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Life on St. John

fishing off of Carvel rock
Line fishing off Carval Rock – with St. John hillside in the background

The Weather
The spell of rainy weather we’ve been having for a while seems to have abated, with generally clear skies, moderate temperatures and brisk Christmas winds.

Christmas Winds
Every year, more or less coinciding with Christmas time,  the jet stream dips down farther to the south, resulting in the stronger trade winds that pass over St. John, locally known as the Christmas Winds.
 
Today’s forecast
Scattered showers, mainly after 7am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Windy, with an east wind 23 to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
 

St. John Gourmet and Dolphin Market’s on again off again discount program is off again
After the ‘Family Day ” event presented at the St. John Market, the owner or manager published a discount program in the Tradewinds Newspaper: a 10% discount during the month of December for firefighters and police and a 10% discount for locals making purchases of $50.00 or more. On my first try to claim said discount, I was informed that the “discount wasn’t in the system.” The clerk apparently discussed this with the powers that be and on my next visit, she offered me the discount without my even asking. (I didn’t ask because I didn’t think it was available) Yesterday I purchased $60.00 worth of groceries and was told that the discount program did not exist, confirmed by a telephone call to a manager. So no discount and if it’s re-established, you won’t read about it here.

Moravian Church, Coral Bay, St. John Virgin islands
Coral Bay Moravian Church

St. John Singers Preform Tonight at the Coral Bay – Moravian Church at 7:30 p.m.
This season’s concerts, directed by Janice Ballard, will include settings of traditional carols, classical and contemporary pieces, and calypso. Music representative of a range of time periods and countries of origin will be performed and the audience, as always, is invited to join the choir in a traditional carol sing-along. The choral music will be enhanced by accompaniments on piano, brass, and a variety of percussion instruments. Featured guest artists are Michael Partain and Wendy Ramos, who will perform instrumental works for brass in addition to accompanying several of the choral pieces. Luba Dolgopolsky is the guest pianist for these concerts. The St. John Singers are dedicating this year’s Christmas performances to the memory of long-time member Joyce Ballard.

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Some St. John Christmas Names

St. John Flora: Christmas Palm
Christmas Palm Fruit
St. John Sea Creatures: Christmas Tree Worm
Christmas Tree Worm
St. John Flora: Christmas Bush
Christmas Bush

Christmas Palm
The Christmas Palm, Veitchia merrillii, is so named for its bright red fruits that often mature at Christmas time.

Christmas Tree Worm
Spirobranchus giganteus, commonly known as Christmas tree worms, are tube worms belonging to the family Serpulidae.

Christmas Bush
Christmas Bush (Comocladia dodonaea) is also known as Poison Ash and is a relative of Poison Ivy. It has small, overlapping, spiny leaves that turn red with age. This mix of small red and green leaves, has probably led to its local name, Christmas Bush. The active chemical irritant in Christmas Bush is called urushiol, which is also found in poison Iivy, poison oak, poison sumac, cashew nut shells and in extremely small amounts in mangoes.

Christmas Winds
Every year, more or less coinciding with Christmas time,  the jet stream dips down farther to the south, resulting in the stronger trade winds that pass over St. John, locally known as the Christmas Winds.

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Christmas Winds

St. John US Virgin Islands Weather
The Sheep are in the Meadow

Around this time of year the jet stream dips down farther to the south, resulting in the strong trade winds that are currently passing over St. John. The seas are rough, but the breezes are refeshing.

I just came back from St. Thomas on my trusty Carib 15 and the waves were high and steep, the wind was whistling and white caps were everywhere. As the old salts would say to describe the situation, “the sheep are in the meadow.

Westin Resort Update
Repairs from Otto’s flooding are coming along nicely at the Westin on St. John. The pool is filled, cleaned and resurfaced, the Beach Café is open again, the tennis courts are about half completed with brand new surfaces, the Kids Club and game room have been combined into one room while the Kids Club room is being repaired, but for now there are two operational video games in one half of the room and some facilities for the kids in the other half.

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