August 11, 2003 – For the 16th year in a row, St. Croix's Landmarks Society will present art, food, furniture and frolick at the Whim Museum Starving Artist and Farmers Market Day on Sunday, August 31.
The event will commence at 10 a.m. with a breakfast served on the office porch, and will continue until 5 p.m. as 60 local artists and vendors come together on the historic museum grounds to sell everything from handmade crafts and jewelry, to passionfruit juice and roti.
Live music, a cash bar serving adult beverages, and a 50/50 raffle are a few of the day's offerings to entice the grown-ups, and for the little ones there will be games, face painting and a host of other activities sure to keep them entertained.
Anyone looking for a bargain will find one at the museum store, which will have its entire inventory of books, accessories, historic photographs, art, and fine reproduction dutch-colonial furniture on sale for between 20 and 70 percent off regular prices.
And if you just wanted to make a quick stop to pick up some fixings for supper, Southgate Farms, Farmers in Action and other local farmers will be on hand with fresh, locally grown produce.
For history buffs and the curious the museum will be offering free tours of the permanent collection and its newest exhibit, "People and Places: Travelling Around the Caribbean in 1912", a photographic documentary of daily life in the V.I., St. Kitts, Antigua, Dominica and St. Lucia in the earliest part of the twentieth century
If this August's event turns out to be anything like past events, then this is not only an opportunity for Crucians and visitors to mingle over a mimosa while cruising the local art scene, it's also a real opportunity for people in this community to get to know each other a bit better and share in the culinary and artistic bounty of this virgin isle.
Lily Alvarez, coordinator of last August's event, spoke in a 2002 Source article of how the Starving Artist Day has become an important fixture for local artists and the community as a whole, even more so since Harbor Night ended with the withdrawal of the Cruise Ships.
Wether you want to sample the various styles of Caribbean cooking, spend a leisurely hour touring through the past or chatting with a painter about her process, or you just want a place where your precocious three-year-old can run himself silly so that he'll go to bed without a fuss, the Starving Artists Day is an excellent place to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Any vendors interested in selling their wares must reserve a booth in person at the Whim Museum office, at 52 Estate Whim, located on Centerline Road in Fredricksted.
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