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The Ghost from Jost tackles the Wild Tamarind

I once wrote, “I hate wild tamarind. They’re ugly, untidy and unruly. They spread rampantly and take over the place. They’re prejudiced and intolerant. They grow close together and won’t let any other plants live in their neighborhood. They’re resilient and tenacious. Their sturdy taproot goes straight down into the earth and holds on tight. They can withstand drought, flood and even come back after a fire. There are no insects, predators or diseases that can do them any significant harm. They’re hard to get rid of. If you cut them down, they’ll grow right back. If you try and pull out the small one, you’d better have a lot of time and a lot of patience. If you try and dig out the big ones, you’d better have a good hoe-pick and a strong back.”
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Landscapers and gardeners on St. John often fight prolonged battles against this exotic pest. Small plants can be pulled out or destroyed using relatively innocuous herbicides, but once the tree becomes large it presents more of a problem, emitting thousands of seeds every time they bloom. Cutting them down with a machete just makes the resultant plant stronger by increasing the root dimensions and spreading out the tree into multiple trunks. Some people suggest spreading diesel oil on the newly cut stump. This is an effective way to kill the plant one time, but has extremely negative environmental consequences. To remove them root and all seems like the best solution, but the prevailing opinion is that “it ain’t easy!” But Curtney Chinnery, aka “the Ghost From Jost” has a method as demonstrated in the following video:

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Friday, February 17

Aqua Bistro – Mark Wallace & Rich Greengold – 5:30 – 8:30- 776-5336
Beach Bar
– Locals on the 8s – 9:00 – 777-4220
Castaways – Mikey P – 9:00  -777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s – John W Lee – 7:00 – 10:00 – 777-4015
Island Blues
– Slammin – 8:00 – 11:00 – 776-6800
Miss Lucy’s – David Reed – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5354
Morgan’s Mango – Lauren – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – T-Bird – 6:30 – 9:00 – 693-3304
Shipwreck Landing  – Woody Lissauer – 6:00 – 9:30

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Frank Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands

Beautiful Frank Bay Sunset

Frank Bay drew a contingent of photographers and sight-seers yesterday afternoon for another spectacular sunset. At first it was disappointing as the sun sunk behind a bank of clouds. Some people left, but those that stayed were treated to a colorful panorama as the western horizon exploded in reds and yellows.

 

St. John Music Schedule Friday April 22

Beach BarSoul Grass Rebellion – 9:00 – 777-4220
Castaways – Dusty Spoon – 8:00 – 11:00 – 777-3316
High Tide – John Lee – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island BluesBig Heavy – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Morgan’s Mango – Lauren – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean GrillLuba – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693 3304
Westin, Cruz Bay PrimeJames Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

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St. John Does Something Right

There’s no gas on Vieques. They ran out the day before yesterday and word is that a shipment might arrive today. When word gets here that the gasoline has left Puerto Rico on the barge, the gas lines will form.

Asking friends on the island about this, I would hear, “well you know how it is living on an island. We only have two gas stations and all our gas has to come in by barge from Puerto Rico”

But no, I don’t know. We pretty much always have gas on St. John. We only have one gas station and not only does our gas have to come by barge from St. Thomas, St. Thomas needs to get gas from somewhere.

I imagine it’s a matter of efficiency, and contrary to popular opinion, we must be fairly efficient here on St. John, at least when it comes to gasoline availability.

St. John Music Schedule Wednesday April 20

Castaways – Steven Sloan – 7:00 – 777-3316
Coconut Coast StudiosSt. John Flutes – 5:30 -7:00 – 776-6944
High Tide – Chris Carsel – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island BluesSoulgrass Rebellion – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Larry’s Landing – James Jams – 10:00- 693-8802
Sun Dog Cafe – Open Mic – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693 8340
Westin, Cruz Bay PrimeDavid Laabs – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

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St. John Film Society Press Release:

FREE MOVIE NIGHT IN CRUZ BAY

Tuesday, April 5th
7:30 pm
St. John School of Arts in Cruz Bay

Welcome Academy Award Nominee Rick Goldsmith who will be present for the screening!

THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA:
Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

by Rick Goldsmith and Judith Ehrlich (92 min) 2009
Nominated for a 2010 Academy Award as Best Documentary Feature

Daniel Ellsberg narrates his own true story in “The Most Dangerous Man in America”. In 1971 he was a leading Pentagon Vietnam War strategist who concluded the war was based on decades of lies. He leaked 7,000 pages of top-secret documents to The New York Times, a daring act of conscience that lead directly to Watergate, President Nixon’s resignation and the end of the Vietnam War.

St. John Music Schedule

Beach Bar – Cat, Lauren & Luba – 9:00 – 777-4220
Castaways – Steven Sloan – 7:00 – 777-3316
Coconut Coast StudiosSt. John Flutes – 5:30 -7:00 – 776-6944
High Tide – Chris Carsel – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island BluesJames Cobb – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Larry’s Landing – James Jams – 10:00 – 693-8802
Sun Dog Cafe – Open Mic – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693 8340
Westin, Cruz Bay Prime - David Laabs – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

A word of caution: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

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Gerald’s St. John Garden

bananas

baby bananas

St. John Spring
I’m seeing the signs of the beginning of springtime on St. John. The leaves have dropped off the big Mampoo tree and new light green buds have popped up on every branch. In the morning there is a quite discernible buzzing from all the bees attracted to the pollen rich buds. The aloes are in full flower with their share of bees, but I haven’t noticed many hummingbirds this year. The mango tree has baby mangoes, the papaya tree has baby papayas, the banana plant has baby bananas and a beautiful white orchid opened up deep in the bush.

st john flora: aloe

aloes in flower

st john flora: papaya

baby papayas

st john flora: orchid

orchids

st john flora:mango

baby mango

St. John Music Schedule Friday March 11

Aqua Bistro – Mark Wallace – 5:30 – 8:30 – 776-5336
Beach BarRevisions – 9:00 – 777-4220
High Tide – John Lee – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island BluesBig Rick Open Mic – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Morgan’s Mango – Lauren, 6:30 – 9:30, 693-8141
Ocean GrillLuba – 6:00 – 9:00, 693 3304
Skinny Legs – Chris Carsel – 6:00 – 9:00 – 779-4982
Westin, Cruz Bay PrimeJames Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

A word of caution: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

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Virgin Islands Photo of the Day

salt island, british virgin islands

Salt Island, BVI

Press Release
St. John, US Virgin Islands (USVI)

Tyre Palm Boom-Making Demonstration
Thursday March 17th (St. Patty’s Day) 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
In Front of the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park Store, Mongoose Junction Cruz Bay
Presented by: Master West Indian culture-bearer, Justin Todman of St. Thomas US Virgin Islands
Sponsored by: Friends of VI National Park.

Mr. Justin’s crafts will be available, on limited basis, at the Friends of VI National Park Store. Additionally, he has indicated his willingness to teach those interested to learn this dying art of our West Indian

Contact: Cid Hamling at Connections for potential classes
Phone: 776-6922 or email connectionsstjohn.vi

Note: Tyre Palm brooms should be of great interest to wedding planners, and those who value our culture.

St. John Music Schedule Thursday March 10

Banana Deck – Steel Pan by Lemuel Callwood – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5055
Castaways – Mikey P Rocks the House – 8:00 - 777-3316
High Tide – Steven Sloan – 7:00 – 10:00  – 714-6169
Inn at Tamarind CourtTom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers – 8:00 – 776 6378
Island BluesRed Carpet Rats – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Miss Lucy’sRich & Greg – 6:00 – 9:00  – 693-5244
Morgan’s Mango – Mark Wallace – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – Rascio Steel Pan – 7:00 – 9:00 – 693 3304
Skinny Legs – Loren – Guitar & Vocal – 6:00 – 779-4982
Westin, Cruz Bay PrimeJames Cobb – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

A word of caution: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

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St. John Photo of the Day
Cinnamon Bay Beach, St. John Virgin Islands
Skim Boarder at Cinnamon Bay

Press Release: St. John Film Society

FREE MOVIE NIGHT
Tuesday March 15, 2011
7:30 PM at Sputniks in Coral Bay

ST. JOHN FILM SOCIETY ANNOUNCEMENTS

A TRIBUTE TO ANNIE LOVE:
A short 8 min film by local filmmakers
Jeremy Garza and Trent Myers

Followed by our feature presentation:

HEART OF THE SEA
by Lisa Denker, Charlotte Lagarde (57 min) 2002

St John Film Society: Heart of the SeaHEART OF THE SEA is a portrait of Rell “Kapolioka’ ehukai” Sunn, who died in January 1998 of breast cancer at the age of 47. Known worldwide as a pioneer of women’s professional surfing, at home in Hawaii Rell achieved the   stature of an icon – not only for her physical power, grace and luminous beauty, but for her leadership in a community that loved her as much as she loved it.

By the time she lost a 15 year battle with breast cancer, Rell’s legacy had grown far beyond athletic feats. HEART  OF THE SEA tells her larger-than-life story.

Remember to bring your own chair & call Juliette at Sputniks (775-7373) if you would like to order one of her delicious roti.

St. John Music Schedule Wednesday March 9

Beach Bar – The Diviners – 4:00 – 8:00, 777-4220
Castaways – Steven Sloan – 7:00, 777-3316
Coconut Coast StudiosSt. John Flutes – 5:30 -7:00 – 776-6944
High Tide – Chris Carsel – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island BluesBig Rick – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Larry’s Landing – James Jams – 10:00 – 693-8802
ShipwreckTom Mason & the Blues Buccaneers – 8:00 – 10:00 – 693-5640
Sun Dog Cafe – Open Mic with Mark Wallace – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693 8340
Westin, Cruz Bay PrimeDavid Laabs – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

A word of caution: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

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Virgin Islands Photo of the Day

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas US Virgin Islands (USVI)
Charlotte Amalie Aerial

St. John Music Schedule Tuesday, March 8

Beach BarTom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers – 8:00 – 777-4220
Castaways – Steve & Friends – 7:30 – 777-3316
High Tide – T-Bird and Kenny – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island Blues – Bo & Lauren – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Larry’s Landing – Classic Rock with John – 10:00 – 1:00 – 693-8802
Morgan’s Mango – Greg Kinslow – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Shipwreck Landing – Chris Carsel – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693-5640

A word of caution: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

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Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Lunch at Abes, Little Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Live Music on St. John Sunday, March 6

Aqua Bistro – Lauren – 3:30 – 6:30 – 776-5336
Beach BarThe Fiddler – 4:00 – 8:00 – 777-4220
Concordia – Bo – 4:00 – 8:00 – 777-4220
Island Blues - Spiritual Rez – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Miss Lucy’sSambacombo – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – 693-5244
Ocean GrillDavid Laabs – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693 3304
Rhumb Lines - T-Bird  – 7:00 – 10:00
Shipwreck – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693-5640

A word of caution: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

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St. John Photo of the Day
St. John Trails: Beehive Cove, Tektite Trail

Photo taken from the Tektite Trail of Beehive Cove.

St. John News

“Lost” Petroglyphs Rediscovered at Virgin Islands National Park…read more

Gov. DeJongh Seeking $42M for Broadband Infrastructure…read more

Live Music on St. John Wednesday, March 2

Castaways – Steven Sloan – 7:00 – 777-3316
Coconut Coast StudiosSt. John Flutes – 5:30 -7:00 – 776-6944
High Tide – Chris Carsel – 7:00 – 10:00?714-6169
Island BluesJames Cobb – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Larry’s Landing - James Jams – 10:00 – 693-8802
Sun Dog Cafe - Open Mic with Mark Wallace – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693 8340
Westin, Cruz Bay PrimeDavid Laabs – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

A word of caution to my visitors: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

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