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St John Virgin Islands stories, events, happenings, photos -everyday life in Love City, St. John USVI

St John Live Music Schedule

St. John Live Music Schedule

Monday 2/16

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

Beach Bar
Treehouse
8:00
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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St. John Weather

Partly cloudy. High 79F. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph.

High Surf Advisory

The National Weather Service in San Juan has issued a high surf advisory…which is in effect from 10 PM this evening to 10 PM AST Tuesday.

* Waves and surf: north swells of 7 to 8 feet with period of 11 to 13 seconds will produce breaking waves of between 10 to 14 feet.

* Timing: from late tonight through at least late Tuesday night.

* Impacts:large breaking waves will cause dangerous conditions in the surf zone and strong rip currents. Wave action surging upon the coastline and higher than normal water levels may pose a threat to life and property.

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St. John Sunday

Salt Pond Bay Overview

St. John Events

Please join St. John Film & St John Arts Festival presents:

States of Grace

With visiting filmmakers Mark Lipman & Helen Cohen
75- minute documentary
Sunday, February 15, 2015.
St John School of the Arts Cruz Bay – 7:30 pm

St. John Live Music Schedule

Sunday 2/15

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

Beach Bar
Jon Gazi
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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Happy Valentine’s Day

St. John Weather

Widespread showers in the morning…then variably cloudy with scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs around 85. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 100 percent.

HIGH SURF ADVISORY
THE HIGH SURF ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM AST SATURDAY.

WAVES AND SURF: NORTH-NORTHWEST TO NORTH SWELLS OF 7 TO 9 FEET WITH PERIOD OF 13 TO 15 SECONDS WILL PRODUCE BREAKING WAVES OF BETWEEN 10 TO 16 FEET.

TIMING: THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.

IMPACTS: LARGE BREAKING WAVES WILL CAUSE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS IN THE SURF ZONE AND STRONG RIP CURRENTS. WAVE ACTION SURGING UPON THE COASTLINE AND HIGHER THAN NORMAL WATER LEVELS MAY POSE A THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY.

FLASH FLOOD WARNING

FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING ISLANDS IN THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, SAINT THOMAS AND SAINT JOHN UNTIL 8:15 AM AST

AT 5:15 AM AST…THE ASOS IN CHARLOTTE AMALIE HAD REPORTED 6.70 INCHES OF RAINFALL SINCE MIDNIGHT. HIGH SATELLITE TOPS ARE STILL PRESENT OVER AND SOUTH OF THE AREA AND AT THIS TIME IT LOOKS LIKE
HEAVY RAIN COULD CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL MORE HOURS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF FLASH FLOODING IS OBSERVED ACT QUICKLY. MOVE
UP TO HIGHER GROUND TO ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. DO NOT STAY IN AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING WHEN WATER BEGINS RISING.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Saturday 2/14

Beach Bar
The Get Right Band
9:00
The Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano feat.
The Dirty Femmes!
9:30
340-777-4220

Cruz Bay Landing
Erin Hart
6:00-9:00
340-776-6908

Shipwreck Landing
Mitch Woods
7:00-10:00
340-693-5640

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

Virgin Fire
The Burning Hearts Ball
Dine & Dance featuring DJ Adonis
Dinner 4:00 – 9:00
DJ from 9:00
340-244-9713

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Mangroves

The Interaction of Mangroves, Coral Reefs, Salt Ponds and Beaches

Ecological environments everywhere depend upon one another for their survival. This is elegantly and plainly illustrated in the mangrove habitats of St. John as they quietly preside over the orderly transition of life between land and sea…. read more

Read a National Geographic article on the importance of mangrove forests

St. John Weather

Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming variably cloudy. Scattered showers. Highs around 83. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.

HIGH SURF ADVISORY

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM AST SATURDAY.

* WAVES AND SURF: NORTH-NORTHWEST TO NORTH SWELLS OF 8 TO 10 FEET WITH PERIOD OF 12 TO 14 SECONDS WILL PRODUCE BREAKING WAVES OF BETWEEN 12 TO 16 FEET.

* TIMING: FROM TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS: LARGE BREAKING WAVES WILL CAUSE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS IN THE SURF ZONE AND STRONG RIP CURRENTS. WAVE ACTION SURGING UPON THE COASTLINE AND HIGHER THAN NORMAL WATER LEVELS MAY POSE A THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Friday 2/13

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

Beach Bar
Get Right Band
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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St. John Music Schedule

St. John Ferry
St. John Ferry arriving at Red Hook

St. John Live Music Schedule

Thursday 2/12

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

Beach Bar
Mitch Woods
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
Rita Aguila of Flipswitch
5:30
340-776-6378

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

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St. John Weather

Variably cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs around 85. Northeast winds 5 to 15 mph.

High Surf Advisory

A high surf advisory remains in effect from 4 PM this afternoon to 10 am AST Saturday.

Waves and surf: north-northwest to north swells of 8 to 10 feet with period of 12 to 14 seconds will produce breaking waves of between 12 to 16 feet.

Timing: from this afternoon through Saturday morning.

Impacts: large breaking waves will cause dangerous conditions in the surf zone and strong rip currents. Wave action surging upon the coastline and higher than normal water levels may pose a threat to life and property.

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Happy to Be on St. John

Hudson River
The Hudson River seen from Riverside Park NYC

This is what you would be looking at if you were in looking out across the Hudson River in NYC. I’m happy to be just where I am; warm and comfortable in St. John US Virgin Islands!

St. John Events

Please join St. John Film & St John Arts Festival for a special screening Sunday, February 15, 2015.
St John School of the Arts Cruz Bay – 7:30 pm

States of Grace with visiting filmmakers Mark Lipman & Helen Cohen, 75- minute documentary

A revered HIV/AIDS physician who signed more than one thousand death certificates during the height of the epidemic, Dr. Grace Dammann’s life changed forever when another driver crashed head on into her car during a routine commute across the Golden Gate Bridge.

After seven weeks in a coma and twelve surgeries, she miraculously regained consciousness with her cognitive abilities intact. Her body, however, was left shattered. After spending more than a year in rehabilitation hospitals, Grace returns home to continue her slow recovery process.

The film follows her for four years as she struggles to come to terms with her injuries and find meaning in her radically transformed life. Family roles are turned upside down as Grace’s longtime partner becomes her primary caregiver and the only able-bodied person in their household, taking care of both Grace and their disabled teenage daughter.

Grace’s initial euphoria at having survived the accident gradually gives way to profound boredom and bouts of suicidal despair as the reality of lifelong dependency sinks in. But her Buddhist practice and deep commitment to serving others manage to sustain her.

To everyone’s amazement, Grace eventually returns to work as the first wheelchair-bound physician at her former hospital, using her experience as a patient to design and direct an innovative pain clinic treating San Francisco’s poorest residents.

Since 2004, award-winning directors/producers Mark Lipman and Helen S. Cohen have been creating documentary projects together under their Open Studio Productions banner. They will be present at the screening.

St. John Live Music Schedule 

Wednesday 2/11

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

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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Dana Saves Another Donkey

donkeysDana Rescues Another Donkey

Message: Email from Pamela Holmes:

I had heard about Dana, the “person who takes care of the donkeys”, when we first came to St. John last January.   As a wildlife rehabilitator in New England, I knew our paths would cross. My boyfriend and I came back in December for the winter and I soon met a lone male donkey with fresh scrapes above his eyes on the road to our villa in Coral Bay. I immediately called Dana. She called me right back and said that it was fine that he was by himself and that she would meet me to give me sulfa pills for his scrapes.   She thanked me for looking after him and we quickly formed a friendship. I visited her farm and was amazed that she cared for numerous rescued animals by herself including eight donkeys, eight horses, a three-legged sheep, a goat, dozens of chickens and ducks, two dogs and three cats. All of their shelter, food, medications and rental of the farm are paid for out of her own pocket. She gives horse and donkey rides to help offset some of the costs as well as support herself.

She called me on Sunday evening, Feb. 1, saying she was going to check on a donkey that she had received a call about who appeared to be missing a hoof and was bleeding. She called me back shortly later saying it was pretty bad and she needed to get the bleeding to stop. I told her we would come and help. Upon arriving, we saw that the donkey had made its way on to someone’s driveway. The poor pregnant donkey was hobbling on three legs with her back left leg bleeding as the hoof was indeed missing. She possibly got it caught in a grate. Dana knew the donkey and the several babies she had already had. Luckily, the donkey let us put a halter on her and Dana immediately administered a tranquilizer. Dana had been texting with a local vet and getting advice. We tied her between two trees and two of us tried to hold her still as Dana started cleaning her wound and bandaged it as best as she could. It was already dark and we were using flashlights. The tranquilizer took effect and she laid down. We had to loosen her lead so her head was not being pulled and we made a makeshift pillow for her. Soon she started shaking all over. She appeared to be going into shock. We covered her with a couple of sheets. Once she seemed stable, Dana re-bandaged her to make sure it wasn’t too tight. Shortly before midnight, Dana was concerned that when the tranquilizer wore off, the donkey would get up and potentially get tangled in her lead. She went home and grabbed her own bedding, came back and laid it down on the ground. Dana spent the night with the donkey. I was blown away. Her dedication was beyond words. The next morning, she arranged for someone with a pickup truck to bring the donkey to her farm. It took five of us to get her into the truck and out of the truck. She was a trooper!   Dana decided to name her Suzy Q and she is recovering in her own stall at the farm. Dana will keep her until her hoof grows back and she has the baby. She will then be looking for a home for her.

Dana told me that Suzie had a baby about 3 years ago who was found with her leg broken. Dana thought she probably lying down on the side of the road when a car ran over her leg. Baby Girl, as Dana named her, healed up after the vet, Laura, put pins secured by epoxy tubing.   Dana sent her to St. Croix to a home that wanted donkeys to protect their sheep and goats.

Another one of Dana’s rescued donkeys is Stormy, who was hit by a car and is now a permanent resident if the corral.

 Dana fro Carolina Corral helps a Donkey  2  3

Dana has been rescuing animals on St. John since 1992. For 23 years, she has been a one-woman show, giving 110% with a 55% budget. She is truly an animal spirit and is the only person who devotes as much attention to the wild donkeys on the island. Her rescued animals are always in need of hay, Home Depot gift cards, medical supplies, etc. If you would like to make a donation, sponsor Suzy Q or any other rescued animal, please visit her website for more information.   Suzy Q and all the needy wild animals of St. John thank you!

Thanks!
Pam

St. John Live Music Schedule

Tuesday 2/10

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

Beach Bar
The Get Right Band
8:00
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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St. John and Virgin Islands News

Police want parents to keep better tabs on their youngsters, and if children younger than 16 are out and unaccompanied by an adult after 10 p.m. ­they should expect to be detained by police…. read more
By JOHN McCARTHY (Daily News Staff)
Published: February 9, 2015

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Ghost and the Cactus Fruit

The Ghost may not remember this but he has had some previous experience with this particular cactus fruit back in July of 2010. Check it out in this previous blog

St. John Weather

Variably cloudy with scattered showers. Highs around 84. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM AST MONDAY.

WAVES AND SURF: NORTHERLY SWELLS BETWEEN 5 TO 7 FEET WITH BREAKING WAVES OF 9 TO 12 FEET.

* TIMING: THROUGH 6 AM AST ON MONDAY.

* IMPACTS: LARGE BREAKING WAVES WILL CAUSE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT THE SURF ZONE AND STRONG RIP CURRENTS. WAVE ACTION SURGING UPON THE COASTLINE AND HIGHER THAN NORMAL WATER LEVELS MAY POSE A THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HIGH SURF ADVISORY MEANS THAT HIGH SURF WILL AFFECT BEACHES IN THE ADVISORY AREA…PRODUCING RIP CURRENTS AND LOCALIZED BEACH EROSION.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Monday 2/9

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

Beach Bar
Bond & Bently
8:00
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

Inn at Tamarind Court
Rita Aguila of Flipswitch
6:00
340-776-6378

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

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St. John Flora: Horse Banana

St. John USVI Flora: Horse BananaThe banana variety seen in the above photo is locally known as the horse or donkey banana. It is a fatter than most varieties and here on St. John it is normally harvested while green. In this state it is a starch and is used as a provision food, boiled and served with native dishes.

The horse banana can also be allowed to ripen fully as seen in this photo and in this state the starches become sugars resulting in an exceptionally sweet banana treat.

St. John News

Haulover Bay has been added to the Virgin Islands National Park.

Thanks to the efforts of Lauren Mercadante and a group of like-minded St. John residents, Haulover Bay has been added to the National Park Service.

Lauren formed the not-for-profit St. John Land Conservancy and recruited donors in order to buy the is 3.5-acre narrow strip of land that runs from Haulover Bay on the north to Round Bay on the south. The Conservancy purchased the property for $800,000 and then transferred title to the Virgin Island National Park.

St. John Weather: High Surf Advisory

...HIGH SURF ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM AST THIS EVENING...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SAN JUAN HAS ISSUED A HIGH SURF ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 PM AST THIS EVENING.
WAVES AND SURF: NORTHERLY SWELLS BETWEEN 6 TO 8 FEET WITH BREAKING WAVES OF 8 TO 12 FEET.
* TIMING: THROUGH AT LEAST 6 PM AST THIS EVENING.
* IMPACTS: LARGE BREAKING WAVES WILL CAUSE DANGEROUS CONDITIONS THROUGHOUT THE SURF ZONE AND STRONG RIP CURRENTS. WAVE ACTION SURGING UPON THE COASTLINE AND HIGHER THAN NORMAL WATER LEVELS MAY POSE A THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Sunday 2/1

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

Beach Bar
8:00
The Violent Femmes’ Gordon Gano feat.
The Dirty Femmes!
8:00
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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Sheep in the Meadow

Whitecaps
Sheep in the Meadow

The backtime Virgin Island saying, “sheep’s in the meadow,” describes a choppy sea with numerous whitecaps.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Friday 2/6

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

Beach Bar
Mitch Woods
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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