Foxy’s, the popular outdoor bar in St. Michaels, was named for Foxy’s Tamarind Bar on the island of Jost Van Dyke (JVD) in the British Virgin Islands. Its owner, the legendary Sir Philicianno “Foxy” Callwood ,aka “”Foxy”, is also a troubadour whose philanthropy has significantly improved the lives of his island’s residents by making JVD a top destination for boaters from around the world, including Will Workman of St. Michaels.
Will, who is the owner of the George Brooks House in St. Michaels, is also a lunch patron at Foxy’s St Michaels. Will suggested that Foxy’s St. Michaels invite Callwood for a visit and an opportunity for area music fans to hear Callwood entertain with his guitar and unique Caribbean style of song and storytelling. The invitation was extended, accepted and a date in September last year was set. The sold-out shows with Foxy Callwood and a back-up band over two consecutive days were eagerly anticipated. Profits from ticket sales would be donated to Callwood’s Foundation, the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society, whose mission is to “… promote the conservation of Jost Van Dyke, its adjacent smaller cays and marine systems through education, research, restoration and, monitoring.”
Then Mother Nature intervened in the form of Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic forming hurricane ever recorded, who passed directly over JVD. In her wake, aerial views showed the almost complete devastation of the buildings and infrastructure, including Foxy’s. Communications were primarily limited to social media but the event organizers were greatly relieved to learn Foxy and his wife were OK. Now the celebration became a relief effort to start rebuilding JVD Island.
This year the second “Caribbean Nights “ celebration continues on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 11th and 12th at Foxy’s Harbor Grille with two shows both days at 3:00-5:45 pm and 6:00-8:45 pm. Listen to live Caribbean Island music by the Trinidelphia Band while you feast on a special Caribbean inspired food and beverage menu. Foxy Callwood will join the festivities direct from JVD Island.
To purchase tickets, go to www.caribbeannightsshows.com. For more information, call Will Workman at 410-829-0510.
To continue JVD Island’s recovery , please donate online to Foxy Callwood’s foundation at www.JVDPS.org. If you wish to donate by check, make it out to “JVD Preservation Society” and mail to Will Workman, Caribbean Nights Productions, 24500 Rolles Range Road, St. Michaels, MD 21663. The charity is an approved IRS 501 (c)(3) foundation and they will mail you a receipt for your tax records.