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For 43 years, ST. CROIX THIS WEEK has helped millions of visitors explore the sights and activities available on the beautiful island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands!

Inside the magazine, which you can download here, and this website, you'll find valuable vacation planning information including Island Maps, Attractions & Tours, Easy Shopping and Dining Guides, a Beach Directory and more!

Whether you island hop for the day or plan an extended stay, ST. CROIX THIS WEEK is your guide to the best vacation ever!

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APRIL - Eat, Drink & Be Merry!

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eat-drink-be-merryThe St. Croix Food & Wine Experience, named one of the Ten Best International Food and Wine Festivals by Forbes Travel, showcases the diverse cuisine and wine available on St. Croix. Decadent and dynamic events, hosted by celebrated chefs and renowned wine makers, are scheduled for April 12 - 18 during this award-winning Caribbean Culinary Festival!

It all starts with Cuisine on the Green at Carambola with culinary bites and cocktail samples at select tees. Next comes Tutto Bene's Gourmet Vintner Dinner on the 14th pairing Chef Todd Gray with Sommelier Ellen Kassoff Gray including a gourmet-themed auction. That same night, you can choose to dine around Christiansted in the City Crawl to include Cafe Christine's, Rumrunners, and Zion Modern Kitchen. Follow up with Just Desserts at Zion Modern Kitchen with Chef Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes and host of the Food network's Duff Til Dawn and Ace of Cakes.

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MAY - Conquer the Beast!

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Sunday, May 3, the 27th Annual St. Croix Ironman 70.3 Triathlon comes alive! This premier destination event combines the beauty of St. Croix with the challenge of an unforgettable course. Hundreds of athletes from all over the world vie for a slot in the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

Swim. 1.24 miles. The early morning swim starts on the beach at Hotel on the Cay, in Christiansted Harbor, and follows a triangular course in sometimes choppy water. The course, marked by small orange and white buoys ends at the wharf area with a ramp exit.

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Cafe Christine

Cafe Christine"Before moving to St. Croix 9 years ago, I lived in Nyack on the Hudson, just outside of Manhattan for 16 years," says Lisa Coates, new owner of Cafe Christine in Christiansted. "I operated Monkey Muffins, a small wholesale company that made all natural, bite-sized delights."

Lisa had been visiting St. Croix for 20 years and had actually worked with former owner, Christine Grassiot-Favaro, at Cafe Christine. When Christine made a decision to spend more time in France and with her children in the states, taking on the Cafe just seemed like the natural, 'next step' to Lisa.

She took over the 44-seat restaurant in May of last year. The sale included most the original recipes but Lisa has injected a few of her own. Fresh, local ingredients, varying with the season, are what gives Cafe Christine that healthy twist serving novelty salads and one hot special a day.

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Meet Cover Artist John Obafemi Jones

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cover-artist-obafemi-jones"I'm a visual artist. My intent as an artist is to create ways to make painting as ethereal as music. I frequently use jazz themes and icons because jazz and the blues are very much reflective of my environment, but more importantly because music as a whole has a complementary relationship with the visual arts.

I am intrigued by original art forms that extend the human ability to express thoughts and emotions. Improvisational aspects of jazz allow great freedom for the musician. Within the context of a free flowing improvisational solo there is structure. The improvisational solo has its own unique language, its own vocabulary and grammar. The content of my art originals are deeply rooted in the same emotional, expressive and literal qualities that are found in jazz and blues music. It is this aspect of my creations that gives it its voice and connects me to the work and makes it a part of me emotionally and spiritually.

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VI Bridal Guide: Wedding Culture

vi-bridal-guideIn my down time, I usually meet up with a good friend to exercise. Our conversations often include my job and the fun, interesting people I meet, the highlights from the weddings I shoot, and how each wedding is so unique. Recently she described her own wedding experience, mentioning how much she didn't know when she began the planning process. "Weddings are a culture, a culture I knew nothing about," she said. This description struck me.

Reflecting on it, she is correct. Weddings are a culture where customs, beliefs, dialects, dress, food, art, ideology, and rules exist. If you have traveled anywhere, even to another state, experiencing, learning, and understanding the ways of a new culture can be daunting. Although a Lonely Planet guide to wedding planning doesn't exist, resources abound. Viva la Internet!

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Furniture Traditions Linking Denmark and Our Islands

Furniture Traditions Linking Denmark and Our Islandsby Nina York

Among the most treasured mementos of the Danish West Indies are the splendid pieces of furniture, in most cases crafted of island mahogany that can be found in the homes of local residents. Precious heirlooms from their ancestral families, they are a link to the past that convey far more than the utilitarian function. The intricacies of design evolved from Danish and English traditions to a new, more imaginative, often whimsical style that was utilized by local joiners, as the furniture makers traditionally have been named.

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Two For the Road (Water): Teroro II & Dragon Fly

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Teroro II & Dragon Fly Buck Island Charters, with Captain Heinz and his son Carl, is one of the oldest charter boat companies sailing to Buck Island Reef National Monument. Captain Heinz, born in Austria, a beautiful country of mountains and lakes but no ocean, decided to see more of the world and learned to sail while working in Bermuda racing sailboats during his free time.

In 1964 Heinz saw his dreamboat sail into Bermuda Ð a trimaran design that sailed three times faster than the monohulls he had been racing. He met the owner/designer Arthur Piver and arranged to have one built in England, a 30-footer, and named her Teroro (Polynesian for Sun God). In 1966, he and his good friend Peter sailed her from England to Barbados in 21 days although, at that time, trimarans and catamarans were considered experimental boats and not widely accepted by the sailing world as safe ocean crossing vessels because of how much faster they went than monohulls.

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Seashell Exhibit

seashell-exhibitThe St Croix Seashell Society invites you to their first Seashell Exhibit at Fort Frederik, in Frederiksted. Local seashells and echinoderms are the focus with almost 400 on display, but worldwide seashells are also featured, as well as items made from seashells.

Glass-covered display cases are filled with local and international shells and exhibits provide information on local rules and regulations so that this valuable resource can be protected.

The St. Croix Seashell Society was recently formed and held their opening Gala on January 23 to hundreds of residents and visitors. A Seashell Art Exhibit that evening included the above painting by Christa-Ann Davis Molloy. In April The Society will celebrate National Library Week and The Week of the Young Child, April 12 - 18, with local story teller Veronica Gordon sharing her story of "Herman the Hermit Crab," who lives in a shell.

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Cruzan Open Regatta

cruzan-open-regattaOpen to all sailors on St Croix and other islands, The St Croix Yacht Club hosts its Cruzan Open Regatta, April 27th and 28th comprised of One Design racing boats from Optis to 420s. Racing for all boats will be within the Teague Bay area. Courses raced will be Windward Ð Leeward.

The Opti Class, a beginner sailing boat, has expanded rapidly in participation. The class is divided by age groups Ð White Fleet is 10 years and under, Blue Fleet, 11 to 12 years old and Red Fleet 13 to 15 years. The Green Fleet is made up sailors who are just beginning to sail. 20 to 30 Optis are expected out on the course this year. Most of our local high school sailors will be racing the 420 two-man boats. Sunfish and Lasers may be out racing as well.

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St. Croix's National Parks: A Glimpse into the Past

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st-croix-national-parks-part-4St. Croix's National Parks
A Glimpse into the Past: Salt River Bay

National Historical Park & Ecological Preserve
Joshua M. Torres, PhD - National Park Service, Cultural Resource Program Manager

Part 4 in a series

As both a historical park and ecological preserve, the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve (NHP&EP) (Figure 1) protects rich archeological evidence representing a mosaic of cultural groups potentially dating as far back as 2,000 years as well as dynamic coastal habitats representative of the diverse ecological setting on St. Croix. Because of its highly productive ecosystems, Salt River Bay has witnessed thousands of years of human habitation, resulting in rich layers of archeological and historic resources.

The "Taino" and "Kalinago" cultural groups, that encountered the Spanish in the bay on November 14, 1493, were the historical outcome of long-term social, cultural, and genetic exchanges between a variety of cultural and ethnic groups. Over the course of several thousand years, at least four distinct cultural groups migrated to, and settled in, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

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