May 13th, 2015: Bermuda Events Update

Morning Boys and Girls!


Wow, it’s getting busy in Bermuda!  Here’s the latest update – it’s a bit of a bumper edition this week, so enjoy:


0513 Cultural Connections with Dr Kuni Frith

Celebrate Heritage Month at the Bermuda National Library as they host Cultural Connections with Dr Kuni Frith on Wednesday, May 13th.

At 6pm, Dr Frith will give a lecture and presentation on the Islamic Arabic Golden Age of Medicine and its Influences on Modern Folk Medicine Globally and in Bermuda.

This event is free but space is limited.

For more information, contact Kenisha Shakir at or 296-1297 ext 234.



0513 Dramatico Spring Festival

The Sandys Secondary Middle School Music Department presents their Dramatico: Spring Festival on Wednesday, May 13th.

Under the direction of Sheldon Fox II, the concert will start at 6.30pm in the Sandys Secondary Middle School Amphitheatre.

Tickets are $20 for Patrons, $10 for adults and $3 for students.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, or from Sandys Secondary on 234-1346.


0513 Bermuda Arts and Crafts Fair

With Harbour Nights not starting until June, many of the vendors have joined together to hold their own event in May, with support from BTA.

The Bermuda Arts & Crafts Fair will run from 7pm until 10pm in the #5 Car Park on Front Street, every Wednesday in May.

This is a great opportunity to shop for interesting and unique items while supporting your local artists and craft people. There is a DJ for musical entertainment and the Gombeys will perform from 7.30pm until 8pm.

The last Wednesday of the month, The Beating of the Retreat will be performed on Front Street from 9pm until 9.45pm.

For more information, contact Lorna Smith at 297-3600 or


0514 Rights Arousing Conscious Empowerment

Join award winning poet Melodye VanPutten for an evening of poetry as she reads from her new book, Rights Arousing Conscious Empowerment: RACE- Poetry in the Black, on Thursday, May 14th.

This will take place at 6pm at Bermuda National Library and books will be available for purchase at a cost of $25.

This event is free and all are welcome.

For more information, contact Kenisha Shakir at or 296-1297 ext 234.


0514 Planet Madagascar

Come and experience the marvels of Madagascar, whilst learning about the environmental and social issues plaguing this beautiful island and how they are being resolved, as BUEI and BAMZ present Planet Madagascar by Travis Steffens on Thursday, May 14th and Tuesday, May 19th.

Get your passports ready as they promise that you’ll want to head over to Madagascar after experiencing this exciting presentation. Alternatively, you can find a a taste of Madagascar right here in Bermuda if you visit the Madagascar exhibit at Bermuda’s Aquarium, Museum & Zoo (BAMZ).

The lecture itself will start at 7.30pm and Harbourfront are offering a 10% discount to anyone dining there before or after the event. Reservations are available from 5pm for the sushi bar and the full menu will be available from 6pm – please mention the lecture when booking to avail of the discount. This cannot be combined with any other offers.

Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and available by calling 294-0204 or visiting Oceans Gift Shop at BUEI.


0515 Surf andTurf Friday Buffet

Promising to satisfy every taste bud, Grotto Bay Beach Resort’s weekly Friday evening Surf and Turf Buffet starts on Friday, May 15th.

From 6.30pm until 9.30pm at the Bayside Grilll, you can enjoy assorted sushi rolls, mussels, clams, fresh lobster tail, beef skewers, barbeque chicken and local mahi mahi. This vast selection of delectable dishes, which will leave you no choice but to return for second and third plates, will also be complemented by live entertainment.

The cost is $69 per person, plus 17% grats, and reservations are required.

For more information, or to make a reservation, contact 293-8333 ext 1944.


0516 KBB Cleanup Day

You are encouraged to team up to clean up for Keep Bermuda Beautiful’s annual island-wide Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 16th.

From 9am until noon, you can enjoy the great outdoors, while making a difference. As an added incentive, students will receive community service hours.

To register your team, select a location, and collect your bags and gloves, contact Anne Hyde at KBB on 295-5142 or



0315 Car Boot Sale

Grab a bargain at the Peace Lutheran Church’s Car Boot Sale on Saturday, May 16th.

This will run from 9am until 2pm and promises lots of bargains on clothes, shoes, bags/purses, toys, CDs and DVDs, household items, jewellery and lots more.

For more information, contact Carol Carvalho on 747-3377



0315 Car Boot Sale

St. Anthony’s Church are hosting a Car Boot Sale on Saturday, May 16th.

This will run from 9am until 2pm, and you can also find Portuguese donuts and light lunch for sale.

Spots for the car boot sale are available at $25, which includes a table.

For more information, or to book a spot, contact Patricia Schrah at 505-0702 or


0516 Car Boot Sale

Support Relay for Life 2015 by visiting Team Survivor Camp’s Car Boot Sale on Saturday, May 16th.

From 9.30am until 2.30pm in the Church of Christ parking lot, opposite Lindo’s in Devonshire, you can shop lots of bargains on clothing, shoes and miscellaneous household and other items including baby items.

Proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life Bermuda

For more information, contact Carol at 737-1309.


0516 Bermuda Red Cross Quiz Night

Get a team together of 4-6 and enjoy a night of facts, fun and food with friends at the Bermuda Red Cross Quiz Night on Saturday, May 16th.

This will take place at the Swizzle Inn, Bailey’s Bay, and will include a 3 course dinner at 7pm before the quiz starts.

The cost is $60 per person, including dinner, and proceeds will benefit Bermuda Red Cross’ Disaster Risk Reduction Programme.

For more information, or to book tickets, contact 236-8253 ext 223 or


0517 Upstairs Closet Spring Fling

Calling all bargain-hunting fashionistas, Bermuda Red Cross invite you to shop ’til you drop at the Thrift Shop Upstairs Closet Spring Fling on Sunday, May 17th.

From 2pm until 5pm above the Bermuda Red Cross Office on Berry Hill Road, a fun afternoon is planned, with live models, raffles, and great prices.

There is no admission fee.

For more information, contact Suzanne at


Bermuda Docs

The May edition of the Bermuda Docs Weekend Film Series will be at BUEI on Sunday, May 17th with the documentary Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South showing at 3pm.

This is a documentary about a group of world-class researchers in a race to understand climate change in the fastest winter-warming place on earth: the West Antarctic Peninsula. Trekking through dangerous and uncharted landscape, these scientists push the limits of their research and come to terms with the sacrifices necessary to understand this rapidly changing world.

This will be followed at 5.15pm by Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd. Bermuda resident Uyghur Khalil Mamut features prominently in this documentary about three of the 22 Uyghurs who were held at the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay.

Tickets are $15 and available at Oceans Gift Shop or by phoning 294-0204.

More details on the films can be found at


0521 Colonial Pensions Investment Seminar

As part of their mission to provide continuous education and information to their members, as well as the general public, Colonial Pension Services will be hosting an Investment Seminar / Lunch and Learn on Thursday, May 21st.

From 1pm in the Anglican Cathedral Church Hall on Church Street, they will focus on the specific needs of those individuals aged between 20 and 45 through an investment seminar presented by MFS Investment Managers.

There is no entry fee and lunch will be provided.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact


0522 UberVida Mini Cruises

Enjoy Happy Hour on the water with ever-changing views on UberVida’s Mini Cruises from Friday, May 22nd.

Every Friday throughout the summer, you can enjoy the sunset in style aboard two elegant cocktail cruises through Paradise Lakes. The boat will depart #1 Dock on Front Street, in # Car Park across from Pickled Onion. The first cruise departs at 6pm returning at 7.30pm, and then again at 8pm returning at 9.30pm.

While on board, you can expect a full bar, with bottle service available. Cash and credit cards are both accepted.

There is no cover charge and the dress code is smart casual.  Cruises will run weekly until the end of October.

For more information, contact UberVida at 236-2222.


0522 Ibiza

Love the UberVida Mini Cruises but looking for something a little livelier? Then you’ll love the Ibiza Dance Party on Fridays from May 22nd.

This 90 minute party cruise will feature electronic dance music DJ Siid James playing the big names, including Tiesto, Major Lazer, and Hardwell, to name a few, as well as the latest underground beats.

The boat will depart #1 Dock on Front Street at 10pm returning at 11.30pm.

While on board, you can expect a full bar, with bottle service available. Cash and credit cards are both accepted.

There is no cover charge and the dress code is smart casual. Cruises will run weekly until the end of October.

For more information, contact UberVida at 236-2222.


0523 Onion Day

Celebrating the reason why Bermudians are known as Onions, Onion Day is a heritage month event on Saturday, May 23rd at Carter House, Southside, St David’s.

From 10am until 4pm, you can sample the Bermuda Onion, with an 18th century cooking demonstration by Joe Gibbons and a Farmer’s stand.

Soups, sandwiches and other items will be available for sale, including the St. David’s Calendar 2016 at a cost of $12. There will be a prize for the biggest onion.

Admission is free.

For more information, contact Ronnie Chameau on 292-1387 or 534-9716, or Rick Spurling on 297-1953 or


0523 Bermuda Day BBQ

Kick off your Bermuda Day celebrations with Discovery Wines’ Annual Bermuda Day BBQ on Saturday, May 23rd.

From 6pm at the DW Warehouse on Bakery Lane, Mike Pantry from Char Baby BBQ will be grilling up his local favourites and, of course, the selection of wines for the evening will be fantastic. This unmissable event will also feature a special performance by Gombey Warriors, as well as opportunities to win tons of great prizes.

Tickets are $99 per person and are available from

For more information, contact or 296-WINE (9463).


0527 Beating of the Retreat

Enjoy some traditional pomp and circumstance as the Regiment Band joins the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band in performing a Beating of the Retreat Ceremony on Front Street on Wednesday, May 27th.

The Beating of the Retreat Ceremony, in its earliest form, was simply a drummers’ call. The Drum Major and his men would march around the camp or city streets playing drum taps to warn soldiers that it was time to return to their billets, put out their fires and go to bed. This performance was known as the retreat and many regretted that they did not heed the drummers’ call.

Eventually, a pipe time was added to the drummers’ calls and a more elaborate ceremony emerged. Later on, bugle calls were added and the parade evolved into the present day Beating of the Retreat Ceremony.

The massed bands march on, perform separately and then re-mass for the evening hymn and the playing of Sunset, at which the flags are lowered signalling the end of the day. The bands then march past the guest of honour – His Excellency the Governor, the Honourable Premier, Worshipful Mayors, et al.

The Regiment is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and more information can be found by following the hashtag #BR50.

For more information, contact or call the BR50 Office on 238-3880.


0530 Evening of Gospel Jazz

The Senior Choir of St. Philip AME Church presents An Evening of Gospel Jazz on Saturday, May 30th.

From 7pm, you are invited to join Presiding Elder Rev. Betty L. Furbert-Woolridge, Pastor and a variety of special guest performers.

Tickets are $20 for Patrons or $10 for general admission.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Barbara Smith on 236-1132 or Andrea Robinson 292-6097 for tickets.


0527 BMDS Sister Act

A reason to rejoice, as the latest production from the Bermuda Musical & Dramatic Society (BMDS) will be Sister Act: The Musical, running from Wednesday, May 27th until Saturday, June 6th.

Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy smash based on the hit 1992 film that has audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by TONY and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty And The Beast, Little Shop Of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for 5 TONY Awards including Best Musical. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood.

This sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship is filled with powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a truly moving story. The director/choreographer for this production will be Albert Cremin and the musical director is Tommy Ray.

There will be 12 performances, including 3 matinees, at Daylesford Theatre. Showtime is at 8pm each evening, except for Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st. The 3pm matinee performances will be on Saturday and Sunday, May 30th and 31st and on Saturday, June 6th.

Tickets are $45 and available from

For more information, visit


0528 Loving Ourselves

Loving ourselves is difficult for so many of us, which is why My Sereni-Tea are hosting Loving Ourselves from The Inside Out on Thursday, May 28th.

Starting at 6.30pm, this two hour workshop will uncover why we find it difficult to love ourselves; why we judge ourselves; how to Love ourselves; getting in touch with our Loving Self; and how to release what holds us back from what we truly want for our selves.

This transforming workshop will consist of a workbook, general discussion and meditation.

Facilitators will be Dr. Bernice White D.M,Rh.D and Deryn Higgins Mh.D CST.

The course fee is $65 and a $20 deposit is required to secure your space.

For more information, or to book your spot, contact 296-2114.


0602 Island Tuesday Buffet

Enjoy a traditional Bermudian BBQ, complete with the cool summer breeze and breathtaking sunsets, at Grotto Bay Beach Resort’s weekly Tuesday Island BBQ Buffet, starting on Tuesday, June 2nd.

From 6.30pm until 9.30pm at the Bayside Grilll, you can feast at an extensive salad bar complete with a Bermudian themed grilling station and a selection of homemade desserts.There will also be live entertainment.

The cost is $52 per person, plus 17% grats, and reservations are required.

For more information, or to make a reservation, contact 293-8333 ext 1944.


0604 Beginners Yoga

Starting Thursday, June 4th at 5.30pm, The Yoga Centre on Victoria Street is offering a 2-part, 12-week Beginners Yoga Course for those who are new to yoga or with limited experience and practice.

The course is designed to provide the basic principles of Yoga beneficial for safe and renewed practice; introduce alternate options for various body types; and develop awareness and build confidence in the practice of yoga specific to individual student needs. The course prepares students for Beginners 2 and multi-level walk-in classes.

The cost is $260.

For information, or to register, call 295-7525 or email


0605 Late Nite Catechism

MSA’s 125th Anniversary celebrations continue with a Happy Hour and Show, sponsored by the MSA Alumni Association. For one night only, the highly acclaimed theatre show Late Nite Catechism will light up the stage in the MSA Auditorium on Friday, June 5th.

The show that the New York Times calls, ‘hilarious, well-written and inspired’ has been thrilling crowds for more than 20 years all over the US and Canada. It promises to be interactive fun, “whether you spent 12 years in Catholic school, or think a Hail Mary is only a football pass”.

Doors open for the pre-show Happy Hour at 6.30pm, with showtime at 8pm.

Patron tickets are $75 and general tickets are $48. Patron tickets include preferred seating and one free drink during Happy Hour. Preferred seating includes the first three rows and the balcony. Tickets are available from

For more information, contact Karen Marsh at or Elaine Kelly at


0607 Holistic Fair

Another opportunity to explore alternative therapies and lifestyles as ​Face & Body and My Sereni-Tea Holistic Centre present their next Holistic Fair on Sunday, June 7th.

From noon until 5pm on the 2nd and 4th floors of the Bermudiana Arcade, you can enjoy shopping and mini sessions from local practitioners for $1 per minute.

Featured practitioners and vendors will include Margaret Atwood (Brennan Healing Science), Dr. Karen Simons (Jin Shin and Magnetic Cupping), Nim Thipchan (Thai Massage & Indian Head Massage), Fiona Couper Smith (Reflexology), Carla Edwards (Reiki), Face & Body (mani/pedis), Judith Baum (Angel Readings and Jewellery), Sara Lane Goddess Gems, Chapman Jewelry Designs, All Things Sassy Pet Boutique (Holistic Pet Food and Treats), East Meets West, and many more.

For more information, contact or 296-2114.


0607 Allied World Community Day

Bermuda’s families are invited to discover the joy of volunteering for local charities in an afternoon of fun, food, games, entertainment and prizes at the Allied World Family Community Day on Sunday, June 7th.

From 1pm until 5pm, the Allied World Family Community Day offers an opportunity for families to come together and give. Children learn compassion and community awareness and together, families are building the foundation for volunteerism through the next generation.

MC for the day will be Nikita Robinson of HOTT107.5 and activities will include a fun castle, photo booth and face painting along with fun games, tug-of-war, musical chairs and even an egg and spoon race. Entertainment will be provided by the Gombeys and DJ Siid James.

The event is entirely free to registered families and is a great opportunity for families to spend quality time together while making a difference in our community.

Family volunteers are required to sign up by May 30th by emailing Jenice at Families will be sent the list of charity projects being offered and can select the charity they would like to assist. Projects are assigned on a first come (sign up) first serve basis.


This year’s Queen’s Birthday Parade will be augmented by a spectacular Trooping of the Colours on Saturday, June 13th.

The Trooping is an ancient military ceremony with complex drill movements performed by the soldiers. It dates back to the early eighteenth century or earlier when the colours or flags of the battalion were carried or trooped down the ranks so that they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers. The Trooping is a rare event, only the fourth time in the Regiment’s 50 years. The Regiment is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and more information can be found by following the hashtag #BR50.

Given the space required for such a spectacle, the parade will take place at the Bermuda National Sports Centre. Gates will open at 9am and the parade will start at 10am.

The parade is free and open to the general public.

For more information, contact or call the BR50 Office on 238-3880.


0626 3 Day Retreat for Focus and Clarity

Enjoy an amazing and inspiring weekend as April Godfrey, a holistic health and wellness coach and dance teacher, is hosting a 3 Day Retreat for Focus and Clarity at Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa from Friday, June 26th to Sunday, June 28th.

This reboot promises to help you to start the summer fresh with three days of plant-based foods prepared by the amazing chefs at The Cambridge Beach Resort and Spa and Yoga instructed by two of the best yoga instructors in Bermuda. There will also be workshops on setting goals and achieving them, individual nutritional consultations to find your own specific nutritional needs, and body treatments at the peaceful and relaxing Spa at Cambridge Beaches. Outdoor workouts, customised to suit every fitness level, and 2 nights stay are also all included in this deluxe spa retreat package.

The cost is $1500 per person, which includes everything mentioned. Pre-sign up is necessary.

For more information, or to sign up, contact April Godfrey at










Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events

For a handy Calendar view, click here to go to the Bermuda Calendar section:


6th Annual Corporate Charity Football Tournament – April 21st to May 19th

Spanish Wine Tasting Dinner – May 13th

**NEW  Bermuda Cultural Connections with Dr Kuni Frith: The Islamic Arabic Golden Age of Medicine and its Influences on Modern Folk Medicine Globally and in Bermuda – May 13th

**NEW  Dramatico: Spring Festival – May 13th

Insurance Industry Awards – May 14th

**NEW  Rights Arousing Conscious Empowerment:  RACE – Poetry in the Black – May 14th

**NEW  Planet Madagascar – May 14th

2015 Writer-in-Residence Programme on Poetry Deadline – May 15th

The Big Chill at Sea Breeze – starts May 15th

Bermuda National Gallery’s PartnerRe Art Lecture Series Featuring Dr. Lisa Farrington – A Triumph of Spirit: Haitian Art and Religion – May 15th

R4L Wine Tasting Fundraiser at CFBDA – May 15th

**NEW  Grotto Bay’s Surf and Turf Buffet – starts May 15th

Metropolitan Opera in HD: Rossini’s La Donna del Lago – May 16th

Le Diner En Rose – May 16th

Charity Jumble Sale  – May 16th

Somersfield Spring Fair – May 16th

International Luncheon – May 16th

**NEW  KBB National Cleanup Day – May 16th

**NEW  Peace Lutheran Church’s Car Boot Sale – May 16th

**NEW  St. Anthony’s Church Car Boot Sale – May 16th

**NEW  Team Survivor Camp’s Car Boot Sale – May 16th

**NEW  Bermuda Red Cross Quiz Night – May 16th

The Warrant Officers & Sergeants’ Mess Gatorade 5-Mile Breakfast Run, 3-Mile Fun Walk and 10-Mile Duathlon – May 17th

Historical Heartbeats – Turning Points: Island of the Great Sound – May 17th

**NEW  Thrift Shop Upstairs Closet Spring Fling – May 17th

**NEW  Bermuda Docs Weekend Film Series: Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South at Weekend Film Series and Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd – May 17th

**NEW  Planet Madagascar – May 19th

**NEW  Colonial Pensions Investment Seminar / Lunch and Learn – May 21st

**NEW  UberVida’s Mini Cruises – starts May 22nd

**NEW  UberVida’s Ibiza – starts May 22nd

Capturing the Beauty of Birds Workshop – May 23rd

**NEW  Onion Day – May 23rd

**NEW  Bermuda Day BBQ – May 23rd

**NEW  Beating of the Retreat Ceremony – May 27th

**NEW  BMDS presents Sister Act: The Musical – May 27th to June 6th

**NEW  Loving Ourselves from The Inside Out – May 28th

12th Annual Bermuda Guitar Festival – May 28th to 31st

Alliance Francaise: Concert d’Antan, a Classical Baroque Concert – May 29th

Touch D Deck – May 29th

Relay For Life 2015 – May 29th and 30th

G&S Auditions: The Drowsy Chaperone – May 29th to 31st

Metropolitan Opera in HD: Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana / Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci – May 30th

**NEW  An Evening of Gospel Jazz – May 30th

Lunch & Learn Series: Blogging 101 – June 2nd

**NEW  Grotto Bay’s Island BBQ Buffet – June 2nd

Harbour Nights – restarts June 3rd

**NEW  Beginner’s Yoga 12-Week Course – starts June 4th

**NEW  Late Nite Catechism – June 5th

Bermuda National Trust Spring Soirée – June 6th

You Go Girl Relay – June 7th

**NEW  Holistic Fair – June 7th

**NEW  The Allied World Family Community Day – June 7th

Raleigh Bermuda Graduation/Launch Ceremony – June 10th

Bermuda Heroes Weekend: Bermuda’s First Carnival – June 12th to 15th

**NEW  The Queen’s Birthday Parade and Trooping of the Colours – June 13th

Bermuda Pow Wow 2015: A Celebration of Our Ancestors – June 13th and 14th

Pure:  The 7th Annual All White Party – June 14th

Charman Prize Entry Deadline – June 25th

**NEW  3 Day Retreat for Focus and Clarity – June 26th to 28th

Healthy is Beautiful Camp – starts June 29th

Spicelands Summer Fun Camp – weekly from June 29th to August 31st

Bermuda Gymnastics Summer Camp – weekly from June 29th to September 4th

LIV BDA – July 3rd to 6th

Sportz Mania 2015 Summer Multi-Sport Programmes – start July 4th

Lunch & Learn Series: What is Email Marketing – July 7th




Art Exhibits

Current Exhibits at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art

Karl Struss and the Dawn of Tourism – February 27th to September 30th

Bermuda Arts Centre Exhibit: Doors & Windows – April 26th to May 29th

Bridge House Exhibit: Our History in Hats – March 18th to April 30th

Current Exhibits at Bermuda National Gallery – until June 6th

Highlights from the Young Collection

Marketing Territory: A Focus on Bermuda’s Language

Continuing Exhibitions – Highlights of the BNG Collection

Current Exhibits at Bermuda Society of Arts – May 1st to 20th

Onions Gallery: 2015 Heritage Month Spring Members Show

Edinburgh Gallery: Bermuda’s connection to, and its influence on the fledgling colony of Virginia

Studio A: Craft Show

Studio B: Labors of Love

Lansdown Guilding: A Natural History of Bermuda – May 7th to July 31st





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