Cruz Bay will have a White Christmas

December 24th, 2012

 

The forecast calls for snow in Cruz Bay Christmas Eve.

“I bought a snow machine and it will be snowing Christmas Eve at Motu,” says owner Dawn Burgess. “I expect snow flurries around 8 and a real snow storm by 9.”

Motu will be having a little holiday party with wine and martini specials tonight too.  Bundle up.







A pre-Christmas parade, with Segway

December 21st, 2012

The Julius E. Sprauve School kids marched through Cruz Bay Thursday morning with a pre-Christmas parade, led by…well, you’ll see.

The Sprauve School, 260 students in all and most of whom were in this week’s parade, does these parades several holidays a year. From the school, to the field by Mongoose Junction, and back to the school.

Drum along, below….







ACC’s first open house adoption

December 20th, 2012

The St. John Animal Care Center’s Tuesday open house started at 5 p.m., and the first adoption, a kitten with no name, was at 5:03 p.m.

This is Andi Valentine, from Born to Rhum, and 3-year-old daughter Scarlett.

“I used to work here at the ACC and our dog came from here,” says Andi, “but even though we’re a dog family, Scarlett wanted a cat. Don’t post this right away though. I haven’t told my husband yet.”

(We gave you a day Andi.)

Scarlett named her new kitty TC, for Tom Cat.

The ACC had several adoptions, and got about $6,800 in donations and two laundry baskets full of treats and toys.







Jeep’s new color: “Gecko Green”

December 19th, 2012

We love Jeep for coming up with new colors every year, and the latest couldn’t be more St. John appropriate.

It is called Gecko Green, and, while awfully garish, you’ve gotta love the name. Gecko Green Jeeps are now everywhere.

Jeep’s other color choices this year include Black, Commando Green, Crush, Dozer, Deep Cherry, Pearl, Bright White, Silver and True Blue Pearl.

No more Yellow, a color that has thankfully faded from popularity, just like white sunglasses.







Gin will keep those bugs away

December 18th, 2012

Say hello to Jonathan, who moved to St. John from Indiana a couple of months ago, and Jonathan considers himself a mixologist of the holistic sort.

And right now, mosquitoes are on his agenda.

“My mosquito spray is gin, mixed with lavender, lemon and lime juice, almond extract, vanilla extract and apple cider vinegar,” says Jonathan, who has been reading up on combinations online. “Next time, Im going to add some cocoa butter, so it is more like a lotion.”

He says it works.

Jonathan also wants his boss to know that he used his shift drink for that shot of gin in his bug spray.







That time of year again

December 17th, 2012

The Street Sign Elf has outdone herself this year.

Just about every Great Cruz Bay and Chocolate Hole street sign has a holiday wreath.

What a classy neighborhood this is.







The Most Ignored Law on St. John

December 14th, 2012

Who’s to say what’s noncompactable?

Everything from futons to refrigerators ends up in or around the dumpsters. And, where exactly is a transfer station?

And, who wants to dumpster dive for stuff that is compactable?







Trucks of St. John: Kayak Hat

December 13th, 2012

Kevin McCarthy at Coconuts Villa takes his kayaking very seriously.

You’ll know it’s him when you see him driving around. He calls it his Vitara’s “Eddie Bean, down-filled, Swiss army sailing kayak hat.”

Vitara: 14.7 feet. Kayak: 18 feet. With an 18 foot mast.

(Kevin says he’s sailed it, with four people on board, to Great Tobago and back.)







Landing on St. Thomas

December 12th, 2012

If you’re heading down soon, take a pre-trip reminder of what it’s like landing on St. Thomas.

This is when the butterflies start, but you’re not on vacation until you’re off that plane.

And before you can get off the plane, a greeter must come on board to remind you: “No smokin’ or picture takin’…”







Master Potter at Maho Bay

December 11th, 2012

Maho Bay regularly hosts guest artists at its studio, like world renowned potter Seth Cardew.

A pottery demonstration or class might be something you’d like to add to your next trip to St. John. You can check out class schedules here.

Coral Bay artist Annie Caswell sends us this video of Seth, from one of his demonstrations at Maho last week.







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