

cinnamon bay trail overlook 1965
View of Peter Bay from the Cinnamon Bay Trail Overlook 1965

Cinnamon Bay Trail Overlook
View of Peter Bay from the Cinnamon Bay Trail Overlook 2012

The tract of land, which now serves as the exclusive gated development at Peter Bay was formerly owned by the Hall family. The land was offered to the Virgin Islands National Park at a price quite a bit less than the assessed value at the time. When the VINP refused the offer, the land was sold to developers.

St. John Events

8 Tuff Miles Results

The 17th Annual St.John 8 Tuff Miles Road Race
Saturday February 23rd 2013 – 7:15am
Course: Cruz Bay to Coral Bay, St. John USVI
Via Centerline Road Distance 8.375 miles

This course begins and ends at sea level. Along the way you will reach an elevation of 999 ft. There is approximately 1400 ft. of elevation gain in the first 5 1/2 miles and then it’s back to sea level. The course actually measures 8 3/8 miles. The temperature at the start of the race is usually in the low 80s

Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park 9th Annual Gala
An Evening to Remember! 25th Anniversary Gala, at Presidio Del Mar

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Dengue Still a Problem, Health Commissioner Tells Senate Committee
By Bill Kossler — February 21, 2013

Growing numbers of dengue cases in the U.S. Virgin Islands since November highlight the need to fight the mosquitoes that carry the illness by draining stagnant water and repairing screens, Health Commissioner Darice Plaskett told the Senate during committee hearings Thursday.

Plaskett testified to the Health, Hospital, Human Services and Veterans’ Affairs Committee on St. Thomas that there was “a noted increase” in the number of reported dengue cases in November, … read more

Former EDC Beneficiary Arrested On St. Thomas
By Source Staff — February 22, 2013

James Tagliaferri, who managed and controlled TAG Virgin Islands, an investment advice firm registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, was arrested in St. Thomas Friday for allegedly defrauding his clients, according to the U.S. Department of Justice…. read more

New Mamey Peak Dumpster on the Way, WMA Says
By Lynda Lohr — February 21, 2013

A new trash bin is on the way, but it won’t come soon enough for Coral Bay area residents who are tired of looking at the garbage flowing from the bottom of the rusted-out Dumpster located at Mamey Peak. The trash container is on Centerline Road, and the garbage from the Dumpster blows across the street and down the road for several hundred yards…. read more

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St. John Weather

Partly cloudy with rain showers in the morning, then clear with rain showers
High of 79 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the ENE at 10 to 20 mph
Chance of rain 20%
Sunrise: 6:41 AM AST – Sunset: 6:23 PM AST
Water Temperature: 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Castaways
Mikey P 9:00
Dance Party 11:00
777-3316

Cruz Bay Prime
Mike Wallace
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

Island Blues
Reverend Raven
6:00
776-6800

Miss Lucy’s
David Reed
6:00 – 9:00
693-5254

Morgan’s Mango
Luba
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:30
693-3304

Rhumblines
Lauren
7:00 – 10:00

Skinny Legs
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00
779 4982

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St. John Seabirds: Brown Pelican

St John Fauna: Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

A wonderful bird is a pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak Food enough for a week;
But I’m damned if I see how the helican.

Often attributed to Ogden Nash but actually from “The Pelican” by Dixon Lanier Merrith.

Brown Pelican

Outside of man, pelicans have few natural enemies. Occasionally a hungry shark happens to be in the vicinity when a pelican makes its dive into the sea, but this happens only rarely.

Man, however, has been a serious threat to the brown pelican…. read more

St John News

Police Advise Centerline to be Closed Saturday During 8 Tuff Miles
By Lynda Lohr — February 21, 2013

Centerline Road will be closed Saturday for the 8 Tuff Miles race until the participants are safely past, Deputy Police Chief Maria Jones said Thursday, firming up information provided this week by the race committee.

Gilly Grimes of St. John’s chapter of the Amateur Radio Emergency System pointed out that it was particularly important for vacation villa managers to alert their guests of this road closure because if guests are planning to depart the villa between 7 and 10:30 a.m., they could find themselves stuck and miss their planes…. read more

St John Weather

Clear with rain showers in the morning, then partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 82 degrees F
Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph
Chance of rain 20%
Sunrise: 6:42 AM AST – Sunset: 6:22 PM AST
Water temperature 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Michael Beason
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Mikey P 8:00
Dance Party 11:00
777-3316

Cinnamon Bay
Eddie Bruce Drum Circle
6:30 – 8:00

Concordia
Bo & Lauren
6:30 – 9:00

High Tide
Mikey P
9:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Reverend Ravin
6:00 – 9:00
776 6378

Miss Lucy’s
David Reed
6:00 – 9:00
693-5254

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

Shipwreck Landing
Mitch Woods
7:00-10:00

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel & Company
6:00
779 4982

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Cruz Bay Past and Present

Cruz Bay Overlook 1965
Cruz Bay 1965

Cruz Bay Overlook
Cruz Bay Recent

St. John Weather

Partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 79 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the South at 15 to 20 mph
Chance of rain 20%
Sunset: 6:43 AM AST – Sunset: 6:22 PM AST
Water temperature: 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
James
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Inner Vision
8:30
714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
Jazz with Rich and Greg
6:00 – 9:00

Morgan’s Mango
Mark Wallace
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones Magnie
6:00
779 4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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Waterlemon Bay

waterlemon overlook 1978
Waterlemon Bay 1978

waterlemon overlook 2011
Waterlemon Bay Recent

Not much of a change in the almost three and a half decades, with the exception of the well cleared ruins and stand of coconut palms in 1978.

St. John Events

St. John Arts Festival
Cruz Bay Park
Beginning at 12:30 pm
Inner Visions Band

St. John Film Society
Ring of Fire:
The Emile Griffith Story
Cases by the Sea, Coral Bay
7:30pm

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St John Weather

High Surf Advisory!
Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear with rain showers
High of 82 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the SE at 10 to 20 mph
Chance of rain 30%
Sunrise: 6:43 AM AST Sunset: 6:22 PM AST
Water Temperature: 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 8:00
776-5336

Castaways
Flip Flop Rock
8:00
777-3316

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00
776-6944

Cruz Bay Prime
Sambacombo
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00
714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
David Reed
6:00 – 9:00
693-5254

Shipwreck Landing
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30

Sun Dog Cafe
Wednesday Night Jam
Lauren & Mark Wallce
7:30-10:30
244-9713

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Maho Bay: Past & Present

Maho Bay Palms

maho palms 1965
1965

maho palms 2011
2011

St. John News

V. I. National Park Removes Dangerous Coconut Trees
By Source Staff — February 15, 2013
The management of Virgin Islands National Park alerts the public it will be removing some of the more hazardous and/or dead coconut trees from Maho Bay pavilion and parking areas. The work is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, according to a press release issued Friday by the U.S. Department of the Interior…. read more

8 Tuff Miles Set for Huge Turnout on Saturday
By Lynda Lohr — February 18, 2013

With up to 1,500 people participating in the 17th annual 8 Tuff Miles race on Saturday, residents should expect sections of Centerline Road between Cruz Bay and Coral Bay to be closed to traffic when runners are passing.

“It’s a big doggone event,” said Jeff Miller, a member of the organizing committee.

The 8.375-mile race begins at begins at 7:15 a.m. and runs from near the V.I. National Park ballfield to Coral Bay ballfield. The fastest runners do the course in under an hour…. read more

St. John Events Tuesday February 19

St. John Arts Festival
Cruz Bay Park
Beginning at 12:30 pm
Koko and the Sunshine Band, Caribbean Ritual Dancers and Mocko Jumbies.

Full Schedule

St. John Weather

High Surf Advisory!
Partly cloudy with rain showers in the morning, then clear with rain showers
High of 81 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the West at 20 to 25 mph shifting to the North in the afternoon
Chance of rain 20%
Sunrise: 6:44 AM AST – Sunset: 6:21 PM AST
Water Temperature 82.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Steven Sloan
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
714-6169

Island Blues
Karaoke & Open Mic
8:00 – 11:00
776-6800

La Tapa
Greg Kinslow
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Miss Lucy’s
David Reed
6:00 – 9:00
693-5254

Morgan’s Mango
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:30
693-3304

Spyglass
T-Bird
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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