February 26th, 2014
Happy Wednesday, hope you’re having a good one. Another ridiculously long post this week – there are plenty of events in Bermuda over the coming weeks so don’t try complaining to me that you’re bored!
The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) will be holdings its 14th Annual Conference at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess on Thursday, February 27th. Registration, breakfast and Meet the Sponsors will start at 8am with opening remarks by His Excellency the Governor, Mr. George Fergusson at 9am. Talks will be given by a range of local and international lawyers from a number of firms, and the day will be rounded off by a cocktail reception at 5.50pm. The full programme can be found here. Registration fees are $100 for students, $200 for Full Members, $250 for non-members and $300 for shared tickets. Online registration can be made at www.stepbermuda.org/register/. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bermuda’s Emerging Professionals (BEPRO) will be holding its first Lunch N’ Learn of the year at XL’s O’Hara House from noon until 1pm on on Thursday, February 27th. Honouring the Past; Inspiring the Future is being held in recognition of Black History Month and will feature notable guest speakers Cathy Duffy (SVP and Underwriting Manager at XL), Kumi Bradshaw (co-Founder of Firm Advisory Ltd) and Dame Jennifer Smith. BEPRO encourages individuals to come out and learn more about the history of these key individuals who have left their mark on Bermuda, gain insight on what success looks like to them, and obtain valuable advice on how we as a modern society can also make a worthy contribution to our community. Attendees can expect to leave motivated by the hard work accomplished that has opened doors for us all. A light lunch will be provided and the event is free for BEPRO members; $10 for non-members. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Vwheatley@bcc.bm or 295-8932.
The Bermuda National Gallery is proud to announce the book launch of Bermuda National Gallery: An Introduction at City Hall on Thursday, February 27th. The reception will begin at 5.30pm, followed by the launch at 6pm. The reception will feature opening remarks with Ruth Thomas MBE, followed by discussion with the authors Sophie Cressall and Lisa Howie. The book will retail at $40 but the special launch night price will be $35. Entry is free. For more more information, contact email@example.com or 295-9428.
Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda (CURB) present The War on Drugs, a lecture by Jack Cole, PhD in the BIU Hall on Union Street from 6pm until 8pm on Thursday, February 27th. Jack Cole is a retired Detective Lieutenant with the New Jersey State Police and worked as an undercover narcotics officer. He will discuss why so many law enforcers support replacing the war on drugs with legalisation and regulation. Admission is free, although donations are welcome. For more information, contact the CURB office at 542-2872 or admin@uprooting racism.org.
Andrew Stevenson is presenting an illustrated lecture to provide us all with an update on the Humpback Whale Research Foundation at 7.30pm in the Tradewinds Auditorium at BUEI on Thursday, February 27th. Now into his eighth year of observing, researching, filming and writing about the North Atlantic humpback whales, Andrew Stevenson gives us an update on the formation on his ongoing research with unique underwater high definition footage of the humpbacks with never-before seen behaviours. This lecture will update progress since making his award-winning film, Where the Whales Sing, in 2010 and publishing his book, Whale Song: Journeys into the Secret Lives of the North Atlantic Humpbacks, in November 2011. With almost seven nine hundred individual whales identified here in Bermuda over the last six seven years some interesting behaviours and patterns are beginning to reveal themselves. Tickets are $25 and available from www.BDAtix.bm.
Now in its 49th year, Bermuda’s youngest artists will be celebrated at the Bermuda Annual Schools Show which will return to Bermuda Society of Arts at City Hall on Friday, February 28th. This year’s show is split into two separate exhibits with the Primary Schools showing between February 28th and March 11th, while the Middle and Senior Schools will exhibit between March 14th and April 1st. The opening receptions will be on Friday, February 28th and Friday, March 14th at 5pm and these exhibits will run for 4 weeks in total closing on April 1st. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, contact 292-3824 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apart from the occasional thunderstorm, the weather has been amazingly mild for February. If this has you thinking that summer is coming early, well, you might be right as Happy Hour will return to Lemon Tree this Friday night, February 28th! This special edition Rhino in the Park Party, Hearty Happy Hour is in memory of Devrae Noel-Simmons and in association with the Bermuda Heart Foundation. This will run from 5pm until midnight and at 8pm, there will be a live performance by World Class Comet Skippers. Tickets are $30 and include a t-shirt, food and drink, and a mechanical bull ride. All proceeds will benefit Dante Noel-Simmons school fees and the Bermuda Heart Foundation.
No Soberness, the Official Pisces Party will be happening at Inferno Lounge on Friday, February 28th. This is also Jah’s Birthday Turn Up and the celebrations will run from 9pm until 3am, with music by DJ Mystro, Haley Hypes of Hypa-Flexx Movements, and Prophecy Sound Int’l with LavaRas (Dancehall’s MVP). You are invited to come with your party vibe and be sure to eat first as plenty of beverages will be involved. Entry is $20 for gents before 11pm ($25 after), $10 for ladies before 11pm ($15 after), $10 for Pisces all night and free if you’re born on February 28th (ID required). For more information, contact email@example.com.
To support their summer 2014 trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia, Bermuda Overseas Missions are hosting a Roti Fundraiser on Saturday, March 1st. This will be at Christ Church in Warwick from 9am until 1pm and the cost is $12 per roti, with a choice of chicken or vegetable. Collection is from the Church Kitchen at the Ord Road entrance by Belmont Hills. For more information, or to place an order, contact David Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Birthday boy Jah Simmons of Multi Entertainment invites you to come and get your laugh on with some of comedy’s brightest stars at LMAO Comedy Series: Jah’s Birthday Comedy Kaboom at the Ruth Seaton James Centre for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 1st. Performers will include international comedians Dawn B, Rudy Rush, and Jay Comedian, with local up-and-coming comedian, Eddie G. You can also expect a special surprise guest performance. Doors open at 7.15pm with showtime at 8.30pm. Tickets are $40, or $30 for official registered MEO members, and available from Qui-Ja Fabrics & Accessories, 27th Century Boutique, East End Mini Bermuda and Audio Visual in Somerset and Hamilton. For more information, contact email@example.com.
March Open, a members’ open juried show is the next exhibit at the Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard with the opening reception from 3.30pm until 5.30pm on Sunday, March 2nd. The show will highlight a wide variety of work and medium from Member Artists and the show is “open” to any theme, which allows the Artist to create and showcase anything that they are presently working on. Everything has been entered from paintings to palmetto woven baskets. The show will remain open until Saturday, March 22nd. For more information, contact 234-2809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can expect some Oscar-themed questions at the Trivia Quiz Night at Taste One Four One on Monday, March 3rd. The fun starts at 8pm and your host for the evening will be Quizmaster Extraordinaire, Mike Bishop. The cost is $5 per team member. For more information, or to book your table, call 292-0777.
The Chairman of the Bermuda National Gallery and The Honorary Consul of France in Bermuda invites you to Exposing Humanity, a lecture by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer David Turnley in the Earl Cameron Theatre at City Hall on Tuesday, March 4th. David C. Turnley won his Pulitzer for his coverage of the Revolutions in 1989, including the Fall of Berlin Wall and Tiananmen Square in China. Runner-up for the Pulitzer four other times, he has won the World Press Picture of the Year twice, the prestigious Robert Capa Award for Courage, and four Overseas Press Club over the past thirty years, producing eight books out of these experiences including his latest, Mandela: Struggle and Triumph. Exposing Humanity is a presentation that will take the audience on a powerful photo-journey around the world and the evening will start with a reception at 7pm, followed by the lecture itself at 7.30pm. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Tickets are available from Bermuda National Gallery, City Hall or online at www.BDAtix.bm. For more information or to reserve your ticket, contact email@example.com or 295-9428.
Whether you’re looking for a bargain or have stuff to sell, you’ll be delighted to know that the MAMA Car Boot Sale will be at Mount St. Agnes on Saturday, March 8th from 9am until noon. This event will be of particular interest to anyone with a baby on the way, or who needs to update what they already have, as stalls will be selling toys, books, baby stuff and tea/coffee/baked goods with a bouncy castle to keep the little ones amused while you shop. Tables are $30 and open to MAMA members while entry is free for shoppers. For more information, or to reserve a table, contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Business and Professional Women’s Association (BPWA) are marking International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 8th with a Candle Lighting Ceremony at Riddell’s Bay Golf Club. This is an evening of celebration of the potential and progression of women in business from around the globe and will begin with cocktails at 6.30pm, followed by a buffet dinner at 7pm. The guest speaker will be Julia Pitt, success coach and columnist for the Royal Gazette. The cost is $80 per person or $750 for a table of ten. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact BPWABermuda@yahoo.com or purchase at Orchid Nail Spa.
Raising funds for the 2015 NatWest Island Games in Jersey, the Bermuda Island Games Association Pub Quiz will be held at The Docksider Pub and Restaurant on Saturday, March 8th. This will start at 7.30pm and tickets cost $55, which includes a curry meal and a drink. Tickets can be purchased online at www.pTix.bm.
The Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre’s is hosting Bermuda’s first Relay For Life event from 6pm on Friday, May 30th until 6pm on Saturday, May 31st. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness and funds to support cancer prevention, detection and treatment in the fight against cancer. Teams of 10 to 15 people are invited register to fundraise and participate in Relay for Life by taking turns to walk around the track at National Sports Centre during the 24 hours. Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic, camp out for the night and enjoy 24 hours of activities, and on-stage entertainment and contests, including best team costumes, scavenger hunts and quiz contests. Registration is $10 per person and participants are asked to raise a minimum of $100 each. From noon until 3pm on Saturday, March 15th, there will be a Kick Off event at City Hall. As well as information and team sign up, there will also be goodies and treats. For more information, visit www.BermudaRelay.com.
Dolly Pop! Bermuda are hosting a Dolly Pop Up event at CV Cafe in St. George’s on Saturday, March 15th. From 2pm until 5pm, you will have the opportunity to shop their end of season clearance items, including vintage, thrift, and a few new items thrown in for good measure. As much as possible, Dolly Pop! Bermuda’s stock is purchased from local charitable organisations, with repairs and cleaning is sourced to Bermudians. Overseas purchases are also primarily from charitable organisations and the reconditioning will take place on Island. For more information, contact email@example.com or visit www.dollypop.biz.
Now in its 17th year, the Bermuda International Film Festival (BIFF) for 2014 will be running from Friday, March 21st until Thursday, March 27th, so mark your diaries, fans of independent cinema! This year, over 25 feature-length and short films will be screened at Liberty Theatre. Most films have won top awards at other film festivals and BIFF is one of only a small number worldwide of Academy Award Qualifying festivals for the Short Film – Live Action Oscar. As well as the best in world cinema, three films from local film-makers, will be highlighted, including Ben Watson’s Downing’s Wreck, Robert Zuill’s An Ancient Window and Gareth Fletcher’s Bullied Breeds. Tickets to all BIFF 2014 screenings, are $15, with the exception of opening, centrepiece and closing gala films which are $25 per ticket. For more information, contact 293-3456 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For the full film schedule, or to buy online from March 3rd, see www.biff.bm.
Watch dogs of different breeds and sizes compete over a course of jumps and other obstacles in timed events at the International Dog Events Association (IDEA)’s Dog Agility Show on Saturday, March 22nd and Sunday, March 23rd. This will run from 8.30am until 3pm each day at Somersfield Academy and these dogs have had specialized obedience and agility training in order to compete. Admission is free and parking is available on site. For more information, or to volunteer at this event, contact email@example.com or visit www.ideabermuda.com.
CV Cafe in St. George’s are hosting a purr-fect evening from 4.30pm on Saturday, March 29th. The Cat’s Pyjamas promises to be a fun cat-themed evening spent wearing your PJs while helping raise money for the SPCA. There will be cat themed goodies, pics from the SPCA of animals that need adopting, cat-themed movie for kids and adults, and other surprises as well. Funds raised will benefit the SPCA. For more information, contact CV Cafe at 297-0208.
Through encouragement from friends and family, Steve Conway has decided to showcase his artwork at his first solo exhibition, It’s About Time from April 11th at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. His rich use of colour and ability to capture the island’s unique light depicts the natural beauty of the island juxtaposed with man-made surroundings. He has a passion for painting and his collection of work is sure to inspire. The opening reception will be from 5.30pm until 7pm on Friday, April 11th and the show will run until Wednesday, April 23rd. Artwork will be available for purchase. For more information, contact 299-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 76th Annual Bermuda Agricultural Exhibition (formerly known as the Ag Show) will be at the Botanical Gardens from Thursday, April 24th until Saturday, April 26th from 8am until 6pm. As well as the usual exhibits of flowers, fruits, vegetables and animals, the show will feature live entertainment, junior art, equestrian events, community booths, decorated eggs and kites, craft vendors, food stalls, school exhibits and more. Entry is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors or children under 16 and free for children under 5. Full details can be found at www.bdaexhibition.bm.
In it’s 27th year, the Catlin End-to-End will be on Saturday, May 3rd. Now a firm fixture on the Bermuda calendar, this is Bermuda’s largest community charitable event where thousands of people walk, ride, swim, or paddle across Bermuda as a challenge for physical fitness and to raise funds for the island’s good causes. Registration costs $40 for adults and $20 for youths under 19. To sign up, or for more information on the event and this year’s charity recipients, visit www.BermudaEndtoEnd.bm.
The British Schools Fair Bermuda will be on Wednesday, September 24th and Thursday, September 25th at the Fairmont Southampton from 4pm until 7.30pm. This is an opportunity for Bermuda parents and their families to talk to a number of leading UK independent boarding schools and participating schools this year include Ardingly, Bede’s, Charterhouse, Cheltenham, Downside, Eastbourne, Felsted, Marlborough, Millfield, Sedbergh, Windlesham House, and Wycliffe. For more information, visit www.bvs-education.co.uk/british-schools-fair-bermuda-2014.
Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events
Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts – January 16th to March 1st
Bermuda Tourism Love Month – February 1st to 28th
Tribute Concert in Honour of the Late Louise Jackson, OBE – February 26th
**NEW STEP Bermuda 2014 Conference: Sustainable Growth – February 27th
**NEW BEPRO Lunch N’ Learn: Honouring the Past; Inspiring the Future – February 27th
**NEW Book Launch of Bermuda National Gallery: An Introduction – February 27th
**NEW The War on Drugs: A Lecture by Jack Cole – February 27th
**NEW Humpback Whale Research Foundation Update – February 27th
The Art of Hosting Training – February 27th to March 1st
Bermuda National Trust Auction and Jumble Sale – February 27th to March 1st
**NEW Rhino In The Park Party at Lemon Tree – February 28th
**NEW No Soberness: The Pisces Party (Jah’s Birthday Turn Up) – February 28th
Family Centre: Celebrate the Night – March 1st
Advocating for Your Child: What You Need To Know – March 1st
Wet Your Palette: Paint & Wine – March 1st
Dinner and International Variety Show – March 1st
**NEW Bermuda Overseas Missions Roti Fundraiser – March 1st
**NEW LMAO Comedy Series: Jah’s Birthday Kaboom – March 1st
**NEW Trivia Quiz Night at Taste One Four One – March 3rd
Stretching Classes with Greg Ozarowski – starts March 4th
**NEW Exposing Humanity: Lecture by Pulitzer Prize Winner David Turnley – March 4th
Men’s Yoga Seminar – starts March 5th
Nappy Hour and Product Swap – March 7th
1st Annual Bermuda International Spring Masters Meet – March 7th to 9th
**NEW MAMA Car Boot Sale – March 8th
**NEW BPWA Candle Lighting Ceremony – March 8th
**NEW Bermuda Island Games Association Pub Quiz – March 8th
Lindo’s to Lindo’s 10k Run and 4 Mile Walk – March 9th
Bermuda Toastmaster’s Annual Speech Contest – March 11th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Verdi’s Falstaff – March 15th
**NEW Relay for Life: Kick Off Event – March 15th
**NEW Dolly Pop Up at CV Cafe – March 15th
The Sunshine League’s Agnes May Robinson Torch Relay – March 16th
KPMG Round the Grounds Race – March 16th
Hasty Pudding Theatricals: Victorian Secrets – March 19th to 21st
Harvard in Hamilton for Children VIII – March 20th
**NEW 17th Annual Bermuda International Film Festival – March 21st to 27th
BUEI presents Underwater Extravaganza – March 22nd
**NEW IDEA Dog Agility Show – March 22nd and 23rd
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Dvorák’s Rusalka – March 29th
**NEW The Cat’s Pyjamas – March 29th
BUEI Spring Camps: Dabble in Sharks – starts March 31st
Bermuda Yoga Festival – April 3rd to 6th
Bermuda Triple Challenge: Urban Foot Race – April 4th
Bermuda Triple Challenge: Island Challenge – April 5th
Bermuda Triple Challenge: Royal Challenge – April 6th
BUEI Spring Camps: Dabble in Prehistoric Seas – starts April 7th
Easter Brunch at Beau Rivage – April 20th
Annual Peppercorn Ceremony – April 23rd
**NEW 76th Annual Bermuda Agricultural Exhibition (Ag Show) – April 24th to 26th
Big Guns and Bermuda Roses Tour – April 24th to 27th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Borodin’s Prince Igor – April 26th
**NEW Catlin End-to-End – May 3rd
St. George’s in Bloom Competition – May 11th to 18th
**NEW Relay for Life Bermuda – May 30th and 31st
**NEW British Schools Fair Bermuda – September 24th and 25th
Current Exhibits at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art
Ever The Twain Shall Meet – January 17th to June
Tale of Two Cities Exhibition – January 17th to September
Paint it Black – February 2nd to 26th
Homer’s Cafe Display: Radiant Joy by Robyn Hooper – February 28th to March 27th
Capri Trend – March 7th to 28th
bioGraphy photoGraphy – The Photographic Works of Antoine Hunt & Jüliz Ritchie – March 28th to April 9th
It’s About Time by Steve Conway – April 11th to 23rd
BNG East: A Sense of Place – December 6th to March 31st
Current Exhibits at Bermuda Society of Arts – January 31st to February 25th
Onions Gallery: Members Photographic Show
Edinburgh Gallery: H-Appy Art
Studios A and B: The National Gallery presents Youth Camera Action
Current Exhibits at Bermuda National Gallery – January 24th to May 31st
Michael Walsh: Contemporary Conversation
Highlights from the BNG Collection
Book Launch of Bermuda National Gallery: An Introduction
Current Exhibit at Bermuda Society of Arts – February 28th to April 1st
49th Annual Schools Show: Primary Schools – February 28th to March 11th
49th Annual Schools Show: Middle and Senior Schools – March 14th to April 1st
Walls Exhibit at Bermuda Arts Centre – until March 1st
**NEW March Open Exhibit at Bermuda Arts Centre – March 2nd to 22nd
Enjoy the rest of the week!