December 11th, 2013
IMPORTANT NOTE: Event promoters, just to give you plenty of prior notice, please make sure you submit details of your events well in advance of the Christmas and New Year break. Since they fall on my usual publishing days of Wednesday this year, it doesn’t make sense to get a post out those two weeks. This means that the last post of 2013 will be published next week and the first post of the New Year will be on Wednesday, January 8th.
Don’t panic if you can’t get everything finalised in time as you can still submit your event directly to the calendar as usual. I will still be reviewing and approving submissions during this period so they will still appear on the calendar – they just won’t appear on the Blog section.
Anyway, there are lots of Bermuda events to enjoy this festive season, so here’s the latest roundup:
To coincide with this year’s Sleeping Beauty pantomime, Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society (BMDS) is also hosting Fairytale Land in the parking lot at Daylesford Theatre from Thursday, December 5th until Saturday, December 14th. You are invited to bring your family and join the fun from 6pm on weekday evenings and 1pm on weekends. There is no cover charge and you will have the opportunity to purchase food and games, photos with Santa and more. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fr. Attilio Morelli, Pastor of St. Michael’s Church is hosting a Bible Class on the Last Four Things on Wednesday, December 11th. Starting at 7.30pm, this class on the end of our life includes Death, Judgement, Hell and Paradise, offering a fresh biblical look. This is open to all. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Talented poet Yesha Townsend will be featured in the next Chewstick Foundation Griot Session on Thursday, December 12th at the Chewstick Neo-Griot Lounge & Café. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm with opening act Jorge Suarez, showcasing his unique mix of folk and hip hop inspired songs. All performances will be streamed live at www.chewstick.org. Entry is $10, payable at the door. For more information call 292-2439 (CHEW) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Santa Claus is coming to Queen Street on Friday, December 13th and you are all invited to join the fun at his Christmas Bash at Daisy and Mac, and Daisy’s. Keep an eye out from 5pm, as Santa will be making his rounds through the City of Hamilton on a fire truck. Children and adults on the Nice list who see Santa and his elves might receive candy canes as well as good cheer! Santa will then finish up in Daisy’s, on the floor above Daisy and Mac in the Bermudiana Arcade. Their little elves will be very busy taking free photos of your child with Santa, handing out gifts and Christmas candy. Both Daisy and Mac and Daisy’s also promise amazing in-store savings that night. For more details, contact email@example.com.
There are six new exhibits opening on Friday, December 13th at the Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA) in City Hall. The Onions Gallery will be showing the Members Winter Show, a collection of work from their many talented and varied members. The Edinburgh Gallery will be exhibiting Mike Davis’ Kite Aerial Photography, allowing you to see Bermuda from a whole new angle. Studio A will showcase Surf and Turf by Nahed Eid, a combination of handmade ornaments, jewelry, mixed media art work and collages, while Andreas Detzer will be exhibiting Under Water Rainbows, a collection of bright and colourful images printed on metal taken here in Bermuda, in Studio B. In Studio C, Rebecca Little will display her jewellery, inspired by bright Bermudian colours and architecture, while in Studio D, Deondre Cumberbatch will bring to life the words of poet Langston Hughes through colour and emotion in Fade to Black: A Dream Deferred. Opening night will be BSoA on Friday, December 13th from 5pm until 7pm with the usual wine, beer and soda with cheese and crackers provided. The shows will run until Friday, January 3rd. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, contact 292-3824 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bermemes crew are hosting a little Christmas shindig at the Chewstick Lounge to show appreciation to everybody who has supported these local legends over the past year. Ah Bermemes Crissmis will kick off at 8pm with the highlight sure to be a live performance of their new Crissmis song as well as a rendition of last year’s hilarious 12 Days ov Crissmis. They promise that Bakatahn Santa will be there, along with Dem Biez, Bad Current, and recent Hollywood Music in Media Award winner Kidd Clazzic performing live, with special DJs taking over later in the evening until the party ends at 3am. If all of that isn’t enough of an incentive, Dunkley’s will be sponsoring eggnog at the party! Entry is $10, adults only, and while there is no official dress code, there will be prizes for the ugliest Christmas sweater, karaoke and “some other dopeyness that’ll probably happen”. For more information, visit their event page on Facebook. Check you bies there!
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 Friday, December 13th. 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.
The 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Festival will take place at St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Smith’s on Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, December 15th. Having purchased 6-7 foot trees from the Trees 4-Sale Group, they have invited local organisations to decorate a tree in the theme of their choice. From 10am until 4pmon the Saturday , the church will be open to the public and they invite you to come and view the decorated trees. There will also be a bake sale, a soup and roll lunch and musical entertainment from noon until 2pm. On the Sunday, there will also be an open house until 4pm and the festivities will conclude with a Celebration of Christmas Service at 6.30pm with the various groups who will have decorated the trees participating. The participating groups are Bermuda Cancer and Health Association, Mid Atlantic Wellness Institute, Whitney Institute, Bermuda Sloop Foundation, 19th Bermuda Boy Scouts, Bermuda Optimist Dinghy Association, St. Mark’s Church and Guild, St. Mark’s Sunday School, St. Mark’s Choir, Ecumenical Tea Group, Friends of Africa Group, Bright Beginnings Nursery School and Mirrors Programme. Admission is free. For more information, contact 747-8893.
The Bermuda Public Services Union (BPSU) invite you to drop your kids off at their BPSU’s Future Leaders Holiday Club on Saturday, December 14th while you get your Christmas shopping done. This Club is not limited to Union members and children will enjoy movies, games and activities from 1pm until 4pm. The cost is $15 and snacks and lunch will be provided for an additional $5. For more information, contact email@example.com.
If last week’s Christmas Walkabout wasn’t enough eastern festivity for you, then great news as the Corporation of St. George’s presents Santa Claus is Coming to Town on Saturday, December 14th in King’s Square, St. George’s. Santa arrives at 8pm but there will be entertainment from 6pm, including majorettes, toy stalls, dancers, food vendors and more.
Zumbaphiles, here’s an opportunity to enjoy a Zumba class while helping a worthy cause at the same time. The Association of Filipinos in Bermuda presents Zumba for a Cause on Sunday, December 15th at the Berkeley Institute Gym. From 2pm until 4pm, you are invited to bring your own face towel and enjoy this fun workout with Triple W Zumba class instructor, Wanda Maxwell, Welma Steede and Wilma Somner. The cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children and you can pay for your ticket at the door or send your donations to this event at Berkeley Gym. Proceeds will go to the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. For more details, contact Marrah Butler on 333-5199.
A night of acoustic music is in store at Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA) on Friday, December 27th. From 8pm, An Evening with Langhorne Slim and Friends will be a unique opportunity to see a live performance by this American up-and-coming singer-songwriter, along with local talents, Daniel Frith and Gavin Djata Smith. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact BSoA at 292-3824 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or buy online at www.BDAtix.bm.
Young rugby fans, are you looking for something to do over the Christmas break? BRFU Elite Rugby Camp for girls and boys, will take place at National Sports Centre on Saturday, December 28th and Sunday, December 29th. Rugby Canada and USA Rugby are supplying some of their top ex-professional players to coach young Bermudians, including under-12s, under-14s, under-16s, under 19s and University. Over the two days, coaches will be working on developing core skills of players such as catching, passing, tackling and attacking space. They will also be looking at other elements of rugby that have become so important in the professional game such as recovery, video analysis and nutrition. Whether you are new to the game, or looking to further develop your skills, this is a superb opportunity to learned from some of the best in the world. The camp fee is $100, or free to qualified players, and runs from 10am until 5pm on the Saturday and from 11am until 6pm on the Sunday. Online registration is available at www.brfu.bm. For more information, contact Keith Hodgkins on 705-7247 or email@example.com or Patrick Calow on 595-9309 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By popular demand, the Caledonian Society of Bermuda’s famous Hogmanay Ball will return for the first time since 2010 and will be held at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess on Tuesday, December 31st. The event kicks off with a cocktail reception (cash bar) from 7.30pm with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne at 8pm (midnight in Scotland). Attendees will then be seated for 9pm for a delicious Scottish-themed dinner with wine included. You can also expect party favours, a raffle, champagne at midnight and DJ King Arthur keeping you on the dancefloor until 3am. Dress code is black tie and tickets are $155 each, $90 for under-18s, including grats. Proceeds go towards various community charities. Ian Hind will be coordinating ticket sales so please contact him at iHind@cityhall.bm or buy online at www.pTix.bm. Tickets are on sale until Friday, December 27th. For more information, visit www.CaledonianSocietyofBermuda.com.
Bonfire and Veuve Cliquot invite you to welcome 2014 with a Champagne New Year at the Lower Level and Dock at Pier 6 on Tuesday, December 31st. From 9pm until 3am, you can enjoy an open bar, Harbourside Lounge, a dessert bar, giveaways and party favours, with entertainment courtesy of Supatone, DJ Choice and the official DJ of the Toronto Maple Leafs, DJ Agile. Tickets are $150, or $125 for earlybirds who purchase before December 15th, and available from www.pTix.bm. Limited VIP seating and bottle service is available. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Quality Entertainment promise the most exclusive New Year’s Eve event under the brand new megatent at Pier 6 Waterfront Complex on Tuesday, December 31st. Doors will open for Golden Goddess NYE at 9pm and the party will boast three bars, drink specials until 11pm, complimentary giveaways all night, and golden goddess models. Music will be courtesy of Vibe 103’s DJs, DJ Chubb, DJ Keem, and DJ Smokey, and will also feature DJ Hershey. The VIP experience includes a speed line for fast entry, a VIP only Bar, complimentary champagne on entry, hors d’oeuvres and more. The party will go until 3am. General admission is $50 and VIP is $100, with special early bird prices of $35 and $75 available until December 15th. Tickets are available from Mambo, Kit ‘n’ Caboodle, Jazzy Boutique and the QE street team. For more information, or group rates, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 337-2578.
Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events
Fairmont Annual Teddy Bear Tea – December 1st to 24th
Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society Pantomime: Sleeping Beauty – December 5th to 14th
**NEW BMDS Fairytale Land – December 5th to 14th
Christmas Wreath Making and Candleabras Workshop – December 11th
Queen Street’s VIP Shopping Nights – December 11th
The Writers’ Studio of Bermuda: Drop In Writers Classes – starts December 11th
**NEW The Last Four Things: Bible Class – December 11th
Christmas Wreath Making and Candleabras Workshop – December 12th
Friends of the College Library: A Festive Tea – December 12th
**NEW Chewstick Griot Session: Yesha Townsend – December 12th
Sandys 360 Fall Movie Night Series – December 13th
Historical Heartbeats Winter Series: North Village Band Concert – December 13th
Fairmont Hamilton Princess Annual Snowball Party – December 13th
Friday Night Babysitting – December 13th
**NEW Santa’s Christmas Bash at Daisy and Mac – December 13th
**NEW Ah Bermemes Crissmis – December 13th
**NEW Hogfish Live at Hog Penny – December 13th
In Motion School of Dance: The Nutcracker Holiday Spectacular – December 13th and 14th
Kwanzaa Storytime & Craft – December 14th
The Writers’ Studio of Bermuda: Writers Workshop – December 14th
Milkshake Party – December 14th
**NEW BPSU’s Future Leaders Holiday Club – December 14th
**NEW Corporation of St. George’s present Santa Claus is Coming to Town – December 14th
**NEW 3rd Annual Christmas Tree Festival – December 14th and 15th
TROIKA Bermuda Auditions – December 15th
5th Annual Budo Cup Championships – December 15th
An Olde Towne Christmas – December 15th
Christmas Sundays at Royal Naval Dockyard – December 15th
**NEW Association of Filipinos in Bermuda: Zumba for a Cause Fundraiser – December 15th
Queen Street’s VIP Shopping Nights – December 18th
KPMG K-Nect Christmas Student Networking Event – December 19th
Caisey Family Productions: The Gospel According to David – December 22nd
Christmas Sundays at Royal Naval Dockyard – December 22nd
An Olde Towne Christmas – December 22nd
Christmas Eve Menu at Grotto Bay – December 24th
Christmas Champagne Brunch at Grotto Bay – December 25th
Full International Brunch at Lido Restaurant – December 25th
The Point’s Annual Christmas Day Celebration – December 25th
Christmas Day Buffet at Fairmont Hamilton Princess – December 25th
Boxing Day Menu at Grotto Bay – December 26th
Puss N Boots: The Holiday Edition – December 27th
**NEW An Evening with Langhorne Slim and Friends – December 27th
**NEW BRFU Elite Rugby Camp – December 28th and 29th
New Year’s Eve Celebrations
New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dancing at Grotto Bay – December 31st
Gala Dinner at Lido Restaurant – December 31st
Dancing at The Deep Lounge and Nightclub – December 31st
New Year’s Eve at Sul Verde – December 31st
**NEW Caledonian Society of Bermuda Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) Ball – December 31st
**NEW Champagne New Year – December 31st
**NEW Golden Goddess NYE – December 31st
Tokio Millennium Re Youth Mountain Bike Series – January 4th
Just For Laughs: Double Bill – January 8th
8th Annual Just For Laughs – January 9th to 11th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin – January 11th
Tokio Millennium Re Youth Mountain Bike Series – January 11th
Move Well: The Natural Way to Good Health – January 13th
Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts – January 16th to March 1st
2014 Bermuda Marathon Weekend – January 17th to 19th
Tokio Millennium Re Youth Mountain Bike Series – January 18th
Tokio Millennium Re Youth Mountain Bike Series – January 25th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Shostakovich’s The Nose – February 1st
Think Well: The Natural Way to Good Health – February 3rd
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
Bermuda Yoga Festival – April 3rd to 6th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Borodin’s Prince Igor – April 26th
Current Exhibits at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art
Homer’s Cafe Display: Morning Walks, St. George’s by Gillian Outerbridge – November 1st to December 24th
6th Annual Charman Prize at Masterworks – October 11th to January 1st
Artist in Residence Exhibit: Elliott Wilson – December 13th to 24th
**NEW Current Exhibits at Bermuda Society of Arts – December 13th to January 3rd
Onions Gallery: Members Winter Show
Edinburgh Gallery: Kite Aerial Photography – Mike Davis
Studio A: Surf and Turf – Nahed Eide
Studio B: Under Water Rainbows – Andreas Detzer
Studio C: Jewelry by Rebecca Little
Studio D: Fade to Black: A Dream Deferred – Deondre Cumberbatch
Didn’t manage to see the Christmas Bermuda Boat Parade on Saturday night? Here’s what you missed:
If you can’t view this video, click here.
Enjoy the rest of the week!