Crucian Christmas Festival 

Dec 2016 to Jan 2017 

“Honoring 100 Years of our Centennial Past, Embracing our Present and Future to Last.”

 Frederiksted, St. Croix



Celebrating 100 Years of Creativity:

Jan 6 to 28

The "McKay & McKay" Father and Daughter Art Exhibit  
Studio Walsh  
Christiansted, St. Croix  

Virgin Islands Association-DC Centennial Winter Ball 2017 (An Evening to Remember)

 Jan 14

Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel
801 North Glebe Road
Arlington, Virginia                                                                 $100.00/ticket

In Search of Identity - Community Engagement

Jan 18

presented by the Office of Senator Myron D. Jackson.  
4:30-6:30pm at the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts  
Cyril V. Francois Building, St. Thomas.  

Jan 19

On St. Croix, at the Blue Mutt Gallery located at 5 Company Street Christiansted from 5 pm to 8 pm.  

SS. Peter and Paul Choir presents  a Centennial 2017 Concert Celebration "WHEN FREEDOM SINGS OUT"

Jan 15

4:00 pm at the SS. Peter & Paul Cathedral, Charlotte Amalie  
Donation: $25.00 Contact: 340-776-8674, 776-3575 or the Church Office 340-774-0201  

We From Upstreet, Inc. 'Centennial Commemoration'  at the Jarvis House Museum and Learning Center

Jan 20 to 21

Friday, Jan. 20 - Pita Gonzales Exhibit 5:30-7:30pm FREE  
Saturday, Jan. 21 - Pita Gonzales Exhibit  10:00-12:30pm FREE  
Saturday, Jan. 21 - The History of Upstreet  $5.00 per person  
for information, contact 340-690-3242 or wefromupstreet@gmail.com  

Pistarckle Theater presents                                                                     Centennial Celebration Annual Fundraiser

Jan 21

6:00pm - Until @ Oceana Restaurant, Villa Olga  
$125.00 per ticket  

Exploring Our Complex Heritage

Jan 23 to 24

The St. Croix Friends of Denmark present a series of eight lectures on selected topics of Virgin Islands History.
University of the Virgin Islands - Great Hall  



St. Thomas Historical Trust

Jan 27 to 29

The Virgin Islands Since Historical Times: A Once in a Lifetime Art Exhibition  
Donation: $10.00 for info, phone 340-774-5541  

St. John Historical Society - Centennial Conversation

Feb 14

Members and friends are invited to hear Pam Richards-Samuel, a SJHS Board Member and the Chair of the V.I. Transfer Centennial Committee discuss plans for the Centennial Commemoration. Followed by a short Smithsonian Folkways interview of Stanley Jacobs of TSK.  
Bethany Moravian Church, Cruz Bay, St. John  

Virgin Islands Agriculture Fair - St. Croix

Feb 17 to 20 

Estate Upper Love, St. Croix




DUB for your SOUL

Feb 19

featuring Pressure along with Stanley & The Ten Sleepless Knights performing 100 Years Strong!  
Caribe Home Center, Christiansted  

Centennial Edition - Jazz in the Park presented by ICMC

Feb 25

featuring Stanley & The Ten Sleepless Knights, Khemistry, Louis Taylor and the Caribbean Project, VI Rhythm Section Band and more!  
4:00-10:00pm, Roosevelt Park, St. Thomas  
Admission is FREE!  
MARCH 2017

CARABANA Ensemble Theater - Dear Anna / Dear Peter

Mar 3

a two character play exploring the 20 year relationship between Anna Heegard a 'free colored' an Peter Von Scholten Governor General of the Danish Virgin Islands.  
March 3rd and 4th at 8:00pm, Pistarkle Theater, $15 Adults, $10 Seniors/children...for tickets and information 340-775-7877  

St. John Historical Society - "All Ah We - St. John Families"

Mar 14

featuring the history, culture, heritage and genealogies of St. John families, prominent citizens, and its churches and schools.  
Westin Resort - Grand Ballroom 5:30-8:00pm suggested donation of $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for students. For info phone 340-693-8590  

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar 17 

Christiansted, St. Croix




We From Upstreet Inc.

Mar 4 - 26

We From Upstreet, Inc. Centennial Activities Committee invites the public to their March series of events, commemorating the 100th Anniversary Transfer Centennial Commemoration as follows:  

Saturday, March 4th – 4:00 PM - “Transfer of an Effective Poor House - Social and Economic Conditions in the Virgin Islands Before and After the Transfer"

Presenter:  Dr. Ron Harrigan, President, Virgin Islands Genealogical Society
J. Antonio Jarvis House Museum & Leaning Center

Saturday, March 11th – 4:00 PM-  “The Issue of Status and Citizenship for Virgin Islanders Before and After the Transfer”
Presenter:  Mr. Gerard Emmanuel, St. Croix

Also...“A Family Tree and Photo Exhibit by WEFUS members”
J. Antonio Jarvis House Museum & Learning Center

Saturday March 18th – 5:00 PM - Art Exhibit and Lecture, “How It Use To Be Back Then”
Presenter:  Senator Myron D. Jackson
J. Antonio Jarvis House Museum & Learning Center

Saturday March 25th – 10:00 AM - Traditional Workshop:  “How Granny Used to Do It”
Baking Tarts by Ms. Brenda Lewis
Making Red Grout by Ms. Gloria Joseph of St. Croix
Crochet by Ms. Nora Maduro
Winston Raymo Center, St. Thomas

Each month, the organization will host activities to include exhibits, lectures and workshops on the traditions and history of our communities; (Upstreet, Garden Street, Savan, Downstreet as well as the East-end and West-end communities).  These events will also recognize many prominent residents (past and present) who have made and continue to contribute significantly to the growth of our Territory.   Admission to all events is free, however; we will appreciate your generous donation given at the events you attend.

Membership is open to ALL residents of the Virgin Islands.  For information call Yvette Finch, President of We From Upstreet, Inc. at 340-690-3242, or e-mail your inquiries to wefromupstreet@gmail.com.


Fort Fete – Ft. Christian

Mar 24

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas  
9:00am - "In De Yard" in Emancipation Garden  
12:00pm - Boat Parade in Charlotte Amalie Harbor  
4:00pm - Rising Stars Steel Band Performance  
6:00pm - Ceremony in Emancipation Garden  
FREE CONCERT to follow Immediately  

Sailing Vessels Visitation - DANMARK, SVANEN and THYRA

Mar 24

The Danish Government and Mr. Soren Blak, from the Danish Council, would like to extend two wonderful opportunities for students and teachers to visit and engage two very different types of vessels that will be in the Territory in commemoration of the Transfer Centennial. While both types of vessels are designated warships, they are used almost exclusively to train young cadets to become professional sailors and officers.

The sailing vessels Svanen and Thyra are 60 ft. Bermuda sloop rigged international open-ocean racers that will be competing in this year’s St. Thomas International Regatta (STIR) March 24-26. These smaller boats are ideal for older students, juniors and seniors, who have a career interest in the naval or maritime services, industry or are involved in similar programs at your respective schools.  The tall ship Danmark, is scheduled to arrive in St. Thomas March 28 and remains there until April 1 when she arrives in St. Croix. At 234 ft. it is a much larger training ship and international nautical ambassador for the Government of Denmark. This is more in line with visitations similar to that of the tall ship El Galeón. It can handle larger classes and a variety of interest levels.  We highly encourage the Danmark for general interest public visits for students. 

Here are the tentative dates and times for visits...  
SVANEN / THYRA     Yacht Haven Grande    Mar 29 10am-3pm  
DANMARK                 Crown Bay Marina        Mar 29 10am-4pm  
DANMARK                 West Indian Company  Apr. 1   10am-3pm  

These dates and times are subject to change. Please stay tuned to your local radio and television stations for updates on the visit schedules. You may also contact to your local team at the VI Centennial Foundation (VICF) or 340 Group VI (340GVI) for assistance at (340) 244-3590 or (340) 513-8191. VICF and 340GVI are proud to partner with the VI Transfer Centennial Commission and our local Danish representatives and societies to bring additional maritime educational opportunities to our local students and the general community.

We thank you in advance for your interest and participation. Please visit our website www.vigiftshop.com to view our Centennial commemorative products.340



Mar 24-25

An introspective exhibit of the Transfer Centennial, presented by some of St. Croix's best artists. The exhibit also includes an installation by students of Central High, Educational Complex, GHCDS and UVI.  
Opening Reception - March 24 - 6pm to 8:30pm, Free admission and Cash Bar. For more information, contact the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, 10 Strand Street, Frederiksted, VI at 340-772-2622.  

Playing Ring: Tea Meeting

Mar 25

Joining the territory in commemorating the 100th anniversary of Transfer Day. Reminisce and reflect on times of yesteryear as Reichhold brings back its award winning series, Playing Ring: Tea Meeting a great homage to our culture and history being told thru caiso, dance and music. Celebrate our Centennial! Phone 340-693-1559 for further information.


“Rumble in Bordeaux” hosted by We Grow Food, Inc.

Mar 26

@ Bordeaux Farmers’ Market on St. Thomas from 12noon to 7pm  

Tribute to Muhammad Ali and Boxing Champions of the Virgin Islands

A Vision of the Virgin Islands Centennial (1917 -2017) and Voices of Empowerment for the Next 100 Years- A celebration dedicated to Our VI Youth & Ending/Reducing VI Gun Violence. Featured event: USVI Boxing Exhibition representing the VIUS, Puerto Rico and the BVI. 

Confirmed presenters: 

Julian Jackson, 3x World Boxing Champion; John Jackson, World Boxing Champion; Clayton Laurent, Olympic Boxing Champion; Dr. David and Mrs. Dr. Marilyn B. Hall, President and First Lady of the University of the Virgin Islands; Senate President Myron Jackson of the 32nd VI Legislature; Imam AbuBakr Muhammad of the VI Muslim Mosque; ChenziRa “Dr. Chen” Davis Kahina, Director of the VI Caribbean Cultural Center @ UVI; and Liston Monsanto, Sr., Author and Media Sportscaster.  Emcee: Vernon Araujo, CEO of MeleeMedia with Ida “Cookie” Brown of IB Productions .

For more information: Email wegrowfoodinc@gmail.com and wgfi_vi@yahoo.com Call (340) 514-1899


Centennial Parade - St. John

Mar 26

1:30pm  From the National Park Dock to The Battery



Centennial Block Party, Franklin Powell Park

6:30 - 9:30pm Featuring DJ Cypha, Cool Session, Jon Gazi and more!  

Memorial Moravian Church - Centennial Service

Mar 26

The Memorial Moravian Church located at 5023 Norre Gade will mark centennial anniversary of the peaceful transfer of the territory from Denmark to United States during its morning service at 8:45 a.m.

The church will also join with Moravians worldwide to celebrate theological education and pray that persons will respond to God’s call to serve in ministry. The service will be led by the youth and the Guest Speaker Reverend Catherine Governor.  The event will be held at all Moravian churches throughout the Territory.  

Please make every effort to attend this historical service.


YWCA of the US Virgin Islands

Mar 27

The YWCA of the US Virgin Islands will host four members of the YWCA/YMCA of Denmark from March 27-April 2, 2017 during the Centennial celebration period. On Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

The YWCA will host a Welcome Reception and Round Table Discussion on shared history and future collaborations. This event is open to the public.  



Christchurch Methodist Education & Outreach Services (CMEOS)

Mar 30

Please join Christchurch Methodist Education and Outreach Services, Inc. Afterschool Program as it commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Virgin Islands Transfer from Denmark, on March 31, 1917 with a “grand” Transfer Centennial Cultural Jubilee. This exciting Jubilee will be conducted on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 12:00 Noon to 5:30 p.m. under the Sanderella Bungalow and immediately surrounding areas in Rothschild Francis Market Square.  

The CMEOS invites you to join them at this festive and very educationally enriching event. They are currently still seeking Vendors as well as Performers.

Vendors’ Applications and Performers’ Registration Forms can be picked up at the CMEOS Office directly across from the Sanderella Bungalow.   Forms will also be available at the Christchurch Methodist Church Office. The deadline for the return of all forms is Friday, March 17, 2017.

For more information, please contact: Mrs. Priscilla Stridiron (347) 821-6446, Mrs. Maria Ayala  (340) 642-8787, Ms. Yolanda Thomas (340) 201-7349, Mrs. Doris Roberts 340) 715-5066, Ms. Muriel Mc Clean (340) 998-6345


Copenhagen Brass Ensemble

Mar 30

featuring  Jazz trumpeter Adam Rapa and Vocalist Elizabeth Viki Island Center for the Performing Arts Christiansted, St. Croix  

  Centennial Parade - Territorial

Mar 31 

St. Croix: Military Parade, from Basin Triangle to Kings Wharf, Christiansted - 8:00 - 10:00am


Transfer Centennial Ceremony - 10:00-12:00pm         


St. Thomas: Military Parade, from Addelita Cancryn Jr. High School to the V.I. Legislature Grounds, Charlotte Amalie - 2:00 -3:30pm  
Transfer Centennial Ceremony - 4:00-6:00pm  
WTJX, Channel 12 will Live Stream the Transfer Centennial Day Ceremonies taking place on both St. Croix and St. Thomas.  
Coverage begins at 8:00am on St. Croix, followed by St. Thomas at   
To view the Live Stream, simply click the following link http://www.wtjx.org/livestream/  

APRIL 2017


  Centennial Reception

Apr 1

Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort


Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas


8:00 - 10:00pm  
Open to the Public, limited seating. Contact  James O'Bryan Jr. at 340-774-8784 ext. 2260  

Virgin Islands Carnival

 Apr to May

“Centennial Commemoration, Our Carnival Celebration”

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas  

Centennial Gala Ball

 Apr 2 

Renaissance Carambola Beach Resort & Spa St. Croix 


Davis Bay, St. Croix - 6:00 - 10:00pm


$75.00 per ticket,  Outlets  - Franklin's, Anally Farms and Undercover Books

Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir

 Apr 30 to
 May 7

A Choral Salute to the USVI Centennial 2017Centennial Mass – Lord God of Sabbaoth Lutheran Church Christiansted, St. Croix

 Apr 30

Concert and Welcome Reception – Government House Ballroom, Christiansted, St. Croix

 May 02

Concert - St. Patrick's Church, Frederiksted, St. Croix

 May 03

Reichhold Center for the Arts Brewers Bay, St. Thomas

 May 06

Mass - Frederick Lutheran Church 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas 

 May 07

 MAY 2017

We From Upstreet, Inc.

 May 13

By popular demand, We From Upstreet, Inc. has extended the Claude Maloon Photo Exhibit to one more weekend. 

Join us, on  Saturday, May 13th From  2:00 pm, as we present “History Captured Through the Eyes of the late Claude Maloon”, a renown photographer of the Virgin Islands, who captured historic photos of people, places, and events of the 20th century. 

 At 3:00 PM, Senator Myron Jackson will present a lecture on "The Man and His Camera" that chronicles his life and work. This exhibit will be at the J. Antonio Jarvis House Museum & Learning Center located on the Alton Adams Drive, going east over Pollyberg, just pass the gas station. Admission is free.  Good will donations are always accepted and very much appreciated. 



Casa de las Americas, "Memory and Border Conflicts"

Havana, Cuba 

May 22-26


St. Thomas, USVI: Casa de las Americas, Cuba's best-known and most prestigious cultural institution, will feature the work and words of a delegation of Virgin Islands artists and scholars from May 22nd - 26th

A full day of events, screenings and exhibitions during the institution's sixth edition of its International Colloquium on Cultural Diversity in the Caribbean will be devoted to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

This year's colloquium, titled "Memory and Border Conflicts" is particularly concerned with the centennials of two events in the Caribbean region: the transfer of the Danish West Indies to the United States, and the passage of the Jones Act which gave Puerto Ricans United States citizenship. Both events occurred in 1917.

Both events are of crucial importance not only in the geopolitical map of their time, but to the cultural and social reconfiguration of territories and communities, said Camila Valdes Leon, director of the Center for Caribbean Studies at Casa de las Americas. "Thinking about these historical moments today involves understanding them in their multiple dimensions, including the present."

A third historical event to be discussed during the five day colloquium is the eightieth anniversary of the 1937 massacre at the Haitian-Dominican border. According to Valdes Leon, it will prompt us to think about the impact of this event on the collective memory of the region.

The U.S. Virgin Islands has been represented at the past two international colloquiums at Casa de las Americas in 2013 and 2015, but this is the first time that a complete section of the program is dedicated to the territory.

"We are very excited about the program and look forward to welcoming the delegation from the Virgin Islands of the United States on the centennial of such an important event, for them and for the whole Caribbean" said Valdes Leon.

As in previous years, the colloquium is expected to attract an international crowd of Caribbean Studies specialists, artists, musicians, performers, students, and people interested in the subjects to be addressed. All events are free and open to the public, including musical concerts, art exhibits, and performances.

On May 22, an exhibition of work by seven practicing contemporary artists on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix will open at Casa de Las Americas, located in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana.

The exhibition is titled "My Islands Do Not Make a Nation" after a line from a poem by St. Thomian writer Tiphanie Yanique. It features work by La Vaughn Belle, David Berg, Shansi Miller, Sigi Torinus, Cooper Penn, Janet Cook-Rutnik, and Jon Euwema. The exhibition is curated by St. John-based curatorial team The Gri Gri Project, consisting of Priscilla Hintz Rivera Knight and David Knight Jr.

According to the curators, the exhibition hopes to capture "how some contemporary artists in the territory react to the ambivalent cosmopolitanism of life in one of the world's last non-self-governing territories, an unincorporated territory of the United States.

The show also features an epilogue of carnival photos taken by Cuban-born V.I. artist, publisher and author Mario Picayo.

 JUNE 2017
JULY 2017

Emancipation Day

Jul 3





St. John Carnival

Jul 4 

Cruz Bay, St. John



  St. Croix Archeology Society: 

Jul 24 to
Jul 29 

27th International Association for Caribbean Archaeology Congress


Divi Carina Bay Resort, St. Croix





  Virgin Islanders United Association

Sep 3

The 2017 edition of Caribbean Cultural Fest, presented by Virgin Islanders United, features the rich flavor of the Virgin Islands and the wider Caribbean Sunday, September 3rd at Harlem's Jackie Robinson Park. For more information go to www.virginislandersunited.org



Centennial Closing Ceremonies

Dec 29




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