August 12th, 2015: Bermuda Events Update

Morning Troops!


Alas, August is flying by – hope you’re all making the most of what’s left of the summer!  Here is your weekly Bermuda update – don’t forget to check out the Quick Recap section at the bottom for events that have been covered in previous posts:


0812 Bermuda National Library Summer Film Series

Learn more about Bermuda’s history at the Bermuda National Library’s Summer Film Series on Wednesdays in August.

From 11am until 2pm, you are invited to bring your brown bag lunch and join them for free films in the Bermuda History and Cultural Studies Room.

Upcoming features include Bermuda’s Famous Talbot Brothers: A Celebration in History, Pictures and Song on August 12th, The Bermuda Tattoo 2005 on August 19th and BNL Cultural Studies Film on Aug 26th. The latter film is a documentary that explores politics, Pan-Africanism, music and religion.

For more information, or for private screenings, contact Kenisha Shakir at 299-0039.


Bermuda National Gallery

Bermuda National Gallery invite you to see a short run exhibition that is currently in their Private Collection Series.

This will feature a painting by Norman Lewis (1909-1979). Born in Harlem, New York to Bermudian immigrants, he was inspired by the artistic vibrancy of the Harlem Renaissance. In the 1940s. His painting style shifted away from social realism (drawing attention to the treatment of minorities) to abstraction (working alongside Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence). The painting on display sits on the edge of this transition in style.

Opening hours are from 10am until 4pm, Monday to Friday, and from 10am until 2pm on Saturdays, closed on public holidays. The exhibit will run until August 15th.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for BNG members, NARM members, seniors, students and children.

For more information, visit


0315 Car Boot Sale

Grab a bargain at the Peace Lutheran Church’s Car Boot Sale on Saturday, August 15th.

This will run from 9am until 1pm and promises lots of bargains on clothes, shoes, children’s clothes, toys, household items, DVDs, CDs, books, jewellery and more.

For more information, or to book a table, contact Carol Carvalho on 747-3377. They will also be having an additional Car Boot Sale on September 5th so you are invited to call to reserve a table for that date too.



0815 Iyengar Summer Yoga Classes

The Elbow Beach Iyengar Yoga Centre, located at The Club in Paget, has developed into a vibrant centre for excellence in yoga in Bermuda and they invite you to start your yogic journey at their next Weekend Yoga Foundation course starting on Saturday, August 15th.

The Foundation classes are designed for complete beginners and those wishing to revise basic skills. This four-session course will run from 9.30am until 11am each day on Saturday and Sunday, August 15th and 16th, and on Saturday and Sunday, August 22nd and 23rd.

The centre offers a light, spacious and peaceful haven in which you can embark on your yogic journey, with all classes taught by certificated Iyengar Yoga teachers so you can be sure of safe and skilled teaching. The Centre has two fully equipped yoga studios so there is no need to bring your equipment, though you are welcome to bring your own mat if you prefer.

The Iyengar method of yoga is systematic and thorough. Through careful structuring you make safe and steady progress. You start with asanas (postures), including savasana (relaxation) and gradually more difficult asanas are introduced as your depth of understanding increases. After some time, in accordance with the Yoga Sutras, pranayama (breathing technique) is introduced. For further details on their full summer class schedule go to – under Amenities – The Club – select and click on Kirsten Agar Ward, Senior Iyengar Teacher.

Kirsten initially trained as an Iyengar Yoga teacher in Manchester UK, qualifying in 1997. She studied for her Junior and Senior certificates in London and Bath. She travels annually to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family. She is qualified to Senior level 3, is an approved and experienced Iyengar Yoga teacher trainer and Assessor of teachers for the IY(UK). Kirsten is often invited to teach internationally and taught the Swedish national yoga convention in 2012. As well as teaching yoga, she is also a keen student of Indian philosophy and mantra.

The cost of the course is $108 per person.

For more information, or to register, contact Kirsten at or 705-5553.


0815 Royal Naval Dockyard Family Festival

Fun for the whole family can be found at The Royal Naval Dockyard Family Festival from Saturday, August 15th to Sunday, August 16th.

The event is happening throughout Dockyard (follow the signage) and will run from noon until 7pm each day. There will be lots of entertainment, food, rides and family fun on offer.

Admission is free and includes a mini bus shuttle to and from the parking area.

For more information, contact or 338-1054.


0815 240th Anniversary of the Bermuda Gunpowder Plot

Some epic history will meet some modern day family fun at the 240th Anniversary of the Bermuda Gunpowder Plot on Saturday, August 15th.

From 5pm, there will be a special reenactment of the infamous 1775 conspiracy, with a full team of actors from Rockfire Productions rolling gunpowder barrels down the hill to Tobacco Bay.

This important but little-known event of the American Revolution took place as tensions with Great Britain rose. Two Bermudians, St. George Tucker and Thomas Tudor Tucker, separately informed leaders of the American cause that the lightly-guarded magazine on Bermuda contained about 100 barrels of gunpowder, which was in short supply in the colonies.

With that intelligence, Benjamin Franklin and others in Philadelphia were able to convince a few Bermudians to “appropriate” the gunpowder and have it loaded on American ships waiting off of Tobacco Bay. In exchange, the Bermudians received a partial exemption from the Continental Congress’s trade embargo, which would allow Bermuda to continue receiving the American farm products on which islanders depended.

Some of the gunpowder went to Charleston, South Carolina, where it was used in the successful defence of Sullivan’s Island in June 1776. This famous battle prevented the early occupation of Charleston, one of America’s most important port cities at that time. Thanks in part to Bermuda’s gunpowder, Charleston’s port would remain open to shipments of weapons, gunpowder and other goods from American allies until 1780, thus altering the course of the war in favour of the Patriot cause.

From 6pm, after the reenactment, Tobacco Bay will host an evening of live entertainment on the beach, featuring the full band of D.I.A., with DJ Bubble’s video screens, bonfire, BBQ, Colonial-themed cocktails and guest entertainment until midnight.

There is no cover charge.

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


0816 Weekend Film Series

The August edition of the Bermuda Docs Weekend Film Series will be on Sunday, August 16th in the usual location of the Tradewinds Auditorium at BUEI.

A Dangerous Game will be showing at 3pm. Filmmaker and investigative reporter Anthony Baxter is on the trail of Donald Trump again in this folksy, funny sequel to his hit documentary, You’ve Been Trumped.

This will be followed at 5.15pm by The Wolfpack, the extraordinary story of the six Angulo brothers which won a Grand Jury Documentary Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

More details on the films can be found at

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


Bermuda National Gallery

Bermuda National Gallery invite you to a short run exhibition in their Private Collection Series from Tuesday, August 18th.

This will feature a painting by Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923-2002). This Canadian artist was a wild, dramatic painter who worked spontaneously, free of rules and limitations. The energetic abstract painting on display conveys Riopelle’s passion for experimentation and exemplifies the style that earned him international acclaim.

Opening hours are from 10am until 4pm, Monday to Friday, and from 10am until 2pm on Saturdays, closed on public holidays. The exhibit will run until September 5th.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for BNG members, NARM members, seniors, students and children.

For more information, visit


0822 HH A Bird's Eye View

Most of us view the City from the street level looking up, so here’s an opportunity to join a tour where you can see Hamilton from a different perspective. The August edition of the Department of Community & Cultural Affairs’ Historical Heartbeats Lecture Series will be A Bird’s Eye View of the City of Hamilton on Saturday, August 22nd.

This tour will meet at the entrance to City Hall at 2pm and will be directed by Richard Lowry, Heritage Officer. They will be visiting a number of high spots in and around the City and discuss how Hamilton has evolved over the last 200 years.

Free tickets are available from the main office of Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, Dame Lois Browne Evans Building, 58 Court Street, 4th Floor.

For more information, contact Folklife Officer Dr. Kim Dismont-Robinson on 292-1681 or


0903 Qigong Course

Come and experience the benefits of Qi Gong on Thursdays from September 3rd.

This 8 week course will run until October 22nd and will run from 5.30pm until 6.30pm each week. This promises to improve your overall wellbeing and help your mind, body and spirit heal and gain energy.

The cost is $200.

For more information, contact Dr. Larry Trott at Sankofa on 292-2513.


0911 Psychosocial First Aid Course

Help the community by being more helpful in a crisis with the Bermuda Red Cross’ Psychosocial First Aid Course starting on Friday, September 11th.

With the increase of crime and other critical incidents affecting the island, the Bermuda Red Cross have identified the need to educate and train key persons in the community to enable more to respond to these issues.

This course will run over a 4-day period starting on Friday, September 11th and continuing on Saturday, September 12th, Friday, September 18th and Saturday, September 19th. 7 modules will be covered and the class will run from 8.45am until 5pm each day.

The cost is $250 per person.

For more information, or to register, contact Petra Spencer-Arscott on 236-8253 ext 225 or


0923 CPA Conference One Life One Legacy

Presented by the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Bermuda, lead sponsor CPA Canada and local business partners, The CPA Bermuda Women’s Leadership Conference will take place at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club on Wednesday September 23rd.

Running from 8.30am until 5pm, this annual conference aims to arm men and women, with the knowledge and tools to help women to succeed. Their theme is One Life, One Legacy: Committing to You and it is hoped that all attendees will gain an understanding of the value of women in our community as advocates for change and women’s value in the workplace in leadership positions.

The focus will be on leadership, boardroom diversity, and best practices to enhance the skills and potential of women leaders within the community. The high-level calibre of speakers will provide training and information on how women can secure their future. This conference will also provide women leaders with a unique opportunity to gain new insights and to learn directly from other successful professional women. Their speakers offer a full scope of perspectives – from local and international women and male leaders in a range of professions.

Attendees will have an opportunity to enhance your unique skills, bringing value to your organisation and to your career. Panelists will focus on Career Advocacy, Work Life Balance, Leadership, Board Membership and Generational Diversity.

Female professionals from all industry sectors (including Finance, Legal, Retail, Medical/Health, Government, Not for Profit, Advertising, Club, Restaurant/Culinary, Sports, Education, Tourism, Entrepreneurs, Insurance/Reinsurance) are encouraged to attend, as well as global leaders and aspiring leaders, professionals who want to develop new skills, and male colleagues who wish to learn more about developing women leaders.

The registration fee is $395 for CPA members, $450 for non-members and $250 for students. Group rates are also available for 5 or more registrants at a cost of $350 for CPA members and $395 for non-members. The registration fee includes conference attendance, continental breakfast, breaks, lunch and a post conference networking reception. Registration is available online at

For more information, visit


0927 Masterworks AOK Golf Tournament

Masterworks AOK presents its 1st Annual Golf Tournament at Port Royal Golf Course on Sunday, September 27th.

This is a Captain’s Choice tournament with a 1pm shotgun start. As well as a fun afternoon on the golf course, there will also be an exciting hole-in-one prize of a brand new Mitsubishi ASX.

The cost is $175 per person, which includes lunch and a golf cart. Proceeds will support art outreach initiatives at Masterworks.

For more information, or to sign up, contact


1003 Tiaras and Bow Ties

Promising a magical experience, Bermuda’s 3rd Annual Tiaras and Bow Ties will be celebrating fathers and daughters on Saturday, October 3rd.

This ultimate Daddy-Daughter Princess Dance is for young ladies aged between 4 and 14 years old and will be at the Berkeley Institute.

From 6.30pm, the evening promises to be full of fantasy and fun, with visiting princesses from overseas, including those from the Frozen movie and other special characters, as well as a dazzling selfie booth and Local entertainment will be courtesy of Latroya Darrell, Jump 2b Fit, Keyas Fun Approach, UDP, and Rockfire Productions.

It will all finish around 9.30pm, so plenty of time to get home before you turn into a pumpkin.

The first 100 pre-sale tickets will cost $50 per person. Tickets will then cost $65 per person before September 26th, $80 thereafter. Tickets are available from or Kit’ N Caboodle.

For more information, contact 704-5636 or visit


1003 Masterworks Contemporaries Off the Wall

The Masterworks Contemporaries present Off the Wall, a tableau vivant party at Blue Bar and Grill on Saturday, October 3rd.

From 7pm, you are invited to bring art to life by dressing as your favourite painting, artist, art genre, colour…you get the idea! This will be a night of fun with an open bar, dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and prizes.

Tickets are $185 and will be available from Masterworks in September.

For more information, contact Masterworks on 299-4000.






Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events

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



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

Youth Library Summer Reading Programme – June 29th to August 15th

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

Michelle Fray Design Studio Fashion Designer Summer Camp – weekly slots from July 6th to August 21st

It’s A Bug’s Life Summer Camp – weekly from July 13th to August 24th




Famous for 15 Minutes – August 6th to 8th, 12th to 15th

BNL Quiz Night 2015 – August 12th

**NEW  Bermuda National Library Summer Film Series: Bermuda’s Famous Talbot Brothers: A Celebration in History, Pictures and Song – August 12th

12th Annual BFSA Cup Match Sportsmanship Award – August 13th

ACCA Info Session – August 13th

Pechkucha Bermuda Volume 12 – August 13th

Wellness Coach Training Workshop – August 15th

Salsa Friends’ Summer Beach Bash – August 15th

Cobbs Hill Gospel Chapel’s Annual Community BBQ – August 15th

**NEW  Peace Lutheran Church’s Car Boot Sale – August 15th

**NEW  Iyengar Summer Yoga Classes – starts August 15th

**NEW  240th Anniversary of the Bermuda Gunpowder Plot – August 15th

**NEW  The Royal Naval Dockyard Family Festival – August 15th to 16th

**NEW  Weekend Film Series: A Dangerous Game and The Wolfpack – August 16th

**NEW  Bermuda National Library Summer Film Series: The Bermuda Tattoo 2005 – August 19th

Movies in the Square – August 22nd

**NEW  Historical Heartbeats: A Bird’s Eye View of the City of Hamilton – August 22nd

**NEW  Bermuda National Library Summer Film Series: BNL Cultural Studies Film – August 26th

Bermuda Salute – August 29th

University of Oxford Bermuda History Project Event – August 31st

**NEW  Qi Gong Class – starts September 3rd

20th Annual Bermuda Sand Sculpture Competition – September 5th

**NEW  Psychosocial First Aid Course – starts September 11th

Raleigh Bermuda Hamilton Harbour Casino Classic – September 12th

Joe Live in Concert – September 19th

**NEW  CPA Bermuda Women’s Leadership Conference: One Life, One Legacy: Committing to You – September 23rd

Sportz Mania 2015 Fall Multi-Sport Programs – starts September 26th

**NEW  Masterworks AOK Golf Tournament – September 27th

**NEW  Tiaras and Bow Ties: Daddy-Daughter Princess Dance – October 3rd

**NEW  Masterworks Contemporaries Off the Wall Party – October 3rd

Goddess Wellness Retreat – October 8th to 12th

SPCA Open House and Expo – October 10th

Bermuda Tattoo 2015 – October 22nd to 24th

Christmas Fair at Christ Church, Warwick – November 28th

Bermuda SPCA’s 19th Annual Paws to the Park – March 6th




Art Exhibits

Current Exhibits at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art

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

Wildlife and Landscape Photography by Jessica Riederer – July 17th to August 13th

A Treasured Island – July 27th to September 6th


2015 BSoA Invitational and Emerging Artist Exhibition – August 7th to September 2nd

Current Exhibits at Bermuda National Gallery (until November 28th unless otherwise stated)

Marking Territory: A Focus on Bermuda’s Landscape

Highlights from the Young Collection

Highlights of the BNG Collection

**NEW  Private Collection Series at Bermuda National Gallery: Norman Lewis – until August 15th

**NEW  Private Collection Series at Bermuda National Gallery: Jean-Paul Riopelle – August 18th to September 5th

Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard – July 26th to August 28th






Enjoy the rest of the week!



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