SOS – Save our Shela

Shela's Pot is out of business.

Photo of Shela's courtesy of Cristalle, whose Flickr feed can be found here.

For years Shela's Pot been dishing out huge helpings of barbecued chicken, oxtail, conch, and stew mutton.  Her fully loaded styrofoam boxes include potato salad, mac & cheese, peas, and rice.  Prices start at $10 for the barbecue, go as high as $20 for the Whelk.  Each is more than enough for two people.

Shela is no longer at her spot behind the bandstand because Cruz Bay Park is closed for several months while the long-awaited renovation happens.  The park is now fenced off – off limits to sightseers, wanderers, loiterers, locals sell hand-made crafts. t-shirts, copper bracelets, and hot sauces.

And Shela's Pot is part of the collateral damage, according to Bob Malacarne, a long time island resident.  He posted a comment to this Web site saying "I just found out that Shela is being thrown out of the park in Cruz Bay. She has been selling her fantastic food for nearly 32 years in that location. We need to get a petition going to stop the government from throwing Shela out of the park. Please contact me if you are interested in this effort. E-mail me at [email protected]."

Malacarne said Gov. John de Jongh is expected on island Monday. "We are forming a group to 'greet' the Governor.  We have a petition going around and will present it to him then."

Folks love ShelaTripAdvisor rates her's the fourth best restaurant (among 24) in all of Cruz Bay. "Fantastic authentic Caribbean lunch," said one revewer in a few weeks ago. "Shela's Lobster and Curry Chicken A+. Bring an appetite as the sides go a long way."

Villa to become an Animal House

The "sprawling, elegant Hall residence" will be the scene of this weekend's fund raiser for the Animal Care Center, according to a news release from the ACC.


Go Wild for the Animals is the theme of this year's soiree. 

Guests are being encouraged to wear "animal-inspired clothing."  Otherwise, dress will be what's called island fancy or Jungle Formal.  Tickets are $125 at the door and 150 will be sold.  Ticket holders have a chance to win vacations, a custom oil painting, and catered meals.

The villa sounds fantastic, almost worth the price of admission just to see it, never mind the food, drinks and good times. The ACC says guests will be greeted by a "fountained courtyard … a two-level pool, poolside bars and large decks."

The Inquiring Iguana encourages island visitors to attend events like this, and not just to support the good causes.  Meeting and greeting locals is a wonderful way to feel at home on the island and to get a sense of the warmth and dedication of St. John's residents.