The Friends of the V.I. National Park helped fund the monument, designer Kate Norfleet conceptualized it, and architect Glen Speer erected it. Maryland-based stone sculptor Rick Rothrock created the sculpture itself.
St. John artist Karen Samuel created the original artwork from which the faces of Rockefeller, Sprauve and Stick were copied onto the monument.
It is also just a part of the IGLA’s ambitious efforts to get St. John to recycle more.
The ReSource Depot, at the intersection of Gifft Hill Road and Centerline Road, is where you drop off anything that might have a chance at a second life -paints, construction materials, furniture – (there are two gently used one-year-old pool floaties there right now).
And it’s where the cans you deposit in the green boxes by the dumpsters end up. Thousands and thousands of cans, crushed into bricks, shipped to the states and sold.
Do you like the idea of more recycling on St. John? Go get your credit card.
Island Green has a $30,000 matching challenge to raise another $30,000 by January 1st, with $25,000 yet to go.
As festive as it is every holiday, the Gifft Hill Fork in the Road is in the Christmas spirit.
This thing really is a St. John icon.
First built of plywood by homebuilder “Bird Man Jack” in 1984 as a way for the concrete company to find his road, the Fork in the Road has been vandalized, torn down, backed over and otherwise destroyed a dozen times in 30-plus years.
But there it is.
A construction project that has earned the right to say Fork You St. John.
The new ones just arrived, almost exactly a year after the last pair first set sail in the Bongo pool. (The exact color of their predecessors when they arrived a year ago.)
Sun exposure and sunscreen are two of a floatie’s biggest enemies, but, at least at Bongo, so are the resident iguanas, who like to sun themselves on an unattended floatie with their sharp claws ripping into the foam.
Off go the new ones on their inaugural spin around the pool. Enjoy your year in the sun.
“Handle with Care” is really just a suggestion at the San Juan postal facility or St. Thomas post office or wherever the box-smashing machine is.
It is holiday package season everywhere and that includes St. John.
Post-Net, the small postal service center on the second floor at Marketplace, is packed to the ceiling with boxes. So much so, that the always nice but never particularly urgent Post-Net lady actually called me. That is a first.
“Please come and get your boxes honey. They’re big and I need the space!,” she said.
If the air conditioning and the soft classical music isn’t enough to get you in the door, the imported meats and cheeses and walls of wine definitely will.
Island Cork landed a prime street-front corner location for its new store, and proprietor Paul Tsakeres plans to fully exploit that location.
There will be wine tastings, charcuterie plates and tapas, and at the hut just across the courtyard, he’ll be serving rare roast beef and lobster rolls.
But come for the wine Paul is curating. And don’t expect to spend a lot for a great bottle.
“The sweet spot is really the $25 to $30 range,” says Paul. “I’m bringing in a lot of exceptional wines at that price point.”
Pick Paul’s brain too. Tell him what you like, and let him steer you to a bottle or two you’ve probably never tried. And have him put together your own charcuterie selections to take back to the villa.
The addition of Island Cork is part of a major renovation at Wharfside Village. You’ll be impressed.