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 • Avant-garde Photographer Previews New Work
 • St Barths Bucket Regatta 2011
 • On the Horizon
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 • 9th Edition of the St Barth Theatre Festival
 • 10th Edition of the Transat AG2R
 • St Barth Film Festival Highlights Haiti
 • Third Edition of the St Barth Book Festival
 • On the Horizon
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 • La Poste Promotes "Les Voiles de Saint Barth"
 • 15th Annual St Barth Bucket
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 • Exhibit at Les Artisans
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St. Barts Travel & News Blog   Events

May 10, 2011

Avant-garde Photographer Previews New Work

From Palm Desert Patch:

April 19, 2011 Los Angeles-based photographer Peter Eaton Gurnz presents a sneak preview of his recent collaboration with supermodel Masha Rudenko. The dramatic collection of images is part of a show which opens on St. Barts in August at Valentine de Badereau Gallery, Tom Beach Hotel.

January 31, 2011

St Barths Bucket Regatta 2011

The annual St. Barths Bucket Regatta is scheduled for March 24 through March 27 this year. Visit their website for more information.

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Photo courtesy of and copyright of the owner/photographer.

June 16, 2010

On the Horizon

June 26, 2010
Gustavia fête la Musique -- Hosted by St Barth Harmony and the Tourism Committee, this music festival will present musicians, singers and artists of St Barth.

July 17, 2010
Fête de l'Anse des Cayes -- First of the beach festivals: games, competitions, food, drink, music, dancing

July 24-25, 2010
Fête des Quartiers du Nord -- Beach festival of Flamands: regatta, games, food, drink, music, fireworks

August 7-8, 2010
Fête des Quartiers du Vent - Beach festival of Lorient: regatta, competitions, food, drink music, fireworks.

May 19, 2010

On the Horizon

June 26, 2010
Gustavia fête la Musique -- Hosted by St Barth Harmony and the Tourism Committee, this music festival will present musicians, singers and artists of St Barth.

July 17, 2010
Fête de l'Anse des Cayes -- First of the beach festivals: games, competitions, food, drink, music, dancing

July 24-25, 2010
Fête des Quartiers du Nord -- Beach festival of Flamands: regatta, games, food, drink, music, fireworks

August 7-8, 2010
Fête des Quartiers du Vent - Beach festival of Lorient: regatta, competitions, food, drink music, fireworks.

May 13, 2010

9th Edition of the St Barth Theatre Festival

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It's been a busy year with all of the sailing regattas, the St Barth Music Festival, the St Barth Film Festival and now the St Barth Theatre Festival. And, soon to begin are all of the island beach festivals. The St Barth Theatre Festival, which is organized by the local nonprofit organization SB Artists, runs from May 14 through May 23. All performances begin at 8:00 pm and will be presented in the Salle de Spectacle, next to the Catholic church in Gustavia. To make reservations, call 06 90 64 15 41 or email sbartists.saintbarth@gmail.com. Tickets are on sale at St Barth Evasion.

Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May, 15
"Cours Toujours" - a one-scene show.

Sunday, May 16 and Monday, May 17
"Les Loupiotes" - a mime duet

Thursday, May 20 and Friday, May 21
"Paradise" -- musical production with SB Artists that portrays the final hours of a cabaret that is to be demolished to make way for a luxury hotel

Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23
"A Fond a Caisee" - a comedy with SB Artists about the daily life of four cashiers and their manager who will soon be disturbed by the arrival of a new employee

May 9, 2010

10th Edition of the Transat AG2R

The 25th and final boat in this year's Transat AG2R arrived on May 14. This is a transatlantic sailboat race where all of the sailboats are identical and have a crew of two people. The sailboats departed the French port of Concarneau in April. Every day that the sailors arrived, they were greeted and cheered by crowds on the quay, followed by bands, dancing and drink. You can check the following site for three web cams of tonight's activity: http://transat.ag2rlamondiale.fr/fr/s12_view_webcam/s12p01_view_webcam.php?bigcamcur=1?dummy=1273630374495 . T-shirts and polo shirts commemorating the Transat AG2R have been on sale for 15 euros and 20 euros, respectively, at La Case Piment Vert, La Route des Boucaniers restaurant and at the entrance to Marché U in St Jean. As this event takes place once every two years, the next one will be this time in 2012. Plenty of time to make your reservations!

April 17, 2010

St Barth Film Festival Highlights Haiti

Film-Festival.jpg The 15th edition of the St Barth Film Festival will be held April 24-30. This year, the films chosen will mostly be works from Haiti. According to festival founders Joshua Harrison and Ellen Lampert-Gréaux, a primary goal of the film festival has always been to present the reality of life in the Caribbean. How more fitting could it be that this year's focus is on Haiti? As usual, this year's lineup looks to be a fascinating view of the Caribbean. All the films are in their original language, with subtitles in French. For more information, visit the film festival's website.

Saturday, April 24, 8:00 pm, A.J.O.E., Lorient
El Benny by Jorge Luis Sánchez, presented by producer Iohamil Navarro
126 minutes, Cuba, 2006
El Benny portrays the life of Benny More, who captured the big-band Afro-Cuban sound of the 1950s.


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April 16, 2010

Third Edition of the St Barth Book Festival

Many events are planned for this year's Book Festival, which takes place April 12 through April 20.

Monday, April 12 - Friday, April 16
Programs in schools

Thursday, April 15
Book and poetry readings followed by dinner at Le Tamarin with the invited authors.

Saturday, April 17
Workshops and conferences
8:30 am - noon
Workshop with Bruno Gazzotti to learn about the work of a cartoonist. Espace Météo, free and open to the public.
12:15 p m
Broadcast on Radio St Barth
6:30 pm
Conference with Géraldine Danon and Philippe Poupon with a showing of a video on their adventure and their book Une fleur dans les glaces (A Flower in the Ice). In Gustavia at the Salle Paroissiale at La Capitainerie on the quay. Free.

Sunday, April 18
Performances at the quay in front of the Wall House
9:00 am - 12:30
Meetings and dedications with all the authors who are present, animations for the children, book exchange, a UNESCO stand, exhibition of the children's work
9:45 am
Awarding of prizes to young writers
10:30 am
Awarding of prizes to adult writers
1:30 pm
Picnic, 15 euros/person. For reservations, call 05 90 52 09 01.

Tuesday, April 20, 8:30 pm
An evening of Chopin and poetry interpretations.

April 12, 2010

On the Horizon

April 12-20, 2010
Third Annual Book Festival

April 25-30, 2010
St Barth Film Festival

May 14-16, 2010
The Championship St Barth Trophy CFN/Amex chess tournament

May 2010
Transat Ag2r

March 16, 2010

On the Horizon

March 26-28, 2010
St Barth Bucket 2010

April 6-11, 2010
Les Voiles de St Barth - A race among the world's finest yachts

April 12-20, 2010
Third Annual Book Festival

April 25-30, 2010
St Barth Film Festival

May 14-16, 2010
The Championship St Barth Trophy CFN/Amex chess tournament

May 2010
Transat Ag2r

La Poste Promotes "Les Voiles de Saint Barth"

The first edition of "Les Voiles de Saint Barth," a race among the world's finest sailing yachts, will take place April 6-11. To promote this new event, La Poste has issued 5,000 pre-stamped envelopes with a visual image representing this race and with postage from St Barth to metropolitan France. The envelopes went on sale on March15 at the three post offices on the island.

15th Annual St Barth Bucket

St-Barth-Bucket.jpg Thirty-nine of the world's most majestic and spectacular racing yachts will gather in St Barth for the15th edition of the St Barth Bucket during March 26-28. Although there were 55 applications, the committee decided to limit the size and accepted 39 yachts. The committee has added a few new rules to ensure the safety of all the vessels. Originally, it was thought sufficient if the sailboats could turn and stop quickly. However, as the size of the sailing yachts has increased significantly over the years, a few additions to the rules were necessary. In this year's race, the boats must keep a distance of 40 meters between themselves at all times. Also, faster boats must pass outside the slower boats at turning marks. Technology will also be used to ensure safety. Crew will be able to communicate with each other via VHF to ensure safe crossings. In addition, the AIS radar tool will be used to identify the position of all boats, as well as their course and speed. Each boat will also have a safety tactician to monitor the boat's course and interact with the captain. It's not a small feat to organize an event like this! This year, the Bucket organizers hope to donate a "life-pack" - a first-aid tool for saving lives - to the De Bruyn Hospital. The races start at 11:00 am each day.

March 5, 2010

On the Horizon

March 26-28, 2010
St. Barth Bucket 2010

April 6-11, 2010
Les Voiles de St. Barth - A race among the world's finest yachts

April 25-30, 2010
St. Barth Film Festival

May 14-16, 2010
The Championship St. Barth Trophy CFN/Amex chess tournament

May 2010
Transat Ag2r

March 2, 2010

Exhibit at Les Artisans

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Starting on February 26, Lisa Svedberg will be exhibiting her jewelry at Les Artisans, a jewelry shop in Gustavia on the street to the left of Le Select. Lisa was a student of the Worcester Art Museum School and a graduate of the Worcester Center of Crafts in Massachusetts who has over 20 years of experience in designing and creating jewelry of high carat gold and platinum with unusually cut precious gemstones. To see more photos of her unique designs, visit www.LisaSvedberg.com or stop by Les Artisans if you're on the island.

February 17, 2010

On the Horizon

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Makana to Grace the Island with His Music

Makana-St-Barth.jpg Who is Makana? Esquire Magazine stated that he is considered "the greatest living player" of slack key guitar. Just last year, the National Geographic Society hosted Makana in a concert that was recorded for the NGS Music Channel series "Geo Sessions." His first album was voted the "Best CD" by readers of the Honolulu Weekly. As well, he has earned the "Best World Music Album" and "Adult Contemporary Album of the Year at the Hawaii Music Awards. Last year he played on the island during the time of the music festival. Now, he is returning to share his music again in two venues. On Friday, February 19, Makana will perform an intimate dinner concert at the Hôtel Le Toiny's restaurant Le Gaïac at 8:00 pm during a three-course dinner. Seats are limited to 60, so make your reservations early. On Saturday, February 20, he'll be in concert at the Zion Garden in Saline at 8:00 pm. For an entry price of only 10 euros, you should not miss this. How beautiful to hear the enchanting slack key guitar music of Hawaii under the stars. To sample some of his beautiful music, visit http://www.myspace.com/makanaworld.

February 8, 2010

Les Voiles de St. Barth Regatta

With three months to go to the start of this new event on the international sailing calendar, everyone in the Voiles de Saint Barth organising committee is hard at work sorting out the racing details, but they are also looking at the entertainment and festive features of the event. The teams under the authority of the president, Bruno Magras, assisted by Luc Poupon and François Tolède, have been working on the major features in the programme, which will bring together the finest boats racing in the Caribbean.

For more information, visit the regatta's website, www.lesvoilesdesaintbarth.com

January 31, 2010

On the Horizon

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January 29, 2010

Pre-Carnaval Celebrations Continue

carnaval.jpg Only about two more weeks remain until Carnaval on February 16! Get your costumes ready and prepare to party and be entertained. Meanwhile, every Sunday evening, a group will parade through the streets of Gustavia starting on La Pointe around 6:00 pm and ending up in front of La Cantina around 7:00 pm. This Sunday's theme, presented by the group YOUNGZ, is "Tourists" and the "dress code" will be holidays. The photo at the left shows the drum group as they started off on La Pointe last Sunday.

January 26, 2010

One Week Dedicated for Discovering Biodynamic Wines

February 8-13 will be a great week for wine lovers. Jean-Baptiste Bars, the owner of Absolutely Wine in Grand Fond, has organized a week-long program to introduce biodynamic wines to St. Barth. The production of biodynamic wines can be compared with the principals of organic farming. Representatives from four French vineyards who follow this practice to produce their wines will be on hand to explain the process during presentations that will be followed by wine tastings. Dinners that showcase the wines will be hosted the evenings of February 9-13 at five different restaurants.

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January 21, 2010

Bits and Pieces

Discounts on the Exchange Rate Finally, a couple of businesses in St. Barth are following the trend on the French side of St Martin by giving tourists a break in the high euro-to-dollar exchange rate. Le Bête à Z'ailes, a bar, restaurant and night spot for live music on the harbor in Gustavia (also known as BAZ) is offering a slight discount 1.00 euro for a $1.35. B4, the restaurant that used to be Le Sapotillier in Gustavia, is offering a great deal at 1 euro = $1.00. Hopefully, others will follow suit.

Stadium to Reopen in Late February The sports stadium in St Jean has been closed since mid-October while work is underway to install artificial turf and a running track with a synthetic surface. The work is being paid for by Roman Abramovitch, owner of a British soccer league who recently bought a 70-acre villa compound in Gouverneur.

January 16, 2010

Still a Few Days Left to Enjoy the Music Festival

This year's annual Music Festival is almost over, but you still have four days to enjoy the shows. There is no reserved seating, so it would be best to arrive early as the shows are quite popular.

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January 14, 2010

Its Never too Soon for Carnaval!

Although Carnaval is February 16, the fun is starting now to help get everyone in the spirit. Every Sunday evening until Carnaval, a group will parade through the streets of Gustavia with costumes of a different theme each week. They depart at 6:00 pm from La Pointe and end up in front of La Cantina on the harbor in Gustavia around 7:00 pm.

January 11, 2010

Bits and Pieces

The new La Gloriettte opened on January 5 on the site of the previous Cocoloba in Grand Cul de Sac. Come eat with your feet in the sand and enjoy their chaise lounges on the beach. Welcome back!

The Tom Beach Hotel on the beach in St Jean is offering a special from January 20 through February 10 if you stay two nights or more. For 395 euros/night, you'll get airport transfers, a double room, Continental breakfast, a welcome cocktail and gift, and a rental car. For reservations, email tombeach@wanadoo.fr or call 05 90 27 53 13.

Chess Tournament The Master of Gustavia chess tournament will take place on Saturday, January 23 at 2:00 pm. The tournament is open to novice players, unconfirmed and unlicensed, starting at age 7. At 8:00 am on the same day, the "Challenges" tournament will be held for licensed players. For information, call 06 90 5512 14.

January 10, 2010

26th Annual St. Barth Music Festival

The time is quickly approaching for the much anticipated St. Bart's Music Festival - almost two weeks of spectacular music. This year's festival takes place from January 12 through January 20, 2010. Tickets are for sale at the tourist office beginning Monday January 4. Advance tickets at 10% discount are available January 4 through 9. If you plan on attending several events, you can buy a "Season Pass Book" for 10% less than individual tickets. There is no reserved seating, so it would be best to arrive early as the shows are quite popular.

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January 7, 2010

On the Horizon

February 8-13, 2010
Discovery Week on Biodynamic Wines

February 16, 2010
Carnaval

March 26-28, 2010
St. Barth Bucket 2010

April 6-11, 2010
Les Voiles de St. Barth - A race among the world's finest yachts

April 25-30, 2010
St. Barth Film Festival

May 2010
Transat Ag2r

January 2, 2010

Performances Aboard La Loupiote

The sailboat, La Loupiote, which is currently anchored in Gustavia, is the locale for a few days for shows combining circus, dance and theater. For the last five years, La Loupiote has traveled the world presenting its shows. Shows will be presented on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from January 16 through January 20. The couple, Franck and Delphine, use parts of the sailboat as props in their shows. The first show, "The Navigators," is inspired by Buster Keaton and silent films. The second show, "Between Island and Wing," is about relationships between men and women. The shows last 20 minutes and are free, although donations are appreciated.

January 16, January 20, January 22 and January 23: "The Navigators" at 6:00 pm and "Between Island and Wing" at 7:30 pm.

December 28, 2009

Carnaval Brazilian Style?

The association St. Barth Allegria in inviting all its members who want to take part in the preparation of a traditional Brazilian carnival to come forward. They are also planning to hold workshops of folk dances typical of various areas of Brazil. For more information, send an email to stbarthalegria@hotmail.com or call 06 90 88 85 05.

New Year's Eve at the Indigo

indigo-new-years.jpg The Guanahani Hotel & Spa in Grand Cul de Sac is hosting a New Year's Eve event at its beachside restaurant Le Indigo. The buffet menu is 290 euros, followed by fireworks and music by DJs on the beach.

For more information or to make reservations, call 05 90 52 90 00.

December 27, 2009

On the Horizon

January 12-20, 2010
St. Barth Music Festival - schedule to come

February 8-13, 2010
Discovery Week on Biodynamic Wines

February 16, 2010
Carnaval

March 26-28, 2010
St. Barth Bucket 2010

April 6-11, 2010
Les Voiles de St. Barth - A race among the world's finest yachts

April 25-30, 2010
St. Barth Film Festival

May 2010
Transat Ag2r

Bits and Pieces

Chez Ginette, a locally owned bar in Anse des Cayes, was recently destroyed by an electrical fire. Ginette made probably over 50 types of flavored rums and was featured on a Food Network "Taste of the Caribbean" series hosted by Alton Brown. The bar was a fun place to play pool, bélote (a French card game) and Scrabble as well as a place to listen to music on Fridays and Saturdays. An island institution has come to an end.

La Marine, a restaurant on the harbor on La Pointe in Gustavia, has with The Yacht Club and is now called Le Restaurant and Sushi Bar. It's open 7 days a week from 7:00 pm.

The new incarnation of La Gloriette in Grand Cul de Sac is scheduled to open December 15.

"Blue Zone" parking, as described in an earlier issue of News Bytes, will start on December 15.

December 22, 2009

Rockin' at Eden Roc for New Year's Eve

eden-roc-hotel.jpgNew Year's Eve is just around the corner and, as usual, there will be many events from which to choose among on the island. For the third year, the Eden Roc hotel in St Jean is hosting what is sure to be a spectacular party. D&K Events is organizing the event in conjunction with the hotel. Start the evening with cocktails followed by a multi-course gourmet dinner in the "On the Rocks" restaurant. At midnight, as we enter 2010, fireworks will explode over the bay of St Jean. After that, it's dancing on the beach til you drop to the music of DJs from St. Barth and London under a full moon. 500 euros per person will reserve you a spot for the gourmet dinner and 1/2 bottle of Dom Pérignon. A VIP table at the Sand Bar for the "After Party" will cost you a mere 6000 euros per table for six people! But, this does include two bottles of Dom Pérignon and a magnum of Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque.

For more information, visit www.nyeparty.edenrockhotel.com or call 06 90 35 55 82 to make reservations.

December 2, 2009

On the Horizon

December 4-5, 2009
2009 Telethon

January 12-20, 2010

St. Barth Music Festival - schedule to come

February 8-13, 2010
Discovery Week on Biodynamic Wines

March 26-28, 2010

St. Barth Bucket 2010

April 6-11, 2010

Les Voiles de St. Barth - A race among the world's finest yachts

May 2010
Transat Ag2r

Bits and Pieces

A Competition for Window Displays For the first time, the Tourism Committee is organizing a competition for window displays among the merchants of Gustavia and St Jean. Although they don't specifically say that the window displays will have a Christmas theme, it seems likely since the last day for registration is December 11.

Tendances, the home furnishings store in Anse de Cayes and Gustavia, is holding a sale with prices reduced up to 60% before their final closing.

La Rotisserie, which recently closed and changed ownership, is open once again. This very popular shop in St Jean, with a branch in Gustavia, prepares excellent dishes to go or to eat in their small, but pleasant dining area and has added a salad bar - perhaps the first in St. Barth. The shop also offers breads and pastries plus a nice variety of gourmet items such as wines, chocolates, olive oils and confitures among others. The location in St Jean also includes an outdoor snack bar.

Telethon 2009

Each year the Lions Club of St. Barth participates in the French fund-raising Telethon. This year the "Center of Promise" for the Iles du Nord will be held in St. Barth at the marina in Gustavia on December 4 and 5. M. Adolphe Brin, who is in charge of the details this year, has urged all the schools, associations, radio stations and residents to participate.

November 20, 2009

St. Barth Cata Cup 2009

St-Barth-Cata-Cup%20-2009.jpgThe second edition of the St. Barth Cata Cup will take place November 20, 21 and 22 on the beach in St Jean. Organized by the Association of Saint-Barth Multihulls and the Nautical Center of Saint-Barth, the race is open to catamarans for sport and has already reached its limit of 35 crews. Three days of regattas and events are planned at La Plage restaurant and on the beach. The boats will depart at 9:30 am on Friday, November 20; at 9:30 am on Saturday, November 21; and at 10:00 on Sunday, November 21.

Saturday's events include a wind-surfing exhibition by the members of CNSB at 3:00 pm and salsa music by the group San Juan-Habana following an 8:00 pm dinner at La Plage. At 2:00 on Sunday, there will be an exhibition of Optimist sailboats by young members of the St. Barth Yacht Club, followed by an awards ceremony at 4:00 pm for the wind-surfers and the Optimist sailors.

The three-day event will conclude with an awards ceremony for the Cata Cup racers and music by San Juan-Habana. For more information, visit www.stbarthcatacup.com.

October 23, 2009

Ferry Plans Special Trip

If you've been keeping up with the news, you know that Le Select is celebrating its 60th anniversary November 6-8 this fall. And that Jimmy Buffet and his Coral Reefer band will be giving a free concert on the quay on November 7. Word is that hotels and villas are already pretty well booked. But, the Great Bay Express ferry that runs between St Maarten and St. Barth has scheduled a special round-trip voyage for that evening for 80 euros. The boat will leave Philipsburg at 6:30 pm and arrive in St. Barth 45 minutes later. It will depart Gustavia at 11:30 pm and arrive in Philipsburg at 12:15 a.m. Also, on Monday, November 9, Marius Stakelborough, the founder and owner of Le Select and the real reason for the big celebration, is inviting everyone to visit a small museum that he started to record the history of his life on the island and how things have changed. And have they ever! From a time of no electricity, no running water, no cars, no TVs, no Hermes and Gucci to a highly developed oasis with a plethora of excellent hotels and restaurants, designer boutiques, mini-Coopers and a harbor full of yachts!

October 14, 2009

On the Horizon

November 6-8, 2009
Le Select celebrates its 60th anniversary

November 20-22, 2009
St. Barth Catacup, St Jean beach

January 12-20, 2010
St. Barth Music Festival - schedule to come

March 26-28, 2010
St. Barth Bucket 2010

Fifth Edition of the Soualiga Challenge

The Soualiga Challenge is a kayak race between St. Barth and St Martin that is organized by the Federation of Canoes of the Dutch West Indies. It is part of the Surfski.info World Series, the third event of the Caribbean Ocean Racing Cup 2009 and part of the Caribbean Mini Tour 2009. This year, the kayakers will depart from the port of Gustavia on Sunday, October 4 at 9:15 am. Thirty crews have already registered and represent world-class kayakers from Australia, the United States, Spain, Italy, France, South Africa, Guadeloupe, Antigua, St Maarten and St Martin. Benoit Leroux from France will be defending his title from 2008. The channel between St. Barth and St Martin is 25 km and normally experiences winds of 15 knots and swells of 1.5 meters. For more information or to register, you can send an email to thebrowns@domaccess.com or call 590 590 87 74 68.

UPDATE: Oops, this event has already taken place...updates about results to come!

May 19, 2009

On the Horizon

May 29-31, 2009
Chess Championship, Guanahani & Spa

November 5-8, 2009
Blues Festival

November 6-8, 2009
60th Anniversary Party at Le Select in Gustavia

CFN to Co-Sponsor 6th Edition of the Chess Championship

Since 2004, Saint-Barth Echecs, the local chess club, has organized a chess championship play-off that has been co-sponsored by Sibarth and Saint-Barth Assurances. As Sibarth is ready to retire its partnership this year, it will be assumed by CFN, Caribbean Financial Network-American Express, which is located in St Jean next to the grocery store Match. The tournament, Chess Championship Trophy CFN/Amex, will take place May 29-May 31 at the Hotel Guanahani and Spa in Grand Cul de Sac. Players from age 16 and up are eligible and can sign up by calling 590 690 55 12 14. There will be a total of seven games, the first one taking place on Friday, May 29 at 8:00, then four games on Saturday, with the final two rounds occurring on Sunday. First prize if 150 euros, second prize is 100 euros, and third prize is 50 euros. Dal Tucker of CFN, is a skilled chess player and will taking on the challenge this year. Bonne chance a tous!

May 18, 2009

Rotary Club Hosts Its First Culinary Fair

On April 19, on the square in front of the restaurant The Wall House on La Pointe in Gustavia, the Rotary Club hosted a culinary fair to raise money for the many activities with which they are involved. One of their foremost endeavors is the worldwide eradication of polio. This first culinary fair offered dishes from Haiti, St. Barth, Portugal, India, Sweden, Belgian and Luxembourg to go or to eat on site. Entertainment was provided by the radio station Tropic FM, and Rotary Club members took turns at the microphone to explain the characteristics of the different cuisines and to offer the recipes. The fair was such a success that it will return again in 2010.

May 6, 2009

Rotary Club Hosts Its First Culinary Fair

On April 19, on the square in front of the restaurant The Wall House on La Pointe in Gustavia, the Rotary Club hosted a culinary fair to raise money for the many activities with which they are involved. One of their foremost endeavors is the worldwide eradication of polio. This first culinary fair offered dishes from Haiti, St. Barth, Portugal, India, Sweden, Belgian and Luxembourg to go or to eat on site. Entertainment was provided by the radio station Tropic FM, and Rotary Club members took turns at the microphone to explain the characteristics of the different cuisines and to offer the recipes. The fair was such a success that it will return again in 2010.

April 15, 2009

14th Edition of the St. Barth Film Festival

st-barts-film-festival.jpgGet ready for a week of movies shown outdoors under the moon and the gentle breezes of St. Barth. The 14th edition of the St. Barth Film Festival takes place April 25-30. Ellen Lampert-Greaux, co-founder of the festival, typically invites many of the films' directors to present their films and answer questions from the audience. The films are presented at several venues on the island, including the A.J.O.E. tennis courts in Lorient, the Capitainerie in Gustavia and even on the beach in Flamands. Be sure to buy a T-shirt or baseball cap as a memento of this anticipated event.

Events schedule following:

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Fashion Shows

Fashion shows are very popular on St. Barth and occur frequently at several hotels. For a change of pace and to view the latest fashions, attend one of the following events.

Every Tuesday:

6:30 pm - Fashion show by the pool at the Isle de France hotel, Flamands

9:30 pm - Fashion show and dance show at Ti St. Barth, Pointe Milou

Everyday:

1:30-2:00 pm - Fashion show at Isle de France hotel, Flamands

1:30 pm and 8:30 pm - Fashion show at La Plage restaurant, St Jean

St. Barth Bucket the Largest Yet

This year's 14th edition of the St. Barth Bucket Regatta saw the largest number of entries in the history of this spectacular regatta with 35 participating sailing yachts. The largest yacht this year was again the magnificent Maltese Falcon at 289'; the smallest was Wild Horses at 76'. The overall winner was the 170' Meteor. In second place was the 98' Windcrest, while third place went to the 180' Adela. Just goes to show that size isn't everything. There were several other winners in categories such as Racing Class, Cruising Class, Best Performance by an Alloy Yacht and All-Star Crew Award, which was won by the Maltese Falcon.

April 14, 2009

More Parades in Gustavia

The book Les aventures de Monbarsgold: Corossol - Terre d'Amour et de Partage is the first children's book to be published in patois and English and is for sale in all the bookshops and at the grocery store Match in St Jean for 9.90 euros. To celebrate the publication of this book, the first of several parades featuring the characters of the book will take place in Gustavia on April 18 at 3:30. The characters will autograph the book at 4:30 pm on the quay in Gustavia.

March 22, 2009

St. Barth Bucket Sets Sail March 26

bucket.jpgSpectacular, majestic, breathtaking, elegant.....words don't do justice to the sight of the world's largest and most beautiful sailing yachts as they depart Gustavia harbor and raise their sails to race around the island. The 13th Annual St. Barth Bucket starts on Thursday, March 26 and concludes on Sunday, March 29 with an awards ceremony and cocktail reception on the quay in Gustavia. The grand trophy is, of course, a bucket on which the winner's name is engraved. The gag prize, awarded to the slowest boat, is a can of snails. As of March 5, 35 yachts were registered to compete. The smallest, Wild Horses, is76', while the largest, Maltese Falcon, is a whopping 289'. Good spots to view the races are at the lighthouse in Gustavia, the heights of Lurin and Pointe Milou and the end of the road at Colombier. The schedule for this year's competition is below.

Thursday, March 26
Fleet Welcome Party on the quai in Gustavia - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday, March 27
"Around the Island" race - 11:00 am

Saturday, March 28
"The Wiggley Course" race - 11:00 am
Bucket Bash - Cocktails, music and dancing on the quai in Gustavia - 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 29
"Around the Island Clockwise" race - 11:00 am
Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Party on the quai in Gustavia - 7:00 pm

March 16, 2009

On the Horizon

March 26-29, 2009
St. Barth Bucket

April 25-30, 2009
14th Annual St. Barth Film Festival

May 29-31, 2009
Chess Championship, Guanahani & Spa (more details to come)

November 5-8, 2009
Blues Festival

November 6-8, 2009
60th Anniversary Party at Le Select in Gustavia

February 25, 2009

On the Horizon

February 24, 2009
CARNIVAL!

March 26-29, 2009
St. Barth Bucket

April 25-30, 2009
14th Annual St. Barth Film Festival

May 9-13, 2009
9th Edition of the Figaro Transat AG2R

May 29-31, 2009
Chess Championship, Guanahani & Spa (more details to come)

February 24, 2009

Lone Fox Wins for Second Consecutive Year

Lone Fox, a classic 65-foot sailboat that is moored year round in St. Barth and captained by Ira Epstein, won the fourth edition of the Sint Maarten-Saint Martin Classic Yacht Regatta for the second consecutive year. The three-day race began on Friday, January 23 from Great Bay on the Dutch side and finished with an awards ceremony at the Green House in Philipsburg. The Lone Fox is offering half-day, full-day or champagne sunset cruises leaving from Gustavia. For more information, call 06 90 332 685 or 06 90 332 791, visit info@lonefoxcharters.com.

February 2, 2009

Pre-Carnival Celebrations Are Underway

carnival-2009-1.jpgCarnival takes places on February 24 this year. Celebrations to set the mood and build the anticipation began on January 25, sponsored and carried out by the group La Pointe en Mouvement. Every Sunday evening through February 22, members of La Pointe en Mouvement will march through the streets of Gustavia dressed in costumes of a different theme each week. They dance, sing and play tambours and other local percussive instruments. The mini-parades start at La Pointe in Gustavia around 6:00 pm and finish at around 7:00 pm in front of the restaurant La Cantina on the harbor (around the corner from Le Select). The group usually stays in front of La Cantina playing, singing and dancing for another hour or more. And, the crowd joins right in! On Friday, The Children's Parade will take place in the afternoon of Friday, February 20. On the Monday before Carnival, February 23, the traditional parade with participants dressed in pajamas will occur. And, finally, on Wednesday, February 25, the official end of Carnival will be celebrated with a parade in which Vaval is carried through Gustavia and burned on Shell Beach. The themes for the remaining mini-parades are below.

carnival-2009.jpgFebruary 1
In Time of the Revolution (White costumes with red bandanas)

February 8
Pirates

February 15
Banana leaves and foliage

February 22
The 70s

February 23
Pajamas

Art Exhibits Around the Island

From February 6 through February 12, Mitchell Summer is exhibiting his oil paintings at Porta 34 in Gustavia. Summer hails from Pittsburgh but spent many years living in the Caribbean and studied the techniques of oil painting and glazing with Tom Saint Vincent di Coio in St Thomas for several years. Summer's paintings illustrate the colors and the effect of light and water that he has experienced during his many years in the Caribbean. He currently has a studio in Miami Beach and lives and works in St. Barth part of each year.

dave-stevenson.jpgDave Stevenson will be displaying his sculpture and jewelry at the jewelry shop Les Artisans in Gustavia as of Friday, January 30. One of his sculptures, "Crush," pictured here, is 33" tall and weighs 50 pounds.

Xavier-Lucchesi.jpgThrough February 15, the TomBeach Art Studio at the Tom Beach Hotel in St Jean is hosting two photography exhibits. "Picasso X-Ray" is a collection of photographs by Xavier Lucchesi (at left) in which he used photographic x-ray techniques. The second exhibit are photos by Marco Glaviano.

Delia-Brown.jpgThrough April 5, Delia Brown displays her latest work "Guerrilla Villa" at the Eden Roc Gallery.

January 8, 2009

25th Edition of the St. Barth Music Festival

The St. Barth Music Festival will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! This special event will take place from January 8 to January 19, 2009 with concerts around the island. One of the two scheduled jazz concerts will take place at A.J.O.E., the tennis courts in Lorient. What could be better than good jazz, tropical breezes and a starry sky? Tickets went on sale for all concerts at the St. Barth Tourist Office near the quay in Gustavia beginning January 2. Or, you can also buy a Season Pass for a savings of 10%. After January 7, tickets will be available at the door for each concert.

Thursday, January 8
John Ellis Jazz Sextet
8:00 pm
Catholic Church, Gustavia
$45

Friday, January 9
Duets for Piano and Clarinet
8:00 pm
Catholic Church. Gustavia
$35

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December 31, 2008

Bonne Anneé à Tous!

Another year has sneaked past us, and it's time to celebrate the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009. New Year's Eve is known as St Sylvestre on St. Barth, and, as always, the island is ready to welcome in the new year. The festivities in Gustavia, organized by the association Rhum et Gingembre, will take place on the Quai Général de Gaulle starting at 8:00 pm with skits, music, dancing and drinks. Fireworks will be set off at midnight over the water, and if previous years are an indication, they will be spectacular. Throughout the day on December 31, Le Got de Vin on Rue Oscar II in Gustavia will be offering a free wine and champagne tasting. La Plage restaurant, on the beach at the Tom Beach Hotel in St Jean, is also hosting a New Year's Eve party with music by "Addicted 2 Paradise" (who can't identify with that?!) and fireworks at midnight. And, don't forget the 13th Edition of the New Year's Eve Regatta. The sailing yachts will depart at 10:00 am and sail around the island, which usually takes about two hours. The Awards Ceremony will take place on the quay in Gustavia late in the afternoon, usually around 5:00 pm.

December 16, 2008

First Boats in the Transat Classique Lagasse to Arrive December 16 or 17

This year is the premier of the Classic Transat Lagasse, which is reserved for traditional yachts and classic sailboats. The race started in Douarnenez, a fishing port in Brittany, and will finish in St. Barth, after a stop in Agadir, Morocco. The boats departed Douarnenez for Agadir, where the first boats arrived on August 27. They set sail from Agadir on November 28, and the first boats are expected to arrive in St. Barth on December 16 or 17. As always with these transatlantic races, a large welcoming party of tourists and locals will be waiting in Gustavia to welcome the crews. Tents are being put up on the square in front of the museum on La Pointe for the welcoming party. The festivities will continue on December 20 with a regatta of local sailors and sailing school students at Public followed by cocktails and a barbecue on the beach, sponsored by St. Barth Properties. On December 21, the sailing vessels will sail around the island with cocktails afterwards at Le Bistro on the harbor in Gustavia. The principal sponsor of the race, the Canadian telecommunications company Lagasse, will host a gathering at La Plage in St Jean on December 22, and the awards ceremony will take place the evening of December 23.

December 5, 2008

On the Horizon

November 24-December 13
Adam Falcon Trio at Le Bête à Z'ailes in Gustavia (BAZ)

December 14-18, 2008
Transact Classique Lagassé

January 8-22, 2009
25th Edition of the Music Festival

Music around the Island with Papaguyo and Nungan from Paris

Papaguyo.jpgFrom November 30 until December 14, Papaguyo will be playing Live Island Funk in many different venues on the island featuring Benji + Annie (aka "Nungan" from Paris). Benji began playing the guitar at age 16 and has played with the band Days of Wild at the Bitter End in New York City. After recording in Italy with a DJ for a project for Electro/House, Annie went to St. Barth where she met Benji and the musicians from Days of Wild. Since then, she and Benji have been composing and playing songs together. CDs by Papaguyo, Days of Wild and Nungan are for sale at Tropic Music in St Jean.

Friday, December 5
La Mandala - Gustavia at 8:00 pm

Saturday, December 6
Hotel Guanahani - Grand Cul de Sac at 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 7
Do Brazil - Shell Beach, Gustavia at 1:00 pm (lunch) and 8:00 pm (dinner)

Tuesday, December 9
Le Select - Gustavia at 7:00 pm

Wednesday, December 10
L'Isola - Gustavia at 7:00 pm

Thursday, December 11
La Banane - Lorient at 7:00 pm

Friday, December 12
La Mandala - Gustavia at 8:00 pm

Saturday, December 13
Hotel Guanahani - Grand Cul de Sac at 7:00 pm

Sunday, December 14
Do Brazil - Shell Beach, Gustavia at 1:00 pm (lunch) and 8:00 pm (dinner)

December 1, 2008

Bits & Pieces

Le Bête à Z'ailes (BAZ), a bar and restaurant on the harbor in Gustavia, is now open for lunch from 11:00 to 3:00 pm.

Word is that the restaurant Le Diamant in St Jean will reopen as a pizza place.

Outlet Lounacie has recently opened on Rue du Général De Gaulle in Gustavia, next to M'Bolo. The boutique sells clothing, accessories and shoes.

You Tube, St. Barth Style. Check out www.videobarth.com for videos on events in St. Barth. You can view videos on Hurricane Omar, sports, cultural events such as the summer beach festivals and the SB Jam Music Festival, regattas, the Gourmet Festival at the Guanahani and much more.

The Hôtel Christopher is open until May 31, 2009, at which time it will close for one year for renovations.

Jet Blue will increase its flights from JFK to St Maarten from one daily flight to two daily flights beginning January 2009. And, hey, they still have unlimited free snacks!

Rumors are that a Delano Hotel, designed by Dutch designer Piet Boon, will open in St. Barth in 2009. Speculation abounds on where the hotel will be located. Perhaps it will occupy the grounds of the previous François Plantation in the hills of Colombier or The Tropical Hotel in St Jean. The first Delano Hotel, an upscale resort, is in Miami Beach, and another one is under construction in Las Vegas. More to follow as news becomes available.

Every Tuesday at 6:30 pm, the Hôtel St. Barth Isle de France in Flamands holds a fashion show at their restaurant on the beach.

During the third week of January, the Classic Yacht Regatta will take place in St Maarten. This regatta will include tall ships. So, if you're visiting St. Barth during this time, plan a day trip to St Maarten to see these regal ships.

November 17, 2008

Celebrate Swedish Week

The Lions Club is organizing a fishing competition to kick off Swedish Week on Sunday, November 16. Also on Sunday, at the quay in front of The Wall House on La Pointe in Gustavia, games, shows, the departure of a regatta of traditional boats, a chess tournament and Tae Kwon Do demonstrations will begin at 9:30 am. BBQ and beverages will be available starting at 12:30 pm. The fishing boats will return at 1:00 pm, and prizes will be awarded to the winners of the Gustavialoppet marathon at 6:00 pm.

La Poste and the Collectivity are issuing two stamped envelopes to honor St. Barth's long association with Sweden. One envelope celebrates the 130th anniversary of the retrocession of St. Barth to Sweden on March 16, 1878. The second envelope celebrates the 30th anniversary of the twinning of St. Barth with Pitea, Sweden. Two thousand of each envelope will be available for purchase the first day of Swedish Week, November 16, at a booth manned by La Poste in Gustavia. After Sunday, the envelopes will be available at the post office. The price is 8.40 euros for ten envelopes.

The inauguration of the First Edition of the Swedish Film and Documentary Festival will be held on Monday, November 17, with an exhibition dedicated to the evolution of St. Barth from the 18th to 20th century at Porta 34 in Gustavia and will continue throughout the week. A documentary and three Ingmar Bergman films will be shown in the room at the Capitainerie on four evenings and an afternoon during the week.

On Tuesday, November 18, beginning at 8:00 pm, six members of the Royal Ballet of Stockholm will perform on the quay in Gustavia. They will be accompanied by the very popular Swedish string quartet June Quintet, who will play traditional and Swedish folk music. The quintet also plans some surprise performances around the island: in the streets of Gustavia, on the beaches and in offices or shops. The June Quintet will also play at the dance planned for Wednesday, November 19, on the quay in front of The Wall House beginning at 9:30 pm and will close the week with a performance at the Anglican Church on Sunday, November 23 at 6:00 pm along with the Chorale des bons Coeurs.

November 16, 2008

On the Horizon

November 3-22, 2008
Cary Potts & Keith Robinson Duo at Le Bête à Z'ailes in Gustavia (BAZ)

November 16-23, 2008
Swedish Week

November 21-23, 2008
Saint-Barth Cata Cup, organized by Saint-Barth Multihulls. A regatta for catamarans.

November 24-December 13
Adam Falcon Trio at Le Bête à Z'ailes in Gustavia (BAZ)

November 28-30, 2008
5th Edition of the Course de l'Alliance. Departs St Martin for arrival in St. Barth on November 28. On Saturday, they will sail to Anguilla and return to St Martin on Sunday.

December 14-18, 2008
Transact Classique Lagassé

January 8-22, 2009
25th Edition of the Music Festival

November 5, 2008

18th Edition of the Gustavialoppet

Gustavialoppet-2008.jpgGet out your running shoes! The 18th edition of the Gustavialoppet marathon takes place November 15-16. This year the marathon coincides with the 30th anniversary of Pitea Day, which is a celebration of the twinning of St. Barth with Pitea, Sweden. The races begin with the children on Saturday, November 15 at 4:00 pm. They will make one (400 m) to five (2000 m) laps in the stadium at St Jean. For the first time, the adult racers will depart from the beach in Public rather than from the stadium. The "Walk of the Heart," a 8K course, will begin at 4:00 pm on Sunday, November 16 from the commercial port in Public. The "Races of the Aces," a 10K race, will begin at 4:30 pm on November 16, also from the commercial port in Public. As always, a pasta party will be held at the school cafeteria in Gustavia on November 15 at 7:00 pm. Registration begins on November 3 at the municipal pool in St Jean or at the offices of the Collectivity in Gustavia. Another first for this year is the introduction of electric timing devices. Each competitor will wear a small device around the ankle that will precisely measure the time when they cross the finish line.

November 2, 2008

I Felt the Earth Move Under My Feet....

On Saturday evening, October 25, a strong earthquake was felt on St. Barth for about five seconds. The quake had a magnitude 4 and was about 15 km east of St. Barth, at a depth of about 90 km.

October 13, 2008

Fifth Edition of Chess Championship Coming Up

The fifth edition of the Chess Championship of Saint-Barth-Sibarth Trophy will take place at the Guanahani Hotel and Spa October 17-19. The competition is open to all players 15 years old or more. The first round begins Friday, October 17, at 8:00 pm. Prizes will be awarded on Sunday morning. Thanks to the partners of Saint-Barth Chess - Sibarth, Saint-Barth Assurances, Match and the Collectivité, the first prize is a plane ticket to France to participate in the Chess Championship of France 2009. The French championship will take place August 10-22, 2009, in a city yet to be identified. To register for this event, call Jef Follner at 06 90 55 12 14. Bon chance à tous!

October 12, 2008

Saint B'Art Announces Poster Competition for the Upcoming Music Festival

In preparation for the 25th edition of the St. Barth Festival of Music, which will be held January 8-22, 2009, the association Saint B'art is organizing a poster competition. All painting and drawing techniques are allowed and everyone can participate. The only constraints are the format and theme. The posters can be vertical 10F (55 cm X 46 cm maximum) or vertical F25 (100 cm X 68 cm maximum). The theme, of course, must be music. The winning poster will become the poster for next year's Music Festival, and the winner will be given a pass for the duration of the event. To register, send an email to Veronique VanderNoot at veronique.vandermoot@orange.fr. All posters must be submitted by November 15, 2008, to the Blue Gecko Studio in St Jean, on the road to the Tropical Hotel.

For more information, please call 06 90 39 92 74.

October 10, 2008

On the Horizon

October 17-19, 2008
Fifth Edition of the Chess Championship

November 16-23, 2008
Swedish Week

December 14-18, 2008
Transact Classique Lagassé

January 8-22, 2009
25th Edition of the Music Festival

October 7, 2008

Bits and Pieces

Central Parc, a new restaurant, will open in November in Gustavia on the corner where the former La Gamelle was located. The site was purchased by the two brothers who own L'Entracte (also known as "the blue coconut" due to the neon blue coconut tree out front). Jean-Louis, one of the brothers, will operate Central Parc, which promises a menu of American-style breakfast, lunch and dinner. The other brother will continue to run L'Entracte.

L'Isola, the Italian restaurant that recently opened in O'Corner's location in Gustavia, will soon be offering "Aperitivo" time. Starting at 5:30 pm, guests can enjoy an apéritif with complimentary Italian finger food.

Rumors are that the François Plantation, which closed its doors earlier this year, will be converted into a condo complex. High in the hills of Colombier, this is sure to be a popular and sought-after spot.

October is a great month to be in St. Barth - the weather is starting to get a bit cooler, many of the restaurants are re-opening and the sales are in full swing. October is a month that the French government has designated as one during which all the stores can hold big sales. And, indeed, they do - often offering up to 50%-75%. Below is just a short list of the sales that have already begun; more will start in a couple of days. This is a great time to get some excellent deals, so bring that extra suitcase - even if you have to pay $15 to check it!

A Vos Marques, a sporting goods shop in Gustavia, until October 25
Vaval Boutique, a clothing store in St Jean
Royaume des Enfants, Rue Courbet in Gustavia, up to 50% off
Fabienne Miot, a jewelry store in Gustavia, up to 50% off
Tendances, a vendor of furniture and other home decorations and accessories in Anses des Cayes and Gustavia, up to 50% off

October 6, 2008

National Day of the Horse

day-of-the-horse.jpgSince 1990, the National Day of the Horse has been celebrated on the last Sunday of September. This occasion is an opportunity for riding schools to share their passion for horses. Raphaëlle, manager of the Ranch des Flamands, organized an event on Sunday, September 28, on "Grande Platon", the name given by the elders of Flamands and Terre-Neuve to the ground currently occupied by the ranch. The program included a day of games, demonstrations and obstacle-jumping, with beverages and BBQ offered on site.

September 16, 2008

On the Horizon

November 16-23, 2008
Swedish Week

December 14-18, 2008
Transact Classique Lagassé

Feasting on Waves

Alton Brown's latest TV show, Feasting on Waves, premiered last Sunday on the Food Network. Those of us who were lucky enough to be watching it were rewarded with an unexpected stop in St. Barth due to bad weather conditions. The show is a four-part series in which Alton and his crew sail around 15 different Caribbean islands on a 50-foot catamaran. The goal is to seek out quality local cuisine. Fortunately for Alton, the captain of the catamaran, Randy West, has lived in St. Barth for over 25 years and was able to take him to several popular local venues. The first stop was Le Select for the famous Cheeseburger in Paradise and a local ti punch, made of cane syrup, rum and a slice of lime. Next on the agenda was a visit to Chez Ginette in Anse des Cayes. Ginette is known on the island for making and selling bottles of rum punch made from dozens of different fruits and flowers found on the island. The expression on Alton Brown's face when he smelled the passionfruit rum punch testifies to its strength! The final destination was The Wishing Well, locally known as Chez Rolande, in Flamands. Rolande's grandmother had a restaurant in Guadeloupe for 25 years, and Rolande learned how to cook authentic Creole food at her side. Today, her daughter helps her create the same dishes. Alton, and Randy, were lucky enough to have her prepare a fricassee of langouste, the Caribbean spiny lobster. Alton's comment upon tasting it? "She's a witch!"

August 28, 2008

On the Horizon

November 16-23, 2008
Swedish Week

December 14-18, 2008
Transact Classique Lagassé

August 21, 2008

Upcoming Summer Festivals

Take advantage of the remaining two summer festivals before the very quiet month of September arrives!

St. Barthélemy Day, Sunday, August 24 -- Gustavia

6:00 am
Bell ringing and decorating of boats in the harbor

8:00 am
Sailors' mass followed by a procession and blessing of the sea

10:00 am
Start of regattas with the Saint-Barth Yacht Club

10:30 am
Laying of wreath at the war memorial followed by a champagne toast at the Hôtel de la Collectivité

9:00 pm
Fireworks followed by dancing at the quay with live music and drinks

Saint-Louis Day, Monday, August 25 -- Corossol

6:00 am
Start of fishing competition

8:00 am
Mass at the rock of St Louis

9:30 am
Tournaments of bélote, soccer, beach volleyball (sign-up at 8:30 am)

10:00 am
Start of regattas (sign up at the Saint-Barth Yacht Club)

10:30 am
Games for children: fishing, ball games, ring toss

12:30 pm
Champagne toast offered by the Collectivité and ALC. Punch and music with prizes for various activities

2:00 pm
Canoe and kayak races

3:30 pm
Various games: line fishing, surprise envelopes, games for kids and adults

5:30 pm
Awards ceremony

6:30 pm
Dance performance with dancers from ALC

8:00 pm
Rendez-vous Saint Louis

9:00 pm
Fireworks followed by dancing on the "Youth Bridge" and live music

Papaguyo Is in Full Force

Papaguyo (in the photo below) is an American musician who spends most of his time on St. Barth, fitting seamlessly into the culture there. He is a percussionist who can turn ANYTHING into a percussive instrument. A long-time favorite on the island, he has had many famous vacationing guest musicians play with him, including Jimmy Buffet. During the remainder of August, he'll be presenting shows at different locations around the island. Also, his new CD IslandFunk with Swang and DJ Yuri is now on sale. For good music and a good time, check him out. The remaining shows are listed below:

papaguyo.jpgThursday, August 21
Hotel Guanahani, Grand Cul de Sac
7:00 pm

Friday, August 22
La Mandala, Gustavia
8:00 pm

Saturday, August 23
Caviar Island, Gustavia
7:30 pm

Sunday, August 24
Do Brazil, Shell Beach, Gustavia
1:00 pm (lunch)

Sunday, August 24
The Strand, Gustavia
8:00 pm

August 20, 2008

On the Horizon

Upcoming festivals and events:

  • August 24, 2008 Festival of St. Barthelemy: regattas, public ball, fireworks. Held on the quay in Gustavia.

  • August 25, 2008 Festival of St Louis: fishing contest, games, food, music. Held in Corossol.

  • November 16-23, 2008 Swedish Week

  • December 14-18, 2008 Transact Classique Lagasse

July 15, 2008

On the Horizon

July 19, 2008
Festival of Anse des Cayes: music, food, games, contests

July 26-27, 2008
Festival of the Northern Villages: music, food, games, contests. At ASCCO in Colombier

August 2008
SB JAM Music Festival (specific dates will be posted later)

August 9-10, 2008
Festival of the Windward Villages: music, food, fishing contests. Held in Lorient.

August 16-17, 2008
Festival of Gustavia; regattas, music, food. Held on the quay in Gustavia.

August 24, 2008
Festival of St. Barthélemy: regattas, public ball, fireworks. Held on the quay in Gustavia.

August 25, 2008
Festival of St Louis: fishing contest, games, food, music. Held in Corossol.

November 16-23, 2008
Swedish Week

December 15-23, 2008
Transact Classique Lagassé

July 7, 2008

Upcoming St. Barts events

July 19, 2008 Festival of Anse des Cayes: music, food, games, contests

July 26-27, 2008 Festival of the Northern Villages: music, food, games, contests. At ASCCO in Colombier

August 2008 SB JAM Music Festival (specific dates will be posted later)

August 9-10, 2008 Festival of the Windward Villages: music, food, fishing contests. Held in Lorient.

August 16-17, 2008 Festival of Gustavia; regattas, music, food. Held on the quay in Gustavia.

August 24, 2008 Festival of St. Barthelemy: regattas, public ball, fireworks. Held on the quay in Gustavia.

August 25, 2008 Festival of St Louis: fishing contest, games, food, music. Held in Corossol.

November 16-23, 2008 Swedish Week

December 15-23, 2008 Transact Classique Lagasse

June 3, 2008

2008 Tour of Caribbean Soccer Stars

caribbean-soccer-stars.jpegGet ready for a big night of soccer! On Wednesday, June 4, the Caribbean Soccer Stars will be in St. Barth on their second annual tour to take on some local St. Barth soccer players at the Stadium in St Jean. The competition starts at 6:00 pm and admission is free. Among the all-stars is Mamadou Niang, the highest scorer for Marseilles during the 2007/2008 championship season; Souleymane Diawara, a defender for the Bordeaux Girondins; Jeremie Janot, goalie for the "Greens" of Saint-Etienne; and Anthony Le Tallec, attacking midfielder for Le Mans. The all-stars will play in St Martin on Sunday, June 1 and then make their way to St. Barth. The tour is organized by Marty Toure of Wavecom. Information on all the players can be found at www.caraibesfoot.com.

Swedish Week in St. Barth

Normally, Pitea Day, held in mid-August, was the celebration to commemorate the twinning of St. Barth and Pieta, Sweden. However, starting this year, St. Barth will dedicate a full week in November to celebrate the ongoing friendship between St. Barth and Sweden and the island's Swedish past and to introduce the populace of St. Barth to today's Sweden. The events will start on the Sunday before the annual running of the Gustavialoppet marathon, which will close the week's activities. According to Yves Greaux, who is vice-president of the territorial council and is responsible for cultural affairs, "2008 marks a triple date: the first Swedish Week in Saint Barth; the 30 years of twin cities Pitea and Saint Barth, and the 130th anniversary of the retrocession of the island to France. It is important to give this first edition a real visibility, to give it a solid base to become an annual event." As such, the vice-president has asked for projects to be submitted to the Tourist Office before August 15. The event will take place November 16-23 and is being organized by the non-profit associations ASBAS and Skaellskapet (The Friends of Saint Barth Association of Stockholm).

May 21, 2008

Andrew Radcliffe Exhibition at Eden Rock's Art Gallery

andrew-radcliffe-painting.jpgAndrew Radcliffe, an American artist who has been living on St. Barth with his wife and young son for the past two years, is exhibiting his art at Jane's Gallery at the Eden Rock Hotel in St Jean until May 24. Radcliffe studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, received a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1987 and has exhibited his work throughout the U.S. In addition to hundreds of small pen-and-ink drawings, Radcliffe is also exhibiting several oil paintings that reflect his love of the tropics.

April 28, 2008

Figaro Transat AG2R

race_tracker.jpgThe Figaro Transat AG2R is a trans-Atlantic boat race from France to St. Barts. Phil Sharp of England is competing this year and there is an excellent website with a "Race Tracker" that shows the positions of the boats and lots of other information in real time.

April 22, 2008

First Edition of the Transact Classique Lagassé

transat-classique-lagasse.gifSt Barth will be hosting yet another major sailing event this December. The Bucket Regatta has just finished, and the bi-annual Transatlantic Ag2r race will take place in May. At the end of the year will be the first edition of the Transat Classique Lagassé, with the boats arriving in Saint Barth a few days before Christmas. This transatlantic race is open to classic sailing vessels built as one-of-a-kind or limited sailboats. They will set sail on August 17 from the port of Douarnenez in Finistere, France. After a stopover in Agadir, Morocco, they will set sail for St Barth on November 28. This is the only transatlantic race for classic sailboats. As of now, 31 boats are registered and another 64 have expressed interest. (Where, oh, where will all of these boats dock during the already full port of Gustavia around Christmas time?!) The race will have three winners, one in each of the following categories: Vintage, for boats built before 1975; Modern Classics for boats built with more modern materials such as welded steel, molded wood and polyester; and Neo-Classics for boats built after 1975 as replicas of traditional vessels. The largest boat is over 100', the smallest is a mere 32', and the oldest was built in 1913. Most of these boats have an interesting story behind them. For example, the Mistral, an 82' schooner, first set sail in 1938 and served in the German navy as part of submarine surveillance operations during WWII. If you want to be present for this first-time exciting event, be sure to make your reservations early as Christmas and New Year's is always a popular time on St Barth. For additional information: www.transatclassique.com. Below is the schedule of events. In traditional St Barth style, there is sure to be music and dancing on the quay, probably on December 23.

December 15-20, 2008
Boats begin to arrive in Gustavia

December 21, 2008
Official cocktail reception

December 22, 2008
Promotional race around the island

December 23, 2008
Official dinner reception and awarding of the prizes

April 16, 2008

Big Sale at Le Tamarin

Every year, Le Tamarin restaurant in Salines hosts a large "yard sale" on their grounds. This year's will take place on Sunday, April 27. Go early because everyone else does!

April 15, 2008

On The Horizon - April 15

April 2008-June 2008
Archery Competitions: April 26, May 24, June 7-8

April 16-20, 2008
International Book Day

April 20, 2008
9th Edition of the Transat Ag2r. Arrival in St Barth will be approximately three weeks later.

April 25-30, 2008
13th Annual St Barth Film Festival, A.J.O.E., Lorient

December 15-23, 2008
Transact Classique Lagassé

An Evening of Opera

On Friday, April 18, Le Tamarin restaurant in Salines is hosting an evening of opera with South African tenor Etienne van der Nest, who trained at the conservatory of Pretoria. Dinner, for 75 €, will be accompanied by his powerful voice with selections from his opera repertoire and Neapolitan songs. The dinner includes a cocktail, hors d'oeuvres, an appetizer, the main dish, dessert and petits fours. For reservations, call 05 90 27 72 12.

13th St Barth Film Festival Starts April 25

13th-film-festival.jpgOne of the most anticipated events on the island is the annual Film Festival, which takes place this year April 25-30. As always, this year's line-up of films is sure to captivate the audience. Unless otherwise noted, the films are projected on the large white wall at the A.J.O.E. tennis courts in Lorient, where non-alcoholic drinks, popcorn, T-shirts and baseball caps can be purchased. Admission is 5 € per night or five nights for 25 €. All films are either in French or have French subtitles. Many thanks to Ellen Lampert-Gréaux, a founder of the Film Festival, for making the following information available.

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April 10, 2008

13th Annual St Barths Bucket Regatta Results

Newport, RI (April 4, 2008) The 13th Annual St Barths Bucket was once again blessed with perfect sailing weather which provided some of the most spectacular sailing on the most spectacular yachts in the most spectacular sailing neighborhood. With a consistent 15-22 knot trade wind, the fleet was fully powered up and the racing was startlingly close. Some of the finishes were described by participants as "closer than Farr 40 finishes"! This was previously unheard of in the superyacht world and this year's St Barths Bucket was declared the "best ever".

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April 1, 2008

Auction to Benefit the Ramsar Convention

Ramsar-auction.jpgFrom March 31 to April 27, Segeco, the local distributor of Evian mineral water, is sponsoring an exhibit of a rare glass Evian bottle. One of 99 in existence, the bottle was created by French designer Christian Lacroix for Haute Couture Evian and hand-blown by Swiss artisans. When the exhibit is over, the bottle will be auctioned, and the proceeds will be donated to support the Ramsar Convention. Enacted in 1975, the Ramsar Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the infrastructure for international cooperation in the preservation of wetlands. You can see the bottle at the following hotels and restaurants:

March 31 - April 6
Manapany Hotel in Anse des Cayes
April 7-13
Sereno Hotel in Grand Cul de Sac
April 14-20
Le Toiny Hotel in Grand Fond
April 21-27
Nikki Beach in St Jean

13th Annual St Barth Bucket Regatta

bucket-regatta.jpgOver the weekend of March 27-30, 29 breathtaking mega sailing yachts, ranging from 76' to 163', competed in the 13th Annual St Barth Bucket Regatta. Each day saw a different race: Around the Island, the Wriggly Course and Counter-Clockwise Around the Island. This year's winner was the 152-foot Windrose, pictured here.

The Bucket benefits St Barth in many ways. First of all, there's the increased hotel, villa, catering, restaurant, and shopping activity due to the participants and the numerous tourists who flock to the island for this annual event. In addition, the Bucket's organizers donate between 3000 and 7000 euros to the Saint Barth Yacht Club to assist the advancement of sailing in St Barth. This year, they also donated money to the SNSM rescue station and, in collaboration with other partners, they will solicit donations from the Bucket participants for FEMUR, St Barth's Foundation for Emergency Medical Equipment. All in all a stellar event!

March 28, 2008

Art Exhibits at Les Artisans and Porta 34

McNally.jpgFrom March 10 to March 31, Les Artisans on Rue du Roi Oscar II in Gustavia is hosting an exhibit of paintings by Sue McNally. McNally attended the Savannah College of Art and Design and has exhibited her works in Newport, RI; Boston and Brooklyn. She claimed first place for Paintings at a juried show at the Newport Art Museum. Les Artisans is a superb jewelry store that features custom jewelry designed by the owners and is a frequent host to art exhibits.

From March 14 to March 20, the works of Jean-Yves Lefort and his wife Claude will be on display at the gallery Porta 34 in Gustavia. The exhibit, called "Du pays d'Origine: l'Afrique. Au pays du coeur: Saint Barthélemy," pays homage to his place of birth and the island where he has lived. Jean-Yves Lefort was born in Bazzaville, the Congo in 1956. In 1968, his family moved to Guadeloupe and then to St Barth. In 2000, he left St Barth for France and currently exhibits his art in galleries in Lyon, France and St Barth. Lefort's works are influenced by his love of the sea and his African heritage. La Porta is open from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

March 27, 2008

13th Annual St Barth Bucket Regatta Kicks Off Today

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The super sailing yachts started arriving on on Wednesday to participate in the 13th Annual St Barth Bucket Regatta. Below is the schedule for this year's exciting event.

Friday, March 28
11:00 am First Gun/First Race: "Around the Island Race"

Saturday, March 29
11:00 am First Gun/Second Race: "The Wiggley Course"

7:00 pm until ?? Dock party on the quay in Gustavia with music, food and bar

Sunday, March 30
11:00 am First Gun/Third Race: "Around the Island Clockwise"
7:00 pm Awards Presentation and Cocktail Party

March 25, 2008

Will Cotton exhibit at Eden Roc

From the Wall Street Journal:

To lure an art-loving clientele, luxury hotels have done everything from installing Picassos in their lobbies to inviting artists like Julian Schnabel to help design their décor. Last month, the Eden Rock hotel in St. Barts invited New York artist Will Cotton to do a three-week residency in one of its beachside bungalows. Mr. Cotton is known for painting Willy Wonka landscapes that portray chocolate waterfalls, gingerbread houses, and macaroon forests as tempting utopias. His new works on paper, hanging in the hotel gallery until March 31, have a few island twists. We spoke to Mr. Cotton about a few pieces in the show.

March 20, 2008

La Chorale de Bon Choeurs Heads to New York

About a month ago, La Chorale de Bon Choeurs performed two evenings at the Anglican Church in Gustavia to help raise money for a trip to New York City to sing with a choir at one of the local churches. Now, that trip has become a reality. On May 4 at 2:00 pm, they will join the Choir of Saint Marks-in-the-Bowery for an afternoon concert of classics, pop and gospel. This program will premiere The Hymne of St. Barthélemy (music by Michael Valenti; poem by Isabelle Deravin). If you're in the NYC area, don't miss this event, which will take place in the Parish Hall of St. Marks Church, 2nd Avenue at 10th Street. Congratulations to La Chorale!

March 7, 2008

On the Horizon - March 5, 2008

March 15, 2008 - June 8, 2008
Archery Competitions:
March 15, April 26, May 24, June 7-8

March 27-31, 2008
13th Annual St Barth Bucket Regatta

April 16-20, 2008
International Book Day

April 20, 2008
9th Edition of the Transat Ag2r.
Arrival in St Barth will be approximately three weeks later.

April 25-30, 2008
13th Annual St Barth Film Festival
A.J.O.E., Lorient

March 5, 2008

Video of the 2007 St. Barth Bucket Regatta

Here is some great video from last year's St. Barth Bucket Regatta

Preliminary Fleet Announced for 2008 St. Barth Bucket

Our friends over at AllAtSea.net have an article up about the fleet participating in the this year's St. Barth Bucket:

A fabulous fleet of yachts-all but two of which measure more than 100' in length-are confirmed to participate in the 2008 St. Barth Bucket (www.newportbucket.com), an invitational regatta for large sailboats.

Among the largest are two Perini Navi yachts, the 163' Perseus and the 184' Selene, followed by Hyperion, a 156' Royal Huisman yacht and two more by Perini Navi, Andromeda La Dea and Antara at 154'. The smallest entries are Symmetry at 96' and Windcrest at 98'.

More here.

March 4, 2008

St Barth Bucket Sets Sail March 27

3-masted-sail-boat.jpgMark your calendar for March 27-31 for the 13th Annual St Barth Bucket Regatta! This non-commercial event involves three days of racing around the island and attracts the most spectacular and majestic sailing yachts in the world -- all of which must be over 100 feet. The Bucket is an invitation-only event, and they already have a full fleet of 30 yachts, with many more on the waiting list. This year, five of the world's most prestigious super-yacht builders have come together to provide over 60% of the Bucket's annual budget on an ongoing basis: Alloy Yachts, Holland Jachtbouw, Perini Navi, Royal Huisman Shipyard, and Vitter's Shipyard. Good spots to view the races are at the lighthouse in Gustavia, the heights of Lurin and Pointe Milou and the end of the road at Colombier. And, don't forget the parties and music on the quay in Gustavia in the evenings!

An Innovative Idea for the 13th Annual St Barth Film Festival

"If you do not go to the cinema, the cinema will come to you". For the 13th edition of the Festival of Caribbean Cinema (the St Barth Film Festival), the organizers have decided to present certain films and videos in the different quarters of the island. Last Thursday, Jean-Marc Césaire, the founder of the association Ciné Woulé, visited the island and met with organizers Ellen Lampert-Gréaux, Rosemond Gréaux and Joshua Harrison. Since 1995, Ciné Woulé has gone to different districts in Guadeloupe and shown movies on inflatable screens. Césaire will be in St Barth at the time of the festival, April 25-30, to orchestrate the itinerant projections. A future goal is to establish a place exclusively dedicated to showing movies. To achieve that goal, they would like to have a distribution network in order to share the costs across the islands of the French West Indies. Meanwhile, using the projectors and inflatable, transportable screens of Ciné Woulé will allow movies to be shown to people who otherwise would never go to the cinema. Great idea!


February 25, 2008

The St. Bart's Cocktail Fundraiser for Barack Obama

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Looks like they are raising money for Senator Obama on St. Barts:

The St. Bart's Cocktail Fundraiser (Fundraising) Pleas join Richard Branson and Lucy Salenger and the Members of St. Barts for Barack Obama for The St. Bart's Cocktail Fundraiser,Wednesday, February 27 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at Eddy's Restaurant, Rue du Centaire, Gustavia, St. Barthelemy, French West Indies.

Marvin Zonis, Professor, International Political Economy and Leadership, University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, will speak on "Leadership and Barack Obama"
American Citizens and Green Card Holders may contribute by check or internet. Suggested Donation Payable to Obama for America: $100, $250, $500
All are Welcome

And no, it is not that Richard Branson.

February 20, 2008

More on The Swedish Design Center

Since the intrepid Candee is on island we have some more on The Swedish Design Center (and a photo):

swedish-design-center.JPGNils and Susanna Passburg, the delightful and knowledgeable owners of The Swedish Design Center of St. Barthélemy, are proud to present a unique showing of JB Bags and a pre-launch of a book on Gustavia by Jenny Stening on February 23 between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Ms. Stening will be on the island with an exclusive pre-print version of her first book about the Swedish buildings in Gustavia. Her book is based on a sign-posted walk of significant buildings and places in Gustavia. She created and presented this project to the municipality of St Barth in 2004. It is an architectural and historic guide to Gustavia that focuses on the years 1785-1878 when the island was under Swedish rule. In addition, an extensive collection of her JB design bags will be on display. The bags combine modern design with the use of high-tech sail cloths that make the most of the strong, light, durable and water-resistant characteristics of this material.

The Swedish Design Center is the island's first retail establishment offering an innovative, unique collection of contemporary and modern classic objects and accessories of Swedish design, heritage and origin. It serves as the island's exclusive distributor for established and up-and-coming designers of Swedish jewelry, silver, glassware, furniture, home accessories, and other items. As quoted by Susanna, "It must stand the wear of the eye.""

The Swedish Design Center is located in the little shopping mall Les Amandiers, Route de Saline, St. Jean across the street from Le Glacier.

February 7, 2008

Anik Karadjian at Galerie Porta 34

tab170.jpgAnik Karadjian will be exhibiting her collection of "Landscapes and Horizons" at the Galerie Porta 34 in Gustavia from February 8 to February 14. This collections features a series of large oils on fabric and about sixty works on paper. D. Gavach, a writer for Soualig' Art magazine, describes her work as a "sensual vision of the minimalist and sensual landscape with colors of a cosmic world between ideality and mystical aspirations. Karadjian was born in Armenia, which she left at age 9. Since 2004, she shares her time between Nice and St. Martin. You can view the exhibition every day from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

January 23, 2008

On the Horizon - February 23,2008

February 9, 2008-June 8, 2008
Archery Competitions: February 9, March 15, April 26, May 24, June 7-8

February 5, 2008
Carnival

April 16-20, 2008
International Book Day

April 20, 2008
9th Edition of the Transat Ag2r. Arrival in St Barth will be approximately three weeks later.

April 25-30, 2008
13th Annual St Barth Film Festival, A.J.O.E., Lorient

Last Day of St Barth Music Festival

music-festival-banner.jpgToday is the last day of The 24th annual St Barth Music Festival, which began on January 11. Tickets are available at the home of Lydie Berry on Rue du Général de Gaulle in Gustavia from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and also at the door the evening of the concert. Tonight's event, John Ellis Quintet of New Orleans (Jazz), is scheduled for 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at the Catholic Church in Gustavia.

Getting Ready for Carnival

newspaper-carnival.jpgCarnival activities have begun! Every Sunday evening up until February 5, the actual day of Carnival, La Pointe en Mouvement marches through the streets of Gustavia dressed in costumes of a different theme each week. They dance, sing and play tambours and other local percussive instruments. The mini-parade starts at La Pointe in Gustavia at 6:00 pm and finishes in front of the restaurant La Cantina on the harbor (around the corner from Le Select), arriving there around 7:00 pm.

As you can see from the photo, one Sunday's theme was "Newspaper." Themes for the remaining Sundays preceding Carnival are: January 27, "Black and Gold" and February 3, "Black and Red".

On the Monday before Carnival, February 4, there will be the traditional parade in pajamas, and the burning of Vaval, which signifies the official end of Carnival, will take place on Wednesday, February 6 on Shell Beach.

January 16, 2008

International Book Day

UNESCO's International Book Day was first celebrated on St Barth in 2006. Due to its great success, the organizers are hoping to turn this annual event into a major cultural activity. For 2008, the idea is to schedule a five-day event from April 16 to April 20 that will combine the International Book Day with poetry readings from a few invited poets, a writing workshop, a conference led by a well-known author and a book exchange with readings and book signings. The collection of books began on January 5. More to come regarding where you can drop off your donations.

January 10, 2008

On the Horizon

January 12, 2008-June 8, 2008
Archery Competitions: January 12, February 9, March 15, April 26, May 24, June 7-8

January 11-23, 2008
24th Annual St Barth Music Festival

February 5, 2008
Carnival

April 16-20, 2008
International Book Day

April 20, 2008
9th Edition of the Transat Ag2r. Arrival in St Barth will be approximately three weeks later.

April 25-30, 2008
13th Annual St Barth Film Festival, A.J.O.E., Lorient

St Barth Music Festival

The 24th annual St Barth Music Festival will take place from January 11 to January 23, 2008. Tickets are available at the home of Lydie Berry on Rue du Général de Gaulle in Gustavia from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and also at the door the evening of the concert. Many thanks for the hard work of those who organized this popular event. In addition to scheduling the events, they must find housing for the musicians. Not an easy feat at this time of year!

Festival Schedule:

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December 26, 2007

Italian artist LUCIO SALVATORE creates a stir in St Barths

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Opening on the 26th of December (Reception: Saturday December 30th, 2008, 6 - 8pm) in to-B.Art Gallery St Barths, the exhibition of the new paintings by the important emerging Italian artist Lucio Salvatore is already gathering buzz in magazines worldwide.

Salvatore paints using oils, acrylics and resins which are put in movement through the use of fire. The dynamic process, which begins with the application of resins on the paint when it is flowing on the bottom of the studio pool, the ultimate artist's canvas, is set in motion through fire, eternalized on film, then printed on plexiglass in large format limited editions of 5.

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December 4, 2007

St Barth Music Festival to Present Concerts throughout the Year

anglican%20church.jpgAs a result of public demand, the St Barth Music Festival has undertaken to offer concerts of classical music throughout the year. The inaugural concert was held on November 21 at the Anglican church in Gustavia where the Festival organizers presented the Enso String Quartet. This quartet was formed in 1999 at Yale University and consists of two violins, a viola and a violoncello. The next concerts will begin in May 2008. On May 2, the jazz group The Monty Alexander Trio will perform, and on May 3, classical music will be performed by a trio on violin, French horn and piano. The pianist, Phillip Bush, will also perform at the 24th annual St Barth Music Festival to be held January 11-23, 2008. Kudos to the St Barth Music Festival in responding to the island's wishes!

December 3, 2007

On the Horizon

October 13, 2007-June 8, 2008
Archery Competitions:
December 15 (Tour de l'Ile), January 12, February 9, March 15, April 26, May 24, June 7-8

January 11-23, 2008
24th Annual St Barth Music Festival

April 20, 2008
9th Edition of the Transat Ag2r. Arrival in St Barth will be approximately three weeks later.

April 25-30, 2008
13th Annual St Barth Film Festival, A.J.O.E., Lorient

November 22, 2007

La Course de l'Alliance

lacourse.jpgOrganized by the St Martin Yacht Club Fort Louis in partnership with the St Maarten Yacht Club, the fourth edition of La Course de l'Alliance will be held from November 23 to November 25 in the waters of Saint Martin, St Barth and Anguilla. This sailing event is open to sailboats in the following categories: Spinnaker, non-Spinnaker, Multihull and Open Class. Last year, 23 boats participated in the three-day regatta. Prizes will be awarded in Marigot, St Martin on Sunday, November 25 at 4:00 pm.

Friday, November 23
Regatta leaves Simpson Bay, St Maarten and sails to Gustavia

Saturday, November 24
Regatta sails from St Barth to Anguilla

Sunday, November 25
Regatta sails from Anguilla to Marigot, St Martin

The website for the event is here.

November 21, 2007

Artist Richard Prince Exhibits In St. Barths at the Eden Rock Hotel

From Luxist.com:

"...art lovers can check out Prince's latest works at the Eden Rock Hotel Gallery in St Barths from December 18, 2007 - February 28, 2008. The exhibition is a partnership with the Gagosian Gallery and will showcase new paintings as part of his "Eden Rock" or "Deathlands" series."

November 8, 2007

St Barts Music Festival 2008

More St Barts Music Festival news from Wimco:

The St Barts Music Festival 2008 runs for two weeks this year, from January 11 through January 23, 2008. Advanced tickets to performances are not necessary, just come to the island and pay at the door - the old-fashioned way!

Since 1984, St. Barts has hosted a performing arts festival unlike any other in the world. Each year during January St Barts offers more than a dozen nights of the finest live music and dance performances in an informal, island setting.

Audiences are treated to intimate concerts by some of the world's most prominent classical, opera, ballet, and jazz stars. These performers have the level of artistry that one would normally have to attend Carnegie Hall in New York or the Opera Garnier in Paris to experience. Imagine hearing them with the added advantage of island breezes and the fragrance of flowering hibiscus.

There's more.

November 5, 2007

Sixth Annual Painting Contest Gets Underway

The Saint B'Art Association is organizing its sixth annual painting competition. The theme, as always, remains St Barthélémy: landscapes, scenery or people and all media is allowable. The paintings must be available at the beginning of December in order to be exhibited on December 8. As with last year, the winning painting will be used as a stamp on 10,000 pre-stamped envelopes. For more information, please call Véronique Vander Noot at 06 90 39 92 74 or Jean-Pierre Ballagny at 06 90 83 84 00.

November 2, 2007

Golden Rock Regatta Sports an Impressive Itinerary

The Golden Rock Regatta will make a stop in St. Barts:

After leaving St. Martin on the first day of racing, the first port of call is Gustavia, St. Barths, the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Rather than plan a function, organizers have opted to give the sailors the opportunity to explore the many restaurants for themselves.

More here.

October 18, 2007

Golden Rock Regatta - November 12-16

brigant.jpgOn November 16, 1776, with a copy of the Declaration of Independence on board, the brig Andrew Doria approached St. Eustatius (Statia), deployed the red-and-white striped Continental Colors, and fired a 13-gun salute. Governor, Johannes de Graaff, the commander of the fort, ordered that they reply with an 11-gun salute. Statia was the first foreign power to recognize the independence of the United States. To commemorate these events, starting two years ago, the Golden Rock Regatta has been held annually to focus attention on this forgotten outpost of a bygone age.

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October 2, 2007

On the Horizon

October 4-14, 2007
Tennis tournament at the Hotel Guanahani & Spa, Grand Cul de Sac; registration through October 3. For more information, call 05 90 27 66 60 or 06 90 49 86 94.

April 20, 2008
9th Edition of the Transat Ag2r transatlantic sailing race departs from Concarneau, France. After traveling for 3710 miles, it will arrive in St Barth approximately three weeks later.

September 20, 2007

2008 St. Barts Music Festival

Looking forward to this winter, music lovers may want to start planning their island visit to this year's annual St. Barts Music Festival. The events run for two weeks, from January 11 through January 23, 2008.

http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/stbartsmusicfestival-thumb.gifSince 1984, St. Barts has hosted a performing arts festival unlike any other in the world. Each year during January we offer more than a dozen nights of the finest live music and dance performances in an informal, island setting. Audiences are treated to intimate concerts by some of the world's most prominent classical, opera, ballet, and jazz stars. These performers have the level of artistry that one would normally have to attend Carnegie Hall in New York or the Opera Garnier in Paris to experience. But we offer them to our audiences with the added advantage of island breezes and the fragrance of flowering hibiscus.

The colorful and useful St. Bart's Music Festival website is a good place to find out more about the festival.

August 17, 2007

On the Horizon

August 24
Fête de la Saint Barthélémy in Gustavia
August 25
Fête de la Saint Louis in Corossol
August 27
Senior's Day - special entertainment for older citizens

Enjoy the Last Beach Festivals!

It's the final summer blowout before school starts and the older students leave the island for St Martin or Guadeloupe to continue their studies. Today is the Pitea Day celebration, which is held on the commercial dock in Public. Competitions in dominoes and pétanque took place at 7:30 am this morning. The drawing for the raffle is today on the dock in Public at 5:00 pm. First prize is two tickets from St Martin to Paris via Air France! There are ten other prizes, including dinner for two at The Wall House, a "one-for-two" ticket from St Barth to St Martin on The Voyager and a motorcycle helmet.

On August 18 and 19, St Barth celebrates the Festival of Gustavia - where else but on the Quai du General de Gaulle in Gustavia. There will be regattas, music, dancing, drinks and fireworks.

August 24 brings the Patron Saint Feast Day, the Festival of St Barthélémy. He's certainly my favorite saint! Church and official ceremonies will be held as well as regattas, music, dancing and fireworks in Gustavia. A special event this year, hosted by the Ouanalo Association in collaboration with the Collectivity of St Barthélémy, is a contest to vote for "Little Miss and Mister St Barth 2007" for children aged 6 to 9 years.

Corossol.jpegAnd last but not least, is the final beach festival: the 44th celebration of the Festival of St Louis in the quaint fishing village of Corossol on Saturday, August 25. The festival kicks off at 6:30 am when the boats depart for the fishing contest of orphies. The day is packed full of events, culminating at 8:30 pm with fireworks followed by music and dancing on "le Pont de la Jeunesse." Here's the full schedule. As usual, food and drink will be available during the day and evening.

8:00 am - Mass at the base of the rock of Saint-Louis
9:00 am - Bélote competition
10:00 am - Departure of two regattas: Optimists sailboats and traditional canoes
10:30 am - "Baby-foot" competition and beach volleyball tournament
11:00 am - Various games on the beach
12:30 pm - Honorary wine and music; awarding of the prizes for the competitions
2:00 pm - Canoe and kayak classes
3:30 pm - Various games
6:30 pm - Dance exhibition presented by Kim
7:30 pm - Raffle drawing. First prize if a 7-day cruise on the Costa cruise line for two people; second prize if a computer and HP printer; third prize if a Samsung digital DVD camcorder; fourth prize is a weed blower; fifth prize is a teak coffee table. Remaining prizes include a vacuum cleaner, DVD player, man's watch and a portable air compressor. Tickets are 5 €.
8:00 pm - Skit portraying the years of yore
8:30 pm - Fireworks followed by music and dancing

SBJam Music Festival

From August 16 through August 19, SBJam is sponsoring music on the quay in Gustavia with groups from several nearby islands. You can pick up a T-shirt as a souvenir at Loulou's Marine and Pati de St Barth in Gustavia. Drinks and snacks will be available on the quay. Following is the schedule, but times are subject to change.

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August 13, 2007

On the Horizon

August 14-15:
Pitea Day - Religious and public holiday commemorating the special relationship between St. Barth and Pitea, Sweden
August 16-19:
SBJam Music Festival - Groups from St Martin, Guadeloupe, Antigua, Martinique and Haiti. Bélote competition and traditional regatta on Sunday, August 19.
August 24:
Fête de la Saint Barthélémy in Gustavia
August 25:
Fête de la Saint Luis in Corossol

July 15, 2007

On the Horizon

July 16-30
St Barth Volleyball Cup - a series of matches beginning July 16

July 28-29
Fête des Quartiers du Nord - Summer festival of Flamands and Colombier; held at A.S.C.C.O.E. in Colombier; contents, regatta at Flamands, animations, music, food, beverages and fireworks

August 11-12
Fête des Quartiers du Vent - Regatta, food, beverages, music, and fireworks in Lorient

Bastille Day Celebrations

July 14 was Bastille Day, and St Barth celebrated with fireworks starting at 9:00 pm at Fort Oscar in Gustavia. The Saint Barth Yacht Club sponsored a regatta of the traditional sailboats, and many restaurants offered special menus for the occasion. La Plage hosted dinner, a fashion show, DJ Daytona from Ibiza and their own fireworks on the beach!

July 12, 2007

On the Horizon

July 16-30
St Barth Volleyball Cup - a series of matches beginning July 16

July 28-29
Fête des Quartiers du Nord - Summer festival of Flamands and Colombier; held at A.S.C.C.O.E. in Colombier; contents, regatta at Flamands, animations, music, food, beverages and fireworks

June 18, 2007

Musical Festival Celebrates the First Day of Summer

The 26th annual Fête de la Musique kicks off all across France on June 21, the official start of summer. The festival began in 1982 thanks to Maurice Fleuret, who was the Director of Music and Dance, and the support of Jack Lang, Cultural Minister at the time. The goal was to bring people and their music out onto the streets. Sounds like a St Barth natural, right? This event has been celebrated in St Barth for the past few years and will take place at Caviar Island in Gustavia and at La Plage in St Jean. I'm sure you can expect other venues to be added as the day approaches!

May 31, 2007

La Fête du Crabe!

This year the religious holiday Pentecost fell on Sunday, May 27. As usual, many of the restaurants prepared traditional local dishes, with an emphasis on crab. For example, La Route de Boucaniers, on the harbor in Gustavia, offered such local treats as pâté de crabe (3) for 6€, crabe farci for 7€, matété de crabe for 12€, pâté de lambi for 6€, boudin (2) for 2€, colombo de coq for 13€ and dombrés de crabe, lambi or queue de porc (pork tails) for 16€. Easter and many of the other religious holidays, such as Ascension and Pentecost, are great opportunities to sample some of these delicious local dishes.

May 3, 2007

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/sailingsb-thumb.jpgOn Sunday, April 29, Le Centre Nautique of St Barth organized an around-the-island race for catamarans and windsurfers. They departed from St Jean Bay at 10:00 am, with an estimated arrival time of 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm. A barbecue, bar, music by BRH (Blues, Rock and Harmony) and the awarding of prizes awaited their return. The current record for windsurfers is 1 hour 14 minutes by Ricardi Maricel from St Martin and 1 hour 52 minutes for catamarans, set by Jeff Lédée and Vincent Jordil of St Barth. The weather couldn't have been more accommodating with blue, sunny skies and a strong wind.

Ciné St Barth Plans Several Year-Round Projects

In response to a growing demand for more cinema activities from students and adults, Ciné St Barth, the nonprofit association behind the St Barth Film Festival, is planning several new projects. Since the beginning of the film festival 12 years ago, filmmakers have scheduled time to visit the schools to promote filmmaking as a profession and to increase the understanding of cinema. They have clearly done a good job! As a result of the increased interest, Ciné St Barth hopes to establish an editing studio and a film club, where Caribbean films can be shown all year. Establishing a film club has been a long-time desire, but the lack of a venue for showing the videos always put it on hold. Now, with the availability of the new room upstairs at the Capitainerie in the office building of the Harbor Master, this dream may become a reality.

Sixth Annual St Barth Theater Festival

Comedy will be the star this year at the sixth annual St Barth Theater Festival, which takes place from May 4 to May 13. The festival is organized by the local nonprofit organization SB Artists, who will perform two of the six plays. The performances will take place in the Capitainerie in the office building of the Habormaster on the quai in Gustavia. For reservations, call 06 90 41 84 17 or 06 90 41 86 48.

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April 24, 2007

On the Horizon

April 23 Conference on the Flora and Fauna of St Barth at the Capitainerie on the quai in Gustavia at 6:00 pm.

April 22, May 20 Future races of the traditional sailboats for the 2007 season

April 29 Race around the island for catamarans and kite-surfers. Organized by Le Centre Nautique of St Barth. Departs from St Jean Bay at 10:00 am. Barbecue, bar and music by BRH (Blues, Rock and Harmony) on the beach beginning at noon.

May 4-21 St Barth Theater Festival

Twelfth St. Barth Film Festival Starts April 25

One of the most anticipated events on the island is the annual Film Festival, which takes place this year April 25-30. As always, this year's line-up of films is sure to captivate the audience. Four feature films, two shorts in 35 mm and several video screenings make up this year's program. Ellen Lampert-Gréaux, co-founder of the festival, has also invited many of the films' directors to present their films and answer questions from the audience. The films are projected on the large white wall at the A.J.O.E. tennis courts in Lorient, where non-alcoholic drinks, popcorn, T-shirts and baseball caps can be purchased. Admission is 5 € per night or five nights for 25 €. All films are either in French or have French subtitles. All films are shown at A.J.O.E. in Lorient unless otherwise noted.

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April 1, 2007

St Barth Bucket 2007 Sets Sail March 30

Spectacular, majestic, breathtaking, elegant.....words don't do justice to the sight of the world's largest and most beautiful sailing yachts as they depart Gustavia harbor and raise their sails to race around the island. The 12th annual St Barth Bucket started yesterday, March 30, and will conclude on Sunday, April 1 with an awards ceremony and cocktail reception on the quay in Gustavia at 6:00 pm. During the three days of races, the St Barth Yacht Club will be hosting a bar and a stand selling T-shirts and baseball hats on the quay. An anticipated 28 yachts will compete this year with the smallest, Metolius, measuring 83 feet, and the largest, the Maltese Falcon, measuring a grand 286 feet. The Maltese Falcon, which made its maiden voyage in July 2006, is a true study in technology with its three unrigged, rotating carbon-fiber masts, each of which supports five independent square sails that can be synchronized for angle and wind by controls from the deck. Good spots to view the races are at the lighthouse in Gustavia, the heights of Lurin and Pointe Milou and the end of the road at Colombier.

March 16, 2007

On the Horizon

  • March 18, April 22, May 20 - Future races of the traditional sailboats for the 2007 season
  • March 29-April 1 - St Barth Bucket
  • April 25-30 - St Barth Film Festival
  • May 4-21 - St Barth Theater Festival

Parade in Gustavia for Mi-Carême

Carême is the period from the beginning of Lent (the day after Mardi Gras) to Easter. Consequently, mi-carême marks the middle of this period and is often celebrated with a small Carnaval-like parade. Mi-carêmers will parade through the streets of Gustavia on March 15 dressed in red and black. The custom started during the Middle Ages when the common people in France were permitted a one-day respite from the constraints of Lent to enjoy themselves. They went from house to house disguised from head to toe while their host tried to guess their identity. When the game was over, they removed their masks and were offered treats.

Bonobo Sculpture Sells for 30,000 Euros at Auction

http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/bonobo-thumb.jpgMarch 8 was the final day of the silent auction hosted by the Hotel François Plantation of the bronze sculpture of a Bonobo monkey. Bids began at 20,000 €, or $25,000, and the sculpture was sold to a German industrialist for 30,000 euros. 16,000 euros will go to the Jane Goodall Institute to aid in its mission of saving large primates from extinction. The remaining amount will be given to the sculptor, Florence Jacqueson.

Live at BAZ

The Evan Goodrow Band is playing at Bêtes de L'Azailes, a bar and restaurant on the harbor in Gustavia, from March 5 through March 31. The music starts at 9:00 pm and there is no cover charge. The band features Evan Goodrow, whose formal training was as a jazz guitarist; Rick Oneal, on bass guitar, vocals and cowbell, who has opened for such bands as Kansas, Jefferson Starship, B.B. King, Etta James, George Thorogood, Little Feat and Bonnie Raitt; Carl Benevides on saxophone, vocals and percussion, who directs jazz ensembles, concert and marching bands and serves as a Director on the Executive Board of the New Hampshire Music Educator's Association when not touring with the band; and Phil Antoniades on drums and percussion. They describe their music as "funked-up street jazz and blues-tinged soul." Listen to some sound clips on their web site at www.evangoodrow.com.

A Haven for Art Lovers

St Barth seems to attract artists and art lovers. With at least 13 art galleries on the island, art appreciation rivals gastronomy. Below is a sampling of the many exhibitions:

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  • From March 9 to March 15, Porta 34 in Gustavia displayed the work of the renowned marquetry expert Jean-Pierre Straub who creates beautiful scenes form exotic hardwoods and Douglas Hazelton the gifted copper sculptor who creates lifelike sculptures of fish, turtles and seabirds.

    Jean-Pierre Straub spent his apprenticeship in his family's workshop and has perfected his art over 30 years. Using over 50 different types of wood, his intricate scenes offer a broad spectrum of colors and contrasting grains.

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  • March 1, 2007

    On the Horizon

    March 18, April 22, May 20
    Future races of the traditional sailboats for the 2007 season

    March 29-April 1
    St Barth Bucket

    April 25-30
    St Barth Film Festival

    May 4-21
    St Barth Theater Festival

    A Night of Flamenco

    http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/flamenco-thumb.jpgFriday night, February 23, the Association Escapade presented a night of flamenco on the quay in Gustavia. The dancers in their simple, but elegant, dresses evoked images of the gypsies of southern Spain dancing flamenco around the campfire in the dark of the night. There were no taps on the shoes, no elaborate dresses, no fans and no castanets as is usually found in many professional flamenco dance troupes. But the traditional drama and sensuality of the dance and the music were in full force.

    CARNAVAL!

    http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/carnival-green-thumb.jpgThe streets and bars overflowed with people eagerly awaiting to see what surprises Carnaval would bring this year. Costumed revelers and music at Le Select kept the crowd entertained until the first Carnaval group arrived. And, as usual, no one was disappointed, despite a good, hard rain that soon arrived. This year, 17 groups paraded through the streets of Gustavia, including the Ranch of Flamands, Rhum Gingembre, Les Cassiopées, Cajun Connexion, Pirates, Pharaon du Nil, The Hideaway, Non Merci!!, the Guanahani and a first-time appearance by a group representing Portugal.

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    February 26, 2007

    Live at BAZ

    The Adam Falcon Quartet is playing at Bêtes de L'Azailes, a bar and restaurant on the harbor in Gustavia, from February 5 through March 3. The music starts at 9:00 pm. The band features Joe Scott on keyboard, Adrian Harpham on drums, Cary Potts on bass and singer-songwriter Adam Falcon on guitar. Adam was born and raised in New York City and worked as a session and touring musician with musicians such as Phyllis Hyman, Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Sophie B. Hawkins, Roberta Flack and George Benson, his mentor. For more information, visit their web site at www.adamfalcon.com.

    February 18, 2007

    On Some Islands Swimsuits Star; On St. Barts Pleasing Palates Reigns

    Island chefs create February/April dining extravaganzas to prove once again (should anyone doubt) St. Barts is Caribbean's culinary capital.

    Newport, RI (PRWEB) February 18, 2007 -- St. Barts is the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, as anyone who has been there knows.

    Now an association of this French West Indies island's restaurateurs wants to put its own seal of approval on this nomenclature by hosting Gastronomy Week Caribéenne Feb. 19-26 followed by an April 13 and 14 highly exclusive, back-to-back dining extravaganza.

    Wimco, the leading luxury villa rental company for St Barts villas, is enthusiastically supporting these events that will showcase the island's best chefs and their signature dishes.

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    February 5, 2007

    23rd Annual Music Festival Hosts Free Concert

    http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/mail-thumb.jpgThe Music Festival kicked off its 23rd year on January 23 with the John Ellis Quartet, who was joined by Mathieu Dufour, principal flute for the Chicago Symphony, for the final piece. And, for the first time ever, the Festival hosted a free outdoor concert in Zion Garden in Saline on Saturday, January 27. The concert, performed by NYCO, was promoted as being for the "young". But, on St Barth, when it comes to music, there is no age distinction - everyone is young! NYCO was formed by Ted Atkatz, previously the principal percussionist for the Chicago Symphony. He traded in his drumsticks for a Nord keyboard and a Gibson acoustic guitar, wrote twelve songs and collaborated with three of Chicago's best musicians. Their debut CD was produced by Grammy-award winner Jim Tullio, and two big Chicago radio stations have already begun to play their music. Judging from the crowd's reaction, they were well received. Many thanks to the sponsors of the Music Festival and to NYCO for sharing their rock'n'roll with us! The Festival continues through February 2.

    January 19, 2007

    St Barth Music Festival Starts Next Week

    From January 23 through February 2, St Barth will be blessed with the annual music festival. The opening performance will be the John Ellis Jazz Quartet from New Orleans. Other performances include the Miro String Quartet, Melomanes Chamber Music, a piano and flute concert, opera featuring Pagliacci and a concert by the students of the Suzuki School of St Barth Harmony. Concerts are held at the Anglican Church in Gustavia and the Catholic church in Lorient. New this year will be a free concert at Zion Garden in Saline on January 27 beginning at 8:00 pm. Music will be provided by drummer Ted Atkatz, formerly with the Chicago Symphony, and his new band NYCO. For a complete schedule, visit http://www.stbartsmusicfestival.org/2007/festival_schedule.html

    Fireworks and Stars Galore!

    http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/image004%205-thumb.jpgAt midnight on New Year's Eve, a spectacular display of fireworks lit up the skies over Gustavia, providing a stunning backdrop for the numerous mega-yachts docked in the harbor, all of whom sounded their horns to welcome in 2007.


    http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/image005%205-thumb.jpgSt Barth seemed to be the destination of choice for the rich and famous to celebrate New Year's Eve this year. Among others seen around the island were Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Uma Thurmann, Sharon Stone, Dr. Phil, Steve Martin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, Jon Bon Jovi, Enrique Iglesias, Denzel Washington and Mickey Rourke. And, of course, a St Barth favorite: Jimmy Buffet. As usual, he graciously performed one evening at Bêtes de L'Azailes and twice at the restaurant La Plage on the beach of St. Jean. And, as always, with a big smile on his face!

    December 17, 2006

    16th Edition of Gustavialoppett

    The 16th annual Gustavialoppett, which means "Race of Gustavia" in Swedish, took place Sunday, November 19. A record number of 117 runners began this 10K marathon at 7:30 am at the stadium in St Jean. The winners, for the second year in a row, were Eddy Romil, 42, and Myriam Esdras, 30, of Guadeloupe. If you know St Barth, you know the hills these runners had to conquer! Prizes for the women were 500 € and a bouquet of flowers (1st place), 400 € (2nd place), 300 € (3rd place), 200 € (2nd place) and 100 € (5th place). The men received 600 € (1st place), 400 € (2nd place), 300 € (3rd place), 200 € (4th place) and 100 € (5th through 10th place).

    December 6, 2006

    What's on in St Barths in 2007

    Another preview of the 2007 calendar of events on St. Barts:

    "Cutting edge cinema, edgy music, melodious scores, the latest fashion - staying in a Wimco Villa isn't the only reason to visit St Barths next year.

    The St Barths Music Festival 26 January 2007, will be flooded with the sound of music. Artists will be congregating from all over the world (Italy, New Orleans, Jamaica & London) to showcase their musical talents.

    Music lovers can stay at Villa VUE (SIB VUE) an elegant three bedroom villa with one of the best sound systems on the island, situated on Colombier hillside and has panoramic views over Gustavia Harbour. The villa's spacious living area overlooks the infinity pool which appears to merge with the waters of the Caribbean. The third master suite is set in a separate cottage for maximum privacy. Available from 12,209 per week including daily maid service and seven nights' accommodation only."

    More here.

    Wimco Announces Sponsorship of 2006 Fashion Extravaganza on St. Barts

    Newport, RI (PRWEB) December 1, 2006 -- Wimco, the Newport, RI, villa rental and hotel reservations company, announced today that it will sponsor the "Mode in St. Barth," fashion extravaganza on its signature island, St. Barts. The event runs from Dec. 1 to Dec. 3, 2006.

    "This stylish event orchestrated by Nikki Beach of Miami Beach, Fl., is in the spirit of Dubai's extravagant shopping festivals and the fashion stock sales you find in Saint-Tropez," says Stiles Bennet, Wimco's Director of Marketing.

    Informal fashion shows will be held afternoons, followed by high-fashion evening events at various hotels and at the marina. Top luxury brands and designers such as Dior and Roberto Cavalli will be featured. An evening fashion show will run daily around 6:30 p.m. along with cocktails in La Baie de St. Jean near Gustavia Harbor in St Barts.

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    November 15, 2006

    On the Horizon

    November 19
    Gustavialoppet 2006 - the 16th annual 10K marathon and 8K walk

    December 3
    Island clean-up day by volunteers; sponsored by the Rotary Club

    November 19, January 21, February 18, March 18, April 22, May 20
    Future races of the traditional sailboats for the 2006/2007 season

    December - Christmas
    L.A.S.S.C.O., an association in Colombier, is organizing a Christmas caroling performance. They hope to invite the group Kassika "for the biggest concert ever held in St. Barts."

    Change of Date for Jazz Qaurtet in St. Barts Music Festival

    The John Ellis Jazz Quartet will be performing on January 23 rather than on January 24 due to another engagement and travel arrangements. The concerts will be at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm at the Anglican Church in Gustavia.

    Rhum et Gingembre Host a Night of Music, Food and Drink on the Quai

    http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/image006%201-thumb.jpgSaturday, November 11, Armistice Day, the association Rhum et Gingembre hosted a night of festivity on the quay in Gustavia. The local band Les Falcos provided great music for dancing, and a huge, beautiful sailing yacht provided a striking backdrop. Food and drink was available, and quay was full of people dancing and socializing. It just doesn't get any better!

    Live Music at Le Bête &aagrave; Z'Ailes until May 2007

    Le Bête &aagrave; Z'Ailes or BAZ (www.bazbar.com), a sushi restaurant and bar located directly on the harbor in Gustavia, hosts bands from the U.S. each year. Typically, each band plays at the restaurant for one month. This is a great place to catch some good music while enjoying a beautiful view of the harbor. The music starts at 9:00 pm and there is no cover charge. Visit the websites (below the fold) for more information and sound clips.

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    October 16, 2006

    On the Horizon

    Some upcoming local events:

    • October 21 Singing Competition at Carl Gustaf Hotel in Gustavia

    • October 22 First race of the traditional sailboats for the 2006/2007 season

    • October 28 All-day Garage Sale at Match's parking lot

    • November 19 Gustavialoppet 2006 - the 16th annual 10K marathon and 8K walk

    2007 Calendar of Events

    Here is a preliminary calendar of events for 2007:

    January
    1 New Year's Day
    8 Three Kings Day - "Galettes des Rois" Epiphany cake served at all fêtes
    26 St Barth Music Festival - Jazz, Chamber, Classical Music and dance. Gustavia and Lorient churches. Continues through February 7th.

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    October 2, 2006

    St. Barth Music Festival

    Mark your calendars for a week of outstanding music! The St. Barth Music Festival is scheduled to take place January 24 - February 2, 2007. The schedule (below the fold) is preliminary and is subject to change, but you can be sure that top-quality musicians will be performing each night. The musicians will start to arrive on January 21.

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    August 24, 2006

    Fête de Gustavia

    And, finally, finishing out the week will be the festival of Gustavia, August 18 through August 20. Again, there will be tournaments of basketball, belote, pétanque, dominoes, and fishing, along with a regatta of the traditional wooden sailboats and a regatta of Laser and Optimist sailboats. Music and dancing on the quai will occur nightly. And, don't worry - there's more to come! August 24 is Saint Barthélémy Day with more festivities throughout the day and night in Gustvia, followed by Saint Louis Feast Day on August 25 in the lovely, quaint, seaside village of Corossol.

    Pitea Day

    http://www.caribbean-on-line.com/st-barts/images/image005%2014-thumb.jpgRight on the heels of the festival at Lorient was the festival that was held in Public on August 14 and 15 to celebrate Pitea Day. Pitea Day is a public holiday commemorating the special relationship between St. Barth and Pitea, Sweden, which was established in 1977 as the sister city of St. Barth. Most of the activities occurred on August 15, starting with a fishing tournament at 5:00 a.m. The fishing boats returned to the dock at Public between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. loaded with wahoo, dorade (mahi-mahi) and the winning 48-kg tuna shown in the photo. The other tournaments included pétanque and dominoes. A BBQ on the beach offered many local specialties including stuffed crab, ragout of cabri (goat), chicken Colombo and accras (codfish fritters) as well as grilled chicken and ribs.

    Fête des Quartiers du Vent - Lorient

    The two-day festival of Lorient, held August 12 and 13, kicked off a week of festivals. Saturday was the day for the tournaments: ping pong, belote (a French card game) and pétanque. On Sunday, after mass at the Catholic church, balloons were released on the beach, followed by numerous games, a regatta and the arrival of the fishing boats. The drawing of the raffle tickets was held Sunday night, with first prize being a new car. Both nights concluded with music and dancing on the tennis courts of A.J.O.E.

    July 31, 2006

    Fête des Quartiers du Nord

    Quartiers.jpgThe festivities Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30, were held both in Colombier and Flamands. In years past, the entire festival took place on the beach in Flamands. However, for the past two years, A.S.C.C.O. has hosted the majority of the activities on its grounds in Colombier. A belote competition kicked off Saturday's activities at 9:00 AM, followed by various games for children and adults, food and drink, a petanque competition on the court in Flamands, and traditional theater pieces in patois followed by a dance presentation. The festival closed Saturday night with music and dancing. On Sunday, a regatta of the traditional sailboats of St. Barts arrived at the beach of Flamands around 11:30 am. (Lack of more photos due to a knee injury...)

    Boubou's Music Festival update

    The 5th Edition of Boubou's Music Festival kicks off on August 9 with C-Will & Reese at 9:00 PM and Rafe Gomez at 11:30 PM. The festival will be held at the Christopher Hotel in Pointe Milou with multiple concerts every day until August 20. The pool will be covered to accommodate the estimated 1500 people who are expected to attend the concerts this year. The restaurant will be open to everyone with reservations only. Transportation to and from the festival will be provided by shuttle buses departing from a central parking lot yet to be announced. Tickets are being sold for 15 € at Do Brazil (Shell Beach) and numerous boutiques on the island. See our earlier post here for more info - or visit the official site at www.boubous-festival.com.

    June 26, 2006

    SeaDream Cruise to visit St. Barts in 2007

    Travel Weekly is reporting the following (subscription required):

    "SeaDream Yacht Club will host its first theme cruise, bringing Grammy award-winning acoustic guitarist Earl Klugh on a four-day Midnight in San Juan cruise aboard the SeaDream I, the cruise line said at a New York event June 12. Klugh will perform several times during the cruise, which departs April 12, 2007. The voyage sails roundtrip from San Juan calling in Gustavia, St. Barts and Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands."

    May 31, 2006

    Boubou's Music Festival, Christopher Hotel

    After three years, Boubou's Music Festival returns! It all began in 2001 when Boubou and his friend and performing artist Yannick Noah first thought of hosting a music festival in Saint Barth. Boubou, who lives in Saint Barth, is the owner of the restaurants Do Brazil on Shell Beach and La Mandala in Gustavia. His friend Yannick often visits the island. Years ago, Yannick and his band, the Zam Zam, performed frequently in various locales on the island, often inviting local musicians to play along with them. Boubou thought about inviting other musicians to do the same. And, thus, the festival was born! They successfully staged a festival in 2001, 2002 and 2003. So, we've waited three years for the next one. This year's festival takes places from August 9 through August 20 at the Hotel Christopher in Point Milou. Access will be by shuttle bus or by foot for those who live or are staying nearby. The hotel is selling packages for three phases of the festival: Backstage Time (8/1 - 8/8), which includes the time of festival setup and preparations from 7 am to 6 pm; Live Time (8/9 - 8/15 or 8/15-8/21), during which music rehearsals and live concerts will take place between 3 pm and 4 am; and After Show Time (8/21-8/29), during which the festival sets will be torn down from 7 am to 6 pm. Some packages include a car and a pass for two people to the festival.

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    May 25, 2006

    St. Barth Crew to Participate in Newport-Bermuda Race

    This year's Newport-Bermuda Race will include the sailboat Van Ki Pass, whose crew will predominantly consist of St. Barth sailors. The biennial Newport-Bermuda Race sets sail from Newport, Rhode Island, on June 17, marking its 100th anniversary. Van Ki Pass, Creole for Passing Wind, is a 65' wood/epoxy custom-built race boat that has been chartered by Liza Baldwin, a native of Newport who spent the winter in St. Barth sailing almost daily and becoming a member of the Saint Barth Yacht Club. The sailboat will be captained by Randy West and the 14-person crew will include at least eight St Barth natives and long-time residents. Baldwin will also be a member of the crew. The entire crew will be in Newport two weeks before the start of the race to participate in a weekend sailing regatta and to prepare for the race to Bermuda. West has participated in the Newport-Bermuda Race four times, winning once and coming in second another time. You can be sure that many people from St. Barth will be eagerly awaiting the outcome of this year's race!

    Fifth Annual Theater Festival

    The fifth annual St Barth Theater Festival opened on May 5, right on the heels of the St Barth Film Festival. The festival is organized by the local nonprofit organization SB Artists, who performed two adaptations by the organization's artistic director. The remaining three productions presented this year were performed by invited guests - four women, each of whom performed in a work she has written. The festival opened with comedienne Marianne Sergent in Bon Caps, a play dedicated to sailors and the sea - very appropriate timing given the arrival of the Transact Ag2r. Another production, La Vieille Au Bois Dormant presented by Clemence Massart, premiered at the Avignon Off-Festival and is based on old French songs. The final show, Cabaret Metisse, was performed by two actresses from the company Aloe Theatre, which was created in Guadeloupe in 2004. In this show, Magali Solignat and Benedicte Budan gave a humorous portrayal of how the news affects our daily lives. The entire text of this production is taken from real newspaper articles, and a section of the show is created anew each evening.

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