Ghost From Jost
Curtney Chinnery

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

Name: Ken Haldin
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

Karaoke Night

Driftwood David’s
Benn Marr
5:30 – 8:30

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 – 9:00

Island Blues
Karaoke & Open Mic

La Tapa
Greg Kinslow
6:00 – 9:30

Miss Lucy’s
David Reed
6:00 – 9:00

Morgan’s Mango
6:30 – 9:30

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

Shipwreck Landing
Dave Gerard
7:00 – 10:00

5:00 – 8:00

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