June 3rd, 2015: Bermuda Events Update

Morning Kids!


Hope you’re all slapping on that sunscreen – summer has definitely returned to the Rock!  Lots of goodies for you this week, so here is the latest Bermuda update on what’s coming up:


0603 Chikos Smokey Rub

Popular local business, Chiko’s Smokey Rub is turning the Big 0-1 and will be celebrating at Harbour Nights on Wednesday, June 3rd.

All are invited to stop by their stall, across from Onion Jacks on Front Street, between 6pm and 10pm for some free goodies, including cupcakes, cookies and freshly-grilled chicken. All five flavours of the rub will also be available for purchase.

For more information, contact chikosmokeyrub@hotmail.com, follow @chikosmokeyrub on social media, or visit www.ChikoSmokeyRub.com.

0601 Lunch Buffet at L'Oriental

Enjoy a variety of Thai salads, selection of sushi, cooked-to-order Teppenyaki and a daily selection of delicious Oriental dishes at L’Oriental’s Lunch Buffet from Monday, June 1st.

The buffet will be available from noon until 2pm, Monday to Thursday, at a cost of $19.75 per person, plus grats.

For reservations, call 296-4477.


0530 Get Wise Shade Your Eyes

With summer quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to remind everyone, locals and visitors alike, that wearing proper sunglasses is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to protect your eyes.

But which sunglasses are the best for YOU? How much UV protection should your sunglasses provide? Should they be polarized, photochromic, or blue blocking? Should they be flip-ups or fit-overs? Should they be gray lens tints or amber lens tints?

Join the Bermuda Society for the Blind’s presentation and hands-on training, Get Wise: Shade Your Eyes, for the chance to try on several different styles, sizes, and colours and place orders for any you would like to purchase.

This will take at Beacon House from noon until 2pm on Thursday, June 4th.

Persons with low vision conditions are encouraged to attend; the sunglasses that they will be demonstrating come from reputable manufacturers that have longstanding relationships with low vision providers.

This event is open to everyone and admission is free, although donations are welcome.

For more information, contact the Bermuda Society For The Blind at 292-3231 or bsfbinfo@gmail.com.


0604 Glow Worm Cruise

Enjoy nature’s laser light show aboard the Ana Luna, as they invite you to join them for the season’s first Glow Worm Viewing on Thursday and Friday, June 4th and 5th.

The boat will depart from the dock at Grotto Bay at 7pm for a sunset cruise followed by the wiggle of the worms and a champagne toast, before returning to the dock around 10pm.

The cost is $69 per person and space is limited.

For more information, or to make a reservation, contact Captain@AnaLunaAdventures.com or 504-3780.


0605 Gilbert Institute Familiy Fun Fair

Enjoy a fun day out while supporting a good cause at the Gilbert Institute Family Fun Fair on Friday, June 5th.

From 4pm until 8pm, they will have unlimited wrist bands for children which includes the bounce castle, Giant Slide, obstacle course and games. There will also be cotton candy, snow balls, and BBQ food available for purchase, as well as a bake sale and book stall!

The cost of the unlimited wristbands is $20. This is a fundraising event, in conjunction with Paget Titans Youth Program.

For more information, contact gilbertinstitutepta@gmail.com.


0315 Car Boot Sale

Grab a bargain at the Peace Lutheran Church’s Car Boot Sale on Saturday, June 6th.

This will run from 9am until 2pm and promises lots of bargains on clothes, shoes, purses/bags, toys, CDs, DVDs, household items, jewellery and lots more. This month will be double the fun because they will be having two Car Boot Sales, so watch this space for details of the next one.

For more information, contact Carol Carvalho on 747-3377.


0606 Turtle Hill Golf Club Family Fun

Turtle Hill Golf Club at the Fairmont Southampton are hosting a Family Fun Golf Open Afternoon on Saturday, June 6th.

From 3pm until 6pm, there will be a number of different stations where the kids can have a go at golf and try their hand at different skills, such as putting, chipping, rides on golf carts, etc.

Food from Bacci and wine from Burrows Lightbourn can also be tried at no cost.

There is no need to RSVP, so you can just show up on the day.

For more information, contact the golf shop on 239-6952.


0606 Petanque

The Alliance Francaise invites all members of the public to a Tournoi de Pétanque (Game of Boules) on Saturday, June 6th.

From 4.30pm at the Terrain de Pétanque at Bermuda College, you can form a team and join in a friendly tournament. There will also be a Junior competition, depending on the number of players.

For a fee of $10, you can also have the the chance to win a basket full of French specialties by guessing its weight.

The Pétanque is free but a contribution to the cheese, paté and baguette picnic is welcome. BYOB.

For more information, contact alliancefrancaisebda@gmail.com or visit www.AllianceFrancaise.bm.


0606 BYO Schools Out

The Bermuda Youth Orchestra presents their 3rd Annual School’s Out Concert at the Berkeley Institute on Saturday, June 6th.

From 7pm, students aged 11 to 25 will be performing will be performing a kaleidoscope of works, including but not limited to, Paul Desmond’s Take Five, Gustav Holst’s Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity and Pharrell Williams’ Happy.

This concert will culminate a full season’s worth of repertoire for Symphony Orchestra and is a family-friendly event. All are invited to come to and join BYO in sharing their musical achievements this season.

The cost is $10 for general admission and $50 for Patrons, which includes prime seating, reception and photo opportunities with members of the orchestra.

For more information, contact BermudaYouthOrchestra@gmail.com.


0607 Rubber Duck Derby

They’re so much fun, why confine them to the bathtub? The Friends of Hospice 19th Annual Rubber Duck Derby will be on Sunday, June 7th at Ordnance Island in St. George’s.

Running from 2pm until 5pm, this event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Agape House (the island’s only in-patient hospice facility) and will be full of family-friendly fun, including live entertainment, activities, kiddie land, a bake stall, merchandise, food vendors and, of course, the spectacle of watching hundreds of rubber ducks take to the seas!

To participate, you simply have to purchase a duck to enter into one of the four races – the Corporate Race ($150), the Family Race ($20), the Pamper Me Race ($10) or the Youth Race ($5) – and then cheer your duck on and hope to be a winner of one of over 100 prizes to be won.

Tickets are available at various locations and will also be sold at various business establishments by volunteers and on the day at the event.

For more information, or if interested in volunteering or purchasing tickets, contact friendsofhopsice@bhb.bm or 232-0859.


0607 BEPRO Scavenger Hunt

Bepro invite you to join them for an afternoon of fun at their Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, June 7th.

Participants should gather a team of up to five people in one vehicle and start at 3.30pm at the Rubber Tree, Warwick. The Hunt will finish at the Bermuda Bistro at the Beach at 6pm and there will be prizes and happy hour drink prices.

The cost is $15 per person.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact beprobermuda@gmail.com.


0607 Sail Snorkel and Swim

Enjoy a Snorkel, Swim and Champagne Sunset Cruise aboard the Ana Luna on Sunday, June 7th.

The boat will depart from the dock at Grotto Bay at 5pm for a snorkel and swim outing, followed by a champagne toast at sunset, before returning to the dock around 8pm.

The cost is $69 per person and space is limited.

For more information, or to make a reservation, contact Captain@analunaadventures.com or 504-3780.


0607 Alpha Beautillion

The Epsilon Theta Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc will be hosting its 14th Annual Alpha Beautillion Program on Sunday, June 7th.

This will take place at 5.30pm at the Ruth Seaton James Auditorium for the Performing Arts, with doors opening at 5pm.

This year they are proud to announce the outstanding young men who have been selected by their respective schools to participate in the 2015 Alpha Beautillion, a male rite of passage ceremony. Zaren Bennett will be representing Bermuda Institute, Tariq Brown from Impact Mentoring Academy, Tahj Cox from Saltus Grammar School, David Darrell from Warwick Academy, Evin Mosley from Mount Saint Agnes Academy, Marcus Henschke from Berkeley Institute and Dylan Wilson from Cedarbridge Academy.

Their video promo can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/122754268.

Tickets are $25 for regular admission and $75 for patron tickets. These are on sale now at People’s Pharmacy and Brown & Co.

For more information, contact beautillion@bermudaalpha.bm or 705-2781.



There is a lot of information available regarding living with vision loss. Is what you know fact or fiction, true or false, myth or reality?

The Bermuda Society for the Blind’s (BSFB) monthly information and sharing group, Vision Talk, focuses its June meeting on Trivia Fun on Monday, June 8th.

This will take place at Beacon House from 6pm and promises to be a fun night of team trivia to increase your knowledge about low vision and living with vision loss. You are invited to come to join the game or simply socialize. There are prizes to be won and this event is free of charge.

Free transportation is also available and you are invited to call to RSVP and arrange this.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact the Bermuda Society For The Blind at 292-3231 or bsfbinfo@gmail.com.


0608 BUEI Talks Andre Raine

Come out for an illustrated presentation that showcases high tech equipment and techniques in an effort to ensure that the the Newell’s Shearwater, like the Cahow, survive into the future at BUEI Talks: Studying Endangered Seabirds on Another Small Island in the Middle of Nowhere by Dr. André F. Raine on Monday, June 8th.

What does a Hawaiian island in the Pacific Ocean have in common with Bermuda? Like Bermuda and its famous seabird the Cahow, the island of Kaua’i is home to another very rare seabird species – the Newell’s Shearwater. 90% of the World population of this shearwater is found here, along with internationally important populations of the Hawaiian Petrel. Trying to study and protect these birds is particularly challenging as they only come to the island at night and breed in remote and treacherous mountainous habitats.

Dr André F. Raine is a Bermudian ornithologist who has worked on conservation projects throughout the World including the Amazon, Africa, Seychelles, Portugal, Canada, England, Malta and Hawaii. He currently runs an endangered seabird project on the island of Kaua’i, undertaking research and conservation actions to protect three of Hawaii’s rarest seabirds. He has written three bird guides, including the ‘Photographic Guide to the Birds of Bermuda’, and numerous scientific publications.

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.


0615 Midland Heights Church Community Fun Day

The Midland Heights SDA Church invite you to The Amazing Grace Community Fun Day at Shelly Bay Field on Monday, June 15th.

From noon until 6pm, you can enjoy an amazing day with free snowballs, free popcorn, free haircuts, free massages, free food vouchers and clothing, food court, fun castle, train, games for all, soccer, cricket, archery, concert and more.

Parts proceeds will go to the Centre Against Abuse.

For more information, contact Troy Dill on 333-8384.


0619 Christian Campbell Night of Poetry

The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs presents A Night of Poetry by 2010 Aldeburgh First Collection Prize winning Caribbean author Christian Campbell at Bermuda National Gallery, City Hall on Friday, June 19th.

The reception begins at 5.30pm, followed by a reading a 6pm. His debut book, Running the Dusk, not only gives insight into the hidden ambiguities of his mind, it also exemplifies his patience and perseverance as a young writer. Campbell laboured with the book of poetry for several years before it was ripe for publication, describing the process as “the time the book needed to become itself”. It was shortlisted for the 2010 Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Book in the UK and was also a finalist for the Cave Canem Prize.

Campbell studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and obtained his Ph.D. from Duke. His essays and poems have been published widely in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and North America.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the office of Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, Dame Lois Browne Evans Building, 4th Floor, 58 Court Street.

For more information, contact Relief Folklife Officer Keishunda Curtis on 292-1681.


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 from 9pm on Front Street on Wednesday, June 24th.

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 br50@gov.bm or call the BR50 Office on 238-3880.


0628 BKI 15th Lepercq Memorial Tournament

The Bermuda Karate Institute are hosting the 15th Lepercq Memorial Tournament at 1pm at Pembroke Sunday School on Sunday, June 28th.

This open martial arts tournament for all levels and age groups is dedicated to the memory of Paul Lepercq for his contributions to the martial arts in Bermuda.

Competitor entry forms can be found on www.BermudaKarateInstitute.com. Preregistration is $40 before June 14th, $45 until 6pm on June 26th and $55 for late entry thereafter.

Admission for spectators costs $10 for adults, $5 for under-12s and $20 for families.

For more information, contact Bermuda Karate Institute on 292-2157.


0706 Bermuda Fashion Festival1

Fashionistas, mark your diaries as the Bermuda Fashion Festival is back for 2015. This annual, week-long fashion celebration will run from Monday, July 6th until Saturday, July 11th and will include four international standard fashion shows featuring Bermuda’s retailers, salons, designers and of course, beautiful models.

The week commences with the Hair & Beauty Show in the Earl Cameron Theatre at City Hall on Monday, July 6th, where local salons will bring their creativity alive in a theatrical hair runway show. The reception will be from 6.30pm, with showtime at 7.30pm. Tickets are $35 and available from www.pTix.bm.

On Wednesday, July 8th, the Local Designer Show and After Party will be at Bulls Head Car Park. Six local designers were hand selected to participate in a four month mentorship program with international magazine editors and fashion professionals with a goal of creating a unique and high-quality fashion collection to display exclusively for this show. The reception will be from 6.30pm, with showtime at 7.30pm. Tickets are $40 for the show only, or $50 for the show and after party, and both are available from www.pTix.bm.

The week continues with the International Designer Show at Barr’s Bay Park on Thursday July 9th. The reception will be from 6.30pm, with showtime at 7.30pm, when overseas designers will present a collection featuring Bermuda models with the Hamilton Harbour as the backdrop. Tickets are $40 and available from www.pTix.bm.

The grand finale of the week is the Evolution Retail Show on Saturday, July 11th in City Hall car park. This thrilling and vibrant event will feature retailers and salons from all parishes of the island, and over 150 children and adult models on a 100 foot runway. The show starts at 7.30pm and general admission is free while VIP tickets are $50 from www.pTix.bm. VIP includes a complimentary cocktail reception from 6.30pm until 7.30pm, access to a private cash bar during intermission, gift bags and reserved seating.

A limited number of Passports to Fashion are also available at a cost of $250 from www.pTix.bm. This one pass will give you exclusive access to all Bermuda Fashion Festival events including entry to all shows, mingling with international guests at the private social events; a true Bermuda-style fashion-themed boat party, appropriately named The Raft Up on Tuesday and the exclusive Gombey Happy Hour beach party, a social event for the stars on Friday.

For more information, including details of the participating designers, retailers and salons, visit www.BermudaFashionFestival.com, or follow @BdaFashionFest on social media. The official event hashtag is #BdaFashionFest.


0714 Fete de la Bastille

Calling all francophones and francophiles, L’Alliance Francaise des Bermudes invite you to their Fete de la Bastille at Rumbar, Victoria Grill on Tuesday, July 14th.

The evening will begin with cocktails at 6.30pm, followed by a five course meal served a la Lyonnaise, family-style, at 7.30pm.

The cost is $80 for members, $90 non-members, and available from www.BDAtix.com and at Pulp & Circumstance.

For more information, including seating requests, contact alliancefrancaisebda@gmail.com or visit www.AllianceFrancaise.bm.


1008 Goddess Wellness Retreat

Offering a rejuvenation holiday for women, the Bermuda Goddess Wellness Retreat will run from Thursday, October 8th until Monday, October 12th.

The Retreat experience provides a transformative space where you can explore the magical island of Bermuda and immerse yourself in a holistic wellness environment that will leave you healthier and happier.

Participants will rejuvenate their body with sun-drenched dips in our breath-taking beaches or meditation in lush tropical gardens. You will also enjoy healthy meals and snacks freshly prepared for you while you enjoy the exotic sights and sounds of the Bermy goddess life. This retreat is all about you to rejuvenate and pamper the goddess, not only from the outside but from the inside as well.

The retreat includes:

  • Daily revitalizing Yoga for beginners
  • Daily meditations to empower the goddess within you
  • Life coaching sessions for healing and personal growth
  • Tasteful meals and snacks
  • Each guest can enjoy time on many of our exotic beaches such as Horseshoe Bay Beach or Elbow Beach or go hiking at our many parks such as Hog Bay Park and walking the railway trail
  • Spiritual women circle each day
  • Awaken the Goddess within workshop
  • Belly dancing: learn a sensual dance that will leave you feeling like the Goddess of love
  • Transportation to and from the airport for the off-island guests
  • Accommodation
  • Welcome gift bag
  • Small group of 12 guests for personalized attention
  • Complimentary Goddess Journal
  • Numerology and Astrology service
  • A Fun Day at the beach, with a picnic, swimming, exploring and so much more

The price does not include activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, paragliding, jet skiing, boating excursions, bus fare, dining out (other than what is already included in the retreat), travel insurance, airfare to and from Bermuda, gratuities, or transportation to outside scheduled group activity.

The cost is $685 for local goddesses and $799 for visiting goddesses.

For more information, contact tammydowling@lpjcoaching.com, 704-9988, or www.lpjcoaching.com.






Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events

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


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

Harbour Nights – restarts June 3rd

CDD Inaugural Fundraising Dinner – June 3rd

**NEW  Chiko’s Smokey Rub 1 Year Anniversary Celebration – June 3rd

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

**NEW  Get Wise: Shade Your Eyes – June 4th

**NEW  Glow Worms Cruise – June 4th and 5th

Late Nite Catechism – June 5th

**NEW  Gilbert Institute Family Fun Fair – June 5th

In Motion 18th Annual Dance Showcase: Road Trip – June 5th to 13th

Bermuda National Trust Spring Soirée – June 6th

KBB Trash Art Workshop – June 6th

Atlantic Rugby Cup 2015 – June 6th

Get Puzzled: Car Scavenger Hunt – June 6th

Mirrors Programme: A Community Service Family Fete – June 6th

CrossFitBDA Bootcamp Challenge – starts June 6th

Benefit Concert: Heritage Worship Centre and Spirit House – June 6th

**NEW  Peace Lutheran Church’s Car Boot Sale – June 6th

**NEW  Turtle Hill Golf Club Family Fun Golf Open Afternoon – June 6th

**NEW  L’Alliance Française des Bermudes: Tournoi de Pétanque – June 6th

**NEW  Bermuda Youth Orchestra: 3rd Annual School’s Out Concert – June 6th

You Go Girl Relay – June 7th

Holistic Fair – June 7th

The Allied World Family Community Day – June 7th

Historical Heartbeats – World War Two: The Bermuda Veterans Story – June 7th

**NEW  19th Annual Rubber Duck Derby – June 7th

**NEW  BEPRO Scavenger Hunt – June 7th

**NEW  Snorkel, Swim and Champagne Sunset Cruise – June 7th

**NEW  Alpha Beautillion – June 7th

**NEW  Bermuda Society for the Blind Vision Talk: Trivia Fun – June 8th

**NEW  BUEI Talks: Studying Endangered Seabirds on Another Small Island in the Middle of Nowhere by Dr. André F. Raine – June 8th

BTA Lunch n Learn Series: Utilising Social Media for Business Growth – June 9th **SOLD OUT**

Raleigh Bermuda Graduation/Launch Ceremony – June 10th

PRIDE Bermuda and Y2Y Alumni Reception – June 11th

Evolve – June 11th

Pain Care Yoga Training: Module II – June 12th to 14th

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

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

Glow Bermuda 2015 – June 14th

**NEW  Midland Heights Church Community Fun Day – June 15th

BTA Lunch n Learn Series: Value of Experience Panel – June 16th  **SOLD OUT**

**NEW  A Night of Poetry: Christian Campbell – June 19th

Leroyfest 2015: Taylor Rankin and his Violin Leroy – June 19th, 26th and 27th

Tea with a Twist and Summer Solstice Fashion Show – June 20th

**NEW  Beating of the Retreat Ceremony – June 24th

Charman Prize Entry Deadline – June 25th

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

Yoga and Ayurveda – June 26th to 28th

**NEW  Bermuda Karate Institute: 15th Lepercq Memorial Tournament – June 28th

Healthy is Beautiful Camp – starts June 29th

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

2015 YCA Photography Summer Camp – weekly slots from June 29th to August 28th

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

Bermuda Rowing Association: Learn to Row Junior and Adult Courses – starts June 30th

LIV BDA – July 3rd to 6th

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

**NEW  Bermuda Fashion Festival – July 6th to 11th

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

Professional Football Tryout and Assessment – July 8th to 11th

Bermuda Rowing Association: Learn to Row Junior Course Session 2 – starts July 14th

**NEW  Fete de la Bastille – July 14th

Kiss Me I’m Uber: Trip to the Game – July 31st

Ubervida Non Mariners – August 2nd

**NEW  Goddess Wellness Retreat – October 8th to 12th




Art Exhibits

Current Exhibits at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art

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

Artist in Residence Exhibit: Local Color, Paintings by Lindsay Hopkins-Weld – May 29th to June 10th

Debra Friedman: Twelve to Twenty, Photographing Teenage Bermuda – June 12th to 23rd

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 22nd to June 9th

Onions Gallery: A Bird’s Eye View of Bermuda by Bermuda Aerial Media

Edinburgh Gallery: An Exploration in Colour, Collage & Line by Alexandra Cooper

Studio A: Whimsical Watercolours by Charles Knights

Studio B: Camera & Brush: A view of St. George’s by Daniel & Deanne Desilva

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




Enjoy the rest of the week!




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