The island got a hefty boost this past weekend with an influx of 147 Kenny Chesney fans who came to St. John as part of a group retreat organized by Welcome to the Sandbar, an Orlando-based fan club founded by Connie Gellner and Michelle Stevens.

“We started Welcome to the Sandbar because we wanted a way to get together with Kenny’s fans,” said Stevens. “We would meet people at his shows and wanted a way to connect with them.”