The Best of St. Croix
2009 Calendar of Events
January 1
New Year's Day (Holiday)
Caribbean Night Adult and Junior King and Queen of the Bands
Festival Village
January 2 (Holiday)
Children's Three Kings Parade - King Street, Frederiksted 10AM
Tonight showcases the entrants for King and Queen of the Bands. Their
elaborate costumes will be on stage for the contest.
January 3
January 4
Fun Day Festival Last Lap
January 19 - (Holiday)
Martin Luther King's Birthday
This year, the holiday is especially poignant because tomorrow, the first
Black President will be sworn into office in the United States.
February 7
Krewe de Barkus Dog Parade - Christiansted Boardwalk
January 24
St. Croix Animal Welfare Center's Fur Ball
Tonight is the annual Fur Ball benefit to assist in our island's premier
animal care center. There will be dinner and a silent auction of many items
to assist the shelter.
Once again, at 2PM today, the pooches will be strutting their fabulous
doggie costumes as the Doggie Parade gets underway. Lots of fun.
February 7
Krewe de Barkus Dog Parade - Christiansted Boardwalk
January 24
St. Croix Animal Welfare Center's Fur Ball
Tonight is the annual Fur Ball benefit to assist in our island's premier
animal care center. There will be dinner and a silent auction of many items
to assist the shelter.
Once again, at 2PM today, the pooches will be strutting their fabulous
doggie costumes as the Doggie Parade gets underway. Lots of fun.
Good Hope School Fine Arts Exhibit
The annual event that brings together local food, crafts and island farmers of
fresh produce and meat takes place over the three day weekend.
The collection of island art by artists on the island, again this year, is
nothing short of amazing. Creativity abounds!
February 21
Mardi Croix - St. Croix Style - Cane Bay
The parade begins at 12 Noon from Cane Bay beachside to LaVallee, from
West to East. Modelled after Mardi Gras.
February 24
Mardi Gras - New Orleans
February 21-22
St. Croix International Regatta - St. Croix Yacht Club
This weekend, the race runs from Teague Bay to Christiansted Habor
and back. This race included other islands in the Caribbean.
Fat Tuesday. Last day to eat meat and suffer all kinds of debauchery before
Holy Week begins.
February 28
African Dance Class - Black History Month
Free Session - St. Gerard's Hall Frederiksted
SEA's Masquerade Ball and Auction - The Palms at Pelican Cove
From 6PM - 10PM tonight, the St. Croix Environmental Association will host this
year's Masquerade Ball. The theme is SEAing Green. So come out with a green
green costume of your favorite sea creature and win a prize. There will also be a
live and a silent auction of 160 items.
February 25
Ash Wednesday
An afternoon of dancing to the beat of the drums. Good rythmic exercise
for both women and men, young and old. All are welcome to attend. No
one is immune to this beat, it is as familiar as the beat of your heart!
March 7
St. Croix Special Olympics Meet - 9:30AM
St. Croix Renaissance Recreational Center
Today our special athletes come out to show their expertise at a number of
track and field events. Come out and support these youngsters by
volunteering or spectating. Lets cheer them on!
Friends of Denmark - 2nd Annual Danish West Indian Night
St. Croix Country Club - Frederiksted
For their 45th Anniversary, the Friends of Denmark are displaying Danish
and Danish West Indian Cuisine complete with recipes. It is an opportunity
to see the original Danish recipes that inspired West Indian dishes such as
Red Grout. Dinner, quelbe and Danish music will be enjoyed from 5:30PM
to 9 PM.
March 15
St. Patrick's Day Parade - Christiansted Town 11AM
A raucous time is had by all as this parade wends its way up Company Street
across Prince Street and down King Street. The wearing of the green!
March 21
SEA's- Reptile Ramble - Southgate Coastal Reserve 9AM
Lessons about the environment and its creatures takes place this morning
for young and old. SEA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are hosts.
March 22
United Way's 8th Annual Chili Cookoff - Divi Carina Bay Resort
Come out on the beach for a taste of some great chili for a good cause.
Entries include both vegetarian and meat types of chili. 9AM to 6PM. The
winner goes on to the National Hili Cookoff in Terlingua Texas.
Spring Starving Artists Day - Whim Plantation Museum
Today is the Springtime show at Whim Greathouse. Local artists,
craftspeople and vendors will have items on hand and give
demonstrations from 10AM to 5PM.
March 31 - (Holiday)
Transfer Day
Today marks the official transfer of the islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas and
St. John from Denmark to the United States in 1917. The era of Danish rule
came to an end however islanders were not granted citizenship of the U.S.
until 1921.
April 8 -
Passover Begins
Tonight at 6PM Passover Begins. The commemoration of passage out of
slavery in Egypt into the promised land. This year Easter and Passover
coincide on the calendar similarly as they did in the year of Jesus' passion.
April 9 - (Holiday)
Holy Thursday
For those of the Catholic faith this day begins the Passion Weekend leading
up to Easter. Many Virgin Islanders take this holiday season to camp on the
beach for the long weekend.
April 10 - (Holiday)
Good Friday
April 12
Easter Sunday
The most joyful day of the Christian world. The Resurrection has come.
April 13 - (Holiday)
Easter Monday
An extra day off from work to recover from the celebration of the Resurrection.
Passover continues.
Five days of tennis action to benefit the Women's Coalition. Men's
Doubles, Women's Doubles and Mixed Doubles matches will be played.
April 16
St. Croix Foundation's 7th Annual Taste of St. Croix -
Divi Carina Bay Resort
April 22
Earth Day - Solar House Tour
Today, Mother Earth needs our help more than ever. Earlier this week we had
the opportunity to tour the new Solar House at Green Cay on the East End.
Tonight from 6PM to 9PM the St. Croix Foundation hosts one of the largest
food events on the island. Chefs from numerous restaurants vie for the crown.
Tastings of food and wine from many of St. Croix' fine establishments will be
available for sampling by a select sampling of the island's food lovers.
Tickets for this event are scooped up fast!
April 18
1st Annual Arroz con Pollo Contest - Florence Williams Library
This Chicken and Rice contest is for the benefit of the Florence Williams
Public Library's Spanish Wing. Many cooks from several Latin American
countries vie for the title of best cook of Arroz con Pollo.
May 1
Ironman Jump-Up - Christiansted Town 6PM -10pm
The Christiansted Restaurant & Retail Association puts on this special
event to welcome the Iron Man Triathlon athletes.
May 3
Half Ironman 70.3 Triathlon

Jazz Vespers - St. Croix Reformed Church - La Reine Hill
This free performance "Hangin' with Hennes" features original music
and more. Free Will Offering. Light refreshments.
May 1 - (Holiday)
Carnival Children's Parade - St. Thomas
With Carnival in full swing in St. Thomas, the whole territory gets the day
off to travel to St. Thomas and enjoy the festivities. St. Thomas gets off
Wednesday and Thursday in addition for their Food Fair and J'ouvert.
May 10
Mother's Day
STX Sankofa - 3rd Annual Mothers Dance Brunch and Performance
June 13
Battle at the Beach - Karate Competition
May 25 - (Holiday)
Memorial Day
This year's Brunch and Performance will be held at the Reading Rainbow
Great Hall in Upper Love from 12 Noon to 4:30PM. This event benefits five
dance scholarship recipients by sending them to study at the Zawadi School
of African Dance in Atlantic City, NJ and the Kankouran West African Dance
Company in Washington, DC. Call 340-772-2079 for tickets and
information.
May 9
CMCA -1st Annual What a Kalalloo! Contest - Frederiksted
Today from 11AM is the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts Kalalloo
contest. Who will emerge the best? To benefit the art center.
June 21
Father's Day
Horse Races at Randall "Doc" James Racetrack - 1PM
July 5
Mango Melee
St. George Village Botanical Gardens 12 Noon - 6:30PM
Come out to view and taste mangoes in all of their various forms and concoctions.
Demonstrations and workshops, vendors and food contests, children's games and
garden tours. Many activities for the entire family for the entire day.
July 3 - (Holiday)
Virgin Islands Emancipation Day
Today marks the anniversary of the freeing of the slaves on July 3, 1848 from what
was then known as the Danish West Indies. Governor von Scholten's proclamation of
freedom was read from the ramparts of Fort Frederik in Frederiksted. This action was
forced by the uprising of the enslaved lead by General Buddhoe, Moses Gottlieb.
5:30AM - Walk to Freedom from Fort Christiansvaern to Fort Frederik led by Senator
Terrence 'Positive" Nelson.
Noon - Food Sale in buddhoe Park, Frederiksted
4:00PM - Mario Moorhead and Carlyle Corbin, historians will detail the Emancipation
legacy and what it means today.
7:30PM - Quadrille in Buddhoe Park with music by Native Rhythm Band
July 4
Independence Day
Today marks the United States first day of independence in1776 from the rule of
Great Britain. A new constitution, modelled partly on Thomas Paine's The Rights of
Man was formed as a 'great experiment' to try the hypothesis that man could live,
civilly and socially, a life of freedom and equality with inalienable rights and limited
government.
Horse Racing - Randall "Doc" James Racetrack - Posttime 1PM
June 28
Gentlemen of Jones Emancipation Donkey Races 1PM
Paul E. Joseph Stadium - Frederiksted
Today is the 4th Annual Donkey Race Day sponsored by the Gentlemen of
Jones and the Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Committee as the first leg of the
Emancipation celebrations. The last race is the Jackass Cup - all are welcome.
July 2
Emancipation Tea Meeting - Fort Frederik, Frederiksted 7:30PM
This evening it is a fun time of laughs, singing, poetry, tea and all around fun
at the annual tea meeting for the Emancipation Week of celebrations.
July 10
Alexander Hamilton Jump Up - Christiansted Town
The Christiansted Restaurant and Retail Association once again is putting on the
special Jump Up to honor Alexander Hamilton. Stores and restaurants will be
open late for your enjoyment.
Adults Three Kings Parade
King Street Frederiksted 10AM
February 14-16
Presidents' Day Weekend (Holiday)
Valentine's Day (14th)
Agricultural Fair
This cookoff is sponsored by the Krewe de Croix as one of their yearly
competitions held on the Northside of the island at Cane Bay.
July 18
Town Hall Meeting - Buddhoe Park - Frederiksted
Meet and speak face to face with an assembly of Senators representing our
islands. Convey your concerns and suggestions.

Rib Cookoff - Coconuts on the Beach - Frederiksted
First Rib Cookoff sponsored by Coconuts on the Beach. Live Music.
September 7 - (Holiday)
Labor Day
September 18
Rosh Hashanah
Tonight at sunset begins the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah or the New Year.
September 26
Open House Government House - Frederiksted
The Old Danish School has been refurbished under the direction of Architect
William Taylor to better than its former glory. The old building has been turned
into new offices for the Governor and his staff.
September 27
Yom Kippur
Tonight is Kol Nidre, the beginning of the Day of Atonement in the Jewish calendar.
This holiday lasts for two days.
September 22
Autumn Begins
My favorite time of year.
October 1
Contract Day
1878 Fireburn Re-enactment - UCA Headquarters Frederiksted
Witness the facts leading up to the burning of Frederiksted and parts of the
countryside. Then take part in the torchlight re-enactment of the burning itself.
October 3
Cookoff - Gallows Bay v. Bethlehem
This cooking match between two neighborhoods will determine whose
bragging is backed up by a cooking fire.
October 9 - 11
Virgin Islands Puerto Rico Friendship Village
The Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico share a lot of history and this
weekend is set aside to commemorate our shared past, present and
future.

October 12 (Holiday)
Columbus Day
It was in 1493 that Columbus first landed in St. Croix at Salt River Bay.
It was there that he lost a few men in a fight with the Kalinago (Caribs) who
inhabited the island and for whom the Caribbean is named.
November 11
Veteran's Day
A day set aside to remember all those who have fought in wars and/or lost their
lives in those struggles.
November 26
Thanksgiving Day