On the Market: Great Starter Home with Views

sea forth view

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday! I know we’ve been introducing you to a lot of homes for sale lately, but there is a good amount of inventory these days. And I know how much you all dream of purchasing a home on island, so I’m going to continue to share some of the good ones with you. Today’s listing is a great starter home for someone who loves Coral Bay.

Sea Forth is a cute, one-bedroom cottage that’s located on a half-acre parcel in Coral Bay. It has easy North Shore access just up the road and unobstructed views of Coral Bay out to Flanagan’s Passage and beyond. There is ample room to add on or to even add a pool. Check out a few pics:

sea forth kitchen

sea forth living room

sea forth toward water

Sea Forth is being offered for $585,000 by Tammy Donnelly of 340 Real Estate Co. For more information, please contact Tammy at at 340RealEstateCo@gmail.com

Pure Joy Seen at Carnival!!

2018 carnival pic

Images credit: St. John Tradewinds News

Well folks, I clearly can’t stay away from you all. :)

As you all know, I absolutely love carnival time on St. John. But this year was different. Granted I was not able to be there in person as I’m up in the states taking care of little Dalton, so like many of you, I pored over every video and picture I could find this past week. And do you know what I saw? Pure joy. I saw pure happiness. It was the first time in a long time that I saw this on so many island faces. It was amazing, and it made me so happy. My friend Michelle Cawthron who owns Paradise Planning said it best the day after carnival ended:

“Sitting here looking at pictures from the last few days that many people on St. John have posted and I am crying happy tears. Months ago, many of us didn’t know which way was up. Our island was turned upside down, as were most of our lives and livelihood. Some days have not been easy…heck, most, not some days, have been TOUGH. We have all faked smiles or said “I’m ok” in daily conversations when our hearts and minds have really hurt. Yesterday, I saw so many REAL smiles. So much happiness was out there on that road and in that Village. We have all pushed through! We have all held on to hope and the promise of this Rock during some pretty crazy times. Carnival may be over but do your best to hold on to that happiness, St. John! I sure am going to!”

So, so true.

Check out this sheer happiness on so many faces that we all love in this video created by Christian Wheatley Photography:

Pictures: 10 Months Later

Well folks, today marks 10 months since Hurricane Irma swept through St. John. As you know, some areas have seen more progress than others. Many areas of North Shore look great, as does the Cruz Bay side of the island. Coral Bay still needs some time to heal, and they also need a fair amount of rain to green up their hillsides. The Cruz Bay side fortunately has received a good amount of rain lately and is so green! Check out these pics that our friend Leah Randall Hanson, owner of Flyaway Charters, took for us earlier this week:

Cruz Bay overlook

Cruz Bay overlook – September 2017

July 2018

July 2018

Cruz Bay looking inland

Cruz Bay looking inland – September 2017

July 2018

July 2018

Virgin Islands National Park sign - North Shore Road

Virgin Islands National Park sign – North Shore Road – September 2017

July 2018

July 2018

Just past the sign - you can now see Caneel Bay

Just past the sign – September 2017

July 2018

July 2018

Caneel Bay - Zozo's

Caneel Bay – Zozo’s – September 2017

July 2018

July 2018

Entrance to Caneel Bay

Entrance to Caneel Bay – September 2017

July 2018 (Their grass is green again! Thanks for mowing Caneel!!)

July 2018 (Their grass is green again! Thanks for mowing Caneel!!)

Beach sign in front of Caneel Bay entrance

Beach sign in front of Caneel Bay entrance – September 2017

July 2018

July 2018

Hawksnest

Hawksnest – September 2017

July 2018

July 2018

Gibney Cottages

Gibney Cottages – September 2017

July 2018

July 2018

Oppenheimer gate

Oppenheimer gate – September 2017 

July 2018

July 2018

Entrance to Jumbie

Entrance to Jumbie – September 2017 

July 2018

July 2018

Trunk Bay overlook

Trunk Bay overlook – September 2017 

July 2018

July 2018

Just before entrance to Trunk Bay

Just before entrance to Trunk Bay- September 2017 

July 2018

July 2018

Easter Rock

Easter Rock – September 2017 

July 2018

July 2018

Ferry dock from beach

Ferry dock from beach – September 2017 

CRUZ BAY BEACH 3

July 2018 – Cruz Bay beach

Seriously, how amazing do these pics look??!!

I want to extend a BIG thank you to Leah for taking these pics for us! If you’re coming to St. John and looking for a day out on the water, please check out Flyaway Charters. They’re based in Coral Bay, and their specialty (according to me!) is taking guests to some of the most amazing snorkel spots around St. John. You can find them online at www.flyawaychartersvi.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/flyawaycharters

Have a great day everyone!

Baby News of St. John Has Arrived!!

dalton bassinet yale
Well folks, we have some very exciting news to share with all of you today… Baby News of St. John has arrived!! How exciting is that??!!

Dalton John was born this past Sunday, July 1st, at 12:42 p.m. He decided to make his debut 16 days early, which came as a bit of a surprise to us! Clearly he knows how much I love the Fourth of July and wanted to be a part of this year’s festivities!

Dalton and I are both doing great, as is daddy Mike, who some of you know from being the GM of Joe’s Rum Hut. (And now you know how I have all the inside scoop on what’s happening over there and at Wharfside… :) )

We’ll have our 10 month post-storm pics for you tomorrow, but after that, we’re going to take a few days off to simply enjoy Dalton and to enjoy life. In the meantime, please check out a few pics I’ve taken over the past three days. Have a great day everyone!!

me and daltondalton tiedalton nosj onesie

Why the 4th of July is Such a Big Deal in the USVI

Cruz Bay c1852, painting by Fritz Melbye

Cruz Bay c1852, painting by Fritz Melbye (Image from Mr. Knight’s Facebook page)

The Fourth of July isn’t just about a parade, fireworks, music and dancing in the US Virgin Islands. There is true meaning be the holiday, meaning that we wanted to remind you about once again this year.

David Whitney Knight Sr. posted the following on his Facebook page yesterday, and we thought we’d share it with all of you. We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday. We know we will. Oh and we have some pretty big news to share with you all tomorrow…

From Mr. Knight:

This is why Cruz Bay’s July 4th Festival is so significant to the history and people of St. John.

Emancipation was first proclaimed on St. John at Cruz Bay on July 4, 1848

Early on Tuesday morning July 4, the government schooner Vigilant sailed into St. Thomas harbor carrying news of the pronouncement of Emancipation on St. Croix. Later that afternoon the owner of the Lamesure plantation on St. John, Captain Ingjald Mourier, arrived at Cruz Bay bringing word of the decree. After hastily informing the Police Master, Judge Carl Hanshell, of the news, Mourier and Hanshell set out on horseback to inform the people in the countryside. Just after sunset, enslaved individuals on the Cruz Bay Quarter estates of Adrian and Rustenburg were the first to learn of their newly achieved freedom.

According to the last pre-Emancipation census carried out in the Danish West Indies, the town of Cruz Bay had fifteen occupied households with a total population of 117 inhabitants: ninety-four free persons, and twenty-three unfree.

The enslaved Inhabitants of Cruz Bay at the time of Emancipation were:

Jacob, born St. John, 19 years old, Moravian, unmarried, a sailor.

Hanna, born Africa, 30 years old, Moravian, unmarried, a servant.

Juliana, born St. John, 11 years old, Lutheran, unmarried, a servant.

Anna Dorothea, born St. John, 24 years old, Moravian, living with John Henley.

Nicolas, born St. Thomas, 20 years old, Lutheran, unmarried, a servant.

Maria Clarissa, born Africa, 50 years old, Lutheran, unmarried, a servant.

Catharina, born St. John, 30 years old, Lutheran, unmarried, a servant.

Mary Ann, born St. Barths, 36 years old, Moravian, unmarried, a servant.

Philippus, born St. Thomas, 60 years old, Moravian, married, a carpenter.

Mary, born Africa, 40 years old, Moravian, widow, a servant.

Patience, born Africa, 50 years old, Moravian, unmarried, a servant.

Caritas Gotlief, born St. John, 35 years old, Moravian, widow, a washer.

John Providence, born St. John, 15 years old, Lutheran, unmarried, a servant.

William Steven, born St. John, 8 years old, Moravian, a servant.

Margaret, born Spanish Town, 55 years old, Moravian, unmarried, a servant.

Isabella, born St. John, 14 years old, Lutheran, unmarried, a servant.

Rosina, born St. John, 19 years old, Lutheran, unmarried, a servant.

John Frederik, born St. John, 20 years old, Lutheran, unmarried, a sailor.

Charles, born Africa, 48 years old, Moravian, unmarried, a servant.

James, born Africa, 50 years old, Moravian, unmarried, a servant.

Henry, born St. John, 20 years old, Lutheran, unmarried, a servant.

Abraham, born St. John, 15 years old, Lutheran, unmarried, a servant.

Edmund Waldemar, born St. John, 1 year old, Moravian.

New Festival Troupe to Highlight History, Healing

masks parade

Students created these masks last month which will be worn during the festival parade tomorrow.

By Andrea Milam
If you’ve been lucky enough to be here during the St. John Festival parade, you surely took note of the gorgeous costumes, adorned with sequins, feathers, and other eye-catching accents. This type of costume is popular in carnivals across the Caribbean today, but it’s much different than the costumes worn during the early years of masquerading, a practice that started in Africa and took hold in the Caribbean during the plantation era.

If you will be on St. John for the parade this year, you’ll notice a brand new troupe, one that harkens back to the styles of yesteryear—the St. John School of the Arts troupe, whose theme will be “Artistic Healing in the Face of Recovery.”

The troupe was borne out of the free classes the arts school offered to students to compensate for the split-session schedule the public schools followed in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

“We’ve been able to work with a lot of students this year, which has been great,” said SJSA Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jeune Provost. “We understand the power of the arts and how it can help in the healing process.”

With the idea of showcasing what the students have been working on this year, the arts school decided to start their own troupe. One of the projects, mask making as a tool for community expression and healing, lent itself perfectly to carnival culture.

“The project ties in with the history of masquerading in the Virgin Islands,” says Jeune. “It’s two worlds coming together beautifully.”

This adorable little lady will be making her debut in one of the festival parade's newest troupe's this year.

This adorable little lady will be making her debut in one of the festival parade’s newest troupe’s this year.

Elements of some of the art school’s other classes, like Caribbean movement, jazz and hip hop dance, and even choir, will be seen in the troupe’s parade performance. SJSA students were also taught about the history of masquerading and Virgin Islands culture to prepare for the troupe. So keep an eye out for this brand new troupe, whose uniquely decorated masks and hand-painted fabric costumes are sure to grab your attention.

They’ll be on the road with the St. John Festival parade on July 4, beginning at the National Park Visitor’s Center at 11 a.m. alongside other festival favorites, including the Westin troupe, whose appearance in the parade will be a heartening sign of their commitment to recovery and remaining a part of the St. John community.

(And a huge thank you to the Westin for that! -Jenn)