Ann Murrine Henry : Cultural Fair Honoree

Ann Murrine Griffin Henry, affectionately known as Marie was born on May 30, 1938 in Codrington Village, Barbuda to Mary John and Henry Griffin. Mary worked as a cook for dignitaries in Antigua and Barbuda. Henry was the captain of his own boat, "Norma G", hauling mail between the two islands. Ann is the sixth of eight children, three of whom are still alive. Her mother passed away when Ann was eight years old, leaving her to be raised by her aunt, Catherine John Beazer.

Ann attended Antigua's Girl School in Antigua. After four years, she became very homesick, so at twelve years, she moved back to Barbuda to her eldest sister, Judith Drinkwater, to finish school there. Upon completion, she moved back to Antigua, as there were few job opportunities at home.

A hard worker from very young, she was easily employed as a domestic worker at the Antigua Sugar factory with Mr. and Mrs. Cort. Through this experience, she learned to bake bread, buns and black cake and to cook many savory dishes. Her ability to taste and detect the ingredients in a dish must have been passed down by her mother.

In 1957, she met Ephraim Henry (now deceased), from Antigua, in Barbuda. They moved to St Thomas and were married on April 28, 1962. Once here, they made St. Thomas their home. This union produced seven wonderful children; Joan, Ronald, Helen, Cathie, Carolyn, Lesa and David, fourteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many adopted sons and daughters. Her love and skills for cooking have also been passed down to all her children, as they are chefs in their own right.

She attends Christchurch Methodist Church and holds her faith close to her heart. Ann's caring and loving ways moved her to open her home to neighboring children in need of a place to stay or a bite to eat. The aroma of her baking would draw neighbors to her doorstep on a regular basis. No one is ever turned away, as there is always enough to share. One of her greatest supporters is her best friend, Alwilda Sargeant.

In 1985, J. Ingerborg Marrero encouraged her to apply for a spot in the VI Carnival Food Fair. Her passion for cooking needed to be shared with more than family and neighbors. With the assistance of all her children, grandchildren included and friends, some traveling to be here during that time, Mrs. Henry is able to satisfy the palates of many Virgin Islanders. Oftentimes, so busy wanting to provide what everyone wanted, she could not participate in the special food contests.

Her need for medical care makes it necessary for Ann to live part of the year in Florida with her daughter, Carolyn. For this reason, she is greatly humbled to have been chosen the honoree for the 2013 VI Carnival Cultural Fair to be named in her honor, "Ann's Savory Delights".

Jalen “King YellowMan” Fredericks - Grand Marshal Children's Parade

Jalen Alexis Fredericks was born on December 19, 1995 to Adisha Fredericks-Davis in Hoffman Estates Illinois. In 1996 Jalen and his mother moved back to St. Thomas Virgin Islands. He started his school days at the Handy Spandy Preschool, J. Antonio Jarvis Elementary School, Addelita Cancryn Junior High School and now he is a Mighty Mighty Chicken Hawk.

Jalen is a 17 yr. old senior attending the Charlotte Amalie High School. Jalen is in the Concert Choir and Jazz band and was part of the biggest event ever to be held the Battle of the Bands. Jalen enjoys his time with family and friends, helping others, volunteering at the Soup kitchen at his church, but most of all he has a love for music.

Jalen “King Yellow Man” Fredericks started at the age of 5 singing in the Junior Calypso competition. Thanks to Mr. Leroy Turnbull “Mr. T” of Handy Spandy Preschool for giving Jalen the opportunity. It all started when Jalen was given parts to recite for the preschool recitals and instead of Jalen just saying the parts he sang. In 2001 Mr. Leroy Turnbull put him to the test, he became first runner up.

Since then Jalen “King Yellow Man” Fredericks has won 4 Junior Calypsonian titles in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008, he has also had a few first and second place standings. This Carnival 2013 is his 12th year and also his last year singing in the Jr. Calypso Competition. Since he started in 2001 the only year that he missed was in 2006 because his mother SGT Adisha Fredericks-Davis being deployed to Baghdad, Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom with the Virgin Islands National Guard 610th Quartermaster Water Supply Company from September 2005 to October 2006.

Jalen is a member of the Rising Stars Steel Orchestra and part of the many different entities in the Orchestra; Rising Stars Youth Ambassadors of Pan, Stage Band and Pan in Motion. He had the opportunity to travel to Trinidad with the orchestra and played alongside the Puerto Rico Symphony.

Jalen is president of the National Guard Youth Group, a member of the Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Steel Orchestra; and the Drummer for Sunday’s service. We need not forget that Jalen has done jingles for Senatorial Candidates. Jalen has a promising future ahead of him. He has become a crowd pleaser from his first day on stage to present. He is looking forward to competing with great Calypsonians such as Whadablee, Louis Ible, and The Mighty Pat etc…

It has been an excellent time for Jalen “King Yellow Man” Fredericks, from the age of 5 to present he has proven himself well and will continue doing so.

Sir Frederick Anthony Larsen - Village Honoree “Chico’s Tropical Parad-Ice”

Sir Frederick Anthony Larsen is a native of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and is affectionately known as “Chico” and during Carnival time “ICE MAN”. He was born on February 13, 1975 at the Knud Hansen Hospital. Following in the entrepreneurial tradition of his father; Teddy Larsen, he worked every day after school at his parent’s grocery store T & P (Teddy & Pearla) Cash and Carry. At the early age of 16, year after year, until the present day, he steadfastly sold ice to the Carnival Village to vendors. He is a proud graduate of the CAHS class of 1993.

In 1996, Chico entered the world of fatherhood, so it was very necessary for him to pursue a second job, which he secured at the Charthouse Restaurant as a busboy. During the course of the next several years, he “paid his dues” by working several jobs, including being a body repairman at John’s Auto, a security guard at Hard Rock Café and a taxi driver/chauffeur. His drive, ambition, hard work, perseverance, dedication and natural entrepreneurial talent paid off in 1999; when he created and founded Chi-co’s Distributing Company, the premier distributor of Le Blue Water. He is also the owner/operator of Chi-Co Limo and Limousine Service.

Chico is known as a pleasant, easy going and respectable young man in the community. He always wears a smile and is willing to help anyone in need. As a result, he has been blessed with six beautiful, wonderful and respectful children; Elaine, Frederick II, Anthony, Michael, Teddy and Alana. Of course, “behind every great man there is a great woman”, his beautiful wife Anna.

Chico attributes his success to love of God, love of family and love for his community! His motto in life is also his favorite song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Chico continues the powerful tradition and work ethics passed on from his parents, Teddy and Pearla Larsen and the belief that “Without hard work, a firm belief in God and love for Family, you shall not have anything.”

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2013 Honorees

Village Honoree
Sir Frederick Anthony Larsen
“Chico’s Tropical Parad-Ice”

Cultural and Food Fair Honoree
Ann Murrine Henry
"Ann's Savory Delights"

Jalen "King YellowMan" Fredericks
Children's Parade Grand Marshall

Dalton E. Weekes
Grand Marshal Adult's Parade

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