St. John Hapenings: Folklife Festival at Annaberg

Annaberg Folklife festival Story Teller
Story Teller

Story-teller Faye Fredericks recounts the tale of The Ram Goat and the Pepper Tree.”

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Saturday, February 25

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
Island Blues – Locals on the 8s – 8:00 – 11:00 – 776-6800
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

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St. John Folklife Festival
Annaberg Plantation
5:30 – 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

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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 Exotic Pest: The Wild Tamarind

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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St. John Weather: First Tropical Activity of the Year

It’s only February and surprisingly we have some tropical activity in the Caribbean, which usually a phenomenon of the summertime. Yes, there “Invest 90” hanging around the Yucatan Passage. It’s packing winds of 30 mph and last night’s satellite image showed it hoovering just east of the Texas Mexico border and heading ENE. It’s not expected to intensify nor survive for long and should only affect St. John’s weather as part of the “butterfly effect”.

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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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Reef Bay Great House Then and Now

St. John Trails: Reef Bay Trail - Par Force Great House
Reef Bay Great House 1960

Photo by Jack Boucher

Reef Bay St. John Reef Bay Great House
Reef Bay Great House 2011

Photo by Shaun O’Boyle

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Thursday, February 2

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
Miss Lucy’s – Jazz with Rich and Greg – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5354
Morgan’s Mango – Mark Wallace – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141
Ocean Grill – Chris Carsel – 6:30 – 9:00 – 693-3304
Skinny Legs – Lauren – 6:00 – 779-4982

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