Annaberg Folk Life Festival Continues

St. John Virgin Islands Culture" Blowing the Conch
Sounding the Conch

St. JOhn USVI Culture: Annaberg Folk Festival
Annaberg Folk Life Festival

St. John Culture: Johnny Cake
Making Johnny Cake

The 23rd annual Annaberg Folk Life Festival continues today. Yesterdays events included traditional methods of making honey, bread, johnny cakes, maubi, baskets, brooms and native arts and crafts.

St. John Events

23rd Annual Folk Life Festival
Location: Annaberg Sugar Plantation ruins
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The Management of Virgin Islands National Park wishes to announce the presentation of the 23rd Annual Folk-life Festival.

The theme of this year’s program is “Our Culture, Our Future: Passing the Torch.”  It is the Park’s goal that this year’s festival activities inspire younger generations to conserve the heritage and cultural diversity of the Virgin Islands through interpretation, presentations and interactions with speakers.

Information Desk Contact Phone Number: (340) 776-6201, ext. 238

Friday Best of Both Worlds: Friday Night Fêtes
The Best of Both Worlds Fine Art and Craft Gallery is pleased to invite the public to a series of Friday Night Fêtes beginning Friday, February 21.  The first Fêtes will feature the artwork and music of T. Breeze Verdant on February 21 and February 28, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Mongoose Junction, St. John.  Paul Tsakeres of Island Cork will be offering a wine tasting of his favorites from around the world and other shops and restaurants will be open so come for the art, music and fun.

For more information, please contact Best of Both Worlds at 340-693-7005 or by e-mail at thebestof@optimum.net

An Evening with the Arts

Second Floor Marketplace – Kimberly Boulon, Fine Art Gallery – 5:00 – 8:00

This is the 2nd year ST JOHN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS students will be participating in their interpretation of “Caribbanese.

evening with arts

The artwork above is being raffled off and 100% of the sales will go toward SJSA!  Tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50.  You do not need to be present to win and we will mail the artwork to you if you are not on island.

Won’t you buy a ticket and help us keep the arts alive for the St. John children?  Thank you.

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

Best of Both Worlds
Friday Night Fêtes
T. Breeze Verdant
6:00 – 9:00
693-7005

Beach Bar
Jeff White
9:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
777-3316

High Tide
Mikey P
7:00 ish
714-6169

Island Blues
Brother Nature
8:00
776-6800

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

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

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

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

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

Virgin Fire
Aussie Guitars
The David T Carter Duo
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Folklife Festival Keeps Island Traditions Alive
By Lynda Lohr — February 27, 2014

Keeping island traditions alive is getting harder because the people that passed them along have died or are very old, V.I. National Park Interpretation Chief Paul Thomas said he found out when he began to organize this year’s Folklife Festival.

“Too much of our tradition is gone,” Thomas said as he urged some of the hundreds of school children who gathered Thursday for the first day of the 23rd annual event to gather near Annaberg Plantation’s sugar mill for the opening ceremony.

The Folklife Festival, sponsored by the Friends of the Park group, continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday…

 Port Authority to raise ferry fares to BVI Marine tariffs for BVI-USVI ferries
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: February 27, 2014

ST. THOMAS – Ticket prices for ferry trips to the British Virgin Islands most likely will increase by about $5 in April, and the money will fund projects at St. Thomas ferry terminals.

V.I. Port Authority Executive Director Carlton Dowe recently met with the three BVI-to-USVI ferry operators to discuss the new tariff, and a public hearing on the tax is scheduled for March 7.

The Port Authority board approved the increase – the first in almost 20 years – last year, and it will go into effect April 1….

…The Port Authority will use the added revenue to fix the ferry docks and facilities that have fallen into disrepair.

It also will fund some new things that will make life easier for ferry passengers.

The new tax will pay for the construction of a U.S. Customs house in Red Hook, eliminating the need for travelers from the BVI to check in on St. John before arriving on St. Thomas.

“That will cut down on the time it takes to travel between the BVI and the USVI,” Marrero said.

The Red Hook ferry terminal’s parking lot will double in size when it is turned into a two-story parking garage, Marrero said.

The wooden fenders that line the concrete dock at Blyden Marine Terminal along the St. Thomas waterfront are rotting, and the new fees will allow the Port Authority to replace the fenders with rubberized material that will last longer and be better for the boats, Marrero said.

“It’s more expensive, but it’s more durable,” she said.

The old dock at Red Hook also will be rehabilitated, she said.

“It’s still used for a lot of the smaller ferries traveling from the BVI,” Marrero said…. read more

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 71. East wind around 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

 

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Annaberg

St. John Attractions: Annaberg
Annaberg Horsemill 1959 photo by Frederik C. Gjessing

Annaberg Horsemill

Annaberg Horsemill

When the horsemill was being used, horses, oxen or mules walked around the circular horsemill turning the three crushers. Four slaves were needed to run the animal mill. One drove the animals, two worked the rollers feeding the cane and one took away the left over sugarcane pulp called bagasse.

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St. John Events

23rd Annual Folk Life Festival
Location: Annaberg Sugar Plantation ruins
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The Management of Virgin Islands National Park wishes to announce the presentation of the 23rd Annual Folk-life Festival.

The theme of this year’s program is “Our Culture, Our Future: Passing the Torch.”  It is the Park’s goal that this year’s festival activities inspire younger generations to conserve the heritage and cultural diversity of the Virgin Islands through interpretation, presentations and interactions with speakers.

Information Desk Contact Phone Number: (340) 776-6201, ext. 238

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Emile Griffith
By MATT SCHOCH (Daily News Staff)
Published: February 26, 2014

ST. THOMAS – Everyone was in agreement Tuesday at a legislative committee meeting that a statue to honor St. Thomas boxing icon Emile Griffith was an appropriate gesture.

Now there’s just the issue of how it gets funded.

The V.I. Legislature’s Committee on Culture, Historic Preservation, and Youth and Recreation discussed the bill to honor the late boxing champion, hearing testimony from supporters who lauded Griffith, who died last July…. read more

The Griffith and Paret Fight
Read SeeStJohn.com article about the infamous Griffith and Paret Fight

Territory Treated Like ‘Less Than Second-Class Citizens,’ Christensen Says
By Source Staff — February 27, 2014

Residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands are being treated as less than second-class citizens with regards to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Delegate Donna M. Christensen told federal officials Tuesday in Washington, D.C.… read more

Federal Farm Bill Might End V.I. Cockfighting
By Bill Kossler — February 27, 2014

A provision of the 2014 Farm Bill would make attending a cockfight a crime, creating an apparent conflict with local law and tradition that has the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam seeking clarification.

The provision is a small part of the massive annual bill on its way to the president’s desk, which also includes agriculture subsidies and reduced Food Stamp funding. It makes attending a cockfight punishable by up to one year in jail and a $100,000 fine. Bringing a minor up to the age of 16 to a cockfight can land someone in prison for up to three years with a $250,000 fine…. read more

Source Manager’s Journal: The Horrors of American Air Travel
By Frank Schneiger — February 27, 2014

Children, listen up. It wasn’t always like this. Older people have a funny habit of seeing the past as a “golden age” of some kind. “Why, when I was your age….” And then, here it comes.

Often this rosy view of the good old days is false but sometimes it’s true. Air travel is one of those sometimes. But if you are under 20 years of age, all that you have ever known is our current nightmare.

For example, did you know that there used to be two classes, “first class” and “coach”? Coach then was what first class is today. You got a wide seat, some good food and the flight attendants were nice to you. There was no equivalent to today’s coach, that configuration being reserved for government planes transporting war criminals, serial killers and sex fiends to various penal institutions…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Concordia
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4 :30 – 6:30
693-5855

High Tide
Island Girl
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Brother Nature
6:30
776-6378

Island Blues
Gann – Solo guitar
7:00 – 10:00
776-6800

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

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

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

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

St. John Virgin Islands Weather

Isolated showers before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East southeast wind 17 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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St. John Wednesday

Cool Photos of St. John and St. Thomas taken in 1961

USVI 28 Slides by Walter H Hodge, STT&STJ, 1961, 19 & 11 Slides

Kodachrome slides taken by botanist Walter H. Hodge and his wife in the US Virgin Islands in 1961. Originals are now being deposited at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation of Carnegie Mellon University.

In this “set” you will find 28 slides of St. John and St. Thomas in addition to two “Index” sheets, which show a page of the succeeding 19 slides, as mounted and annotated by Walter Hodge himself. This way you will have all of the documentation that we have about these lovely images. If you want to study these materials in some depth, you can download all of the images at full resolution, following the instructions in the FLICKR Help pages; or as an interim step, you can just print the “Index” sheets, and zoom in on the captions there (once you’ve been able to decipher Hodge’s scribbling) to give some context to individual slides.

May be downloaded and used under a Creative Commons 3 license (non-commercial, with attribution, re-use with these same rights).

St. John USVI Live Music Schedule

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

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

>High Tide
Steel Pan
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Rhumb Lines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
776-0303

Shipwreck
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Virgin Fire
Gypsy Jazz
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

St. John Virgin Islands Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. East southeast wind 13 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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A Virgin Islands Story

Children playing, Jost Van Dyke, BVI

The following events took place some years back and illustrates a unique Virgin Islands experience.

Macy’s in NYC, that is, THE Macys on 34th Street, the one where the REAL Santa Claus comes to greet children at Christmas time, was a great place to shop for housewares back then, when St. John housewares shopping was just about non-existent and St. Thomas offered only limited (and expensive) options. Additionally Macy’s was offering a special shopping service in which they would consolidate shopping from various departments and arrange for shipping. So being that I had a newly built villa to furnish, I choose to avail myself of this convenient and affordable offer.

After spending a couple of hours, going from department to department choosing items for the villa, I proceeded to the check out counter to pay up and arrange for shipping. But when the shipping destination came up and proved to be the Virgin Islands, the lady at the counter informed us that Macy’s only shipped with UPS, which had only very expensive options for the Virgin Islands. When I asked if it would be possible to ship through the US Postal service, I was told that it couldn’t be done.

Why not? I asked.

“That’s just our policy,” she explained.

Meanwhile this pretty young black lady, also working for Macy’s, apparently overheard a snippet of our conversation.

“Where are you from?” she asked.

“The Caribbean,” I answered.

“Me too,” she replied.

“Where?” I asked

“Oh, an island in the British Virgin Islands. You probably never heard of it,” she answered.

At this point, I noticed her name-tag that displayed the last name Parsons.

“Let me guess, I ventured. “I would say you’re from Tortola, probably Brewers Bay.”

“Oh, my God!’ she exclaimed. “How did you know?”

“Well, I have this friend from there, Delbert, and I know that the Parsons name is an important one on Brewers Bay.”

“Oh, my God!” she repeated, “Uncle Delbert!”

She then turned to the lady that was attending to us and said that she would take care of us. When we explained our situation, she told us not to worry.

“There’s a post office right on the fourth floor. Tony, a Jamaican who works here, can take your things up there and we’ll arrange everything, no problem a’tahl.”

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Whales Sighted Off of Cruz Bay

“News of St. John” video of whales taken from the car ferry on the way to Red Hook

Beach-to-Beach Power Swim Ranked No. 19 in World’s Best 100 Open Water Swims
By Source Staff — February 25, 2014

Openwaterswimming.com, the leading Web site dedicated to open water swimming, ranked the Friends’ Beach-to-Beach Power Swim number 19 on their list of the World’s 100 Best Open Water Swims. This is an international list, and it also placed third among the 17 U.S. open water swims that made the list…. read more

Strong Cruise Growth in US Virgin Islands
By the Caribbean Journal staff

The United States Virgin Islands saw strong growth in cruise tourism in 2013, according to data from the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Cruise passenger visits to the USVI grew by 4.9 percent last year, with a total of 1,998,579 cruise passengers.

That was among the largest improvements of any Caribbean destination with complete annual reporting from 2013.

It was also a marked improvement over the previous year, when the US Virgin Islands experienced a 5.2 percent reduction in cruise tourism compared to 2011.

In 2012, the USVI welcomed 1,904,468 cruise passengers, according to CTO data.

V.I. AG’s office reviewing federal cockfighting law
By JENNY KANE (Daily News Staff)
Published: February 24, 2014

ST. THOMAS – The rules on cockfighting have changed in the United States, and V.I. officials are seeking clarification on what effect the changes to federal law will have on the lack of any laws in the Virgin Islands that prohibit cockfighting.

The only law pertaining to cockfighting in the V.I. Code pertains to taxing it as an entertainment when admission is charged, which up until now has implicitly made it legal in the territory.

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama signed the 2014 Farm Bill, also known as the Agricultural Act of 2014. As of last week, a provision in the bill makes it a federal crime to attend an animal fight, including a cockfight, and a separate crime to bring a child under the age of 16 to an animal fight.

The former could be punishable by up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine, and the latter by up to three years and a $250,00 fine. During a cockfight, roosters are placed in pen and left to fight each other until one of the two dies. By themselves, their fighting generally is not enough to be fatal, so those who own the roosters often place razor blades on the legs of the animals, according to the website of the Humane Society of the United States.

Though most states in the nation outlawed the practice years ago, several of the country’s territories, including the Virgin Islands, maintain laws that allow cockfights to take place.

Under the V.I. Code, cockfighting is considered entertainment – along with circuses, horse races, theatrical performances, boxing matches and concerts – that is taxable when an admission is charged to attend…. read more

St. John USVI Live Music Schedule

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

Castaways
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 8:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan
6:30
776-6378

Island Blues
Karaoke
8:00
776-6800

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-7755

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

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

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St. John Weather

Scattered showers, mainly before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. East wind 13 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

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St. John News and Happening

Maria Hope Trail, St. John USVI
View from the Maria Hope Trail Overlook

St. John News

Private Investigator Examines Possible Mistaken Identity in Malfetti Murder Details
Created on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 21:45
Written by Tom Oat

The private investigator working for the parent’s of a New Jersey man who was found stabbed to death in his apartment on the grounds of a south shore luxury home on January 19 has tracked down the former tenant of the apartment who claims he may have been the intended target of the fatal attack.

But the investigator, (William) Todd Phoenix, of St. Petersburg, Florida, isn’t sure the V.I. Police Department know about the possible case of mistaken identity which could have led to Malfetti’s murder or that the young man who was the intended target of the fatal attack was still on island — or if the police want to know.

“We attempted to meet with VIPD and the Commissioner,” Phoenix told Tradewinds. “We were told that they would not share any information on an open investigation.”

“We have since had telephone conversations with Sgt. (Diana) Martinez (the lead detective in the VIPD’s Malfetti investigation) and had the same response,” the private investigator said. “Based on that information, I do not know their level of awareness of the situation.”… read article

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

Beach Bar
Revolver
9:00
777-4220

Concordia
Open Mic with Johnny B & Lauren
3:30 – 5:30
693-5855

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

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Virgin Fire
Instrumental Jazz
Rich Greengold & Greg Jones
6:00 – 8:00
779-4982

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St. John Weather

Scattered showers, mainly before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. East wind 15 to 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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Backtime Descriptions of St. John

cruz bay park
Cruz Bay Park 1975 – photo by Hannele Koivumak

A Description of St. John Written in 1925
“It is overgrown with herbage for cattle, with open woods of aromatic trees, thronged with beautiful birds. Views from breezy hilltops are unrivaled for magnificent panoramas of vividly green isles, countless beaches of cream- white sand, glittering surf, dark blue or green sea, and bright blue sky. Nature invites riding, hunting, fishing, bathing, boating and a free wild life. On ruined estates all over the island are old cannon, relics of days when buccaneers hid in the land-locked bays from French and Spanish cruisers. Regular communication with St. Thomas is maintained by several sloops.”
From the Geographic Dictionary of the Virgin Islands, compiled by J.W. McGuire for the Department of the Navy. The price of the book in 1925 was 25 cents.

 Development on St. John – A 1937 Perspective
“Several new roads were being cut up the hillsides and Agnes (Sewer) told us that Paul (Boulon) was beginning to erect a few cottages (at Trunk Bay) to rent to winter visitors; we knew he had the plan in mind but, at last, he was putting it into action…. Tourists were coming. Nice tourists, probably… but to our way of thinking, even five more white people on the north shore would destroy that splendid something that had made St. John a paradise and given us the two happiest years of our lives. The coming exploitation was inevitable, and it would be a good thing for a batch of black people who were very close to our hearts and for the white people that came, it would be marvelous. But for us it was ruined.”
From Escape to the Tropics, by Desmond and Bet Holdbridge, published in 1937.

 A Description of St. John Written in 1967
“…St John today looks very much as it must have looked to Columbus in 1493-green densely clad mountaintops rising steeply from the sea, with only an occasional glimpse of houses to spoil the illusion that the island is uninhabited. The two principal communities are Cruz Bay, the main port of entry, and Coral Bay. The total population is presently about 800, of which some fifty are Continentals who have made St. John their home.

The machine age came to St. John in 1948 when the first jeep was brought over from St. Thomas on a sloop. Now there are about forty jeeps on the island and a few dozen trucks. The island’s donkey population, after centuries of burden-carrying over the mountain roads, is virtually in retirement, except for those owned by families living in remote places where Jeeps still cannot go. Tourism is the main business of the island now, and the attractions of ready cash at the end of each week are more compelling to the islanders than the small gardens charcoal burning, and fishing of the past.

There are still elderly people who remember hearing their fathers talk of their days in the cane fields and who themselves remember the days of the Danes. The names of the old plantations – Carolina, Lameshur, Annaburg, Adrian-remain as constant reminders of the past. And the island itself, so long forgotten, has become a more important dot on the maps of the West Indies as one of the most distinctive of our national parks…”

This description of St. John was written by Ronald A. Morrisette, for the booklet, A Little Guide to the Island of St. John published by Caneel Bay Plantation. The booklet was sold at the Caneel Bay Gift Shop for $1.25.

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

High Tide
Steel Pan
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Ocean Grill
David Laabs
6:30 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Sun Dog
Sunday Night Jam
6:30 – 9:30
693-8340

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St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 77. East wind 17 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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St. John News and Events

St. John Events

St. John 8 tuff miles road race

 

 

The 18th Annual St. John 8 Tuff Miles Road Race Festival
See Race Results

Caribbean Genealogy Library Family History

The Caribbean Genealogy Library invites the community to a Family History Research-a-Thon this Saturday, February 22, 2014…. The Research-a-Thon will be held at the Library which is located in Al Cohen’s Plaza (Raphune Hill), next to Mango Tango Art Gallery. The event starts at 10 am and ends at 5pm on February 22nd, 2014. It is free for library members and $5 for non-members.

St. John News

Campbell Cracks Top 50 in Olympic Slalom
By John Baur — February 22, 2014

Jasmine Campbell, the St. John native representing the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, put her “best boot forward” in her final event Friday, cracking the top 50 in the women’s slalom.

Campbell said she approached her final event – which was held at night under the lights – with a “nothing-to-lose attitude.”

“I was positively stoked for the slalom,” she said in a statement released through the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee. “This was my last race in Sochi and I just wanted to make the best of it, try my hardest and try to make those supporting me proud. I loved that the hill was so steep and challenging – I’ve never skied anything so steep and icy in my life,” she said.

“I had a great time gritting my teeth and fighting the good fight though,” she added. “I was fired up and really wanted to finish and be in the top 50.”

Campbell completed her first run down the slalom course in 1:06:09, and then trimmed almost two seconds off that time, completing her second run in 1:04.28. She finished in 43rd place, 25.83 seconds behind gold medal winner Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

Castaway’s
Brother Nature
777-3316

High Tide
Jason Laurence Jones
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Island Blues
Oasis
8:00
776-6800

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

Shipwreck Landing
Tom Mason & the Blues Buccaneers
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Skinny Legs
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30
779-4982

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St. John Weather

Scattered showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. East wind 21 to 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

 

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St. John Virgin Islands News and Events

St. John Events

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS PRESENTS “FRIDAY NIGHT FÊTES”
WITH INLAY & MARQUETRY ARTIST AND MUSICIAN, T. BREEZE VERDANT

CRUZ BAY, St. John, Virgin Islands, February 14, 2014 – The Best of Both Worlds Fine Art and Craft Gallery is pleased to invite the public to a series of Friday Night Fêtes beginning Friday, February 21.  The first Fêtes will feature the artwork and music of T. Breeze Verdant on February 21 and February 28, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Mongoose Junction, St. John.  Paul Tsakeres of Island Cork will be offering a wine tasting of his favorites from around the world and other shops and restaurants will be open so come for the art, music and fun.

Claiming “Geographical Addiction” as an ailment that forces “Breeze” to seek “the cure”, he returns yearly to revel in St. John’s healing environment.  An inlay artist who creates jewelry from exquisite woods, shells and metal, “Breeze” aims to display “maximum beauty with minimum consumption”.   He uses unusual woods that have already lived a previous life, such as ebony from piano keys that get intercepted on the way to the dump.   In this lucky case, he has made some beautiful earrings and pendants from a stump of the gorgeous dalbergia genus species, Tulipwood, which he was given during a previous visit to St. John.  This rare wood is a true rosewood with its famous cousins being Brazilian Rosewood, Kingwood, Indian Rosewood and Blackwood to name a few.  Bright scarlet streaks blend with cream-colored sapwood on these pieces that Breeze dowsed with alcohol and peroxide to create unusual and captivating effects.

“What is hope without birds in your trees?” is a line from the song “Love Song For The Earth” written By T. Breeze Verdant.  I know trees, I’ve been climbing in them since I was young, and… don’t let my age fool you, because I still climb them!  When I’m not writing or performing environmental tunes, I can be found still working with trees in the form of marquetry and inlay.  “My aim is to display the maximal beauty of wood while consuming the minimal amount of it”. My work began by building my own log cabin and home out of my own trees and recycled wood.  I now work in finer detail integrating as many scraps as possible.  Mystery wood shows up outside my door because the word is out!  I use green finishes from boiled twigs (shellac) and dairy protein.  Thanks, and may your heart be light!

For more information, please contact Best of Both Worlds at 340-693-7005 or by e-mail at thebestof@optimum.net

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Campbell will compete in slalom on Friday Local interest
By AARON GRAY (Special to the Daily News)
Published: February 20, 2014

Jasmine Campbell already broke the ice on her Winter Olympics experience when the lone Virgin Islands representative at the Sochi Games competed in the women’s giant slalom alpine skiing event on Tuesday.

With one event already under her belt, the 22-year-old St. John native said the butterflies are now out of her system, and she is looking forward to competing against the world’s best one more time before she leaves the Caucasus Mountains.

“I will definitely be more relaxed heading into the slalom,” said Campbell, who will be among approximately 100 competitors in the women’s slalom event Friday. “I have now familiarized myself with the environment, and I know what to expect.”

Campbell was happy with her 56th-place result in the giant slalom Tuesday but is hoping to finish in the upper half of the world-class slalom field.

The cold and wet weather conditions played a big factor in Tuesday’s action. Snow is in the forecast for Friday.

The slalom course is the shortest of all alpine disciplines. But with a vertical drop of between 140 and 200 meters, it is also quite steep. This also means that it has the quickest turns as slalom gates – there will be between 50-60 of them – are always less than 15 meters apart. “Slalom requires a great deal of focused aggression and resiliency,” Campbell said. “You either beat the gates or suffer being beaten by them. I’ve taken a few slalom gates to the face and it’s a miracle that my face doesn’t look like a crude Picasso painting.”

In both the slalom and the giant slalom, skiers must pass through alternate red and blue gates at a high speed as both events demand precise ski control. When comparing the two races, Campbell said she slightly prefers the giant slalom but her most recent results have shown strength in both disciplines.

While in China last November, Campbell became the first V.I. skier to finish in the top three at an international ski competition.

During consecutive International Ski Federation races in Beidahu, China, Campbell took second and third, respectively, in the giant slalom. But during that same two-day span, she just missed the podium twice with two fourth-place finishes in the slalom…. read more

Carnival Committee announces 2014 theme, schedule
By JENNY KANE (Daily News Staff)
Published: February 20, 2014

ST. THOMAS – Carnival is around the corner, and the committee behind it is making sure the community knows it.

On Wednesday, the V.I. Carnival Committee announced that this year’s theme would be “The Biggest Fete Ever Seen, Carnival 2014” during a press conference at Walker’s By the Sea on St. Thomas…. read more

See St. Thomas Carnival Schedule

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

Best of Both Worlds
Friday Night Fêtes
T. Breeze Verdant
6:00 – 9:00
693-7005

Beach Bar
Inner Vision
9:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Mikey P
9:00
Dance Party
11:00
777-3316

High Tide
Mikey P
7:00 ish
714-6169

Island Blues
Brother Nature
8:00
776-6800

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

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

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

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

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

Virgin Fire
Aussie Guitars
The David T Carter Duo
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

St. John Weather

Scattered showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East northeast wind around 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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St John’s White-Tailed Deer

St. John Animails: White-Tailed Deer

The above photo of white-tailed deer was taken in the coconut grove flats behind the beach at Maho Bay.

The white-tailed deer is the most common deer in North America. It is also found in southern Canada, Central America and has been introduced in parts of Europe, South Island, New Zealand, and the Virgin Islands.

White-tailed deer are excellent swimmers and can swim from island to island,

The Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937 provided funding for the stocking of white-tailed deer on St. John and St. Thomas.

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Ike
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
The Grandsons
8:00
777-4220

Concordia
Wayne Clendenin and Pamela Love
4 :30 – 6:30
693-5855

High Tide
Island Girl
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Brother Nature
6:30
776-6378

Island Blues
Gann – Solo guitar
7:00 – 10:00
776-6800

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

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

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

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

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Campbell takes 56th
By AARON GRAY (Special to the Daily News)
Published: February 19, 2014

Alongside a mountain consumed by fog and under a frigid rain, Jasmine Campbell added a new chapter to the Virgin Islands Olympics history books when she competed in the giant slalom alpine skiing event Tuesday at the Winter Olympics.

The 22-year-old St. John native became the first athlete to represent the territory in an Olympic skiing event since her father, John, and Seba Johnson both competed in the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, France.

John Campbell was with his daughter after the second of her two runs at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center in Krasnodar Krai, Russia. The milestone they were able to share together exceeded her final standing within the highly competitive, world-class field.

Campbell clocked a time of 1 minute, 32.05 seconds on her first run and followed it up with a 1:33 on her second run. The times were good enough for 56th place out of the 90 giant slalom competitors who took to the Caucasus mountains Tuesday…. read more

Centerline Road to Close Saturday During 8 Tuff Miles Race
By Lynda Lohr — February 20, 2014

Centerline Road from Cruz Bay to Coral Bay will be closed during parts of Saturday morning so runners participating in the 18th annual 8 Tuff Miles race can safely get from one end of the island to the other.

Jeff Miller, a member of the race organizing committee, said the Cruz Bay end of Centerline Road will be closed at 7:10 a.m., just before the 7:15 race start.

He said Centerline Road going west from Coral Bay toward Cruz Bay will be closed shortly after the race starts to assure the road down to Coral Cay is clear through the construction zone. It will reopen by 10:30 a.m. at the latest….read more

Donation Makes Possible New Park Educational Exhibit Signs
By Lynda Lohr — February 20, 2014

The park’s chief of interpretation, Paul Thomas, with donors Paul and Nancy Anderson.

Thanks to a $25,000 donation from St. John snowbirds Paul and Nancy Anderson to the Friends of V.I. National Park, the park will make some inroads on replacing its tattered educational exhibit signs….

St John Virgin Islands Weather

Isolated showers before 8am, then isolated showers after 2pm. Sunny, with a high near 76. East wind 20 to 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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Cool Places to Visit: Annaberg Area

Annaberg Area: old stone bridgeAnnaberg AreaFredriksdal
Fredriksdal was named for Frederick Von Moth who lived on St. Thomas. He purchased the property from Reimert Sødtmann, magistrate of St. John in the early 1730s. (Sødtmann and his stepdaughter were among the first victims of the slave rebellion in 1733.) Von Moth was commander of the civil guard on St. Thomas and later became governor of St. Croix.

The grand entrance and stairway of the Fredriksdal Ruins are the remains of the estate house, which served as living quarters for the owners of Annaberg Plantation and are visible from the road. There are extensive ruins extending back into the bush. They include the remains of an oven, a well, a horsemill and other old structures and walls.

The area is covered with sweet lime and other thorny vegetation, so wear appropriate clothing to explore.

Old Stone Bridge
Across the road from the Fredriksdal Ruins there is a seldom-used trail that was once part of the Old Danish Road. It leads to a fairly well preserved stone bridge that is almost hidden in the thick bush.

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Jasmine Campbell Finishes 56thCampbell Skis for Territory, Finishes 56th in Giant Slalom
By Source Staff — February 18, 2014

Jasmine Campbell, the U.S. Virgin Islands’ one-woman Winter Olympics team, finally got a chance to compete Tuesday, racing down the hill in the giant slalom over a messy course made slushy by warmer-than-usual temperatures and light rain, and though she didn’t finish in upper echelons of the giant slalom, she said she had a great time.

Campbell was born on St. John but moved with her family to Idaho when she was 9 years old. It was in the Pacific Northwest that she took up skiing, eventually competing on the international stage and now representing the territory of her birth in the games in Sochi.

She arrived in the Russian resort city Feb. 6 for the opening ceremony and has been waiting ever since for her two events.

Mother Nature didn’t help. According to a report on ESPN.com, the race took place in a light rain that turned the course into slush.

“I don’t believe I’ve ever skied in such awful conditions,” Campbell told the Source in an email interview. “It was raining so hard I had to wipe my goggles mid run so that I could see where I was going.”

Campbell completed her two runs in a combined time of 3:05:05, 28.18 seconds behind gold medal winner Tina Maze of Slovenia, who successfully defended her 2010 giant slalom gold medal. … read more

Conference, lawsuit focus on citizenship rights for residents of U.S. territories
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: February 18, 2014

ST. THOMAS – The rights of residents in the U.S. territories are being questioned by top legal minds pushing for equal citizenship rights for all Americans.

With a Harvard University conference on the topic scheduled for this week and a lawsuit pending in federal court, the subject is getting national attention.

The lawsuit is Tuaua v. United States, and it is about American Samoa’s citizenship rights. While the situation in American Samoa is different that in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the outcome of the litigation could radically change citizenship for residents in all the territories.

Neil Weare, lead counsel in Tuaua and president of We the People Project, an organization that works to achieve equal rights for residents of U.S. territories and the District of Columbia, said those born in American Samoa are not full citizens. They are considered “non-citizen nationals,” and if they moved to one of the 50 states, they would have to go through the naturalization process to gain the full rights of citizenship.

In the Virgin Islands, people born in the territory are full U.S. citizens. While living in the Virgin Islands, residents have limited rights – such as not being able to vote for the president and not having a voting representative in Congress. However, when a Virgin Islander moves to one of the 50 states, all those rights are immediately restored. “If you’re born in the Virgin Islands you’re a U.S. citizen based on federal statute,” Weare said.

Rather than citizenship for the territories being a constitutional right, a century old legal precedent called the Insular Cases makes citizenship legislated by Congress.

“The idea of them was for certain parts of the constitution, Congress can turn constitutional rights on and off like a light switch,” Weare said.

The United States took ownership of the Virgin Islands in 1917, and citizenship was granted through an act of Congress in 1927.

Because citizenship for native-born Virgin Islanders was granted by Congress, it could be taken away by Congress as well, Weare said.

“If we win, people born on U.S. soil in U.S. territories will have a recognized, constitutional right to citizenship that Congress has no power to turn on or off,” Weare said…. read more

St. John Events

st john arts festivalSt. John Arts Festival

South American Sambacombo Band

There will be a select exhibition of hand-made island crafts in both the Dept. of Tourism’s little park and the main park.

A show of children’s art will be on the 2nd floor of the Market Place, as in past years.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Beach Bar
Third String All Stars
9:00
777-4220

Castaway’s
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

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

High Tide
Steel Pan
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00
714-6169

Rhumb Lines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
776-0303

Shipwreck
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:30
693-5640

Virgin Fire
Gypsy Jazz
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00 – 9:00
779-4982

St. John Weather

Sunny, with a high near 76. East wind 18 to 22 mph.

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