Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Art Show 2014

The newly created Artists Guild  of St. Croix is hosting their first juried show at Canegata Ball Park  Recreation Building from Friday, January 17 to Sunday, January 19.  I will be one of the exhibiting artists .  If you are on island, I hope that you can come out and check it out!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Christiansted Bypass

They began discussing it as a project back in the 1970’s, so it came as a surprise to St. Croix residents when actual construction began in 2007.  And then it was even more surprising when work was completed and the Christiansted bypass opened in January of this year.  

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It cost US$37 million to carve out a 1.2-mile strip through a rocky hill on the outskirts of town.
Why was this project so significant that it wouldn’t die despite its exorbitant cost?  Because all traffic going to the eastern half of the island had no choice but to funnel through the narrow streets of downtown Christiansted.  It was a pain; it could take you an extra 5 to 10 minutes to get through!
Now we can reach the East End in first-world highway splendor.
  And there’s a lookout point to boot!


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Sunday, May 19, 2013

SMAC (Sun Moon Alignment Celebration)

A while ago, my very smart husband, Bob, figured out that during the full moon, the sun sets and the moon rises within minutes of each other.  And since St. Croix is the perfect spot to watch such a phenomenon, we turned it into a celebration.
And since Bob is an AGKG (Acronym Generating Kinda Guy), he named it SMAC (Sun Moon Alignment Celebration).
So, every once in a full moon, we head out to a suitable hill with 180-degree views, and we bring cocktails and appetizers in tow (bubbly always preferred).
And celebrate the majesty of the sun setting over the Maroon hills in the west
And a little while later, the full moon rising over Buck Island in the east.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Fish

I’ve been swimming in fish.
 Happy fish I made of fabric and beads and sequins.
 They bring a message
 And an invitation
These happy fish are available for sale at Kulcha Shop, 1A Market Street, in Frederiksted, St. Croix.

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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

The Real Annaly Bay

I discovered recently that the tide pools I visited back in 2008 (see this post) were not in Annaly Bay but in nearby Wills Bay.  (click on photo to enlarge)
I, and others I’ve spoken with, had been under the impression that the Trumbull Trail which begins behind the Carambola Resort, led to Annaly Bay, because when people mention “the tide pools” there is the automatic assumption that tide pools means Annaly Bay.  In fact, I learned that there are a number of tide pools along the northwest corner of St. Croix, with Annaly Bay being the best known.  Since learning about my misconception, I’ve been eager to go see the real Annaly Bay, and when the St. Croix Hiking Association led a hike last month to Annaly Bay, I jumped on the opportunity to go.
We met Olasee Davis, our guide, in Frederiksted and car pooled in pickup trucks up to the top of the ridge overlooking Annaly Bay. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is a must for those who come by car.
From the top of this ridge at about 700 feet above sea level, we hiked down a steep dirt road into the bay.  This hike is relatively short but the return uphill is strenuous!
Arriving at Annaly Bay we see St. Croix’s north Shore to the East
And the Maroons and Ham’s Bluff to the West.
Hiking around the rocky shoreline is a must to get to the tide pools.
A dip in the natural tide pools makes the effort worthwhile.

Under rough seas, these tide pools have proved treacherous for swimmers.
We had calm waters
And spectacular views.

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Highlights of the Season - Part 2

The Agricultural Fair
 The event has been renamed The VI AGRIFEST, which sounds like something else entirely...
Dancers demonstrating the traditional Quelbe Dance of St. Croix
Lots of cute baby animals to see!

 The St Croix Orchid Society Show
A stunning array of orchids were on display
 Lots of variety
 And lots of ribbons
 St Patrick's Day Parade
Everyone gets in the spirit wearing every shade of green
 Water gun fights were welcome in the hot sun
 Kurt Schindler rocked the Christiansted boardwalk playing from his barge

 Live Music
Seven Handle Circus brought us “bad-ass bluegrass” straight from Georgia

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Highlights of the Season – Part 1

Here on St. Croix, the middle of April marks the end of the tourist high season.  It means that hotel rates drop and there is a slowing down of events, most of which are scheduled into this period between mid-December and mid-April, when the island swells in population with tourists and snowbirds. 

For those of us who live here, high season means a plethora of special activities to lure us out of the house.  There are plays, touring bands, annual exhibitions, fundraisers, galas, a carnival and plenty of parades.  Having the luxury to pick and choose from so many activities is one of the things that I love about St. Croix.  This past season I mostly chose to stay home, but somehow I still managed to enjoy quite of bit of island spirit.  Here are some of the highlights.  You can click on any photo to enlarge.
The Boat Parade
Seaborne Planes flying in formation before the parade. Note the pontoons on the first two planes.
 This boat had its own live band on board.
  This boat celebrated 60 years of Christmas Carnival on St. Croix.

A fundraiser for the St. Croix Environmental Association (SEA)
 Two of the costume contest winners: a hippie and a protester.
She won a painting of Jimmy Hendrix rocking on a sea shell.
 Reliving the old hippy days.

The Dog Parade
 Hollywood was the theme, here are the Ziegfeld Follies:
 My Fave: Hitchkock and the Birds! (note the cigar on his armchair)

 King Kong
  Most adorable: the entire cast of the Wizard of Oz
 And Eeyore the donkey as a hot dog! (note the condiment necklace)

Live Music
Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers came to sing pirate ditties.


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Little Owl

I wanted to create something meaningful for my niece Sara on her birthday.  I wanted it to bring her joy upon receiving it, and to bring me joy while making it.   Sara loves owls, as do I.  And so it was fitting that a little owl would emerge from the woods, looking in awe at the moon, and dreaming of all that could be.