Snorkeling 101

 

Snorkel Mask
Snorkeling is easy to learn and requires only three pieces of relatively inexpensive equipment: mask, fins and snorkel. The quality of this equipment, however, will be instrumental to your enjoyment of the sport. Today, we will talk about the snorkel mask.

The mask is the most important piece of snorkeling equipment. Our eyes are designed to function in air and the mask provides an airspace allowing our eyes to focus and see clearly through the water.

Choosing your mask
You should always buy your own mask. Rental equipment or borrowed gear may not provide a prefect fit. When your mask fits properly, it will not only be comfortable, but will be able to provide that all-important watertight seal. This means no leaks at all, however tiny. (Snorkeling with an uncomfortable or leaky mask can make snorkeling a miserable experience.)

To check if a mask fits and is watertight, tilt your head up and place it on your face without the strap. It should sit snugly with no spaces. Breathe in through your nose and lower your head. The mask should stick to your face and stay there without you holding on to it. Be sure there is no air leakage.

Now put on the strap and adjust it tight enough that it holds the mask in place, but no tighter than that. (A common mistake among beginning snorkelers is to over tighten the strap; something that causes, rather than prevents, leaks.) Make sure that your hair is not caught in the mask. Attach the snorkel and put it in your mouth. Inhale through your nose and check once more for any air leaks.

Make sure the nosepiece fits comfortably around your nose without touching it. The nosepiece should have finger pockets so you can easily close off the nasal air passage. This is important if you intend to go below the surface or free dive.

In the old days, masks were made out of black rubber. Nowadays, the best masks are made with clear, surgical-grade silicone, which is soft, flexible and hypoallergenic. Watch out for bargain specials; masks made out of clear PVC. This material looks like silicone, but is much harder and not as flexible. PVC masks are often uncomfortable and may leak.

If you have a mustache, the only mask for you will be the high-grade silicone variety. It’s also a good idea to apply a small amount of a petroleum jelly product like Vaseline to your mustache.

Masks come in many styles, with single, double and side lens options. The important thing is that the lens or lenses be made of tempered safety glass, which will be scratch-resistant and will not shatter upon impact. Always emphasize safety, a comfortable fit and water tightness, after that whatever style or color suits you best will be fine.

Corrective lenses
A rule of thumb for SCUBA divers is, “if you need glasses to drive, you need glasses to dive.” For snorkelers it is not as critical, but your enjoyment of the underwater world will certainly be enhanced if you can see it clearly. If you need glasses, check to see if your mask is corrective lens adaptable. Have your personal prescription installed in your mask, which will be much better than buying a mask with a ready-made corrective lens.

Things look about 25% closer when looking at them underwater. So if you just need reading glasses, you may not need corrective lenses. The magnifying effect of the mask underwater should also be taken into account when judging distances while snorkeling. Everything looks closer than it actually is.

Preparing a new mask
When you first buy a mask you will need to clean it to remove the oily film that is applied at the factory to protect the lens during shipping. Use a commercial mask cleaner and not a household cleaner, the remnants of which could get in your eyes when the mask gets wet.

Defogging your mask
As much as a leaky mask is annoying and detracts from your snorkeling enjoyment, so is a mask that keeps fogging up. The standard defogging agent is plain old spit, but today several commercial defogging agents are readily available at dive shops.

Spit on the mask lens or apply a few drops of the defogging liquid and rub it around. Rinse your mask with water. (Seawater will be fine.)
Put the mask on and begin snorkeling right away. If you wait too long, or walk around on land with your mask on, it will probably fog up, even with the defogger applied.

Getting water out of your mask
Sometimes even the best fitting masks can fill with water. If this happens to you, the easiest way to clear the mask is to lift your head out of the water and pull the bottom of the mask away from your face allowing the water to drain out. Replace your mask and continue snorkeling.

Mask care
When you return from your snorkel adventure, rinse your mask with fresh water and let it dry in the shade. Store it in a dry place, preferably in a protective box that will also keep it safe from damage when you travel.

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St. John Weather

Overcast with a chance of rain, then rain showers in the afternoon
High of 81 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the ENE at 20 to 25 mph
Chance of rain 50%
Water temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas): 86 degrees F
Sunset: 6:32 PM AST

St. John Events

Sputnik 2
Easter Dance – Come dance the Night Away in Style
DJ John
8:00 PM
$5.00

St. John Live Music Schedule

Beach Bar
John Beninghof
9:00
777-4220

Castaways
Mikey P 9:00
Dance Party 11:00
777-3316

Cruz Bay Prime
Mike Wallace
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

Miss Lucy’s
David Reed
6:00 – 9:00
693-5254

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 – 10:00

Skinny Legs
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:00
779 4982

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Development on St. John – A 1937 Perspective

Cinnamon Bay Trail Overlook
View from the Cinnamon Bay Trail Overlook

Development

“Several new roads were being cut up the hillsides and Agnes (Sewer) told us that Paul (Boulon) was beginning to erect a few cottages (at Trunk Bay) to rent to winter visitors; we knew he had the plan in mind but, at last, he was putting it into action…. Tourists were coming. Nice tourists, probably… but to our way of thinking, even five more white people on the north shore would destroy that splendid something that had made St. John a paradise and given us the two happiest years of our lives. The coming exploitation was inevitable, and it would be a good thing for a batch of black people who were very close to our hearts and for the white people that came, it would be marvelous. But for us it was ruined.”

Desmond and Bet Holdbridge, Escape to the Tropics, published in 1937.

Moonrise
There was a spectacular full yellow-colored moonrise last night. The moon will be a bit smaller tonight, but if you happen to have an unobstructed eastern view, check it out. The moon will rise at 8:59 PM AST

St. John Weather

Partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 81 degrees F
Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the NNW in the afternoon
Chance of rain 20%
Sunset: 6:32 PM AST
Water temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas): 86 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Michael Beason
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
John Sutton
9:00
777-4220

Castaways
Mikey P 8:00
Dance Party 11:00
777-3316

Cinnamon Bay
Eddie Bruce Drum Circle
6:30 – 8:00

Concordia
Bo & Lauren
6:30 – 9:00

High Tide
Mikey P
9:00
714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
David Reed
6:00 – 9:00
693-5254

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

Shipwreck Landing
Mitch Woods
7:00-10:00

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel & Company
6:00
779 4982

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St. John History: Flat Calm Morning

Moonrise over Chocolate Hole
Moonrise over Chocolate Hole
Another full moonrise tonight at 7:58 PM AST

Flat Calm

On a morning like this one, “an enslaved worker on St. John, whose last name was Benjamin, took advantage of the coinciding opportunities presented by a perfectly calm sea and a new law abolishing slavery on the island of Tortola.

While walking by himself on the coast near Brown Bay, Mr. Benjamin noticed one of the large iron cauldrons used to boil cane juice into sugar called a “copper,” lying just off the shoreline and it gave him an idea. Using his machete, he carved a piece of driftwood into a rudimentary paddle and then using the mechanical advantage provided by convenient sturdy boards he found abandoned in the bush, he maneuvered the heavy copper into the water, climbed in and started to paddle across this narrow section of the Sir Francis Drake Channel heading for Tortola and freedom…..” read entire story

St. John Weather

Weather on the ground – Chocolate Hole Sunrise
The sea is flat calm this morning. Both air and sea temperatures are warming. Beautiful blue skies with puffy white clouds. Perfect beach day.

Official Forecast
Clear with rain showers in the morning, then partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 90 degrees F
Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph
Chance of rain 20%
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas): 87.1 degrees F
Sunset: 6:31 PM AST
Full Moonrise: 7:58 PM AST

St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
John Sutton
9:00
777-4220

Castaways
James
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Inner Vision
8:30
714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
Jazz with Rich and Greg
6:00 – 9:00

Morgan’s Mango
Mark Wallace
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones Magnie
6:00
779 4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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Manchineel

Leinster Bay Road Manchineel Sign
Manchineel Sign on the Leinster Bay Road

What Does a Manchineel Apple Taste Like

It’s not easy to get a taste review of the manchineel apple, especially with it’s rather ominous nickname “death apple,” but we have it here folks, brought to you as an exclusive by St. John life.

It seems a family of four visiting St. John happened to be walking down the Leinster Bay Road on their way to Waterlemon Bay, when they passed by the manchineel tree on the Leinster Bay Road. Thinking that it was a tasty genip, the dad picked an apple and offered bites to his wife and kids. Dad ate the apple, the mom and their eight-year-old kid took a bite and spit it out and their four-year-old refused the offer. Walking a few paces further, they read the big red sign pictured above.

Next, it was a trip to the clinic, along with a good share of worry and anxiety.

The result: intestinal distress for the dad and a burned mouth feeling for mom and the kid. The survival rate was 100 percent.

Interviewing the protagonists of the story, I was mainly interested in the taste of a death apple, something I was loath to find out for myself.

Here’s the review:

Dad: Sweet, but a bit tart

Mom: Like an under-ripe honeydew melon

Eight-year-old kid: Like concrete

St. John News

Post on Trip Advisor

Vieques compared to St. John?
Mar 24, 2013, 10:15 PM
I have been to St. John 5 times and stayed at a campground that I loved, but is no longer going to be operating. So we are looking for something else…. read entire post and thread

WAPA’s Switch to Alternative Fuels Coming Sooner Rather Than Later
By James Gardner — March 26, 2013

From preparing for a groundbreaking next month that would begin the process of getting solar sites up and running in both districts to meeting with federal representatives about the possibility of integrating wind into its energy portfolio, the V.I. Water and Power Authority is pushing for a switch to alternatives as quickly as possible, according to officials…. read more

St. John Weather

Partly cloudy with rain showers in the morning, then clear with rain showers
High of 82 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the ESE at 15 to 20 mph
Chance of rain 20%
Water temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas): 86 degrees F
Sunset: 6:31 PM AST

St John Live Music Schedule Tuesday March 27

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Steven Sloan
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

Driftwood David’s
Benn Marr
5:30 – 8:30
777-4015

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
714-6169

Island Blues
Karaoke & Open Mic
7:00
776-6800

La Tapa
Greg Kinslow
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Miss Lucy’s
David Reed
6:00 – 9:00
693-5254

Morgan’s Mango
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Dave Gerard
7:00 – 10:00

Spyglass
T-Bird
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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Ball Games and the Original Inhabitants of the Caribbean

Cruise Ship in St. Thomas
Cruise Ship leaving Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas

The Origin of Football, Basketball, Baseball and all the Other Games Played with a Ball

Today, games played with a rubber ball are such a significant part of modern culture that championship sports events are observed by more people, and with more fervor and enthusiasm, than most national holidays or religious celebrations. Ball games are taken so seriously that nations have actually gone to war over the outcome of soccer competitions.

Until the end of the fifteenth century, when Europeans first made contact with the Tainos, rubber ball games were unknown in Europe and, presumably, in the rest of the world. There was no such thing as football, soccer, basketball or baseball…. read more

Virgin Islands News

Regatta: Winds Plays Hide and Seek Saturday
By Source staff — March 24, 2013

Despite winds that played hide and seek all Saturday afternoon, Michigan sailor Dalton DeVos maintained his lead in the Melges 32 class in the 40th International Rolex Regatta taking place in the waters off St. Thomas.

Saturday’s action took place on three stages. The one-design Melges 32 class started out in Great Bay, but playful winds caused the race committee to re-set marks further out in Pillsbury Sound. Races in the IC-24 and Beach Cat classes were delayed a half hour at mid-day as the wind ebbed and finally flowed in Jersey Bay. The spinnaker and non-spinnaker fleets had no trouble finding steady wind on courses set along the south coast of neighboring St. John…. read more

St. John Weather

Partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 82 degrees F
Winds from the North at 10 to 15 mph shifting to the West in the afternoon
Chance of rain 20%
Sunset: 6:31 PM AST
Water temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas): 86 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30
776-5336

Concordia
Bo
Sunday Brunch 10:00 am

Cruz Bay Prime
Mark Wallace
7:00 – 10:00
693 -8000

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00
714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
Sambacombo
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
693-5254

Ocean Grill
David Laab
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
T-Bird
7:00 – 10:00

Shipwreck Landing
Hot Club
7:00 – 10:00

Skinny Legs
Dave Gerard
6:00
779 4982

Sun Dog Cafe
David Laab
11:00 am- 2:00 pm
244-9713

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Time by the “Ghost from Jost”

Visitor From the Bush
Visitor From the Bush

“Time” By Curtney “Ghost” Chinnery
Listen to St. John’s resident poet, artist and philosopher, the Ghost From Jost, recite one of his poems, “time

St. John Weather

Mostly cloudy with rain showers
High of 82 degrees F
Winds from the ESE at 5 to 15 mph
Chance of rain 30%
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas): 84.9 degrees F
Sunset: 6:30 PM AST

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Stephan Sloan
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Michael Beason
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Beach Bar
Chris Klein Band
9:00
777-4220

Castaways
Mikey P 8:00
Dance Party 11:00
777-3316

Cinnamon Bay
Eddie Bruce Drum Circle
6:30 – 8:00

Concordia
Bo & Lauren
6:30 – 9:00

High Tide
Mikey P
9:00
714-6169

Inn at Tamarind Court
Dave Gerrard
776-6378

Island Blues
Mojo Flyer – NYC Cool
776-6800

Miss Lucy’s
TuTu Much
6:00 – 9:00
693-5254

Morgan’s Mango
Lauren Jones
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
T-Bird
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

Shipwreck Landing
Mitch Woods
7:00-10:00

Skinny Legs
Chris Carsel & Company
6:00
779 4982

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Open Mic at the Sun Dog Cafe

Open Mic at the Sun Dog Cafe

Barbie Barry
Barbie

micheal barry
Michael

Lee Ann
Lee Ann

kebo
Kebo

jeffery and lauren
Lauren and Jeffery

andrew
Andrew

A great time was had by all at the Sun Dog Cafe open mic last night.

Cast of Characters
Lauren Jones (guitar and vocal), Dan Silber on keyboard), Bobby (guitar and vocal), Michael Barry, Barbie Barry, Dennis West on keyboard, Le Ann performing an a cappella original, Michael Beason, Johnnie B, Hugh Hunt on sax, Frisco Freddie, Kebo on drums, Kenny on Conga, Jeffery (percussion), Patrick (harmonica)

St. John News

Beaches Get a Little Help from the Friends
By Lynda Lohr — March 20, 2013

A Friends of V.I. National Park program to help St. John’s beleaguered beaches begun last year at Maho Bay Beach is branching out this year to include Cinnamon Bay, Francis Bay, Trunk Bay, and Hawksnest Bay beaches.

These popular north shore beaches have suffered from erosion, people and deer. “Deer have become a major problem,” according to Gary Ray, a St. John-based restoration ecologist who owns Virgin Forest Restorations….

St. John Weather

Clear with rain showers in the morning, then partly cloudy
High of 82 degrees F
Winds from the SE at 10 to 15 mph
Chance of rain 20%
Sunset:6:30 PM AST
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas): 84.9 degrees F

St. John Live Music Schedule

Banana Deck
Steel Pan by Lemuel Samuels
6:00 – 9:00
693-5055

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
James
9:00
777-3316

High Tide
Inner Vision
8:30
714-6169

Miss Lucy’s
Jazz with Rich and Greg
6:00 – 9:00

Morgan’s Mango
Mark Wallace
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

Rhumblines
Erin Hart
7:00 – 10:00

Skinny Legs
Lauren Jones Magnie
6:00
779 4982

Spyglass
James Milne
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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A St. John Story from the 1960s

St. John Books: Tales of St. John and the CaribbeanPapa Doc
by John Gibney
Excerpted from Tales of St. John and the Caribbean

From whence he came, I have no idea; whither he fled, not a clue.

He was a cross between Popeye the Sailor Man and a main-drag Vegas loan shark, a paternal hank of angelic white hair ringing his nearly bald pate. His beady thrushie eyes could soften and radiate kindness to a schoolboy with a quarter in his hand. Yet in a brief instant those same eyes could be as cold as a viper ready to strike, if the kid tried to sneak an extra dollop of catchup on his half-cooked greasy french-fries.

Yes, we were afraid of Papa Doc; yet I, for one, held him in awe.

One day, the yard across from where the Chase Bank now stands was the home of Henry “Limejuice” Richards and his family, and then, presto, the next day, a plywood and putty stand materialized.

Red and white stripes, multicolored strings of plastic flags, multiple roofs, deep fryers, drink coolers, plastic chairs with greasy splay-footed plastic tables to match, and, glory of glories, a state-of-the-art 1966 instant ice cream machine with levers and dials, bells and whistles.

From a narrow slot in the plywood, we witnessed Papa Doc pouring in packets of “Easy-Freeze” ice cream powder, a garden hose connection amidships where water did its magic. An old Texaco oil drum on the roof easily took the place of a municipal water supply, and the reliable force of gravity took the place of the electric water pump.

At the business end of this space-age, stainless steel, ice cream cow, were not two but three taps. Man had yet to land on the moon, but we were launched into the ice cream age, three flavors: chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.

Papa Doc must also be given the credit for bringing the Styrofoam cup to St. John, also recycling. After the morning coffee rush had cleared, we would see Papa Doc collecting all the used cups, crushing them in his wizened Midas hands into an empty gallon can of Miss Filbert’s Margarine. Then the little white chips were dumped unceremoniously into a Waring Blender, a cup of Mazola Oil and, voila, there is white paste poured into the Easy-Freeze Machine. “Filler,” muttered Papa Doc between his stained teeth, taking a pull on his Tampico Cigar and spitting out the bitten-off end…. read more

St. John Events

St. John Film Society
Cases by the Sea
Coral Bay
Featuring a Raffle Prize from Cinnamon Bay Surf Shack

Surfing for Life
Directed by David L. Brown & Roy Earnest
72 minutes, Documentary, 1999
Wednesday, March 20/ 7:30 pm
Suggested Donation $5

Ten legendary surfers weave a remarkable history of surfing in California and Hawaii. Not just about surfing, Surfing for Life reads like a metaphor about how to live and encourages viewers to pursue whatever hopes and dreams inspire their passion. Critics call it “wise and refreshing, told with artistry and a celebratory spirit,” Newsweek, and, “a treasure, perhaps the most intelligent treatment of surfing ever captured on film.”
San Francisco Chronicle.

Virgin Islands News

St Thomas – St. Croix Ferry
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, Virgin Islands – Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone has appealed to officials in Alaska to transfer ownership of a state-of-the-art passenger and car ferry to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Officials in the Alaskan borough of Matanuska-Susitna are offering the $78-million vessel free to any government entity in the U.S. that has use for it. The vessel can carry 120 passengers and 20 cars and is also suitable for carrying emergency and heavy equipment between the islands.

“The V.I. Government is now in the process of trying to procure a new ferry to take over the St. Thomas-St. Croix route and a vessel like this is ideal,” Senator Malone said. “And its maintenance costs will be dramatically offset by the fact we would get it for free.”

Senator Malone said that loss of regular ferry service could not have come at a worse time for the territory. There has not been regular ferry service between the two districts since the ferry ran aground in July of 2011.

“As we struggle to rebuild our economy we need affordable transportation between our islands so that people, goods and money can better circulate through our territory,” Senator Malone said. “With a ferry like this St. Croix farmers could bring a truckload of produce over to St. Thomas and more residents and tourists in this district could make day or weekend trips to St. Croix.”

The Senate President appealed to the Alaskan borough officials to consider the Virgin Islands’ need for such a ferry.

“I let them know our situation and that this ferry would operate along a federally approved marine route,” he said. “I also asked them to forward the ferry’s detailed specifications to the Department of Public Works – the agency charged with obtaining a new ferry for the Virgin Islands.”

Senator Malone said he was optimistic about the territory’s chance of acquiring the ferry.

“Other cities have expressed interest to include Los Angeles, but I think our need at this time given is most compelling,” Senator Malone said. “And we certainly have nothing to lose by asking and running the numbers to see if this is a good option for us.”

High Utility Bills at the Heart of Business Shutdowns
By James Gardner — March 19, 2013
As utility costs continue to increase, even some of the territory’s more established businesses are finding it hard to stay open.

One of the most recent examples is the shut down of Trans Caribbean Dairy Corp., doing business as St. Thomas Dairies, which officially closed its doors on March 1. The official announcement was made through the V.I. Department of Labor, which issued a press release on Feb. 28, stating that counseling and employment services were being made available to the dairy’s employees.

Trans Caribbean’s St. Croix counterpart, Island Dairies, shut down in late 2011, with owner David Schuster citing among the reasons an increase in the price of raw materials, the inability to compete with lower priced imported products, and a $22,000 a month utility bill. In 2005, the government failed to assist the dairy in obtaining a Grade A certified label on its milk, which also kept the company from being able to sell milk to cruise ships…. read more

John D. Merwin, First Native-Born V.I. Governor, Dies at 91
By Source Staff — March 19, 2013
John David Merwin, the first native-born Virgin Islander to become governor of the territory, died Tuesday at his home in Ohio. He was 91 years old.

In Merwin’s honor, Gov. John deJongh Jr. directed that flags on all Virgin Islands public buildings be flown at half-staff from Tuesday until the day of burial at sunset.

Merwin was born Sept. 26, 1921, on St. Croix to a prominent Crucian family…. read more

St. John Weather

First Day of Spring (Vernal Equinox at 7:02 AM AST)
Clear with rain showers
High of 81 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the East at 15 to 20 mph
Chance of rain 20%
Water temperature (Charlotte Amalie harbor St. Thomas): 84 degrees F
Sunset: 6:30 PM AST

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Bonfire

Ghost From Jost
Curtney Chinnery

Bonfire
by Curtney “Ghost” Chinnery

One of the fondest memories I have about growing up on Jost Van Dyke is of an event we called “bonfire” which celebrated a rather obscure holiday we observed in the British Virgin Islands called Guy Fawkes Day.

Bonfire was a special time for us. People, young and old, would gather around a huge fire to eat, drink, dance, sing songs and tell stories. On Jost Van Dyke most of us were related in one way or the other, and the bonfire was like a family picnic, full of love, laughter, and joy.

A major aspect of the bonfire was the dancing. One dance that stands out in my mind was the glass dance. Broken glass was spread out on a towel or blanket and the dancer would dance barefooted upon the sharp pieces of broken glass. Sometimes he would choose a woman from the crowd and carry her the way a bride is carried across the threshold. Then with the added weight of the woman he would continue the dance, stepping harder than ever in an impressive stomping style on the bed of broken glass…. read more

Press Release: Jaywalk With the Jumbies

Local Actors Sought for New Cruz Bay Comedy Troupe

CRUZ BAY, St. John, USVI – Actors with a flair for comedy or improv are being sought to audition either April 4 or April 6 in Cruz Bay for cast positions in a new professional local acting troupe.

Prior performance and/or improv experience is preferred (but not absolutely required for individuals with the right temperament and zany potential).

Actors cast will prepare for participation in a new professional acting troupe being developed locally. “Actors selected will develop improv techniques so they can rotate into various future performances,” said Anne Ostrenko, co-producer for Jaywalk with Jumbies, LLC.

Two-person actor/performer tandems will be sought. The principal role is an emcee with a commanding voice, a captain’s authority and an irreverent personality. A second role calls for a fun-loving, physical comic performer. This position requires a fast wit and agility. Cast members chosen will be paid for performances.

Actors ages 21 and over are welcome to the casting call. Auditions will be held at St. John School of the Arts in Cruz Bay from 9 a.m.-noon, Thursday, April 4 and 3:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6.

For more information, email casting@jaywalkwithjumbies.com

Name: Ken Haldin
Email: ken@jaywalkwithjumbies.com
Phone: 404-405-2924

St. John News

Sail or Drive to Party with a Purpose
By Lynda Lohr — March 18, 2013

Set sail or take your car on Saturday to the 17th almost-annual Guy Benjamin School Benefit Flotilla Party with a Purpose. It will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Vie’s Campground on St. John’s East End.

If you want to sail, boats leave Coral Bay at 9:30 a.m. Tickets run $40 and include entrance to the party. Event spokeswoman Mary Burks said anyone interested in sailing should just show up at the dinghy dock for a committee member to find them a spot on a boat…. read more

Work Commences on Pine Peace Basketball Court
By Source Staff — March 18, 2013

The rehabilitation work on the Pine Peace Basketball Court on St. John began this morning, according to a press release issued Monday by the V.I. Department of Public Works.

“The department has contracted the services of Stone Masonry Inc. in the amount of $368,620. The scope of the project includes addressing the drainage by elevating the entire property and installing a subsurface drainage system. The project will also incorporate the reconstruction and resurfacing of the basketball court, installation of new backboards and bleachers, and the construction of a new restroom facility,” said Public Works Commissioner Darryl Smalls. … Read more

St. John Weather

Partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 81 degrees F
Breezy: Winds from the ENE at 15 to 20 mph
Chance of rain 50%
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie harbor St. Thomas): 82.9 degrees
Sunset: 6:29 PM AST

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Steven Sloan
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Karaoke Night
9:00
777-3316

Driftwood David’s
Benn Marr
5:30 – 8:30
777-4015

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00
714-6169

Island Blues
Karaoke & Open Mic
7:00
776-6800

La Tapa
Greg Kinslow
6:00 – 9:30
693-8141

Miss Lucy’s
David Reed
6:00 – 9:00
693-5254

Morgan’s Mango
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Ocean Grill
Rascio on Steel Pan
6:00 – 9:30
693-3304

Shipwreck Landing
Dave Gerard
7:00 – 10:00

Spyglass
T-Bird
5:00 – 8:00
776-1100

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A Day Trip to St. John 1907

Ferry to St. John 1949
St. John Ferry 1949 (photo by Fritz Henle)

Day Trip to St. John 1907

In 1907, there was scheduled service to the St. Thomas, Danish West Indies by ships, which arrived once a month. A 1907 travel guide outlined the following day trips for tourists to St. John:

“Visitors to St. John would leave Charlotte Amalie at 5:00 A.M. and travel overland to Red Hook or Smith Bay. There they would meet a sloop that had left Charlotte Amalie with their baggage, which was loaded on board the night before. This sloop also carried ice and other cargo bound for St. John.

“An alternative plan for a visit to St. John would be to arrange for a rowboat to take passengers and their baggage across Pillsbury Sound to Cruz Bay.

“Upon arrival the tourists would wait in Cruz Bay for ponies that would take them to Bordeaux. They would return via a dirt path along the St. John’s north shore that is now the North Shore Road.

“At the end of the day the visitors would take the downwind trip back to Charlotte Amalie where they would arrive in the early evening.”

(From the Short Guide to St. Thomas and St. Jan, written by J.P. Jorgenson in 1907, a travel guide written in English, which was by then the language of the Virgin Islands.)

St. John Weather

Partly cloudy with rain showers
High of 79F
Breezy: Winds from the ENE at 15 to 20 mph
Chance of rain 40%
Water Temperature (Charlotte Amalie Harbor, St. Thomas): 82.9 degrees F
Sunset: 6:29 PM AST

St. John Live Music Schedule Monday March, 18

Aqua Bistro
Matt Mitruk
5:30 – 8:30
776-5336

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
T-Bird
7:00 – 9:00
201-1236

Castaways
Trivia Night
8:00
777-3316

Concordia
Open Mic with Ben Marr
3:30 – 5:30

La Tapa
Sambacombo
6:30 – 9:30
693-8141

Maho Bay Camp
Bo & Lauren
8:00

Ocean Grill
Chris Carsel
6:30 – 9:00
693-3304

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