July 6th, 2012

Happy Friday Troops!


Just a quickie before the weekend:


The Bermuda Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) is running an Ocean Diver course for beginners, starting Monday, July 9th.  The cost is $475, which includes British Sub Aqua Club annual membership, monthly SCUBA diving magazine, BSAC social nights, weekend dives and free air refills.  BSAC has a social night every Wednesday from 7.30pm in the pink building in Admiralty Park, Spanish Point and new members and divers of all levels are always welcome.  For more information or to sign up, see their website at www.bsac.bm or contact Wayne Meaden at wmeaden@afsmith.bm – here’s the flyer!



As local history buffs may already be aware, the first group of permanent settlers arrived in Bermuda from England on the Plough on July 11th, 1612. Since the weekend of July 14th celebrates the 400th anniversary of St. George’s, it will be marked with a wide variety of events (free unless otherwise stated). Deep breath, here goes:

*  On Saturday, July 14th the World Heritage Centre, Penno’s Wharf will be open from 10am until 4pm. The film A Stroll through St George’s will be shown continuously and there will be an 11am lecture (repeated at 2.30pm) by Professor Michael Jarvis on Earliest Bermuda, 1612-1625. At 1pm, there will be a lecture by George Cook entitled, Arrival of the Sea Venture.

*  Ye Olde Towne Market will open at 11am (staying open until 4pm) and the Town Crier will conduct the Ducking of the Wench at noon and 2pm. At 1pm a photograph will be taken of 120 people on the deck of the Deliverance (this is the approximate number it carried to Jamestown in 1610, starting more or less from the same location) and the cost of participating is $10 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Deliverance Fund.

*  St George’s Historical Society Museum and Mitchell House will be open on the Saturday from 10am until 4pm with various events going on and their permanent Jubilee Display. Lucy Attride-Sterling will give a quilting demonstration from 10.30 am until 4pm and Ronnie Chameau will display dolls of the period and give a weaving display from 1pm until 4pm. Trudy Snaith will recount the Sarah Catherine story and provide an explanation of old kitchen tools from 2pm until 3pm. There will be a White elephant and plant sale from 10am until 4pm and Sea Cadets will demonstrate how to tie knots during the day. The Museum will also be open on the Sunday from noon until 4pm and plants will remain on sale.

*  The Deliverance will be open on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 4pm, as will Carter House and Settler’s Dwelling in St. David’s (a minibus available for a $5 return trip from the Square).

*  The Bermuda National Trust will have both the Tucker House and the Globe Hotel open from 10am until 4pm on Saturday and Sunday with tour guides available at both locations.

*  The recently refurbished Fort St Catherine will be open both days from 10am until 4pm with a mini bus shuttling passengers from the Town Square to the Fort every 30 minutes.

*  The Town Hall will be open both days from 9am until 6pm. Two of the Verpilleaux paintings which use to hang on the walls of the upper floor of the Town Hall prior to Fabian’ s visit will be cleaned and put on display in the Town Hall in an effort to raise funds to clean the rest.  These paintings depict Bermuda as it was in the early 1930s.

*  St Peter’s Church will hold a special service at 11.15am to commemorate the arrival of the Plough and lessons will be read by representatives of the various historical groups in the town. The Church will be open on the Saturday from 10am until 4pm and Sunday afternoon after the 11.15am service.

*  From 4pm until 6pm on the Sunday, there will be a tea held in memory of Mary Prince (using utensils from her time) on the lawn near the museum at the eastern end of Water Street overlooking the harbour with a powerpoint presentation on the life of Mary Prince.

*  Also on Sunday, the St George’s Dinghy and Sports Club will be holding dinghy races in the harbour with the race for the E. R. Williams Cup starting at noon and the second race for the Middleton Cup programmed for 1.30pm and the third race for the Trott Cup to start at 3pm.

*  Sunday will also offer boat tours to Smith’s Island to two archaeological sites from early 1600s. The boat, the Stommel, leaves Ordnance Island at 1pm and 3pm and tour guides will be Michael Jarvis and Alexandra Mairs-Kessler. The cost of the tour will be $20 per person and the surplus after boat costs will go towards the proposed exhibit, The Crossroads of the Atlantic (based on Michael Jarvis’ book, In the Eye of All Trade) at the World Heritage Centre. The tour is 2 hours long with a maximum of 40 people so be early if you want a spot!

In short, there’ll be a heck of a lot happening in St. G’s that weekend!  Updates can be found at www.facebook.com/St.Georges.BERMUDA.Revitalize.


Shiver me timbers, Bermuda Police Rugby Football Club (BPRFC) are changing up the theme for their Cup Match Kickoff Costume Party!  We won’t make them walk the plank though as this year’s offering will be an Island Pirate Party at the usual venue of the Police Recreation Club.  This will be on Wednesday, August 1st from 7pm until 2am – there will be a cash b-ARRRRRRR ($50 for 10 drinks), prizes for the Best Pirate/Wench and music courtesy of DJ Einstein. Tickets are $20 and available from bermudapolicerugby@gmail.com.  I be likin’ the cut o’ their gib –  here’s the flyer!


The Spa at Elbow Beach have not just released their offers for July but also some which will run until the end of September – here’s the flyer with full details!







The Fairmont Southampton have announced a big shake-up of their restaurant offerings.  The biggest change is the restaurant formerly known as the Newport Room, which will be opening as The Newport, A Gastropub on Monday, July 16th.  The new venue will be open daily from 5pm until midnight, instead of seasonally as Newport Room was, with no more jacket-and-tie requirement as they will be going for a “warm and cozy pub-like atmosphere” with creative cuisine, handcrafted draft beers and fine wines.    Another new addition is the new waterside lounge, The Dock at Waterlot.  This will run from 3pm until 9pm, Wednesday until Sunday and offers a tapas menu, locally-sourced cocktail menu, live music,  sunset views over Jews Bay.  The Ocean Club have refocussed their menu to simply-prepared seafood and there are also menu updates at Bacci, Waterlot Inn, Windows on the Sound, Wickets and Jasmine.



Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events

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Bermuda Magic: The Renaissance – June 3rd to November 1st

Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Bermuda Art – June 15th to November 24th

Sandys 360 Summer Academy & Camp – June 28th to August 31st

Summer Camp at Somerset School of Dancing  – July 2nd to July 13th

Sandys 360 Aquatics Camp – July 2nd to August 31st

Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society: Arcadia – July 5th to 14th

City Festival Evolution Fashion Show – July 7th

Bermuda Volleyball Association’s Annual Amstel BeachVolley Cup – July 7th

Cambridge Beaches Sunrise Yoga Kayaking – July 7th

Giant Steps Live DVD Recording – July 7th

Bermuda Cricket Board: Hiscox U11 Celebrity Cricket Festival – July 7th

The Bad Girls Club Beach Bash: The Reunion – July 7th

Disco Ball at Pickled Onion – July 7th

Correia Construction National Championship Motocross – July 8th

Miss Bermuda Pageant 2012 – July 8th

ChewSLAM Fundraiser Poetry Concert – July 8th

Bermuda Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) Ocean Diver Course begins – July 9th

Somerset Police Row One Million Metres for Charity – July 12th

Fantasy Island Weekend – July 13th to 15th

St. George’s Plough Settlers Commemoration Weekend – July 14th and 15th

My Sereni-Tea Angel Healing Circle – July 14th

L’Alliance Française des Bermudes: Bastille Day at Bolero – July 14th

The Newport, A Gastropub opens – July 16th

My Sereni-Tea Women’s Healing Circle Course – begins July 18th

Teachers RFC Ladies T Party – July 21st

CultureFest: Unity in the Community – July 21st and 22nd

It’s a Doll’s World – July 22nd to August 4th

Correia Construction National Championship Motocross – July 22nd

Community Family Movie Nights: Joseph – July 27th

BRFC Island Pirate Party- August 1st

6th Annual Soca vs Reggae Cup Match After-Party – August 3rd

Summer Sundays in the Park: Lift Your Voices – August 5th

Correia Construction National Championship Motocross – August 5th

Correia Construction National Championship Motocross – August 19th

Community Family Movie Nights: Courageous – August 24th

Summer Sundays in the Park: Island Vibes – September 2nd

Correia Construction National Championship Motocross – September 2nd

The Family Centre’s Beach Bash – September 14th

Correia Construction National Championship Motocross – September 16th

Bermuda Summer of Love: John Lennon Tribute (Concert, Book Launch and Double CD Release) – September 21st

Correia Construction National Championship Motocross – September 30th

Correia Construction National Championship Motocross – October 14th

Mount Saint Agnes Academy (MSA) Bazaar: Nursery Rhymes – October 19th and 20th

Bermuda Kennel Club’s 2012 Bermuda Dog Shows – October 20th to 21st

Correia Construction National Championship Motocross – October 28th


Have a wonderful weekend!




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