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Nov. 21, 2003 – This year, the annual Mongoose Junction shopping center Evening in the Courtyard is billed as a "Party with a Purpose" because money raised through art sales will benefit the Friends of the V.I. National Park.
The event will run from 3 to 9 p.m. Nov. 28.
In addition to the usual festivities, art from local and other artists will be on display at many stores throughout the shopping area. At least 50 percent of the proceeds from each sale will be donated to the Friends of the Park.
"We are great friends of the park and we greatly appreciate what the national park does for St. John," Radha Speer, who owns Caravan Gallery at the shopping center, said.
She said the money paid for the artwork is tax-deductible.
Pieces include paintings, ceramics, sculpture, glass and jewelry. The theme for all is "St. John's physical beauty." Artists will be on hand to greet shoppers and answer questions.
The evening also will include a fashion show by Bamboula at 7:30 p.m. in the courtyard between Bamboula and Big Planet.
Other stores will have special activities, too, including a wine-and-cheese reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bajo el Sol Gallery.
Music will be by Pan and Keys.
While the Party with a Purpose provides an opportunity for holiday shopping, Speer said, it also is a chance for residents to meet and greet their friends.
"It's a really cool event," said Karen Brady, Friends of the Park development director.
Participating artists include Kimberly Boulon, Deborah St. Clair, Aimee Trayser, Pat Whitehead, Lucinda Schutt, Roy Imhoff, Kat Sowa, Gail Van de Bogurt, Elaine Estern, Patty Tarcquard, Larry Lipski, Viki Brown, Irene Patton, Mary Thomas, Ron Keele, Claire Wilkenson, Pam King, Mandy Thody and Traci Kegerreis.

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