February 25th, 2015: Bermuda Events Update
Well, we’re almost at the end of this short month – isn’t it nice that it’s almost payday already? I also detect slight hints of Spring in the air – the evenings are definitely getting lighter already and the clocks go forward in less than 2 weeks! The Bermuda calendar is also filling up with lots of great events so check out what’s coming up:
Enjoy a story of hope, love, and the power of theatre as the Saltus Grammar School Secondary Department presents their own production of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good from Thursday, February 26th until Saturday, February 28th.
This Olivier Award winning play is about a very dark period in British history. Set in Australia in 1787, the play explores the lives of the British convicts who were sent there as punishment for their crimes, and captures the lives of the Royal Marines whose job it was to maintain order and build the first British colony. Bermuda’s dockyard was, in part, built by British convicts on their way to Australia in the 1800s; therefore, the play offers a fascinating link with Bermuda’s international colonial past.
Showtime will be at 7pm in Alumni Hall each evening.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, and are available from Saltus Reception by calling 292-6177.
Lovers of art and music, join Bermuda National Gallery for a memorable experience at their Art of Music Series, starting Friday, February 20th.
In partnership with Gosling’s and the Bermuda Tourism Authority, every Friday between 5pm and 7pm, you can unwind after a busy week with art, music, good people and good times. This will run weekly until April 24th, with the exception of Good Friday.
Each week will have a different guest performer. February 20th will feature Miles Manders playing solo saxophone jazz tunes while February 27th will feature the string ensemble Tiffany Fox and Friends. On March 6th, you will hear New Orleans style jazz tunes from Major Barrett Dill and the Blues Beat Band with Steve Crawford on Spanish classical guitar on March 13th. March 20th will have guest performer Gavin Smith on acoustic guitar and March 27th will feature Mike “Uncle Elvis” Hind playing an eclectic range of songs from romance to pop. On April 10th, you can hear Ron Lightbourne on keyboard, Joy Barnum and Friends on April 17th and some R&B and jazz from Gita Blakeney-Saltus on April 24th.
Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for non-members, which includes one complimentary drink. Tickets available for purchase at Bermuda National Gallery, City Hall.
For more information, contact 295-9428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Excitement is on the agenda at the Clocktower Mall with family activities planned every Sunday during 2015.
Sundays in Dockyard began on Sunday, February 22nd and from 1pm until 5pm, there is an all-day children’s fun castle by Playgames Entertainment. The fun castle will be a one-day charge of $5 so children can enjoy the entire time bouncing around to their hearts’ content.
From noon until 4pm, Den and Ken will entertain everyone with an interactive live Puppet show where you may bring your cameras and take family photos. Bermy Kids Puppets will also be available for sale.
In addition, they will also have face painting, glitter tattoos, hot dogs, cotton candy and popcorn being vended every Sunday, with special promotions and weekly draws for Mall shoppers.
Keep your eyes peeled for the Easter Sunday activities, including an Easter Egg Hunt, games with small prizes, an outdoor movie, and a Cod Fish Cake Competition with prizes for the Amateur or Professional Chef categories. The Cod Fish Cake Competition is free to enter and the entry form can be downloaded here. Four cakes should be submitted on round paper plates prior to 12.15pm to be eligible for the competition at Clocktower Mall and the form should be completed and placed in a sealed numbered envelope prior to judging. Three prizes are awarded in each category and judging criteria are 10 points for presentation and 10 points for taste.
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Visualize your trip around the world as you meet other singles from across the globe in one night at the International Singles Event at Coco Reef Resort on Saturday, February 28th.
From 9pm until 11pm, they promise that happiness will be in the air and the atmosphere nice. Sophisticated singles will be in attendance, and the live band will set the mood for you to mingle and have a good time. There will also be complimentary champagne and appetizers, fun ice breakers, prizes, and live music.
Tickets are $50 at the door.
For more information, contact Odiva at 704-7555.
Heineken and Smirnoff in association with Wild Apache Promotions presents Puss n Boots: The 5 Year Anniversary at Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club on Saturday, February 28th.
From 10pm, King Jyrus and DJ Jim Brown will be playing the best in old and new soca, reggae, hip hop, and top 40. This event is sponsored by Heineken, Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker and you can expect 200 free drinks from these sponsors, as well as special prizes courtesy of Jazzy Boutique.
Admission is $20, or $10 for ladies in boots before midnight.
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Support cancer care in Bermuda by participating in the 27th Annual PALS Walk on Sunday, March 1st.
This is the organisation’s key annual fundraiser, with contributed funds donated to medical care, equipment and supplies for cancer patients who are in need of support. The Walk pledges enable five PALS nurses to make thousands of home visits annually at no charge, as well as provide a large array of medical equipment.
The walk route is a total of 15 miles from Dockyard to Albuoy’s Point. Participants may register as individuals or teams. A free ferry to Dockyard will leave Hamilton Ferry Terminal at 7am and the walk will begin at 7.30am. A certificate of participation will be presented at Albuoy’s Point.
Kit collection will take at the PALS office on 18 Point Finger Road in Paget between February 25th and 27th from noon to 4pm and February 28 from 9am to noon.
The fee is $25, or $15 for participants aged 15 and younger.
Walkers must be registered before the day of the event and may submit the registration form and fee online at www.pals.bm (Select: Make Donation, Fund Raising, Sponsored Walk), at the PALS Office until February 25th (weekdays, from 10am to 5pm), or at Washington Mall (February 23rd to 27th, 11am to 2pm). Entrants can collect forms at the Sportseller in Washington Mall until February 25th
For more information, visit www.pals.bm.
The Hamilton Parish Community is holding a Railway Trail Discovery Fun Run and Walk on Sunday, March 1st, starting at 9.30am for the runners and 9.45am for the walkers.
The starting point will be at the Duck’s Puddle near the Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club entrance to the trail and heading west to Crawl Hill and back. The distance is a 5km round trip and you can go for as long as you like.
Refreshments will be provided at the Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club.
This is a real community event and you are invited to come and enjoy this fantastic part of Bermuda.
There is no fee for participation but donations to the Hamilton Parish Council Scholarship Fund are encouraged. Donations can be made on the day or on www.hamiltonparish.bm.
For more information, contact Dennis Cherry on 505-4721, 705-4721 or BermudaD66@gmail.com.
Find a great Summer camp for your children at the Saltus Summer Camp Fair on Friday, March 6th.
From 5pm until 7pm at Saltus Junior School Hall, there will be over 20 local and oversea camps coming to show you the best Bermuda has to offer.
Admission is free and this event is open to all.
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Raising funds for two local charities, the International Women’s Club of Bermuda (IWC) presents Bermuda: An Everyday Life, an exhibit of over 70 works of art donated by IWC members and friends on display at ACE Gallery on Woodbourne Avenue.
The opening reception will be on Friday, March 6th from 5.30pm until 7.30pm and all works will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit local charities Phenomenal People and Kaleidoscope.
The exhibit runs until March 20th and the Gallery is open from 10am until 2pm, Monday to Friday. Admission is free.
For more information, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.iwcbda.com.
Join Discovery Wines at Mad Hatters for a Five-Course Tasting Dinner prepared by Chef Ben Jewett, with expertly paired wines from Elk Cove Vineyards at 6.30pm on Friday, March 6th.
An award-winning winery, Elk Cove wines have recently received a tremendous amount of notoriety with their Pinot Noirs gaining high rankings in Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast including the 2012 Mount Richmond Pinot Noir (94 Points Wine Spectator), 2012 Five Mountain Pinot Noir (94 Points Wine Spectator), 2012 Roosevelt Pinot Noir (95 Points Wine Enthusiast), 2012 La Bohème Pinot Noir (93 Points Wine Spectator), 2012 Clay Court Pinot Noir (92 Points Wine Spectator) and Wine and Spirits 2013 Winery Of The Year. All of these wines are available for purchase at Discovery Wines.
Elk Cove also does an excellent job at producing white wines which will be featured at the dinner.
The cost is $125 per person.
For more information, or to make a reservation, contact Mad Hatters at 297-6231.
Join A.S. Cooper & Sons Ltd. for a Spring-inspired Fashion and Beauty Event showcasing all of the hottest trends in Ladies Apparel and Beauty on Thursday, March 12th.
From 6pm until 8pm at the Reid Street entrance, the event will feature Bobbi Brown international makeup artist, Biotherm and Clarins skin consultantations along with specialty Dorfman hat fittings. Enjoy sips and sweets while you watch a fashion show of their new Spring arrivals.
The first 25 customers to arrive will receive a free goodie bag. Book an appointment with their personal shopper and receive 10% off your next purchase of $100 or more in Ladies Apparel or Cosmetics & Fragrance.
For more information, or to RSVP, contact email@example.com.
Foodies, rejoice, as the City of Hamilton will host the 4th Annual City Food Festival from Monday, March 16th to Saturday, March 21st.
Sample from some of Bermuda’s finest dining establishment, watch local chefs to compete in a canapé competition, and enjoy a day of cultural food delights in a festive atmosphere for both families and the distinguished food lovers alike.
The Chef Competition kicks off the week of events with two preliminary rounds taking place on Monday, March 16th and Wednesday, March 18th from 5.30pm until 8.30pm at Bermuda Gas. Each chef’s name will be randomly drawn from a box for night selection, with a maximum of five chefs participating per night. The winner from each night will advance to the finals taking place at the Street Festival on March 21st. All Chefs will be tasked with preparing three distinctly different canapés from a box of ingredients. The list of ingredients will be provided to the chefs five (5) days prior and the actual ingredients will be provided 48 hours in advance. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $35 per event or you can buy a passport for $60 for entry to both (March 16th and 18th) and available from www.pTix.bm. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to sample the chef’s creations while enjoying complimentary signature beverages provided by Gosling’s, additional hors d’oeuvres and entry into a raffle draw for great prizes.
From 5.30pm until 7.30pm on Friday, March 20th, you can enjoy a Gosling’s Wine Tasting at the Gosling’s Wine Cellar, 9 Dundonald Street. Wines are quite complex and exhibit various characteristics which change according to the glassware they are served in. During the tasting, you will explore a variety of red and white wines while learning and understanding wine tasting notes. Tickets are $100, which includes a four piece Riedel stemware set, and are available from www.pTix.bm.
The finale will be the City Food Festival from 3pm until 9pm in City Hall Car Park on Saturday, March 21st. Participating in the street festival is a cross section of restaurants, caterers, and food-related companies to create an unforgettable food tasting experience. More than a two dozen restaurants and bars island-wide will be featured, offering a wide variety of foods and specialty drinks. There will be multiple food demonstrations, fun-filled food competitions for the public to participate in, as well as the City Food Festival Chef Competition finals taking place live at the event. Come out and explore samplings of some of Bermuda’s finest restaurants and bars as they showcase their skills. An exciting day of activities is promised and residents and visitors alike are encouraged to come out and experience the City Food Festival. Tickets are $40 for a booklet of 8 food and 2 drinks tickets, or $5 for single tickets.
All tickets are available online at www.pTix.bm.
Direct from Harvard, the legendary Hasty Pudding Theatricals will be returning to Bermuda once again to perform their unique brand of student-written theatre (kind of like pantomime for grown-ups with an all-male cast).
This is their 167th production and the show, Oops! Madrid It Again, will run from Wednesday, March 18th until Friday, March 20th at the Earl Cameron Theatre at City Hall.
Showtime is at 8pm nightly.
Tickets are $30 and available from www.BDAtix.com.
Enjoy an entertaining evening of laughter this Easter weekend at the Live Love Laugh Comedy Show at the Fairmont Southampton on Saturday, April 4th.
Doors open at 8pm, with showtime at 9pm. International comedians Tony Roberts, April Macie, and Mark Viera will be performing and the event will be hosted by Bermuda’s own funny man Jah.
Admission is $55 regular or $65 for VIPs. Tickets are on sale at Fairmont Southampton, Secrets, Audio Visual (both Somerset and Hamilton locations) and Music Box.
There is limited availability for VIP Packages, which include preferred seating, reserved table upfront and personal with the comedians, All Access Pass celebrity-style, Live Love Laugh photograph section and autographed DVD.
This event is rated M for Mature Audience and special room rates and dinner packages are also available.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those of you who love olde worlde-style pomp and circumstance, take note – the Annual Peppercorn Ceremony for this year will be on Wednesday, April 22nd.
During this ceremony, the Governor will will receive the Annual Rent of one peppercorn for the State House from the Master of Lodge St. George and then will hold a meeting of the Governor’s Council, attended by the Premier and Cabinet Ministers.
This quaint tradition includes lots of period costumes, military uniforms, a parade and a horse-drawn carriage, all helping transport you back to 1815 when the ceremony first started. As usual, the Governor will arrive at King’s Square at the very precise time of 10.58am.
For more details, see the Facebook Page here.
Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events
Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts – January 23rd to March 8th
Winter Reading Escape: BNL Winter Reading Programme – January 26th to March 13th
Chef’s Table at The Reefs – February 25th
Sandys Parish Community Meeting – February 26th
**UPDATED Mary Celestia: The Perfume – February 26th
**NEW Saltus Grammar School: Our Country’s Good – February 26th to 28th
Art Walk 2015: Carnival of Light – February 27th
Advocate For Arts Education By Artist Dany Pen – February 27th
The Continental Society of Bermuda: Martinis and More – February 27th
Celebrate the Night – February 28th
MSA 125 Gala Celebration – February 28th
Return Fete 2015 Featuring Lyrikal – February 28th
**NEW International Singles Event – February 28th
**NEW Puss n Boots: The 5 Year Anniversary – February 28th
Dancing for Birth Training: The Missing Link for Birth Professionals – February 28th and March 1st
**NEW P.A.L.S. 27th Annual Sponsored Walk – March 1st
**NEW Hamilton Parish Railway Trail Discovery Fun Run and Walk – March 1st
Lunch & Learn Series: Instagram 101 – March 3rd
Pottery Workshops: Sculpting – starts March 5th
Bermuda National Trust Auction and Jumble Sale – March 5th to 7th
Pottery Workshops: Handbuilding – starts March 6th
**NEW Saltus Summer Camp Fair – March 6th
**NEW Elk Cove Wine Dinner – March 6th
Pottery Workshops: Throwing – starts March 7th
Beginner’s Yoga 12-week Course – starts March 7th
**NEW Spring Festival of Fashion & Beauty – March 12th
Bermuda Triple Challenge: Urban Foot Race – March 13th
St. Baldrick’s Head-Shave – March 13th
Bermuda Triple Challenge: Island Challenge – March 14th
2015 KPMG Round the Grounds Junior Running Race – March 15th
Bermuda Triple Challenge: Royal Challenge – March 15th
Orchid Spa 2015 Wedding Expo – March 15th
**NEW City Food Festival – March 16th to 21st
**NEW Hasty Pudding Theatricals: Oops! Madrid It Again – March 18th to 20th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Lehár’s The Merry Widow – March 21st
The Second Last Supper – March 26th to 28th
Duel of the Ages – March 27th
BUEI Holiday Camps: Dabble in the Deep I – starts March 30th
MMA Retreat Weekend with Mark Hominick – April 3rd to 5th
**NEW Live Love Laugh Comedy Show – April 4th
BUEI Holiday Camps: Dabble in Prehistoric Seas – starts April 6th
Zoom Around the Sound – April 11th
**NEW Annual Peppercorn Ceremony – April 22nd
BUEI presents An Underwater Extravaganza – April 25th
Relay For Life 2015 – May 29th and 30th
Harbour Nights – restarts June 3rd
Charman Prize Entry Deadline – June 25th
Current Exhibits at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art
Plein Air Pop-Up – February 6th to 25th
Tucker Sisters: Under the Yellow Flag – until February 25th
Exhibits at Bermuda Society of Arts – February 27th to March 18th
Bermuda Annual Schools Art Show: Primary Schools
**NEW International Women’s Club of Bermuda presents Bermuda: An Everyday Life Charity Art Exhibition and Sale – March 6th to 20th
Exhibits at Bermuda Society of Arts – March 20th to April 8th
Bermuda Annual Schools Art Show: Middle and Senior Schools
Enjoy the rest of the week!