May 22nd, 2013
Hope you’re all excited for Bermuda Day and that you have big plans for the day off – if you are working on Friday, I hope you are being paid very well for it. Either way, you can officially get back in the water now so let the summer fun begin! Here is the latest listing of Bermuda events to get you started:
There are new exhibits now open at Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA) in City Hall. Due to popular demand, the Onions Gallery will be extending their exhibit Heritage Month: Colours, Sights and Sounds of Bermuda, by another three weeks. This is a collaboration between City Hall and BSoA that coincided with the City Art Festival and has a focus on the beauty of Bermuda and the art it inspires. The Edinburgh Gallery will showcase Suspended in Time by Emily Bierman, inspired by dreams, memories and perception. Studio A is exhibiting At My Brother’s Birthday Party, a collection of works in acrylic by Amanda Perry and Studio B is displaying the work of Kayla Jackson, a student artists whose work is mainly illustration in mixed media, watercolour and acrylic. All exhibits will run until June 4th.
The next exhibition at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art will be The Red Thread from local resident Jacqueline Alma. This is a solo exhibition of oil paintings from life and celebrates the spirit of Bermudians. The opening reception is on Wednesday, May 22nd from 5.30pm until 7pm and the exhibit will run until June 12th. Ms. Alma is also hosting a slideshow and discussion with artist, models, and a documentary on Wednesday, June 5th at 5.30 pm at the Masterworks Museum. For more information, contact 299-4000 or visit www.bermudamasterworks.com.
Taste 141 invite you to kick off the holiday weekend in style with Live Music and Cocktails on Thursday, May 23rd. This will be from 6pm until 9pm and the music will be provided by Outta Bounds. There is no cover charge. For more information, call 292-0777.
Coco Reef are now offering a Summer Barbeque Dinner every Thursday throughout the summer, the next being on Thursday, May 23rd. This will be from 7pm until 9pm, and will include a complimentary glass of wine or beer, with live entertainment from Mike and Friend, a duo who play a variety of music genres with crowd participation. The cost is at a cost of $55 per person. For reservations, contact 236-5416 or email@example.com.
The Bermuda Alliance for Sargasso Sea (BASS) are hosting a series of events surrounding the arrival of the Pangaea exploration sailing vessel, Sea Dragon. These events are intended to highlight the excitement, richness and science of the Sargasso Sea which surrounds Bermuda and the first will be a free Open Day on Friday, May 24th and on Saturday, June 8th from 10am until 4pm. The boat will be berthed at #5/6 Dock on Front Street in Hamilton on May 24th and at #1 Dock on June 8th. For more details, conact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The main events happening on May 24th for Bermuda Day? Well, there is the historic Appleby Bermuda Half Marathon Derby, a race starting in Somerset at 9am and ending in Hamilton. This usually has more than 600 entrants and has been attracting the crowds and keeping us entertained since 1909. Full details can be found at www.bermudamarathon.bm.
The other big May 24 event is, of course, the Annual Bermuda Heritage Day Parade! This parade usually leaves Bernard Park at 1.30pm, ending at City Hall Car Park and includes all the usual favourites – floats, gombeys, majorettes, pipers, drum corps and dance troops. Full details should be on www.communityandculture.bm soon.
The Rising Son Catamaran are hosting a Holiday Fun Day on Saturday, May 25th and they invite everybody, whether they be locals, expats or visitors to come and join them. They will provide coolers full of ice, plastic cups and a boat load of fun and you just have to bring $40 cash for the boat and your own drinks. Rising Son will leave from Albouys Point at 1pm and will sail around for an hour or so before dropping anchor in Deep Bay. Suggested shenanigans include booze on the sand bar, drunken kayak races or paddleboard jousting. They wont be rafting up to other boats, but friends are welcome to anchor nearby. Non-payers are asked to please stay off of Rising Son to make it fair for the rest. For more details, or to RSVP, please see the Facebook event here.
If you ride your wild horses there, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for as Hog Penny are celebrating 30 years of hits at their U2 Tribute Night on Saturday, May 25th. Will Black will be performing over 2 hours of your U2 favourites on both acoustic and electric guitar, in addition to your usual song requests, from 10pm until 1am. This party will be happening with or without you!
Get out those air guitars as Heineken are sponsoring a special Rock Night at Pickled Onion on Saturday, May 25th. From 10.30pm, you can expect lots of great prizes all night and Graffiti Park will be performing live on stage with a special guest performer on drums. There is no cover charge.
On Sunday, May 26th, Bermuda Alliance for Sargasso Sea (BASS) invite all boaters to join the Heritage Weekend Flotilla of boats and the Spirit of Bermuda to escort the Sea Dragon out of Hamilton at 10am. The Sea Dragon will be departing Bermuda for the first of two Sargasso Sea expeditions and the flotilla route will depart from Hamilton along the North Shore to the Channel off of St. George’s. Participation is free and you can sign up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good news for fans of local literature as Bermudian author Angela Barry will be reading her short story, Whale Watching, in St Peter’s Church in St George’s on Sunday, May 26th. Angela’s most recent book, Gorée: Point of Departure, which traces the story of the Atlantic slave trade through a complex family history, won the Brian Burland Prize for Fiction in the 2012 Bermuda Literary Awards. The reading will start at 5pm and will be followed by a reception in the church hall. Admission is free.
Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art in the Botanical Gardens has introduced Senior Mondays as a way of thanking the more mature members of our community. . Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to pop in with a senior to view their interactive, informative and historical exhibits and entry is free for Seniors ages 65 and older. The museum is wheelchair accessible and has a spare wheelchair.
The Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission is holding two upcoming public meetings for members of the public who would like to share their ideas for creating a more modern, efficient and accountable government. The meetings are being held on Tuesday, May 28th at Penno’s Wharf, St. George’s, and on Thursday, May 30th at
Peace Lutheran Church Hall, South Road, Paget Mount Saint Agnes Auditorium. All meetings begin at 7pm. For more information, visit www.sagecommission.bm or call 299-0210.
UberVida are bringing back their free Happy Hour Mini Cruise from Friday, May 31st. Every Friday throughout the summer, you can enjoy a cocktail cruise through Paradise Lakes with the boat departing #1 Dock on Front Street at 6pm returning at 7.30pm, 8pm returning at 9.30pm and the last departing at 10pm and returning at midnight. Dress code is smart casual and there is a cash bar on board. You can reserve your spot online in advance at www.pTix.bm.
CV Cafe promise Happy Hour Awesomeness as they present Neno Letu on Friday, May 31st. This will include open mic, karaoke, live music and collaborative art, all hosted by Vejay Steede from 6.30pm until 9.30pm. For more information, contact 297-0208 or email@example.com.
Think that you can get more out of your phone camera than just Instagramming your food? Workshop on Digital Photography: Using an iPad and iPhone with Theresa Airey will be on 4 consecutive Saturdays, starting June 1st. Theresa Airey is an international photographer and teacher, known for her skills in restoration, infrared photography and digital art. Each session will run from 10am until 4pm and you will need either an iPhone, an iPad or both and, on the second Saturday, a laptop. A list of apps to download to your iPhones and/or iPads will be emailed to you a week before the class begins. The cost is $400 for Members, or $440 for non-members, for all four sessions. For more details, contact 292-3824 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
They’re so much fun, why confine them to the bathtub? The Friends of Hospice 17th Annual Rubber Duck Derby will be on Sunday, June 2nd at Ordnance Island from 2pm. This event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Agape House (the island’s only in-patient hospice facility) and will be full of family-friendly fun, including live entertainment, bouncy castles, Kiddie Land, food vendors and, of course, the spectacle of watching hundreds of rubber ducks take to the seas! To participate, you simply have to purchase a duck to enter into one of the three races – the Family Race ($20), the Pamper Me Race ($10) or the Youth Race ($5) – and then cheer your duck on and hope to be a winner of one of over 100 prizes available. Duck tickets are available from Agape House, BELCO and Sportseller. For more information, contact 232-0859 or email@example.com.
There will be two opportunities to join in a Meditation & Chanting Course at My Sereni-Tea on Reid Street. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, June 5th and the second will be on Wednesday, June 12th, both running from 7pm until 9pm, and you are invited to bring a yoga mat and small pillow. In this course you will be able to practice meditation and relaxation techniques that can help you in your everyday life, learn about ancient yoga sounds, experience soothing and uplifting congregational chanting, enjoy the evening full of music and relaxation and try some homemade sweet treats. The course is free but you should book your place in advance so that they know how many people are coming. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Anya or Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03-7033, or visit www.deeppeacemeditation.com.
The Bermuda Alliance for Sargasso Sea (BASS) invite the public to participate in a summit to inform them about the Sargasso Sea and to review the findings of the two voyages made by the Sea Dragon. The summit will be on Friday, June 7th and will be held at The Bermuda College small lecture hall from 9.30am until 12.30pm. For more details, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
L’Alliance Française des Bermudes will be hosting a Pétanque Tournament on Friday, June 7th at the pétanque lane of Bermuda College from 4pm. This is the French form of boules, traditionally played with metallic balls on a dirt surface and the event is open to players (whether experienced or novice) and spectators alike. You are invited to bring your favourite wine, snacks and blanket or beach chair, as well as your pétanque balls, if you have them. L’Alliance Française will provide baguettes, cheese and snacks for the children, as well as the chance to win a basket full of French specialties by guessing its weight. The minimum fee to enter the raffle is $10 and additional donations will also be welcome! The pétanque is free.
The Bermuda Alliance for Sargasso Sea (BASS) is hosting a free Cocktail Reception and Public Lecture by 5Gyres on Friday, June 7th at the Bermuda Aquarium’s AZU Beastro. The 5Gyres Institute has travelled to the 5 subtropical gyres where plastic pollution accumulates and impacts marine life. The reception will begin at 7pm with the lecture, Plastics Plastics Everywhere to follow in the Education Auditorium. Tickets are free but seating is limited. You can secure your spot by RSVP’ing to email@example.com.
The Bermuda Youth Orchestra (BYO) present their Summer Concert, School’s Out, on Sunday, June 9th at Christ Church in Devonshire. This will be at 4pm and the cost is $50 for patrons, $10 for general admission, and $5 for students and seniors. Proceeds will support the BYO 2013/14 season and tickets are available from HarbourMaster or from Orchestra students. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bermuda School of Music and the Bermuda Chamber Choir presents Magnificat on Tuesday, June 11th and Wednesday, June 12th. Said to have been set to music more often than any liturgical text other than the Mass, the Magnificat is a liturgical setting taken from the Gospel of Luke describing Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth and is also known as the Song or Canticle of Mary. This concert will be featuring three interpretations in very different styles by Johann Sebastian Bach, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, and John Rutter and will be performed at 7.30pm each night at St. John’s Church in Pembroke. This will be directed by Kate Ross, the Orchestra Leader is Kerry Haslam and the Rehearsal Accompanist and Organist is Oliver Grant. Sponsor tickets are $55 (includes premium seating and reception), general admission is $35 and students are $20. Tickets are available from www.pTix.bm, C Travel, Burnaby Street and at the door.
Party People Entertainment invite you to escape reality as Fantasy Island Weekend returns for Heroes Day Weekend, promising 3 Nights, 4 Parties and one incredible experience. It all starts off on Friday, June 14th when you’ll be invited to unleash your inner freak at Freaks on the Beach at Chaplin Bay Beach. From 10pm, this will feature DJ Magic From Hott 97 mixing dancehall, hip hop and soca, alongside Twin Starr, Rusty G. Dress code is beach attire and Jamaica Grill will have food available for purchase. The cost is $60 (drinks inclusive), $70 (premium drinks inclusive) or $10 extra on the door. There are two parties on Saturday, June 15th. From 2pm until 8pm, you are invited to escape to Paradis, with a day of fun, rum and sun at Chaplin Bay Beach. This will feature DJ Aztec, Selecta Frey and Imega Sound and tickets cost $6 if you purchase any other event ticket, $25 without. Saturday night, DJ Private Ryan, D’General, Y.G.S. Ent, Selecta Frey will be providing the music at Fantasy Island from 10pm until 3am. The boat will leave from Darrells Wharf every half hour from 10pm until 1am. The cost is $60, drinks inclusive, or $70, premium drinks inclusive. Finally, On Sunday, June 16th, you can enjoy a day of partying on the water at Atlantis, the B.Y.O. Booz Cruise from 2pm until 6.30pm. The boat will depart from #1 Dock on Front Street, music will be courtesy of D’General and Y.G.S. Ent. You are invited to bring your own drinks (no glass bottles) although there will also be a cash bar and finger foods available for purchase. Tickets cost $35. For all four events, the general package costs $135 or $155 for the premium package. Tickets are available from Makin’ Waves or Party People Promoters on 331-6016.
The Bermuda Karate Institute are hosting the 12th Lepercq Memorial Tournament at 1pm at Pembroke Sunday School on Sunday, June 23rd. If interested in participating, pre-registration is open until June 9th at a cost of $40, which goes up to $45 for regular registration until June 21st. The tournament will include open forms, weapons, point sparring, K-1 and admission costs $10 for adults or $5 for under-12s. For information call 292-2157 or email Kristina@bermuda.com. The entry form is available online at http://bermudakarate.free.bm.
The Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club (RHADC) are now in the 12th year of their Junior Summer Sailing Programme. The Programme will run from Monday,July 1st to Friday, August 30th and will include courses from everyone from 5 year olds to teenagers. This year, they will offer the US Sailing curriculum and classes are full days or half days, depending on the course. There are 5 different skill levels and 3 different types of boat to choose from so RHADC ask that you contact them to find out which option is best for you and the pricing. For more information, or to register, contact Nicolas Stefani at 236-3077 or 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
Candle-Lite: Love’s Takin’ Over Exhibition by K. LaVonne at Common Ground – May 9th to September
**NEW Current Exhibits at Bermuda Society of Arts – May 17th to June 4th
Onions Gallery: Heritage Month: Sights, Sounds and Colours of Bermuda
Edinburgh Gallery: Suspended in Time by Emily Bierman
Studio A: At My Brother’s Birthday Party by Amanda Perry
Studio B: Kayla Jackson
**NEW The Red Thread: Jacqueline Alma Exhibit at Masterworks – May 22nd to June 12th
**NEW Live Music and Cocktails with Outta Bounds at Taste 141 – May 23rd
**NEW Coco Reef Summer Barbeque Dinner – May 23rd
UberVida First Summer Rave – May 24th
VIBE 103 Kick Off The Summer Party – May 24th
**NEW Bermuda Alliance for Sargasso Sea: Sea Dragon Open Day – May 24th
**NEW Appleby Bermuda Half Marathon Derby – May 24th
**NEW Annual Bermuda Heritage Day Parade – May 24th
2013 Heritage Month Bookathon – May 25th
**NEW Rising Son Holiday Weekend Fun Day – May 25th
**NEW U2 Tribute Night with Will Black at Hog Penny – May 25th
**NEW Rock Night at Pickled Onion – May 25th
The Big Chill at Cambridge Beaches – starts May 26th
Nellie Musson Music Festival – May 26th
**NEW Heritage Weekend Flotilla – May 26th
**NEW Angela Barry Book Reading – May 26th
Hippie Yoga – starts May 28th
**NEW SAGE Commission Public Meeting – May 28th
BAA Annual Victor Flood Badminton Tourney – starts May 30th
**NEW SAGE Commission Public Meeting – May 30th
The Gina Love Show – May 30th to June 1st
10th Annual Guitar Festival – May 30th to June 2nd
World Oceans Day Cocktail Party – May 31st
**NEW Neno Letu at CV Cafe – May 31st
**NEW UberVida Happy Hour Mini Cruise – starts May 31st
**NEW Workshop on Digital Photography: Using an iPad and iPhone with Theresa Airey – starts June 1st
St. George’s Craft Market – June 2nd
**NEW 17th Annual Rubber Duck Derby – June 2nd
**NEW Meditation & Chanting Course – June 5th
Monthly Wine Tasting at Ten – June 6th
PURE : The 4th Annual All White Party – June 7th
Improv Bermuda presents Friday Laffy Hour – June 7th
Devonfest: Cocktails and Tour – June 7th
**NEW Bermuda Alliance for Sargasso Sea: Sea Dragon Public Summit – June 7th
**NEW L’Alliance Française des Bermudes Pétanque Tournament – June 7th
Wet & Wild Party – June 8th
Devonfest: Dinner & Dancing – June 8th
**NEW Bermuda Alliance for Sargasso Sea: Sea Dragon Open Day – June 8th
Tokio Millennium 2013 Sprint Triathlon – June 9th
Devonfest: Family Brunch – June 9th
**NEW Bermuda Youth Orchestra: School’s Out Summer Concert – June 9th
**NEW Bermuda School of Music and Bermuda Chamber Choir presents Magnificat – June 11th and 12th
**NEW Meditation & Chanting Course – June 12th
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 Fantasy Island Weekend: Freaks At The Beach – 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
**NEW Fantasy Island: Paradis – June 15th
**NEW Fantasy Island Weekend: Fantasy Island – June 15th
**NEW Fantasy Island Weekend: Atlantis B.Y.O. Booz Cruise – June 16th
Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society: Famous for Fifteen Minutes – June 19th to 22nd
Inner Peace Training – starts June 21st
BOM Goes Bollywood – June 22nd
Miss Bermuda Pageant – June 23rd
**NEW Bermuda Karate Institute: 12th Lepercq Memorial Tournament – June 23rd
Bermuda Billfish Release Cup 2013 – June 28th to 30th
Canada Day Beach Party – June 29th
Models’ Boot Camp and Finishing School Summer Camp – starts July 1st
**NEW Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club Junior Summer Sailing Programme – 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 – Summer Shakespeare: All’s Well That Ends Well – July 19th and 20th
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
Enjoy the holiday weekend!