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The Wild Tamarind Makes an Attractive Flower

St. John Flora: Wild Tamarind
Wild Tamarind Flower

On my website, 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 cause 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.”

Nonetheless, their flower is kind of pretty!

The Ghost vs the Wild Tamarind

St. John and Virgin Islands News

Sahara Dust Impacts Territory
By Source Staff — May 28, 2014

Dust from the Sahara Desert has caused an air pollution alert to be issued for the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to Alicia Barnes, commissioner of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.

The dust causes the skies around the Virgin Islands to be hazy, reducing visibility and resulting in poor air quality, Barnes said in a statement issued Tuesday night.

The cloud is raised from dust storms in Africa and a rise in the warm air. These sandy dust particles are transported by prevailing winds from the North African desert westward over the Atlantic Ocean across the Caribbean.

Carlos Anselmi, a meteorology intern at the National Weather Service in San Juan, Puerto Rico, confirmed that there are traces of Sahara dust over the territory and that the satellite indicates it will show a stronger presence over the next week.

While the haze may not be an immediate threat, people with allergies or respiratory ailments should remain indoors when possible and consult their physicians or health care professional for further guidance, Barnes warned.

Sahara dust storms pass through the region several times a year, but mainly in the spring and summer months. While the dust can be a nuisance and even a health threat, it is also known to hamper the development of tropical storms…. read more

 St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
6:30 -9:30

Karaoke Night
9:00 pm – 2:00 am

Coconut Coast
St. John Flutes
5:30 -7:00

Cruz Bay Landing
5:00 – 8:00

High Tide
Lemuel Callwood Steel Pan
4:00 – 6:00

Ocean Grill
David Laabs
6:30 – 9:30

Michael Beason Open Mic
6:00 – 9:00

Rhumb Lines
Shane Meade & the Sound
7:00 – 10:00

Chris Carsel
7:00 – 10:00

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Mangrove Oysters

mangrove oysters

The mangrove oyster (Crassostrea gasar) grows on the prop roots of mangrove trees. They may be seen above the waterline during low tides. They are part of the traditional cuisine in Trinidad and Tobago.

While on the expedition to Guyana in search of the golden city, El Dorado, Sir Walter Raleigh, told of the mangrove oysters he had encountered near Pitch Lake in Trinidad.

Raleigh wrote of oysters that grew on tree branches and were more delicious than European oysters.

Although this account was substantially true, it wasn’t believed for many years because the story came along with exaggerated and sometimes imaginary descriptions of the places visited on the expedition.

St. John Events

Virgin Fire Restaurant
Movie Night- Presenting: “Nebraska”

Virgin Fire Restaurant announces that they’ve acquired the rights to show current movies on their in-house theatre.

We’re serving a Late Night Supper Menu, with appetizers, salads, desserts and coffees, and our bar is open.  General Admission is $15.

Seating is limited so please reserve here, or call us at 777-3473

St. John School of the Arts

St. John School of the Arts presents: Trio Arbos
Friday, March 14, 2014 7:30 p.m.

St. John School of the Arts presents: Trio ArbosFormed in 1996 in Madrid and named after the Spanish violinist, conductor and composer Enrique Fernández Arbós (1863–1939), the Trío Arbós has established itself as one of Spain’s leading chamber ensembles. The repertoire of the Trío ranges from the classical to the contemporary, with specially commissioned works forming a significant part of the concert programmes presented. The Trío has appeared frequently in major concert halls and festivals in more than thirty countries.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Aqua Bistro
Lauren Jones
3:30 – 6:30

Beach Bar
Quest Theory

Brother Nature

High Tide
Jason Laurence Jones
Happy Hour 4:00 – 7:00

Island Blues

Ocean Grill
6:30 – 9:30

Shipwreck Landing
Tom Mason & the Blues Buccaneers
6:30 – 9:30

Skinny Legs
Hot Club of Coral Bay
6:30 – 9:30

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St. John and Virgin Islands News

 St. Thomas Source
Marijuana Forum Planned at UVI
By Source Staff — March 12, 2014

A Marijuana Forum will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at the University of the Virgin Islands in the first floor conference room of the Administration and Conference Center, St. Thomas. The theme of the forum is “Uncovering the Truth and Busting the Myths.” The scheduled panelists are Sen.Terrance “Positive” Nelson, V.I. Legislature; Deseree Lambertis, V.I. Police Department; Franz Brady, alcohol and narcotics counselor; and Keith McNichols, Drug Enforcement Agency Office. There will also be a debate by the Criminal Justice Constitutional Law Class on the topic “Should Medicinal Marijuana Be Legalized in the Virgin Islands?”

For more information, contact Dahlia Stridiron, counseling and career services, at 693-1136 or Alyssa Ryan, dean of students, at 693-1120.

Caribbean Media Network
Target Shoots Commercial in the Caribbean (USVI)
March 14, 2014   Celebs, Travel

The Caribbean island of St. John in the United States Virgin Islands, was featured in a recent Target swimwear commercial, featuring Sports Illustrated Model and US Virgin Islands native Hannah Davis . The location is Trunk Bay, St. John, where viewers catches a glimpse of beautiful clear waters, and the summer fun of the Caribbean. The ad will run on national cable television, in all 50 states, and the Caribbean region. (Kudos Hannah for thinking of your home)

St. John Historical Society
The St. John Historical Society is one step closer to realizing its dream of creating a permanent home thanks to an anonymous $100,000 donation announced at the society’s 40th anniversary party on Tuesday evening, March 11, at the Battery.

News of the donation, which was announced to the crowd of nearly 100 attendees by SJHS President Lonnie Willis, was met with gasps and a round of applause.

“We know that hard work and dedication are needed to make the Historical Society’s plans come alive, and have no doubt that the SJHS board is willing to put forth this effort,” Willis read from a letter sent to the society by the anonymous donor. “It is a pleasure to provide this donation to an organization whose purpose is to interpret, preserve, and share the history and heritage of an island we have grown to love. To ensure the society’s continued success and improve its ability to share the story of St. John in multiple and memorable ways, it is our hope that this contribution will encourage others in the community to also recognize and support the world-class efforts of this organization and its all-volunteer board.”

The SJHS announced in April 2013 it had signed a 99-year lease with the St. John Community Foundation for a portion of the foundation’s parcel at Estate Bellevue. The vision for this home, to be called the St. John Cultural and Historical Resource Center, includes a climate-controlled archive and museum/exhibit area, as well as meeting space and room for future expansion. It will be located nearby the historic ruins on the estate. The SJHS, working hand in hand with the SJCF, will play a key role in developing and preserving the site and making it available to the public.

“This incredibly generous anonymous contribution is the impetus that this organization needs to move us forward into phase two of our plans for the St. John Cultural and Historical Resource Center,” said Willis. “Phase one was ‘imagining,’ and phase two will be ‘creating.’ We are so thankful for this contribution, and I hope it will spur others to make similar commitments to our society and to our island.”

Longtime board member Rafe Boulon, who grew up on St. John in the mid- to late-20th century, lauded the donation as a stepping stone to receiving further donations.

“I would say that this donation represents the incredibly important and substantial seed money for the society to be able to attract the additional funding necessary to achieve our goal of constructing an archive, office, and museum on the Bellevue property,” he said. “This is far and away the largest donation the society has ever received, and is an affirmation of the society’s significance to St. John and a belief in what this all-volunteer society can do in the future.”

Eleanor Gibney, also a longtime board member who grew up on St. John, echoed Boulon’s sentiments.

“The society is honored by this wonderfully generous gift,” said Gibney. “Far beyond the immediate boost to the society and our building plans, it’s an investment in the future of St. John.”

To donate to the society’s building effort, please contact Willis at contactus@stjohnhistoricalsociety.org.

St. John Weather

Isolated showers. Sunny, with a high near 76. East northeast wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

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St. John Beaches: Grootpan Bay

St. John Beaches: Grootpan
Grootpan Bay

Why Grootpan
Grootpan Bay, like its neighbor Kiddel Bay, is a cobble beach that offers seclusion and calm water on winter days when the ground sea makes north shore beaches uncomfortable. Beachcombers can search through bright white pieces of coral, which can be used as soap dishes and paperweights.

Getting There
Take route 107 south 4.2 miles from the Moravian Church in Coral Bay. Turn left on to the dirt road. Go 0.3 miles and turn right where the road forks. When the road forks again, a little past the first fork, turn right and go 0.2 miles to Grootpan Bay.

Salt Pond
The salt pond behind the beach at Grootpan Bay is the largest on the island and salt can be harvested when weather conditions are right.

An exciting snorkel option is to snorkel from Kiddel Bay to Grootpan Bay. Starting from Kiddel Bay, snorkel around the point, proceeding west along the rocky coastline to Grootpan Bay. Bring waterproof footwear with you and you can enjoy a nice walk back to Kiddel.

St. John Live Music Schedule

Barefoot Cowboy Lounge
Erin Hart
7:00 – 9:00

Karaoke Night

High Tide
Chris Carsel
6:00 8:00

Inn at Tamarind Court
Steel Pan

Island Blues

La Tapa
6:30 – 9:30

Morgan’s Mango
Greg Kinslow
6:30 – 9:30

Ocean Grill
Lauren Jones
6:30 – 9:30

Virgin Islands News

U.S. Virgin Islands brings the heat to South Florida
Jan 28, 2014

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism concluded a five-day mission in Miami and Fort Lauderdale yesterday to boost travel to the Territory.

Led by Tourism Commissioner Beverly Nicholson-Doty and Deputy Commissioner Chantal Figueroa, consumers, media and travel trade were engaged in the USVI’s unscripted travel experiences.

On Sunday, Jan. 26, the USVI was featured at the American Airlines Arena, immersing a capacity crowd of more than 20,000 spectators with the sights and sounds of the Territory as the Miami Heat took on St. Croix’s own Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs for a 2013 NBA Finals rematch. A highlight of the day was the halftime performance by USVI dancers who filled the arena with the color and energy of Carnival, paired with destination ambassadors personally inviting spectators to visit at on-site USVI branded kiosks

St. John Weather

Isolated showers before 8am. Sunny, with a high near 77. East wind 18 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

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