Friends Gala Happening Next Week

Red Carpet

Friends of VI National Park Annual Gala will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 and tickets are selling fast for the “gala of galas” on St. John. Join Friends for an elegant evening as it recognizes its achievements and celebrate the wonders of the VI National Park.

The gala is being hosted by Steven & Pamela Deckoff at their beautiful home, “Presidio del Mar” in Peter Bay, where a red carpet and white roses will welcome guests to the gala. Cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres begin at 6 pm and continue all night, including stations for carved meats, seafood and gourmet cheeses. A pastry chef will create fabulous desserts. This year’s wines are top notch and wine enthusiats will not want to miss the fine wines that flow start to finish. The gala will feature an encore performance of our very own local “In the Sand Band”. Aged rums, homemade truffles and fine cigars will be offered at a “Taste of History” bar. A lively Master of Ceremonies will enhance the evening and the St. John Photo Booth will be there for fun photos of gala guests.

The fabulous Friends raffle featuring items from local vendors and several special silent auction items will cap off the event. The top silent auction item is a 7-night stay at a 3-bedroom Ritz-Carlton residence in Vail valued at $15,000. Bids for this item only can be placed without attendance at the gala by calling the Friends office at (340) 779-4940. Please call for more info and property descriptions.

There is also a special limited ticket jewelry raffle of a 14k red gold heart pendant, made by KABANA and donated by R&I PATTON at Mongoose Junction on St John, is inlayed with extra fine quality Bronze Mother of Pearl and set with 0.90ctw Diamonds. The value for this pendant is $3,469. It can be seen at R&I PATTON until the Gala on February 7, 2015. Only 100 tickets will be sold.

Tickets are $250, and may be purchased at Connections and the Friends of the Park Store, or by calling Friends at 779-4940. A champagne shuttle service and parking will be available at the Trunk Bay parking lot starting at 6 pm. St. Thomas guests will be provided shuttle service from the Cruz Bay Ferry dock at 6:20 p.m. and 7:20 p.m. Cruz Bay guests can park at the national park maintenance lot and take a free shuttle to the gala at 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Shuttles return to Cruz Bay in time for the 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. ferries.

Can’t make it? Raffle tickets may be purchased in advance! $25 each or 5 for $100 at the same locations. The raffle prizes are significant and the odds are good.

Choose Your Favorite Snowy St. John Pic

During Tuesday’s blizzard in the Northeast, we asked our readers on our Facebook page to share their favorite snow pictures. The catch – the picture had to include something pertaining to St. John. The person with the best “snowy St. John” picture will receive a $25 gift certificate to Castaway’s, as well as some more fun St. John swag.

We received so many good pictures that we couldn’t choose a winner. So we decided to let all of you vote instead. Voting will begin today. Thursday, January 29th and will continue through 9 p.m. AST on Friday, January 30th. The winner will be announced Saturday morning.

Here are the entries. (Image sizes vary based on the files we received.) To vote, simply choose your favorite in the poll at the bottom of this post. You can vote as many times as you’d like.

1. The Beach Bar & a Not So Sandy Sand Bar

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2. Which Way to Centerline Road? 

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3. Bring Me Back to St. John!

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4. Woody’s Make Shoveling a Bit Better

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5. Training for 8 Tuff Miles

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6. All of the Ingredients for a Perfect St. John Day … in 19 inches of snow. 

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7. Little Ava wishes she was back with her donkey friends. 

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8. Well at least my beer is staying cold. 

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9. Waterlemon Cay Meets Juno. 

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10. Those don’t look like palm trees to me. 

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11. Send a Painkiller Now!

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12. Just limin’ with some good friends in Maine. 

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13. Snorkeler down!

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14. Cocktails anyone? 

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15. Gotta keep those drinks cold. 

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16. This way to St. John. 

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17. Mentally on St. John with STB despite 24 inches of snow. 

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18. His St. John trip was cancelled, but his spirit wasn’t!

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19.  A snowy petroglyph. 


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20. High Snow and High Tide. 

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21. Gotta Keep the Beer Cold Somehow!

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22. Snorkeling with the turtles at Maho…

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23. Which way to Reef Bay? 

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24. All Things St. John. 

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25. Digging out & thinking warm thoughts. 

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Take a Ride Through Cruz Bay…

Anyone wish they could be cruising around warm and sunny Cruz Bay right about now? Anyone wish it was summertime? Well if this sounds like you, you’re going to love this. Check out this GoPro video we shot this week. We started out at Frank Bay and cruised up to the Cruz Bay overlook. Then we drove back into town for some people watching. Oh and we brought some Kenny Chesney music along for the ride, so turn up the volume if you can. Enjoy!

Version 1: Sped up and includes music by Kenny Chesney

Version 2: Real time; no music.

(No need to worry, we don’t drive that fast. We sped the video up a bit.)

Want to see more GoPro videos shot on St. John? Click here to visit News of St. John’s Island Videos page.