Crucian Christmas Festival to Honor Stanley and The Ten Sleepless Knights

Stanley and The Ten Sleepless Knights (Photo credit: Malek Bascombe)

This year’s Crucian Christmas Festival will honor Stanley and The Ten Sleepless Knights, St. Croix’s renowned musical group, which will be celebrating 50th anniversary in the music business.

Ian Turnbull, the newly-appointed director of the Division of Festivals, has announced that the iconic group will be celebrated at the festival, which will have a carnival village named “Stanleyville” this year. This year’s Crucian festivities will be held on “The Big Island” between Dec. 6, 2019 and Jan. 5, 2020.

“It’s hard to find another musician, Stanley Jacobs, or musical group deserving of this honor after working tirelessly to keep our quelbe music and Crucian culture alive for more than five decades,” said Turnbull, who confirmed that culinary icon and culture bearer Lena Schulterbrandt will also be honored during the festival’s “Cultural Night.”

With the theme: “What a sight to see: music, culture and pageantry,” this year’s festival schedule is undergoing a revival and will include calypso and soca events, a boat parade, food fair, pageants, reggae and Latin nights, along with the traditional children’s and adult parades.

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Shamari Haynes, the division’s assistant director for St. Croix, stated that new components of this year’s festival include a Sweet Bread and Jam Breakfast Fete in Christiansted and Jou’Day, which is a day-time street party, each of which will showcase the food truck cuisine of St. Croix. Food trucks will also be able to park on the periphery of the festival village.

Haynes reminded vendors participating in the festival of a committee meeting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Gertrude’s Restaurant.

All vendors doing business with the Division of Festivals are required to have a valid USVI Business License and DUNS number.

For further information, vendors can contact the Division of Festivals at the V.I. Department of Tourism.

Assistant Director Haynes can be reached at 772-0357 or [email protected] and Director Turnbull and Assistant Director for St. Thomas Halvor Hart III can be contacted at 774-8784 or [email protected] and [email protected].

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