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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
5:30 – 8:30
Best of Both Worlds
Friday Night Fêtes
T. Breeze Verdant
6:00 – 9:00
6:30 – 9:30
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:30 – 9:30
6:30 – 9:30
6:00 – 9:00
5:00 – 8:00
The David T Carter Duo
6:00 – 9:00
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%.