April 2nd, 2014
Welcome to the first post of April and the second quarter of 2014. Anyone pull off any good pranks yesterday? Feel free to share on Twitter or Facebook – here is my contribution if you didn’t catch it on Facebook already. Here are the latest Bermuda events for April and beyond:
To recognise and celebrate the industry’s economic importance to Bermuda, April has been designated Hospitality Month with activities for all ages to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. Each week, the Bermuda Hospitality Institute (BHI) will be promoting a different area of the Island through a Hospitality Trail guide, featuring eco and cultural activities, historical architecture, leisure activities, dining and accommodations. April 1st to the 6th will be spotlighting Central & City (City of Hamilton, Devonshire, Pembroke and Paget). Some of the specific events during this week include a guided property tour followed by a complimentary continental breakfast at the Royal Palms Hotel at 9.30am on Tuesday, April 1st. On Wednesday, April 2nd, there will be a guided property tour, followed by complimentary afternoon tea at 3.45pm at Rosedon Hotel. For art lovers, there will be a complimentary guided Art Tour of Bermuda National Gallery from Tuesday, April 1st to Friday, April 4th at 10.30am and also a complimentary Director’s Tour with Tom Butterfield at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art at 12.30pm every Tuesday in April. April 7th to 13th will be East End (Hamilton Parish and East), April 14th to 20th will be Sound & Shore (all shorelines N/S/E/W, including bays, inlets, harbors, ponds) and April 21st to 27th is the West End (Warwick-Dockyard). An important part of Hospitality Month will be the BHI Moongate Awards, recognising organisations that demonstrate a commitment to setting and maintaining standards of excellence that enhance and strengthen Bermuda’s Hospitality industry. There are also various discounts and giveaways available when you mention Hospitality Month at participating organisations. A list can be found on the flyer or on the BHI’s website. For more information, visit www.bhi.bm.
If you have missed enjoying sushi, tapas and cocktails under a starlit sky, you’ll be pleased to know that Sea Breeze Lounge and Terrace reopened for the season yesterday, on Tuesday, April 1st. Open from 5pm daily at Lido Complex, Elbow Beach, Sea Breeze are offering a new Sushi and Tapas menu as well as a new and exciting Cocktail list. For more information, or to make a reservation, contact 236-9884 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take advantage of the ever-improving weather as Muse invite you to Happy Hour on their rooftop Skybar every Friday from April 4th. This will feature DJ Keem playing the best end of week music with $5 Happy Hour drinks available between 5pm and 7pm. For more information, or to make a reservation, contact 296-8788.
There are four new exhibits opening on Friday, April 4th at the Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA) in City Hall. The next generation of artists will be taking over the Onion Gallery to showcase their work in this year’s Bermuda College Show. The Edinburgh Gallery will be exhibiting TMI by Alia Hamza. Alia brings a candidness to her work that opens up a journey of self discovery to the viewer, a celebration of one’s self in the now, appreciating whatever they are at any given moment. Works by Deondre Cumberbatch will be on show in Studio A. Deondre is one of the most popular artists at BSoA, her work is full of insights into her life and the world around her. Her new show is definitely not one to be missed. Studio B will showcase Collective Works by Milton Hill and Ami Zanders. Milton and Ami often collaborate together to create beautiful pieces in wood and textile. Their works compliment each other well, in a balanced mixture of texture and design. Opening night will be at BSoA on Friday, April 4th from 5pm until 7pm with the usual wine, beer and soda with cheese and crackers provided. These shows will run for 3 weeks, closing on Tuesday, April 22nd at 4pm. For more information, contact 292-3824 or email@example.com.
Good Friday is almost here, which in Bermuda means that the sky will be decorated with colourful kites! Yes, you could buy one but it’s much more fun to make your own. The Annex Toys will be offering The Art of Bermudian Kite-Making Workshop on Saturdays, April 5th and 12th between noon and 2pm. You can either bring your own supplies or purchase the materials in-store on the day. The workshop is free but spaces are limited. For more information, contact 279-5450.
See the latest Spring arrivals as the International Modeling Academy of Bermuda (IMA) presents A Spring Fling Fashion Show in Washington Mall on Saturday, April 5th. This Spring Fashion show with Diane Whittaker and The IMA models will feature ladies, men and children modeling Spring fashions from the Mall’s fashion retailers, including Jazzy, The Booth, Guilty Pleasures, Frangipani, Pirates Port, Branded Lyfe and A.S. Cooper’s Express. This will take place at the Church Street entrance of Washington Mall from 1pm to 1.30pm and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Diane Whittaker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A week of cheerful fun-filled Easter adventure awaits 4 to 11 year olds at Camp Pioneers, running from Monday, April 7th until Friday, April 11th. Camp Pioneers offers weekly camps when schools are out during break times, as well as individual private tutoring services. The camp location is at Midland Heights Seventh Day Adventist Church in Hamilton Parish and a typical camp week will offer crafts, education time, educational and fun field trips, play time, movies, library visits, and a host of other activities that aim to be both fun and learning opportunities for campers. Activities are highlighted in a booklet that’s sent to camp parents/guardians in advance and, recognising that times are tough, the camp tries to plan activities that are free or relatively low in cost and works closely with venues to obtain discounted prices for campers during field trips. The cost per child is $120 for the week or $35 per day. For more information, or to register, contact Camp Director Mahtorrie Wilkinson at 504-5372 or email@example.com.
If you are aged between 8 and 18 and interested in basketball, the DIBIA Spring Skills Clinic is offering you the opportunity to have a hands-on experience designed for athletes to develop mentally, physically and athletically at Warwick Academy from Monday, April 7th until Wednesday, April 9th. DIBIA Athletic Development is a Miami-based company established in 2011. DIBIA is an Igbo (West African dialect) term meaning master of knowledge/wisdom, referring to traditional healers, experts and doctors. The process of becoming a DIBIA involves years of training and many levels of initiation. The clinic will run from 9am until noon daily and the cost is $80. For more information, or to register online, visit www.dibiaathletic.com.
You are invited to head east and join trivia master Mike Bishop at Quiz Night at the Black Horse Tavern in St. David’s from 7.45pm on Wednesday, April 9th. There will be a special menu available all night as well as a free rum tasting between 7.15pm and 7.45pm, and special pricing on all Gosling’s rum drinks. The cost is $5 per team member for teams of 4. For more information, or to book your table, call 297-1991.
Students, family and friends will walk around the Arboretum at Onionpatch Academy’s second Annual Walk-A-Thon fundraiser from 10am on Saturday, April 12th. Families can also enjoy a healthy lunch and then let the kids work off their excess energy by playing in the park. The money raised will be used for outdoor play equipment and for educational supplies, such as puzzles, blocks, and manipulatives. The registration fee is $20 for adults and $10 for children, and that price includes a goodie bag and a healthy lunch. For more information, or to RSVP by April 7th, contact 296-6466 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Pledge sheets and registration forms can be downloaded from www.opacademy.bm.
Bermuda Folk Club are giving you singers and musicians out there a chance to shine as they are hosting their next Open Mic Retro Night at Spanish Point Boat Club on Saturday, April 12th. Doors open at 7.30pm and music will be from 8pm, featuring the Band of Joe’s and many other local performers. Admission is $10 for non-members, $8 for members and there will be a cash bar. For more information, contact 295-1030 or email@example.com or visit www.folkclub.bm.
Enjoy a walking tour, seeing parts of the island you normally don’t get to visit and taking in places of cultural interest and beauty, at Bermuda National Trust’s legendary Annual Palm Sunday Walk on Sunday, April 13th. The distance is around 5 miles (2.5 hours) and so is not suitable for strollers. The location has still to be announced but the walk will begin at 2pm and ends at the same place. Participation is free, although donations are appreciated. For more information, contact 236-6483 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.bnt.bm.
The Frog and Onion Pub would like you to hop on over to Dockyard for their 4th Annual Frog Race on Sunday, April 13th from 6pm. Six frogs will be created by local artists and these will be auctioned off at the beginning of the night. The new owners of the frogs (usually a group goes together to bid on them) then organise their ‘jockeys’ for each race. The Frogs are laid at the starting line and then they are moved along the race track by the jockey at the other end. The frogs can only be moved by rolling string over a bamboo stick. There are six races and the crowd can bet on a frog with two-to-one betting. The winners collect vouchers for the amount that they win and can choose between vouchers for Frog and Onion or for the Arts Centre. All proceeds go to the Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard. For more information, call the Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard, or for dinner reservations, call the Frog and Onion at 234-2900.
Beau Rivage promise to help you to spoil your mamma at their Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 11th. Indulge in delicious cuisine from around the world, including omelettes, waffles, shrimp cocktail, salads, sushi, roasted vegetables, codfish & potatoes, carving station, fresh seafood catch, poultry, lamb curry, decadent desserts including creme brulee and chocolate mousse. Reservations are available from 11.30am until 4pm. The cost is $48 per adult or $25 per child, plus 17% gratuities. For more information, or to make a reservation contact 232-8686 or email@example.com.
Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art presents the works of Alan Smith in the show Sky Gazer in the Rick Fairies Gallery from Friday, May 30th. The work that Alan is currently creating for his Sky Gazer series is comprised of manipulated digital photographic images that are predominantly male nudes set against a backdrop of Bermuda sky. He has also written poems and crafted songs around the subject matter. The text and some of the images touch on themes of memory and reflection – sky as a mirror that is unfixed. The opening reception will be from 5.30pm until 7pm on Friday, May 30th and the show will run until Wednesday, June 11th. For more information, contact 299-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Rock Wine Company, next to Furniture Walk on Harvey Road, are allowing you to sample some of their offerings at their Weekly Wine Tasting on Saturdays. Two Rock Wine Company is an importer, wholesaler, and retailer of fine wine in Bermuda and pride themselves on hunting down quality wines that are made by the most passionate producers in the world. The tasting will be between noon and 2pm, with different wines for sampling each week. There is no cover charge and no need to RSVP. For more information, contact email@example.com or visit www.tworockwines.com.
Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events
**NEW BHI Hospitality Month (Central and City) – April 1st to 6th
HOP Society Event – April 2nd
Interested in In Vitro Fertilization? – April 3rd
Bermuda Yoga Festival – April 3rd to 6th
Bermuda Yoga Festival: Kirtan Chant Concerts – April 4th and 5th
Bermuda Triple Challenge: Urban Foot Race – April 4th
Bermuda Triple Challenge: Island Challenge – April 5th
TRFC presents Fight Night XVI: Relentless – April 5th
Megan Piphus & Friends – April 5th
WRC Charity Family Fun Walk – April 5th
Wet Paint Auction and Reception – April 5th
Denim, Diamonds, Dinner and Dessert – April 5th
**NEW The Art of Bermudian Kite-Making Workshop – April 5th
**NEW Spring Fashion Fling – April 5th
Bermuda Triple Challenge: Royal Challenge – April 6th
BUEI Spring Camps: Dabble in Prehistoric Seas – starts April 7th
**NEW DIBIA Spring Skills Clinic – April 7th to 9th
**NEW BHI Hospitality Month (East End) – April 7th to 13th
Randall & Quilter Legends of Squash 2014 – April 8th to 12th
**NEW Quiz Night at Black Horse Tavern – April 9th
**NEW Camp Pioneers – April 7th to 11th
Black Woman’s Mini Video/Film Fest 2014 – April 11th, 19th, 25th and 26th
Bee Fair – April 12th
Discovery Wines presents Bubbles and Bunnies – April 12th
NVCC Trivia and Quest Night – April 12th
**NEW Onionpatch Academy Annual Walk-a-Thon – April 12th
**NEW The Art of Bermudian Kite-Making Workshop – April 12th
**NEW Bermuda Folk Club: Open Mic Retro Night – April 12th
**NEW Bermuda National Trust’s Annual Palm Sunday Walk – April 13th
**NEW 4th Annual Frog Races – April 13th
**NEW BHI Hospitality Month (Sound & Shore)– April 14th to 20th
Paget Parish Council 2014 AGM – April 16th
‘Like’ Cup Match on the Greens: Golf Tournament – April 19th
Echo Launch Party – April 19th
Easter Brunch at Beau Rivage – April 20th
**NEW BHI Hospitality Month (West End) – April 21st to 27th
Annual Peppercorn Ceremony – April 23rd
76th Annual Bermuda Agricultural Exhibition (Ag Show) – April 24th to 27th
Big Guns and Bermuda Roses Tour – April 24th to 27th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Borodin’s Prince Igor – April 26th
CMS 5K Walk/Run – April 27th
Catlin End-to-End – May 3rd
**NEW Mother’s Day Brunch at Beau Rivage – May 11th
St. George’s in Bloom Competition – May 11th to 18th
Relay for Life Bermuda – May 30th and 31st
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
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
Water Ways –
April 25th May 2nd to May 14th
A Myriad of Birds by Fran Giffard – May 16th – May 28th
**NEW Sky Gazer by Alan Smith – May 30th to June 11th
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
**NEW Current Exhibits at Bermuda Society of Arts – April 4th to 22nd
Onions Gallery:Bermuda College Show
Edinburgh Gallery: TMI by Alia Hamza
Studio A: Works by Deondre Cumberbatch
Studio B: Collective Works by Milton Hill and Ami Zanders
Wow, this little girl REALLY doesn’t want to grow up and she REALLY doesn’t want a new car seat. Being three was fun though:
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Enjoy the rest of the week!