Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
From time to time we'll get some interesting suggestions from guests in our guest surveys and comment boxes. Occasionally we'll see the same suggestions 2 or 3 times in one batch of 30 or so surveys.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Its Thursday, which means that your week is almost over. Having a tough one? Needing something to get you through until your weekend? This video is kind of old, but the pictures are the same and can help you escape for just a few minutes back to the National Park here on St. John.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
New Documentary Film Connects
Leopold to Current Conservation Work
Green Fire film to have Caribbean premiere at Maho Bay Resort on St. John
CRUZ BAY, ST. JOHN— On Friday March 25 at 8:00 pm, the Aldo Leopold Foundation will host the Caribbean premiere of Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, a new documentary film about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, best known as the author of the book A Sand County Almanac. The screening is free and open to the public and will be hosted at the Pavilion Restaurant at Maho Bay Camps, an Eco-resort with a 30 year history of preserving St. John’s lush natural environment.
Green Fire is the first feature length (72 min.), high definition documentary film ever made about famed conservationist Aldo Leopold. Emmy-Award winning narrator Peter Coyote lends his talent as the voice of Aldo Leopold, and the film’s on-screen guide is Curt Meine, Leopold’s biographer. The film explores Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of the twentieth century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today.
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time is a production of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Center for Humans and Nature. The film shares highlights from Leopold’s life and extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation in the twentieth century and still inspires people today. Although probably best known as the author of the conservation classic A Sand County Almanac, Leopold is also renowned for his work as an educator, philosopher, forester, ecologist, and wilderness advocate.
Aldo Leopold’s work directly influenced the formation of many conservation organizations, including the U.S. National Park Service. The U.S. Virgin Islands National Park site is co-sponsoring the public screening at Maho Bay, and will also share the film with their management team earlier that day.
More than a dozen major premiere events are being held in during the six months of 2011, including screenings in San Francisco, Denver, New York, Seattle, Chicago, and Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian. The Aldo Leopold Foundation has also begun nationwide distribution of the film for small public screenings arranged by community organizers. The film will air on public television in 2012.
“Aldo Leopold’s legacy lives on today in the work of people and organizations across the nation and around the world,” said Aldo Leopold Foundation Executive Director Buddy Huffaker. “What is exciting about Green Fire is that it is more than just a documentary about Aldo Leopold; it also explores the influence his ideas have had in shaping the conservation movement as we know it today by highlighting some really inspiring people and organizations doing great work to connect people and the natural world in ways that even Leopold might not have imagined.”
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time illustrates Leopold’s continuing influence by exploring current projects that connect people and land at the local level. Viewers will meet urban children in
“Aldo Leopold is one of our nation’s most beloved nature writers,” says environmental historian Susan Flader. “His A Sand County Almanac, published in 1949, has become a catalyst for our evolving ecological awareness and a classic in American literature.” Leopold is regarded by many as one of the most influential conservation thinkers of the twentieth century, and the film highlights the ways his legacy continues to encourage us to see the natural world “as a community to which we belong.”
The Aldo Leopold Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in
IF YOU GO:
DATE & TIME: Friday, March 25, 2011, 8:00pm
VENUE: Maho Bay Camps, Pavilion Restaurant
TICKETS: Free. No reservations required. For more information: http://www.greenfiremovie.com
CONTACT: Jennifer Kobylecky, 608-434-7994 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Sarah, pictured below, is giving a dive training class in the foreground:
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Thanks again for your participation, All the very best to you! Gail
Maho Bay Clay Works Spring classes
Special Workshops Start this Week!
Sconce Making with Catherine Perry 3 Sundays March 6, 13, 20 1:00-3:00 PM $200.00 Learn to make beautiful , personalized
ceramic lighting fixtures ! Includes Clay and firing for one sconce. 3 additional open studio sessions included. one opening available!
Watercolor Landscape Painting One Day Beach Workshop Wednesday March 9, 10:00AM- 4:00PM , Full Day $90.00 Half Day $50.00
10AM-1:00PM Gail Van de Bogurt watercolor instructor at both Caneel Bay and Maho Bay, Guides you through the steps of landscape painting at Francis Bay Beach. bring your beach chair , bathing suit and sandwich. all painting supplies provided.
4 Week March & April Classes:
Potter’s Wheel Techniques 4 Tuesdays 6:30 PM-9:00PM Stephanie Seguin
Mar. 15, 22, 29 April 5 $175 This class is for those who have taken the beginners class or need a refresher course. designed for improving skills on the wheel, trimming, pulling handles, glazing. (Includes 4 open studios, clay & firing of pieces made in class)
April 6, 13,20,27 $175 Gail will demonstrate tall forms, things with lids, thrown and altered forms, surface decoration,designing sets, “finding your style” (Includes 4 open studios, clay & firing of pieces made in class)
ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
Local Open Studio Schedule: Saturdays and Wednesdays at 9am-12noon & 1pm-4pm, Mon. and Thurs. 6pm-9pm, For more information or to sign up for classes please call us 776-6226 ext. 226 or email email@example.com
Maho Bay Clay Works Winter 2011
Weekly Class Schedule and Information
Guest Open Studio FOR EXPERIENCED POTTERS
Mondays, 6 pm - 9 pm OR Wednesdays, 9 am - 12 noon There is NO INSTRUCTOR $40 per person includes 5 lb. stoneware , glazing and firing. Work with the island clay studio potters. Ages: 15 and up you may attend another open studio just to trim or add handles etc. (we will ship your fired work to you for a reasonable fee) if you are here all winter, ask for our complete open studio schedule.
Clay Whistles Thursdays 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Minimum 4 students - Maximum 8 students $45 per person meet at clay studio Ages: 8 and up Make Dolphins, Conch Shells etc. that are also Whistles! (we will ship fired work to you at a reasonable rate)
Kids and Family Potters Wheel
Wednesdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm (Also Fridays by request) Minimum 4 students - Maximum 10 student $45 per person Ages: 10 and up meet at clay studio. fun in the mud! bring your camera and wear sneakers! (we will ship fired work to you at a reasonable rate)
Ceramic Pendants and Wind Chimes February 15 thru March 29 Tuesdays, 2 pm - 4 pm Minimum 4 students - Maximum 8 students $45 per person Ages: 10 and up meet at clay studio use local plants and sea life impressions. (we will ship your fired work to you at a reasonable rate)
Watercolor Landscape Painting
Fridays 10:00 am-1:00 pm Minimum 3 students - Maximum 6 students$48 per person meet at dining pavilion beginners and experienced painters welcome. Professional quality materials.Paint your view of the Virgin Islands. Take home your art to frame and new skills to keep on painting!
Watercolor Painting Kits available for rent at clay studio $15 per day, Ages: 15 and up .
Class Schedules may change, Advance registration by telephone recommended
Because pottery takes time for drying and firing, expect to take advantqge of our convenient shipping service. Average rate per person is $25. Depending on destination.
Call Maho Bay Camps: Activities 340-776-6226 ext 212. Pre-Registration is required.
Most classes have a minimum of 4 students, if you are here all winter, ask for our complete schedule: Maho Bay Clay Works 776-6226 ext. 226 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Each week here at Maho Karl Pytlik from the CORE Foundation has been doing presentations about an growing and concerning issue for us in the Virgin Islands: Lionfish. If you're not familiar with the problem we're facing I'd highly recommend watching his two-part series here, or coming to one of his presentations at Maho (next presentation on Thursday March 10th).
Below is a message from Karl:
Just wanted to check and give a few updates from CORE on St John.
We have had a busy week as far as St John goes; 11 captures
3-Salt Pond Bay
Total caught in February 18. There have been other sightings last week that were not marked and still need to be searched.
We also had 4 presentations;
2/20 aboard charter catamaran Kekoa CORE partnered with EAST (Environmental Association St Thomas) to give public awareness while folks enjoyed a whale watch EAST had set-up as one of their yearly fundraisers. I took time to speak wi
th all the guests on the boat about the lionfish and CORE as well as show them some caught specimens preserved in jars. We did get to see whales, a humpback stayed with the boat for almost an hour!
2/23/11, Maho Bay Camps. Had a great turnout for Public awareness slide presentation.
2/26/11. Estate Concordia. Public Awareness slide presentation
2/27/11, Whale Watch with EAST. This time Jaimie Irving, one of our volunteers as well as general manager of VIERS camp on St John went to
give a talk to the guests.
3/6/11- Whale Watch Kekoa
3/10/11- Maho Bay Camps
CORE will begin diver training again for the month of March. I will send out an email as soon as we have the dates booked. I will makes sure to have some take place earlier in the day for those who have evening shifts and have not been able to
We still have T-Shirts and Tank Tops if anyone would like to purchase one and support our cause.
Thank you again to everyone and their hard work!
St John Coordinator
The CORE Foundation
Top photo from Haulover Bay on 2/27, bottom photo from Salt Pond on 2/21