This week is the big windup for St. John Festival, 2011. The theme this year is An Astronomical and Cultural Splendor in Heaven.
The traditional Festival Village in the Cruz Bay parking lot, across rom the Post Office, opens Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. This year it is to be known as Wadeville, in honor of Ira Wade, the island's deputy Public Works Commissioner.
Vendors will offer conchs and rotis and stews and all manner of other local foods and recipes. A wide selection of brews, mixed drinks, punches, water and sodas will also be available to wash it all down.
On Sunday, the newly-renovated Franklin A. Powell Sr. Park will be the site of Cultural Day. Starting at 3 p.m. a variety of musicians and performers will entertain. Expect to hear pan players, drummers and even the traditional blowing of conch shells.