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Frederiksted Kicks Off Festival, Christiansted Celebrates the Arts


Dec. 3, 2005 –Frederiksted was rocking with music from one end of its business district to the other on Saturday night.
The Crucian Christmas Festival kicked off in the evening with the Stroka band leading the first tramp of the season from the Frederiksted Post Office to Buddhoe Park. Live music was scheduled at the park earlier in the afternoon, but rain showers kept people away.
Kerissa Armstrong, 10, was one of the participants in the tramp along with 11 other members of the Sparklight Twirlers. She said she enjoyed the Tramp and thought everyone watching along the way did too.
After the tramp, the contestants vying for the titles of Festival royalty were introduced to the public. (See "Seven Will Compete for Miss St. Croix Crown").
Then the crowd, mostly young people, danced around Buddhoe Park and Custom Square to the driving beat of the live music that they missed in the afternoon.
The Festival continues with the youngest members of the Festival royal family chosen at 3 p.m. at the St. Croix Educational Complex. Four young couples are competing for the title of Festival Prince and Princess.(See "Crucian Christmas Festival Fun Nears").
"A Global Mix of Cultures, Sounds and Lyrics for Festival 2005-2006" is the theme for this years' Festival.
On the other side of the island, Christiansted was having its own party Saturday. The Caribbean Community Theater held an evening of visual arts at the theater and courtyard in Orange Grove. The walls featured photography by Stephanie Schoyer and paintings by Therese Trudeau. Crafts by artists Sylvia Brady, Alexandra Francis, Yemaya Jones, and Lea Ann Robson were presented on tables in the theater.
Among the entertainers, a new voice was greeted enthusiastically by the audience. High school senior Jordan Reuck performed with her father, popular island singer Jon Reuck. It was the first time she has performed in public playing the guitar and singing.
Other entertainment was provided by Leslie Cramer, Francis D'Eramo, Lionel Downer, Adrian Edwards, Devin and Valerie Hennessy, Oceana James, Jeanne Johnston and Joyful Voices Choir.
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