May 15th, 2013

Morning Troops and Happy Chocolate Chip Day!


As far as made up holidays go, this one is pretty awesome.  Apparently there is a whole list of days honouring various sugary treats – who knew?  Anyway, here is the latest list of Bermuda events:



Old School Salsa

Back to Basics: Old School Salsa Jam, a night of Latin music, awaits you at at Shine’s House of Music tonight, Wednesday, May 15th from 8.30pm until 1am. There is no cover charge and as well as all old school salsa tracks, dancing and drinks specials, there will also be a free class at 8.30pm. For more details, visit



Scandal and Greys Finale Party

Are you a fan of Grey’s Anatomy and/or Scandal?  If so, then you might want to get together with like-minded folks at Captain’s Lounge on Thursday, May 16th for a Grey’s Anatomy/Scandal Season Finale Watching Party.  This will be from 10pm until 1am and a cash bar and food will be available as well as free wifi so that you can chat and tweet to your heart’s content.  For more information, see the Facebook event page here.



Live Music and Cocktails at Taste 141

A different option for Happy Hour is coming up on Friday, May 17th as Taste 141 in the John Swan Building on Front Street invite you to come enjoy Live Music and Cocktails. Music will be courtesy of Andrew Chamberlain and David Skinner who will be playing from 5.30pm until 7.30pm. For more details, contact 292-0777.





Thyme Fridays by the Pool

Another new Happy Hour option for Friday nights comes from Thyme at the Club.  This is Bermuda’s newest venue, owned and run by three Bermudians with a combined 70+ years of hospitality experience, and located at The Club at Elbow Beach Properties, Fritholme Estate Condo Complex at The Elbow Beach Hotel.  Fridays by the Pool Happy Hour will run from 5pm until 9pm and promises a small but innovative menu featuring lots of local produce and locally inspired dishes along with Chef’s daily specials, as well as an eclectic wine list, available by the glass or bottle.  For more information, contact or see their Facebook Page.


science olympics

Mount Saint Agnes are the hosts of the MSA Science Olympics on Saturday, May 18th from 10am until 2pm. This is a friendly competition in a fun environment that allows teams of 5 students to use their science skills and ideas to develop creative solutions to problems. Public and private schools throughout the island are invited to participate and the public is invited to come and observe the fun. The cost is $25 per team and free for spectators.  For more details, visit



Belco Cup

Stepping up to the wicket for the 11th year, the BELCO Cup is back for 2013. The Semi-Finals will take place on Saturday, May 18th with the top 4 teams from the 2012 season battling in two locations to become finalists. In St. David’s, this will pit Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club against Southampton Rangers while the Semi-Final in Somerset will see Willow Cuts vs St. David’s County Cricket Club.  The winners of these matches will play in the Final in St. David’s on Sunday, May 19th and Warner Gombeys will perform during the half-hour between-innings break.  Play starts at 11am each day.  Admission is free on Saturday and $5 on Sunday with all proceeds to benefit the Bermuda Cricket Board’s National Youth Academy.

BEPRO Ready Your Resume

If you are currently job-hunting and feel that you don’t have the resources you need, the BEPRO Ready Your Resume Workshop on Saturday, May 18th is for you.  This will be in the computer lab at Cedarbridge Academy from 11am until 1pm and will teach you how to create a resume or enhance the one you already have.  The session will include a resume how-to presentation from guest speaker Jennifer Smatt-Adkins (President of Ontru Limited and the Bermuda Human Resources Association), one-on-one resume tutorials, computers and printers on site, USB drives provided by Digicel and additional job resources.  Spaces are limited but you can secure your spot by RSVP’ing to


Board Game Afternoons

On Saturdays from May 18th, CV Cafe will be hosting Board Game Afternoons from 2pm until 6pm.  You are invited to bring your family, friends and board games and make new friends playing old-fashioned games.






BRFU vs USA South

Rugby fans who want to support the national team might want to get themselves to National Sports Centre on Saturday, May 18th as Bermuda Rugby will be playing again USA Rugby South. This will be from 4pm, with a youth game beforehand and shirts on sale.  Entry will be $10, or free for under-16s, and all proceeds will go to the National Team for travel subsidies.  For more information, contact or




Hogfish at Hog Penny

Guns ‘n’ Roses, Tom Petty, AC/DC, Tragically Hip, Pearl Jam, KISS…if this sounds like your type of music then Hogfish are likely to be performing many of your favourites at Hog Penny on Saturday, May 18th.  Hogfish will feature Will Black on vocals, Gary Foster Skelton on bass and Pete Brodsky on drums from 10.30pm until 1am.  As usual, there will be no cover charge.




Bermuda Docs May Film Series

The May edition of the Bermuda Docs Weekend Film Series will be at BUEI on Sunday, May 19th with the documentary A River Changes Course, showing at 3pm, followed by French comedy, In The House, at 5.15pm. More details on the films can be found at Tickets are $15 and available at Oceans Gift Shop or by phoning 297-7314.




You 2 0

Interested in updating your look while becoming more competitive in the job market?  The Earl Cameron Theatre in City Hall will be the venue for YOU 2.0: Reinvent Yourself, a Fashion & Trade Show on Sunday, May 19th, promising to be a a fun and practical fundraiser in support of the Centre Against Abuse. YOU 2.0 will offer fashion advice, make up guidance, job interview skills, resume hints and a showcase of the summer’s latest fashions from the island’s top boutiques modeled by businesswomen of Bermuda. Participating retailers are Boutique CC, Daisy’s, CAA’s Dress for Success, Gibbons Company, Marks & Spencer and 27th Century Boutique. Patron tickets cost $50, including a cocktail reception prior to the fashion show and preferred seating, while general admission tickets cost $30 with a cash bar. Tickets are available at Gibbons Company has donated five beauty makeovers which are being raffled at $5 per ticket. Raffle tickets are also available online as well as at the venue on the day. For more information, see


Bermuda 2013 Heritage Month

As part of the Heritage Month celebrations for May, the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs are hosting a special free Concert at The Keep at the National Museum of Bermuda in Dockyard on Sunday, May 19th. This “cultural jam” will celebrate Bermuda’s people, traditions, foods and culture between 3pm and 7pm. Wendell Dill will be MC for the evening and the concert will feature the Native People of St. David’s, the Filipinos, the All Stars Steel Orchestra, the Bermuda Carnival Revelers, the Somerset Brigade Band, Troika, Warwick Gombeys, Showtime United Drumline, Bermuda Squad, Proud To Be Bermudian/John Woolridge, the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band Dancers, Los Bohemios and Plaiting the Maypole. In addition to the entertainment, there will be local vendors available on the grounds. For more information, see


AHT Taking it to the People

The African Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT) Bermuda Foundation are Taking it to the People on Monday, May 20th and on Monday, June 24th.  From 6.30pm at T.N. Tatem Middle School Auditorium on May 20th or at Charities House Boardroom on June 24th, you can learn about what the ADHT is doing now and how you can join them at their upcoming 2013 International Conference in Lafayette, Louisiana in October.  There will also be opportunities to purchase a Lafayette raffle ticket in support of their Youth Development Fund, which will send one local youngster to the 2013 Conference, and to see if you can identify the ADHT trail sites in the western parishes to win a prize.  For more information, see or contact


Big Chill Tuesdays at the Reefs

I previously mentioned that The Reefs have started offering the opportunity to take your tastebuds on a world tour at Ocean Echo’s International Buffet on Tuesdays. While you’re dining, Bermuda’s newest music concept, the Big Chill, will be matching music to the food to engage even more of your senses. DJs and musicians will be playing laidback music to evoke an Ibiza-style chillout vibe every Tuesday throughout the summer so the next will be on Tuesday, May 21st. For reservations, or more information, contact 238-0222.



Hippie Yoga

Promising a complete workout for your body, mind and soul, Holistic Hippie is introducing its first 7 week yoga course on Tuesday, May 28th. Everybody is welcome and you have a choice between a Tuesday class at 6.30pm or a Sunday class at 9am, both lasting an hour and a half at Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa. Hippie Yoga focuses on improving your flexibility, strength and balance while enhancing your posture, coordination and mental focus. The cost is $140.  To sign up, or For more information, or to register, contact or 300-0505.



Effective Stretching

La Serena Spa at the Reefs presents an Effective Stretching Workshop with Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist, Greg Ozarowski on Wednesday, May 29th. This will run from 7pm until 9pm and the workshop will help those who suffer from stiffness and teach you how to get the best results from stretching. Bring a yoga mat or blanket. The cost is $50 and all attendees will be offered a 15% discount for their next treatment with Greg. There are only 8 spaces available but you can secure your spot by contacting 239-0184 or



Victor Flood Badminton Tournament

It’s a little later than usual this year but the BAA Annual Victor Flood Badminton Tournament is coming soon to the BAA Gymnasium (corner of Serpentine and Woodlands Roads). The Tourney will begin at 5.30pm on Thursday, May 30th with Junior events (under 14 and under 18 categories) and continues throughout the evening. Senior (over-18) events will begin on Saturday, June 1st at 10am and will run until completion. Fees will be $5 per event for juniors and $10 per event for seniors. All levels of play are catered for and events will be staged in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Entry forms can be found at the BAA Clubhouse or online at Forms can be emailed to and the deadline for entries is Tuesday, May 28th.


OBA Fish Fry

OBA Devonshire are hosting a Drive-Through Fish-Fry Fundraiser from 5.30pm until 7.30pm on Friday, May 31st in the Peace Lutheran Church Hall. For $20, you will get a full portion of fish, peas & rice, mac & cheese, coleslaw, three bean salad, your choice of water, soda or fruit juice, and a dessert brownie. Tickets can be purchased from the One Bermuda Alliance Office at 58 Reid Street, or from an OBA Devonshire Committee Member. For more information, contact or 294-3264.





Family Community Day

The Centre on Philanthropy is hosting their 2nd Annual Family Community Day at the Botanical Gardens on Saturday, June 1st.  From 9am until 1pm, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about local nonprofits and how you can get involved further through volunteering. Activities will include painting “Art Bins” for Keep Bermuda Beautiful, writing letters for Amnesty International Bermuda, decorating greeting cards for Bermuda Sloop Foundation, prepping Tag Day buckets for Bermuda Cancer & Health Centre and wrapping food boxes for the Eliza Dolittle Society. More details on each project are posted at each family member is recommended to sign up on with their own profile as soon as possible as projects are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Prizes will be awarded to the youngest volunteer, the oldest volunteer, and the largest family to participate.

Craft Market

On the first Sunday of every month, you can enjoy shopping at Bermuda’s only outdoor handmade market.  The St. George’s Craft Market will be from 11am until 3pm outside C.V. Cafe and Somer’s Wharf and the next will be Sunday, June 2nd.



BUEI Lionfish

To coincide with their new Lionfish Taskforce Exhibit, BUEI and the Bermuda Lionfish Taskforce present a lecture by Corey Eddy on Tuesday, June 4th.  The Invasive Lionfish in Bermuda: Past, Present and Future will start at 7pm, doors open at 6.30pm and ticketed patrons will be able to view the new exhibit hall from 5pm until 7pm.  Tickets are $15 for the lecture and $25 for the lecture and exhibit.  Attendees will also be eligible for a special $39.75 menu at HarbourFront afterwards.  To purchase your ticket, contact 294-0204.


Ten Monthly Wine Tasting

Ten Cafe & Bar are introducing a Monthly Wine Tasting on the first Thursday of each month, with the first being on June 6th. Each month Burrows & Lightbourn will focus on wines from different regions and Chef Mike Knight will be serving canapes to complement the wines. The tasting will begin at 6pm and the cost is $20 per person. To secure your spot, contact 295-0857 or


Laffy Hour

Interested in a different type of happy hour which will develop both your creativity and your confidence?  Improv Bermuda presents Friday Laffy Hour at CV Cafe on the first Friday of each month, the next being Friday, June 7th.  Not just for quick-witted extroverts, teacher Toby Butterfield will guide the play session of facilitated improv games designed for total beginners, in a fun and supportive atmosphere.  This will run from 6pm until 8pm and the cost is $5.  CV Cafe will also have wine, beer and other goodies available for purchase.  For more information, contact Toby at or 505-7011.




The Bermuda National Trust has announced that Jean Cox Spence has bequeathed Devondale, a historic home surrounded by seven acres of farmland and open space in Devonshire, to them.  To showcase their latest treasure, BNT will be hosting a trio of events at Devondale.  Devonfest kicks off with Cocktails and a Tour of the property from 6pm until 9pm  at a cost of $50 per person on Friday, June 7th.  On Saturday, June 8th, there will be a Dinner and Dancing from 7pm which will include a cocktail reception, tour, farm dinner, dancing with the Go Down Berries and a silent auction.  The cost is $175 per person.  On Sunday, June 9th, there will be a Family Brunch from 11am until 3pm, which will include face painting, pony rides and planting seedlings.  The cost is $90 per person, or free for under-12s.  Devondale adjoins the neighbouring Locust Hall Farm comprising 24 acres given to the Trust in 1989 and Devonfest will use produce from the tenant farmer and an abundance of natural décor found in Trust nature reserves.  To reserve your spot, contact Pauline Powell on 236 6483 or email

Highland Games Ceilidh

Building on the popularity of the traditional Scottish dancing at their annual St. Andrew’s Ball, the Caledonian Society of Bermuda will be hosting a Pre-Highland Games Ceilidh in the ballroom at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess on Friday, June 14th. This will be a warm-up for the 2nd Annual Bermuda Highland Games the next day and the Ceilidh, which will feature  the New Dewar’s Highlander Honey, will start immediately after Happy Hour.  Tickets cost $45 and includes a free drink, live music provided by a ceilidh band from Scotland, a cameo performance by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pipe Band and plenty of dancing. The dances are fun and easy to pick up but dancing instructions will also be given on the night. Anyone with a kilt is strongly encouraged to wear it. Tickets will be available at the door but advance tickets are available from Liz Ward at or 704-0631.  Here is the link to the event on Facebook.


Inner Peace Training

An upcoming course at Spirit House in Devonshire, Inner Peace Training, aims to give you a simple step by step process with the tools to use to bring the war inside you to an end and discover your true divine self. On this journey you will learn how to eliminate anger, frustration and confusion, feel energized with a new sense of direction, create and manifest your dreams, journey to your soul and understand your thoughts and emotions (find out the role they play in your life). This meditation course will be held over three consecutive Friday evenings on June 21st, June 28th and July 5th from 6pm until 9pm at a cost of $245. For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact Bianca at 300-0505 or


BOM Bollywood

Bermuda Overseas Mission (BOM) has been travelling to third world countries in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for the less fortunate. As a fundraiser for their next endeavour,  they are hosting BOM Goes Bollywood at Bermuda High School for Girls on Saturday, June 22nd.  From 7pm until midnight, can you expect live music, a silent auction, raffle tickets and dinner by House of India.  Dress code is formal and Bollywood dress is preferred.  Tickets cost $100 per person, which includes dinner and a welcome drink, and are available from  Proceeds will help support a group of 40 people with their travels to Kerala in India  to build and visit orphanages.



Bermuda Billfish Release Cup Fishing Tournament

The 2013 edition of the Bermuda Billfish Release Cup will kick off with a final registration party on Friday, June 28th at Bone Fish Bar & Grill from 5pm until 9pm. The fishing itself will be on Saturday, June 29th and Sunday,  June 30th, followed by an awards banquet at Bonefish on Sunday night. The fee is $1,000 per boat for the billfish division and $500 per boat for the game-fish division. Teams may enter one or both divisions. This basic entry fee covers the participation of the boat and attendance at all planned entertainment and social activities for up to five participants. For more information, contact tournament director Dan Jacobs at 407-571-4680 or see


Canada Day Bermuda

The Association of Canadians in Bermuda will be holding their annual Canada Day Beach Party at Warwick Long Bay on Saturday, June 29th.  From noon until 5pm, there will be a BBQ, DJ and, of course, the national anthem.   Membership is $15 and includes free lunch and beverages. For more information, or if interested in volunteering, contact  If you were at home, this would be followed by  a French translation but I can’t be bothered, sorry.





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

Current Exhibits at Bermuda Society of Arts – April 26th to May 14th

Onions Gallery and Studio A: Heritage Month: Sights, Sounds and Colours of Bermuda

Edinburgh Gallery: Art and Me

Studio B: Janet Carew

Candle-Lite: Love’s Takin’ Over Exhibition by K. LaVonne at Common Ground – May 9th to September

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

Ocean Echo’s International Buffet – starts May 14th

Historical Heartbeats Lecture Series – Writing from the Rock: Bermudian Literature Begins – May 15th

Beating of the Retreat Ceremony at Harbour Nights – May 15th

**NEW  Back to Basics: Old School Salsa Jam – May 15th

16th Annual In Motion Dance Showcase, And The Award Goes To… –  15th to 18th

Beginner’s Yoga I Course at the Yoga Centre – starts May 16th

Kubrick: A Life in Pictures – May 16th

**NEW  Grey’s Anatomy/Scandal Season Finale Watching Party – May 16th

The Big Chill at Seabreeze Lounge – starts May 17th

**NEW  Live Music and Cocktails Happy Hour at Taste 141 – May 17th

**NEW  Fridays by the Pool Happy Hour at Thyme – starts May 17th

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

2013 Heritage Month Bookathon – May 18th

Somersfield Academy Annual Spring Fair – May 18th

Bad Girls Club All Star Battle Launch Party – May 18th

Super Saturdays at Masterworks: Under The Sea – May 18th

7th International Festival of Poetry: The Word in the World – May 18th

**NEW  MSA Science Olympics – May 18th

**NEW  11th Annual Belco Cup: Semi-Final in Somerset – May 18th

**NEW  11th Annual Belco Cup: Semi-Final in St. David’s – May 18th

**NEW  BEPRO Ready Your Resume Workshop – May 18th

**NEW  Bermuda Rugby vs USA Rugby South – May 18th

**NEW  Board Game Afternoons at CV Cafe – May 18th

**NEW  Hogfish Live at Hog Penny – May 18th

Caso Cerrado:Casados Para Siempre/Case Closed: Married Forever Bilingual Marriage Seminar – May 18th and 19th

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

Bermuda SPCA’s 16th Annual Paws to the Park Dog Charity Walk – May 19th

Bermuda Regiment Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess Gatorade Fun Run, Walk & Ride – May 19th

4th Annual Sarah Catherine Tea Party – May 19th

**NEW  11th Annual Belco Cup: Final – May 19th

**NEW  Bermuda Docs Weekend Film Series: A River Changes Course and In The House – May 19th

**NEW  YOU 2.0: Reinvent Yourself, a Fashion & Trade Show – May 19th

**  NEW  Heritage Month Event: A Concert At The Keep – May 19th

Beating of the Retreat Ceremony at Royal Naval Dockyard – May 20th

**NEW  African Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT) Bermuda Foundation: Taking It To The People – May 20th

Financial Services Clinic For Current Age Concern Members – May 21st

B.A.R.U. presents I For An I – May 21st

Beginner’s Yoga II Course at the Yoga Centre – starts May 21st

**NEW  Big Chill Tuesdays and Ocean Echo’s International Buffet – May 21st

UberVida First Summer Rave – May 24th

VIBE 103 Kick Off The Summer Party – May 24th

2013 Heritage Month Bookathon – May 25th

The Big Chill at Cambridge Beaches – starts May 26th

Nellie Musson Music Festival – May 26th

**NEW  Hippie Yoga – starts May 28th

**NEW  Effective Stretching Workshop with Greg Ozarowski – May 29th

**NEW  BAA Annual Victor Flood Badminton Tourney – starts May 30th

The Gina Love Show – May 30th to June 1st

10th Annual Guitar Festival – May 30th to June 2nd

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

World Oceans Day Cocktail Party – May 31st

**NEW  OBA Devonshire Drive-Through Fish-Fry Fundraiser – May 31st

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

**NEW  Centre on Philanthropy’s 2nd Annual Family Community Day – June 1st

Coronation Anniversary Service at St. Peter’s – June 2nd

**NEW  St. George’s Craft Market – June 2nd

**NEW  BUEI Lecture Series: The Invasive Lionfish in Bermuda: Past, Present and Future – June 4th

**NEW  Monthly Wine Tasting at Ten – June 6th

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

**NEW  Improv Bermuda presents Friday Laffy Hour – June 7th

**NEW  Devonfest: Cocktails and Tour – June 7th

Princess for a Day Father-Daughter Dinner and Dance – June 8th

Wet & Wild Party – June 8th

**NEW  Devonfest: Dinner & Dancing – June 8th

Tokio Millennium 2013 Sprint Triathlon – June 9th

Project Action Bermuda Reception High Tea: 60th Anniversary Coronation  – June 9th

**NEW  Devonfest: Family Brunch – June 9th

Beating of the Retreat Ceremony at Royal Naval Dockyard – June 10th

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

**NEW  Pre-Highland Games Ceilidh at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess – June 14th

2nd Annual Bermuda Highland Games – June 15th

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

Capital G 25th Annual Iron Kids Triathlon – June 15th

Beating of the Retreat Ceremony at Harbour Nights – June 19th

Bermuda Anthology of Memoir and Creative Non-Fiction Submission Deadline – June 19th

**NEW  Inner Peace Training – starts June 21st

**NEW  BOM Goes Bollywood – June 22nd

Miss Bermuda Pageant – June 23rd

**NEW  African Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT) Bermuda Foundation: Taking It To The People – June 24th

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

West Indian Association (Bermuda)’s Dine & Dance Around D Caribbean – June 29th

**NEW  Canada Day Beach Party – June 29th

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

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

Beating of the Retreat Ceremony in St. George’s – July 10th

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

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

**NEW  Bermuda Billfish Release Cup 2013 – June 28th to 30th

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

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

Beating of the Retreat Ceremony at Harbour Nights – July 24th

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

Beating of the Retreat Ceremony at Royal Naval Dockyard – September 16th

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

Beating of the Retreat Ceremony at Harbour Nights – September 25th

British Schools Fair Bermuda – September 25th and 26th

Royal Challenge – October 12th


Since you seemed to enjoy last week’s cat video, here is another one that made me smile this week.  I promise to find something that isn’t cat-related for next week:


Here’s the link if you can’t see the above video


Enjoy the rest of the week!



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