News of St. John’s 1st Ever Readers’ Awards, Part 1

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So quite often, we tell all of you about our favorite faces and places here on St. John. Well now we’d like to know what your favorites are! So we’re holding our first ever News of St. John Readers’ Awards! How exciting!

You may have noticed that we’ve been asking you some questions over on our Facebook page over the past week or so. Well we took your top pics and entered them into the running. So go ahead and vote away!

This is part one. There are more to come. Remember, you can vote more than once, so if you love someone or something, please vote, vote, vote! Polls close next Sunday, March 19th at 11:59 p.m.

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Joe’s Rum Hut To Be Featured on No Shoes Radio March 27th

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We told you back in December how the crew from No Shoes Radio – Kenny Chesney’s radio station on Sirius XM – was on island to film a special segment for the radio station. Well today we have all the details including when it’s going to air.

For those of you who love St. John but do not have Sirius XM, there’s no need to worry because you have time. The program will not air until Monday, March 27th. So go ahead and get your subscription or find a friend who will let you borrow theirs.

Throughout that day, you will hear clips featuring some current and former employees of Joe’s Rum Hut here in Cruz Bay. They’ll be talking about the bar in general, how they ended up living on St. John, their favorite songs and much more. The segments are part of Kenny’s “Bar at the End of the World weekly series” in which the station will “take you around the world to showcase a famous (or not-so-famous) retreat where it’s all about the view, the people, the drinks, and of course, the music!”

So don’t forget to tune inn and let us know what you think!

No Blizzard Here! But Great Travel Deals!

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To all of our friends who read up North, I just want to start by saying I’m sorry. We hear you’re on the verge of getting so pretty brutal winter weather up there, so we wanted to help warm you up with some great travel deals. Here are a few things we found for you all this morning…

Boston friends – You look like you’re going to take the brunt of Winter Storm Stella along with our other southern New England friends. Well there’s good news for you because we found roundtrip airfare for just $399 on JetBlue traveling for six nights on March 20th. Not a bad way to escape the end of winter if you ask me…

New York, it looks like you’re in the heart of the blizzard warning. Most importantly, please stay safe. Once you dig out, you can visit your favorite slice of heaven for just $421 round trip on March 29th. That’s on Delta, my favorite airline, and it’s direct which is always a bonus.

Let’s look a bit West, shall we? How about Kansas City? You folks have to pay a bit more to get to paradise, but not too much. For $514, you can fly roundtrip on March 29th and land just in time for happy hour.

Houston, you all have direct flights on United now. But it’s going to cost you … more than $1,000! Ok, let’s move on…

How about our friends in Central Florida? Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Spring Break? You can fly for just  $331 roundtrip on March 27th.

Now I know what you’re thinking, sure the airfare is cheap, but what about accommodations? Well that can be relatively inexpensive too. Take Cruz Bay Hotel, for example. They charge just $235 a night in high season and $190 after May 1st. St. John Inn is another great option. Its rooms are $250 a night in high season and only $180 in low season. And the great thing about both is that they are located in town, so you don’t need a car. You don’t even need to taxi if you’re really looking to save some money. Just take the Lind Point Trail from behind the National Park Visitors’ Center and you can easily visit Soloman, Honeymoon or any of the beaches at Caneel. Win-win right there!

So where there’s a will, there’s a way. Heck, I’ll even rent out my second bedroom to the right guest! Kidding of course. :)

As always, I use Google’s Airfare Matrix to find all of these great fares. And when you’re searching for airfare, don’t always search roundtrip. Oftentimes you can get better deals by booking two one-way tickets.

Happy travel planning, and again, please stay warm and most importantly, safe if you happen to be in the path of this storm. Have a fantastic Monday everyone!

St. John Historical Society Gala Fundraiser Happening Tuesday

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The St. John Historical Society is holding a gala fundraiser this Tuesday at the Westin. The event will feature displays of St. John family histories and genealogies, as well as histories of our churches, schools and organizations. There will be a cash bar, silent auction and raffle prizes.

The gala starts at 5:30 p.m. and will continue to 8 p.m. The St. John Historical Society is asking for a $25 suggested donation. Students are $10.

For more information, please visit www.stjohnhistoricalsociety.org. You can also visit its Facebook page by clicking here. 

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Love City Country Fest Happening Next Month

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Well folks, it’s happening again. The Love City Country Music Fest is coming back to St. John. But this year’s it’s happening one month earlier.

This year’s music festival will start on Friday, April 7th at 11 a.m. at the Soggy Dollar Bar on Jost Van Dyke. The beach party will feature Trailor Choir with special guests Fairground Saints.

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The party heads on over to Drink in Cruz Bay later that night with performances by Bridgette Tatum and Danny Myrick.

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And on Saturday, the festival heads across the street to Cruz Bay beach. G Love & Special Sauce will be performing along with Love and Theft, and Fairground Saints.

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Admission is free to all events. Please visit www.lovecitycountrymusicfest.com to learn more.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Happening March 18th

Photo credit: Yelena Rogers Photography

Photo credit: Yelena Rogers Photography

Well folks, one of my absolute favorite events in happening here on island next week … the St. Patrick’s Day parade! And this year happens to be the 20th annual, so you know it’s going to be good!

The parade starts around noon on Saturday, March 18th, and for those of you who’d like to get in on the action, be at the BMV parking lot (right next to the tennis courts) around 11 a.m. to decorate your vehicle.

Legend has it (and yes, we’re being purposefully dramatic here) that this is the shortest St. Patrick’s Day in the world. It starts right at the BMV parking lot, then curves left and continues past Quiet Mon before ending around the Dog House Pub area. It doesn’t last long, so make sure you’re there on time. And whether you’re Irish or not, make sure to wear something green. :)

Here’s a sped up version of last year’s parade. Enjoy and have a great Wednesday everyone!!