October 17th, 2012

Morning Ladies and Gents!

Hopefully, you have all survived Rafael unscathed!  Does it seem to you like all the 2012 hurricanes are just playing with us so far? Let’s not complain about that though, as it sure beats the alternative! Although it would be kind of nice if just one would give us a day off work – what’s with all the weekends and evenings, Mother Nature? Anyway, here’s what’s coming up in Bermuda:

Think there would be a large amount of interest in a Conversational Portuguese class at Bermuda College?  Vasco Da Gama, the Portuguese culture club, think so and would like your support!  A representative will be at Vasco Da Gama Club at 51 Reid Street tonight from 8pm and many different topics will be addressed.  The meeting is open to everyone.  For more information, contact 292-7196 or vasco@logic.bm.





The Bermuda Environmental Alliance (BEA) are hosting A Latin Night for Planet Earth on Friday, October 19th at the Fairmont Southampton’s Midocean Amphitheatre. The cash bar begins at 6.30pm, follwed by a buffet with wine service from 7.30pm.  This is a fundraising gala with all proceeds from the night going towards developing youth environment education initiatives.  Entertainment will be by The Unit and Guests of Honour include the Governor of Bermuda, George Fergusson and Larry Schweiger, President & CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. This event will be a launch of the BEA’s interactive and non-traditional environmental education, where they will be giving guests a sneak preview of their new video, Bermuda’s Rainwater Catchment.  The cost is $200 per person/$2000 per table or $180 per person/$1800 per table for BEA members.  For more information, contact sangita@bermuda-bea.org.


No paintbrushes or pastels required in TechArt 2012.  This juried show features a wide range of photographic and computer-generated art with varied subject matter. Opening night will be in the Onions Gallery at BSoA on Friday, October 19th from 5pm until 7pm with the usual wine, beer and soda with cheese and crackers provided. You will also have the opportunity to select your favourite for a People’s Choice Award. The show will run until Wednesday, November 28th.





Attention Artists and Art Lovers – the St. George’s Artist Alliance invite you to the 2nd Annual Art Walk in the East, a unique bohemian-style event on Saturday, October 20th from 6pm until 10pm. This is a self-guided walking tour and will include live performances from Sybil Barrington (Queen of Bermuda), Quinn, Mike Hind, Joy T. Barnum and Tony Bari, amongst others and featured artists will include Ami Zanders, Donna Smith, Milton Hill, Alexandra Mosher, Christopher Grimes, Chesley Trott, Tricia Walters and many more.  Best of all, this event is free.



The Argus Crimestoppers 5K Road Race and Walk for 2012 will be on Sunday, October 21st with Juniors and Walkers starting at 8.30am, and the Runners hot on their heels at 9am.  Entry fees are $15 for Juniors (8 to 15 years), $35 for adults and $27 for Swan’s members.  The entry deadline is on Friday and entry forms are available from Argus, Sportseller or online at www.racedayworld.com.  For more information, contact Race Directors Mayberline Black (333-2313 or mayberline@logic.bm) or Kay-Annie Reid-Young (294-5730 or kyoung@argus.bm).



Ming Mambo invite local salseros to their next Social Night at Inferno Lounge, a newly-opened members-only club at 80 North Shore Road, on Thursday, October 25th. From 9pm until 1am, local DJs will be bringing their salsa, bachata and other Latin music playlists so you can either chill out and soak in the ambiance or strap on your dance shoes and join in. For more details, follow the link here.




UberVida and Gosling’s have come together to offer three of my favourite things, wine, cheese and chocolate, at Old World vs New World: A Global Wine Tasting on Thursday, October 25th.  The boat will depart #1 Dock on Front Street at 5.30pm, returning at 7.30pm.  Tickets cost $100 and are available from www.ptix.bm.




UberVida are offering scares at sea on Friday, October 26th as they present Halloween at the Playboy Mansion Yacht.  Unsurprisingly, the dress code is “costume” and the boat will be departing Front Street at 5.30pm, 7.30pm, 9.30pm, 11.30pm, 1.30am and 3.30am.  Each trip will be a mini-cruise of 90 minutes but you won’t be rushed off when the boat docks each time as you can stay on the boat as long as you like.  There is no cover charge and a cash/credit card bar is available.



The Bermuda chapter of the Meet-a-Mum Association (MAMA) will be hosting their Annual Halloween Party on Sunday, October 28th at Mount Saint Agnes Academy Courtyard.  From 3.30pm until 5.30pm, you are invited to dress up and join them in trick-or-treating, a costume parade, bouncy castle, apple-bobbing, arts and crafts, and more, with hotdogs, doughnuts, coffee, tea and cold drinks on sale. The cost of admission per child is $5 for members or $10 for non-members at the door. For more information, or to RSVP, contact mamasocial@mama.bm.



Music will be celebrated throughout the City of Hamilton from Monday, November 5th until Sunday, November 11th for the 1st Annual City Music & Jazz Festival. This showcase of Bermuda’s top musicians will feature a series of free lunchtime concerts from the 5th until the 9th between noon and 2pm. The locations of these concerts changes each day and venues include Victoria Park, Wesley Square, Queen Elizabeth Park, Nellie’s Walk and Dr. E.F. Gordon Square. For the finale event on Sunday, November 11th, there will be a double music showcase at City Hall Theatre from 6pm to 8pm and 9pm to 11pm. Tickets are $30 per show, $50 for both and $75 for VIPS (includes reserved seating at both shows and a complimentary reception at BSoA between shows. For further details please visit www.cityofhamilton.bm/events.


Wine Tastings can be fun but aren’t really family-friendly – so, how about a Cupcake Tasting instead?  Mother’s Treats Gourmet Cupcakes are sponsoring Taste of the Seasons: Cupcake Challenge and Fun Day in Prospect Primary School Hall on Saturday, November 10th from noon until 5pm.  This will include food vendors, Kiddie Land and live entertainment.  Admission is free and tasting tickets cost $1 each, with proceeds to benefit New Beginnings Education Trust, funding education grants for at-risk youths.



Saturday, November 10th also marks the Bermuda Continental Society’s 50th Anniversary Gala, an event to be held in the Harbourview Ballroom at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess.
The Continental Society of Bermuda is a charitable organisation led by a group of Bermudian women dedicated to fostering, promoting and developing the welfare of disadvantaged children and youth in our community. Doors open at 7pm, dinner is at 8pm, followed by musical entertainment and dancing until midnight.  Tickets are $100, or $125 for Patrons, and are available from www.ptix.bm.  For more information, contact continentalbda@gmail.com.



Now in its 7th year, the Tokio Youth Mountain Bike Series will be back on Saturday, November 17th. This is a free seven race series and aims to introduce primary school aged children to cycling as a way to help promote physical fitness and healthy lifestyles. The emphasis of the event is on fun rather than being a competitive race as Tokio wants to help foster a love for cycling. Children can ride mountain or BMX bikes, but they must bring their own helmet and have their parent/guardian sign a waiver. At the end of the seven-race series one child’s name will be drawn as the grand prize winner to take home a bike from Bicycle Works. The series schedule is as follows: Saturday, November 17th at 4pm at The Arboretum; Saturday, November 24th at 4pm at The Arboretum; Sunday, December 2nd at 2pm at The Arboretum; Saturday, January 5th at 4pm at The Arboretum; Sunday, January 13th at 2pm at Ferry Reach; Saturday, January 19th at 4pm at The Arboretum; and Saturday, January 26th at 4pm at The Arboretum. Entry forms are available at www.tokiomillennium.com or www.bermudabicycle.org.


Anybody interested in sampling wines for a good cause?  The MAMA Annual Fundraiser Wine Tasting Evening will be on Thursday, November 29th at Gosling’s Wine Cellar.  From 7.30pm, you can enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction with all proceeds being divided between the Cross Ministry Intervention Team (CMIT) and St. John’s Food Bank.  Tickets are $55 per person and are available from president@mama.bm.




For the 7th year, the Technology Innovation Awards (TechAwards) aim to promote and showcase technology in Bermuda that is used by everyone, everywhere, everyday. If you are interested in nominating your favourite technology-using company or individual for a TechAward<*cough, *cough, NothingtodoinBermuda.com>, public nominations are open now until 5pm on Friday, October 26th. Nomination forms can be downloaded from www.ecommerce.gov.bm and the winners will be announced at the TechAwards Presentation Reception on Thursday, November 29th at BUEI.



The Fairmont Hamilton Princess have kindly sent me details of some of their upcoming Holiday events.  Firstly is their Thanksgiving All American Buffet in Harley’s Restaurant on Thursday, November 22nd.  This will be from 6pm and the cost is $49 per person and half price for children aged 5 to 12.  For reservations, call 298-5722.  Their Annual Teddy Bear Tea, a children’s Christmas afternoon tea, will begin on Saturday, December 1st, running daily between 2.30pm and 5.30pm until Monday, December 24th.  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. For reservations, contact 298-5779. 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 7th allows lots of different groups to celebrate together at one big bash from 7pm until 1am! The cost is $70 per person, which includes dinner, entertainment, party favours, and a cash bar is available. To make a reservation, call 298-5722.  Time to start thinking about Christmas and New Year dinner, especially if you don’t want to cook!  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. For reservations, call 298-5779.


2013 is just around the corner so you should really start thinking about your NYE options.  The Jimmy Keys’ New Year’s Eve Dinner & Show will be back again in the Harbourview Ballroom at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess. This evening begins with a cash bar cocktail reception at 6.30pm followed by a five course gala dinner at 7.30pm. Jimmy Keys’ show will begin at 9pm and is then followed by a DJ and dancing until 1am. Tickets are $169 per person, which includes dinner, show, dancing and grats and are available now from www.bdatix.com. For the Jimmy Keys package, which including guest room, dinner and show, contact reservations at 298-5717.



Mother’s Treats Gourmet Cupcakes are currently running a special offer for creative kids who’d like to design their very own Halloween Cupcakes. For $10 per child (groups of 12 of more), you will get one baking assistant, 24 cupcakes, two icings and 6 toppings.  You just have to supply the children!





Daisy & Mac are now accepting entries for their Cute Kids Photo Contest 2012.  This will be open until Wednesday, October 31st, with age categories of 0-3, 4-7 and 8-12.  After photos have been submitted, family and friends will be able to vote online for their favourites and two of the winners will be chosen as the official faces of their 2013 ad campaign.  For full details, contact marketing@daisyandmac.com or 296-5627.





Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events

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

Death by Disco – June 28th to November 1st

5th Annual Charman Prize at Masterworks – October 12th to January 3rd

Bermuda Shakespeare Schools Festival – October 15th to 17th

Halloween at Newport, a Gastropub – October 16th to 31st

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 16th Annual Breast Cancer Fun Walk – October 17th

Vasco Da Gama Meeting: Support for Conversational Portuguese Class at Bermuda College – October 17th

Bermuda Documentary Film Festival (Bermuda Docs) – October 18th to 21st

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

Bermuda…More Than Meets The Eye: Photography Exhibition by Scott Gemmell – October 19th to November 6th

Bermuda Environmental Alliance: A Latin Night for Planet Earth – October 19th

BSoA Exhibition: TechArt 2012 – October 19th to November 28th

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

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Melange Life After Cancer Annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser – October 20th

The Art of Music – October 20th

2nd Annual Art Walk in the East – October 20th

Bermuda’s First Terry Fox Run – October 21st

Argus Crimestoppers 5K Road Race and Walk – October 21st

BEST present Bermuda’s Water Ways: Documentary Film and Panel Discussion – October 23rd

Bermuda Corporate Games – October 25th to 28th

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Breast Health Talk – October 25th

Ming Mambo Social Night – October 25th

Old World VS New World: A Global Wine Tasting – October 25th

UberVida Halloween at the Playboy Mansion Yacht – October 26th

G&S Opera: L’Elisir d’Amore – October 27th

BSoA Workshop with Margaret Best: Exciting New Techniques in Coloured Pencil – October 27th and 28th

Zombies From Dockyard – October 27th

Mariners RFC Annual Halloween Party – October 27th

Correia Construction National Championship Motocross – October 28th

MAMA Annual Halloween Party – October 28th

Curling Leaves and Petals Perspective: A Drawing Workshop with Margaret Best – October 30th

2 Part Stretching & Pain Relief Workshop with Greg Ozarowski – October 30th and November 6th

Annual Teachers TRFC Halloween Party – November 3rd

BSoA Workshop with Margaret Best: Putting Light on the Subject – November 3rd and 4th

Bermuda Karate Institute: 25th Annual Skippy Kick – November 4th

1st Annual City Music & Jazz Festival – November 5th to 11th

Fruits, Forms and Fibonacci: A Studio Drawing Workshop with Margaret Best – November 7th

G&S Opera: Verdi’s Otello – November 10th

Taste of the Seasons: Cupcake Challenge and Fun Day – November 10th

Bermuda Continental Society’s 50th Anniversary Gala – November 10th

Garden Club of Bermuda presents Christmas in November  – November 17th

Tokio Youth Mountain Bike Series – begins November 17th

Fairmont Hamilton Princess: Thanksgiving All American Buffet – November 22nd

G&S Opera: Adès’ The Tempest – November 24th

MAMA Annual Fundraiser Wine Tasting Evening – November 29th

TechAwards Presentation Reception – November 29th

Fairmont Annual Teddy Bear Tea – December 1st to 24th

Fairmont Hamilton Princess: Snow Ball Party – December 7th

Christmas Day Brunch at Hamilton Princess – December 25th

Traditional Gala Buffet at Hamilton Princess – December 25th

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

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

Brunch at Harley’s Restaurant – January 1st

G&S Opera: Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito (The Clemency of Titus)  – January 12th

G&S Opera: Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) – January 26th

G&S Opera: Verdi’s Aida – February 9th

G&S Opera: Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda – March 9th

G&S Opera: Verdi’s Rigoletto – March 23rd

G&S Opera: Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini – April 20th

G&S Opera: Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar) – May 4th


Time for a little Hump Day Laugh – this is the BEST headline I have read in ages:



Enjoy the rest of the week!




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