The VI Department of Natural Resources along with the St. Croix Children’s Museum and The Guardians of Culture Moko Jumbies hosted Jumbies in the Fort on Saturday at Fort Frederik. The completely free event hosted over 100 attendees who enjoyed an afternoon of special activities including slime making, scavenger hunts, making moko jumbies with beads, bubbles, Tafari Nelson teaching the basic steel pan and other fun activities for families. Some parents and children dressed up in Halloween costumes.
Board member and volunteer Ellie Hirsh said the children’s museum usually holds popups at other events such as the Farm Fair or Mango Melee, but the Jumbies in the Fort was their event. “It’s a great space because we can really expand,” Hirsh said. While the children played, they interacted and participated in artistic, scientific, technological, literary and of course fun activities. “We called it Jumbies in the Fort, and the moko jumbies scare away evil spirits, and we wanted a kind of local twist for Halloween,” Hirsh said.
Additionally, part of the day was dedicated to a student workshop to educate attendees about jumbies. The VI Department of Natural Resources, Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums organized a story hour with special guest readers. Territorial Director of Libraries, Archives and Museums, Amy Parker De Sorbo, said: “I wish we could do this at The Fort every weekend. Also at the event, volunteers helped attendees register with the online library.
Hirsh said the goal of the St. Croix Children’s Museum is to one day have its own space. The next free event will take place on November 19 and will be called “An Attitude of Gratitude” and will again be held at Fort Frederiksted.