March 12th, 2014
It’s been awhile since there was a St. John Blues Festival. A new version is coming March 29, and it will be in Cruz Bay this time.
Ronnie Klingsberg, owner of Ronnie’s Pizza, and friend Ian Samuel are organizing this reinvention of St. John’s formerly long-running Blues Festival in Coral Bay – this time called the St. John Blues Blowout.
This year’s Blues Blowout, at the Winston Wells ball field, will be a fundraiser for St. John Rescue.
“Ian and his 13-year-old daughter were in a car accident on St. Thomas, and it was St. Thomas Rescue that was able to get his daughter out of the car and save her,” Ronnie tells us. “And my friend T.C. Carr in Tampa, who will be one of the performers, also was recently saved by first responders. St. John Rescue seemed like the appropriate group to us for the Blues Blowout to support.”
The last Coral Bay Blues Festival was in 2011.
For details on the lineup and where to buy tickets for the March 29th Blues Blowout, click on the poster below.
March 11th, 2014
In 2013, 438,601 people visited the Virgin Islands National Park, according to the National Park Service, down from 483,341 in 2012.
Even so, the VINP remains a huge economic engine for the Virgin Islands, responsible for $69.9 million in visitor spending in 2012, and directly and indirectly responsible for 875 jobs.
The most popular park in the NPS system?
Yosemite National Park, with nearly 3.7 million visitors in 2013.
If NPS data is right, VINP visitation has trailed off in recent years.
March 10th, 2014
A quick look at Mongoose Junction’s newest resident.
St. John Scoops. An old fashioned ice cream parlor with a patio.
More details later this week.
March 9th, 2014
Some things never change on St. John. Time is one of them.
It’s always Atlantic Standard Time.
But unless you live on St. John, time did just change for you. Did you remember to Spring Forward?
Daylight Saving Time means your East Coast Happy Hour is now in sync with St. John’s Happy Hour.
Hope that makes up for the hour of sleep you lost.
March 7th, 2014
The Gatehouse was the first villa built in Peter Bay Estates.
It’s actually two one-bedroom residences, one up and one down. Neat place. Killer view.
Buy The Gatehouse here. Or rent The Gatehouse here. Or, stay for a couple of minutes for free, below…
March 6th, 2014
Travelocity has an Internet series called “Let’s Roam with Courtney Scott,” and Courtney and that Travelocity gnome recently made some stops on St. John.
In one episode, Courtney meets Hugo and Josephine at Coral Bay Garden Center, and Beverly at Pickles.
In another, she visits some beaches, including Hawksnest, Jumbie and Francis.
March 5th, 2014
Every time we go to Bongo we find at least two or three jars of peanut butter. Each only partially used up.
Why peanut butter piles up has always been a mystery.
Having a hankering for peanut butter, we grabbed a jar and opened it, and immediately images of the last owner double scooping with a freshly licked finger came to mind.
Leftover steak sauce, salad dressing and olive oil we’ll happily share. But some things aren’t meant to be shared with strangers. Like peanut butter.
It’s not cheap to buy new. Peanut butter’s about $7 on St. John. (Use a knife, please.)
March 4th, 2014
It’s not often St. John drivers encounter stop lights, and that’s a very good thing.
On occasion, they show up for traffic control around construction and that’s the case on Centerline Road, where the million dollar, federally funded repair of a stretch of washed out road is in full swing.
A refresher for full-time residents: Red=Stop, Green=Go, Yellow=Gun It.
There is one permanent stop light on St. John. That’s it, below. Know where it is?
February 28th, 2014
A couple of guys we know are building permit approval away from breaking ground in Chocolate Hole, despite our best efforts to talk them out of it.
We thought we’d post this picture to scare some common sense into them. (Go ahead. Click on it. That’s just the pool.)
You can follow their adventures when they start in earnest, here.
Like we posted on our building blog, when you start, you’re
Shirley Shelley Winters in that scene in the Poseidon Adventure. You dive in the water, hold your breath and swim as hard as you can, and eventually you come up on the other side.
Except in the movie Shelley Winters gets out of the water and immediately has a heart attack and dies…so not the best analogy.
Things turned out well for us. And for the bank.
February 26th, 2014
You can get the rubbery burger, or the average chicken tenders at the airport. The fresh salads aren’t bad.
But do what the sign says and eat local. Kingfish is a regular. We’ve seen ox tail before.
Today, a gigantic portion of pork roast in a yellow pepper sauce.
And chicken in caper sauce.
We had an early flight. Early is the time to fly. The airport is practically empty before noon.
February 25th, 2014
Jasmine Campbell, St. John’s contribution to the Winter Olympics in Sochi finished in the top 50, landing at No. 43 after her last two races Friday.
“I’ve never skied anything so steep and icy in my life,” Jasmine writes on the Virgin Islands Olympics Committee’s Facebook page. I put my best ski boot forward and was able to make the top 50 like i wanted.”
Jasmine calls it the most amazing experience of her life.
“It didn’t really matter to me that I wasn’t a medal contender because that is not the only thing the Olympics is about,” she says.
Read more about Jasmine’s experience here.
February 24th, 2014
Here’s another Webcam to add to your bookmarks. This one from Esprit Villa on top of Bordeaux Mountain.
The owners have named it their “Porch Cam.” Nice.
How many of those islands and cays can you name?