GHS students perform Godspell Junior Friday

January 12th, 2012

If the kick-off of St. John’s flag football season doesn’t suit you, head to the Gifft Hill School this weekend for a few performances of Godspell Junior by students at GHS and the New England Youth Theater.

Here are the kids, with dress rehearsals under their belt and ready for the stage.

Performances are scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the GHS Upper Campus.

Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. You can get more information by calling 776-1730.







Football season begins

January 11th, 2012

The St. John Football Association begins its season Friday January 13 and the schedule is out.

It’s just like Monday Night Football, only it’s on Friday and Saturday nights, and sometimes Monday and Tuesday.

Football is also a spectator sport, so here’s a link to the schedule for the first 12 games.







Broadway Comes to St. John (and vice versa)

January 10th, 2012

Genuine Broadway actors are on their way to St. John, and you get a chance to go to Broadway.

The St. John School of the Arts presents its 2nd annual Broadway Comes to St. John January 27, premiering the new show “World of Dreams ” at the Westin Ballroom, and for three weeks, five Broadway actors on island will be working with 4th graders from all St. John schools as part of the event.

The 6 p.m. show is for those who buy a $200 ticket, and includes a champagne reception and an after show dinner at a sponsor restaurant, including Da Livio, Fatty Crab, Fish Trap, La Tapa, Lime Inn, Morgan’s Mango, Ocean Grill, Rhumb Lines or ZoZo’s.

The 8 p.m. show is FREE, though the school gladly welcomes donations.

And there’s a raffle too. A $100 ticket buys you a shot at a $5,000 Broadway package, including roundtrip airfare for two to New York, tickets to “Priscilla: Queen of the Desert,” “Chicago, ” and a third show to be announced, as well as back stage tours, dinner at Sardi’s and Etcetera Etcetera and three nights hotel accommodations.

Buy your tickets at Connections or the St. John School for the Arts. Off island? Buy raffle tickets with a Mastercard or Visa by calling 340-779-4322 or emailing info@stjohnschoolofthearts.org.

Like the artwork? St. John artist Cheryl Geller donated her talented services for the Broadway posters and the school’s new logo.







The Tourist Trap tortoises

January 9th, 2012

If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by the Tourist Trap and meet Tina and Tiny, two red-footed tortoises that have found a new home there.

Tina, the larger of the two, was found trapped behind a wall at a nearby villa. Tiny was found all alone a short time later by neighbors.

Tina and Tiny now have themselves quite the little tortoise village to roam around in, including a nice two-story house, a church and a school.

You can read all about red-footed tortoises here.







Grande Bay goes fractional

January 8th, 2012

When Grande Bay approached us about advertising, we said “absolutely, ” and Grande Bay has yet another new story to tell.

The resort has dedicated several units, from studio, one, two and three-bedrooms, to a fractional ownership program, and you buy time in a season, not just a specific week.

“The fractional ownership program is extremely flexible in that we have divided time into St. John seasons, ” says Grande Bay’s John Alvarado. “For example, the winter season runs from January through April, and if you purchase this season, every year you can choose a different week that works for your schedule. ”

As an unusual bonus: members have an option to have fractional ownership in 32-foot powerboat and a 4 door Jeep Wrangler. Membership starts at $9,900.

There’s a new general manager on board too. Paul Helson comes from the Inn at Palmetto Bluff Resort in South Carolina and has also worked for the Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

Read about the Grande Bay fractional ownership program, here. And check out our tour of the pool when it first opened in 2010 here.







TP Flourish: Garden by the Sea

January 7th, 2012

The newest entry to our Best Toilet Paper Flourish contest – this contest could be huge – comes from B&B Garden by the Sea, in Frank Bay.

Excellent execution of the double fluted fan fold with a nice touch of Origami. And the difficult mid-roll tuck!







Lunch of the Week: Fatty Crab BBQ

January 6th, 2012

On Sundays, Fatty Crab fires up its smoker for afternoon BBQ.

Here we have the beef brisket and pulled pork with daikon served with sweet Hawaiian roles rolls, pickled red onions, apple slaw, a brown chili jam sauce and garlic aioli – all served up make-your-own-mini-sandwiches style.

And pork ribs with a fish-palm glaze and smoke roasted chicken wings with a butter and hot sauce.

Choose any two for $15. Any three for $19. Get all four for $23.







3-D ferry dock on Google Earth

January 5th, 2012

3-D renderings of skyscrapers and other major structures have been showing up on Google Earth images of major cities around the world recently, and apparently St. John is good enough to make it to the big time.

On-StJohn.com reader Steve Adams pointed us to this Google Earth image of Cruz Bay, and sure enough there’s a 3-D rendering of the ferry dock. A pretty close facsimile.

Maybe we’ll see some 3-D renderings of people posing for their St. John Spice Cam picture soon. (Here’s the real thing…)







Jeep Cam: To the Coral Bay overlook

January 4th, 2012

Today’s Jeep Cam starts at Colombo’s Smoothie Stand on the North Shore road and ends at the Coral Bay overlook, just before you start descending down to Coral Bay.

You know you’re getting close to Coral Bay when you get to the overlook. It’s worth a couple of extra minutes to pull over and take a look. Especially on a clear day.

Jeep Cam to the Coral Bay overlook, below…

Or watch on






New owners at Spyglass

January 3rd, 2012

Meet Brent and Mona Wardlaw, the new owners at Spyglass Restaurant and Bar in Wharfside Village.

Brent and Mona come from North Texas, and discovered St. John about four years ago.

“We loved St. John the minute we got off the ferry, ” says Mona. “The small town atmosphere suits us and we love being part of the community. ”

To make the move to St. John, Brent left his fuel transportation business and Mona retired from teaching high school students about hospitality.

“I told Mona this was our chance to start over, but she said ‘I don’t want to start over. Let’s call it a new chapter instead,’ ” Brent says.

Stop by and say ‘hi’ to Brent and Mona, and to their son Josh too, who’s helping out at the restaurant.







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