All Aboard for the Virgin Islands (1937)

March 27th, 2015

Here’s a fun British tourism video from 1937 for the Virgin Islands, featuring St. Thomas.

Bluebird’s Castle is “the principle hotel, as modern as the other fellow’s motor car and run by the government.”

“In this Earthly paradise, one of the greatest joys is bathing. In winter as well as summer – and that’s the long and the short of it.”







Blues Blowout Festival is Saturday

March 26th, 2015

If you’re on-island this weekend, put the second annual St. John Blues Blowout Festival on your calendar.

It’s Saturday (March 28) starting at 6 pm at the Winston Wells Ball Park. Click on the poster for where to buy tickets.

The concert benefits the Julius Sprauve School and St. John School of the Arts scholarship programs.

You can thank Ronnie’s Pizza owner Ronnie Klingsberg for organizing the Blues Blowout again this year.







Mermaid sighting at Trunk Bay

March 25th, 2015

OSJ reader and frequent St. John visitor Maddie Mele, from Philadelphia, got a mermaid tail for Christmas and brought it with her on her recent St. John visit.

“She put it on all the way to the right at Trunk Bay and then swam to the underwater trail and freaked people out,” says Maddie’s Mom, Claire. “It was a lot of fun. Kids and adults were taking pictures.”

Take a swim with a mermaid at Trunk Bay for a minute or so, below…







Help St. John Rescue get a new Jaws of Life

March 23rd, 2015

St. John Rescue no longer has a Jaws of Life, after the only one it had broke saving a truck driver, whose crane truck overturned, trapping him for hours, several weeks ago.

St. John Rescue needs a Jaws of Life. In fact, it needs two.

Contribute what you can to its Go Fund Me campaign, whose goal is to raise $50,000. No contribution is too small, even $5 or $10.

Remember, as St. John Rescue says, “The life we save may be yours.”

Click here to go to the St. John Rescue Go Fund Me page.







Sam & Jack’s Deli owners on HGTV

March 20th, 2015

Aim your DVR at HGTV Sunday and set it for 9:30 pm, or make it destination TV. Sam & Jack’s Deli owners Samantha and Erik will be featured on HGTV’s “Caribbean Life.”

They spent three days last October shooting the episode with an HGTV crew, both in the deli and all around the island.

“They shot three different endings and even we are now allowed to know which one they went with,” says Samantha. “They seemed to be all about promoting St. john and showing everything in a really positive way.”

Samantha & Erik, from New Hampshire, bought the deli in 2013.

HGTV has a love affair with St. John. It has also shot several episodes of its “House Hunters International” with off and on-island buyers.

If you miss Sunday’s Sam & Jack’s Deli episode, it re-airs at least two more times.







Why inspections take so long?

March 19th, 2015

John Obbagy at Caribbean Palm Properties sends this picture: A DPNR inspector’s service truck in front of the DPNR building with not one tire in place.

The inspector’s truck fails inspection.







Wagapalooza set for May 9

March 18th, 2015

It is early in the planning stage, but the St. John Animal Care Center has set the date for its annual Wagapaooza blowout: Saturday, May 9.

The combination fundraiser and dog show will run from 5 pm to 8 pm in the Winston Wells ball field.

If you’re on island, May 9, put it on your list. It’s a very fun evening.







Another donkey rescue

March 16th, 2015

One more Coral Bay donkey will live to see another day thanks to Dana Bartlett at Carolina Corral.

This is Ali, recuperating in his private stall.

Below, Dana with Susie Q, well on the mend after her rescue last month, thanks to both Dana and Coral Bay visitors. That was quite a story.

Thanks to Pamela Holmes for the update and pictures.







Life imitates art

March 13th, 2015

And vice versa. The real one, on the same wall as the fake one on recent night. Posuer.







WAPA bills really are lower

March 12th, 2015

Our own personal WAPA bill is down significantly from a year ago.

It’s still a monthly eye popper. Bongo Bongo’s electric use averages about $49 a day. But that’s down from more than $70 a day last winter.

In theory, WAPA bills should continue falling.

If you’ve got a WAPA bill, have you noticed a welcome drop too?







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