People ask me, “with all the devastation caused by Irma and Maria, do you still want to be an island girl”? “HELL yeah!”, I respond every time. Now more than ever.
Yes, it will be hard. I know that. But the islands hit by these Cat 5 hurricanes need us more than ever.
We’ll be heading down to Jost later this season to help our friends where we can. This little island of roughly 300 people was devastated. Completely. And they still struggle to get the materials they need to rebuild. But these are strong and spirited (and amazing) people. They’ll make it.
The USVI and BVI islands have really pulled together to help one another. The weekly “flotillas” to Jost show this amazing spirit. Each Sunday, boats from all over merge to visit and support the beach bars of Jost. Coco Locos, Soggy Dollar, One Love, Ivan’s, and the BeeLine have all had flotillas. Tarps replace roofs, fire grills replace kitchens. But beer and painkillers are floating as freely as the smiles of the people there.
I’m writing this blog as we’re driving across Florida to Tallahassee for the ‘Trying to Reason Hurricane Relief’ Concert. Yes it’s selfishly an amazing way me to see all my favorite artists on one stage – Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett, Toby Keith and Jake Owen. Plus the Coral Reefer Band. But it also is a fundraiser to support the islands. There have been some amazing and selfless work done by Kenny Chesney and others. Warms my heart and soul.
So, if you happen to be seeing live feed of the concert, watch for me. I’ll be the one screaming “I’m a WANNABEISLANDGIRL!!”
So this Wannabeislandgirl is still recovering from the back-to-back Kenny Chesney concerts at Gillette Stadium this past weekend. And, truth be known, this Wannabeislandgirl really IS from Boston. No lie!
Now, who WASN’T at the show?!?! We couldn’t believe the distances people traveled to see Kenny. People came from all over the country! The lovely Connie and Michelle from “Welcome to the Sandbar” were there and they even hosted a fun pre-party on Thursday night in Boston.
St John and Jost Van Dyke were also well represented at the show! We met the amazing Jenn from “News of St John”. And the world famous Foxy from Foxy’s Tamarind Bar was also there enjoying both nights with friends and family. All Kenny Chesney fans know who Foxy is….just in case you don’t, here’s a hint:
Oh I wish I was there tonight on Jost Van Dyke
Sipping on some Foxy’s Firewater rum
Or kickin’ back with Ivan
With all my friends down in the islands
Wouldn’t take much for me to up and run
To another life somewhere in the sun
We spotted so many t-shirts from all of our favorite island haunts….Foxy’s (JVD)….The Soggy Dollar Bar (JVD)…Corsairs (JVD)…The Beach Bar (STJ)…The Barefoot Cowboy (STJ)….Joe’s Rum Hut (STJ)….Coco Loco’s (JVD)…The One Love Bar (JVD)…Ivan’s (JVD). And that’s just a few!! It was so special to see the Virgin Islands so well represented.
The shows were totally amazing. We went both nights (yes, lucky us!) and each show was different, but equally special. Special guest star Uncle Kracker joined the stage for an added treat on Saturday night.
And, like all shows at Gillette Stadium, he sang our beloved “She Comes from Boston”. Do ya think he was singing to ME??!? 🙂