This year’s St. Thomas Carnival theme is: “Illuminating our Culture for the World to See, St. Thomas Carnival 2023.” Carnival Village opens Monday evening April 24th with Kelly “Pupa Kelly” Charleswell reigning over his Musical Arena.
Remembering Edward Wilmoth Blyden IV
The Edward Wilmoth Blyden IV Marine Terminal is in downtown Charlotte Amalie. Formerly known as Tortola Wharf, this facility — named for a beloved local employee — is a hub for ferry service between the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and between St. Thomas, St. Croix, and Puerto Rico.
Remembering V.I. Governor Melvin H. Evans (1917 – 1984)
The people of the Virgin Islands have the power to elect a governor every four years and also send a delegate to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his long career, Dr. Melvin Herbert Evans served in both roles.
A Nostalgic Look At Antilles Air Boats
Nautical scenes of the V. I. often include seaplanes. These days, Seaborne Airlines provides flights between St. Thomas and St. Croix. But island-hopping service dates back to 1963 when famed aviator Charles F. “Charlie” Blair, Jr. started Antilles Air Boats.
Cruzan Rum – Deeply Rooted in VI History
Known locally as “The Rum of the Islands,” Cruzan Rum is rooted deep in St. Croix. Since the early 17th century, islanders have been adept at producing molasses and rum. Founded in 1760, the Cruzan tradition has been carried on by eight generations of the Nelthropp family at Estate Diamond.
ST. THOMAS CELEBRATES 70 YEARS OF CARNIVAL IN THE VI
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the U.S. Virgin Islands announced the 70th edition of “Carnival Virgin Islands” on St. Thomas will be held from April 27 to May 1, 2022. This year’s theme is “A New Cultural Roogadoo for Carnival 2022.
Remembering Civil Rights Leader Rothschild Francis
Born on St. Thomas in 1891 when the island was part of the Danish West Indies, Rothschild “Polly” Francis was a councilman, civil rights activist. and labor leader. Through his publication, “The Emancipator,” he openly denounced injustices on Virgin Islanders by those in power.
Spotlighting A Local Educator, J. Antonio Jarvis (1901-1960)
Referred to in numerous Virgin Islands Board of Education documents as “…one of the icons of local education,” Jose Antonio Jarvis dedicated his talent and energy to benefit the community of St. Thomas.
Mountain Top — Drink In The View And Daiquiris, Too
For more than half a century, Mountain Top has been a premier tourist attraction on St. Thomas. Credited with originating the first Banana Daiquiri, the aptly named enterprise is found at the highest point of St. Thomas — 1,500 feet above sea level.
Celebrating A Decade Of V.I. Blue Flag Beaches
Learn which beaches in the USVI are recognized by the Blue Flag program, a voluntary eco-label awarded to select beaches.
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