November 30th, 2011

Morning Troops!


Well, there is no shortage of things to do in Bermuda in December – LOTS coming up – but this week's edition seems to (unintentionally) have a shopping focus.  Great for those of us (e.g. me) who are completely unorganised and haven't bought any presents yet but don't worry if this doesn't interest you as there are lots of other Bermuda events too – in fact, this post is almost double the usual length.  Hold on to your hats, here goes:


  • The Fairmont Hamilton Princess will host its annual Teddy Bear Tea from Thursday, December 1st until Saturday, December 24th. This is a children’s Christmas tea and is served daily between 2.30pm and 5pm with an etiquette class included on December 5th, 12th and 19th. The cost is $35 for adults, $25 per child, or $19 for children under 12 who donate a brand new teddy bear or other stuffed animal. The bears will be donated to various Bermuda charities for families in need.  Reservations for tea should be made with the hotel's concierge on 298-5779 – here's the flyer!  


  • Tomorrow, December 1st, is the first Thursday of the month, which means that it's time for another edition of the Moonlight Bazaar at Moon Nightclub and Lounge. This special holiday edition, Glamour and Glitz, will be showcasing dresses, accessories and handmade jewellery for holiday party outfits, unique gift ideas, the launch of a local make-up line Klassy Komplexions, a make up demo by internationally known artist Christopher Vee, a Holiday Dress Fashion Show by Zipped, Private Pleasures will be presenting their 2011 "naughty list", and Gosling's will be featuring their hottest holiday wines. This is in addition to the usual assortment of accessories, clothing, pedicures, manicures, massages and the Moon Cocktail List. As usual, this will be from 5.30pm until 9pm with the DJ starting at 10pm - here's the flyer!


  • The Adult Education School (corner of Dundonald/Brunswick Street) is having a Community and Family Christmas Fun Day on Saturday, December 3rd.  From 10am until 4pm, you can shop at their White Elephant stall (most items are brand-new, never used, still in the original box or with the tags still on), buy plants,  luxury gift baskets, assorted baked goods or second-hand books (fill up a grocery bag with as many books as you want for only $5) and the kids can enjoy a fun castle and visits with Santa! AIf that isn't enough, there will also be food and refreshments available for sale. All proceeds from the event will be used to support the literacy programmes afforded by the Adult Education School – here's the flyer!


  • This Saturday, December 3rd is BUEI's annual Christmas By The Harbour event from 11am until 4pm. This family-friendly event offers three floors of vendors and activities, including Oceans Gift Shop, local artisans, jewels, chocolates, art, ceramics, Christmas raffle, photos with Santa in his Workshop, local entertainment, Christmas crafts, movies and more – best of all, admission is free! For the schedule of events, call BUEI on 292-7219 or email


  • As if the Olde Towne Market isn't enough of a reason to head to St. George's on Sundays, this week gives you an extra excuse – the Art in the Park event will be in Somer's Garden from 10am until 4pm and will feature St. George's artists and crafters selling their Bermuda-made wares.  Best of all, admission is free – here's the flyer!


  • I already gave you the heads-up for the show dates but now I have details of the show itself! The Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society (BMDS) presents Cinderella by Eric Fowler as their 2011 Pantomime in City Hall. Expect the usual seasonal slapstick, audience participation, cross-dressing and other shenanigans as Cinders searches for Prince Charming (he’s behind you!!). The show will run from Thursday, December 8th until Saturday, December 17th and tickets are $35 and available from  Showtimes are at 7.30pm with matinee performances at 3pm on the 10th, 11th and 17th (no evening show on the 11th) – here's the flyer!


  • If you didn't see them at the Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, you have another chance on Friday, December 9th – the Bermuda Road Safety Council will have a photo booth at the Miracle on Reid Street event on Friday, December 9th.  The message behind this is to make some memories and then make sure you stick around to make many more by driving responsibly over the holiday season – all photos will be uploaded to their  Facebook Page at within 72 hours after the event - here's the flyer!


  • If you want a proper Christmas party but are only a small office, the Fairmont Hamilton Princess might have the solution. Their annual Snow Ball Party on Friday, December 9th allows lots of different groups to celebrate together at one big bash from 7pm until 1am! The cost is $68 per person, which includes dinner, entertainment, party favours, and a cash bar is available. To make a reservation, call 298-5722 - here's the flyer


  • Cambridge Beaches are helping us out with our Christmas shopping at their upcoming Shop & Savour event on Saturday, December 10th.  After a lunch buffet at the Tamarisk Restaurant, you can then check out an array of unique Bermudian vendors.  Some of the artists and craftsmen involved include Alexandra Mosher one-of-a-kind jewellery, 'Walking Art' customized handbags by Lynn Whal, The Sunflower Company's handmade truffles by chocolatier Catherine Bell, El Shaddai Flowers, Alpaca Scarves from Rene Hill Originals, hand-painted eggs from Hannah Emmerson and much more – for a complete list of participating vendors. There will also be cottages open for viewing as well as spa tours. The cost is $45 per person including lunch, coffee/tea and gratuities and are available now  


  • If you're thinking of stopping by the Fairmont Hamilton Princess for a drink over the holidays, Christmas Eve might be a good time to do it!  The Salvation Army will be carolling there between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.


  • A couple more options for anyone who doesn't want to cook on Christmas and New Year – Fairmont Hamilton Princess will be holding a Christmas Day Brunch at a cost of $59 per person or half prices for kids aged 5 to 12. This will be in the Harbourview Ballroom from 11.30am until 3.30pm. From 6pm until 9pm, there will be a Traditional Gala Buffet, again in the Harbourview Ballroom, and at a cost of $59 per person from 6pm to 9pm.  On New Year's Eve, there will be a Spectacular Six Course Dinner at Harley’s Restaurant from 6pm until 10.30pm at a cost of $125 per person.  Afterwards, there will be live music and champagne toasts in Heritage Court.  On New Year's Day, there will be a Brunch at Harley’s Restaurant between 12 noon and 4pm at a cost of $49 per person. Reservations are required so you can contact their Catering Team on 298-5722 or or - here's the flyer!


  • Want to try something a little different in the New Year?  Starting from Saturday, January 7th at 6pm, a new History of Literature Club will be meeting once a month.  You don't have to know a thing about literature, you only need to want to learn more as they will be starting with a broad overview and then will go through the ages from the classical unpronounceable stuff (eased with wine and cheese) to the rise of the novel to today.  Discussion topics include The Beginnings of Literature, Myths and Legends; Ancient Greek Theatre; Elizabethan Literature; and the 20th Century Political Novel. Materials will be provided for free – for more details, email


  • For anyone interested in helping women have a satisfying birth experience, Sophia Cannonier is bring the first toLabor (formerly ALACE) Birth Doula Training and Certification Programme to the Island from January 13th to 15th.  The intention of toLabor is to educate and certify professional birth doulas in order that they may help women and their partners become active participants in their birth.  For more information, see their website at   The workshop will be taught and facilitated by Susan Cassel, CNM and there are early registration discounts available - here is the flyer!


  • A few new editions to the Recurring/Regular Event section from Victoria Grill and Rumbar.  Firstly, Dunn Deal Entertainment have just started up Lounge Thursday Live @ Rumba°R and invite you to lounge and dance in the newly-renovated courtyard to hits from the 80s, 90s and Top 40. Admission is free and it runs from 8pm until midnight – here's the flyer View this photo! Fridays are Rumba°R Happy Hour, sponsored by Bacardi, and they will be offering full service food, drinks and music from 4pm every Friday. There will be monthly prizes and every 10th drink is free!  If you stick around until 9pm, you can also enjoy SalsaMania Productions Salsa Night at Rumba°R  and enjoy watching, learning or dancing salsa, cha-cha, bachata, merengue, tango, ballroom and hustle until midnight.  Sundays offer you the double-whammy of All You Can Eat Churrasco & Bring Your Own Wine ($20 corkage) and Bring Your Own Wine is repeated again on Mondays.


  • Have any kids aged under 5 that could do with some amusement on Tuesday mornings?  You are invited to joing Miss Heather for Storytime Tuesdays at BUEI, every week at 10am for favourite stories, songs and colouring fun! This is free for members and included in the price of BUEI admission for non-members.  For more information, call BUEI on 292-7219 or email


  • To make it easier for you to pick up your gift certificates this year, La Serena Spa at The Reefs have partnered with A.S.Coopers.  From Friday, they will be in the Reid Street branch from 10am until the store closes daily and on Sundays from 1pm until 5pm – here's the flyer!



Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events

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Re-Interpreting the European Collection - September 1st to May 31st, 2012

Good Morning Bermuda by Scott Gemmell and Pulp Fiction by Ampah Tivakam-Hubbard - November 25th to January 4th

Diabetes Month Health Tune Up - November 29th

Bermuda Chamber Choir – Eternal Words, Eternal Music: The Art of Poetry in Song - November 29th and 30th

Meet the Author with Sylvia May - November 30th

Moonlight Bazaar at Moon Nightclub and Lounge – December 1st

Fairmont Teddy Bear Tea – December 1st to 24th

Bermuda National Trust Christmas Walkabout - December 2nd

Gibbons Company Charity Fridays - December 2nd

2011 KatKids Christmas Market - December 2nd

Community and Family Christmas Fun Day – December 3rd

BUEI's Christmas By The Harbour – December 3rd

Tokio Youth Mountain Bike Series - December 4th

Bermuda Docs Weekend Film Series: You've Been Trumped - December 4th

Art in the Park – December 4th

L'Alliance Française Christmas Cocktail - December 7th

Taking Care of the Caregiver - December 8th

BMDS Pantomime:  Cinderella – December 8th to 17th

Gibbons Company Charity Fridays - December 9th

Fairmont Hamilton Princess Snow Ball Party – December 9th

Bermuda Road Safety Council Photo Booth – December 9th

Bermuda Boat Parade - December 10th

G&S Opera: Satyagraha - December 10th

Cambridge Beaches Shop & Savour – December 10th 

Gibbons Company Charity Fridays - December 16th

Gibbons Company Charity Fridays - December 23rd

The Salvation Army Carollers at Fairmont Hamilton Princess – December 24th

Christmas Day at Lido (Elbow Beach) - December 25th

Christmas Day Brunch at Hamilton Princess – December 25th

Traditional Gala Buffet at Hamilton Princess – December 25th 



NYE Parties

New Year's Eve with Dave Bootle (Fairmont Southampton) - December 31st

New Year's Eve at Lido (Elbow Beach)– December 31st

Jimmy Keys' New Year's Eve Dinner & Show (Fairmont Hamilton Princess) - December 31st

Spectacular Six Course Dinner at Harley’s Restaurant – December 31st


Brunch at Harley’s Restaurant – January 1st 

Tokio Youth Mountain Bike Series - January 7th

History of Literature Club – January 7th

2012 Bermuda Marathon Weekend - January 13th to 15th

toLabor Birth Doula Training and Certification Programme – January 13th to 15th

Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts - January 17th to February 26th

Tokio Youth Mountain Bike Series - January 15th

Tokio Youth Mountain Bike Series - January 21st

Tokio Youth Mountain Bike Series - January 28th


Surely this is taking the- ugh, never mind, that joke is too easy.  I REALLY hope this doesn't catch on:


MONKEY NEWS:  Awww…Yakini is all grown up!  Amazing photos and Yakini is my very favourite gorilla as he has kept me amused for years – ever since the very first baby photo shown in this article.  If you're all very good, I'll include my favourite Yakini escapade in a future Monkey News – it involves a bunch of bananas:–The-incredible-transformation-tiny-gorilla-enchanted-world.html


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