Land Crab Cardisoma guanhumi
(I found this character in my pump room, not its usual habitat. Surprised me!)
Hunting land crabs for food is a part of St. John culture and probably has been so since the first human beings came here about 3,000 years ago. The primary use of the land crab is to provide the essential ingredient for the tasty West Indian dish known simply as crab and rice.
The large crabs called land crabs by Virgin Islanders, Cardisoma guanhumi by biologists, pond crabs by British Virgin Islanders and jueyes by Puerto Ricans and Dominicans, are the grayish-colored crabs that live in the network of holes found in low-lying areas near mangrove swamps, salt ponds, wetlands and marshes. They are rather large, growing to about four or five inches in diameter not including their formidable claws. During the day you may see them standing just outside a hole into which they will quickly descend as soon as they notice your approach.
Land crabs live inside these holes or burrows, which go down on an angle and lead to a larger living area, where the crab stores food for winter dry spell. Parts of the burrow go down to the water table and there will ultimately be one or more alternate openings to the surface. The crabs only venture away from their holes at night or when it’s raining in order to search for food. They eat just about anything they can find including their own young, dead things, garbage and worse. They are not effective predators, however, and as such their diet is usually limited to plants they find near their burrows…. read more
St. John Events
St. John Film Society Presents:
Spotlight on Cuba
St. John School of the Arts
From the Traveling Caribbean Showcase of Films: 7:30 PM
by Lester Hamlet
Esteban’s return to Cuba to visit his dying father reveals truths and valuable life lessons for his entire family.
Preceded by the short animated film:
Cuban Missile Crisis
St. John and Virgin Island News
Kean Students Star at Art Show
By Lynda Lohr — May 6, 2013
When Bajo El Sol art gallery at Mongoose Junction on St. John holds its next art reception on Friday, works by close to 20 Ivanna Eudora Kean High School art students will join those of St. John artists Karen Samuel and Bill Stelzer in the gallery.
“It’s where the students can experience what it’s like to have their art work exhibited with and among professional artists,” Kean art teacher and professional artist Lisa Etre said.
She said she expects most of the students, who hail from St. Thomas and St. John, to show up for the reception from 5 to 8 p.m. This will give those who attend the traditional art reception – with light beverages, appetizers and classical guitar music by David Laabs – a chance to chat with the artists…. read more
Prosser Wines Fetch Just Pennies On the Dollar
By Bill Kossler — May 6, 2013
Bankrupt former Vitelco owner Jeffrey Prosser’s St. Croix wine collection netted $15,739 at auction last month, roughly three percent of its estimated $491,000 value when first inventoried for Prosser’s bankruptcy.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court attributed the near-total loss to Prosser’s contempt for court orders.
Prosser purchased millions of dollars of wine with company money while owner of Innovative and Vitelco. He purchased $6 million in wine with one credit card, from one wholesaler, from 1999 to 2006, putting it on a company credit card in his name that was then paid off by New ICC – and ultimately by Vitelco and Innovative Cable TV ratepayers.
The wines sold last month were from Prosser’s Estate Shoys residence. A court ordered inventory in 2008 found 980 bottles with an estimated worth of about $491,000. In 2011, a second inventory found 453 bottles worth $139,000 missing. A wine expert tested six bottles of the must durable wines among the remaining 527 bottles and “testified that none of the wines located at the Shoys Estate were marketable or had any sale value,” according to the bankruptcy court’s opinion sanctioning Prosser for misconduct.
The wine was sold at auction April 6, fetching gross proceeds of $22,709. About $2,065 of that wen to pay the auctioneer’s feee and another $4,905 in expenses were subtracted from that total, leaving net proceeds to the bankruptcy estate of $15,739. The single largest expense was $1,607 for advertising the auction in the V.I. Daily News, followed by $1,597 for hotels and meals for the auctioneers, and $1,166 for airfare…. read more
St. John Weather
Partly cloudy with rain showers, then thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon
High of 86 degrees F with a heat index of 91 degrees F
Winds from the SE at 10 to 15 mph
Chance of rain 30%
Sunset: 6:42 PM AST
St. John Live Music Schedule
Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
7:00 – 9:00
Whistler and Wallace and Lockette
5:30 – 8:30
6:00 – 9:00
Karaoke & Open Mic
6:00 – 9:30
6:00 – 9:00
6:30 – 9:30
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:30
7:00 – 10:00
5:00 – 8:00
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