Wha’s Happ’nin’ by Sis Frank

Entrepreneurial Skills Come to Life In Two New Businesses
Hooray for the Varlack family — Made From Scratch Bakery has opened and, believe me, if all their soups are as good as my first purchase — chicken soup — I’ll be stopping by every day. It’s the real thing.

You can tell by the big smiles that the ladies are having fun — it must be a relief from the daily worries of tickets, cars, fuel, passengers and crews — now they only have to keep ahead of the blueberry muffin supply.

Janice and Ronnie Jones’ Learning Supplies Plus is on the second level of the Lumberyard’s second building — just walk to the end of the balcony.

Everything imaginable for young people is attractively arranged. Books, games, and truly educational and challenging items that are a welcome change from Playstation and Nintendo.

I even saw a copy of “Black Beauty,” my favorite story.

The wide variety will appeal to all ages — the perfect Christmas gift.

You’re in for a big surprise when you visit this store.

Art School Music Students Entertain Families and Friends
Piano students taught by Jan Kinder and Tera Tidwell, Dale Francis’ violinists, William Johnson’s saxophone student and Shatik Stephens’ vocal ensemble charmed the audience with their talents. A member of Manhattan School of Music’s faculty, Daniel Epstein, vacationing at Maho Bay, played a rousing solo to end the program.


Jonte Samuel and Steve Simon of the Jazz Islanders at the Beach Bar.

Jazz Islanders Swing at Beach Bar
Steve Simon always welcomes visiting musicians to “sit in” — Sunday night was no exception — Patrick on harmonica, a hot blues singer (can’t remember his name), Pam Sullivan sang, the Spoon-Man did his thing, Mekiel Reuben, California saxman was a joy, but the surprise star of the evening was St. John’s own Jonté Samuel, who completed a saxophone trio with Joe Ramsay and Mekiel. In Steve Simon’s words, “He blew my socks off!” Jonté held his own with the two veterans, bringing the audience to its feet. There were a few tears of joy as we witnessed this gifted 14-year-old make his “professional debut.” He is the son of Avelino Samuel and Junie Violones.

Compliments of the Season
May we all enjoy a peaceful and blessed Christmas.