September 18th, 2013

Ahoy, me hearties!

Arrrr, I be practising for International Talk Like A Pirate Day tomorrow.  Shiver me timbers and hoist the Jolly Roger, there be a lot of happenings approaching us scallywags on this here island!  Here follows a rundown, since I like the cut o’ your gibs:


Little Venice Wine Bar Happy Hour

Good news for those who like having an early evening tipple as Happy Hour at Little Venice Wine Bar will be returning from Thursday, September 19th.  From 4.30pm until 7pm, Monday to Friday, you can enjoy highballs and beers for $6, while selected wines will be $7.  This will include a special selection of complimentary hors d’oeuvres.  For more information, contact 295-3503 or




Bermuda Society of Arts BSOA

There are five new exhibits opening on Friday, September 20th at the Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA) in City Hall.  The Onions Gallery will be exhibiting the Members’ Fall Show, provided by BSoA’s artist members. This wide-ranging show will feature watercolours, oil paintings, cedar carvings and photographs.  The Edinburgh Gallery will feature an end of summer showcase from KAF.  Studio A will be exhibiting the work of Hannah Strang and Erika Mattatall at the show Exhibit A, Plan B Dreamers. This collaboration connects the two childhood friends through a variety of media, including acrylic on canvas, pastel on paper, and dreamcatchers created from feathers, lizard skulls, chicken bones and more.  Studio B will be showing Commonplace Beauty by local pastel and charcoal artist Vanessa Turner, with a theme of finding beauty and appreciation in the mundane.  Studio C will present artwork by the Orange Valley Centre, Opportunity Workshop and other individuals with cognitive differences at the National Office for Seniors and the Physically Challenged (NOSPC’s) The Art of Opportunity Showcase.  The opening reception will be from 5pm until 7pm and all exhibits will run until October 8th.  For more details, contact or 292-3824.

Movies in the Park

Another great opportunity to watch some recent blockbusters under the stars as the Moonlight Movie Series presents the Department of Park’s Movies in the Park on Friday, September 20th at Government House.  From 7pm, there will be DJ music, competitions, giveaways, food vendors and a KiddieLand.  The family feature, Hotel Transylvania (rated PG), will start at 8.30pm, after the sun goes down, followed by the late feature, Star Trek: Into Darkness (rated PG-13) at 10.30pm.     There will be recycling on site and free water for everyone with re-useable water containers.  Admission is free and all are welcome.  For more details, contact


More Pink & BEPRO Glow Volleyball.jpg

What is the most fun thing you can think of doing in the dark?  That’s right, volleyball!  BEPRO and #MorePinkBDA invites you to Glow Pink Beach Volleyball on Saturday, September 21st.  From 8pm until midnight, you can enjoy glow-in-the-dark volleyball games and a bonfire at Horseshoe Bay Beach.  There will be a limited amount of s’mores and finger foods provided for all participants and a select amount of free alcoholic drinks for BEPRO members only.  You are invited to bring your coolers, your friends and your team spirit.  The entry fee is $20 per team for teams of four comprising of two men and two women.  To register your team, or for any questions, contact Velina at


Fairmont Hamilton

As part of Fairmont’s new Sustainability Partnership programme, the Fairmont Hamilton Princess will be holding a clothing and household item drive for The Salvation Army on Monday, September 23rd.  As an extra incentive, anyone who donates acceptable items will be entered into a raffle to win a two-night stay with dinner at the hotel.  Items needed for donation include clothing for children and adults and household items like towels, sheets, blankets and curtains. All items need to be clean, folded and in useable condition. The Salvation Army has also requested gently used kitchenware, such as dishes, cutlery, and cooking pots and pans. People also are welcome to donate small electronic items (small enough for one person to carry) as long as they are in working condition.  Those interested in donating items may drop them off at The Fairmont Hamilton Princess car park between 8am and 6pm on that day. Employees from the hotel will be there to accept donations and distribute raffle tickets.  For more information, contact 295-3000.

Devonshire Parish Council Annual Community Meeting

Devonshire Parish Council’s Annual Community Meeting will be at the Elliot School Hall on Tuesday, September 24th.  At 6pm, Mr. Hil de Frias, Director of MJM Limited will give a presentation on Essential Estate Planning Tools.  If that’s not enough of an incentive, refreshments will be served and doors prizes offered.  All Devonshire residents are welcome.  For more information, contact





The Planet Makers

Another great event at BUEI for those with an interest in science and/or nature as international best-selling author and NY Times columnist, Olivia Judson, will be visiting to give a lecture on Tuesday, September 24th.  In this talk, The Planet Makers, Olivia will discuss the many ways that living organisms have made the planet what it is today, from the colour of the sky to the nature of the rocks. As an example, the ozone layer exists because of the activities of living organisms. Olivia will also discuss how every living being is a manifestation of the Earth, for just as living beings have shaped the Earth, so too the Earth has shaped living beings.  She will discuss the implications of all this for how we see both the planet and ourselves.  Doors open at 6.30pm with Happy Hour prices on drinks at Harbourfront. The lecture itself will start at 7pm and afterwards, Harbourfront are offering a special menu at a cost of $39.75 plus grats.  Advanced tickets are required for the special menu.  Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members  and available from the Oceans Gift Shop at BUEI or from 294-0204.


Gluten Free Night at Ten

Great news for celiacs as Ten Cafe & Bar are hosting a Gluten Free Evening at 7pm on Tuesday, September 24th.  Chef Mike Knight has created a special 5 course gluten-free dinner, paired with five wines from Burrows & Lightbourn.  The cost is $75 per person.  To reserve your spot, contact 295 0857 or





Birthday Zumbathon

Zumba Instructor Jen Ward is organising a special Birthday Zumbathon Event on Wednesday, September 25th.  This will be in the back room at Docksiders Pub & Restaurant.  Doors open at 5.30pm and the class will run from 6pm until 7.30pm.  The entry fee is $25 and you can either participate in the class or just come for the party, with cake, door prizes and DJ Supatone after the event.  The bar and kitchen will also be open for service from 5.30pm.  This is a fund raising event to benefit the Eliza Dolittle Society.  Not only will all entry fees be used to buy food but they will also be accepting food donations.  For more details, contact Jen Ward at



Encouraging Positive Behavior

Tomorrow’s Voices, Bermuda’s Autism Early Intervention Centre are hosting the next workshop in their year-long Training Institute on Wednesday, September 25th.  Token Systems and Behaviour Contracts: Useful Behaviour Analytic Strategies for the Classroom and Home Environment will be facilitated by Tomorrow’s Voices Senior Therapists, Emma Martin, BCBA, M.Ed and Natasha Pedro-Petty, M.A., from 6pm until 8pm in the Sunshine League Building at 27 King Street.   This seminar will be of interest to parents and educators who would like to learn innovative techniques for managing behaviour.  The cost is $25 and participants will receive Professional Development Certificates for attending. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can RSVP to or 297-4342.

PALS Mad Hair Day

My hair looks mental most of the time anyway but P.A.L.S. are asking us to have crazy hair for a good cause on Friday, September 27th for their 2nd Annual P.A.L.S. Mad Hair Day.   P.A.L.S. is a registered charity which provides professional hands-on care and support to cancer patients primarily in their own homes and they ask that you round up your friends, family and co-workers to donate $5 to wear their hair in a mad or crazy way for the day. Suggestions include wigs, funny hats and scarves, crazy hair creations or designs, big ribbons, headbands or clips in your hair, big ties and funky glasses or your own hair in a funky style.  To participate, register your company or group by contacting  Lynette Waldron or Carolyn Arnold at 236-7257 or



Soul Mate

The Women’s Resource Centre invite both men and women to join them for a screening of the documentary Soul Mate on Friday, September 27th.  This award-winning film deals with the topic of African American single women who have never been married and don’t have any children entering into their latter stages of life, how they are dealing with this and thoughts from Christian Leaders, writers and psychologists.  The screening will be at 7pm at Charities House on Point Finger Road, Paget, and will be followed by a discussion.  Tickets are $20 and can be reserved by calling 295-3882 or


Discovery Wines BBQ Poster

Discovery Wines invite you over to their newly renovated warehouse for an End of Summer BBQ from 7pm on Saturday, September 28th. As you would expect from a Discovery Wines event, the focus will not just be on the fresh-from-the-grill BBQ favourites, as they will also have five fine wines for you to taste. The cost is $85 per person.  To reserve your spot, contact 296-9463.



Seniors Open Tennis Tournament

The 2013 Bacardi Seniors Open Tennis Tournament will be served up at the Pomander Gate Tennis Club from Saturday, October 5th until Saturday, October 12th (rain date is Sunday, October 13th).  Events will include Mens & Ladies Singles, Doubles, and Super Doubles.  After the final match, there will be a prize-giving cocktail party where all Tournament participants in attendance will receive a goody bag from Bermuda Premium Spirits Ltd., local distributors of Bacardi.  To be eligible, singles players must be 35 years or older by the end of the year.  Doubles players must be 40 years or older for ladies and 45 years or older for men. Super Doubles players must be 45 or older by the end of the year, with a combined age of 110 years or more.  Entry forms are available at Pomander Gate Tennis Club, or online at  The deadline for entries is at 6pm on Monday, September 30th and entry forms must be submitted to Pomander Gate Tennis Club, along with the entry fee of $20 for doubles or $25 for singles, or emailed to For more details, contact


Partner Re Womens 5K

Now in its 16th year of supporting women’s causes in Bermuda, the PartnerRe Women’s 5K Run & Walk for 2013 will be on Sunday, October 6th.  This event is for women only and the Juniors 2K Race will begin at 8.30am, with the Women’s 5K Run, Competitive Walk and Fun Walk all beginning at 9am, from the Botanical Gardens.  Race awards include thousands of dollars in prizes for all age categories, plus fantastic draw prizes and Grand Draw prizes.  There are also gift bags and t-shirts available for the first 1000 registrants.  The entry fee ranges between $5 and $30, depending on your age, whether or not you are a MAAC member, and whether you are a runner or a walker.  Registration is open until 5pm on Friday, October 4th, with number pickup and late registration from 9am until 11am on Saturday, October 5th.  All entry fee proceeds will be matched by title sponsor PartnerRe Ltd. and given directly to the Coalition for the Protection of Children.  For further information, please contact Rose-Anna Hoey at, or visit  To register online, visit


DNUG Quiz Night

Bermuda DNUG, the local .NET User Group invite you to join their fundraising Quiz Night at the Robin Hood on Wednesday, October 9th. This is not just for tech geeks as categories include General Knowledge, Entertainment, Geography and Science and Nature.  There is a variety of prizes available, and you can just show up on the night, so there is no need to reserve your team spot.  The cost is $10 per person and proceeds go towards bringing speakers to Bermuda to help keep our local geeks up-to-date.  For more details, contact or visit the Facebook event here.


Lord Make Me Laugh

International comedians Sister Cantaloupe, Henry Sapp and Anna Douglas will all be appearing in Lord Make Me Laugh on Saturday, October 12th.  This family-friendly comedy show will be at the Ruth Seaton James Centre for the Performing Arts, hosted by Taneika Eve.  Doors open at 6pm with showtime at 7pm and costs $55 for regular admission, $65 for VIPs (includes preferred seating and  photographs with the comedians), and $25 for children under 15.  Tickets are available from, Music Box or Kit ‘n’ Caboodle.



Round the Sound Map

We are about to be invaded by mer-people!  Well, kinda.  Local swimmers, and over 100 overseas swimmers, will fill our waters to challenge themselves at the 23rd Annual Bermuda Round-the-Sound Open Water Charity Swimathon on Sunday, October 13th. This is open to swimmers of all ages and abilities, with distances available being 10k, 7.25k, 4k, 2k, and 0.8k.  Start times are between 10am and 12.45pm, depending on the distance category, which also decides the starting location.  The charity this year is the Bermuda Zoological Society, with funds to be split between the Lion Fish Task Force and their Youth Development Programme, which sponsors kids for Aqua Camps, middle school snorkeling trips, etc.  The registration fee varies depending on the swim distance and entry forms are available online at, or from Sportseller in Washington Mall or International Imports.  Overseas swimmers should register through Aqua Moon Adventures.  Registration is open until 5pm on Friday, October 11th.  For more information, contact Patty Hill at, or visit the event website at

Comedy Masters Festival

Promising a line-up of seemingly ordinary citizens, with the uncanny ability to have you in stitches of laughter, the Bermuda Comedy Masters Festival will take place at Four Ways Inn on Sunday, October 13th.  Hosted by Denny “Shakespeare” Richardson, this event will start at 6pm, featuring the comedic talents of Charles Jeffers, John Dale and Stuart Hollis.  Tickets are $65, which includes dinner and the show.  A cash bar will also be available.  Tickets are available from Fourways or Music Box. For more information, contact Dale Butler at 505-3409 or



Bermuda Long Drive Championship

Ever thought that you can hit the golf ball farther than your golfing buddies? Well now you can officially prove it by entering the Inaugural Bermuda Long Drive Championship at Riddell’s Bay Golf & Country Club on Saturday, October 26th.  Not only is there the opportunity to win $1,000 in prize money, this is also your chance to be named the King of the Long Drive in Bermuda and earn bragging rights for the golfing season ahead.  Currently there is a male division only and entrants must be over 18 at the date of the Championship.  Entry is open from now until October 18th.  To register, the entry fee of $50 should be deposited to HSBC A/C 010 068533 011 ($BMD), including your name and Long Drive.  Once done, you should contact with your full name, date of birthday, handicap (GHIN) and average drive (yards).  For more information, contact

Scary Party

It’s just around the corner so now is the time to start planning your Halloween costumes, folks!  Cosmopolitan Nightclub are hosting a Scary Party Halloween Bash on Saturday, October 26th.  The evening will feature an open bar for ladies before 10pm, $5.50 drinks until 11pm, $5 scary shooters until 1am, best costume prizes and music from DJ Choice, Rusty G, D’General and YGS.  This is a ticket only event and advance tickets are $25 and available from Kit ‘n’ Caboodle or Cosmo.




Giant Steps Band Jacobs Ladder

Music fans, mark your diaries for Saturday, November 2nd as this will be your penultimate chance to see the Giant Steps Band in concert before they head to Cuba to perform at the Havana International Jazz Festival in December.  Caravan to Cuba: Command Performance will be from 7.30pm at the Earl Cameron Theatre, City Hall.  Featured artists will include The Dragon Girls, La Tosha Codrington, Elca Maranzana, Ricky Spence, Darlene Hartley, The Filipino Dancers, Mitchelle Trott and Sheila Smith and the special guest for the evening will be Canadian pianist, composer and vocalist Mary Ancheta, a rising star from Canada. Tickets are $50 and are available from the Music Box. The show will be followed by an after-party at Margarita’s Grill on Bermudiana Road.  For more information, contact Dale Butler at 505-3409 or


Holidays at Grotto Bay

For those of you muttering that it’s too early to think about Halloween, that’s nothing as the festive season is sneaking up on us too!  Grotto Bay have released details of their holiday offerings, starting with their Thanksgiving Buffet.  The cost is $49 per person, inclusive of a glass of champagne, plus 17% grats.  Children under 5 eat for free, but don’t go rounding up as many as you can find, as this is limited to one per adult.  Since nobody ever feels like cooking on Christmas Eve or Boxing Day, Grotto Bay are also offering a special festive menu for those days.  Between 6pm and 10pm, a six course dinner will be available at a cost of $59 per person, plus 17% gratuities.  On the big day itself, they will be hosting a Christmas Champagne Brunch at a cost of $55 per adult (inclusive of a glass of champagne), $27 for young adults (inclusive of soft drinks) and free for kids under 5.  To celebrate the end of 2013 and welcome in 2014, Grotto Bay are offering a New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dancing.  This will cost $135 per person, which includes a six course dinner, party favours and a champagne toast at midnight.  Full menus for all of these events can be found here.  For more details, or to make a reservation, contact 293-8333 or





Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events

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


BNG & CURB Collaboration: The Theatre Boycott: Personal Stories – September 18th

SAGE Commission Public Meeting at Mount Saint Agnes – September 19th

**NEW  Happy Hour at Little Venice Wine Bar – restarts September 19th

Family Movie Nights Under the Stars – September 20th

Fort Night Fever Finale – September 20th

Lemon Tree’s Turkey in the Park Party – September 20th

**NEW  Movies in the Park: Hotel Transylvania and Star Trek Into Darkness – September 20th

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

Holistic Fair – September 21st

Bermuda Bridge Club Seminar: Play Bridge in a Day – September 21st

Annual Gombey Festival – September 21st

Bishop Duncan’s 50th Grill ‘n’ Chill – September 21st

**NEW  Glow Pink Beach Volleyball – September 21st

Historical Heartbeats Lecture Series: Ferry Reach: Footsteps into a Forgotten History – September 22nd

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Panel Discussion – September 23rd

Hendrickson Educational Fundraiser Quiz Night – September 23rd

**NEW  Fairmont Hamilton Princess Clothing & Household Item Drive for Salvation Army – September 23rd

**NEW  Devonshire Parish Council Annual Community Meeting – September 24th

**NEW  Olivia Judson Lecture: The Planet Makers – September 24th

**NEW  Gluten Free Evening at Ten – September 24th

Beating of the Retreat Ceremony – September 25th

**NEW  Jen’s Birthday Zumbathon – September 25th

**NEW  Tomorrow’s Voices – Workshop on Encouraging Positive Behaviour – September 25th

British Schools Fair Bermuda – September 25th and 26th

**NEW  P.A.L.S. Mad Hair Day – September 27th

**NEW  Soul Mate: Documentary Screening and Discussion – September 27th

Tiaras and Bow Ties Daddy-Daughter Princess Dance – September 28th

Bermuda Nights – September 28th

Haiti Village Health’s First Annual Golf Tournament – September 28th

**NEW  Discovery Wines BBQ – September 28th

2013 ANCOP Walk – September 29th

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Fundraising Luncheon – September 29th

Marsden First United Methodist Church Organ and Violin Concert – September 29th

Sedgwick’s 11th Annual Hot Topics Seminar for the Bermuda Insurance Market – October 2nd

The Family Centre’s Beach Bash – October 4th

Historical Heartbeats Lecture Series: Bold, Beautiful Bermudians – October 5th

**NEW  2013 Bacardi Seniors Open Tennis Tournament – October 5th to 12th

The Bermuda Calypso Festival – October 6th

**NEW  PartnerRe Women’s 5K Run & Walk – October 6th

L’Alliance Française des Bermudes Ciné Club: Paris-Manhattan – September 10th October 8th

**NEW  DNUG Quiz Night – October 9th

Oktoberfest at Frog & Onion – October 10th to 13th

Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Bermuda: South Pacific – October 10th to 19th

6th Annual Charman Prize at Masterworks – October 11th

Nourish Your Body, Mind and Soul through Yoga with Sianna Sherman – October 11th to 13th

Royal Challenge – October 12th

Free Your Creative Spirit – starts June 28th October 12th

The West Market – October 12th

**NEW  Lord Make Me Laugh – October 12th

**NEW  23rd Annual Bermuda Round-the-Sound Open Water Charity Swimathon – October 13th

**NEW  The Bermuda Comedy Masters Festival – October 13th

17th Annual Breast Cancer Fun Walk – October 16th

Bermuda Kennel Club’s 2013 Bermuda Dog Shows  – October 19th and 20th

Bermuda Nights – October 26th

**NEW  Bermuda Long Drive Championship – October 26th

**NEW  Scary Party Halloween Bash at Cosmopolitan – October 26th

**NEW  Caravan to Cuba: Command Performance – November 2nd

Bermuda Karate Institute: 26th Annual Skippy Kick – November 3rd

The West Market – November 16th

Bermuda Nights – November 23rd

**NEW  Thanksgiving Buffet at Grotto Bay – November 28th

Application Deadline for Bermuda National Gallery: 2014 Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Bermuda Art – December 6th

**NEW  Christmas Eve Menu at Grotto Bay – December 24th

**NEW  Christmas Champagne Brunch at Grotto Bay – December 25th

**NEW  Boxing Day Menu at Grotto Bay – December 26th

**NEW  New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dancing at Grotto Bay – December 31st

Metropolitan Opera in HD: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – January 11th

Metropolitan Opera in HD: Shostakovich’s The Nose – February 1st

Metropolitan Opera in HD: Puccini’s Tosca – February 22nd

Metropolitan Opera in HD: Verdi’s Falstaff – March 15th

Metropolitan Opera in HD: Dvorák’s Rusalka – March 29th

Metropolitan Opera in HD: Borodin’s Prince Igor – April 26th

Metropolitan Opera in HD: Mozart’s Così fan tutte – May 31st

Metropolitan Opera in HD: Rossini’s La Cenerentola – June 14th


Art Exhibits

BNG East: Contemporary Conversation by James Cooper – June 15th to November 23rd

Current Exhibits at Bermuda Society of Arts – August 30th to September 18th

Onions Gallery:  TrashArt – Litter-Arti Show 2013
Studio A:  Kimberley Tucker
Studio B: Kocchakorn Marchand & Manuel Palacio
Edinburgh Gallery:  Bermuda Feline Assistance Bureau’s 21st Anniversary Celebration Poster Art Competition

Masterworks Artist in Residence Exhibit: Joe La Morte – September 13th to 23rd

Current Exhibits at Bermuda National Gallery – September 13th to November 23rd

Charlotte Anna Lefroy Botanicals from the Bermuda National Trust Collection
Meredith Andrews: Fathers
Eyes on the World Extension (new work)

Homer’s Cafe Display: Jill Raine – September 14th to October 17th

Current Exhibits at Bermuda Society of Arts – September 20th to October 8th

Onions Gallery:  Members’ Fall Show
Studio A:  Exhibit A: Plan B Dreamers by Hannah Strang and Erika Mattatall
Studio B: Commonplace Beauty by Vanessa Turner
Studio C: The National Office for Seniors and the Physically Challenged (NOSPC): The Art of Opportunity Showcase
Edinburgh Gallery: KAF


This is an old one that I have recently rediscovered so I thought I’d share:



If you can’t view the above video, please click here.


Enjoy the weekend!



xx or


Leave a comment


email* (not published)