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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

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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…. read more

 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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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

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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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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

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St. John Weather

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

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St. John History: Annaberg School

Trail to Annaberg SchoolThe Annaberg School
The Annaberg School was one of the Caribbean’s oldest public school houses. The partially restored building, sometimes referred to as the Mary Point School, can be reached by means of a short (0.2 mile) well maintained trail, which begins off the North Shore Road about thirty yards from the intersection of the Leinster Bay Road. The structure was stabilized in 1987 through the efforts of the St. John Historical Society who also provided the informational exhibit. Volunteers from the St John Historical Society have regularly maintained the area with the most recent  cleanup being last Saturday.

The trailheads are not readily visible by cars traveling on the roadway so be careful and pay attention to road traffic when entering and exiting the trail.

Annaberg SchoolHistory of the Annaberg School
In 1839, the Danes passed a law requiring that both free and slave children attend school. The schools were built with funds obtained from the colonial treasury and were run by Moravian Missionaries. Classes were taught in English.

This concern for the education of the slaves was quite unusual considering the low priority given to schooling in the West Indian plantation societies in general. In the Danish West Indies, public education, even for white children, was not available until 1788. As a justification of slavery, the Europeans promoted a philosophy that Africans were somehow less than human and could not be educated. In most colonies education for Africans was prohibited either by law or by custom. In the Danish West Indies, the philosophy gradually became more liberal. This was, in great part, due to the success of the Moravian Church in attracting African converts. White society now had to contend with the fact that many of these enslaved people were, like themselves, Christians.

Moravian clergymen taught the slaves at their missions in the islands, even before the passage of the 1839 law. They also pressed the government for educational reforms.

Another factor that led to the establishment of public schools for slave children was the ongoing process of humanitarianism and reform in Europe. King Frederick VI of Denmark was a liberal and a reformer. He maintained a friendship with Peter Van Scholten who was the governor of the Danish West Indies in the early 1830s. Van Scholten dedicated his governorship to the amelioration of the adverse conditions of slavery, and was instrumental in the passage of the educational reform law. In 1848, Van Scholten declared an end to slavery in the Danish West Indies, when faced with the prospect of a major rebellion on St. Croix.

The Annaberg School was completed in 1844. The location was chosen because, at the time, this was the most populated area of St. John. The recently renovated school building is representative of the architecture of the period. The location, overlooking Mary Point, Leinster Bay, and Tortola is quiet, serene and well worth a visit.

Excerpted from St. John Off the Beaten Track

St. John Virgin Islands Events

st john arts festivalSt. John Arts Festival

On Tuesday afternoon, St. John’s own, first-class reggae band, the Inner Visions, will be playing in the Park.

On Tuesday evening at 7.30pm at the Gifft Hill School auditorium (upper school building) there will be a special showing of the film “Chasing Ice,” in association with the St. John Film Society. This film is a must-see to actually witness, in time-lapsed filming, the dramatic effects of global warming on the Arctic Ice Cap.

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 and Virgin Islands News

Five years in, efforts to control lionfish reassessed
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: February 17, 2014

ST. THOMAS – The proliferation of the Pacific lionfish throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands has led to a newly revised management plan.

In the summer of 2008, the territorial waters were free of lionfish.

In early 2009, divers and fishermen began to spot lionfish, first on St. Croix, then St. John and finally St. Thomas.

The zebra-striped spiny predators were first sighted off Florida in 1992. Since then, the invasive species has spread rapidly throughout the eastern seaboard and into the Caribbean.

Lionfish have a voracious appetite for smaller fish and can severely deplete fish populations that are necessary players in reefs’ fragile ecosystems. It is a native of the western Pacific, and has no natural predators in the Atlantic Ocean or Caribbean Sea.

When the invasive species was first found in territorial waters, local divers and ecologist leapt on the problem, getting word out to the public about the serious economic and ecological threat the fish posed.

In October 2009, the first Lionfish Response Management Plan was presented to the public, drafted by biologist Barbara Kojis with a grant from V.I. Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

Five years later, it was time for the plan to be updated.

The revised plan recognizes that while the lionfish population can no longer be prevented from invading the territory’s reefs, strategies may help slow the growth and protect specific reefs and areas from being wiped out…. 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 USVI Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East northeast wind 16 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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The Virgin Islands National Park Service has prepared a self-guided tour of the historic Annaberg Sugar Mill Ruins. The walk through this partially restored old sugar factory provides a great deal of insight into the history and culture of St. John during the plantation and post-emancipation eras…. read more

St. John and Virgin Islands News

6.4-magnitude earthquake rattles Puerto Rico
Published January 13, 2014
Associated Press

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –  A strong earthquake out to sea shook Puerto Rico early Monday, causing minor damage in some places.

Some people reported items falling in their home and dozens said they felt buildings sway in the capital of San Juan, about 61 miles from the quake’s epicenter.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 and struck just after midnight about 35 miles north of Hatillo. It said the quake occurred 17 miles deep…. read more

Health Beat: Bryan Barnes Pitches in at St. John Rescue
By Lynda Lohr — January 12, 2014

When his job as assistant maintenance manager at the now-closed Maho Bay Camps ended last May, Bryan Barnes, 29, wanted a way to get involved in the community he had come to call home.

St. John Rescue beckoned, and he joined up in April 2013.

“I had some skills and they needed them,” he said.

Barnes is a first responder, which allows him to provide basic treatment…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule

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

Beach Bar
Morgan O’Kane 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

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St. John DawnSt. John Weather

Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. East wind around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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Hawksnest Bay closed for Govt. Shutdown

Barricade at Parking Lot at Hawksnest Bay

Trunk Bay Barricade

Barricade at Trunk Bay, but Some Cars in the Lot Anyway

Swimmers at Trunk Bay

And Some People are Swimming Anyway

Cinnamon Bay closed by VI National Park

Taxi Drivers Among Those Effected by Federal Government Shutdown – Cinnamon Bay Barricaded and Closed

Maho Bay Pavillion

You Can Park at Maho, but You Can’t Sit on the Benches or Use the Toilets

Annaberg Road Closed

The Road to Annaberg, Leinster Bay, Waterlemon Cay and the Johnny Horn Trail is Closed

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Annaberg School

The Annaberg School on St. John was one of the first public schools in the Caribbean offering compulsory free education to all children, both free or enslaved. Classes were taught in English

Why is English the language of the Virgin Islands?
The official language of the United States Virgin Islands is English. At first this statement seems reasonable, as the language of the United States is English. Taking a closer look, however, we must remember that until 1917, the United States Virgin Islands had been a Danish colony for almost 250 years. Why then isn’t the language of the Virgin Islands, Danish? … read more

St. John News

New Park Superintendent on the Job on St. John
By Lynda Lohr — March 7, 2013

Like many St. John residents, the new V.I. National Park superintendent, Brion FitzGerald, first visited the island on vacation. He and his wife, Mary Robinson, came for their 25th wedding anniversary in 2006 when they made a day trip from St. Thomas. They returned in 2011 for another vacation.

FitzGerald, 56, was thinking hard about retirement himself when the superintendent’s job opened up because the previous superintendent, Mark Hardgrove, had retired. FitzGerald said he jumped at the chance.

“This was the only place I considered applying for the job,” he said.

Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., FitzGerald has spent his career with the National Park Service…. read more

St. John Weather

Partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 79 degrees F
Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph
Chance of rain 30%
Sunset: 6:27 PM ASTWater Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor): 84.9 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

Miss Lucy’s
TuTu Much
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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Annaberg Folk Life Festival: Taino Performance

Taino descendants perform at the Annaberg Folk Life Festival

St. John Events

Annaberg Folk Festival: Taino PerformanceAnnual Folk Festival Continues
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.

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St. John News

Folklife Festival in Full Swing at Annaberg Plantation
By Source Staff — February 28, 2013

St. John history and culture came to life Thursday as V.I. National Park celebrated the 22nd annual Folklife Festival at Annaberg Plantation.

“We’re learning about slavery and what they used to cook with,” said Mick George, a 12-year-old Guy Benjamin School student…. read more

Proposed Ferry Fare Increase Would Hit Tourists and Education Department
By Lynda Lohr — February 27, 2013
A “compromise” between the two St. John-based franchised ferry companies and the Public Services Commission resulted in a proposed fare increase that will hit tourists and the Education Department but not local residents…. read more

St. John Weather

St. John Weather: BeautifulChocolate Hole, looking east at 6:16 AM AST
It looks like another beautiful St. John day
Forecast: Clear with rain showers
High of 79 degrees F
Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph
Sunset: 6:25 PM AST
Moonrise: 10:08 PM AST
Water Temperature: 84 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule – Friday March 1

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

Miss Lucy’s
TuTu Much
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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Old Stone Bridge

Fredriksdal and the Old Stone Bridge
The following photos were taken at the Fredriksdal ruins, easily accessible by a trail through the thorny sweet limes right off the main road in the Annaberg Area. The old stone bridge (above) can be found at the end of a short trail on the other side of the road.

History
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.

St. John Trail: Fredriksdal

Looking up through the well tower on the old Fredriksdal Estate

Fredricksdal ruins St John Virgin Islands

Stone stairway once leading to the Fredriksdal great house

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Well tower at Fredriksdal ruins

St. John Live Music – Thursday April 19

Banana Deck – Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5055
Castaways – Dance Party – 11:00 – 777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s – Just Mike – 7:00 – 10:00 – 777-4015
High Tide – Inner Vision – 8:00-11:00 – 714-6169
Island Blues – Ike – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Morgan’s Mango – Mark Wallace – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – Chris Carsel – 6:30 – 9:00 – 693-3304
Shipwreck Landing – Slammin – 7:00 – 10:00
Skinny Legs – Lauren – 6:00 – 9:00 – 779-4982

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8 Tuff Miles Race Results

Derrick Butler of Cincinnati OH won the 16th running of St. John’s now famous “8 Tuff Miles Road Race” with a time of 46:22. St. John’s favorite, Jeremy Zuber came in third with a time of 51:26. Ruthie David of St. Thomas won the women’s division once again with a time of one hour. See complete race results.

Folklife Festival

Godfrey Smalls and the Scratch Band

Guitar Player in the Godfrey Smalls Scratch Band

Godfrey Smalls Scratch Band

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Sunday, February 26

 Aqua Bistro – Lauren – 3:30 – 6:30 – 776-5336
Beach Bar – The Gomorrans Social Aid & Pleasure Club – 5:00 – 777-4220
Concordia – Bo – Sunday Brunch 10:00 am
Driftwood Dave’s – Live Music – 1:00 – 4:00 – 777-4015
Miss Lucy’s – Samba Combo – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – 693-5354
Ocean Grill – David Laab – 6:30 – 9:00 – 693-3304
Shipwreck Landing – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 7:00 – 10:00

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