In this issue of Coconut Post, a bright spotlight shines on Carnival 2023 where the theme is, “Illuminating our Culture for the World to See, St. Thomas Carnival 2023.”
Beginning on April 24th, Carnival Village features six evenings in a row filled with free local and international musical performances, as well as 30 colorful booths selling food and drinks, along with family-friendly rides, games, and festivities. Reigning over Carnival Village this year is Kelly “Pupa Kelly” Charleswell. You can read more about this fascinating local musician — and all the 71st Carnival has to offer — in this online publication.
The Coconut Post “Springtime in Paradise” edition also is showcasing the decades-long contributions The Fruit Bowl has been making to our island community. Family owned and operated since 1975, this unique enterprise not only carries the freshest fruits and vegetables in paradise; the business is equally well known for giving part time jobs to young students and encouraging them to succeed in all they do.
Since 1982, The Fruit Bowl has sponsored the annual “Women’s Jogger Jam,” the largest running event on St. Thomas. The annual event benefits The St. Thomas Family Resource Center. If you get the impression The Fruit Bowl is a highly respected island enterprise, how right you are!
Also this month, we are reflecting on the life of the late Edward Wilmoth Blyden IV (1924 – 2002). After starting out his working life as a messenger/ janitor, in 1991 he was commended by Congress for his expertise, contributions, and distinguished work ethic. In 1994, the VI Port Authority renamed the downtown Charlotte Amalie marine terminal in his honor. Read more about this remarkable Virgin Islander in the April issue of the Coconut Post.
Whether you are on St. Thomas for a day, week, month, or a lifetime, take time to enjoy Springtime in Paradise.