January 23rd, 2013
I know people in colder climates scoff at us for saying things like this but I’m feeling pretty chilly right now and am already looking forward to Spring! Luckily, there are lots of things to do in Bermuda over the coming months to take my mind off of it. Keep active, keep warm! Apologies to anyone reading this from outside of Bermuda who is now irritated at me and thinking about how they had to dig their car out of snow this morning. I guess you’ll just have to plan your next trip here soon:
Bermuda Department of Tourism are bringing back their Love Month series of events from now until March 3rd. The activities include a Couples’ Golf Tournament at Port Royal Golf Course from 8.30am until noon on Mondays and Thursdays with 50% off green fees. Tuesdays are Champagne and Strawberries Afternoon Affair from 1pm until 3pm. After complimentary access and a guided tour of Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in the Botanical Gardens, you can relax in the Rose Garden and enjoy champagne, chocolate and fruit while listening to a local saxophonist. On Wednesdays, the Love Train City Tour will depart the flagpole at 11am, giving a guided tour of romantic spots in the City of Hamilton until noon. On Thursdays, Dockyard Glassworks will be offering a Demonstration from 2pm until 4pm, with a free gift of a handmade glass-blown heart. There are three separate Friday activities, starting at the flagpole from 11am where Town Crier Ed Christopher will be your tour guide for Shopping in the City, teaching you historical facts and helping you find discounts until noon. The Love Cruise will depart Albuoy’s Point at 2pm on Fridays, taking you on a tour of Hamilton Harbour with musical entertainment and complimentary refreshments before returning at 3.30pm. The final Friday activity is SalsaMania Fridays at Rumbar, from 8.30pm until midnight, featuring choreographed routines, special couples’ instruction, beverages and music. On Saturdays, you are invited to meet at the Town Hall in St. George’s for the Love Tales Walking Tour. From 10.30am, you will learn about Bermuda’s greatest love stories while discovering locally made products, finishing at 11.45pm, just in time for the historical reenactment at 12 noon. Also on Saturdays, you can relax with a drink in Heritage Court at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess and be serenaded by Robert and Jamie from 9pm until midnight. All of these, with the exception of the Couples’ Golf Tournament, are free with no reservations required. Outdoor events are weather dependent so call 292-0023 to confirm.
Time to get back to working on those Susie Qs and box steps some more as Sabor Dance School have released their Winter Class Schedule. Classes offered include zumba, salsa, hustle, tango and ballroom and run for 7 weeks from $100, starting this week. Some classes are also available through the Community Education Programme and these run for 8 weeks. For more details, see www.bermudasalsa.com.
The Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art has opened two new exhibits and, in a first for the Museum, they will both have a focus on photography with a historical overview in mind. Firstly, Drawing with Light: Photography in Bermuda, which will run until September 1st, will have cameras and their designs as the main feature, along with many vintage black and white photographs. During the exhibition, they invite locals to participate in their Family Snapshot display. This interactive display is dedicated to Bermudian family snapshots and they encourage you to collect a photo card from the museum and include a snapshot from your own collection, from any year. Masterworks will provide one free admission ticket for each snapshot submitted for display during the exhibition. You may request to have your photograph returned or choose to donate your snapshot to Masterworks permanent collection. The second exhibit is inspired by the theme of Quenching Thirst and is a photography exhibit from Tom Butterfield’s private collection. This will run until February 12th. For more information, contact 299-4000 or visit www.BermudaMasterworks.com.
There seem to be a lot of challenges available for local runners, but what about the cyclists? The Bermuda Century Ride, a new event for the island, is a cycling fundraiser in support of the Centre Against Abuse (CAA), taking place on Sunday, January 27th. Depending on your level of fitness, you can choose from 15, 25, 50 or 75 miles or go for the full century of 100 miles. Entry fees are $1 per mile, so $15 for the 15 mile ride and $100 for the 100 mile ride. The CAA goal is to have 100 people to raise $100 each, using your entry fee as the starting point. Entries are currently being accepted through www.racedayworld.com and the pledge form is under Additional Details. Entry forms and pledge sheets can also be found at Sportseller in the Washington Mall. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 505 3529.
Their first shin-dig of 2013, the Bermuda Latin Vibes New Year’s Social will be at Inferno 2 Lounge on North Shore on Thursday, January 31st. Jamelle Ming of Ming Mambo will be leading a free class from 8pm before the social dancing portion of the evening begins at 9pm, featuring the latest in Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Reggaeton for all levels. Admission is $10. For more information, contact 705-8423 or info@BermudaLatinVibes.com.
Ladies, do you think you have what it takes to be the face of Bermuda? The Miss Bermuda Pageant is now in the 3rd year since its revival and they are currently looking for contestants for the 2013 edition. The date of the pageant itself has not yet been announced but the deadline for applications is Thursday, January 31st. Experience is not required and application forms and more details can be downloaded from the website at www.missbermuda.bm. For more information, contact email@example.com or 704-1469.
Flanagan’s Onions F.C. invite you to enjoy A Night at the Races, without the need for a fancy hat, on Friday, February 1st at Outback Sports Bar. Doors open at 5pm, Happy Hour drinks prices are available until 7pm and the first race is at 7.30pm. As usual, they will be showing 8 pre-recorded horse races which you will be able to bet on. The outcome is totally dependent on chance and no-one (not even the organisers) knows the result prior to the running of each race. No knowledge or expertise of horse racing is required, and no “odds” or “form” affect your choice, or the outcome of the race. Backers of the winning horse in each race will make a profit (precise amount depends on the amount staked on that race) with 50% of proceeds going to the Bermuda S.P.C.A. and the other 50% towards general expenses for the club (kit, equipment, fees, etc.). Entry is $10 and tickets are available from firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Helping to turn Grumpy Cat’s frown upside-down, the Bermuda Feline Assistance Bureau (BFAB) is hosting a Catastic Valentine Frolic Fundraiser on Saturday, February 9th at Somersfield Academy. From 10am until 4pm, this family event will include Children’s activities, games, colouring, stories, bouncey castle, refreshment stalls, crafts, nearly new stalls, baked goods, information areas, train rides (between 11am and 1pm), music (from noon until 3.30pm and much more. Entry is by a donation of cash or cat food. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
That annual celebration of love and chocolate is coming soon – better start making plans! One option is to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day at Harry’s. The cost of their three-course menu is $95 per person, including gratuity, and reservations are essential. To book your table, call 292-5533.
A fixture on the Bermuda Calendar since 2002, the 11th Annual Coldwell Banker Home Show is coming up on Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th at Cedarbridge Academy. This trade exhibition is designed to showcase local business services and provide the public with a “one-stop-shopping” experience for goods and services related to home ownership, with over 62 local businesses, games, door prizes, food, and much more. On Friday, the show will be open from 3pm until 8pm and on Saturday, it will be open from 9am until 4pm. For more details, see www.coldwellbankerhomeshow.info.
Cosy nights for two are all very nice but, if you’re looking for a more lively St. V’s celebration, look no further than Tigress Entertainment & Promotions and Secrets’ Light My Fire Valentine’s Party at Cosmopolitan Nightclub on Friday, February 15th. For a mature crowd only, this event will feature drinks specials all night, music by D’General, N’Nice and Supatone and a Valentine’s prize by Secrets. Tickets are $10 in advance, more on the door, and available from Secrets, the DJs and Kea on 704-0211.
Looking for more laid-back entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights? Little Venice are introducing Piano Nights featuring Richard Spencer from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. This will include music from such crooners as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby and other favourites. In addition, there is a special menu available on Saturdays as well as 30% off any bottled wine. For more information or reservations, contact 295-3503 or email@example.com.
Whether you prefer mojitos, martinis, margaritas or bellinis, you are sure to find a cocktail to suit you on Margarita’s Grill’s new cocktail menu. To celebrate this new menu, they are running a special introductory offer from 5pm until 7pm, Tuesdays to Thursdays, when all cocktails will cost just $6. Sounds like a good excuse for mid-week drinks to me! For more information, contact 296-3330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another Valentine’s special, this time from Newstead! The Newstead Belmont Hills Romantic Getaway includes one or two nights in a one bedroom suite, with breakfast daily and chocolate-dipped strawberries. One night costs $359.50 and 2 nights cost $689.70. Wondering why they’re not nice round numbers? That’s because the rates include all taxes. The package is available from February 11th until the 16th and prices are based on double occupancy. On February 14th, there is also the option to add a Romantic Dinner for two at Beau Rivage for $175.50. For information or reservations, call 236-6060 ext. 3024 or email reservations at belmonthills.com.
Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events
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Quenching Thirst Exhibit at Masterworks – until February 12th
Free Admission for Bermuda Residents to National Museum of Bermuda – until February 28th
Bermuda Department of Tourism: Love Month – until March 3rd
Winterlicious Menu at Island Restaurant Group – until March 14th
Eyes on the World Exhibit at Bermuda National Gallery - until May 11th
Women Artists in the Bermuda National Gallery Collection Exhibit - until May 11th
Drawing with Light: Photography in Bermuda Exhibit at Masterworks – until September 1st
Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts - January 18th to March 2nd
Bermuda’s 2nd Annual Restaurant Week – January 21st to February 16th
Women’s Inspiration Weekend at Pompano Beach Club – January 25th to 27th
G&S Opera: Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) - January 26th
Tokio Youth Mountain Bike Series - January 26th
Caledonian Society of Bermuda’s Annual Burns Supper – January 26th
Vernon Temple AME Church Pipe Organ Recital – January 26th
Bermuda Century Ride – January 27th
Brighten Your Home With Flowers Workshop at Petals – January 28th
Bermuda Latin Vibes New Year’s Social – January 31st
Miss Bermuda Pageant Contestant Application Deadline – January 31st
Flanagan’s Onions F.C. A Night at the Races – February 1st
TRFC presents Fight Night XV: All or Nothing, The Rematch – February 2nd
L’Alliance Française des Bermudes Ciné Club: Same Old Song - February 8th
Sandys 360 Annual Wet N Wild Swim-a-thon – February 8th
G&S Opera: Verdi’s Aida - February 9th
Little Cupcake’s Baking and Decorating Class – February 9th
Bermuda Feline Assistance Bureau Catastic Valentine Frolic Fundraiser – February 9th
St. Valentine’s Day at Harry’s – February 14th
11th Annual Coldwell Banker Home Show – February 15th and 16th
Light My Fire Valentine’s Party at Cosmopolitan Nightclub – February 15th
Little Cupcake’s Baking and Decorating Class – February 16th
2nd Annual Validus Re Running of the Bulls 5K – February 17th
Little Cupcake’s Baking and Decorating Class – February 23rd
Yoga for the Five Elements Workshop with Todd Norian – March 1st to 3rd
Little Cupcake’s Baking and Decorating Class – March 2nd
G&S Opera: Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda - March 9th
Little Cupcake’s Baking and Decorating Class – March 9th
Easter Workshop For Children at Petals – March 16th
Little Cupcake’s Baking and Decorating Class – March 16th
G&S Opera: Verdi’s Rigoletto - March 23rd
Little Cupcake’s Baking and Decorating Class – March 23rd
Easter Designs For Your Home Workshop at Petals – March 25th
Little Cupcake’s Baking and Decorating Class – March 30th
Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society: Calendar Girls – April 11th to 20th
G&S Opera: Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini - April 20th
Enjoy the rest of the week!