Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tennis Program for children at the Buccaneer

The Buccaneer Hotel Junior Tennis program begins this week, October 1, 2012.  Programs for children ages 5 to 17, all playing levels - beginners to high performance players.  

For more information or to register, contact Coach Kris at 340.277.8457 or email kris.ptrpro@gmail.com.  You can also call The Buccaneer Tennis Club at 340.718.3036

Learn to play tennis in a fun and safe environment by highly qualified and experienced tennis instructors!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Home schoolers go indigenous!

We had the pleasure of going on a field trip to the Caribbean Indigenous Arts and Crafts Museum at Cane Bay! Whew, what a mouthful! This trip, although open to all ages, ended up being all elementary kids. There were three girls and three boys - what a great group they were too!

The kids arrived and were instantly captivated by Kelly the Parrot who sand Happy Birthday, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, some opera, and cried like a baby!  She was really cute and hates to not be the center of attention.  Anyway, after talking and interacting with Kelly, they all went over to the open air picnic area and took their seats.

The children learned all sorts of fascinating things about Tainos. Tainos were the indigenous people who lived here on St. Croix from PreColumbian times up until shortly after Columbus "discovered" the Virgin Islands.  They were one of the most populous groups of Native peoples in the Caribbean. They farmed, hunted, gathered, and created beautiful works of art.  It is thought that their farming techniques were so far advanced that they only had to dedicate 2 hours a week to gardening. They produced such food stuff as pineapples, cassava(or yucca), peanuts, and sweet potatoes. They also grew cotton. Apparently when Columbus came by he noted, as did other explorers, that the island of St. Croix was heavily terraced and farmed with cotton plants.

Some of the islands in the caribbean still retain their Taino names. Some of these islands are Jamaica, Cuba, and Haiti.  It is thought that St. Croix's name was AyAy which means The River. Now, why would St. Croix be named The River? There are no rivers or flowing bodies of water here! Well, way before the plantation industry got going here, St. Croix was FULL of rivers and streams and guts. With the advent of plantation farming, all the trees were either burned or cut down and it stopped raining here.  Once the rain stopped, guess what else stopped? THE RIVER!! Salt River is named just that because there was a river of water that flowed out of the hills and into the ocean. When we have tremendous rains, our guts fill and flow into the old path of our ancient river. I wonder what St.Croix would look like today if those plantation owners hadn't deforested our island - don't you?

ANYWAY back to some facts that our group thought was neato:

  1. There were between 20 and 30,000 people living on St. Croix at the time of Columbus' arrival
  2. A Taino woman shot one of the Spaniards with bow and arrow when Columbus' men came ashore
  3. Columbus never actually set foot on St. Croix
  4. Tainos had parrots
  5. Tainos used blowguns
  6. Spent a lot of time making very cool art
  7. They wore feathered hats
  8. Taino Indians were some of the first Indians to live on St. Croix
  9. Many words came from the Taino Arawak language

So folks, if you get a chance to go visit Brian and his wife Jill at the  Caribbean Indigenous Arts and Crafts Museum at Cane Bay, please let us know what you think.  This is a great resource for artists, collectors, and children to learn a bit about our history here on St. Croix before the European conquest.

Horseback riding field trip with InterXchange!

InterXchange a non-profit organization promoting social change via Xchanges invites homeschool students to participate in "Horses for Change" on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 9:00 am across from Off the Wall restaurant in Cane Bay.  This program is an initiative of InterXchange to promote caring and sharing with horses.  These horses are friendly and love the care from those who ride them. You will learn how to feed, saddle and ride the horses.  This is a great activity for ages (4 yrs. & up).  A minimum of 20 participants are required for a donation of $10 per student.  Please leave a comment to the blog no later than Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 by 5 pm.  Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Taino Museum Tour at Cane Bay

Due to the popular vote, we will be participating in the Mueum Tour ONLY.

Date: Monday September 17, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM
Where: Virgin Kayak above EAT at Cane Bay.

Cost: FREE

Plan to come for an hour or two to learn about Taino artifacts from St. Croix, their history, and view original and reproduction works of art.

Bring a lunch and stay for a beach day if you wish afterwards at Cane Bay.

Please leave a comment below to confirm the amount of children and adults in your group.

Monday, September 10, 2012

National Park Artifact Storage Tour

When – October 9, 2012
Cost - Free

Sounds exciting doesn’t it? 

It will be more exciting than it sounds – our kids will get to tour and learn about all the Taino, PreHispanic, and other artifacts that have been collected over the years and placed in storage. There are over 60,000 pieces!

We are limited to two groups of 10(including adults).  9am for elementary and 10am for upper schoolers. Please feel free to come early or stay after your tour to look at the Buck Island exhibit in the Fort. RSVP in the comment section with time and amount of kids.

Taino Museum Tour

September 17, 2012 at 9am

Come and tour the Taino Museum run by Brain and Jill Updyke out at Cane Bay. See original pieces and also reproductions.  Learn about their art work and their every day pieces that are amazing.  

Cost: FREE

Stay for a beach day on the beach afterwards.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Buck Island Field Trip Update

The field trip to Buck Island to study/learn about the PreHispanic peoples is on!  So far we have 35 people(students and chaperones) going. The cost of the trip is going to be $20 for kids under 12 and $25 for kids over 12.  We will be going on MileMark Watersports glass bottom boat.  We need a minimum of 30 to go. If the pricing effects your plans, please let me know ASAP.  

I would like to turn the money into MileMark by August 20, 2012. If you are going, please contact me to make arrangements to either mail me the money or meet me somewhere so I can gather it all up and pay for the trip in advance.  

Remember, we will be gone from 8am until at least1:30/2:00 - you will need to pack lunch, snacks, drinks, good shoes for hiking/trail walking(although I will wear flip flops, so plan however you want), gardening gloves, and safety glasses. 

Please pass the word along!