February 3rd, 2016: Bermuda Events Update
Well, whether you love it or loathe it, we’re now in Love Month in Bermuda! Don’t worry though, there is much more than just mushy stuff going on – here’s is your usual Hump Day update from the Bermuda calendar:
The Chamber of Commerce has announced that the 24th Annual Harbour Nights is set to kick off on May 4th, running through until August 31st.
Front Street will once again host Bermuda’s largest and longest-running street festival, with offerings from local artisans, crafters, chefs, musicians and other entertainers, and of course, the Gombeys.
To keep up with the changing environment, the Chamber invites those who are interested in participating in Harbour Nights to attend a Vendor Information Session on Thursday, February 4th.
From 5.30pm until 6.30pm at the Chamber of Commerce, previous and new vendors alike will receive information on participating in this award-winning social event.
This year, the Chamber are looking to incorporate activities highlighting the quintessentially Bermudian experience. According to reports released from the Bermuda Tourism Authority, visitors want to participate in and experience the unique cultural aspects of the country they visit.
Since Bermuda has a wide and varied culture, and our experiences are unique to Bermuda, they wish to incorporate and share more of those experiences with the 3000+ visitors that participate in Harbour Nights every week.
Harbour Nights was recently acknowledged as a recipient of the Trip Advisor Award for 2015 and consistently scores high marks with visitors and locals alike. Businesses interested in participating or becoming a sponsor can call 295-4201.
For more information, or to register for the session, contact the Chamber at 295- 4201 or email@example.com, or visit www.BermudaChamber.bm.
Tempest Bistro and Two Rock Wines invite you to join them for a taste of Switzerland at their Swiss Wine Pairing Dinner on Thursday, February 4th.
Starting at 7pm, the evening will include a four-course menu with five wines carefully selected by Two Rock. Menu items include Raclette, Rabbit Stew and much more.
The cost of dinner is $110 per person, plus grats.
For more information, or to make a reservation, contact 297-0861.
The Hamilton Princess invite you to join them every Friday and start the weekends off right at After Work Fridays at Marcus’.
From 5pm until 7pm on the Hamilton Princess terrace, overlooking the Hamilton Harbour, a live DJ will be heating things up at this pop up party. A specialty drink menu will be available to set the perfect mood as you lounge in luxury.
There is no cover charge.
For more information, contact 298-2028 or visit www.MarcusBermuda.com.
There are two new exhibits opening at the Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA) in City Hall on Friday, February 5th.
The Members Photography show entitled Unseen will be featured in the Onions Gallery. Member Artists were invited to submit pieces showing the unseen and what is beyond the surface around us everyday. Also exhibiting, is the debut solo exhibition for artist Gavin Smith, entitled #DISCUSS, a show that will be sure to inspire and engage. BSoA invited Gavin to exhibit as an emerging artist initiative.
The opening reception will be from 5pm until 7pm on Friday, February 5th.
Opening hours are from 10am until 4pm, Monday to Friday, and from 10am until 2pm on Saturdays. The exhibits will run until Tuesday, February 23rd.
Admission is free, although donations are appreciated, and all are welcome.
For more information, contact 292-3824 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.BSoA.bm.
Ever wanted to try out film acting? The 6 week Acting for Film class for 10 to 17 year olds, starting on Friday, February 5th is your opportunity to do so.
Participants will learn how to act for the camera, including the difference between screen vs. theatre acting, proper use of space and props, posture and more!
Sign up is required. The cost is $200 for 10 to 17 year olds and $300 for 18 and over for the full $200 age 18+ $300 for full six weeks. 15 to 17 year olds have the option of joining adult class with parental permission.
For more information, contact 704-2017 or email@example.com.
It can sometimes be tough to decide what to eat on a Saturday night but thankfully, Easy Tapas Evenings at Crown & Anchor will help with your dilemma from Saturday, February 6th.
From 6.30pm, you can leave the cooking to someone else and choose from over forty different items, including the Chef’s fine selection of freshly prepared cold fish, seafood, charcuterie and vegetable tapas. After that, you can enjoy the fabulous dessert buffet from 8pm.
This will run every Saturday from February 6th until April 30th.
The cost is $60, plus gratuities.
For more information, or to make a reservation, contact 298-2028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s the golden anniversary of the Super Bowl and Marcus’ is celebrating in its usual incredible style with a Super Bowl Tailgate Party on Sunday, February 7th.
From 7pm, you can enjoy all the excitement of Super Bowl 50 on the special big screens that they are putting up just for the night. You’ll see the game like never before, and the spectacular half time show featuring Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyoncé.
Chef Leonardo will be creating a special buffet that you can enjoy throughout the evening.
The cost is $49 per person, plus gratuities.
For more information, or to make a reservation, contact 298-2028 or email@example.com.
Let the kids dive into some fun during BUEI’s Mid-Term Camps, starting on Monday, February 8th.
The camps are designed to inform, motivate and excite children aged 7 to 13 using hands-on activities, experiments, interactive computer learning, scavenger hunts, arts & crafts and competitions!
The first camp will run from Monday, February 8th until Friday, February 12th, while the second will run from Monday, February 15th until Friday, February 19th. Both will be Dabble in Prehistoric Seas and will include new discoveries.
Camp hours are 9am until 3pm, for $250, with after-camp supervision until 5.15pm for $325, if required.
To sign up, visit the Education page at www.BUEI.org.
For more information, contact 294-0207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free and specifically geared towards the Island’s seniors, the Department of E-Commerce will host the Safer Internet Day on Tuesday, February 9th.
From 10am until 2pm at Somersfield Academy, you can find out how you can use technology to your advantage and how to protect yourself while online. This will be an opportunity to meet with representatives from Butterfield, the Bermuda Police Service, BF&M, Clarien Bank, Age Concern, Ageing and Disability Services, Digicel, and more.
This event is free and lunch and a shuttle to and from City Hall will be provided.
For more information, or to register, contact email@example.com or 297-7936.
The Hamilton Princess invite you to join them in sampling the the finest premium spirits of the Bacardi portfolio at their weekly Bacardi Tastings on Wednesdays from February 10th until March 9th.
This will be available from 5pm until 7.30pm in the Crown and Anchor Restaurant, with the featured spirit changing weekly. The series will kick off on February 10th when you will be able to enjoy some Facundo premium sipping rums. On February 17th, you can enjoy a taste of Scotland with Dewar’s Blended Scotch Whisky and the Aberfeldy Single Malts and then move to Mexico on February 24th for the Cazadores and Corzo 100% Agave Tequilas. Bacardi Premium Rums will be available for sampling on March 2nd and, finally, on March 9th, you can try some Grey Goose Premium Vodkas.
The cost is $15, plus gratuities.
For more information, contact 298-2028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, Marcus’ thought they just might create a very special Roses & Rosé Brunch and Dinner for you share with that special person in your life from Friday, February 12th until Sunday, February 14th.
Marcus’ invite you to plan to come along with your loved one, and they’ll even treat the ladies to a lovely rose and a glass of rosé champagne.
Brunch is served between noon and 3pm on February 14th while dinner is served from 6pm until 10pm on each evening.
For brunch, the cost is $45, or $75 with unlimited champagne, plus gratuities. For dinner, the cost is $89 per person, plus gratuities.
For more information, or to make a reservation, contact 298-2028 or email@example.com.
The Bermuda National Trust invite you to come early to get the best goodies at their Annual Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday, February 13th.
From 8.30am until noon at Waterville on Pomander Road in Paget, you can expect a variety of sized plants and seedlings, potting demonstrations for those greenthumbs who want to learn more, fresh and delectable sweet and savoury baked goods, a variety of chutneys and marmalades to tempt your appetite, and a crafts section for the kids.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giving you a stress-free option to celebrate Valentine’s Day, N’tertainment presents My Tribute, a 60th Birthday celebration of Bermuda’s own Wendell “Shine” Hayward in Honour of his parents, Mrs Mary and the late Alfred Frederick Hayward, on Sunday, February 14th.
The evening will begin with cocktails with Maestro Dazz at 5pm in the Fairmont Southampton’s Mid-Ocean Amphitheatre, followed by dinner with the Big Chill, featuring Kassie Caines, DJ Felix and Tony B, and then showtime when Shine will tell the story of his life through his music.
Special guest performers will include Laritta Adderley, Live Wires, Charo Hollis, Lloyd Holder, Aisha Trott, Aaron Spencer, Spiritual Peace, Dayton Wharton, Rev. John Woolridge, Shine Hayward N Friends, and, of course, Nadanja And Nishanthi.
The cost is $120 for the complete dinner and show package or $60 for the show only, and tickets are available from www.BDAtix.bm. Part proceeds will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Bermuda.
For more information, contact 703-9092.
Can’t go another year in an unhealthy relationship? You know you deserve better but can’t seem to break free? Feel like you keep going in circles with the same old issues? Are you ready to start living a drama free and peaceful life? Do you feel helpless and like no one understands?
If any of these resonate with you, then help is available at the Fresh Start: Relationship Education for Women course, starting on Thursday, February 18th.
Fresh Start is a 12 week programme designed to give women the tools and support needed to live the life they deserve. From 6pm until 7.30pm, you are invited to join them on a journey towards putting love back into perspective and establishing healthy relationships with yourself and others.
The cost is $120 and the registration deadline is on Monday, February 15th. The location will be disclosed after sign-up.
For more information, or to register, contact email@example.com or 735-5861.
MAMA (Meet-a-Mum-Association) invite you to eat, drink and give back at their annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser and Silent Auction on Saturday, February 20th.
From 7.30pm at Discovery Wines, you can enjoy 6 wine tastings, expertly paired with canapés, in a mix and mingle environment.
Last year, MAMA raised $4,715 for their deserving charities. This year, they hope to exceed that amount and are proud to announce that they will be supporting two deserving causes, Windreach Bermuda and the Wesley Methodist Food Hamper Program.
Tickets cost $65.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www.MamaBermuda.com.
Join family, friends and the entire community on the journey to support cancer care in Bermuda at the 28th Annual P.A.L.S. Walk on Sunday, February 21st.
This year, the event route will start and finish at the P.A.L.S. headquarters in Paget with 3k, 5k and 10k walk/run options, following an out and back course along the scenic Railway Trail with various opportunities to turn around.
For over 35 years, P.A.L.S. has provided crucial services to the community at no charge to cancer patients who need them. Your support is critical to help the organisation continue to provide these services to 125 active patients who are in need of care. Cancer affects everyone. Together, we can memorialize loved ones, encourage cancer fighters and celebrate survivors by raising awareness and funds for P.A.L.S. medical services, equipment and supplies.
The registration fee is $25 for adults, $5 for children aged 5 to 15 and free for children under 5. Walk kits will be Registration can be made online at www.pals.bm until February 10th, in person at P.A.L.S HQ from 9.30am until 4.30pm, or at Washington Mall from 11.30am until 1.30pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from February 8th to 16th. Later registration will be available at P.A.L.S HQ from 10am until 2pm on Saturday, February 20th. There will be no registration on the day of the walk.
For more information, contact 236-7257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your diaries, fans of independent cinema! Now in its 19th year, the Bermuda International Film Festival (BIFF) for 2016 will be running from Friday, March 4th until Friday, March 11th.
BIFF has carefully curated a programme of over 30 feature-length and short films to be screened during festival week. The programme includes a World Cinema strand featuring several Oscar-nominated films, as well as a local talent showcase, From the Onion Patch. All films will be screened in the Earl Cameron Theatre at City Hall. All panel discussions will take place at Bermuda National Gallery.
The Box Office opens on Friday, February 5th. Tickets to all BIFF 2016 screenings, are $15, with the exception of the opening and closing gala presentations which are $30 per ticket. Short Film Programme tickets are priced at $5. Tickets can be purchased online at www.pTix.bm, in person at City Hall Box Office an hour before each film screening, or from the self-service kiosks at Freisenbruch-Meyer Group on Front Street.
For more information, including the full film schedule (when available), visit www.BIFF.bm.
The Hamilton Princess joins the world in celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women at their International Women’s Day Lunch and Dinner on Tuesday, March 8th.
Available from 11am in Crown and Anchor Restaurant, a special three-course menu has been created for the day. Menu items include a choice of their delicious Fine Veal, Chicken and Scallop Ragout, or Roasted Salmon with Pumpkin Fritters.
The cost is $60, or $30 for the Ladies Special, plus gratuities.
For more information, or to make a reservation, contact 298-2028 or ham.diningreservations@fairmont.
You liked them so much, they’ve brought them back – the Hamilton Princess are offering two more opportunities to learn how to make some sweet treats from the experts at their Spring Pastry Cooking Class on Sundays, March 13th and 20th.
From 2pm in Crown & Anchor Restaurant, you can join Executive Pastry Chef Kevin Pannier as he demonstrates how to create mouth-watering pastries and desserts. He’ll be sure to ask you to join in to help so be prepared to roll up those sleeves. Afterwards, you can enjoy a light dinner in Crown & Anchor, with the dessert featuring what you’ve just learned to create.
The cost is $58, plus gratuities, and limited spaces are available.
For more information, or to reserve your spot, contact 298-2028 or email@example.com.
Spectacular holiday brunches are becoming a bit of a tradition in the Harbourview Ballroom and this Easter will be no exception as the Hamilton Princess invite you to join them at their Easter Sunday Brunch on Sunday, March 27th.
From 11am until 3pm, you can expect everything from an amazing seafood fountain to traditional codfish and potatoes, and a dessert buffet that goes beyond mouth-watering, making for an Easter brunch that won’t soon be forgotten.
What would Easter be without chocolate eggs and Easter Bunnies? The Hamilton Princess have created a special station where kids can paint their own eggs and bunnies. Their pastry chefs will also be there to create special cup cakes and a kids’ menu will also be available.
The cost is $70, plus gratuities, and is half price for children under 12.
Helping students learn about cultures around the world while raising money for their school, Clearwater Middle School presents their Soaring around the World Multicultural Extravaganza on Wednesday, April 20th.
From 6pm until 8pm in the gymnasium, there will be food and live entertainment from around the world.
Food tickets will cost $3 per sample.
For more information, contact Kristin Hamilton on firstname.lastname@example.org
or Dawn Kirk on email@example.com.
Save the Date: Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events
Reading Odyssey – January 4th to March 24th
Bermuda Restaurant Weeks 2016 – January 14th to February 4th
Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts – January 22nd to March 5th
Open Pole Fitness Session – February 3rd
Wine Focus Wednesday: South America – February 3rd
**NEW Harbour Nights 2016 Vendor Information Session – February 4th
**NEW Swiss Wine Pairing Dinner – February 4th
**NEW After Work Fridays at Marcus’ – starts February 5th
**NEW Acting For Film (ages 10-17) – starts February 5th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Wagner’s Tannhauser – February 6th
Legend: Bob Marley Tribute – February 6th
The Bermuda Literary Festival – February 6th
Murder Mystery Dinner: The Mafia Murders – February 6th
KICS Teen e-Book Club – February 6th
Lip Syncing Saturdays – February 6th
**NEW Easy Tapas Evenings at Crown & Anchor – starts February 6th
Butterfield & Vallis 5k 2016 – February 7th
Dick Reno’s Smokin’ Barrel Super Bowl Blowout Party – February 7th
**NEW Super Bowl Tailgate Party at Marcus’ – February 7th
Wine Tasting Mondays – February 8th
**NEW BUEI Mid-Term Camps: Dabble in Prehistoric Seas – starts February 8th
**NEW Safer Internet Day for Seniors – February 9th
Open Pole Fitness Session – February 10th
Wine Focus Wednesdays: Burgundy – February 10th
**NEW Bacardi Tasting at Hamilton Princess – starts February 10th
Pechakucha Bermuda Night Volume 14 – February 11th
BMDS Presents: Stick Fly by Lydia R. Diamond – February 11th to 13th and 18th to 20th
Argentine Valentine – February 12th
**NEW Roses & Rosé Dinner – February 12th to 14th
Smith’s Parish Council Seniors Tea – February 13th
Valentine’s Masquerade – February 13th
Lip Syncing Saturdays – February 13th
**NEW Bermuda National Trust Plant and Bake Sale – February 13th
Valentine’s Day at Cafe Lido – February 13th and 14th
2016 Orchid Spa Wedding Expo – February 14th
**NEW Roses & Rosé Brunch – February 14th
**NEW My Tribute – February 14th
Wine Tasting Mondays – February 15th
**NEW BUEI Mid-Term Camps: Dabble in Prehistoric Seas – starts February 15th
Open Pole Fitness Session – February 17th
**NEW Fresh Start: Relationship Education for Women – February 18th
Martini Tasting – February 19th
Ingrid Seward Majesty Talk – February 19th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Berg’s Lulu – February 20th
Lip Syncing Saturdays – February 20th
**NEW Annual MAMA Fundraiser and Wine Tasting – February 20th
The Wheels of Life: How to Know Your Chakras in a New Way – February 20th and 21st
Girlguiding Bermuda Thinking Day Service and Parade – February 21st
Parenthood: Birth to 6 Months Course (5 Week Course) – starts February 21st
**NEW The 28th Annual P.A.L.S. Walk – February 21st
Wine Tasting Mondays – February 22nd
Yoga Foundation Class (Wednesday Evenings) – starts February 24th
Yoga Foundation Class (Thursday Mornings) – starts February 25th
Joy T. Barnum @BNG – February 26th
Shimmer & Ice Dinner Dance – February 27th
Psychosocial First Aid Course – starts March 4th
**NEW Bermuda International Film Festival – March 4th to 11th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Mozart’s Magic Flute – March 5th
GoldRush – March 5th
Bermuda SPCA’s 19th Annual Paws to the Park – March 6th
**NEW International Women’s Day Lunch and Dinner – March 8th
Weekend Intensive Yoga – March 11th to 13th
**NEW Spring Pastry Cooking Class at Hamilton Princess – March 13th
Joy T. Barnum @BNG – March 18th
Ariel Re Bermuda 7s – March 18th and 19th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Bizet’s Pearl Fishers – March 19th
The 5th Bermuda Beach Art Festival – March 19th
2016 KPMG Round the Grounds Race – March 20th
**NEW Spring Pastry Cooking Class at Hamilton Princess – March 20th
**NEW Easter Sunday Brunch at Hamilton Princess – March 27th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Puccini’s Turandot – April 9th
Xtreme Sports Games – April 9th
Metropolitan Opera in HD: Puccini’s Manon Lescaut – April 16th
**NEW Clearwater Middle School Soaring around the World Multicultural Extravaganza – April 20th
Joy T. Barnum @City Hall – April 22nd
Bermuda Yoga Festival 2016 – April 29th to May 1st
2017 Bermuda Marathon Weekend – January 13th to 15th
Exhibits at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art
- Surreal Reflections & Tic Tac Toe by Andy Detzer – January 29th to February 10th
Exhibits at Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard
**NEW Exhibits at Bermuda Society of Arts – February 5th to 23rd
- BSoA Members’ Photography Show – Unseen
- Gavin Smith’s #DISCUSS
Exhibits at Bermuda National Gallery – until May 28th
- Peter Woolcock: A Tribute
- Highlights from the Young Collection
- Highlights of the BNG Collection
Enjoy the rest of the week!