In Memory of Paco

December 23rd, 2011

David “Paco” Ward, the public face of Carefree Getaways, passed away Monday evening at his home with his wife by his side after a long and brave battle with cancer.

Paco was one of the first people we met on St. John almost 12 years ago, and we could not have had a more appropriate introduction. He embodied everything good about St. John: an unstoppable work ethic, an unselfish willingness to put everybody’s needs ahead of his own and a HUGE zest for life. We should all love life as much as he seemed to.

Paco always had a joke and would laugh at the punchline harder than you.  And Paco could fix anything. Maybe not always perfect, but he had what he needed in the back of his Suzuki to fix it.

At St. John Hardware, they called him “5 O’Clock Pac,” because he would race in there at closing time to buy what he needed to race to a villa and turn a crisis back into a vacation…before sunset. That was Paco.

Paco, the first person many visitors getting off the ferry met, is also the most-mentioned person in our guest books. Everybody who did business with Carefree Getaways absolutely loved him.

What you may not know is that Paco was a fierce skier, and in his younger life was a champion competitor on the slopes. He managed a couple of ski trips between remission and recurrence over the last couple of years, and he had tickets for Steamboat Springs in January which he refused to cancel. He did not get to take that last trip.

Everyone who knew Paco has a million Paco stories to tell, and keep telling them and laughing when you do so Paco will always live on with us.

Our love to Paco’s loving wife Cindy.  And to Paco, you always had our back and we’ll miss you. Enjoy those slopes in Heaven, where the lift tickets are eternal.







Joe Krown comes to Fatty Crab

December 22nd, 2011

New Orleans musician Joe Krown will perform live for three consecutive nights in January at Fatty Crab.

The Fatty Crew describes Krown as a “legendary Boogie Woodie, Blues and Professor Longhair piano disciple, ” and he’s scheduled for three solo concerts January 4,5 and 6 from 9 p.m. to midnight.

No cover charge. Fatty Crab plans a special “Nawlins-inspired ” late night menu for those nights.







Light up your own Luminaria

December 21st, 2011

St. John’s Relay for Life fundraiser events for the American Cancer Society are still a couple of months away, but sales have begun of what became one of this year’s favorites: The Luminaria Ceremony.

“For many people who attend Relay For Life, one of the most moving parts of the event is the Luminaria Ceremony, ” says the Relay’s Mary Bartolucci. “As the lights dim over the field and team member’s complete laps, the night is brightened by the glow of lighted bags called Luminaria, each of which has a special meaning. ”

Some of the Luminaria are dedicated to cancer survivors. Others, to loved ones who died from cancer.

You can get a Luminaria to represent your loved one for a $5 donation.

They’re being sold Saturdays and Sundays at St. John Community Foundation’s office outside Starfish at The Marketplace and on January 7 and 14 and February 4 at the Post Office.

You can also get them at the Relay’s official Website.

See more picture’s of this year’s Relay from Alain Brin at Bluegrass Photography here.







Free Trunk Bay for Virgin Islands seniors

December 20th, 2011

If you’re 60 or older and live in the Virgin Islands, Trunk Bay is yours for free.

The Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park is now giving out annual family passes for Trunk Bay to Virgin Islands seniors, and the pass includes your kids or grandkids that are 18 or under.

“Friends is pleased to provide these passes as a sign of respect to seniors in our community and to promote the local enjoyment of this iconic beach in the Virgin Islands National Park, ” says Friends president Joe Kessler in a statement.

You grown-ups can get your free pass at the Friends of the Park store at Mongoose Junction, or you can call Friends at 779-4940.

For the rest of us, Trunk remains 4 bucks a day, or 10 bucks for a one year pass.







St. John’s Best Painkiller

December 19th, 2011

Who serves St. John’s best painkiller?

After six weeks of exhaustive research, we’ve picked our favorite. Click below to find out who!







Villas for Sale: Kalorama

December 18th, 2011

We introduced you to Kalorama in 2008 when the owners came on board as advertisers. Now the villa is for sale, and we’ve just re-shot it.

Kalorama, in Virgin Grand Estates, ranks as one of our all-time favorite villas. It’s unlike anything else on the island and could easily be an Architectural Digest cover story.

Check out the listing here, and check out the video eye candy below,







Love City Live, take two

December 17th, 2011

(Inner Visions energizing last year’s crowd. Photo: Lamont Blake.)

The Second Annual Love City Live! weekend of music is scheduled for the last weekend in January, spanning four days.

Here’s the current schedule of events:

-Thursday, Jan. 26: Sundown Beach Lime at Oppenheimer Beach, 4-7 pm
-Friday, Jan. 27: Vibe a cocktail soiree/dinner at Ocean Grill, 10 pm-2 am
-Saturday, Jan. 28: The Main Event Morgan Heritage Concert at the Winston Wells Ball Park, 6 pm-1:30 am
-Sunday, Jan. 29: Ultimate Power Boat Part at One Love Bar on Jost van Dyke

Tickets for Saturday’s main event are $40 each if you buy before the end of December. $60 after that, and $80 at the gate.

You can see the current lineup of performers and learn all about Love City Live here.







Lunch of the Week: Westin breakfast

December 16th, 2011

Today’s Lunch of the Week is actually breakfast. At the Westin.

You don’t have to be a guest to eat breakfast here. Just show how cool you are, and when the hostess asks for your room number, say “We’re OP. ” (That’s off-property.)

Here we have the Homemade Granola Stuffed Papaya. Half a papaya filled with granola, sliced bananas and low fat yogurt, and drizzled with clover honey for $14.

Or you can go old school breakfast, with two eggs, any style, breakfast potatoes and smoked bacon or sausage for $16.

Or go nuts for the all-you-can-eat massive $26 breakfast buffet spread. (Or just sit back and marvel at how much teenagers going through the buffet can eat.)







JetBlue greeted by red carpet

December 15th, 2011

JetBlue’s inaugural flight from Puerto Rico to St. Thomas Monday got the red carpet treatment.

Jay Lammering, an aviation mechanic at Cyril E. King Airport, sends us this picture of the first regional JetBlue Airways flight’s arrival, one of two daily flights between St. Thomas and Puerto Rico.

JetBlue’s inaugural flight from Boston to St. Thomas is today (Thursday.)







Landing at the airport

December 14th, 2011

For some of our readers, landing at the Cyril E. King Airport means coming home.







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