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St. John Springtime – Soon Come

Vanda Orchid St. John US Virgin islands
St. John Springtime: Vanda Orchid

We’re slowly seeing the signs of spring here on St. John. Albeit not as dramatic as springtime in America, we do, contrary to what many believe, have definite seasons. Today, for example marks the day that America goes back on Daylight Time, making Eastern Standard Time (EST) equal to our Atlantic Standard Time (AST). The seawater has become warm enough not to be so shocking (for  baby like me anyway, but not warm enough for a baby like my friend Mario). More scientifically demonstrating the coming of a new season is the appearance of flowers on my mango tree and the aloes in bloom a buzz with bees and hummingbirds in the morning.

Mango Flowers

Aloe Flowers

Key Lime Flower

Christmas Palm Fruits

St. John Live Music Schedule for tonight, Sunday, March 11

Aqua Bistro – Lauren – 3:30 – 6:30 – 776-5336
Beach Bar – The Blood Gypsies – 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
Rhumblines – T-Bird – 7:00 – 10:00
Shipwreck Landing – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 7:00 – 10:00
Skinny Legs – Groove Thang – 6:00 -779-4982
Sun Dog Cafe – David Laab – 11:00 am- 2:00 pm – 244-9713
Westin Beach Bar – Rich Greengold  – 6:30 – 9:30 – 244-9713

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Westin Gets New Games

jacob plays terminator at westin st john virgin islands

Well, it’s been some time since my last post. Been busy with the complete revision of my “Vieques” book, in both English and Spanish and spending lots of time with my kid, Jacob.

After the big flood, the Westin rebuilt and renovated quickly and was back online in a matter of weeks. The beach was cleaned up, the tennis courts resurfaces, the kitchen and dining areas upgraded. Everything except the game room.

When jacob asked me about the games, I had to say that there were none, well almost none. “Why?’ he asked.

“I don’t know.”

“When will they be back?”

I don’t know.”

“Let’s go check,” he says and I am pessimistic to say the least, but to placate him we head over to the Westin to check. It turns out that that very day they’re setting up all new games. Cool ones too. Terminator with machine guns, a cool car racing game, state of the art air hockey, a retro style pin ball game that turns out to be the best pin ball game I’ve ever played and soon come X- Box, games which they say will be changed monthly and which will be using the “Connect” technology.

If you have kids or just like games, check it out!

Air Hockey

Juke Box

Photo Booth

Pin Ball



Jacob Plays “Terminator” at the Westin Game Room

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St. John & Virgin Islands Culture: Cast Nets

Virgin Islands Photo of the Day

virgin islands fisherman
Fisherman casts net to catch sprat for bait

The first step in catching fish is to get bait. In this photo a fisherman is casting a sprat net for that purpose. He holds on of the lead weights in his teeth and cast the net wide open using his two hands. As the net opens in a circular pattern, he release the last weight held in his mouth – important to remember! Today he’ll be trolling for kingfish…

St. John Music Schedule, Thursday April 28

Banana Deck – Steel Pan by Lemuel Callwood – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5055
Castaways – Mikey P Rocks the House – 8:00 – 777-3316
High Tide – Steven Sloan – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island Blues – T-Bird – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Miss Lucy’sRich & Greg – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693-5244
Ocean Grill – Rascio Steel Pan – 7:00 – 9:00 – 693 3304
Skinnylegs – Lauren – Guitar & Vocal – 6:00 – 779-4982

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Note: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

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Frank Bay Sunset

Frank Bay, St. John US Virgin Islands
Beautiful Frank Bay Sunset

Frank Bay drew a contingent of photographers and sight-seers yesterday afternoon for another spectacular sunset. At first it was disappointing as the sun sunk behind a bank of clouds. Some people left, but those that stayed were treated to a colorful panorama as the western horizon exploded in reds and yellows.

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Fresh Local Produce on St. John

St. Thomas ProduceSt. John Farmers MarketSt. John enjoyed a sort of mini farmers market this morning, beautiful fresh local produce for sale set up outside of Connections in downtown Cruz Bay. Those responsible for this phenomenon Anthony and friends, farmers and farmers helpers from Dorothia  on St. Thomas’ north side (Nordside). Anthony will be bringing his fruits and vegetable to St. John every other Friday (This week was on a Thursday because tomorrow is a holiday.

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We Must Be Doing Something Right

St. John Does Something Right

There’s no gas on Vieques. They ran out the day before yesterday and word is that a shipment might arrive today. When word gets here that the gasoline has left Puerto Rico on the barge, the gas lines will form.

Asking friends on the island about this, I would hear, “well you know how it is living on an island. We only have two gas stations and all our gas has to come in by barge from Puerto Rico”

But no, I don’t know. We pretty much always have gas on St. John. We only have one gas station and not only does our gas have to come by barge from St. Thomas, St. Thomas needs to get gas from somewhere.

I imagine it’s a matter of efficiency, and contrary to popular opinion, we must be fairly efficient here on St. John, at least when it comes to gasoline availability.

St. John Music Schedule Wednesday April 20

Castaways – Steven Sloan – 7:00 – 777-3316
Coconut Coast StudiosSt. John Flutes – 5:30 -7:00 – 776-6944
High Tide – Chris Carsel – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
Island BluesSoulgrass Rebellion – 7:00 – 10:00 – 776-6800
Larry’s Landing – James Jams – 10:00- 693-8802
Sun Dog Cafe – Open Mic – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693 8340
Westin, Cruz Bay Prime – David Laabs – 6:30 – 10:00 – 693-8802

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Note: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.


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St. John in the Springtime: Battle of the Mampoo

St. John Flora: Mampoo

“The mampoo is dropping it’s sticky seeds that find there way all over my shoes, my socks, my pants and all over the house.”

Funny thing, I’ve been annoyed with the sticky mampoo seeds and decided to blog about it. I remembered writing about them in the past so I did a search to see what I wrote. It turns out that the above paragraph was written one year ago to the day.

My friend, King, once told me to cut down the big mampoo because in his words it was a “dis GUSTING tree.” I didn’t realize what he meant until it flowered in the spring and dropped its sticky seeds all over the place.

From the SeeStJohn.com:

“In the springtime the mampoo goes to seed, the female of the species, making a kind of flower that starts off green and then turns black.

The tennis-ball sizes flower looks like a miniature tree that’s branches end with little black seeds instead of leaves.

On the end of each seed is a ball of sticky hooked spikes that stick on to skin or clothing like sticky velcro. If you have a mampoo on the way to your house you will surely find the little seeds everywhere during April and May, the time that they fall from the tree.

Disgusting it may be, but I still find the mampoo to be a beautiful shade tree and I’m happy to have them near my house, except in April and May, that is.

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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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St. John Events: Flavors 2010

Blog and photos courtesy of Yelena Rogers

St. John Virgin Islands: Flavors 2010
The atmosphere at Westin was festive and uplifting. Nicely dressed St. Johnians and visitors from off island enjoyed pleasant evening filled with great fun and scrumptious food and wines.

The aroma of food surrounded you from the very first steps of the ballrooms. Upon arrival, you were presented with an empty plate and glass, which you would want to fill up right away. Strategically positioned wine stations were providing perfect pairings for delicious foods from St. John restaurants.

Highlights of the evening were miniature plates of surf ‘n’ turf by Asolare, pan seared sea scallops over risotto by the Westin, grilled shrimp by Banana Deck, Ossobuco ravioli by DiLivio and pulled pork sandwiches by Tap Room.

The best mixed drinks were made by Happy Fish, Castaways, Asolare and Westin.

Westin’s desserts were out of this world!

In addition to great foods and wines, “Flavors 2010” guests enjoyed the silent auction with great donations from the island’s artists and businesses as well as music and disco dancing.

Everyone had a wonderful time, thanks to the Rotary Club that put together the event, the proceeds of which will go to the Rotary’s college scholarship program.

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Westin Resort Update and Petroglyphs Video

St. John, Virgin Islands – Westin Pool Back in Service
There’s a good deal of interest out there about the progress the Westin is making on repairing the damages caused by last month’s flooding. Crews are out working and the the resort is looking better every day.

A big stride forward is the fact that he pool is back in service.

We’ll keep you posted…

In the previous post I presented a video of the big waterfall above the Petroglyph falls. My video of the actual Petroglyph Falls just finished processing.

Petroglyph Waterfalls – video taken 11/11/2010

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