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ONLINE AUCTION STARTS SATURDAY!

GET READY FOR BARGAINS!  The 5th Annual Online Auction is set to begin this Saturday, November 16th at 9 a.m. EST.  Bid your best by auction closing on Sunday, December 8th at 9 p.m. EST!

Planning a trip to St. John?  You can build a vacation while helping the park by bidding on villa stays, boat and snorkel trips, dining, shopping and more.

Christmas shop for a good cause:  art, jewelry, and locally-made items, plus all of the above for vacation stays!

Watch new items being posted and be ready to bid for the bargains!  Check it out now by clicking HERE!

Friends Annual Gala:  February 1, 2014

We are planning a grand “bravo” gala this year to celebrate our 26th Anniversary and the accomplishments you have helped us to achieve.  Save the date:  February 1, 2014.  This “National Treasures” gala will celebrate the treasures of Virgin Islands National Park and thank donors like you who have made it even better.

By popular demand, our 11th annual gala will be held at the breathtaking villa, Presidio del Mar, home of Steven & Pamela Deckoff, on the point in Peter Bay.  Sumptuous gourmet catering with passed appetizers all night long, dancing under the stars to In the Sand Band, and 3 bars serving fine wine, champagne and cocktails.  Take home a treasure of your own from our abundant raffle and silent auction tables!  Many treasures await you throughout this enchanted evening.

This is the “Gala of Galas” and known as St. John’s social event of the year.  Invitations will be sent shortly.  For more info contact Karen Vahling at kvahling@friendsvinp.org.

Flavors of St. John Set for Nov. 23
By Lynda Lohr — November 11, 2013

…participation by Asolare, Aqua Bistro, Bowman Cuisine at Tamarind Court, Café Livin, Caneel Bay Resort, Creative Catering, Fatty Crab, Gifft Hill School Farm to table, LaTapa, Morgan’s Mango, Motu Bar, Ocean Grill, Qween of Tarts, Spyglass, Starfish Market, The Fish Trap, The Lime Inn, St. John Brewers Tap Room, and Mathayom Private Chefs. Munro said he anticipates a couple more restaurants will sign on in the weeks before the party.

Those restaurants and bars will compete in the best appetizer, entree, dessert, and mixology categories. The entries will be judged from 5 until 6 p.m. There will also be people’s choice category. Winners will be announced between 7:30 and 8 p.m.

Wine tasting will start at 6:30 p.m. with six wine distributors showcasing wines from around the world. West Indies Co. will feature wines from Spain and Chile. Bellows International will feature wines from France. Prestige Wine Group will feature wines from France and California. Glazer’s Premier Wines & Spirits will feature wines from Australia and New Zealand. AB Cellars will feature wines from Italy. Dionysus Wine Distributors will feature wines from South Africa.

Cool Sessions will provide live music and dancing. A silent auction will take place in the entranceway corridor.

Dress is island fancy.

Tickets may be purchased at www.flavorsstjohn.com and at Connections in Coral Bay and Cruz Bay, Chelsea Drug Store in Red Hook and the Market Place shopping center on St. John, Dr. Cool, St. John Properties, Trevor’s Activity Center in Mongoose Junction shopping center. St. John Rotary Club members also have tickets available. Tickets are $100 in advance and $110 at the door. Card-carrying food handlers pay $75 for advance tickets…. Read article

Genealogy Library lecture to examine links between St. Barths, St. Thomas
By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff)
Published: November 12, 2013

ST. THOMAS – The Caribbean Genealogy Library on St. Thomas will be offering a free lecture Sunday on the social history of St. Barths and its connection to St. Thomas.

“It’s the first lecture that we’ve done related to the French community at the library,” board member Sophia Aubin said.

The speaker is Julianne Maher, a linguist who was first drawn to study St. Barths because of the languages spoken there.

“The island is only 8½ square miles, that’s half the size of St. John, and they speak four different dialects of French creole,” Aubin said.

Maher wrote a book, “The Survival of People and Languages: Schooners, Goats and Cassava in St. Barthélemy, French West Indies,” that explains this rare linguistic anomaly – how a small group of 17th century French settlers came to speak four separate languages. Using historical documents and 18th century eyewitness accounts, Maher reconstructed the tiny island’s social ecology to learn why the fragmentation occurred.

She found that poverty, economics, geography and small population size created linguistic barriers on the island for more than 250 years.

In Maher’s research on the languages of St. Barths, she became fascinated with the history and culture of the French Caribbean island and its people, Aubin said.

Sunday’s lecture is titled, “Reconstructing the Social History of St. Barthelemy.” In her talk, Maher will follow the social history of three men – Jacques Gréaux, Pierre Bernier and Jacques Aubin – and their families…. Read more

St. John Live Music Schedule Wednesday 11/13

Beach Bar
Third String All Stars
8:00
777-4220

Castaways
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

Rhumblines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00
776-0303

Sun Dog
Wednesday Night Jam
8:00
776-0303

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St. John Springtime – Soon Come

Vanda Orchid St. John US Virgin islands
St. John Springtime: Vanda Orchid

We’re slowly seeing the signs of spring here on St. John. Albeit not as dramatic as springtime in America, we do, contrary to what many believe, have definite seasons. Today, for example marks the day that America goes back on Daylight Time, making Eastern Standard Time (EST) equal to our Atlantic Standard Time (AST). The seawater has become warm enough not to be so shocking (for  baby like me anyway, but not warm enough for a baby like my friend Mario). More scientifically demonstrating the coming of a new season is the appearance of flowers on my mango tree and the aloes in bloom a buzz with bees and hummingbirds in the morning.

Mango Flowers

Aloe Flowers

Key Lime Flower

Christmas Palm Fruits

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Sunday, March 11

Aqua Bistro – Lauren – 3:30 – 6:30 – 776-5336
Beach Bar – The Blood Gypsies – 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
Rhumblines – T-Bird – 7:00 – 10:00
Shipwreck Landing – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 7:00 – 10:00
Skinny Legs – Groove Thang – 6:00 -779-4982
Sun Dog Cafe – David Laab – 11:00 am- 2:00 pm – 244-9713
Westin Beach Bar – Rich Greengold  – 6:30 – 9:30 – 244-9713

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Another Day at Maho Bay

Manta Ray, Maho Bay St. John US Virgin islands (USVI)
Manta Ray at Maho Bay

Another beautiful Day at Maho Bay. The water seems to be warming up a bit and as usual there was plenty to see both from the shore and from the water. The manta rays are the newest tourists to find Maho (and Maho Campground and Little Maho and Francis Bays) to be an excellent venue for a day at the beach and have been hanging around for the last few months to the delight of all.

Manta Ray

manta ray seen from paddle board

manta from paddle board
 

Green Turtle and Remora
 

Karen Jarvis was at Maho Bay also yesterday showing off her new racing paddle board. It’s a rocket!

Karen rents boards and gives lessons.

A beautiful way to see the bay!

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Saturday, March 3

Castaways – Dance Party – 11:00 – 777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s – Guitarist James Milne – 7:00 – 10:00 – 777-4015
Miss Lucy’s – David Reed – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5354
Morgan’s Mango – Luba – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – Rascio on Steel Pan – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-3304
Rhumblines – Lauren – 7:00
Shipwreck Landing – Mike Miknut  – 6:00 – 9:30

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St. John Happenings: “The Real World” to be Filmed in The VI

MTV’s raunchy, sexy reality show, The Real World, will be filmed entirely in the Virgin Islands. St 27th season, titled The Real World: St. Thomas, will be based on Hassell Island and filmed mostly on St. Thomas, but segments shot on St. Croix, St. John and Water Island will also be included. The show is scheduled to premier this summer.

Former Paiewonsky Residence

The theme of the show are the recorded activities and interpersonal relationships of seven strangers who will live together in a house for several months.

In this season’s The Real World: St. Thomas, the house chosen is rumored to be the former Paiewonsky residence on Hassel Island now owned by St. Thomas businessman, Ricardo Charaf.

according to co-creator and executive producer, Jon Murray, St. Thomas would be a “perfect environment for this year’s seven strangers to get to know each other and figure out their lives…”

St. Thomas Commissioner of Tourism, Beverly Nicholson-Doty was happy with the producer’s decision to choose the US Virgin Islands as the venue for the Real World’s upcoming season and issued the statement that: “As a U.S. Territory, the U.S. Virgin Islands is an excellent choice for Season 27 of The Real World. The roommates, and MTV’s viewers, get to experience the splendor of the Caribbean lifestyle, while MTV’s production expenditure is reinvested into U.S. economy…. Viewers of the show will get an opportunity not only to see the roommates settle into their new lives on St. Thomas, but also to follow their cultural experiences across the other islands that comprise the USVI – St. Croix, St. John and ‘the fourth Virgin’ – Water Island.”

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Friday, March 2

Aqua Bistro – Mark Wallace & Rich Greengold – 5:30 – 8:30 – 776-5336
Beach Bar – The Gomorrans, Social Aid & Pleasure Club – 9:00 – 777-4220
Castaways – Mikey P – 9:00 – 777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s – John W Lee – 7:00 – 10:00 – 777-4015
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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St. John Happenings

Hassel island, us virgin islands
Crown Bay seen from Fort Shipley on Hassel Island

More Hassel Island Photos

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Wednesday, February 29

Aqua Bistro – Rascio on Steel Pan – 5:30 – 8:30 – 776-5336
Beach Bar – The Gomorrans – 9:00 – 777-4220
Castaways – Kenny Floyd – 8:00 – 777-3316
Coconut Coast Studios – St. John Flutes – 5:30-7:00 – 776-6944
Driftwood Dave’s – Paradise People – 7:00 – 10:00 – 777-4015
High Tide – Chris Carsel – 6:00 – 9:00 – 714-6169
Miss Lucy’s – David Reed – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5354
Shipwreck Landing – Christobal and the Jons – 7:00 – 10:30
Sun Dog Cafe – Wednesday Night Jam – 7:30-10:00 – 244-9713

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St. John Virgin Islands Happenings

St. John Film Society Presents

A “NOT TO BE MISSED EVENT!”
“Proceed and Be Bold!”
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
7:30 pm at St John School of the Arts
Directed by Laura Zinger
90 minutes, 2008, Documentary

Proceed and Be Bold
Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. is an internationally recognized printing press artist known for his socially and politically charged works of art. At age 40 and unsatisfied with his comfortable, middle-class life, Amos traded in his computer for a printing press and his white collar for a pair of overalls. Armed with life, liberty, peanuts and a meager yearly income of $7,000, Amos cranked out a new, rebellious declaration of independence.

The film joins Amos in a fascinating account of his story, while examining the pretensions and provisions of the art world. The work of this self-proclaimed “Humble Negro Printer” raises emotionally-charged questions and reveals remarkable depth beneath the bold print. By learning the rules and then choosing to break them, Amos redefines what life (and letterpress printing) can be: exhilarating and revolutionary.

JOIN DIRECTOR LAURA ZINGER AND AMOS PAUL KENNEDY JR. FOR DISCUSSION AFTER THE SCREENING!

Laura Zinger is the founder and owner of Chicago-based, creative content production company 20K Films. Her 2008 initiative, Proceed and Be Bold has been screened in countries around the world. Zinger has worked for various film companies, including MGM, Pretty Pictures and MOJO, a post-production trailer house. In addition to 20K Films, Zinger works as the Web Video Producer for Milk For Thought, a new national website dedicated to connecting, empowering and supporting breastfeeding mothers.

Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. is a journeyman letterpress printer living in rural Alabama, and the thought provoking subject of the film Proceed and Be Bold! He will be present at the screening and will have his posters available for sale!

New Novel Takes Place On St. John

Adrfft on St. John by Rebecca M. Hale
Rebecca M. Hale

By Richie Ann Ashcraft ?Monday, February 27, 2012
Tropical islands with sky blue water — a slave princess whose ghost is rumored to cause disappearances and shipwrecks — and only one person who knows the truth.
That’s the premise of Rebecca M. Hale’s latest mystery novel, “Adrift on St. John,” which releases in paperback and e book this week…. read article

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Tuesday, February 28

Castaways – Karaoke Night – 9:00 – 777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s – James Cobb & Michael Beason – 700 -10:00 – 777-4015
High Tide – Erin Hart – 4:00 – 7:00 – 714-6169
Miss Lucy’s – David Reed – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5354
Morgan’s Mango – Greg Kinslow – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – Rascio on Steel Pan – 6:00 – 9:30 -693-3304
Shipwreck Landing – Chris Carsel – 6:00 – 9:30

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St. John Happenings: Francis Bay Trail Update

Friends of the National Park Needs Construction Volunteers

St. John Source
By Lynda Lohr — February 23, 2012
Help wanted. The Friends of V.I. National Park needs volunteers to help with building an extension on the park’s Francis Bay accessible trail. Work starts at 8 a.m. Monday and is expected to last up to about six days.

Friends President Joe Kessler is calling “as many as would like to come out.” Volunteers should meet in the Francis Bay parking lot adjacent to the beach…. read more

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Friday, February 24

Aqua Bistro – Mark Wallace & Rich Greengold- 5:30 – 8:30 – 776-5336
Beach Bar
– The ISH with John Magne & the Subdudes – 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 – Long Lost Friend – 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 Gril
l – T-Bird – 6:30 – 9:00 – 693-3304
Shipwreck Landing
– Woody Lissauer – 6:00 – 9:30

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Events

St. John Folklife Festival
Annaberg Plantation – 10:00 – 3:00 … more information

Hassel Island USVI

The above photo was taken from Fort Shipley on Hassel Island. See more Hassel Island photos

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The Maho Bay Mantas

Manta rays delight beach-goers at Francis and Maho Bays

francis bay mantaray
Manta Ray at Francis Bay

Presidents Day weekend and the beaches of St. John are the place to be; sunbathers, swimmers, snorkelers, paddle boarders, picnickers and little kids playing. On Francis, Little Maho and Maho Bays, people are talking about the big manta. There are two of them, some say three and there big and beautiful and docile. (Manta rays have a short tail and no stinging spine.)

Manta Ray St. John Virgin IslandsThe mantas swim gracefully right under snorkelers and paddle boards, looking as if they were flying through the water with enormous wings. They even put on a show for those watching from the shore, occasionally breaching the surface and flipping over like playful children.

French Grunts - Maho Bay

Manta Ray from Paddle Board

Starfish

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Tuesday, February 21

Castaways – Karaoke Night – 9:00 – 777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s – James Cobb & Michael Beason – 700 -10:00 – 777-4015
High Tide – Erin Hart – 4:00 – 7:00 – 714-6169
Miss Lucy’s – David Reed – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5354
Morgan’s Mango – Greg Kinslow – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – Rascio on Steel Pan – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-3304
Shipwreck Landing – Chris Carsel – 6:00 – 9:30

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St. John Happenings

Ship Wreck Landing, Coral Bay, St. John Virgin Islands
Ship Wreck Landing, Coral Bay, St. John USVI

Whale-watching tours return

By ALDETH LEWIN (Daily News Staff) ST. THOMAS – The Environmental Association of St. Thomas-St. John (EAST) once again is hosting a series of whale watches to learn about the enormous mammals and hopefully see some, too.

Last year, about 30 people were treated to a spectacular show as three humpback whales frolicked around the boat for almost 45 minutes. While a whale sighting is never guaranteed, the trips can be fun and educational.

Each year, the nonprofit organization hosts whale watches in February and March. This year the dates are Feb. 26, March 4 and March 11. … Read More

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Saturday, February 18

Beach Bar – Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers – 9:00 – 777-4220
Castaways – Dance Party – 11:00 – 777-3316
Driftwood Dave’s – Guitarist James Milne – 7:00 -10:00 – 777-4015
Miss Lucy’s – David Reed – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5354
Morgan’s Mango – Luba – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill  – Rascio on Steel Pan – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-3304
Rhumblines – Lauren – 7:00
Shipwreck Landing – Mike Miknut – 6:00 – 9:30

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Paddle Boarding Maho Bay

Maho Bay Paddle BoarderKaren Paddling at Maho Bay
Like to Try? Lessons and Board Rentals

Paddle boarding, one of the newest popular water sports, has definitely arrived here on St. John as can be testified by the number of paddle boarders out yesterday at Maho Bay.

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Sunday, February 5

Aqua Bistro – Lauren – 3:30 – 6:30 – 776-5336
Beach Bar – Morgan O Kane – 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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