April 9th, 2014
Happy Hump Day, Folks!
I have just been cheered up by the realisation that there is a public holiday for Good Friday next week – can’t believe I completely forgot until now, especially since it’s one of the nicer public holidays. I guess I’d better get started on making my kite, and also on buying a real kite for when my home-made kite ends up a hot mess. If you’re looking for Bermuda Easter weekend events, you’ve come to the right place – and the summer events are starting to come in too…
Bermuda College will be supporting Hospitality Month in April with the focus of its Spring 2014 Lecture Series entitled, Who Needs Tourism?!! on Wednesday, April 9th at 7pm in the North Hall Lecture Theatre. Panellists will comprise Bermuda Tourism Authority principals David Dodwell (Chairman), Bill Hanbury (CEO) and Karla Lacey (COO). The evening forum will be facilitated by the College’s business and hospitality lecturer, Dr. Barbara O’Shaughnessy, who is also Chair of the Visitor Industry Partnership (VIP) initiative. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Evelyn James Barnett, Communications Office at Bermuda College at 239-4006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you missed Hog Penny’s resident rock and roll superstar, Will Black? Then great news as he’ll be returning with a new weekly entertainment schedule from Friday, April 4th. Live shows will run from Wednesdays to Saturdays from 10pm until 1am and, even though there is something different every night, Will will always be taking your requests and there are over 600 to choose from. Wednesdays are Open Mic Night where hosts Will Black and Tony Brannon invite you to share your musical talents at Hog Penny’s mid-week singer/songwriter showcase. Thursdays are Theme Night, which changes every week. This week, there will be prizes to be won at Music Trivia Night where you can test your skills through 5 rounds of music trivia performed by Will Black. Fridays are the Classic Rock Dance Party with up-tempo rock classic hits to continue your Happy Hour festivities on the dancefloor. On Saturdays, Will will be joined on stage by local bands. This week will be hosted by Hogfish with classic hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s as well as new originals. There is no cover charge for any of the nights. For more information, contact Hog Penny at 292-2534.
Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI) presents new footage and a Q&A with Ocean Vet host Neil Burnie and members from the film crew on Thursday, April 10th. Ocean Vet is a factual entertainment series like no other and follows the exploits and adventures of Dr. Neil Burnie in the oceans around Bermuda. The Ocean Vet crew are currently filming a full 12 part series from March to October 2014. The show is being made by UK video production company gassProductions, creators of the hit Discovery and WFN fishing show Rod and Rucksack. Ocean Vet will be broadcast internationally in 2015. Episodes include tagging tiger sharks, hunting for black grouper, following humpback whales on their migratory journey, monitoring for night sharks, adventures through the floating jungle and so much more! This is your opportunity to see the latest footage and hear first-hand from the host and film crew. Doors open at 6.30pm with Happy Hour prices on drinks at Harbourfront. The lecture itself will start at 7.30pm and Harbourfront are offering a 20% discount to anyone dining there before or after the event. Reservations are available from 6pm – please mention the lecture when booking to avail of the discount. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and available by calling 294-0204 or visiting Oceans Gift Shop at BUEI.
Taste 141 invite you to rock your weekend with Live Music from Outta Bounds on Friday, April 11th. The band will be performing from 7pm until 10pm and there is no cover charge. For more information, or reservations, call 292-0777.
Another opportunity to explore alternative therapies and lifestyles at the next Holistic Fair on Saturday, April 12th. From 10am until 5pm at My Sereni-Tea, you can enjoy mini sessions from local practitioners for $1 per minute (some require a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes), as well as discounts in the shop and draw prizes. Featured practitioners and vendors include East End Organics, Terry Chapman Jewelry, Judith Baum Jewelry, Joan Lohan (Energy Medicine), Alyson Tuxworth (Readings), Deryn Higgins (Ro-Hun Card Readings), Carla Edwards (Reiki), Carolynne Fuhrtz (Energy Medicine) and Nim Thipchan (Thai Massage). For more information, contact email@example.com.
Find out how to get the most out of your library, including researching your family history, searching for an e-book and even designing your own app at Bermuda College Library’s Library Expo on Thursday, April 17th. From 10am until 4pm, you can see how much more there is to 21st century libraries than just borrowing books, as you enjoy readings, presentations, digital displays, movie, games, prizes, and more, with exhibits by our academic and public libraries, museums, archives and law libraries around the island. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Bermuda College on 239-4033.
Nothing says Spring quite like a rum-soaked boat! The countdown has begun for the first booze cruise of 2014 as the Renegades RFC Booze Cruise will be on Thursday, April 17th (don’t worry, the next day is a public holiday)! The boat, The Bermudiana, will depart Albuoy’s Point at 6.30pm sharp, returning at 10pm. Tickets are $60 in advance, available from any player or from firstname.lastname@example.org and the price includes all you can drink. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Promising the world’s best documentary films, the 10th edition of the Bermuda Documentary Film Festival (Bermuda Docs) will be from Thursday, April 17th until Sunday, April 20th in the usual venue of the Tradewinds Auditorium at BUEI. This year’s line-up of eleven films over the four days includes such varied subject matters as the real-life Argo, a character-driven historical thriller about the demise of apartheid in South Africa, a maverick organic farmer and his unruly cows, the history and changing nature of the French wine industry, the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, and more. Tickets are $15 per film and available online from www.bdatix.bm or from Pulp & Circumstance or Fabulous Fashions. For more information, call 232-2255, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see the website at www.bermudadocs.com for film synopses and trailers.
Pembroke Hamilton Club (PHC) is excited to be hosting a Community Day at PHC Field on Good Friday, April 18th. The Community Day is being organized by PHC’s Going Home committee whose primary objective is to raise funds so that PHC can fully utilize its field in Warwick. This will take place at PHC field and entail a host of fun activities for all ages. The day’s events will begin at 9am with a Fun Run/Walk from Lindo’s (Warwick) to PHC Field where the Community Day will begin in earnest from 10am. Some of the activities planned include fun castles, a bull ride, food stalls, 6-a-side football, kite flying, a dunk tank, 50-metre race, tug of war and more with live performances from Bermuda Idol’s Olivia Hamilton and PHC’s own Shakir Smith and music from DJ Chubb of VIBE 103. The highlight of the day’s activities will be an entertaining sumo wrestling competition between Wayne Scott, the Minister of Community, Culture, & Sports and Lawrence Scott, the Shadow Minister of Transport (Scott vs. Scott). Both individuals will be raising money for PHC’s Going Home effort through pledges from the community. Registration forms and the drop box for the PHC Fun Run/Walk are available at the Sports Seller in Washington Mall, or you can register online at www.racedayworld.com. For more information, contact Jonathan.Ball06@gmail.com.
The Chewstick Foundation’s Bermuda Good Friday KiteFest will be going ahead on Friday, April 18th at Horseshoe Bay. From 10am until 6pm, this will feature Bermuda’s biggest kite competition, family activities, such as an Easter egg hunt, games, traditional Bermudian cuisine, live music and entertainment. Best of all, this event is free. For more information, contact 292-2439 or email@example.com or visit www.chewstick.org.
St. David’s County Cricket Club will host its Annual Gilbert Lamb Day at Lords, St. David’s on Good Friday, April 18th. Events will start at noon with children’s races (including a 50 yard dash, three-legged race, spoon race, and skipping race), a hoola-hoop contest, a fish cake competition, pedal bike and go-cart races, vendors and music by DJ Jugglin Jason. Times for all events will be forthcoming as well as entry information for the Pedal Bike and Go-Cart Races. There will be additional parking in the St. David’s Battery Area, the St. David’s Primary P1 and P2 grounds, St. David’s Post Office. Entry to the Club grounds will be via the Battery Road Gate and departure will be through the Club’s parking lot and out through the main gate onto Great Bay Road. A donation towards the Club’s Building Fund will be accepted at the gate.
The Big Chill’s Felix and Tony are expanding their entertainment portfolio for 2014 by adding The Big Calypso, a new 21st century twist to an island music genre. Musicians Joy T. Barnum, Tony Brannon, Andrew Chamberlain, Tony Cox and Felix Tod and will be bringing it to life with songs from the early days of Calypso, like Bermuda’s Talbot Brothers, to the latest beats and tunes from Trinidad. The Big Calypso will run from 7pm until 11pm at The Reefs on Saturdays from April 19th through October, and at Frog and Onion Pub on Sundays from May 11th. The band will play from 7pm until 8pm, DJ Felix Tod will take the reins from 8pm until 8.30pm, the band will return from 8.30pm until 10pm before DJ Felix’s finale from 10pm until 11pm. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.the-big-chill.com.
Cafe Lido invite you to take a break from all those chocolate eggs and join them for their Easter Ocean Side Brunch on Sunday, April 20th. This will feature an extensive selection of hot and cold appetizers, accompanied by a delicious array of salads, cold cuts, pasta, sushi, meat and fish dishes, carvery, vegetarian options and a special Kid’s corner. Seatings are available between 11am and 11.30am or between 1.30pm and 2pm. The cost is $59 per person, plus 17% grats, and costs 50% for children under 10. For more information, or to make a reservation, contact 236-9884 or email@example.com.
Forgiveness is a difficult area for most of us and some of us hold grudges for years and years. With this in mind, My Sereni-Tea are hosting a Forgiveness is Freedom class from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday, April 23rd. I will never forgive them. They ruined my life. They did it on purpose. Only weak people forgive. If you resonate with some of these statements, then this class may be for you. This 2 hour class will uncover why we struggle to forgive, how forgiveness empowers you, how it frees you from pain, and how you can move forward in your life and be free and Let Go. Attendees will do theory work, meditation and affirmations and a workbook will be included to do work at home. The cost is $55 per person with a deposit of $20 required by April 18th. For more information, or to RSVP, contact 296-2114.
Introducing the return of safe and fun events for Middle School students as Echo Entertainment and BAA present We Just Want to Party on Saturday, April 26th. This event is sponsored by the Bermuda Athletic Association and will run from 8pm until midnight with music courtesy of Markie T of After Shock Radio on Vibe 103. Entry is $10 at the door with snacks and sodas available for $2 each. For more information, contact Theresa on 737-2581 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fans of fitness and/or martial arts are invited to the Bermuda Karate Institute’s 32nd Bermuda Open Karate Championships & Wellness Show at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess on Sunday, April 27th from 10am. Presented by Bermuda’s original karate dojo, BKI, and Bermuda’s only martial arts Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, Skipper Ingham, this event promises a mix of competitions at all levels and age groups, including traditional forms and all levels of K-1 kickboxing. Bermuda’s health and wellness providers will also be showcasing their wares and providing samples. Admission is $10 or $5 for children under 12 and are available on the day or in advance at Bermuda Karate Institute on King Street. For further information, contact 292-2157, email@example.com or see www.bokcandwellnessshow.com.
The Glass Onion Band, a.k.a. Joy T. Barnum, Tony Brannon, Andrew Chamberlain, Tony Cox and Felix Tod will be bringing live music to Bone Fish Bar & Grill in Dockyard from 7pm to 11pm every Thursday, starting May 1st. The band will perform a tribute to the music of John Lennon from 7pm until 8pm, DJ Felix Tod will take the reins from 8pm until 8.30pm, the band will return with reggae, calypso and soca from 8.30pm until 10pm, before DJ Felix’s finale from 10pm until 11pm. For more information, or to reserve your table, contact Bone Fish at 234-5151.
Bermuda’s hottest and coolest evening, the Big Chill is returning to Sea Breeze from Friday, May 2nd. Running from 6pm until 11pm, you can enjoy outdoor chill out sounds of the Ibiza summertime, featuring the cool deep house beats from DJ Felix Tod, acoustic guitar from Tony Brannon and vocals from local legend Joy T. Barnum. Sushi, tapas, cocktails and sangria will also be available to order. Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 236-9884. The Big Chill will run weekly until September 12th. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.the-big-chill.com.
In addition to Sea Breeze Lounge on Fridays, the Ibiza-style vibes of The Big Chill will also soon be coming to two different venues in the West of the island. From April 30th, you can enjoy the sounds of DJ Felix Tod with Tony Brannon on acoustic guitar at Bone Fish Bar & Grill on Wednesdays in Dockyard from 8pm until midnight. This will run weekly until September 24th. From June 1st, you can relax in your beachwear around the pool at Cambridge Beaches on Sunday afternoons, from 2pm until 6pm. This will run weekly until September 7th. For more information, contact email@example.com or visit www.the-big-chill.com.
The Bermuda Volleyball Association has announced that the 22nd Annual Corporate Volleyball Tournament will be held at Warwick Academy Field on Saturday, May 10th from 9.30am. This is a 6-a-side co-ed tournament, also open to non-BVA members and is intended to introduce new people to the sport of volleyball as well as provide groups/companies with the opportunity to participate in a community event together. You don’t have to be a corporation to register a team as all groups and organisations are welcome. The registration cost is $240 per team, and net and/or team sponsorship is also available. For more information, contact BDAvb@hotmail.com or visit www.bermudavolleyball.bm.
As part of their Open Houses & Gardens programme, the Garden Club of Bermuda invites you to A May Wedding on Saturday, May 10th. From 10am until 4pm, this event will include a plant sale, wedding-themed fashion show, bake sale, garden tours, live music, flower stall, enchanted garden, plein air artists, crafts, raffle draw and a children’s activity tent. This will all take place at Christ Church, Church of Scotland in Warwick, built in 1719 as well as the elegant homes and gardens of Kirkdale Farm and The Cocoon, all beautifully decorated by their international award winning floral artists, depicting a traditional Bermuda wedding throughout. Model brides will include Miss Bermuda, Katherine Arnfield. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children aged 10 to 18, and free for under-10s. All proceeds will go to the Garden Club Scholarship Programme and Community Projects. For more information, visit http://www.gardenclubbermuda.org/open%20houses%20and%20gardens.htm.
Enjoy a relaxing evening with great food, great company and great entertainment as Bermuda Toastmasters proudly celebrates its Awards Banquet on Saturday, June 21st at Coco Reef. The evening will begin at 7pm and will include guest speaker Wayne Caines, CEO of Digicel Bermuda. General admission is $85 and tickets are available from Exec Members or from firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Masterworks Museum presents Treasure Island, a special collection exhibit highlighting the greatest works from the Bermudiana Collection. This exhibit will have all of the classics, a symphony of masterpiece artworks collected over the years. Artists that will be on display include Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andre Beiler, Marsden Hartley, Charles Demuth, and Albert Gleizes. The opening reception will be from 5.30pm until 7pm on Friday, July 11th and the show will run until Wednesday, August 13th. For more information, contact 299-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why stop at spring cleaning your home when you can spring clean your skin too? La Serena Express Spa at A.S. Cooper & Son have introduced Microdermabrasion to their menu at a cost of $250 for a course of 4, a saving of $70. For more information, or to make an appointment, contact 239-0184 or email@example.com.
The Spa at Elbow Beach are celebrating their 10th Anniversary and to mark this milestone they have a new Spa treatment menu and a special All Things Chocolate promotion for April. For more details, or to make an appointment, contact 239-8900 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.ElbowBeachBermuda.com.
You didn’t think I would mention an All Things Chocolate promotion and then leave you hanging, did you? This 2 hour 10 minute treatment is available throughout the month of April and includes a detoxifying coffee and cocoa body scrub, followed by a warm chocolate body wrap with scalp massage, and then completed by a full body massage. Sounds like my kind of treatment! The cost is $245 plus 17% grats. For more details, or to make an appointment, contact 239-8900 or email@example.com.
Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events
DIBIA Spring Skills Clinic – April 7th to 9th
Camp Pioneers – April 7th to 11th
BHI Hospitality Month (East End) – April 7th to 13th
Randall & Quilter Legends of Squash 2014 – April 8th to 12th
Quiz Night at Black Horse Tavern – April 9th
**NEW Spring 2014 Lecture Series: Who Needs Tourism?!! – April 9th
**NEW BUEI presents Ocean Vet: New Footage and Q&A – April 10th
**NEW Outta Bounds at Taste 141 – April 11th
Black Woman’s Mini Video/Film Fest 2014 – April 11th, 19th and 26th
Bee Fair – April 12th
Discovery Wines presents Bubbles and Bunnies – April 12th
NVCC Trivia and Quest Night – April 12th
Onionpatch Academy Annual Walk-a-Thon – April 12th
The Art of Bermudian Kite-Making Workshop – April 12th
Bermuda Folk Club: Open Mic Retro Night – April 12th
**NEW Holistic Fair – April 12th
Bermuda National Trust’s Annual Palm Sunday Walk – April 13th
4th Annual Frog Races – April 13th
BHI Hospitality Month (Sound & Shore)– April 14th to 20th
Paget Parish Council 2014 AGM – April 16th
**NEW Bermuda College Library: Library Expo – April 17th
**NEW Renegades RFC Booze Cruise – April 17th
**NEW Bermuda Documentary Film Festival (Bermuda Docs) – April 17th to 20th
**NEW PHC Community Fun Day – April 18th
**NEW Chewstick Foundation’s Annual Bermuda Good Friday KiteFest – April 18th
**NEW Gilbert Lamb Day – April 18th
‘Like’ Cup Match on the Greens: Golf Tournament – April 19th
Echo Launch Party – April 19th
**NEW The Big Calypso at The Reefs – starts April 19th
Easter Brunch at Beau Rivage – April 20th
**NEW Easter Brunch at Cafe Lido – April 20th
BHI Hospitality Month (West End) – April 21st to 27th
Annual Peppercorn Ceremony – April 23rd
**NEW Forgiveness is Freedom – 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
**NEW Middle School Party: We Just Want To Party – April 26th
CMS 5K Walk/Run – April 27th
**NEW Bermuda Open Karate Championships & Wellness Show – April 27th
**NEW The Big Chill at Bone Fish – starts April 30th
**NEW The Glass Onion Band at Bone Fish Bar & Grill – starts May 1st
The Big Chill at Sea Breeze – returns May 2nd
Catlin End-to-End – May 3rd
**NEW 22nd Annual Corporate Volleyball Tournament – May 10th
**NEW The Garden Club of Bermuda’s Open Houses and Gardens: A May Wedding – May 10th
Mother’s Day Brunch at Beau Rivage – May 11th
**NEW The Big Calypso at The Frog & Onion Pub – starts May 11th
St. George’s in Bloom Competition – May 11th to 18th
Relay for Life Bermuda – May 30th and 31st
**NEW The Big Chill at Cambridge Beaches – starts June 1st
**NEW Bermuda Toastmasters Awards Banquet – June 21st
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
Sky Gazer by Alan Smith – May 30th to June 11th
**NEW Treasure Island – July 11th to August 13th
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 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
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Enjoy the rest of the week!