May 1st, 2013
Happy May Day, Kids!
I declare that summer has come early – even though May 24th is still a few weeks away, I was very brave and dunked myself in the ocean at the weekend and it wasn’t too bad (after a few minutes of crying). I have a feeling this is going to be a great summer with lots of things to do in Bermuda. On that subject, thanks to all who have bought tickets for my Nothing to Chew in Bermuda Dinner Event on May 11th – if you don’t have your ticket yet, why not? It’s going to be a lot of fun that you don’t want to miss. Here are some more Bermuda happenings:
As I mentioned previously, Harbour Nights restarts for the summer season tonight and, due to the new route, Lemon Tree Cafe will be right in the middle of all the action. To celebrate, they will be offering a special Pub Night from 7pm until 10pm, with food including Lemon Tree’s Famous Pies (Chicken, Beef and Veggie), Wagyu Kobe Beef Burgers, French Bread Pizza, Sweet Potato Fries and Fresh Sliced Roast Beef Sandwiches. The Tiki Bar will be open from 5pm and serving beer, wine and liquor as well as our Electric (Fresh) Lemonade. My personal favourites, the Famous Mini Donuts, will also be being served right outside Lemon Tree. The fun doesn’t finish with Harbour Nights though as from 10pm onwards, DJ Uncle will be spinning the tunes. For more information, visit www.lemontreecafe.bm or email lemon firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s almost that time of year again when we celebrate all things Mexican and Rumbar are stepping up to the plate with their Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour Fiesta on Friday, May 3th. From 4pm, you can expect complimentary food, prizes, costume giveaways, Patron, El Jimador and Corona specials (and if you’ve never had a Margarona, here’s your chance), dancing and DJ Magic in the courtyard. If you stick around until 9pm, you will find that SalsaMania Fridays are back at Rumbar for the season! Here is where you can find DJs playing everything from salsa to Top 40 inspired by Latin beats and enjoy watching, learning or dancing salsa, cha-cha, bachata, merengue, tango, ballroom and hustle until midnight. There is no cover charge.
Interested in learning how to breathe properly and direct your prana for optimal health and vitality? The Power of Pranayama Workshop on Saturday, May 4th at the Yoga Centre on Victoria Street promises to teach you just that. Pranayama is mastery of the prana, the universal life force, through the breath, and from 11.30am until 1.30pm, you will learn about how movements of the breath reflect the state of this life force in our body-mind. The cost is $40. To register, contact 295-0190 or email@example.com.
Wine and cheese make the perfect pair and Lodge of Loyalty, No 358 are hosting their 6th Annual Cheese and Wine Tasting on Saturday, May 4th at the Freemason’s Hall on Reid Street. This will run from 6pm until 9pm and the dress code is Elegant Casual. Tickets are $25 at the door and al proceeds will benefit the Freemason’s Fund of Bermuda, to be distributed to local charities. Here is the link to the event on Facebook.
Another Cinco de Mayo Party, this time at Cosmopolitan Nightclub on Saturday, May 4th. Their nod to Mexican culture will include drinks specials on tequila ($3.50 shots), Corona ($5.50) and Cafe Patron ($6.50) until 1am and music by Rusty G and Supatone until 3am. From 10pm until midnight, there will also be the option for ladies to enjoy all-you-can-drink vodka, gin, tequila and rum drinks for a set price of $20. If that isn’t good enough value for you, there is also free entry all night.
Bermuda Red Cross invite you to join them in an afternoon of fashion and fun at the Upstairs Closet Spring Fashion Show on Sunday, May 5th. This will be from 3pm until 5pm at their Berry Hill Road location in Paget and the ticket price of $20 will include a complimentary glass of bubbles, soda and snacks. Tickets are available from the Red Cross Office or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 236-8253.
The Bermuda chapter of ISACA, a world wide association of IS governance professionals, are hosting a special Lunch and Learn session on Wednesday, May 8th. Understand Why C Level Executives Hate IT will be presented by guest speaker Howard Ho (Assistant Director at the Bermuda Monetary Authority) in the Ground Floor Training Room at the Deloitte Office on 20 Parliament Street. From noon until 1.30pm, you can hear from one of Bermuda’s finest IT leaders as to why IT is often deemed more of a burden than a valuable resource to an organization. This event is free for ISACA members, $10 for non-members, with lunch and beverages provided, and all attendees will be entered to win a $50 iTunes gift card. To RSVP, contact email@example.com by Monday, May 6th or visit www.isacabermuda.com for more information.
Some of Bermuda’s most talented young dancers will be showing us what they’ve got at the 16th Annual In Motion Dance Showcase, And The Award Goes To…, at the Earl Cameron Theatre in City Hall. The show will run from Friday, May 10th until Sunday, May 12th and then from Wednesday, May 15th to Saturday, May 18th. Shows starts at 7pm and the Saturday and Sunday shows will also have a 2pm performance. Tickets $65 for Patrons, $39 for adults, $29 for students and are available now on www.pTix.bm.
St.George’s Prep PTA are hosting a fundraising Community Fun Day and Olympiad at the school field on Saturday, May 11th. This will be from 2pm until 6pm and promises a giant slide, bouncy castle, cotton candy, snow cones, tattoos, snacks and soda, skipping demonstrations and workshops by Jump 2B Fit, and a netball demo by NETS. The Olympiad will be from 3.30pm until 5pm and will cost $12 per adult, $6 per child or $50 for a team of 6 (3 adults and 3 children). There will also be a fish fry by Jamaican Grill from 5pm until 6pm at a cost of $15 per meal. To register for the Olympiad, or for more information/tickets for the fish fry, contact STS@Iogic.bm, firstname.lastname@example.org or 278-9267. Entry to the field is free and all proceeds will support the Sports Court.
The Bermuda Ball Hockey Association is hosting a special fundraising party on Saturday, May 11th. The Trailer Trash Party will be in Outback Sports Bar and from 8pm until 1am, you can expect happy hour drink prices, prizes for the best mullet and trashiest outfit, and a DJ spinning all the trailer trash classics all night long. Proceeds will benefit the National Ball Hockey Team who are participating in the 2013 World Ball Hockey Championships in Newfoundland Canada. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and are available from email@example.com or any National Team member.
There will be lots of family fun to be had at the Somersfield Academy Annual Spring Fair on Saturday, May 18th. From 10am until 4pm, this event will include a giant slide, soccer fever, kids carousel, fair games, dive tank, zorb ball, go-karts, kiddie train, food vendors and more. There is no entry fee.
Age Concern Bermuda, in association with Bermuda Commercial Bank are offering a free Financial Services Clinic For Current Age Concern Members on Tuesday, May 21st. This seminar and chat session will be at Charities House, 25 Point Finger Road and from 9.30am until 11am, there will be a general discussion and presentations by key individuals who will present different options for you to consider when considering your financial wealth. There will also be the opportunity to chat with them afterwards as refreshments are served. Space is limited and only current members will be able to register for the seminar but you can join online at www.ageconcern.bm or visit Charities House at 25 Point Finger Road. For more details, or to register, contact 238-7525.
A perfect event for the night owls who don’t want to waste a moment of the May 24th holiday. The UberVida First Summer Rave will be in the early hours of Friday, May 24th, departing #1 Dock on Front Street (across from Pickled Onion) at 1am, returning at 4am. Tickets are $20 and available from www.pTix.bm.
More Bermuda Day shenanigans, this time at Snorkel Park on Friday, May 24th. From noon until 3am, the VIBE 103 Kick Off The Summer Party will include live music from Working Title, guest DJs from VIBE 103, a Limbo Show & Competition and events for the day include a stand up paddle boat race, pedal boat race, an inflatable race, volleyball, and an all-day BBQ and pig roast with drink specials from Gosling’s. Entry is $10.
The 10th Annual Guitar Festival, a selection of concerts, masterclasses and workshops open to the whole community, will be at at St. Andrew’s Church on Church Street from Thursday, May 30th to Sunday, June 2nd and will feature both international and local artists performing classical guitar favourites. The first event will be a concert featuring Steve Crawford and Matt Palmer at 7.30pm on Thursday, May 30th. On Friday, May 31st, there will be a concert with Jerremiah Smith and Louise Southwood at 7.30pm and on Saturday, June 1st, there will be a concert with Adam Rafferty at 8pm. Finally, on Sunday, June 2nd, there will be a Student Gala Concert at 5pm. The student concert is free and tickets for the others are $30 and available from www.pTix.bm.
The Gina Love Show, a comedy show with a twist, is on offer for three evenings at the Earl Cameron Theatre, City Hall from Thursday, May 30th until Saturday, June 1st. From 8pm each night, Gina Love will perform standup comedy, along with her friends from Improv Bermuda and other friends and actors, and a live band with lead vocalist Hugh Murray and guest vocalist Tianja Bean from the Bermuda Follies. All material is original, written by Patricia Pogson-Nesbitt and Gina Davis. Patron night is on the Thursday and the Patron ticket price includes the reception with hors d’oeuvres at City Hall that night, as well as a free drink at the cast party at Shine’s on June 1st. General tickets are $35, Patron tickets are $50 and are available from www.bdatix.bm.
A great opportunity for some daddy/daughter bonding time is on Saturday, June 8th. The Princess for a Day Father-Daughter Dinner and Dance is for young ladies aged 12 to 19 years old and the father figure in their life, whether that be their father, step father, foster father, grandfather or mentor, and aims to move Bermuda’s next generation forward with an optimistic mindset. The event will very fittingly be held at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess from 7pm to 11pm. Tickets cost $75 per person, with part proceeds to charity, and are available from www.bdatix.bm. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 799-0134.
Expect to get wet and dress accordingly as Snorkel Park Beach will be celebrating Heineken’s 140 year anniversary at their Wet & Wild Party on Saturday, June 8th. Doors open at 10pm, running unti 3am, including music from D’General, Rusty G, YGS, New Era and Lifestyles, with sprinklers, swimming pools, mechanical bull, mega slides, beach balls, water toys, a light show and Heineken Girls. Tickets are $30, although a limited number of early bird tickets are on sale now at Snorkel Park, Kit ‘n’ Caboodle, Mambo and Sovereign for $20.
Think you’re in pretty good shape? Tokio Millennium Re Ltd. are giving you the opportunity to challenge yourself at their 2013 Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, June 9th. This will start at Albuoys Point, Hamilton with race categories including Senior Individual, Senior Team, Try-a-Tri, Senior School Challenge, Junior Duathlon. The Try-a-Tri is shorter version of the Triathlon to give a taster to this sport and will include a 200 metre swim, 8 km bike ride and 2 km run. Online registration is available at www.bermudatiming.bm or contact email@example.com for more information.
To celebrate the 60th Anniversary Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen, Project Action will be hosting a Bermuda Reception High Tea on Sunday, June 9th. This will be in the Harbour Room at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess from 3pm with Master of Ceremonies Robin Blackburne, MW and Mistress of Ceremonies Judith Hall-Bean, OBE. As well as the tea, there will also be a special “Belles Pleins Fleurs” Fashion Show and an extraordinary musical appearance. Ticket prices are $500 for Gold Patrons (includes 3 tickets in VIP seating, special invitation and coronation memorabilia for each attendee, acknowledgement in newspaper thank you advertisement ), $250 for Silver Patrons (includes 2 tickets in table seating, special invitation and coronation memorabilia for each attendee, acknowledgment in newspaper thank you advertisement, $100 for Bronze Patrons (includes a ticket in table seating, special invitation, acknowledgment in newspaper thank you advertisement), and $50 for Welcomed Guests (includes ticket for open seating and special invitation). Tickets are available from www.bdatix.com and all proceeds go to Project Action, which is a free transportation service for seniors and the physically challenged. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little champs aged 3 to 14 will gather at Clearwater Beach, St. David’s to swim, bike and run to victory at the Capital G 25th Annual Iron Kids Triathlon on Saturday, June 15th. Junior triathletes can win up to $1,000 in scholarship funds and the fun portion of the day includes a carnival with fun castles, face painting, food stalls and more from 12 noon until 5.30pm. Registration information will be posted to www.capitalgironkids.bm soon, or you can call 294-5023.
These are all in the Regular/Recurring Events section but, just in case you missed them, here is a quick recap of what Fairmont Hamilton Princess have going on over the summer. Mondays are Cocktail Culture nights where you can sample speciality drinks created by their mixologist and inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients. This will be in the lobby from 5.30pm until 7pm at a cost of $15. Tuesdays mean Fantasea Cruise and BBQ night, where you can sail away on a Goslings Rum Cruise from 6pm until 7.30pm. When you dock, you can enjoy a BBQ and music by Steel Pan Entertainment at the Flagpole Terrace until 10pm. The cost of the cruise and BBQ is $85, the cruise only is $50 and the BBQ only is $46. Fine Vines are on Wednesdays, when you can sample a variety of vintages weekly and learn the art of selecting and pairing wines with food. Hand passed hors d’oeuvres will be served. This will be in the lobby from 5.30pm until 6.30pm and the cost is $15. Every Thursday is Viva Espana! in the Heritage Court from 5pm until 8pm. This is Fairmont’s take on traditional Spanish tapas, accompanied by classic sangria, and can make either a light supper or quick bite before dinner. Friday is of course Happy Hour from 5pm until 9pm with live music or a DJ and cocktails. On Saturdays, you can relax in Heritage Court and enjoy Summer Sounds with Bermudian duo Robert and Jamie as they perform a selection of popular hit songs from 9pm until midnight. Sunday Brunch is in Harley’s Restaurant from 12.30 pm until 3.30pm at a cost of $42 per person.
A great way to blast away those Monday Blues, Club Aqua at Snorkel Park will be the venue for Mad Mondays every week from 10pm until 3am. Your host for the evening will be Nadanja, music will be courtesy of Reality Sound and there will be drinks specials on select brands. Club Aqua will also be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer. Admission is $10.
In need of a vacation but would rather avoid the hassle of the airport? For the month of May, Fourways Inn is offering a special rate on their Cottages. If you stay a minimum of two nights, you will pay only $125 per night, compared to their regular rate of $225, with a free upgrade to a suite if available. You will also receive a 10% discount towards dinner at the award-winning Fourways Inn Restaurant and, for an additional $12 per person, you can also have a freshly-made continental breakfast and local newspaper delivered to your room. For more information, or to make a reservation, contact 236-6517 or email email@example.com.
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
Artist in the Garden Exhibit at Masterworks – Ten Years On: Jonah Jones and Chris Marson – April 12th to May 1st
City Art Festival Artist Competition and Exhibition – April 24th to May 14th
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
Bermuda International Invitational Race Week – April 27th to May 3rd
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
**NEW Pub Night at Lemon Tree – starts May 1st
**NEW Cinco de Mayo Happy Hour Fiesta at Rumbar – May 3rd
Catlin End-to-End – May 4th
The Power of Pranayama – May 4th
Lord Make Me Laugh – May 4th
2013 Heritage Month Bookathon – May 4th
Art & Soul at BSoA – May 4th
**NEW The Power of Pranayama Workshop – May 4th
**NEW 6th Annual Cheese and Wine Tasting – May 4th
**NEW Cinco de Mayo Party at Cosmopolitan Nightclub – May 4th
Pan-Jazz Music Festival – May 5th
**NEW Bermuda Red Cross Upstairs Closet Spring Fashion Show – May 5th
Historical Re-enactments in Dockyard – begins May 6th
Destination Dockyard – begins May 6th
Famous for Fifteen Minutes Auditions – May 6th and 7th
Ocean Echo’s International Buffet – starts May 7th
**NEW ISACA Lunch and Learn: Understand Why C Level Executives Hate IT – May 8th
Candle-Lite: Love’s Takin’ Over Exhibition by K. LaVonne at Common Ground – May 9th to September
**NEW 16th Annual In Motion Dance Showcase, And The Award Goes To… – May 10th to 12th
2013 Heritage Month Bookathon – May 11th
MAMA Summer Fair – May 11th
**NEW St.George’s Prep PTA Community Fun Day and Olympiad – May 11th
**NEW Trailer Trash Party – May 11th
Sir Stanley Burgess 5K – May 12th
Mother’s Day Brunch at The Reefs – May 12th
Nutrifit Evening Course starts – May 13th
Screenwriting in Paradise: International Screenwriting Workshop – May 13th to May 18th
**NEW 16th Annual In Motion Dance Showcase, And The Award Goes To… – 15th to 18th
The Big Chill at Seabreeze Lounge – starts May 17th
Flowers for Kids: Fun with my Mum – May 18th
2013 Heritage Month Bookathon – May 18th
**NEW Somersfield Academy Annual Spring Fair – May 18th
**NEW Financial Services Clinic For Current Age Concern Members – May 21st
**NEW UberVida First Summer Rave – May 24th
**NEW 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 The Gina Love Show – May 30th to June 1st
**NEW 10th Annual Guitar Festival – May 30th to June 2nd
PURE : The 4th Annual All White Party – June 7th
**NEW Princess for a Day Father-Daughter Dinner and Dance – June 8th
**NEW Wet & Wild Party – June 8th
**NEW Tokio Millennium 2013 Sprint Triathlon – June 9th
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
**NEW Capital G 25th Annual Iron Kids Triathlon – June 15th
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
Bermuda NatWest Island Games XV – July 13th to 19th
Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society: Famous for Fifteen Minutes – June 19th to 22nd
Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society – Summer Shakespeare: All’s Well That Ends Well – July 19th and 20th
6th Annual ITF Bermuda Beach Tennis International Tournament – August 23rd to 25th
2nd Annual Lennon Bermuda Peace Day Concert – September 21st
British Schools Fair Bermuda – September 25th and 26th
Royal Challenge – October 12th
Good luck to all of you participating in the End-to-End this weekend! Here’s a little of what to expect:
Enjoy the rest of the week!