St. John News

Local News about St. John and our villa

We’re not just remote villa owners. We’re on island nearly monthly, and our property manager, Kristen Cox, is a long time St. John resident who has raised her family on island. We are constantly keeping up with news of St.John and try to relay pertinent information about our rental villa and the island in general on to you.

August 3, 2012
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Kids stay free! at St John Great Expectations

Let your kids ‘drag’ you to St John  On-St John recently reported the tale of […]
August 4, 2012
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Tropical Storm Ernesto brings clouds but no harm to St John

St John gets clouds from far away Tropical Storm Ernesto We have no complaints […]
August 10, 2012

Above average snowfall predicted for 2012-2013! Solution? Head to Caribbean…

Live Weather Blogs prediction for this coming winter LiveWeatherBlog predicts especially big snows in […]
August 13, 2012
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What a difference a couple of days can make…in the Caribbean

This is the time of year that the Atlantic Ocean becomes a bit of […]
August 14, 2012
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(Another) pool soon come…

As property owners on St John we have found one constant and that is: […]
August 15, 2012
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Day #2 of the pool project and we are still smiling!

Note two machines in picture our wonderful backhoe driver, Joel aka ‘Rocka-Rock’, alternated between them […]
August 16, 2012
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Day 3 – Rain, Sun, and pool starting to be framed

Last night brought some wonderful rain. When we woke to gray clouds we thought […]
August 17, 2012
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Day 4 – Sun and lots of steel

We awoke to a wonderful Caribbean sky: View from our webcam (we actually have […]
August 20, 2012
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Day #5 was a mix of sun & rain & wood & plumbing; however, we are all eyes to the sky as we start week #2

The outline of the pool has been formed Day #5 was a mix of […]
August 21, 2012
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USVI represented in the Paralympic Games in London for very first time

Equestrian rider Lee Frawley will be the first athlete to represent the  U.S. Virgin […]
August 22, 2012
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Tropical Storm Isaac heads south of St John (we hope!)

As of right now (and we all know weather is totally unpredictable!) the National […]
August 22, 2012
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Tropical Storm Isaac’s path still tracks to the south of St John

FYI This is TS Issac from a few years back Our St John webcam […]
August 22, 2012
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The pictures from our St John villa as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches

Wednesday evening on St John and the weather is still OK… see you in […]
August 23, 2012
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Tropical Storm Isaac – as predicted – passes by to our south leaving St John unscathed

Most of yesterday was spent preparing for a guest that did not arrive – […]
August 23, 2012
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2 PM Thursday and Tropical Storm Isaac has passed St John but we are still feeling it

Our St John webcam is testament that Tropical Storm Isaac is still with us! […]
August 24, 2012
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V.I. Ecotours Offers kayaks and paddle boards at Honeymoon Beach on St John

One of the prettiest beaches on St John, which is accessible only by boat […]
August 27, 2012
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Tropical Storm Isaac has come & gone & Carlson Construction & their subcontractors are back at work laying rebar & plumbing for our new St John villa swimming pool

We love our plumbers, appropriately named Love City Plumbing: Jamel (left) and Joseph (right) […]
August 28, 2012
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St John comes together (again) to support a great cause — and have a bunch of fun at the same time

The turnout was as terrific as the weather photo thanks to Steve Simonsen This […]
August 29, 2012

Atlantic Blue Marlin Tournament starts in waters of the US Virgin Islands

With the Blessing of the Fleet at 6:15 AM Tuesday morning the 40th annual […]
August 30, 2012
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Foder’s Travel Guide showcases two of St John’s ‘undiscovered’ beaches

Reef Bay and Little Lameshur Bay To those who know (and love) St John, […]
August 31, 2012
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The commute to shopping or work from St John can be mighty tough

You can tell from the picture below that our friend Mary Anne Smith is […]
September 4, 2012
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Newest St John villa swimming pool – soon come!

Last week was sure a  busy one getting ready for the concrete pour on […]
September 7, 2012
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Walls go up on the newest pool on St John…

The walls – at least in plywood – are up on the pool Now […]
September 10, 2012
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Our new St John swimming pool is taking shape…literally!

The plywood forms for the pool walls are up and ready for the plumber […]
September 12, 2012
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Flamboyant trees mark the beginning of fall on St John (but not the end of ‘summer’ which is year round!)

From late spring through September the landscape of St John is on fire with […]
September 14, 2012
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If you let your kids see this schedule they will ‘make’ you move to the Virgin Islands!

These kids – and their parents – are doing something smart! Take a look at […]
September 17, 2012
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More progress on our St John Villa Swimming Pool…concrete pour for the walls, stairs, bench seat, and pump house base scheduled for this week!

Another week and our new St John swimming pool is taking more form…pun intended […]
September 19, 2012
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Good thing that St John is a little island! Gas prices are crazy!

With gas prices as they are this is how I fill up! Good thing […]
September 24, 2012
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Starfish (recycled glass ones) have been placed in our new St John pool — can water be far behind?

This past week, after receiving our building inspection sign off, we had another big concrete […]
September 27, 2012
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Our new St John swimming pool project is on the home stretch!

The pool has been ‘unveiled’ (aka the wooden concrete forms have been stripped away) […]
October 1, 2012
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Progress continues on our new pool; the infinity edge has been tiled!

The mosaic glass tile arrived last week by ship and has been installed  We […]
October 8, 2012
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Our new St John swimming pool is finished and fabulous!

Early morning view to the west overlooking Chocolate Hole Harbor from our new pool […]
October 24, 2012
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October Newsletter: St John has a new swimming pool!

Clouds reflecting off the water of our new pool in the early morningoverlooking Chocolate […]
October 29, 2012
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What do you do when a guest won’t leave your St John Villa?

Steve seems to be living in our new pool We actually have no complaints […]
November 5, 2012
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Love St John? Love great food? This is an event for you!

The Rotary Club of St John throws a mean party! This event, Flavors of […]
November 14, 2012
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Our November newsletter highlights new additions and St John (USVI) news

Great Expectations has a new pool (and bedroom)! One of our favorite repeat guests, […]
November 30, 2012
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Christmas Trees decorations helping the kids of St John

Mrs Larson and her class, with mom Petrolina and son Zack. The students are […]
December 4, 2012
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So you think you’re a photographer? If you love St John this contest is for you!

This is your chance to promote St John and win $15,000 at the same […]
December 10, 2012
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Great deals and good deeds for Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park

Once again St John business owners and lovers of St John’s fabulous National Park […]
December 13, 2012
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Caribbean skies light up with meteor showers

An E-Space reader captured this shot of the Geminids meteor shower St John is […]
December 31, 2012
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If you love the colors of the St John sunrise or sunset or waters then this blog is for you! And, as a bonus, you can now work directly with the artist.

Sloop Jones captures the beauty of our sunrises in his clothing St John is […]
January 2, 2013
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The last day of the year on St John…a mixed day but both of the ‘book-ends’ were pretty! Check out our St John webcams

The day started off with threatening skies note the rain shower on in the […]
January 8, 2013
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The 2013 Film Series kicks kicks off on St John

Can’t you just feel the waters and hear the waves break on the shore? […]
January 10, 2013
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These are just for you if you love the colors – and views – of St John

Hot off the press the January newsletter from Great Expectations: Artist Sloop Jones captures […]
January 11, 2013

Sail Evenstar: St. John and USVI National Park, Part II

Sail Evenstar: St. John and USVI National Park, Part II Welcome to St John! […]
January 14, 2013
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Trunk Bay St John from the Front and Back

There is something magical about St John and pictures of Trunk Bay capture this […]
January 18, 2013
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Love animals? Love St John? Then this party, raffle & auction are for you!

If you are on-island then party with the animals Saturday night! An Evening in […]
January 28, 2013
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It is that time of year around St John & St Thomas – look out for the whales!

This whale was spotted off St John, near Jost Van Dyke, during last year’s […]
February 4, 2013

Cuba comes to St John, USVI — at least on film

Support the St John Film Society’s 2013 season opening screening: Films from the 4th TRAVELLING […]
February 5, 2013

Movies under the stars on St John, USVI

What could be a better way to watch the movies than being on St […]
February 6, 2013
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Best BBQ on St John? There is a new contender on island!

Reggie’s BBQ is a bright, clean, outdoor setting right across from Island Blues (with […]
February 14, 2013
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All news and fun facts about the Caribbean and Tropics (and St John, of course)

After you have come in from the cold having shoveled the snow that blanketed […]
February 16, 2013
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St John Arts Festival 2013 – music & dancing is filling the island!

February 25, 2013
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Folk Life Festival comes to St John US Virgin Islands

For history buffs this year’s Folk Life Festival will be a dream. The theme […]
March 7, 2013
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Whales, Whales, and more whales — around St John

From our March newsletter….   Whale sightings are all around St John The website […]
March 8, 2013
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Beloved Woody’s on St John is sold

Sure we expect restaurants to come and go, especially on an island 1,000 miles […]
March 12, 2013
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Support St John and sail away

Every year the prizes get better and better and this year is no exception. […]
March 19, 2013
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Soon come: a Jimmy Buffett Original ‘Virgin Islands Margaritaville’ St Thomas Style

Thanks to the Virgin Islands Daily News reporting of Aldeth Lewin: Buffett,Wyndham share  vision […]
March 21, 2013
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Support St John’s kids and Enjoy a Day on the Water and Beach

This Saturday, March 23rd, the St John’s Coral Bay Yacht Club is once again […]
March 22, 2013
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Is there a such thing as a Free Ferry? Maybe, soon come between St Croix and St Thomas

If  Senate President Shawn-Michael Malone has her way this Alaskan ferry will become a […]
March 25, 2013
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Perfect weather around the Virgin Islands for the 40th Rolex Regatta

This weekend’s weather cooperated nicely for the 40th Rolex Regatta. Not a hardship to […]
March 28, 2013

Movies on St John – Learn about the Jamaican Underground Music Scene and Voodoo-Inspired Marching Music

St John Film Society presents:  4th TRAVELLING CARIBBEAN SHOWCASE OF FILMS  Spotlight on Caribbean […]
March 29, 2013
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Trip Advisor names St John as one of the World’s 10 Best Islands!

Trunk Bay St John, one of the most photographed beaches in the world With […]
April 2, 2013
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St Croix goes all out wining and dining April 14 – 20, 2013

Sunset BBQ takes place on the Pier in historic Frederiksted town Interested in wining […]
April 5, 2013
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St John newsletter – March and April happenings around the island

Our monthly St John newsletter for April which we distribute to all those who […]
April 12, 2013
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Wikipedia puts the US Virgin Islands at top of another ‘Tops of World’ list but this one is NOT one we want to be on!

What do the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, and the US Virgin Islands have in […]
April 16, 2013
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We are all ONE with Boston

The Boston Marathon is always a wonderful celebration and this year started no differently […]
April 17, 2013
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Beach to Beach Power Swim – Bring it on St John!

There are courses for all levels of swimmers If you are going to be […]
April 22, 2013
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Trunk Bay Free April 22 – April 26 in Celebration of National Parks Week

No admissions charge for Trunk Bay in recognition of National Parks Week Not that […]
April 25, 2013
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St Thomas – St John to have New Ferry Boats this Year

One of two 85-foot Catamarans being built for specifically for  the St Thomas – […]
April 26, 2013
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Kenny Chesney ‘Paying it Forward’ to the Virgin Islands Donates Portion of New Album Aptly Named ‘Life on a Rock’

Kenny Chesney‘s new album, Life On A Rock, is available in stores this next […]
May 15, 2013
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St John tops ‘best of’ lists (once again)!

Enjoy our May newsletter: Islands Magazine Best Beach 2013 Photography Contest HasSt John in Top Spot Island […]
May 16, 2013
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Green Flash appears to bid Maho Campgrounds Goodbye

May 15th was a feared date for many who love the Maho Bay Campgrounds. […]
May 20, 2013

Dog Gone Crazy Over St John

One of the best things that has happened on St John over the last […]
May 21, 2013
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Movie time on St John featuring ‘Rain’ (under the stars)

Where else in the world can you watch a movie, eat the world’s greatest […]
May 22, 2013
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Bush Tea becomes the ‘Official’ Local Beverage of the Virgin Islands McDonalds (France has Wine and Germany Beer)!

Lemon Grass serves as one of many types of ‘Bush Tea’   Bush tea […]
May 23, 2013
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Favorite snorkeling spots around St John?

  Snorkeling spot in Solomon Bay, St John Right up there debating the ‘best […]
May 28, 2013
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St John Beach to Beach Swimmers Fought Big Waves But No Rain

308 Swimmers Registered for the 10th Annual Power Swim The 10th annual Friends of […]
May 29, 2013
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Virgin Islands National Park Waters Now a ‘No Anchor’ Zone

Joe Kessler, President of the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park recently wrote the […]
May 30, 2013
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Caribbean Rum Wars Continue and and Bring in Vice President Biden to ‘Brutal’ Discussion

 Rum produced in the Virgin Islands has been at the center of a debate […]
May 31, 2013
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Satellite That Tracks Atlantic Weather Systems Fails on Eve of Hurricane Season Start Leaving Much of the East Coast and Caribbean in the Dark

This composite satellite image from Sunday shows a lack of data from GOES-13 over […]
June 3, 2013
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St John Waters Get Invaded Every Year (and not only by Tourists) And This Year You Can Participate

Steve Simonsen captured the migration  Love them or not, hermit crabs are prevelent on […]
June 4, 2013
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Carnival Season on St John Begins!

The Carnival flags went up (as tweeted by Gretchen Labrenz, owner of Cruz Bay […]
June 5, 2013
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Cruzan Rum Unveils New Campaign “The Don’t Hurry” Which Could Have Been Filmed On St John

Ever See this guy on one of the St John beaches?  Speaking of rum (and, […]
June 6, 2013
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St John Carnival 2013 Schedule of Events – This Year’s Theme is “Come and Explore the Culture Scene for Festival 2013”

If you have questions or want more information about any of these events you […]
June 7, 2013
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Get it on tonight! Beach Jam 2013 on St John…It is Carnival Baby!

The complete St John Carnival schedule for 2013…if you cannot make the Beach Jam […]
June 8, 2013
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Best Ribs on St John? Come out Tonight to Help St John Rescue and Devour Some Fabulous Ribs! What is not to like?

If you are lucky enough to be on St John today then do we […]
June 10, 2013
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First (Now Annual) St John Ribs Cook Off a Sold Out Event!

They had all the ingredients the good people from St John need in order […]
June 11, 2013
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When do you want to be on St John?

Enjoy our June newsletter (to subscribe go to lower, left section of this page): […]
June 12, 2013
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Want a Pain Killer Island Style (for either $800 or $8.00 can’t decide)?

Sign on St Thomas – St John Barge The other day we wandered up […]
June 13, 2013
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Time for Action on St John is NOW, not this Fall, or next Winter!

This section, one of 5 along a two-mile section of Centerline Road, is being […]
June 14, 2013
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Join in the St John Carnival Festivities – Bike Race this Saturday AM – Ride or Root for the Riders

While this year’s course has not been detailed, we can use last year’s route […]
June 17, 2013
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St John Film Debuts ‘The End Of The Line’ — An Ocean Without Fish?

A Fish-less Ocean – We cannot allow that to happen! On June 19 @ […]
June 18, 2013
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Parrots in the Wild Around St John

The blue, blue sky was a perfect backdrop to capture this parrot Many people […]
June 20, 2013
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USA Today puts St John on Yet Another List

No US passport = no problem for you to enjoy St John Trunk Bay […]
June 21, 2013
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Get Your Appetite Ready – St John Carnival Food Fair Opens this Sunday!

Enjoy the best of Caribbean cooking at the St John Food Fair! No diets […]
June 24, 2013
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Khadijah Lee Crowned St John Festival Queen and Faith Sweeney Princess St John 2013

Khadijah Ashiya Ann Lee as queen and Faith Marie Sweeney as princess – both […]
June 25, 2013
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St John Sailor Takes ‘Top Girl’ During International Optimist Regatta

113 Sailors competed during this past weekend The 21st International Optimist Regatta took place […]
June 28, 2013
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Enjoy Carnival Music This Coming Week on St John

July 8, 2013
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St John Artist & Filmmaker Seeks Crowdfunding

Repeating Islands reports that St Johnian artist & filmmaker, Andrea Leland, is at it […]