Category: Caribbean Culture

How Did Cariso Begin?

By Cedelle Petersen-Christopher Cariso is a melodic memory of our African past. It is an art form that was brought to the Virgin Islands and the rest of the Caribbean during the enslavement of West Africans. It is a form of communication that was done secretly so that the slave master could not understand. It […]

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Virgin Islands Transfer Day – To Celebrate or Not to Celebrate

By Dr. Eugene A. Petersen Many times we jump on a band wagon because people that we like or trust are on the band wagon. I would like to suggest that we begin to think for ourselves and in order to process reasonable thoughts we must educate ourselves and be aware of the facts. Our […]

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Great Foods of St. Croix

By Dr. Denise Bennerson Recently, St. Croix Virgin Islands has been recognized in the media for preparing great fresh Caribbean food – which is wonderful; however for those of us that live on St. Croix – traditional fresh food – sometimes referred to as ‘from farm to table’ is nothing new. We have always had […]

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Historical West End Masqueraders

An Interview with Asta Williams, By Denise Bennerson During an interview with  Ms. Asta Williams, a cultural icon, historian, story teller, arts and craft extraordinaire, and owner and director of West End Masqueraders, she stated… Culture is the thing you live. The down-to-earth way you live, your food, your customs, the things you learn from […]

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Quadrille

By Deborah O. Caines Quadrille in the Virgin Islands is a traditional folk dance. It is similar to a square dance and is a combination of French and African cultural influences. It was introduced to the Virgin Islands in the late 1700s and was usually performed by the French Europeans at balls and fetes of […]

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A Cultural Cookbook

By Dr. Catherine Milligan Terrell “Meh son, le me mekase gu a Exira’s Kitchen Fu a me din, din” (My son let me hurry up and go to Exira’s Kitchen for my food). This is a cookbook with a delectable compilation of recipes that were passed along three generations of Cruzans—from the author’s maternal grandmother, […]

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Green Weddings on St. Croix – FAQs for Engaged Couples

By Shelli Brin What is a green wedding? It is when a couple is environmentally conscious about the way they host their event; that it is environmentally friendly on the place where they have their event. They take active steps to either minimize negative impacts and/or increase positive impacts on that destination. Something to keep […]

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2015 St. Croix Caribbean Wedding Expo

By Denise Bennerson On January 25, 2015 the St. Croix Caribbean Wedding Expo was held at the Sunshine Mall in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. What a journey! It was Grand! Participants included Brides and Grooms to be, TV’s TLC Celebrities Chef Dana Herbert, owner of Desserts by Dana, winner of Cake Boss: Next Great […]

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Must See Places – St. Croix, Virgin Islands

  Frederiksted and Christiansted are the two main towns on St. Croix. Eliza James-McBean Clock Tower and Ann E. Abramson Marine Facility. Strand Street, Frederiksted Cruzan Gardens offers an assortment of vegetation with tropical flowers plus the oldest and largest nursery and landscape company since 1963. Midland Road in Estate Calquoun St. George Village Botanical […]

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The Rings

By Wayne Gerard Jr. It all started when I told my girlfriend, Heidi Henry, now turned wife I was going to buy her an $800 ring as a joke. The reply to the joke was “you’re not putting a cheap ring on my finger and it has to take up space.” At that point I […]

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