Wherever you hail from on the planet and whatever you do for a living, unprecedented events of the last two years surely have disrupted your way of life.
However, a fresh season just arrived — and along with it has come a glimmer of newfound hope, positive energy, and renewal. Welcome to spring 2022!
At first blush, it appears things may finally get back to normal — or perhaps more accurately, the ‘new’ normal.
For many, restrictions and transitions during the pandemic brought a deep sense of appreciation for events and experiences ordinarily taken for granted.
On St. Thomas, it was unthinkable that our annual Carnival celebrations could ever be halted. These festivities have been part of our cultural DNA since 1952.
Beyond serving as the title of Herman Wouk’s tropical novel, the phrase “Don’t Stop The Carnival” has been equally touted as the unspoken rule. Regardless, for the last two years, the month-long April celebrations were either held virtually or, worse yet, totally cancelled.
In April of 2020 and again in 2021, The Virgin Islands Daily News did a stellar job presenting page after page of nostalgic imagery showcasing Carnival celebrations from the past. But nothing can replicate the vibrant pageantry, music, camaraderie, and flavorful food enjoyed each year during St. Thomas Carnival.
In this issue of Coconut Post, we are delighted to announce Carnival is back on the calendar. Although it is a scaled-down version, it’s thrilling to know the sights, sounds, and sensations of our beloved festivities are getting back on track.
The 70th edition of “Carnival Virgin Islands” takes place April 27 to May 1 and this year’s theme is “A New Cultural Roogadoo for Carnival 2022.”
Four nights of Carnival Village festivities will honor the late Ron de Lugo. The first and longest-serving Delegate to Congress from the USVI, de Lugo was a popular radio personality in the early 1950s. He is credited with using the popularity of his show to help establish and promote our annual St. Thomas Carnival celebrations. More information — and the 2022 schedule of activities — is featured in the pages that follow.
The Coconut Post “Spring Fling” edition also is celebrating the joys of in-person shopping and dining-out options with a special tribute to Havensight Mall.
Once a sprawling warehouse complex adjacent to the WICO docks, the storied shopping center of today offers an incredible array of retailers and eateries in a lush, laid-back setting.
Also, be sure to check out our feature article on a one-of-a-kind food truck situated by the sea at Gregerie Channel. Founded by a celebrated chef/ entrepreneur — and now under new management— it’s absolutely PlantTastic!
Cheers and Happy Springtime to all.