January 13th, 2016: Bermuda Events Update
Only a couple of weeks into 2016 and already the Bermuda calendar of events is looking pretty full for the next month or two! Don’t forget, if you want to find out the latest Bermuda events while on the go, you can download the fantastic Bermuda.com app for free from on iTunes and Google Play. Not only is this the definitive guide to experiencing Bermuda but the Events section is powered by NTDIB.
Here’s the latest rundown of things to do in Bermuda:
Most of us are tightening our belts after all that seasonal spending so, luckily for us, Bermuda Tourism are running an initiative to let us dine at many local restaurants at a reduced cost!
Dozens of Bermuda’s top restaurants are participating in the 5th Annual Bermuda Restaurant Weeks from Thursday, January 14th until Thursday, February 4th.
The chefs will be showcasing their talents with special menus of three-course selections, inviting you to sample Bermuda-inspired fare and tantalizing international cuisine during this annual food-lovers extravaganza.
Prices for three-course prix fixe dinners fall into three tiers at $29, $39 or $49 per person (excluding beverages and grats) depending on the participating restaurant.
Reservations should be made directly with the restaurant or online at www.Table.bm.
For the full list of participating restaurants, visit www.GoToBermuda.com/Bermuda-Cuisine – happy eating!
Lionfish, an invasive predatory fish from the Indo-Pacific, have found their way to Bermuda and could have a very negative effect on our marine environment. You are invited to join in the cull and help protect our local species at the Lionfish Permit Session on Thursday, January 14th.
From 6pm at BUEI, this programme provides Bermuda residents over 16 years of age with the opportunity to receive a special permit allowing them to hunt lionfish in situations prohibited under the laws that regulate spearfishing. Specifically, that allows permit holders to hunt lionfish while using SCUBA, within one mile of shore, and on wrecks and other protected sites. At the end of the course, you will receive a lionfish diving flag and permit/tag.
If you register by January 12th, you will get your permit without delay at the session. If you register later or walk-in, which you are welcome to do, there will be a delay before your permit is approved.
The permit costs $20, but is free to renew after you submit a catch report each year.
Attendees must register in advance by adding yourself to the guest list on the Facebook event page or by sending your phone number and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.Lionfish.bm.
The Bermuda Regiment Band will kick off the evening at 6.30pm and this event will attract local athletes from age 8 to 65+, as well as elite international runners. To compete in the international competition, running enthusiasts and elitists had to qualify for a place. The fastest 20 runners under 8 minutes at the Trial Miles event held on Friday, November 27th 2015 were invited to participate in this year’s event.
For more information, visit www.BermudaRaceWeekend.com.
Enjoy a night of delicious food and incredible wines, with a twist of intrigue at the Haunted History Murder Mystery Wine and Dinner Party at Tempest Bistro on Friday, January 15th.
The evening will begin with cocktails from 7pm, followed by a four course dinner with special wine pairings by Discovery Wines.
There will also be an interactive performance with Haunted History Bermuda where you’ll help solve a 200 year old murder… or you might just be the murderer.
The cost is $150 per person, grats not included, and space is limited.
For more information, or to make a reservation, contact Tempest on 297-0861.
Grab a bargain at the Peace Lutheran Church’s Car Boot Sale on Saturday, January 16th.
This will run from 9am until 2pm and promises lots of bargains on clothes, shoes, children’s clothes, toys, household items, purses/bags, glassware, DVDs, CDs, books and lots more.
Please note that they have already sold out of tables for this date.
For more information, contact Carol Carvalho on 747-3377.
The First Church of God’s Women’s Spiritual Life Ministry under the S.W.E.E.T. Ministry (Showing Women Encouragement & Teaching) presents Prevention is Better than Cure with Guest speaker Sis. Rickeesha Binns on Saturday, January 16th.
From 10am until 2pm at the church, there will also be a DVD presentation on addiction: is it a choice or a disease?, as well as a panel discussion and a light lunch.
This event is free and there is no need to RSVP.
For more information, contact Rev. Dr. Madeline Hayward on 799-3799 or 293-3799.
New for Saturdays, The Big Chill will be performing live at Red Steakhouse and Bar.
From 9pm until midnight, you can hear Bermuda’s Queen of Soul, Kassie Caines perform with Tony B on vocals, acoustic/electric guitars, ukulele and piano/organ, and DJ Felix on beats, percussion, vocals and dance floor madness. Then, from midnight until late, DJ Felix will have you dancing to his beatz.
As well as their regular menu, Red is also offering a tapas menu, as well as some new delicious cocktails.
For more information, or to make a reservation, contact 292-7331.
The Yoga Centre is offering a six week course on Yoga for Athletes starting from Sunday, January 17th.
Running from 7am until 8.30am on Sundays, this course for athletes, or those wishing a yoga class to support some athletic pursuit (eg May 24th Marathon), will zero in on key components of yoga – breath, stretching, mindfulness, strength and flexibility – and will show how these practices can actually enhance sporting activity. Hence linking yoga practice to sports, particularly how “mindfulness” helps athletes step up their game, are key components of this course training.
The cost is $130.
For more information, or to register, contact 295-7525 or email@example.com, or visit the centre in person.
The January edition of the Bermuda Docs Weekend Film Series will be on Sunday, January 17th in the usual location of the Tradewinds Auditorium at BUEI.
Cartel Land will be showing at 3pm. This is a Sundance award-winning documentary about vigilante groups taking on Mexican drug cartel.
This will be followed at 5.15pm by Chi-Raq. Spike Lee directs an all-star cast in this searing satire of gun violence in America.
Tickets are $15 and available at Oceans Gift Shop or by calling 294-0204.
For more information, visit www.BermudaDocs.com.
Spectators and players alike are welcome at the Bermuda Open Singles Darts Championship at the BAA Clubhouse on Monday, January 18th.
This Cat 1 ranking points tournament is open to all players, male and female, over 18. The tournament will be in a 501 Singles Format, best of of 5 Legs, with a straight start / double finish.
Players will throw for the bullseye to start and then the winner throws first in Leg 1, 3, and 5, while the loser throws first in Leg 2 and 4.
Registration will be at 7pm, before players toe the oche at 8pm.
There is no entry fee for this event.
To register, email your name and contact number to BermudaDarts@Hotmail.com.
BUEI and the Bermuda Audubon Society present the latest in the series of BUEI Talks, Looking Back on 40 Years of Christmas Bird Counts by Andrew Dobson, on Tuesday, January 19th.
The Christmas Bird Count has been an annual event in Bermuda since 1975. An incredible 250 bird species have been recorded. Andrew Dobson will give an illustrated lecture to show many of these species and changing patterns of bird abundance over this period. As well as the serious effort of citizen science, Andrew will relate a number of surprising anecdotes!
The lecture will start at 7.30pm in the Tradewinds Auditorium and 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 lecture are $20 for members, $25 for non-members and available by calling 294-0204 or visiting Oceans Gift Shop at BUEI.
Learn about the surprising benefits of mindful breathing at Pranayama: The Power of Breath, a 6-week course starting at the Yoga Centre on Friday, January 22nd,
The breath is our constant companion, yet seldom do we realize how powerful a tool it is for healing the body and calming the mind. Mastery of the breath leads to optimal health and vitality, as well as mental balance and clarity. Learning how to breathe properly is one of the keys to a happy, healthy and successful life.
Running from 12.10pm until 1.10pm each Friday, this course will cover the principles and practices of pranayama: theory and techniques; the subtle body, healing visualizations, the connection between the body, breath and mind.
The cost is $108 for a 6-week session.
For more information, or to register, contact 295-7525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marcus’ Restaurant at the Hamilton Princess will be bringing a taste of Manhattan to the island at their special dinner event Harlem Meets Bermuda on Friday, January 22nd.
Co-hosted by Marcus Samuelsson and Harlem restaurateur, Melba Wilson, the four-course dinner menu is inspired by Harlem cuisine. It includes a selection of bread and biscuits with an amuse bouche of Tandoori Smoked Salmon Deviled Egg, Mustard Seed and Trout Roe.
The first course is a choice between Fish Chowder Bite with Rum Aioli or Melba’s Fried Chicken with Dunkley’s Eggnog Waffle. The second course offers an option of JH’s Chicken Stew & Dumplings with All Day Beans or Fire Grilled Wahoo, Bermuda Lobster and Harlem Chowder, with Charred Citrus. Dessert is Sweet Potato Pie with Mexican Cinnamon whip.
To set an authentic atmosphere, The Nate Lucas All-Stars, a Harlem-based band that plays at Red Rooster in Harlem, will perform during dinner. The Nate Lucas All-Stars specialise in jazz classics and blues favourites.
The cost is $85 per person and does not include gratuities. Tickets are available from www.pTix.bm.
For more information, contact Dining Reservations on 298-2028 or email@example.com.
Offering a range of performances by a diverse selection of artists of international repute, the 2016 edition of the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts will run between Friday, January 22nd and Saturday, March 5th at various venues.
Featured acts include ThirdStory, Voice, Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, Me and My Cat?, Step Afrika!, A Tribute to Benny Goodman: Julian Bliss Septet, Bermuda Brass, A Menuhin Centenary Celebration, White Snake by Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, Kenny Werner Trio, For You…We Dance: A Ballet Gala Starring Matthew Golding, and The Doo Wop Project.
During the run will be a series of performances, master classes and student workshops by these world class artists. Performances include music, dance and theatre.
Ticket prices range from $25 for students to $55 to $85 for adults and are available from www.BDAtix.bm.
For more information, including a complete calendar of events, visit www.BermudaFestival.org.
BHS Vietnam Service Project are hosting a fundraising Car Wash on Saturday, January 23rd.
This will run from 9am until 3pm at Butterfield and Vallis, opposite the BAA field. BHS Round Square Service Project to Vietnam in March 2016 will be building houses for the local population in Vinh Long outside Ho Chi Minh. 25 staff and students will carry out the building project. Funds raised will be used to purchase the materials required.
The cost is $20 for cars and $10 for bikes with advance tickets from BHS reception, or on the day.
For more information, or to support this project individually, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got an iPad for Christmas or want to know how to get the most out of your tablet? BUEI are offering to help you to get in touch with your iPad at their Beginner and Intermediate iPad classes with their very own tech guru, Sam Roberts, on Saturdays, January 23rd and 30th.
Both classes will start at 2pm with the Beginner Class on Saturday, January 23rd, and the Intermediate Class on Saturday, January 30th.
Sam will be available 1 hour before and 1 hour afterwards to address any specific issues.
The cost is $40 for members and $60 for non-members. Not a member?Participants who sign up for both classes will receive free membership.
To sign up, contact 294-0204 or visit BUEI’s Oceans gift shop.
For more information, contact Sam at email@example.com.
Marcus Samuelsson will team up with famed Harlem Chef Melba Wilson to have her host a Harlem Meets Bermuda Champagne Brunch at Marcus’ on Sunday, January 24th.
From noon until 3pm, the brunch will offer unlimited Veuve Cliquot, and will feature traditional breakfast items, including a variety of hot and cold food stations.
To set an authentic atmosphere, The Nate Lucas All-Stars, a Harlem-based band that plays at Red Rooster in Harlem, will perform during the brunch.
The cost is $75 for unlimited Champagne and Brunch, or $45 without beverages.
For more information, or to make a reservation or private book grouping, contact dining reservations at 298-2028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bermuda Latin Vibes invites you to their first salsa social of 2016 at A New Year’s Salsa Sunset Sunday on Sunday, January 24th.
From 4pm until 7pm, you can enjoy an early evening of Latin music and dance the atrium just off the main lobby of the fabulous Elbow Beach Hotel. Dress is smart casual.
There is no cover charge.
For more information, contact 705-8423.
Learn from Financial Experts about money management at a Banking & Budgeting Seminar on Thursday, January 28th.
Start the New Year off on the right foot by learning how effective budgeting and banking can help you to maintain control of your finances and achieve your goals.
This seminar is being held at The Sunshine League PLACE (Personal Learning Assistance Centre) at 27 King Street from 5.30pm until 7pm and is aimed at those who are living independently for the first time and need some expert advice on handling your finances. This seminar is also ideal for anyone who has ever struggled to balance a budget, keep up with bill payments, eliminate credit card debt, meet financial goals or establish a consistent savings plan.
The Budgeting Seminar is being presented by Mr. Kent Bascome, Chief Financial Officer of The West End Development Corporation. The Banking Seminar is being presented by Mr. Alexander Butterfield, Relationship Manager at the Bank of Butterfield.
The cost is $10 for under 18s and $20 for persons aged 18 and over. Payment is by cash only.
For more information, or to register, contact email@example.com or 292-4360.
Enjoy a taste of Portugal as Taste 141 presents Portuguese Night on Thursday, January 28th.
From 6pm, they invite you to join them for authentic Portuguese dishes prepared by guest chef Lucy “Mama Fee” Arruda.
The ticket price is $125, plus grats, which includes a complimentary welcome cocktail and after dinner port. Space is limited.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 292-0777.
Come out and enjoy a night of Soulful and Deep House music at Housestyle Takeover on Saturday, January 30th.
From 9pm until 3am at Blue Waters Anglers Club, this event promises to deliver nothing but the hottest tunes. Whether its the classic soulful house or groovy deep house, they promise you won’t be disappointed as Housestyle Takeover caters to the true lovers of house music.
There is no cover charge.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.NakternlEntertainment.com.
Celebrating local poets and authors, the Bermuda Literary Festival will take place on Saturday, February 6th.
This special showcase event celebrating and “Keeping Bermuda Culture Alive” will run from 6pm until 9pm in the Dr. E.F. Gordon Memorial Hall in the BIU building.
With a vibrant musical introduction, the audience is lured into a world of poetry using Bermudian and American poetry to rescue a church that is about to close. Only a packed house can give the answer as the Poet Priest (Glen Iris) takes to the stage with Vernette Dorian, and Dale Butler makes an historic return, since his 1978 debut in a Hasting’s Saltus play.
Vendors will be present to sell their books, while poets and authors can talk about their works. A light meal will be served.
Tickets are $25 and available from Music Box.
For more information, contact email@example.com or 505-3409.
The Mariner’s Club invite all you wiseguys to their latest Murder Mystery Dinner with the theme, The Mafia Murders on Saturday, February 6th.
The evening will begin with cocktails at 6.30pm, followed by the dinner and show at 7.30pm sharp. Dinner will be a 3 course dinner catered by Mad Hatters Restaurant.
Fancy dress is not compulsory but there will be prizes for the Best Male/Female Costumes.
Tickets are $85 per person, which includes dinner and the show. Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, February 3rd for catering purposes. Vegetarians requirements must be advised at time of ticket purchase.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Frank Kippax at 294-5717 (daytime), 338-8056 (evenings/weekends), or The Mariner’s Club Bar.
Did you know that each chakra has a corresponding psychological and emotional life lesson? Join facilitator Karen Simons PhD for a weekend of self-discovery at The Wheels of Life: How to Know Your Chakras in a New Way on Saturday and Sunday, February 20th and 21st.
This will run from 9.30am until 2.30pm each day at Angel Mews, 4 Riviera Road in Southampton. In this cutting-edge workshop, Dr. Karen will simplify an esoteric subject and will give you the tools to help you stay healthy in body, mind and spirit by understanding the energy psychology of your chakra system.
This training promises to empower you to shift your thoughts and feelings about yourself so that you can live more fully. You will begin to release your negative thoughts and feelings that stop you from experiencing happiness and wholeness. You’ll find out the thoughts and feelings that are hidden inside each of your chakras. This training will help you to understand yourself and others so much more.
The fee is $250 and a deposit of $100 is due by January 30th. Full payment must be in by February 12th. Lunch and a chakra chart are included. Participants can register at MySereniTea on the 4th Floor of the Bermudiana Arcade on Queen Street.
For more information, contact 296-2114, 292-1409 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help the community by being more helpful in a crisis with the Bermuda Red Cross’ Psychosocial First Aid Course starting on Friday, March 4th.
With the increase of crime and other critical incidents affecting the community, 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 workshop will do just that. Rather than be reactive disorganised and passive, they have decided to take a proactive approach to work alongside other community stakeholders on behalf of the community. The goal is to establish and implement community crisis. response/service teams.
This course will run over a 3-day period starting on Friday, March 4th and continuing on Saturday, March 5th and Friday, March 11th. 7 modules will be covered and the class will run from 8.45am until 5pm each day. Attendees must be able to commit to the entire workshop.
The cost is $250 per person.
For more information, or to register, contact Petra Spencer-Arscott on 236-8253 ext 225 or email@example.com.
Xtreme Sports is proud to present Bermuda’s newest corporate team building event, the Xtreme Sports Games, on Saturday, April 9th.
From noon until 6pm on the North Field at National Sports Centre, the Xtreme Sports Games will be a fun-filled day of different companies competing against each other in various sports and activities.
The twist is that most of the sports and activities are unconventional ones, such as bubble football, human bowling, slip-n-slide kickball, volley pong, and zorb racing, to name a few.
This event promises to be one epic day as sixteen Bermudian companies battle it out to be crowned the Xtreme Sports Games Champion. The team spots are available on a first come, first served basis, so you are advised to register as soon as possible to secure your spot.
In addition to all the fun on the field, there will also be food, a bar and music.
The registration cost is $1000 per team of ten people. There is no fee for spectators.
For more information, or to register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can also be found on their website at www.XtremeSportsBMD.com/Xtreme-Sports-Games.html.
Save the Date: Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events
Raleigh Bermuda 2016 Programme Information Session #2 – January 13th
Yoga Foundation Class (Wednesday Evenings) – starts January 13th
Open Pole Fitness Session – January 13th
Beginners Yoga 12-week Courses – starts January 14th
**NEW Lionfish Permit Session – January 14th
**NEW Bermuda Restaurant Weeks 2016 – January 14th to February 4th
**UPDATED Lunch & Learn: Incorporating Social Media and Digital into your Marketing Strategy – January 15th
**NEW KPMG Front Street Mile – January 15th
**NEW Haunted History Murder Mystery Wine and Dinner Party – January 15th
2016 Bermuda Marathon Weekend – January 15th to 17th
Tokio Youth Mountain Bike Series – January 16th
Yoga Foundation Class (Saturday Mornings) – starts January 16th
National Iyengar Yoga Day – January 16th
**NEW Peace Lutheran Church Car Boot Sale – January 16th
**NEW Women’s Spiritual Life SWEET Ministry: Prevention is Better than Cure – January 16th
**NEW Yoga for Athletes 6-Week Course – starts January 17th
**NEW Cartel Land at Weekend Film Series – January 17th
**NEW Chi-Raq at Weekend Film Series – January 17th
**NEW Bermuda Open Singles Darts Championship – January 18th
**NEW BUEI Talks: Looking Back on 40 Years of Christmas Bird Counts – January 19th
Open Pole Fitness Session – January 20th
Grotto Bay’s Monthly Chef’s Table Dinner – January 21st
Yoga Teachers Training – starts January 22nd
**NEW Pranayama: The Power of Breath 6 Week Course – starts January 22nd
**NEW Harlem Meets Bermuda – January 22nd
Dear Future Self: Women’s Vision Empowerment Retreat – January 22nd and 23rd
**NEW Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts – January 22nd to March 5th
Tokio Youth Mountain Bike Series – January 23rd
Sportz Mania 2016 Winter Multi-Sport Programmes – starts January 23rd
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Verdi’s Otello – January 23rd
**NEW BHS Vietnam Service Project Carwash – January 23rd
**NEW Beginner iPad Class at BUEI – January 23rd
**NEW Harlem Meets Bermuda Champagne Brunch at Marcus’ – January 24th
**NEW Salsa Sunset Sunday – January 24th
Open Pole Fitness Session – January 27th
**NEW Banking & Budgeting Seminar – January 28th
**NEW Portuguese Night at Taste 141 – January 28th
**NEW Intermediate iPad Class at BUEI – January 30th
**NEW Housestyle Takeover – January 30th
Open Pole Fitness Session – February 3rd
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Wagner’s Tannhauser – February 6th
Legend: Bob Marley Tribute – February 6th
**NEW The Bermuda Literary Festival – February 6th
**NEW Murder Mystery Dinner: The Mafia Murders – February 6th
Open Pole Fitness Session – February 10th
Pechakucha Bermuda Night Volume 14 – February 11th
2016 Orchid Spa Wedding Expo – February 14th
Open Pole Fitness Session – February 17th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Berg’s Lulu – February 20th
**NEW The Wheels of Life: How to Know Your Chakras in a New Way – February 20th and 21st
Yoga Foundation Class (Wednesday Evenings) – starts February 24th
Yoga Foundation Class (Thursday Mornings) – starts February 25th
**NEW Psychosocial First Aid Course – starts March 4th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Mozart’s Magic Flute – March 5th
Bermuda SPCA’s 19th Annual Paws to the Park – March 6th
Weekend Intensive Yoga – March 11th to 13th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Bizet’s Pearl Fishers – March 19th
The 5th Bermuda Beach Art Festival – March 19th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Puccini’s Turandot – April 9th
**NEW Xtreme Sports Games – April 9th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Puccini’s Manon Lescaut – April 16th
Bermuda Yoga Festival 2016 – April 29th to May 1st
Exhibits at Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard
- Amongst Friends – January 10th to February 5th
Exhibits at Bermuda Society of Arts – January 8th to February 2nd
- Onions Gallery and Studios A & B: BSoA Members’ Show Part 2
- Edinburgh Gallery: Works from BSoA’s Life Drawing Class
DNA & SPArt presents Streets of Italy – November 19th to January 27th
Enjoy the rest of the week!