April 3rd, 2013
Happy April Kids!
Hope you all had as good an Easter as I did and that you didn’t fall for any embarrassing April Fool pranks (half-hearted apologies to my victims – you know who you are)! Here is the latest round-up of Bermuda events:
April is Autism Month and local charity Tomorrow’s Voices are once again offering Eat! Shop! Give! their annual charitable shopping and dining event. When you make a donation of $10 to Tomorrow’s Voices you will receive an Eat Shop Give Card giving you access to offers at participating Merchants. Donations collected will go towards Tomorrow’s Voices’ mission of providing intensive therapeutic services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This runs for the whole month of April and more details can be found at www.tomorrowsvoices.bm. There is a downloadable Merchant Booklet at this link and the discounts include 20% discount at Secrets, 20% off at Pirate’s Port, 20% discount at Bliss Hair & Nail Salon, 15% discount at Gibbons, 15% discount at The Bermuda Golf Academy, and many more. I always like shopping for a good cause..
Shiver me timbers and hoist the Jolly Roger – the Pirates of Bermuda are planning to take 50 prominent community members hostage on Saturday, April 6th! This event will take place at Albuoy’s Point from noon until 3pm and is a Spirit of Bermuda fundraiser. Donations can be put towards the hostage’s ransom OR towards making them walk the plank and proceeds will benefit the Spirit of Bermuda and their Youth Character Development Programme. 2013 hostages include Wayne Furbert (Shadow Minister of Tourism), Jeremy Deacon (Acting Editor of the Royal Gazette), and Canon Norman Lynas (The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity). The scallywag with the most donations will win a 2-hour charter on the Spirit of Bermuda with 50 friends and family. For more details, or to donate online, visit www.PiratesofBermuda.com.
Good news for Eastenders – more nightlife is coming to the Olde Towne! Saturday, April 6th will be the Grand Opening of LimeLight Lounge at 50 Water Street in St. George’s. Dig out your best 70s and 80s attire as this will be a King’s Port Reunion Party with DJ Craig “Bubble” Darrell taking you on a musical journey blast from the past. The best dressed in 70s/80s style will receive a $100 gate prize. Doors open at 10pm and entry is $20.
An important landmark that isn’t usually celebrated will be covered in Celebrating Menarche: A Workshop on Sunday, April 14th. Menarche is a girl’s first menstrual cycle and attendees will receive tools to assist them with creating unique celebrations for the girls in their lives. The workshop will run from 2.30pm until 4pm at The Healing Centre, 21 Euclid Ave, Pembroke. The cost is $50 per person and all parents/guardians of girls are welcome. Spaces are limited but you can reserve your spot by contacting 238-3917 or email@example.com.
Looking for some motivation to transform your life? Part One of Inspire Bermuda’s Empowering You Workshop will be held from 6pm until 8pm on Wednesday, April 17th at Suite Solutions on Mills Creek Road. This series of workshops promises to help you achieve more clarity, direction and confidence to create the future you want. The cost is $75 per person and you can register by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Star Pack in association with BAA are providing a fun, safe place for young people in P6 to M3 to hang out in a club-style venue. Their Middle School Dance will be at the BAA Clubhouse on Saturday, April 20th from 9pm to 1am and will be fully chaperoned by responsible adults. Admission is $10, which includes finger foods and music provided by Black Lion Sound, and sodas will cost $2 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Theresa on 737-2581, 29F1BACC or email@example.com.
Singer-songwriter Tanaya Christopher will be featured in the next Chewstick Foundation Griot Session on Saturday, April 20th at the Chewstick Neo-Griot Lounge & Café. This will be her first solo show and Tanaya will showcase an eclectic mix of poetry, song and storytelling, all accompanied by a dynamic 4-piece band (Torrey Tacklyn, Scarlett Thomas, Ryan Durrant, and Raynika Brangman), and backup singers, Ashanti Caesar and Shamir Howes. Poet and rapper Rachel Little will be the opening act at 8pm and the performance will be streamed live at www.chewstick.org. Tickets are $10 in advance from www.pTix.bm or at the door and part proceeds will benefit the Chewstick Foundation. For more information call 292-2439 (CHEW) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In recognition of 35 years of community service in the performing arts, the Board of Directors of Gina Spence Productions in Christ (GSPIC) will be honouring charity creator and namesake, Gina Spence, with an All-Star Concert on Saturday, April 20th. From 8pm in the Mid-Ocean Amphitheatre of the Fairmont Southampton Princess, former cast members who got their first taste of the performing arts through Gina Spence Productions, including local jazz artist Gita Blakeney-Saltus, radio personality Power Girl and comedians Nadanjah and Bootsie will be on stage. The lineup will also feature Kion Simmons, and Nicole Frances, a.k.a. Lady Tyson. While the event will focus on highlighting and honouring Gina’s service to the community, it will also celebrate her 50th birthday and serve as a fundraiser to support GSPIC’s programmes to help children affected by gun violence, by providing school clothes and healthy food items, and to assist seniors with purchasing much needed medications. The cost of General Admission will be $50 and Patron tickets will be $100. For more information, visit www.gspic.org or contact 704-0224 or 735-4488.
Those of you who love olde worlde-style pomp and circumstance, take note – the Annual Peppercorn Ceremony for this year will be on Wednesday, April 24th. During this ceremony, the Governor will will receive the Annual Rent of one peppercorn for the State House from the Master of Lodge St. George and then will hold a meeting of the Governor’s Council, attended by the Premier and Cabinet Ministers. This quaint tradition includes lots of period costumes, military uniforms, a parade and a horse-drawn carriage, all helping transport you back to 1815 when the ceremony first started. As usual, the Governor will arrive at King’s Square at the very precise time of 10.58am. For more details, see the Facebook Page here.
Age Concern Bermuda and MJM are co-hosting their Annual Free Legal Clinic at Charities House on Wednesday, April 24th. This event will include an Estate Planning Information session at 2.30pm, and free and private 20 minute appointments on Wills and Estate Planning, Power of Attorney, Corporate or Matrimonial issues, starting from 2pm. Only current members will be able to register but you can join online at www.ageconcern.bm or visit Charities House at 25 Point Finger Road. Space is limited but you can book your spots at the general session and/or an appointment for your private consultations by calling 238-7525.
As part of Bermuda Hospitality Month, ten of Bermuda’s top chefs have partnered with Bermuda College students for Plates of Passion, a unique dining experience on Thursday, April 25th. Ten seats will be available at each chef team’s table. Participating chefs are Christopher Chafe (Fairmont Southampton), Keith DeShields (Cambridge Beaches), Bradley Clease (Harry’s at the Waterfront), Thomas Frost (Fairmont Hamilton), Livio Ferigo (Bone Fish Grill & Cafe Amici), Jean Cladue Garzia (Beau Rivage), Tommy Poh (Fourways Inn), Alfred Konrad (Wahoo’s Waterside Bistro), Edmund Smith (Ascots Restaurant) and Johnny Roberts (Bolero Brasserie). The cost is $150 per person, which includes a cocktail and canapé reception from 6pm, followed by the four course dinner paired with matching wines from 6.30pm until 9pm. There is also the option to upgrade this experience by bidding on the Connoisseur Table, which comes with unique extras, such as an after-party hosted by Gosling’s, a private tour of the kitchen to meet the teams and much more. The starting bid for the Connoisseur Table is $2500. Tickets and bidding are both available online from www.pTix.bm. Please note that special dietary needs cannot be accommodated at this event. For more information, contact info@BHI.bm or 295-5049 or visit www.BHI.bm.
Now in its 26th year, the Catlin End-to-End for 2013 will be on Saturday, May 4th. This firm fixture on the Bermuda calendar has become Bermuda’s premier annual charitable pledge event. For more information on the event and this year’s charity recipients, or to sign up/pledge online visit www.BermudaEndToEnd.bm.
The West End Development Corporation (WEDCO) are promising a fun glimpse into the history of Dockyard on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings during the summer season. Beginning Monday, May 6th and running until Friday, October 11th, actors in period costume will be giving a short performance to depict life in the Royal Naval Dockyard around 1809. These Historical Re-enactments will begin at 9.30am near the Moongate in Dockyard and the actors will explain various historical aspects including breakwaters, fortifications, storehouses, workshops and barracks. This is designed to be an informative and fun event with the added impact of a cannon being fired during the show. Visitors will have the opportunity to have a photo taken with one of the actors each day and then to go on and explore the Royal Naval Dockyard and identify the areas they have just learnt about. Shops and restaurants as well as all activities will be open for business. For more information, contact Joanna Cranfield on email@example.com.
If you are a budding cinematic storyteller who thinks it’s time to get serious, you may want to hone your craft at the Screenwriting in Paradise: International Screenwriting Workshop from Monday, May 13th until Saturday, May 18th. From 9am until 5pm each day at Bermuda College, Room G301, this week of intensive learning will teach you essential writing steps on how to make an idea into a script. The tutor will be James Fernald, screenwriting department director at the European Film College and former film development executive from Los Angeles, with special guest Jan Harlan, executive producer of The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut as well as director of the feature documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures. Jan will talk about music as a scripting tool about the importance of the opening of a film and many other script related topics, all backed up with practical examples. Workshops have been held previously in Denmark, Portugal and Spain. The cost is $475 and only fifteen regular places and fifteen scholarship places (need-based for selected students) are available. Registration is open until April 15th. To book your spot, contact Lucinda Spurling on firstname.lastname@example.org or 799-7770.
There’s a new weekly event coming to Dockyard on Thursday evenings, thanks to the West End Development Corporation (WEDCO) in partnership with TFD Productions. From May 16th, Lennon Dockyard will be paying tribute to the music of John Lennon and the inspiration he found in Bermuda in the Victualing Yard from 6.45pm to 9.45pm weekly. This is a free evening of music, with a Bermudian band and singers performing 30 songs from Lennon’s amazing career, including some of the songs written in Bermuda, with food and drinks provided by Dockyard Restaurants . For more information, contact Joanna Cranfield on email@example.com.
A little Save the Date for your diary – on Saturday, September 21st, Freisenbruch Brannon Media will present the 2nd Annual Lennon Bermuda Peace Day Concert in the Bermuda Botanical Gardens. Last year’s charity concert raised close to $ 100k and this year they hope to do even better! Tickets for the concert will go on sale May 1st at www.pTix.bm. I will update with details of featured artists, ticket pricing, etc. when available. **UPDATE: This year’s concert will honour Bob Marley with Splashband from Barbados, as well as John Lennon and The Beatles with the Fab Faux from NYC. MC for the evening will be Jimmy Keys and many more local and international artists will be performing. General admission tickets on the hillside or bleachers range from $50 to $95, and tables of ten range from $1000 to $6000. Children’s tickets are half the price of adult tickets. Gates open at 6pm and the show runs from 8pm until midnight.** For further information, contact Tony Brannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.doublefantasybermuda.com.
The 2014 Bermuda Marathon Weekend is on from Friday, January 17th until Sunday the 19th and athletes from all over the world will come together for the KPMG Bermuda Invitational Mile on the Friday, Bermuda 10K and 10K Walk on the Saturday and the Bermuda Marathon and Half Marathon on the Sunday. If you REALLY want to challenge your body, you can also participate in the Bermuda Triangle Challenge where you run the Front Street Mile on Friday evening, the 10K on Saturday and the full or half-marathon on Sunday. To commemorate this insanity/awesomeness, you will receive a special T-shirt and medal so that other people will know that you’re insane/awesome too. More details are available from email@example.com or 296-0951 and online registration is available on their website at www.bermudaraceweekend.com.
The Spa at Elbow Beach have released some some special offers for the month of April, including body scrubs, mud wraps, massages and facials. For reservations, contact 239-8900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events
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
The Art of Craft IV – March 10th to April 5th
Artist in the Garden Series at Masterworks: Valerie Brown Exhibit – March 22nd to April 10th
Models’ Boot Camp and Finishing School Spring Break Workshops – April 1st to 4th
Spring Art and Activity Camp – April 1st to 5th
Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club’s Junior Sailing Easter Break Clinic – April 1st to 5th
BHI Hospitality Month (Central and City) – April 1st to 7th
Beau Rivage 5 Year Birthday Celebration – April 1st to 30th
**NEW Tomorrow’s Voices Eat! Shop! Give! – April 1st to 30th
Beginner’s Yoga II at the Yoga Centre – starts April 4th
Will Black Returns to Hog Penny – April 5th
Fiesta Latinoamericana – April 6th
Adults: Seasonal Floral Design (Spring) – April 6th
Sandys 360 Family Fun & Fitness Festival – April 6th
**NEW Grand Opening of LimeLight Lounge – April 6th
**NEW Pirates of Bermuda – April 6th
The Wheels of Life: How to Know Your Chakras in a Whole New Way – April 6th and 7th
Olde Towne Market in St. George’s restarts – April 7th
Models’ Boot Camp and Finishing School Spring Break Workshops – April 8th to 11th
Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club’s Junior Sailing Easter Break Clinic – April 8th to 12th
BHI Hospitality Month (East End) – April 8th to 14th
Capital G Private Wealth Conference – April 11th
Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society: Calendar Girls – April 11th to 20th
Champagne & Chocolate Tasting – April 12th
Bermuda International Film Festival – April 12th to 18th
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
**NEW Celebrating Menarche: A Workshop – April 14th
BHI Hospitality Month (Sound & Shore) – April 15th to 21st
Melange Charity Male Waxing Fundraising Event – April 17th
**NEW Inspire Bermuda’s Empowering You Workshop (Part One) – April 17th
75th Annual Bermuda Agricultural Exhibition (Ag Show) – April 18th to 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
**NEW Middle School Dance – April 20th
**NEW Chewstick Foundation Griot Session: Tanaya Christopher – April 20th
**NEW Honouring Gina Spence: All-Star Concert – April 20th
BHI Hospitality Month (West End) – April 22nd to 28th
**NEW Annual Peppercorn Ceremony – April 24th
**NEW Age Concern Bermuda and MJM Annual Free Legal Clinic – April 24th
City Art Festival Artist Competition and Exhibition – April 24th to May 14th
**NEW Bermuda Hospitality Month: Plates of Passion – April 25th
Art in the Dark – April 26th
Art in the Park – April 27th
Urban Foot Race – April 28th
**NEW Catlin End-to-End – May 4th
** NEW Historical Re-enactments in Dockyard – begins May 6th
Famous for Fifteen Minutes Auditions – May 10th and 11th
Sir Stanley Burgess 5K – May 12th
**NEW Screenwriting in Paradise: International Screenwriting Workshop – May 13th to May 18th
**NEW Lennon Dockyard – starts May 16th
The Big Chill at Seabreeze Lounge – starts May 17th
Flowers for Kids: Fun with my Mum – May 18th
The Big Chill at Cambridge Beaches – starts May 26th
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
2nd Annual Bermuda Highland Games – June 15th
Adults: Fun with the Girls Floral Workshop – June 15th
Models’ Boot Camp and Finishing School Summer Camp – starts July 1st
Bermuda NatWest Island Games XV – July 13th to 19th
Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society: Famous for Fifteen Minutes – June 19th to 22nd
6th Annual ITF Bermuda Beach Tennis International Tournament – August 23rd to 25th
**NEW 2nd Annual Lennon Bermuda Peace Day Concert – September 21st
Royal Challenge – October 12th
**NEW 2014 Bermuda Marathon Weekend – January 17th to 19th
What was your favourite April Fool joke from Monday? Here are a few of my favourites – the best part is the outraged comments from people who believe them:
- Virgin Atlantic launches world’s first ever glass-bottomed plane
- Google Nose offers a new sensory search experience
- Peter Dinklage is replaced by Warwick Davis in Season 4 of Game of Thrones
- Twitter charges extra to use vowels
Enjoy the rest of the week!