Scatliffe Village Opens with Excitement

Festival Princess Ja’Leah Stephens gets help cutting the ribbon to officially open the Irene Scatliffe Village from Gov. John P. deJongh, Miss St. John Razzilee Oquendo, village honoree Irene Scatliffe (behind Oquendo), village chairperson Jane Johannes and food and craft fair honoree Yolonda Morton on Saturday, June 28.

After the requisite speeches by St. John Festival officials, honorees and dignitaries, the 2008 festival was officially opened with a ceremonial ribbon cutting — although the partying had already begun.



An early crowd checks out village and gets a bite to eat.

The paint was still drying on some of the booths surrounding the stage in the U.S. Customs parking lot, but residents and visitors were waiting in line for their favorite local dishes and drinks.


Love City Pan Dragons delights the crowd with their sweet sound on the steel pans.


Village honoree Ms. Irene Scatliffe, Food and Craft Fair honoree Yolonda Morton, Miss St. John Razzilee Oquendo and Princess Ja’Leah Stephens received accolades and gifts before Gov. deJongh regaled the crowd with his festival enthusiasm and encouraged residents and visitors to enjoy the festivities.


Event goers enjoy the exciting ambiance of Scatliffe Village.


The crowd warmed up to the intense steel pan interludes by the Love City Pan Dragons and by the time the ribbon cutting ceremony was completed they quickly let loose to the sounds of Wrection Band, followed by St. John favorite Cool Sessions Brass and Jam Tyme.


The young enjoy the fun festivities, including blowing bubbles.