April 17th, 2013

Good morning Kids!

Another week closer to summer and, based on how busy the calendar is looking already, I have a feeling that it’s going to be a particularly good one this year.  Here are the latest  upcoming events in Bermuda to add to the list:


Island Beach Party

Snorkel Park Beach are celebrating the summer with an Island Beach Party on Mondays and Thursdays every week (weather permitting). This high energy, high participation tropical fun beach party is suitable for the whole family  and they suggest that everyone gets there 5 minutes in advance of the start time of 8pm. Guests can enjoy complimentary rum swizzles while enjoying live local entertainment, such as Gombey dancers and a sizzling hot fire limbo show, as well as a limbo contest, games and more. Featured performers will include Rock Fire Bermuda, Island Teasr (fire limbo), DJ Neiko, Snorkel Park Dancers and MC Nadanja Bailey.




Ten Cooking Demo

Interested in learning cooking tips from an expert without having to do anything? Ten Cafe & Bar are hosting a Cooking Demonstration with Chef Mike Knight on Thursday, April 18th. From 7pm, he will be sharing his recipes for five courses, all matched with wines from Burrows & Lightbourn. The cost is $60 per person (plus $15% gratuity) and you can reserve your space by contacting 295-0857 or ten@yellowfin.bm.





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No pesky kids need apply – the newest addition to the Happy Hour list is the Over 30s Throwback Happy Hour at the BAA Clubhouse on Woodlands Road, every Friday throughout the summer.  From 5.30pm until 8pm, you can enjoy happy hour drink prices and 80s, 90s and early 2000 music from DJ OB1 until 8pm.  From 8pm until late, the music will switch to Top 40 tunes.





TV Open House

As part of Autism Awareness Month, Tomorrow’s Voices invite you to a special Open House on Friday, April 19th. From 10am until noon and then from 1pm until 4pm, visitors to their world class Autism Centre in the Sunshine League Building, 27 King Street can meet staff and observe Therapists delivering Natural Environment and Intensive Teaching techniques within an Applied Behaviour Analysis and Verbal Behaviour framework designed to help youth make meaningful progress towards educational, social and behavioural goals and objectives.To RSVP, contact info@tomorrowsvoice.bm or 297-4342. Walk-ins are welcome.


Kumbh Mela

Promising a night of exciting enlightenment, Sankofa are hosting a screening of the documentary Kumbh Mela: Songs of the River on Saturday, April 20th at 7pm. Kumbh Mela is a roving festival that has moved around India for more than 4000 years and the documentary will cover Kumbh Mela 2001, which became the largest gathering of humanity in recorded history. This screening is free and opening to all but Sankofa ask that you RSVP to 292-2513 or info@sankofabda.com so that they know numbers for seating.




Harbourside Evening of Jazz

A great idea for a date night or an evening chilling with friends as the Fairmont Hamilton Princess presents a Harbourside Evening of Jazz on Saturday, April 20th.    From 9pm until midnight in the Gazebo Room, you can enjoy a cash bar, dancing and a full evening of jazz, courtesy of Tony Bari’s Jazz Band and Guests, all with a stunning view of the harbour.  There is no cover charge.  For reservations, contact Heidi Stirling-Aguiar on 298-5721 or heidi.stirling-aguiar@Fairmont.com.




Art and Jam

Once again combining Bermuda artwork with music, Artistic Phase at the Phase 1 Building on South Shore, Smiths, will be running Art & Jam every Sunday for the forseeable future. New art will be created every week and the event will feature oil paintings from Christopher Grimes, Heidi Cowen and Frank Chiappa, jewellery from Donna Pink and Jill Lindo, rustic furniture from Ronnie Lopes, banana bark art and watercolour from Ronnie Chameau, photos of Tuscany by Roland Skinner, mixed media from Wendell Hollis, recycled bottled creation from Robin Marirea and ceramics by Aubrey Hardy. The Phase 1 Building is the former video store between Northrock Brewery and Speciality Inn and the opening hours are from noon until 5pm.  Ronnie Lopes and Tony Bari will be hosting and all musicians are welcome to join in the jam session from 4pm.  It looks like Tony will be a very busy Bari for the summer season as he will also have several weekly spots at various hotels.  On Sundays from April 28th, Tony will be performing live with the Tony Bari Trio at The Reefs from 8.30pm until 11.30pm and performing solo piano from 9pm until 11pm on Mondays from April 29th.  On Fridays, from May 3rd, he will be performing at Pompano Beach Club from 8.15pm until 11.15pm.  The Tony Bari Duo will be at Cambridge Beaches every Saturday from May 18th, from 8.30pm until 11.30pm and, if that isn’t enough for you, the Tony Bari Trio will also be on the Main Stage from 12.30pm until 1.30pm at the Ag Show on Saturday.  **UPDATE:  Tony will also be performing in the Jasmine Lounge at the Fairmont Southampton on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.30pm until midnight.**  For more information, see his website at www.bermuda.com/tonybari.

Giant Steps Band Jacobs Ladder

There are more options for live entertainment on Sundays, thanks to We are Climbin’ Jacob’s Ladder, an inspirational, motivational, spiritual mystery written by Dale Butler. This will be performed by the Giant Steps Band at different venues at 4pm, with an all star cast. The first performance will be on April 21st at the First Church of God, Angle Street with distinguished patron Mrs. Elizabeth Gumbs, then at Mt. Zion A.M.E. on April 28th with distinguished patron Mrs. Doyleen Trott. May 12th will be at the Evening Light Pentecostal Church on Parsons Road with distinguished patron Mrs. Doris Samuels and the final performance on May 19th will be at the New Testament Church of God: Glory Temple in St. David’s with distinguished patron Dr. Dawnette Ming. This show will benefit the Giant Steps performance in the Havana International Jazz Festival in December. Tickets are $50 for Patrons, $25 for adults and $10 for children. For more details, contact Dale Butler on ddbutler@digicel.blackberry.com or 505-3409.


TV Autism Workshop

Tomorrow’s Voices will be hosting the second seminar in their year long Training Institute on Wednesday, April 24th.  Autism Uncovered: Putting the Puzzle Together – Features, Causes and Treatments will run from 6pm until 8pm in the Sunshine League Building on King Street and will explore the complexity of the autism spectrum and how it affects the lives of those who live it and those around them.  This seminar will be facilitated by Tomorrow’s Voices Senior Therapists Emma Martin, BCBA, M.Ed and Natasha Pedro-Petty, M.A., who will use an interactive approach to delve into the current research so that you can come away with a holistic overview of the signs, causes and effective treatments for this fascinating and often misunderstood condition.  The cost is $25 and participants will receive Professional Development Certificates for attending this workshop. To RSVP, email tomorrowsvoices@northrock.bm or call 297-4342.

Swing Time

An opportunity to get sax-ual with the Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society as they present Swing Time at Daylesford Theatre on Thursday, April 25th and Friday, April 26th at 8pm.  This show will feature the Saltus Jazz Band with vocalists Deborah Raat, Samantha Tavares, Jennifer Osmond and Valerie Smith.  Tickets are $20 and available at www.bmds.bm until April 21st and the physical box office at Daylesford Theatre  will be open from 5.30pm until 6.30pm from April 22nd to 24th, and also on performance nights from 7pm until 8pm.





After the sell-out success of their last event at Margarita’s Grill, Vale Vibe Bermuda are hosting their next pre-summer party, Splash at The Deep Nightclub at the Lido Complex, Elbow Beach from 10.30pm until 3.30am on Friday, April 26th. Dress code is sexy and sophisticated and the $25 cover charge will include a club night spiced with a hybrid of Caribbean  club, reggae and R’n’B, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, specialty cocktail, DJ D’General from Bermuda and international headliner DJ Majestic from Washington DC. For tickets, call 331-3776, 334-9700 or 332-8330.



World Tai Chi and Qigong Day

Sankofa are hosting a World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Celebration at Victoria Park on April 27th. World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is an annual event on the last Saturday of April at 10am local time worldwide.  For more information, contact 292-2513 or info@sankofabda.com.





Urban Foot Race

Following the Island Challenge last month, Part 2 of Bermuda’s new Triple Challenge series , will be taking place in St. George’s on Sunday, April 28th.  The Urban Foot Race is Bermuda’s first urban steeple-chase and is open to teams of two with categories being Male, Female and Co-ed for either adults or youths aged between 14 and 18.    The 5km route will start at 8am at the top of Barrack Hill and finish in King’s Square, with 18 urban obstacles featured in some of the less visited streets in the Olde Towne.  Local charities who will benefit from this challenge are East End Primary and St. George’s Preparatory schools’ PTAs as well as the Sea Cadets of St. George’s. Full details are on www.urbanfootrace.bm and signup is available on www.racedayworld.com.



Alls Well That Ends Well

The Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society (BMDS) will once again try to make us all more cultured with a new Summer Shakespeare production.  This year’s offering will be All’s Well That Ends Well, adapted and directed by Barbara Jones. Auditions will be held at Daylesford Theatre on Washington Streeton on Tuesday, April 30th and Wednesday, May 1st, from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.  BMDS advise that casting will be very flexible with regard to age and gender, and this new adaptation, whilst still using Shakespeare’s classic language, will be more comprehensible to a contemporary audience so may be easier and more fun than you might think. Audition pieces and more information is available at www.bmds.bm, or contact Barbara at doctorj@ibl.bm.  Callbacks will be on Thursday, May 2nd and the performance dates will be Friday, July 19th, Saturday, July 20th and then from Tuesday, July 23rd until Saturday, July 27th.  I will update with more information on tickets, etc., when available.


Soiree Folklorique

The Alliance Française invites you to a special Soirée Folklorique, a French Folk musical night on Saturday, May 4th. From 8pm at the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club, French Canadian Tommy Gagnon, with the help of Tony Bari, will be playing a selection of French hits and a bar service will be available. Tickets are on sale at Pulp & Circumstance and pre-sale tickets cost $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Pre-sale ends on April 20th and thereafter tickets cost $30 for members and $35 for non-members.


Annual Bodybuilding and Fitness Extravaganza

Expect abs, pecs and biceps a-plenty on Saturday, May 4th as the Bermuda Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation is hosting the 1st Annual Bodybuilding & Fitness Extravaganza at the Earl Cameron Theatre, City Hall.  The show will start at 7pm and categories include Kids Fitness, Figure Fitness, Men’s Physique and Female & Male Bodybuilding. Tickets cost $35 in advance from  Olympic Club, Police Gym, Evolutions Health & Fitness Centre, Positive Results, Sea View Ultimate Fitness Club and Magnum Power Force Gym, and cost $40 at the door. For more details, contact BBBFexec11@gmail.com.



PanJazz Festival

The Somersfield Academy Steel Orchestra, The Bermuda School of Music Steel Orchestra, Hands of Happiness and the Giant Steps Band will all be featured at the Pan-Jazz Music Festival at Somersfield Academy at 4pm on Sunday, May 5th. The distinguished patron is retiring Somersfield teacher Mrs. Gwen Fahy and the event will honour Carl Rodney. Tickets are $50 for Patrons, $25 for adults and $10 for children. For more details, contact Dale Butler on ddbutler@digicel.blackberry.com or 505-3409.


Fairmont Mothers Day Brunch

Not that you should need an excuse to spoil your mum but the Fairmont Hamilton Princess are offering a special Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 12th. From 11.30am until 3pm in the Harbourview Ballroom, you can enjoy a menu which includes an assortment of soups, salads and cold platters, seafood, a “taste of Bermuda” station, a carvery, dessert extravaganza and more. The cost is $59 per person (half price for children aged 5 to 12 years), including a glass of champagne. For reservations, please call 298-5720 or 298-5722 or by email at hamilton@fairmont.com.



Nellie Musson

The late Nellie Musson, researcher, historian and writer will be honoured at the Bermuda Institute Auditorium on Sunday, May 26th. From 4pm, the Nellie Musson Music Festival will feature Trio, The Brothers, Toni Robinson, The Bermuda Institute Steel Band, Lily Nzabalinda, Kathleen Ford and Morton williams, and the Giant Steps Band. Tickets are $50 for Patrons, $25 for adults and $10 for children. For more details, contact Dale Butler on ddbutler@digicel.blackberry.com or 505-3409.



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English Premiership rugby team, Saracens F.C. are heading to Bermuda in support of the Beyond Rugby charity and will be involved in several fundraising initiatives during their visit.  The culmination of this will be The Big Game between them and the Bermuda Rugby International Select XV on Friday, May 31st.  This will be at National Sports Centre, Frog Lane and everyone is encouraged to come out and support Bermuda.  The game starts at 6.30pm and the evening will also include a fully licensed bar, BBQ, live music and a kids area.  The cost is $10 for adults (or $9.50 in advance from www.bdatix.bm) and free for under-16s.  For more information, contact vicepresident@brfu.bm or chairman@brfu.bm.



Pure White Party

Gombeys Bar & Restaurant in St. David’s will be transformed into an outdoor nightclub with black lights and disco lights for PURE : The 4th Annual All White Party on Friday, June 7th from 10pm until 3am. Unsurprisingly, the dress code is white and music will include reggae, dancehall, soca, DirtySouth, Top 40 and Throwback Jams, courtesy of guest DJs, DJ Spin Citi and DJ Young Chow, as well as Bermuda’s own King Jyrus and iMega Sound. Tickets cost $25 and will be available from Kit ‘n’ Caboodle, Jazzy Boutique, Secrets, A to Z Boutique and The Cave from April 22nd. For special Birthday and other group rates call 705-2109 or email apacheprod@yahoo.com. A limited number of VIP tickets are available at a price of $50 which includes a free bottle of champagne, lounge chairs, private bar and a backstage pass.


IFPros Summer Camp

If you have a junior fitness fanatic on your hands for the summer, then this might be right up their alley.  The International Fitness Pros Summer Sport Performance Camp will run from Monday, July 1st to Friday, August 16th with a week off for Cup Match. This is for boys and girls aged between 7 and 14 years old and the young athletes will be introduced to speed training, core stability, cross training, functional training, strength conditioning and fitness training, as well as nutrition, sports rehab and sports injury. Selected qualified trainers will include Sionna Barton (Jump 2b Fit Trainer), Fiona Backenberg (physio therapist), Bobby Hurdle (Cross-fit Trainer), Daniel Morgan (Sports Rehab therapist), Naquita Robinson (Women’s National Youth & Senior Team Coach), Patrick Calow (Bermuda Rugby Youth Development Coach), Jermal ‘Goofy’ Woolridge (Heavy Weight Kickboxing Champion and 3rd place San Shou World Champion), and Teresa Perozzi (Women’s WIBC and NABC Middleweight Boxing Champion).  Start time is at 9am sharp with an 8.30am drop off, finishing at 5pm with pick up by 5.30pm. Attendees should provide their own lunch but healthy snacks and water will be provided throughout the day. The main venue will be Somersfield Academy, although certain days will be beach training. All participants will receive a medal, trophy based on placing, T-shirt, and certificate of participation. There will also be a prize for the best team and most improved person attending the camp for that week. The cost is $200 per week for all 6 weeks, $250 per week for 4 weeks, and $275 for 1 to 3 weeks. The weeks do not have to run in succession so can be any week within the 6 weeks. As an incentive for the early birds, you will receive 20% off the total rate if you sign up on or before May 31st. For more details, contact Camp Director, Devrae Noel-Simmons on 333-0845 or intlfitnesspros@hotmail.com


British Schools Fair Bermuda

If you are considering sending your child to school in the UK, then you’ll be pleased to know of an excellent opportunity to learn more about some of Britain’s world-renowned independent boarding schools, catering for all abilities and talents.  The British Schools Fair Bermuda will be on Wednesday, September 25th and Thursday, September 26th at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess.  From 4.30pm until 7.30 pm, you can meet with representatives and learn about what some of these institutions have to offer.  For more information, see  www.bvs-education.co.uk – no reservations are required.





Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events

For a handy Calendar view, click here to go to the Bermuda Calendar section:


Current Exhibits at Bermuda National Gallery – until August 31st

Eyes on the World Exhibit

Women Artists in the Bermuda National Gallery Collection

Impressions of Bermuda: The David L. White Gift to the Bermuda National Gallery

Meredith Andrews: Portraits of Power Exhibit

Drawing with Light: Photography in Bermuda Exhibit at Masterworks – until September 1st

Food & Drink Exhibition by William J. Gringley at Common Ground – February 14th to May 8th

Beau Rivage 5 Year Birthday Celebration – April 1st to 30th

Tomorrow’s Voices Eat! Shop! Give! – April 1st to 30th

Current Exhibits at Bermuda Society of Arts – April 5th to April 24th

Onions Gallery: Bermuda College Art Show

Edinburgh Gallery: BSoA Showcase – Works in Progress

Studio A: Milton Hill Presents – De Boys Day Out Club

Studio B: Fayelle Bush – The Nature of Design

Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society: Calendar Girls – April 11th to 20th

Bermuda International Film Festival – April 12th to 18th

BIFF Lunchtime Panel Discussion: On Location – April 17th

BIFF Lunchtime Panel Discussion: Short But Sweet – April 18th

BIFF 2013 Wrap Party – April 18th

Artist in the Garden Exhibit at Masterworks – Ten Years On: Jonah Jones and Chris Marson – April 12th to May 1st

Holistic Fair at My Sereni-Tea – April 13th

Bermuda Cricket Board’s 2013 Youth Leagues – starts April 13th

Family Centre’s Cycle For Change – April 13th

Old Skool Part 3: Mrs. Chivas Birthday Bash – April 13th

Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club Junior Spring Sailing Programme – April 15th

BHI Hospitality Month (Sound & Shore) – April 15th to 21st

Gosling’s Wine Tasting: California’s Best Wines – April 16th

Melange Charity Male Waxing Fundraising Event – April 17th

Inspire Bermuda’s Empowering You Workshop (Part One) – April 17th

Coconuts at The Reefs Reopens for Dinner – April 18th

**NEW  Cooking Demonstration with Chef Mike Knight – April 18th

75th Annual Bermuda Agricultural Exhibition (Ag Show) – April 18th to 20th

Latin Chill Friday at The Reefs: Grand Opening – April 19th

Bermuda Glee Auditions – April 19th

Bone Breathing Meditation Class – April 19th

Intro to The Alexander Technique – April 19th

**NEW Tomorrow’s Voices Open House – April 19th

Bermuda Sets the Table – April 19th and 20th

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

Mariners RFC Annual Mad Hatter’s Party – April 20th

Pre-Natal Yoga at the Yoga Centre – starts April 20th

Flowers for Kids: Celebrating Spring, the Magic of a New Season – April 20th

Middle School Dance – April 20th

2-For-1 Saturdays at The Reefs Restart – April 20th

**NEW  Documentary Screening of Kumbh Mela: Songs of the River at Sankofa – April 20th

**NEW  Harbourside Evening of Jazz at Fairmont Hamilton Princess – April 20th

**NEW  We are Climbin’ Jacob’s Ladder at First Church of God – April 21st

BHI Hospitality Month (West End) – April 22nd to 28th

BEPRO Lunch ‘N’ Learn Series: Your Rights in the Workplace – April 23rd

Annual Peppercorn Ceremony – April 24th

**NEW  Tomorrow’s Voices Seminar – Autism Uncovered: Putting the Puzzle Together – Features, Causes and Treatments – April 24th

City Art Festival Artist Competition and Exhibition – April 24th to May 14th

**NEW  Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society presents Swing Time – April 25th and 26th

Art in the Dark – April 26th

Laughing Yoga Fridays – starts April 26th

Bermuda National Gallery: The Art of Music with Mirei Tsuji – April 26th

**NEW Splash at The Deep Nightclub – April 26th

Yoga Weekend Retreat with Ross Rayburn – April 26th to 28th

Art in the Park – April 27th

Bermuda School of Music: 16th Annual Some Enchanted Evening – April 27th

Organic? GMOs? What are they? Workshop – April 27th

**NEW  World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Celebration at Victoria Park – April 27th

**NEW  Urban Foot Race – April 28th

Bermuda Institute’s Spring Fair 2013 – Through the Years: Celebrating 70 Years – April 28th

CMS 5K Walk/Run – April 28th

**NEW  We are Climbin’ Jacob’s Ladder at Mt. Zion A.M.E – April 28th

**NEW  Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society: Summer Shakespeare Auditions – April 30th and May 1st

Harbour Nights – starts May 1st

Movie on the Beach at The Reefs – starts May 1st

Royston’s Reopening – May 1st

Nutrifit Daytime Course starts – May 1st

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

Adults: Table Centrepieces: Flower Arranging for Everyone – May 4th

Catlin End-to-End – May 4th

The Power of Pranayama – May 4th

Lord Make Me Laugh – May 4th

Robin Hood Football and Netball Club “Summer is Here” Booze Cruise – May 4th

**NEW  Alliance Française des Bermudes: Soirée Folklorique – May 4th

**NEW  1st Annual Bodybuilding & Fitness Extravaganza – May 4th

**NEW  Pan-Jazz Music Festival – May 5th

Historical Re-enactments in Dockyard – begins May 6th

Destination Dockyard – begins May 6th

Ocean Echo’s International Buffet – starts May 7th

InterNations International Networking Event – May 8th

Famous for Fifteen Minutes Auditions – May 10th and 11th

Sir Stanley Burgess 5K – May 12th

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Reefs – May 12th

**NEW  We are Climbin’ Jacob’s Ladder at Evening Light Pentecostal Church – May 12th

**NEW  Mother’s Day Brunch at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess – May 12th

Nutrifit Evening Course starts – May 13th

Screenwriting in Paradise: International Screenwriting Workshop – May 13th to May 18th

The Big Chill at Seabreeze Lounge – starts May 17th

Flowers for Kids: Fun with my Mum – May 18th

**NEW  We are Climbin’ Jacob’s Ladder at New Testament Church of God – May 19th

The Big Chill at Cambridge Beaches – starts May 26th

**NEW  Nellie Musson Music Festival – May 26th

**NEW  The Big Game: Saracens F.C. vs Bermuda Rugby International Select XV – May 31st

Adults: Today’s Floristry: The Handtied Technique – June 1st

**NEW  PURE : The 4th Annual All White Party – June 7th

Whisky Training and Tasting Sessions with Dewar’s Global Brand Ambassador – June 11th to 14th

Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society: Famous for Fifteen Minutes – June 13th to 15th

Pre-Highland Games Happy Hour and Ceilidh at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess – June 14th

2nd Annual Bermuda Highland Games – June 15th

Adults: Fun with the Girls Floral Workshop – June 15th

Adults: Make the Most of a Vase: Contemporary Floral Design – June 29th

Models’ Boot Camp and Finishing School Summer Camp – starts July 1st

**NEW  International Fitness Pros Summer Sport Performance Camp – weekly slots from July 1st to August 16th

Youth Camera Action Programme – weekly slots from July 1st to August 31st

Bermuda Glee Show –  July 7th

Bermuda NatWest Island Games XV – July 13th to 19th

Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society: Famous for Fifteen Minutes – June 19th to 22nd

**NEW  Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society – Summer Shakespeare: All’s Well That Ends Well – July 19th and 20th

**NEW  Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society – Summer Shakespeare: All’s Well That Ends Well – July 23rd to 27th

6th Annual ITF Bermuda Beach Tennis International Tournament – August 23rd to 25th

2nd Annual Lennon Bermuda Peace Day Concert – September 21st

**NEW  British Schools Fair Bermuda – September 25th and 26th

Royal Challenge – October 12th



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