A "Celebration of Peter L. des Jardins’ Life" will take place beginning at 5 p.m., Saturday, at Hotel on the Cay in Christiansted, beginning right before sunset, a special part of the day for Peter and many of us. A lot of Peter’s stateside family and many of the hundreds of people he befriended here will gather to have a light, upscale tribute to his life and adventures, "Barefoot in the Sand." He wasn’t used to wearing shoes. That was his lifestyle statement.
The Hotel on the Cay will be providing free ferry service, with SCUBA and other dive shop boats backing up the HOTC fleet. The St. Croix Police Department is supposedly adding a few officers in town so that those that might be a little nervous about being in town after dark can get to their vehicles safely.
DO: Bring some sort of food dish. DO: Bring money to buy alcoholic and soft drinks (don’t bring your own). DO: Wear colorful clothes (no black) and flip flops (Health Department code for "no shoes"). Anyway, in honor of Peter and Tanya’s choice to be vegetarians, or vegans, or whatever (they chose not to eat chicken or any meat), those attending are asked to bring a main or side dish of something that didn’t walk, crawl or fly (swimming was OK) to share with Peter and Tanya’s many, many friends. Those that want to eat should bring plastic (or, preferably, paper), plates and utensils, as the Hotel can’t provide everything for that many folks.
Peter’s daughter, Ruby; son, Nick; fiancée, Tanya; and many others will have a time to reflect on this remarkable man’s life and what he meant to them. Then there will be a lot of Peter’s musician friends paying respect by playing some acoustic and non-acoustic songs that show all what an influential and charismatic man this guy was. His 59 years on this planet were spent trying to make this a better place for all, spreading music, and a good word about St. Croix to those that would listen. He was one of the best ambassadors St. Croix and the Virgin Islands could have ever had. He is missed. He will be missed forever by those he touched.
Thanks to Marion Hazelwood, Hotel on the Cay and the Chamber of Commerce for making this happen.