The Best of St. Croix
2008 Calendar of Events
January 1
New Year's Day - (Holiday)
Ring in the new year by visiting with relatives and loved ones. Start the
new year together.
January 2
Food Fair (Half Holiday)
The Food Fair highlights the best of St. Croix. All the traditional
dishes are brought out and everyone has a good time eating.
January 3
J'ouvert (Holiday)
This morning starts with a lively tramp in Frederiksted to bring in
the new year.
January 4
Children's Festival Parade (Holiday)
Today is the Children's Parade with floats, troupes and floupes.
January 5
Adult Festival Parade - (Three Kings Day Observed)
The Christmas season does not end until today with the Three
Kings Parade. Three Kings Day this year is actually Sunday.
The village ends tonight, also.
January 6
Three Kings Day (Holiday)
The actual date of Three Kings this year.
January 16
Jazz Festival in Frederiksted
Today the Holland America ship Westerdam is in port. This
ship is the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise which is here
as part of the St.Croix Jazz & Blues Week which runs from
January 13 through January 19.
1900 cruise passengers
will be disembarking for this 7th Annual Rhythm & Blues
Festival. Headlineres are Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues
Band, Coco Montoya, Max Cabello, Shemekia Copeland,
Terrence Simien, Deanna Bogart and local band Stanley
and the Ten Sleepless Knights. Music will begin from 2PM
until 10PM at the Paul E. Joseph Stadium in Frederiksted.
Bring a blanket to sit on. No outside food or beverages
allowed.
January 17
Art Thursday - Christiansted Town
Tonight visit various galleries in the town of Christiansted and
get special deals from 5PM to 8PM.
January 18
Sunset Jazz - Frederiksted Town
Tonight is the first Sunset Jazz of the year featuring Rhythmx
on the waterfront in Frederiksted. This event coincides with the
full week of Jazz events taking place in Freedom City.
Today in Christiansted town on the Boardwalk there is the
annual Dog Parade. Dress up your pooch for the festivities.
Registration begins at 12 Noon. The parade begins at 1PM.
Lots of goodies for your pet will be on hand and for sale at
local stores and Sadie's Pet Boutique.
February 2
Mardi Croix - Cane Bay
Crewe de Croix once again puts on the Ritz in the Mardi Croix
parade at Cane Bay. The model for this parade is Mardi Gras
in New Orleans.
February 8
Valentine's Jump Up - Christiansted Town
Tonight is Valentine's Jump Up in the town of Christiansted from
6PM to 10PM. Stores will be open for an easy and convenient
shopping experience. Musicians play on every corner while you
enjoy cocktails and open-air cafe cuisine. Sponsored by the
Christiansted Retail and Restaurant Association.
Caribbean Community Theater
Tonight opens the musical show Chicago with some of our local
stars.
February 9
Fur Ball - St. Croix Animal Welfare Center
Tonight at 7PM begins the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center's
Annual Fur Ball Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction. This event is
being held at the Brass Parrot Restaurant at the Buccaneer
Hotel. Make an effort to attend. Limited to 100 guests.
International Regatta & Valentine's Optimist Regatta
This weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, the Regattas will
be run from 10AM around the island by the St. Croix Yacht
Club. The adult craft will be racing in several races from the
Buck Island Channel to Christiansted Harbor and the
Optimists (children) will be racing their craft on the East side
of Teague Bay. Sailboats everywhere!
February 14
Valentine's Day - Be Sweet Today!
February 15
Sunset Jazz - Frederiksted Town
Tonight, at sunset, is another installment of our festival of music,
Sunset Jazz in the town of Frederiksted. Hosted by the Frederiksted
Economic Development Association. Bring a blanket for this free
concert.
Spring Fling Invitiational Swim Meet
The St. Croix Dolphins Swim Club is hosting the Spring Fling
Invitational Swim Meet this weekend.
February 16-18
Presidents' Day Weekend (Holiday)
37th Annual Agricultural and Food Fair Part1 Part2 Part3
January 21
Martin Luther King's Day (Holiday)
Today we honor a great man who stood for justice and equality
for all men regardless of color or religion. We could use a bit of
that old time empathy in the world today.
This weekend, plan to attend the Agricultural Fair at the Lower
Love Station on St. Croix. This year's theme "The Business of
Agriculture:The way Forward". Along with the exhibits of Fruits,
Vegetables and Livestock, there will be exhibition booths for
schools, community agencies and government agencies - to
include the Energy Office and WAPA. There are, also, food
booths lining the promenade areas. There will also be various
musical shows, a Fairwear Fashion Competition, Calypso
shows, a Maubi Competition, a Pigtail Souse Competition and
five Food Demonstrations over the three days. Lots to do and
see.
21st Annual Caribbean Fine Art Exhibit -
Good Hope School Campus
This week also showcases the Fine Arts of the Caribbean at
Good Hope School as a benefit for the Good Hope School
Scholarship Fund. Friday evening from 7PM to 9PM, there is a
preview sale and reception. The exhibit continues, with free
admission, Saturday through Monday beginning at 10AM.
February 22-24
21st Annual Orchid Society Show
This weekend features the blooming orchids at the Orchid
Society's annual festival at the American Legion Hall. The show
is open from 9AM to 6PM. Come see some local beauties.
February 23
St. Croix Environmental Association's (SEA)
Annual Masquerade Ball
This year's SEA Masquerade Ball will be held at Divi Carina Bay
Resort and Casino from 6:30PM. Dress up as your favorite sea
creature and join in on the fun.
March 15
St. Patrick's Parade
Today from 11AM there will be the St. Paddy's Day 39th Annual
Parade in the town of Christiansted. Judging this year will be in
Sunday Market Square. Wear your green!
March 16
Palm Sunday
Catholics, this day, carry blessed palms home from church. They
are a reminder of Jesus' entering into Jerusalem.
March 17
St. Patrick's Day

March 20
1st Day of Spring!

Holy Thursday (Holiday)
Art Thursday - Christiansted Town

March 21
Good Friday (Holiday)
No liquor sold between 9AM and 5PM today.

March 22
Holy Saturday

March 23
Easter Sunday
The day the Christ rose from the dead as per Christian beliefs.
Today Christian Virgin Islanders celebrate with a large family
dinner. A time to catch up with friends and family.

March 24
Easter Monday (Holiday)
Government workers get an extra day off to digest and relax.
March 9
Artisan's Fair and Calypso Concert - Whim Museum
March 28-30
35th International Rolex Regatta -
St. Thomas Yacht Club
This race of many yachts from all over the world is known as the
Crown Jewel of the Caribbean.
March 30
Flower and Fine Arts Exhibit - Botanical Gardens
Today from 10AM to 5PM lots of art and lots of blooming plants,
hibiscus and floral arrangements will be on display for the benefit
of the St. George Village Botanical Gardens.
United Way Chili Cookoff - Divi Carina Bay
Today is the contest between local chili cooks to see who is the
best. The best will travel to Terlingua Texas for the National Chili
Cookoff. May the best cook win.
March 31
Transfer Day (Holiday)
Today we celebrate the transferring of the Virgin Islands from
Denmark to the United States. This purchase of the islands by
the United States was a strategic maneuver during WWI.
April 6 - 26
Carnival in St. Thomas
All month there will be Carnival events from Queen Shows to
Calypso Monarch contests, parades and many other events.
April 17
A Taste of St. Croix - Divi Carina Bay Resort
This year the Taste of St. Croix event tops off a week-long
exploration of restaurants on St. Croix. Celebrity chefs Rocco
Dispirito, Robin Hass and Kevin Rathbun will be judging this
year. The event begins at 6PM and ends at 9PM. Bring your
appetites for the new and unusual. Also, Moet Chandon and
TEMPO present an afterparty from 9PM to 1AM in the Lobby.
April 19 - 27
Passover
Passover begins today at sundown and lasts until sundown on
April 27. Today Jews celebrate the exodus from Egypt and the
Creator's sparing the lives of the Jewish people from the ten
plagues.
April 18
Sunset Jazz
Sunset Jazz tonight on th Frederiksted Waterfront at 6PM.
Sponsored by FEDA.
April 24
Calypso Competition -St. Thomas
Lionel Roberts Stadium
8PM
April 25
Carnival Childen's Parade (Holiday)
Children's Parade on Main Street St. Thomas 10AM
April 26
Adult Carnival Parade
Adult Parade on Main Street St. Thomas 10AM
April 22
Earth Day
Today, lets think of ways to protect the planet on which we all
live. The Earth is in need of our help.
May 2
Jump Up - Christiansted Town
Tonight is another Jump Up in the town of Christiansted from
6PM to 10PM sponsored by the Christiansted Retail and
Restaurant Association. This special Jump Up precedes the
Ironman 70.3 Triathlon on Sunday.
May 11
Mother's Day
Do something special today for the Mom(s) in your life.
May 16
Sunset Jazz - Frederiksted Town
Enjoy live Jazz music while watching the sun go down at
6PM. You may even see a green flash! Sponsored by the
Frederiksted Economic Development Association.
May 26
Memorial Day Observed (Holiday)
Today we remember all of those who fought and died for
freedom worldwide.
May 15
Art Thursday - Christiansted Town
Stroll around the streets of Christiansted after dark and view the
handiwork of artists displayed at the galleries around town.
June 15
Father's Day
Today is an opportunity to show that special Dad(s) our appreciation.
June 16
Organic Act Day
Today is the anniversary of the Organic Act. This document is what
guides our Virgin islands government in lieu of a Constitution. This
year a Constitutional Convention has been elected to draft a true
Constitution for the Territory.
June 21
Summer's First Day!
May 4
Ironman 70.3 Triathlon
Beginning at 6:00 the Ironman 70.3 Triathlon will be run by some of the
biggest names in the sport as part of the worldwide set of Triathlon courses.
Mike Pigg will be back, once again, to run, bike and swim the course. The
race covering the East End and Mid-Island will, as expected, see bikers
trying to master that tortuous climb known as 'The Beast'.
May 25
2nd Annual Kallaloo-Gumbo Cookoff
Today is the Kallaloo-Gumbo Cookoff in Cane Bay at the Spratnet Bar.
Competition begins at 1PM, so bring your appetite.
Today at 1PM at the Paul E. Joseph Stadium, Donkey Races will be run
for fun and cameraderie. Donkeys from the island of St. John have
been brought over for the event.
Tonight at 7:30PM in Customs House Square in Frederiksted, the
Department of Tourism and the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Committee sponsor this year's Emancipation Tea Meeting. A load of
laughs following the original structure of the tea meeting ceremony. The
Millenium Choir, Scratch Band, St. Thomas Heritage Dancers and
featuring comedian Paul Keens-Douglas.
This morning at 5:30AM the Fort to Fort Emancipation Walk hosted by Senator
Terrence "Positive" Nelson starts at Fort Christiansvaern in Christiansted to
Fort Frederik in Frederiksted.
11:00AM begins the Cultural Food Village in Frederiksted.
1:00PM in Customs House Square in Frederiksted the Emancipation
Commemoration program begins. This year's featured guests are Grupo
Majestad Negra from Puerto Rico, historian Mario Moorhead, the Chief of the
Carib (Kalinago) Nation Territory of Dominica, The Hon. Charles Williams, and
Minister of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan.
There is an Emanciption Art Exhibit to see at the Fort.
8:30PM the Emancipation Street Quadrille begins in Customs House Square
with Native Rhythms Band and dance caller Curtis Williams.
July 4
Independence Day (Holiday)
Celebrating the U.S. Independence from British rule.
As a continuation of Emancipation Week at 2:00PM the Charlotte Amalie
Marching Band from St. Thomas and the St. Croix Rising Stars Steel
Orchestra will perform, and a special performance by local "queens" will take
place in Frederiksted.
The Amistad reproduction slave ship docked in Gallows Bay Habor.
Walk to Freedom.
Blowing the Conch Shell.
Grupo Majestad Negra.
July 6
Mango Melee - St. George Village Botanical Gardens
July 24
Governor's Luncheon - The Frederiksted Fort
Today, the Mango Melee celebration will take place at The St. George
Village Botanical Gardens. Displays of fruit, food preparation contests,
classes on plants and fruits,lots of vendors and of course, a mango eating
contest. 11AM to 6:30PM.
Sailing School - Frederiksted
Local youth take summer lessons at Junie Bomba's Sailing Academy.
September 1
Labor Day (Holiday)
A day of rest for all who labor.
September 30
Rosh Hashanah
The Jewish New Year begins at sunset.
October 9
Yom Kippur
At sunset begins the Day of Atonement on the Jewish Calendar.
Rectifying differences with others is to be completed by this evening.
A new vow with the Creator is entered into from now until the next year.
November 1
D. Hamilton Jackson Day (Liberty Day - Bull & Bread)
Today marks the celebration of David Hamilton Jackson, labor leader, lawyer,
and envoy to the Danish Crown. Jackson is lauded for having won fair wages
and other improved conditions for the labor unions from Denmark,
post-slavery. Since it is an election year, we are sure to see many politicians
in Grove Place making their last pitches before election day on the 4th.
November 11
Veteran's Day (Holiday)
Today we honor all Veterans of American wars, both foreign and domestic.
November 27
Thanksgiving Day (Holiday)
National Turkey Day. A national day of giving thanks for having so much and for
praying for and donating to, those who have so little.
November 18-23
2nd Annual Blue Bay Jazz Festival - Frederiksted
This week ushers in the annual celebration of soothing sounds. Jazz musicians
from all over the mainland as well as local artists come together for a week of
music. This year musicians include: The Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra, Rashied Ali
Quintet, Willie Martinez Y Familia, James "Blood" Ulmer, The Pete Escovedo
Orchestra, Rolando Briceno, Nathan Lucas and Sherri R. Bias. And from the
Caribbean: Steve Simon and the Jazz Islanders and Eddie Russell and the
Quelbe Latin Jazz Band. Taking place nightly at the Fort Frederik Beach in
Frederiksted, all concerts are free.
November 30
20th Annual Starving Artists at Whim Greathouse Plantation
2nd Annual Guavaberry Competition
October 1
Contract Day - Fireburn Re-Enactment
Tonight marks the annual commemoration of the Fireburn. Contract Day was the
day in the Danish West Indies that a new contract could be struck between a
worker and a plantation owner. This contract included pay and plantation
assignment or re-assignment, as the case warranted.
Today is the Autumnal edition of the Starving Artists Show and Guavaberry
Contest is today at Whim Plantation. Arts and Crafts and food vendors will be
on hand with holiday specials. Paradise Radio 93.5FM will present the 2nd
Annual Guavaberry competition with cash prizes going to the top winners.
Sponsored b the St. Croix Landmarks Society.
December 7
Christmas Spoken Here - St. George Village Botanical Gardens
Today at Botanical Gardens is the Christmas Spoken Here. Locally
decorated Christmas trees will be on display and art, crafts and food
vendors will fill the garden with holiday delights. There will be Holiday Food
competitions as well. 12 Noon to 5PM.
December 25
Christmas Day (Holiday)
Christmas is here! The birth of the Christ Child is celebrated once more. With his
coming a new world begins. Let us all hope for a change in our new year.
December 26
Christmas Second Day - Boxing Day (Canada) (Holiday)
Here in the islands, it is Christmas Second Day. Another day of jubilation,
this year leading to a long holiday weekend. Tonight is the opening night of
the Festival Village preceded by the Opening Night Tramp 7PM from the
Frederiksted Post Office to the Festival Village.
December 30
Roast-A-Time J'ouvert - Fore Day Ma'nin Tramp
5AM From Hannah's Rest Corner to the Frederiksted Village
June 19
Art Thursday - Christiansted Town
December 13
St.Croix Bonsai Society Exhibit - Cruzan Gardens
Soup Du Cure - Juan F. Luis Hospital Benefit -
Cheney Bay Beach Resort
Soup's on at Cheney Bay to cure whatever ails you. A benefit event to
support the Juan F. Luis Hospital. Music by Stanley and the Ten
Sleepless Knights, Curt Shindler and Poppy Pops.
Beautiful little trees on display for your peace of mind.
Calypso Monarch Finals - Island Center for the Performing Arts
December 4-6
George "Bagoon" O'Reilly Mini-Fair - Christiansted Vegetable Market
Music, Food and Fun at the Christian "Shan" Hendricks Market.
Opening ceremonies at 7PM.
December 6
Old Time Night Parade in Christiansted Town.
Parade begins at 8PM in Times Square.
December 14
Miss St. Croix Competition - Paul E Joseph Stadium Frederiksted
December 19
Band-O-Rama - Paul E Joseph Stadium Frederiksted
Featuring UMB Soldiers, Fusion Band, Exclusive Band, Caution Band, Outta
Order Band, Royal Vibes Band, All Starz Band, Wrection Band, Outta Limits
Band, Hi Voltage Band, Stylee Band, N'Ergy Band.
Latin Association 2nd Annual Pig Roast Competition
Prince Princesse and Duchess Competition
Island Center for the Performing Arts 8PM
December 12
Calypso Eliminations - New Drive-In 8PM
See Prince Emanuel, Lloyd 'Renegade" Renee, Gemma Noel, Alford
Romney, The Wrecka Man, K-Force, Lady Mac, Liberator,The Teacher, Joey
B, Mighty TNL, and King Kan Fuc Plentae go up against King Generic to be
crowned Crucian Christmas Festival Calypso Monarch.
December 20
Old Time Traditional Pastries, Treats and Food Fair
Come out from 12 Noon to taste traditional favorites at the Christian "Shan"
Hendricks Vegetable Market in Christiansted. Music by the Complex Quelbe
Band and Quadrille Dancers.
December 21
Party Monarch Competition - Paul E Joseph Stadium Frederiksted
8PM begins the competition between Chugger, Wreckerman Pelle, Omari
Ferrari, Lippo, Lady K, Carol A., Adrienne, Elizabeth Watley, Daddy Shane,
Big Daddy Jeff, Joey B.,The Mighty TNL, Sauru of N'Ergy Band battle
Tobby Dee last year's winner.
December 28
Donkey Races - 1PM Paul E Joseph Stadium - Frederiksted
December 29
Cultural Night and Quelbe Tramp
Tramp begins at the Frederiksted Post Office at 7PM.
Festival Food and Crafts Fair - Buddhoe Park Frederiksted
Food Fair begins at 12 Noon. Held this year at the Buddhoe Park due to repairs
at the Anne Heyliger Vegetable Market.
Latin Night in the Festival Village - Frederiksted
Tonight in the village see La Fuerza (PR), Papucho y Su Grupo WAO (PR),
Sabor Latino (STX) and DJ Mario.
Tonight at 8PM is also the final battle between last year's winner King
Generic and Emanuel "Prince Emanuel" Henry, Gemma Noel, Campbell
'King Kan Fuc Plentae' Barnes, Kassan "K-Force" Baptiste, Augustine
'Liberator" St. Louis, Elizabeth Watley, Samuel "Mighty Pat' Ferdinand, and
alternates Joseph "Joey B" Brown and Elvis "Tumba" Liburd.
December 31
Entertainment all Night Long - Festival Village Frederiksted
Today, everyone will be out to get a taste of the delicacies that are
unique to St. Croix. Crab and Rice, Souse, Conch in Butter Sauce,
Red Pea Soup, Roast Goat, Fried Fish, Pates...
Today is the last day of the year, still the partying for the Christmas Season
goes on. It doesn't stop until Three Kings Day , January 3rd, next year!