Frank Langley says this week’s art, music, and craft events are the only such festival in the Caribbean. “You see them all over Europe, but not here," the president of the festival said in an interview in Franklin Powell Park.
The park is also a buffet of food and crafts. (I bought some very very hot sauce from Sonia.) The Festival continues through Friday.
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Highlights of this year’s effort include a film which traces the origins of the island’s indigenous music, known as quelbe. A play about a former Danish Governor and his freed-slave mistress was also offered at the St. John School of the Arts.
As part of the festival, at many restaurants each night, local musicians are tuning up and playing. We heard Rich Greengold’s Sambacomo at La Tapa
last night … both the food and the music were sensational. Our dinner started
with a fantastic combination of three olive oils and fresh
bread for dipping. I grazed with three appetizers: Josephine’s Greens
salad (grown in Coral Bay), spicy beef kabobs, and gazpacho. Mrs. Inquiring Iguana had wonderful tuna.
Price: $93, very reasonable for upscale St. John.
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