2011 Blues Festival – Twice as Nice

2011_StJohnBluesFestival Steve Simon, Blues Boss of the world-renowned Johnnie Walker St. John Blues Festival proudly says this year's festival will have two nights of celebrity concerts in the Coral Bay Ball Field.

The two 'star studded shows" will play Friday evening, March 18th, and Saturday evening, March 19th.
 
Friday evening will feature Grady Champion and his band, Candye Kane and Blind Pig Records recording artist Albert Cummings.
 
And then taking the stage at 8:00 pm on Saturday evening will be Telarc recording artists Moreland & Arbuckle, the "Queen of Memphis" Reba Russell and her band and the man who inspired John Belushi to create the Blues Brothers, Curtis Salgado and his Big Band.

Tickets will go on sale right after the 1st of the year and will be available on St. John at Connections in Cruz Bay, Connections in Coral Bay, Chelsea Drugs in the Marketplace and on St. Thomas at Chelsea Drugs in Red Hook.
 
Advance tickets are $25 for each night or $45 for a two night pass.  Tickets purchased at the gate will be $30 each night.  All children under 16 are admitted free.
 
There will be $5 safari taxi rides to the Coral Bay Ball Field from the Cruz Bay passenger ferry dock and from the Coral Bay Ball Field to the Cruz Bay passenger ferry dock all night long both evenings.

The 9th Annual Johnnie Walker St. John Blues Festival is brought to you by Johnnie Walker, The Lumberyard Complex, Merchants Commercial Bank, the U.S.V.I Department of Tourism, Rotary of St. John, The Gifft Hill School, Shipwreck Landing Restaurant, Rhumblines, The Beach Bar, Sun Dog Cafe, Jeff & Bonnie Simon and Steve and Helen Simon.

The Inquiring Iguana encourages you to make your plans to stay at his Blue Tang villa while you're sampling the Festival and the island's joys.

Christmas (shopping) in July

World class photographer Steve Simonsen says his calendar for 2011 is a "Limited Edition ."

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It may very well be that previous years' have also been limited, but something tells the Inquiring Iguana this one is going to be really collectible.

On Simonsen's Facebook page, he's been experimenting with fine art photography and has some stunning images.  Wouldn't be surprised to see some of the arty-farty in the calendar for 2011.

Janet, the photog's much better half, says she'll ship the calendars in October.Order now so they know how many to print. $23.50 for one, Priority Mail shipping included, two for $42.

You can order the calendar here: web.me.com/ssimonsen/Store/Calendars.html

Kati Steinborn is on the grow


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Katherine Steinborn
(dba KatiLady) built a business the hard way. She's earned it.  

From preparing welcome baskets for villa renters to an award-winning catering business, Steinborn expanded her business from a core to its natural extensions which now include in-home gourmet dinner preparations and meal deliveries.  

Most recently, she's gathered the sum of her 14-year-old business' parts together to create a wedding/event planning business.

Now, Steinborn's going public, sort of.  She was out of sight, in the Tradewinds building. Not much drop-in street traffic there. Instead, her businesss' products were delivered to villas and events, and then gone.  

But now, she's had to go 'retail' because she needed more space.  She found that space at the Lumberyard.  She plans to offer more services as well as cooking classes and perhaps even wine tastings.

St. John brews now on tap in Maine



St. John Brewers' beers are now available in New Hampshire and Maine. 

Kevin Chipman and Chirag Vyas introduced their Mango Pale Ale and Island Hoppin IPA brews at a series of 'meet and pours' last week in the two states.

New England's not unknown to them.  Their brews are in fact bottled by Maine's Shipyard Brewing, but until now they haven't been available in bars there.  With New Hampshire and Maine on board, that makes seven states where the brewers' handcrafted beers can be enjoyed.

Part of the introductory tour included an appearance on Portland's Channel 23 and its Good Morning, Maine program. The highlight of the interview was when Erin Ovalle, the host, asked the guys, "You live on St. John?."  Kevin and Cheech said, yes, they started the beer business on the island nine years ago.

"Wow," said Erin, "What a life brewing beer and living on St. John. Doesn't get much better than that."

The beer boys agreed.

  • Watch St. John Brewers in Maine

Best Beach?

St. John boasts dozens of great places to soak up the sun and play in the sand. 

Chances are that if you were sitting at the Beach Bar, everybody along the counter would have a different beach they think is #1. 

What's your favorite?  Cast your vote for one of the most popular or add your own.

  • The St. John Beach Guide has a great rundown.  See it here.