If you have ever been to St. John over the Fourth of July, you know what a grand celebration it is! In a normal year, St.John Carnival is the week leading up to, not only the US Independence Day holiday, but also the Virgin Islands Emancipation Day on July 3. A week filled with late night music and exhausted residents 🙂 begins with the much anticipated food fair and culminates on the morning of July 3 with an early morning/late night Jouvert celebration and a mid-day, very St. John style, parade on the fourth. Generally, there are also fireworks that evening.
Well, it’s official. This weekend, someone’s rain dance or water delivery or clothes on the line worked fantastically well. Because Sunday morning we woke up to the hammering of rain on the metal roof, isolated sounds of thunder, a canceled half day charter and rolling power outages. It POURED all day long and accumulation rose over an inch in one day! Which is fantastic news, considering that earlier this month the NOAA declared that the territory was officially in a severe drought. And the browning hillsides reinforced that proclamation with visual evidence.
Good Morning, Good Morning! If you have ever been in a place of business in the Virgin Islands, you may have been bewildered at a behavior slightly unique to this incredible place and its culture. I remember, in my early years on St. John, standing in what seemed to be an endless line at First Bank each week. Every single person who walked through the door uttered the words, “Good morning, Good morning.” And,in turn, each person in line, and behind the busy counter, voiced a similar response. I found it to be a bit odd at first. But after a few months, I found it to be comforting and inclusive and realized that I received a much kinder (and helpful!) response to my queries and questions as I went about my days adopting, and adapting to, this beautiful habit.
In this award winning short film from Wonder Lab Films, the documentary makers explore the “history and culture of the people of the Virgin and their inspiring culture of coexistence.” And it begins, and ends, with one VERY simple thing that we can all do ” to adapt to one another and that acts as a bridge between people learning to understand and accept each other.”
Last month, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced the addition of 16 new additions to the nearly 700 Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program’s historic sites. One of which is right here on St. John…
If you have ever visited St. John, you know that spotting our beloved four hoofed friends on the roadside or along the hiking trails is as probable as encountering a turtle at Maho Bay. The hundreds of donkeys on St. John who travel the island in packs of three to five or more can be spotted in the most unexpected of places and are SO friendly and gentle. Even so, approaching the donkeys and feeding them is a big no no and a mistake made at the expense of the health of the animals.
Good Morning Everyone! We have been the promotional partner with Island Green Living Association over the past month in an effort to promote ticket sales for their “Two Tickets to Paradise” fundraiser. If you have been following along, you know how amazing this prize package is and that one lucky winner will be taking an all expenses paid trip to St. John that includes airfare, excursions, dining and accommodations! Well, after cooperatively raising $112,000 in support of sustainability efforts on St. John, a winner has been announced!
It’s a tequila drinking, taco eating, salsa dunking, mariachi dancing kinda Wednesday and the weather on St. John today is looking beautifully cooperative for a mid-day Margarita in the sun and sand.
If you’re on vacation on St. John right now, you might be thinking about where the best spot is for a little afternoon or happy hour fiesta. Well, there are quite a few options for those of your feeling festive on island for a tasty tequila libation, south of the border snack or simply a good time in the sunshine!
Good Morning and Happy Fri-Yay! The Island Green Living Association’s “Two Tickets to Paradise” fundraiser ends tonight at midnight! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to win an all-inclusive St. John vacation for two, valued at over $10,000….Head over to their site and get your tickets today. Or, read on to find out more about this amazing organization and the even more amazing prize package they have put together for one lucky winner that may be YOU!
If you have been on island recently, you may have noticed a lot of workers on the roads, in the parking lots and at dump sites. If you come down frequently, you may have taken note over time of the diminishing number of derelict vehicles, trash on the roadsides, potholes in the roads and jumbled power lines in your sight lines. Recently, the Government House VI has started a video series entitled “The Administrators’ Corner,” allowing our lovely Island Administrator, Shikima Jones-Sprauve, to address the community and recap the work that her team, in partnership with local contractors and the Bryan-Roach Administration, have been able to get started and get completed since she took office in 2019. Improvements are on the move and on the horizon for the infrastructure and accessibility here on St. John!
A new webcam started streaming from St. John on April 21 and this one gives you a birds eye view of your favorite North Shore Beaches 🙂