Transfer Day

Today is Transfer Day in the United States Virgin Islands celebrating the purchase of the Danish West Indies from Denmark by the United States of America.

This concept of one nation located on the European mainland selling a group of inhabited islands located in the Caribbean to another nation located on the North American mainland is hard for me to grasp. What exactly was Denmark selling and the US buying? The land? The people?

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It’s Raining

It’s raining on St. John. A nice soaking rain. The trees are happy, the cistern’s are happy!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a really good rain. The leaves on the trees are turning yellow and brown and the hillsides look like autumn in the American northeast.

Nowcast as of 3:25 PM AST on March 30, 2011
Showers and isolated thunderstorms will affect all of the U.S. Virgin Islands and adjacent waters for the next few hours. Localized rainfall amounts of one to two inches will be possible with the heaviest activity.
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St. John Virgin Islands: Photos of the Day

St. John Photos of the Day

Chocolate Hole, St. John US Virgin Islands (USVI)

Great Cruz Bay, st john usvi

St. John Music Schedule Saturday March 19

Castaways – Kenny Floyd – 8:00 – 11:00 – 777-3316
Concordia – Inner Visions – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693 5855
Fatty Crab – Sambacombo – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – 693-5244
Island Blues – Mojones  – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Morgan’s Mango – Luba – Piano & Vocals – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Rhumb Lines – Lauren & Bo – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-0303
Skinny Legs – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 6:30 – 9:30 – 779-4982
Westin, Cruz Bay Prime – James 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 Culture: Tyre Palm Broom Making

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Virgin Islands Cultureman: Mr. Justin Todman
St. John Culture: Tyre Palm Brooms
Tyre Palm Brooms

Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park sponsored a tyre palm broom making exhibition with Virgin Islands culture man, Mr. Justin Todman from St. Thomas. After the demonstration, children were invited to ask questions:

“Mr. Justin,” asked one child, “what inspires you to make brooms?”

“It puts food on the table and it’s my art,” answered Mr. Justin.

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St. John News & Happenings: Market Day

st john market dayst john market dayLocal farmers gathered at the National Park ball field for the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture sponsored, “Market Day,” with offerings of locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables, popular Virgin Islands soft drinks, like passion fruit and tamarind, tarts, roti’s, native honey and potted fruit trees and herbs as well as educational displays, like a glass enclosed working beehive.

The top photo shows some of the items I bought while there. (Except for the whole wheat vegan roti which I ate on the way home.)

Still available for the photo were the local tomatoes that, unlike the usual store-bought variety, actually tasted like tomatoes, cassava coconut bread, white guava tart, sea grape marmalade and local wild honey.

Tyre Palm Broom Making Demonstration
Presented by master West Indian culture-bearer, Justin Todman of St. Thomas, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Friends of the Park Store, Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay, St. John. Mr. Justin’s crafts will be available for sale on a limited basis.

St. John Music Schedule Thursday March 17

Banana Deck – Steel Pan by Lemuel Callwood – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5055
Beach Bar – St. Patty’s Party with Dave Gerard & Groove Thang – 8:00 – 777-4220
Castaways – Mikey P Rocks the House – 8:00 – 777-3316
High Tide – Steven Sloan – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island Blues – Mojones  – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Miss Lucy’s – Rich & 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
Skinnylegs – Lauren – Guitar & Vocal – 6:00 – 779-4982
Westin, Cruz Bay Prime – James 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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A St. John Jogging Story

It’s a beautiful St. John morning and I decide to go out and take a little jog, clear my head, breathe some good air, take in the view.

I’m running the flat stretch on Great Cruz Bay Road, when I see a jeep pulled over on the side with a lady feeding a little dog. The lady turns out to be Patty from Cruz Bay Water Sports and she looks at me and says, “only on St. John.”

I look closer at the dog. It’s really is a strange looking dog. It has this weird head. I look again and then I get it. I see what Patty means. It’s not a dog. It’s a pig, a little baby pig!

The pig’s off the side of the road happily eating something that Patty has given it. Its wearing a scarf and has a blue collar for a leash. This little piggy obviously belongs to somebody, but what can you do?

Patty drives off and I continue my run. I get about 100 yards down the road when a lady in a jeep stops and asks if I’ve seen a pig.

I nod yes and point down the street.

Patty’s right, “only on St. John!”

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