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East End Doug
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Friday's Jump up was the smallest and least crowded I've been to.I would think the stores would have pulled all the stops out.Are the downtown merchants giving up? I hope the AG fair is well attended.

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Topic starter Posted : February 11, 2012 10:50 am
speee1dy
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i guess it is all my fault, i did not go

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Posted : February 11, 2012 11:15 am
robbySTX
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It was so small...... Very few vendors for food and crafts.
Have never seen one with so few people. Very weird......

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Posted : February 11, 2012 11:19 am
speee1dy
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wonder what the summer one is going to be like. usually valentine jump up is near as busy as the christmas one

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Posted : February 11, 2012 11:21 am
vicanuck
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I noticed the turn-out was much smaller too. The next one will likely be even smaller still. I dont think its because downtown merchants have given up, its more like WAPA has driven them out of business. This time next year I predict there will not be regular Jump Ups anymore.

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Posted : February 11, 2012 12:25 pm
Iris Tramm
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I noticed the turn-out was much smaller too. The next one will likely be even smaller still. I dont think its because downtown merchants have given up, its more like WAPA has driven them out of business. This time next year I predict there will not be regular Jump Ups anymore.

Think the IM will go too? Not the Jump Up associated with it, but the event itself.

All those pasta specials. Gone. *poof*

ETA: To say nothing of all the gorgeous, FIT men wandering the island for days. F*uck HOVENSA. Don't take my IM away.

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Posted : February 11, 2012 12:31 pm
DixieChick
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it was very small and yes i bet its because speedy wasnt there. lol

we stayed in one spot but still didnt see near the people we usually see. only went because we thought it could be the last
"big" jump up; so sad that it could all come to an end. so many of my friends i have had here for years will be leaving soon:-(

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Posted : February 11, 2012 1:07 pm
JulieKay
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It was smaller. It was still fun. The mood on island is what it is because of Hovensa - I imagine some people just didn't feel like going. It was a fun night for me as I did get some shopping done I've been meaning to do and had a few drinks and good food and listened to some good bands. (tu)

I'm hopeful for a rebound though - we'll be going as long as they're going on. It's important to show up to support our shops, restaurants, local entertainers and each other through this time. And have some fun! 🙂

Edited because I posted before finishing my tea.

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Posted : February 11, 2012 1:51 pm
NugBlazer
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I think you guys are forgetting something: Mardi Croix is today! 😀

This marks the first time in it's ten year history that Mardi Croix fell the day after the Valentine's Jump Up. That's the reason me and most of my friends didn't go to Jump Up last night: we were saving ourselves for Mardi Croix. Otherwise, we would've definitely been at Jump Up. I'm sure we weren't the only ones.

Incidentally: we're about to leave for Cane Bay. SEE YOU OUT THERE!!! 😀

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Posted : February 11, 2012 2:00 pm
JulieKay
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Yeah, and it's why we're running late this morning! Ow...my head.....:D

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Posted : February 11, 2012 2:15 pm
swans
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I'm hopeful for a rebound though - we'll be going as long as they're going on. It's important to show up to support our shops, restaurants, local entertainers and each other through this time. And have some fun! .

Thank you for your positive messages and important reminders to lend support to one another.
Swan

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Posted : February 11, 2012 9:56 pm
JulieKay
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Thank you swans. And we're home now from some serious Mardi Croix fun with a lot of people - taking a nap. 🙂

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Posted : February 11, 2012 9:58 pm
bathiel
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I agree--Jump Up seemed a lot less crowded. And so did Mardi Croix. Just two years ago, I remember having trouble finding a place on the beach at 11:00. Yesterday, no problem. It was about half as crowded as recent years. And the parade was miniscule. Not a single restaurant or bar had a float.

It's always fun to spend a day at Cane Bay, but I was disappointed in the turnout.

Bernie

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Posted : February 12, 2012 1:00 pm
JulieKay
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Angry Nates had a float yesterday.

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Posted : February 12, 2012 2:18 pm
DaChief
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Good Morning.

Taking exception to the above comments; Please do realize that we suffer as a whole with regard to the "closure" of the largest private employer in the territory...

In my humble opinion, there are more important things than "pasta specials" "fit men" and the "IM". For your information, the "IM" is still scheduled for 05/06/2012...

It is very disconcerting to realize that a fairly large portion of those being laid off will basically be forced to leave the island to find greener pastures elsewhere. This will have profound economic, social and other effects which won't be pleasant. To blatantly blog "F*&#k" something I think is rather callous.

Street wide jump up type celebrations have been going on for decades here- especially around the holidays- they were more than affected by previously negative occurences. Jump Up and the other street fairs will probably continue, along with your beloved "IM" too......

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Posted : February 12, 2012 3:23 pm
East End Doug
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I'm not exempt from the repercussions of the plants closing. I only now work 4 days per week( IE. 20% cut in pay). I still believe in the power of positive thinking. Don't give up! Attend the local functions, spend a few bucks, smile at your neighbors. The plant isn't gone yet,there are lots of players in the world oil market. We could store and redistribute refined product an make lots jobs and money. How about a super cruise port with fuel, water and provisions. The deep water dock is in place, the ships just need reason to come here.

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Topic starter Posted : February 12, 2012 10:35 pm
JulieKay
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I've uploaded a few Mardi Croix videos here - it was a very fun day. 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/user/STXJulieKay?feature=mhee

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Posted : February 12, 2012 11:12 pm
Hiya!
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I think Mardi Croix and Jump Up would have been crowded if there events were not back to back. Poor Planning. We were going to try Mardi Croix but when it ended up being this weekend instead of next it's just too much in a weekend. Jump Up really didn't seem that much smaller to me. Some are bigger and some are smaller and all of it is perception.

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Posted : February 12, 2012 11:15 pm
Ca. Dreamers
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I've uploaded a few Mardi Croix videos here - it was a very fun day. 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/user/STXJulieKay?feature=mhee/blockquote >

Thanks for the upbeat videos.

I have been feeling bad about our coming visit with all the negative post on here as of late.

CD

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Posted : February 13, 2012 4:25 pm
JulieKay
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You're welcome CD - it's not all gloom and doom here. 🙂

The boards right now are having lots of discussion, and I have my opinions like anyone else - but in the meantime there are still lots of people loving life and having fun. I firmly believe we should support each other and our local businesses and convey positivity and optimism, balanced with a healthy sense of making things as best we can for the island and the people who live on it.

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Posted : February 13, 2012 4:51 pm
marlene
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I agree--Jump Up seemed a lot less crowded. And so did Mardi Croix. Just two years ago, I remember having trouble finding a place on the beach at 11:00. Yesterday, no problem. It was about half as crowded as recent years. And the parade was miniscule. Not a single restaurant or bar had a float.

It's always fun to spend a day at Cane Bay, but I was disappointed in the turnout.

Bernie

Golden Rail had a float

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Posted : February 14, 2012 1:29 am
bathiel
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I agree--Jump Up seemed a lot less crowded. And so did Mardi Croix. Just two years ago, I remember having trouble finding a place on the beach at 11:00. Yesterday, no problem. It was about half as crowded as recent years. And the parade was miniscule. Not a single restaurant or bar had a float.

It's always fun to spend a day at Cane Bay, but I was disappointed in the turnout.

Bernie

Golden Rail had a float

That's right--I do remember now the Golden Rail float. But I can't remember seeing the Angry Nates one.

Sorry for being misleading.

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Posted : February 14, 2012 11:50 am
JulieKay
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I saw the Angry Nates float when everyone was lining up - we have friends in the Gypsies. I remember the sign. 🙂

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Posted : February 14, 2012 12:58 pm
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