The church where Lindy played

November 29th, 2016

I love this little church, the Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church. It is right in Cruz Bay, across from Cruz Bay Landing, and the doors are almost always open during the day.

There is also almost always somebody in the chapel, and he is happy to greet you if you just say you wanted to look around.

Here’s a virtual tour of the chapel on the Ceremonies St. John Website.

A lot of people get married in this church, there is a joyful-sounding Sunday service there, and, if you’re a Kenny Chesney fan, you know the song “Lindy.”

“He plays piano at the church when nobody’s watching.” That’s the church.

“He used to sneak in there a lot,” says Ceremonies St. John’s Stacy Mulcare. “I once saw him play at Grumpy’s, where the Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel is now. He was a gifted musician. Always classical music.”

We’re told Lindy was nondenominational and played other church pianos too.







Major Wharfside makeover

November 28th, 2016

Wharfside Village is undergoing a major, top-to-bottom and much-needed makeover, including what you see here street side that will soon be home to wine store Island Cork, which is relocating from Mongoose Junction.

Per the annual St. John Spice newsletter, the new owner of Wharfside Village, Joe DeCourcy of Joe’s Rum Hut and Waterfront Bistro, is undertaking the ambitious revitalization project which may take a year to complete.

“With new lighting and landscaping, we expect a higher-end Caribbean elegance in the ambiance and presentation,” St. John Spice Ruth writes.

All existing businesses at Wharfside Village will remain open during the renovations.







Jake’s does dinner

November 25th, 2016

Jake’s Restaurant is serving dinner this high season.

The Cruz Bay mainstay had a soft open for dinner Wednesday night and plans a grand opening for dinner Monday.

Chef Michael Vargas, with eight seasons experience at Caneel Bay, is in charge of the evening kitchen and describes his food as “local contemporary fusion”

To kick off dinner, Jake’s is offering a full-course special: An appetizer, an entree and desert for $50.

Jake’s will be open for dinner starting at 6 p.m







Happy Thanksgiving St. John lovers

November 24th, 2016







Mollydooker at St. John Market

November 23rd, 2016

Our favorite wines are on the shelf at St. John Gourmet Market, across from the Westin.

The Mollydookers are right next to the Prisoner, another good wine.

St. John Market has a wide variety of wines, and a wide variety of prices, but most prices are quite reasonable, sometimes cheaper than stateside.

The Mollydooker Blue Eyed Boy is priced a little aggressively for retail though…







Evening in the Courtyard is Friday

November 22nd, 2016

The annual Evening in the Courtyard at Mongoose Junction is Friday evening, and you could win a shopping spree.

For every purchase you make at a Mongoose Junction retailer or restaurant, you get a raffle ticket. That enters you in a drawing for two $500 shopping sprees at Mongoose.

Fashion shows, art exhibits, live music and food. Details on Evening in the Courtyard 2016 here.







Live (and early) music at Viva Cantina

November 21st, 2016

Viva Cantina will mark its 6th month anniversary next month, and it has become a hot spot for local bands.

And the shows are generally early evening. Good for old folks like us.

Viva Cantina is owned by Michael and Barbie Barry, who also own the Sun Dog Cafe next door. They switched to the Mexican name and menu in June after a run as Virgin Fire restaurant.

Sun Dog Cafe is also marking its 20th anniversary this year. That’s a good run for a St. John restaurant!







Bongo Risotto

November 16th, 2016

Making risotto is one way to stand and stare at your view for a long time. All you do is stand and stir. (And stare.)

Saute’ and stir and stir…..

First apology: Some super-high sodium boxed broth…

Second apology: Pre-grated Parmesan cheese. (It’s very good, actually…)

Bongo Risotto with steak. And roasted garlic.







Basura. Basura everywhere

November 15th, 2016

The sign at the Chocolate Hole dumpster says Stop Leaving Trash on the Ground!!! And No Deje Basura en el Suelo!!!

The sign is not working.

Here we have a washing machine, a television, a mini frig, a dresser and nightstand, a chair, two grills, various screens, lumber and roofing and a toilet.

I wonder who actually does end up hauling this kind of stuff away.







St. John cable is better

November 14th, 2016

One of our calls to Carefree Getaways last week was “Where’s our cable box?”

Innovative Cable has been rolling out new digital boxes for the last year or so and we finally got one. It’s tiny. (That little black box on top is it.)

Picture quality is a lot better and there are more true HD channels. But why are you watching cable on vacation?

(That’s also yet another new receiver. It is the third time we’ve replaced a receiver in 10 years, four of them in total now. Add receivers to the list of things the St. John environment eats.)







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