May 6th, 2015: Bermuda Events Update

Morning Troops!


Welcome to the first post of May, the month that we can finally get back in the water!  As always, the events calendar heats up along with the weather – here’s the latest on what’s happening in Bermuda:


0506 Saltus Creative Arts Showcase

Check out the talent of some of our local students at Saltus Secondary’s Creative Arts Showcase 2015, which will take place in the Art Gallery on the ground floor of the Gosling Centre on Wednesday, May 6th.

Running from 6pm until 8pm, the show will feature an amazing display of Art and Design Technology work by Saltus Secondary G.C.S.E. and Advanced Placement students.

Parking is available via the main gate off St. John’s Road. The exhibition can be reached via stairs or the elevator in the Gosling Centre, as it is on the field level of that building.

There is no admission fee.

For more information, contact Saltus Reception at 292-6177 or Cynthia Barnes at



0507 Lansdown Guilding

ACE Gallery and the Bermuda National Trust invite you to the opening reception of Lansdown Guilding: A Natural History of Bermuda at 5.30pm on Thursday, May 7th.

The colourful paintings of Bermuda’s marine wildlife are reproduced from an album titled The Natural History of Bermuda by Rev. Lansdown Guilding and are displayed for the first time since they were created in 1831.

The exhibit runs until Friday, July 31st and the Gallery is open from 10am until 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Admission is free.

For more information, or for group arrangements, contact Amy Shillingford at ACE on 295 5200 or


0507 Haunted History

Experience a walking tour like no other at Haunted History in the beautiful Town of St. George’s, starting Thursday, May 7th.

The tour departs King’s Square at 7.30pm and the story-teller will spend around 75 minutes guiding you through the winding alleys and lanes of the olde towne, enthralling you with stories of our famous residents from days of olde. But be aware – your footsteps may just awake those who slumber beneath the ground.

Haunted History will run every Thursday until the end of September.

Tickets are $30, or $25 for those under 16 and over 65, and available from

For more information, visit


0508 Sunsets Bonfire and Bohemia

A new vibe for Happy Hour is coming to the East End as Sunsets, Bonfire and Bohemia at Tobacco Bay will start on Friday, May 8th.

Happy Hour will run from 4pm, so you are invited to kick off your shoes and wind down your week with good music, great times and beach life. As well as food and drink specials, you can enjoy the sunset with live guitar music and a roaring beach bonfire.

There is no cover charge and all are welcome. A beach bus shuttle will run to and from St. George’s.

Sunsets, Bonfire and Bohemia will continue weekly until October.

For more information, contact 705-SAND (7263),, or visit


0508 Slight Discomfort

A funny, touching, warm, inspiring, informative, frank, entertaining play about … Prostate Cancer? BUEI & Bermuda Cancer & Health Centre promise just that as they present A Slight Discomfort by Jeff Metcalf on Friday, May 8th.

BUEI and BCHC, in conjunction with The Waterfront on Pitts Bay, invite you to join them to watch this amazing one-man play. It explores the shared experience of being human and dealing with a crisis with grace and humour. It will take you from laughter to tears, from blushing to bravo, from thought to action, from tragedy to triumph.

From 7pm, a wine reception will be in the main lobby, before the play starts in the Tradewinds Auditorium at 7.30pm.

Harbourfront are offering a 10% discount (food only) 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 and note that it cannot be combined with any other special offers. For dinner reservations call 295-4207.

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


0509 Pop Up Playroom

The Pop Up Playroom will be open at National Sports Centre on Saturday, May 9th.

From 9.30am until 11.30am, there will be a range of soft play equipment providing clean and safe indoor fun for little ones under 5.

This will include a ball pit, dress ups, music, gross motor play area, ride ons and fun with people their own size, with coffee and baked goods available for purchase for the grown ups.

The cost is $15 for one adult and one child, and $5 for each additional walking child.

For more information, visit


0509 Jumble Sale

Grab some bargains while supporting cancer therapy in Bermuda as Team Super Swizzlers are hosting a Jumble Sale on Saturdays May 9th and May 16th.

From 10am until 5pm at Kindley Field Road, St George’s, you can shop ’til you drop, with items for sale including plants, mother’s day gifts, and new and gently used items such as clothing, vases, perfume, books, jewellery, scarves, and handbags. There will also be an ice cream truck and hot dogs available for purchase.

All proceeds will benefit Relay for Life, to support radiation therapy coming to Bermuda.

For more information, contact Colleen English DeGrilla on 521-1453.


0509 Unique Tea Party

Vernon Temple AME Church invite you to join them for a relaxing afternoon at their Unique Tea Party Experience on Saturday, May 9th.

From 2.30pm, you can indulge in a delightful 5 course afternoon tea with all the trimmings, including the traditional scone with clotted cream and jam.

Attendees can also expect entertainment, door prizes and lots more.

The cost is $50 per person.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Vernon Temple at 238-1178 or, or Patty at


0510 Coco Reef Mother's Day

Coco Reef are offering a special Mother’s Day Menu at Cafe Coco on Sunday, May 10th.

Reservations are available from noon until 3pm for lunch and from 7pm until 9pm for dinner. The menu can be viewed here.

The cost is $50 per person and the regular a la carte menu will also be available.

For more information, or reservations, contact 236-5416 or


0510 Testes and Tatas

Relay for Life Team Super Swizzlers is hosting the Testes & Tatas Fundraising Party on Sunday, May 10th.

This will be held at Thyme Restaurant, located at the Club behind Elbow Beach, and will run from 3pm until 7pm. This means that you can attend after brunch or before dinner if you are celebrating Mother’s Day, otherwise it will be a great Sunday afternoon out with friends.

Open to women and men aged 18 and over, the party will feature a pop up table from Cloud9ine Bermuda, make up consults by Christopher Vee, hair consults by Traci, jewellery by Cindy Mitchell, games, raffles, drink specials and great company, all for a good cause.

Entry is a minimum donation of $5. All donations will go towards Relay For Life, to support radiation therapy coming to Bermuda.

For more information, contact Kelly on 531-1532.



The Bermuda Society for the Blind’s (BSFB) monthly information and sharing group, Vision Talk, focuses its May meeting on Adaptations and Accommodations: Know Your Rights In The Workplace And The Community on Monday, May 11th.

This will take place at Beacon House from 6pm. Persons who are vision impaired or blind may require certain adaptations and accommodations for everyday living. They may travel with a white cane or a guide dog, or may need specialized equipment at home, in the workplace, or in a voting booth. Given this, what protections are in place for Bermudians who have lost or are losing sight? For example, what rights does a person who is vision impaired or blind have when taking their guide dog in public places? Does a person who is blind or visually impaired have the right to request specialized equipment to fulfill their job requirements? What assistance are travelers who are vision impaired or blind entitled to on Bermuda’s public buses? Are provisions made when voting to ensure theses individuals have the right of a secret ballot?

Staff from the Human Rights Commission will join us to answer these and many other questions as they explore the rights of a person who is vision impaired or blind in Bermuda.

Vision Talk welcomes anyone who is interested in healthy vision and/or living with vision loss. Adults who are blind or have limited sight, including those who are experiencing a gradual vision loss, are encouraged to attend, as are family, friends, and professionals who support individuals who are blind or vision impaired.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact the Bermuda Society for the Blind at 292-3231.


0515 PartnerRe Lecture with Lisa Harrington

The May edition of the PartnerRe Art Lecture Series will be in the Earl Cameron Theatre at City Hall on Friday, May 15th.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Lisa Farrington, Professor & Founding Chair Emeritus, Department of Art & Music, John Jay College of Criminal Justice / CUNY, speaking on the topic, A Triumph of Spirit: Haitian Art and Religion.

Dr. Lisa Farrington is a returning guest speaker who gave a presentation in 2014 on the topic, The World Before Racism.

This talk will examine the circumstances that made it possible for a rich and complex visual tradition to arise in Haiti during the mid-20th century. Haitian cultural and political history is an integral part of the talk, beginning with the Native Americans who resided on the island before the arrival of Columbus in the 15th century and the remnants of native American Art, home design, culture, and language that continue to influence Haiti today. The discussion includes a critical review of the African slave trade and the Haitian Revolution of the 1790’s, as these events are depicted in 20th century art. Haitian history and religious painting and sculpture will be incorporated into as well the neo-African religion of Vodou and the art and design that is integral to the Voudou ceremony. Those who attend the presentation will enhance their knowledge and understanding of Haitian history, politics, culture and society through art of its people. Haitian religions, Voudou and Catholicism, will be viewed critically with an eye for their similarities (and the commonalities these religions share with other world religions), and with the ultimate purpose of dispelling the mythology surrounding Voudou.

The reception will be from 5.30pm, followed by the lecture itself at 6pm.

The cost is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact or 295-9428.


0515 R4L Wine Tasting

Kicking off CrossFitBDA’s fundraising events for participation in Relay For Life, the events committee has organized a Wine Tasting Fundraiser on Friday, May 15th.

Sponsored by Two Rock Wines, this event will run from 7pm until 9pm at CrossFitBDA.

Tickets are $50 per person and available from or cash at the door. All proceeds raised will be donated to Relay For Life.

For more information, contact or


0516 Somersfield Spring Fair

Enjoy all the fun of the fair as Somersfield Academy invite you to their Spring Fair on Saturday, May 16th.

From 10am until 4pm, there will also be live entertainment all day, with attractions including a mega slide, melt down, kiddie land, Pitster Pro inflatable fun track, bouncy castle obstacle combo, new Fair games, train rides, an art tent, cotton candy, popcorn, and more.

There is no entry fee and all are welcome.

For more information, contact Alison Kempe at


0516 International Luncheon

Miracle Temple Church encourage you to come share in the food and culture of our community’s heritage at their International Luncheon on Saturday May 16th.

This will run from 12.30pm until 3.30pm in the Miracle Temple Church Yard, and cuisines will include Jamaican, American, Bermudian, Indian, African, Portuguese and others.

Tickets are $10 per person, which includes 5 cuisine samples from 5 different countries.

For more information, contact


0529 Touch D Deck

Enjoy those sweet soca sounds at Touch D Deck on Darrell’s Island on Friday, May 29th.

From 7pm until 2am, international soca stars Erphaan Alves and Nadia Batson, direct from Trinidad and Tobago, will be performing live, alongside Trinidad DJs Back 2 Basic and Duchess, and Bermuda’s own DJ Brownie.

Shuttles will depart Albouy’s Point every half hour from 6.30pm until 10.30pm.

Tickets are $60.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact 333-2167, 334-9700 or 331-2776, or


0529 Drowsy Chaperone

Calling all budding thespians, the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Bermuda are holding auditions for their latest production, The Drowsy Chaperone, from Friday, May 29th to Sunday, May 31st.

Auditions will take place at Bermuda School of Music from 6pm until 10pm on the Friday, and from 10am until 3pm on the Saturday and Sunday.

For an audition time, contact Deborah Smith-Joell on 735-1547.

For more information, visit


0606 BNT Spring Soiree

Promising the party of the year, the Bermuda National Trust Spring Soirée will be held on the evening of Saturday, June 6th.

This spectacular garden affair under the stars will take place in the beautiful gardens of Belair, an idyllic early 19th century Trust home on Cobb’s Hill Road in Paget.

The evening will be celebrating the Trust and its preservation of 277 acres that are home to 82 historically significant properties held in trust for everyone, forever.

Festivities will commence with cocktails at 6.30pm, followed by dinner and dancing. Your dining experience will include the freshest local fare and carefully picked chosen wines and you won’t want to miss some of Bermuda’s best treasures offered in their Silent Auction.

Individual tickets cost $250, while corporate tables for ten people cost $5000. The costs of the evening have been generously underwritten so all funds raised will go directly towards the vital work of the Bermuda National Trust.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Pauline Powell at 236-6483 or


0613 Bermuda Pow Wow

Many locals and visitors of Native American descent will be attending the Bermuda Pow Wow 2015: A Celebration of Our Ancestors at the St. David’s Cricket Club grounds on Saturday, June 13th and Sunday, June 14th.

Hosted by the St. David’s Islanders and Native Community, Native American people will meet together to join families and friends together in dancing, singing and drumming.

This will be from 1pm until 6pm on the Saturday and from 2pm until 7pm on the Sunday, with the Grand Entry at 2pm and 3pm, respectively. Each day will include the Grand Entry, Libation and Dedication Ceremony, local and overseas Native American dancers, songs and drums, Bermuda Gombey dancers, craft and artwork stalls, other vendors and traditional St. David’s Island food.

Entry is $8 for adults, $4 for children and seniors.

For more information, contact 541-7777 or


0629 Bermuda Gymnastics Summer Camp

Registration is now open for Bermuda Gymnastics Summer Camp, located conveniently at CedarBridge Academy from Monday, June 29th to Friday, August 28th (9 weeks) and at the National Training Center, St. David’s from Monday, August 31st to Friday, September 4th.

Promising an excellent summer of gymnastics, fitness and fun, the camp is an excellent way for children to try gymnastics for the first time, or for more experienced gymnasts to work on their skills.

The camp is for boys and girls aged 4 to 11, of all experience levels and abilities. The mornings focus on gymnastics instruction, while the afternoons feature games, crafts, swimming at the National Sports Centre, and outings.

Their friendly, dedicated, and energetic staff is made up of experienced coaches and former competitive gymnasts who love the sport and working with children.

The earliest drop off time is at 8.30am, while the latest pick up is 5.30pm. A half day pick up at noon is available at a cost of $205 and full days cost $295.

Easy online registration is available at

For more information, contact or 295-0589.









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

Chef’s Table at The Reefs – May 6th

**NEW  Saltus Secondary: Creative Arts Showcase 2015 – May 6th

Pechakucha Bermuda Volume 11 – May 7th

**NEW  Haunted History: A Walking Tour in Ye Olde Ghost Towne – starts May 7th

BBHA Wine Tasting – May 8th

**NEW  Sunsets, Bonfire & Bohemia – starts May 8th

**NEW  A Slight Discomfort – May 8th

Community Guest Day – May 9th

Joyful Noise Concert – May 9th

The Rhythm Lab’s Vegan Jazz Gathering – May 9th

**NEW  Pop Up Playroom – May 9th

**NEW  Charity Jumble Sale  – May 9th

**NEW  A Unique Tea Party Experience – May 9th

Sybil Returns – May 10th

Mother’s Day Brunch at Cafe Lido – May 10th

**NEW  Mother’s Day Special Menu at Cafe Coco – May 10th

**NEW  Testes & Tatas: Super Swizzlers Relay For Life Fundraiser – May 10th

**NEW  Vision Talk:  Adaptations and Accommodations:  Know Your Rights In The Workplace And The Community – May 11th

L’Alliance Française des Bermudes Ciné Club: Les Garçons et Guillaume, à Table – May 12th

Spanish Wine Tasting Dinner – May 13th

Insurance Industry Awards – May 14th

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

The Big Chill at Sea Breeze – starts May 15th

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

**NEW  R4L Wine Tasting Fundraiser at CFBDA – May 15th

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

Le Diner En Rose – May 16th

**NEW  Charity Jumble Sale  – May 16th

**NEW  Somersfield Spring Fair – May 16th

**NEW  International Luncheon – 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

Capturing the Beauty of Birds Workshop – May 23rd

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

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

**NEW  Touch D Deck – May 29th

Relay For Life 2015 – May 29th and 30th

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

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

Lunch & Learn Series: Blogging 101 – June 2nd

Harbour Nights – restarts June 3rd

**NEW  Bermuda National Trust Spring Soirée – June 6th

You Go Girl Relay – June 7th

Raleigh Bermuda Graduation/Launch Ceremony – June 10th

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

**NEW  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

Healthy is Beautiful Camp – starts June 29th

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

**NEW  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

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





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