Our Webcam is FINALLY Fixed!

Jenns webcam

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I have great news for those of you who enjoying watching St. John live each and everyday… our webcam is FINALLY back up and running! We finally figured out the problem – we had some minor interference from a neighbor’s wifi connection – and now that we fixed that, the webcam should be streaming live 24/7 once again! Phew!

Our webcam is placed above Great Cruz Bay, so there is a great view of the Westin, the bay and beyond. We have great sunset views too! During the winter months, the sun sets directly in front of the camera, which is beautiful! It’s currently setting off to the right of the screen. Tonight’s sunset is 6:58 p.m. for those of you wanting to check it out.

Click here to view our webcam. 

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Thank you all for your patience with this… Have a great day!

Details on the New Steakhouse Coming to Cruz Bay

Construction has begun at the former Da Livio space.

Construction has begun at the former Da Livio space.

Hello everyone and happy Wednesday! A few weeks ago, we told you that Da Livio was closing and a new steakhouse was set to take its place. Well today we have all the details, and we’re eager to share them with all of you!

Construction has already begun over at Dave & Jerry’s Island Steakhouse, which will be located on the first floor of the Cruz Bay Hotel. The owners are currently working to create an outdoor bar area that will feature lively entertainment. The inside area is being transformed as well, and will be a completely different vibe than that at Da Livio once completed. The ceilings are being lowered to reduce the noise, for example, and the space will feature a community table serviced exclusively by a chef. Guests who reserve a spot at this community table will be able to meet with the chef prior to their reservation to arrange a menu complete with a custom-paired wine list. The owners are hoping to create a space where diners eat together and make new friends, which is becoming popular in the states, they said.

Dave & Jerry’s Island Steakhouse will feature 45-day dry-aged prime angus beef. In addition, there will be fresh local seafood and produce, as well as a global selection of artisan cheeses and charcuteries. It will also feature an Old World-inspired craft cocktail program and a top-notch wine list. Consulting on the project is Buddy Stone, who previously owned Knox & Ollie’s at the Westin. Buddy currently operates a specialty food service company.

Here is a preview of some of the menu items:

  • The Cheese Block: Choose from a worldly selection of artisan cheeses, marmalade of the day, spicy smoked almonds, grilled baguette.
  • Oysters: Fresh on the half shell
  • Baked Rockefeller: Roasted in giardiniera butter
  • Cast Iron Spanish Octopus: Served with herb fingerling potatoes, Iberico chorizo, roasted red pepper emulsion, lemon cracked black pepper aioli
  • House dry-aged beef tartare: Served with mustard greens, pickled red onion, caper berries, grain mustard Caesar, sea salt chips, Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Pan seared jumbo scallops: Served with wild mushroom duxelle, crispy parsnips, white truffle drizzle, pancetta dust
  • Duck fat fried sweet potato gnocchi: Served with candied pecans, baby spinach, Aussie sheep feta, balsamic drizzle
  • Fresh local Caribbean lobster bisque: Served with cool chive cream, house focaccia croutons
  • Hass avocado salad: Grilled romaine hearts, baby heirloom tomatoes, house cured bacon, cilantro lime vinaigrette
    queso croutons
  • Josephine’s locally farmed greens: Served with baby beets, goat cheese, watermelon, spicy smoked almonds, charred citrus vinaigrette
  • Selection of house dry aged beef cuts
    • 32oz Prime Tomahawk Ribeye
    • 18oz Prime Boneless Ribeye
    • 22oz Prime Porterhouse
    • 16oz Prime bone in NY Strip
    • 10oz Prime Filet
  • Nightly vegetarian option

Dave & Jerry’s Island Steakhouse plans to open in October. We will keep you updated on its progress. In the meantime, have a wonderful Wednesday everyone!

Festival Musical Lineup Announced

The 2019 Festival flags ar cup in Cruz Bay!

The 2019 Festival flags ar cup in Cruz Bay!

For those of you who are lucky enough to be on island during this year’s Festival festivities, the 2019 Festival music lineup has been announced. The music starts on Friday, June 28th and continues through Tuesday, July 4th. Here is the lineup in its entirety:

June 2019 Festival Music

July 2019 Fetsival Music

And here is the schedule of the remaining Festival events:

Saturday, June 22: Queen Pageant – 8 p.m. at the National Park ball field

Sunday, June 23: Food Fair and Coronation – 1 p.m. at Franklin Powell Park

Sunday, June 23: Boat Race – 3 p.m. in Cruz Bay harbor

Friday, June 28: Festival Village opens at 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 29: Children’s Village opens at 6 p.m. The Children’s Village will be located in the National Park parking lot.

Wednesday, July 3: Emancipation Program – 1 p.m.

Wednesday, July 3: Festival Torch Parade – 6 p.m.

Thursday, July 4: J’ouvert – Begins at Sunrise

Thursday, July 4: Festival Parade begins at 11 a.m.

Thursday, July 4: Fireworks over Cruz Bay harbor – 9 p.m.

Saturday, July 6: Festival Music Mixup – 9 p.m. at the National Park ball field

Sunday, July 7: Festival Poker Run – Starts at noon in Cruz Bay harbor

Restaurant Reopens at St. Thomas Airport

Hibiscus Cafe

Hello everyone and happy Monday! We have some good news to share with those of you who will be traveling to St. John soon … Hibiscus Cafe at the airport on St. Thomas has reopened, and it looks great!

Now let’s be honest. the St. Thomas airport isn’t the most desirable airport to spend time at due to its very limited options in terms of dining and shopping. The situation has been pretty bad since the 2017 hurricanes when the airport sustained significant damage. Since then, only a few food kiosks and a makeshift bar have been open. Well that all recently changed.

Hibiscus Cafe is open and features a full bar, grill area, and a grab and go section of prepared foods. It’s been renovated from top to bottom, and it looks very nice. Check out a few pics:

Airport Bar Airport food area Airport drink area

Grab and Go Airport Airport cafe seating Airport cafe seating

The small book store and gift shop remain closed. There is a pop-up retail area in the center of the airport waiting lounge. The restrooms are also being renovated. The men’s room is currently closed in the waiting area; men must use the restroom in the Spirit waiting area. The women’s room in the main area remains open.

“News” you can use today, folks! Have a great one!

Sloop Jones Returns to Art For the First Time Following Hurricanes

Sloop Jones stands with Liliana Martinez. Liliana interviewed Sloop for this story for NOSJ.

Sloop Jones stands with Liliana Martinez. Liliana interviewed Sloop for this story for NOSJ.

Hello everyone and happy Friday! We have such happy news to share with you all today. We’re a tad late on sharing this story, but nonetheless, it’s a great one and timeless in our eyes. Sloop Jones is once again creating his unique art here on St. John… How fantastic is that??!

Sloop has created hand-painted clothes and art out of his home and studio on St. John’s East End for the past 30 years. His art is very recognizable, as it has a tie-dye look of sorts. Like many, Sloop’s home sustained significant damage during Hurricane Irma. His art studio was completely destroyed, so Sloop was forced to put his artwork on hold while repairs were made. For 20 months, Sloop did not create any art at all with the exception of jazzing up a satellite dish or two here and there. (Sloop’s side business is satellite installation. You can see one of his painted dishes atop Skinny Legs in Coral Bay.)

Back in April, Sloop was finally able to return to his art, signaling yet another step to normalcy for our island residents. Sloop is continuing to operate out of his house, and has even started his painting workshops once again. For $125 per person (Or $100 per person for groups of two or more), Sloop will teach you painting techniques and guide you in creating your own wearable piece of art. He isn’t keeping set hours at his store on the East End (located on the same property as his home), but it is available by appointment. Sloop sells everything from t-shirts and rash guards to signs and pillowcases for your home. Prices range from $9 and up.

Sloops Tent sloop jones table top

For more information or to schedule a workshop, please visit Sloop’s website at www.sloopjones.com

And we would like to send out a special thanks to Liliana Martinez, a senior at Gifft Hill School. Liliana interviewed Sloop for this article and took the photographs. Liliana graduates today, so please join me in extending her a HUGE congratulations on that! And congrats to all of the Gifft Hill students who are graduating today!

Steve Simonsen’s Living Art Book On Sale; Proceeds Will Be Used to Complete Home Destroyed by Irma

An image taken earlier this week by Steve Simonsen.

An image taken earlier this week by Steve Simonsen.

St. John is an extremely small community as many of you may know. The majority of the people living here know each other, or at least know of each other. When someone is in need, the community rallies together and helps. It’s a beautiful thing.

Last night, we received a message from Janet Simonsen. She said she and her husband Steve, one of the island’s incredible photographers, are in the final stages of completing their home that was leveled during Hurricane Irma. The rebuild has been long, and it has been costly. The Simonsens are close to being able to move home, but not close enough.

Janet mentioned to me that they have copies of their beautiful coffee table book, Living Art, available for sale. One hundred percent of the proceeds of this book, Janet told me, will be used to complete their home, allowing them to go home for the first time since September 2017. Now this is where the community love comes in.

I love St. John, as I know many of you do. If you are looking to have a piece of the island in your home, please consider purchasing this book. Living Art is a beautiful hardcover book that features 198 pages of images taken here on St. John. Here is its cover:

The cover of Steve Simonsen's Living Art

The cover of Steve Simonsen’s Living Art

And here is a video of Steve discussing the book:

Living Art “the story”-HD 1080p from Steve Simonsen on Vimeo.

Living Art costs $78.50. Shipping is included in the price. All copies will be signed by Steve Simonsen. Customers will receive a small discount when buying multiple books. You can purchase this book by visiting http://stevesimonsen.net/Home/Books.html

I have seen this book in person, and I can tell you that it is beautiful. Living Art would make a great addition to any St. John-lover’s home. And what’s better than helping a family move home. Not much in my book.