The Cruzana Manor ruins provided a romantic and exotic venue for the Womens Coalition Crucian Carnivale on Saturday, March 27.
This historic greathouse in Christiansted was destroyed by past hurricanes, such as Hugo and Marilyn. Today, however, the site is now like phoenix rising from the ruins. The graceful circular masonry staircase still remains and permits viewing the entire area, including the greathouse walls, the extensive grounds, and the windmill. The view, which overlooks Christiansted harbor, provided a spectacular view at sunset.
Upon arriving, guest were greeted by a rather flamboyantly attired steel band, which played local favorite melodies. Accompanying them were the famous Willard John moko jumbies, doing their fantastic gymnastic gyrations. Imagine all of this as the sun set among the ruins.
This event was a major fund-raiser for the Womens Coalition, which provides the island of St. Croix with a safe haven and refuge for battered women and children.
There were silent auctions as well as a live auction, with offerings of over 82 spectacular items and events. The auction even included a Fritz Henle archival autographed print of the Christiansted Harbor in days gone by, as well as cruises, dive events, restaurant offerings, hotel stays, air travel, jewelry and more.
St. Croix is fortunate in having so many Danish buildings and ruins, which provide historical attractions for the visitors who are seeking a different venue, a cultural and significant element that adds to the usual Caribbean flavor and attractions.
The Womens Coalition, an extremely important element in the lives of those who require assistance and have nowhere else to turn, is to be congratulated on a magnificent Crucian Carnivale.
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