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Photo Focus: Lights of Cultural Joy Window Reveal: Starting the Holiday Season

Covered by bright Christmas wrapping paper, the decorated windows wait to be revealed. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Saturday night was dark at Teddy’s Party and Rental as members of the Crucian Cultural Committee gathered in front of his shop for the window reveal. The display windows were covered in bright wrapping paper.

A beribboned masquerader is a reminder of Crucian traditions among the Christmas decor. (Source Photo by Linda Morland)

As anticipation grew, Sandra Gerard, master of ceremonies, talked of the work of the committee members and Teddy to make this the first event of the season, both spectacular and special.

An explosion of colors and Crucian themes are a feast for the eye. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

“This evening we are here to celebrate Teddy, celebrate Crucian Cultural Group’s fifth anniversary, and just have an enjoyable evening,” she said.

Festive, sequined holiday hats are complemented by shiny silver boughs on a Christmas tree. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

Vivian Fludd, the chair of the Crucian Cultural Group, thanked the many sponsors of this year’s events, including WTJX, the Sports, Parks and Recreation Department, the Virgin Islands Police Department, Public Works Department, Diageo USVI, Limetree Bay Ventures, Ocean Point Terminals as well as many individuals who have assisted.

Festive, bright and seasonal colors fill the window. (Source Photo by Linda Morland)

Upcoming 2023 Crucian Cultural Group Events:

“Light the Torches…It’s Ah Crucian Holiday Jubilee”

Culture Heritage and Tradition Mobile and Pedestrian Lantern Parade Saturday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 11 p.m. For information, contact 340-626-0837 or 340-643-6398.

“Ah Glow In Deh Park – Ah Glittering Jubilee of Trees for De World to See”

Fifth Annual Limpricht Park Tree Lighting on King Street, Dec. 8, from 7 to 10 p.m. This event will be livestreamed on www.wtjx.org.

“Ah Crucian Vintage Christmas at Deh Ruins”

Lights In De Ruins at the intersection of Contentment Road and Christiansted Bypass Intersection, Dec. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.

“Ah Legendary Crucian Cultural Christmas”

Downtown Cultural Window Reveal at Purple Papaya, Queen Cross Street, Christiansted. Date and time to be announced.

As members of the Crucian Cultural Group remove the paper, beautifully decorated windows shine brightly. (Source photo by Linda Morland)

The window reveal commenced with members of the group tearing the covering from the windows. The seasonal colors and well-presented displays brought delighted comments from children and adults alike.

The plan to feature Crucian culture was evident with full-sized mannequins dressed in costumes representing masqueraders, quadrille dancers and featuring USVI madras. Popular local beverages were featured on one tree, accompanied by small red cups.

A traditional masquerader in a colorful beribboned costume seems lost in thought as though contemplating Christmas traditions of past years. (Source photo by Linda Morland)
Dressed for dancing, a big part of the culture of St. Croix, a quadrille dancer is featured in madras. (Source Photo by Linda Morland)

Santa Claus was a focal point in one window, waiting to make the dreams of children come true. Behind him sparkled bright beads and other decorations featuring multiple colors and shapes.

Santa waits to hear from all little boys and girls as well as the young at heart. (Source Photo by Linda Morland)
Sparkling poinsettias and red balls stand out against a green tree. (Source Photo by Linda Morland)

Following the unveiling of the festive windows, the committee members and guests enjoyed a light meal provided by Teddy as they socialized.

Celebrating Crucian’s favorite holiday drinks, this tree is alight with the spirit of the season. (Source Photo by Linda Morland)

To truly enjoy Teddy’s creativity, visit in person, preferably after dark. His party and rental shop is located on North Shore Road in Orange Grove, right next to McDonald’s and across the street from the federal courthouse. Teddy’s hard work in creating and presenting the gorgeous decorations was commended by all in attendance.

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