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Spirit Airlines now offers
nonstop daily service between St. Thomas and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
International Airport in Florida.
: "Island Peak to Coral Reef: A Field Guide to the Plant and Marine
Communities in the Virgin Islands," is a joint project by Dr. Barry
Devine, chief scientist at the University of the Virgin Islands' (UVI)
conservation data center, and Toni Thomas, a UVI cooperative extension
• Fort Christian is closed for repairs.
• The ferry dock at Red Hook undergoing repair, so parking is
a bit confused.
• Taxi rates increased in October 2005. Ferry rates have a temporary
fuel surcharge, and a permanent fare increase is expected soon.
• The Lubavitcher sect is offering Friday night Sabbath meals.
Visitors are welcome:
A new statue has
been unveiled at Blackbeard's Castle:
""Three Queens of St. Croix," a
sculpture commissioned by the St. Thomas Historical Trust in partnership
with Circa 1675 and Virgin Islands Inns, captures Queen Mary, Queen
Agnes and Queen Josiah - who on Oct. 1, 1878, led laborers in setting
fire to half of Frederiksted on St. Croix in a successful demand for
better wages and working conditions. Josiah is also known as "Bottom
Belly," according to Felipe Ayala, assistant Virgin Islands Inns
curator. The work, done by famed North Carolina-based sculptor Richard
Hallier, depicts the women standing with arms raised, holding a machete,
jug of oil and flambeaux as water from a fountain made out of the island's
blue bit stone cascades over their backs."
Doiris Jadan (p. 146) has died.
Book and Bean has
opened at the Marketplace.
• The Sea Island Hotel (800-843 3574, 340 773-0103,
fax: 340 773 4431, has opened in Kings Alley in Christiansted.
Placere (692-5360) is an elegant Italian restaurant on Strand St. Staff
wear tuxedos and crooners such as Dean Martin entertain over the sound
• Set in an old building on Main St., the Dove Restaurant serves
meals nightly (except Mon.) from 6:30 PM; it offers French cuisine with
Asian and Mediterranean influences. A “champagne happy hour”
serves drinks such as kir royale (Chambord and raspberries) from 5-7
• Best of British, located in Mill Mall, has food and beverages
from the UK including cider, Mr. Kipling cakes, and other delicacies.
• Surfsong Villa Resort (tel. 284-495-1864, fax. 284-495-0089)
has opened on Beef Island.
Lynette Harrigan reports:
We have a new spa open at Olde Yard Village which is excellent it is
Solitude. Open Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Tel/fax:284-495 6485, Mobile 284-443
Smith’s Ferry Services now goes to Anegada on Thurs. from Road
Town. It leaves at 7 AM and 3:30 PM and returns at 8:30 AM and 5 PM.
Correct e-mail addresses are:
3-Mar Heineken Regatta St. Maarten (thru 5-Mar)
6-Mar H. Lavity Stoutt Birthday
10-Mar Classics in the Atrium (Leipzig String Quartet) HLSCC
10-Mar Dark & Stormy Regatta (thru 13-Mar) West End Yacht
13-Mar Commonwealth Day
17-Mar Prostate Cancer Screening - Tortola (thru 18-Mar) BVI Red
18-Mar Mineshaft Golf Night VISAR
24-Nov Jazz Showcase (Cyrus Chestnut Trio) HLSCC
24-Mar Rolex Regatta -St. Thomas (thru 26-Mar)
25-Mar Prostate Cancer Screening - Virgin Gorda BVI Red Cross
Sailing Festival (thru 30-Mar) Royal BVI Yacht Club 31-Mar BVI
Spring Regatta (thru 2-Apr) Royal BVI Yacht Club
14-Apr Good Friday
14-Apr Antigua Classics (thru 19-Apr)
15-Apr Euro American Race Royal BVI Yacht Club
17-Apr Easter Monday
Possible Event: BVI Diabetes Assoc Easter Egg Hunt
6-May Art/Music Show (may be 27-May) Cedar School
6-May BVI Dinghy Championships (thru 7-May) Royal BVI Yacht Club
9-May World Red Cross Day BVI Red Cross
13-May Banquet BVI Red Cross
20-May Virgin Queen Pizza Pursuit Race Royal BVI Yacht Club
20-May H.O. Creque Scholarship Dinner Rotary Club of Tortola
26-May Foxy's Wooden Boat Regatta (thru 28-May) West End Yacht
26-May BVI Music Festival Tourist Board
3-Jun North Sound Challenge Royal BVI Yacht Club
4-Jun Waterworld VISAR
10-Jun Queen's Birthday (Observed)
15-Jun Rotaract Regional Conference (thru 19-Jun)
17-Jun Talent Show Cedar School
24-Jun IC 24 Finance Regatta (thru 25-Jun) Royal BVI Yacht Club
24-Jun Crew Party Royal BVI Yacht ClubJuly
2-Jul Firecracker 500 (thru 3-Jun) West End Yacht Club
3-Jun Territory Day
7-Jul Chief Minister's Cup (thru 9-Jul) 15-Jul Anegada Race (thru
16-Jul) Royal BVI Yacht Club
22-Jul IC 24 Worlds
(thru 23-Jun) Royal BVI Yacht Club
Date Unknown: Anything that floats but a boat race
28-Oct Hallow'een Party @ Peg Legs Cedar School
2-Dec Market Day VISAR
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