February 15th, 2017 Bermuda Calendar Update
Well, if Valentine’s Day isn’t your thing, then today might work out a little better for you as it is officially National Gum Drop Day, National Hippo Day AND Random Acts of Kindness Day, so just take your pick! Otherwise, just scroll down and check out all the upcoming Bermuda fun over the next month or so.
As always, don’t forget to check out the Quick Recap Section at the bottom of the post for a full listing of all upcoming events, including those previously covered in previous posts.
A great way to connect your kids with the natural world around them, the Bermuda National Trust presents its Annual Children’s Nature Walk at Spittal Pond on Thursday, February 16th.
Spittal Pond is one of Bermuda’s most spectacular open spaces, this 64-acre reserve is part of a necklace of wetlands along the South Shore, providing a diversity of habitats and an amazing variety of birds, especially during the migration seasons. It is Bermuda’s largest and most important bird sanctuary.
Children and guardians will have the opportunity to experience nature first hand on the walk, as well as observe some of our cultural landmarks while they hear fascinating stories from the past. They will be taken along the route by the Trust’s enthusiastic guides stopping at points of interest to learn about biodiversity, habitats, history, geology and conservation from the island’s leading environmental and cultural experts.
This is for parents and children aged between 5 and 12, running from 9.30am until noon, with groups leaving the eastern parking lot every 15 minutes. The walk takes approximately 90 minutes so you should wear suitable clothes and shoes for rugged terrain. Light snacks are available and you are invited to bring your own water bottle that they can fill.
The walk is not suitable for dogs, baby prams or very young children. Parking is available in the field behind Harrington Hundreds grocery store.
This event is free and groups of more than three are asked to pre-register.
For more information, or to register your group, contact Dr Dorte Horsfield, the Bermuda National Trust Director of Education, at email@example.com or 236-6483 ext. 212.
Every Thursday is Ladies Night at Red Steakhouse and Bar, from Thursday, February 16th.
From 5pm, the evening will feature 2-for-1 drinks on all beverages for the ladies, including wines by the glass, liquor drinks and cocktails.
There is no cover charge and this will continue every week through the Spring.
For more information, or to reserve your table, contact 292-7331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet all the people who can make your house a home with over 50 exhibitors – from home decoration to the kitchen sink- at the Coldwell Banker Home Show on Friday and Saturday, February 17th and 18th.
The Home Show will be open to the public from 3pm until 8pm on the Friday and from 9am until 4pm on Saturday at CedarBridge Academy.
There is no entry fee.
For more information, contact Michelle Halpin at email@example.com.
Bermuda National Trust invite you to come to Waterville for their Annual Plant and Bake Sale on Saturday, February 18th
From 8.30am until noon, you can treat yourself to delicious baked goods, purchase plants guaranteed to spruce up your garden and be in with a chance to win one of our fabulous door prizes.
There will be a seedling demonstration at 10am and cupcake demonstration at 11am.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swallows Hockey Club invite you to dress to impress for a fun-filled star-studded event at A Night at the Oscars on Saturday, February 18th.
From 8pm at Daylesford Theatre, you can be the first to hear the winning nominations of the prestigious Academy Awards 2017. The paparazzi will be there, plus a photo op with Donald Trump the 45th president of the USA, as well as a DJ, photo booth, door prizes, games and a trivia quiz for prizes.
Tickets are $50 and limited to only 100 lucky VIPs . The ticket price includes two drinks, the DJ and the photo booth.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact email@example.com, or visit www.Facebook.com/SwallowsHC.
Ready for a free night of Latin music and dancing with Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and ChaCha? Then head to the Post-Valentines Salsa Party on Saturday. February 18th.
From 10pm at Bungalow 56, there will be no slumber going on at this party. Reach to the back of the closet and dust off your PJs and onesies, and come out and salsa in your slippers and bachata in your bathrobe. They promise to keep your Valentine’s going with a bit of “Floor-Play”!
Setting the mood before the party will be a sexy “Bed-Chata” workshop with Gemma and Derek at 9pm.
Afterwards, there will be 2 DJs bringing you the very best in Salsa, Reggaeton, Bachata and Merengue. Bringing the party tunes is special guest DJ Dennis of Souljah 1, playing Hip Hope, Soca, Top 40 and 90s Mix.
The Approved Pajama Party Kit includes:
2. Pillow( to fight or talk…wink wink)
3. Stuffed animals/ Blanky
4. Funny slippers
There is no cover charge and no partner needed, so you can just come and enjoy.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Promising a night not to be missed, BUEI Talks presents Saviours, Sinners & Ships by Eric Murphy on Thursday, February 23rd.
The Bermuda Shipwreck is the third book in Eric Murphy’s ongoing series of historical novels. Eric will share his passion for some of the eclectic mix of historical characters and ships that have found a place in his books. Many of whom had links to Bermuda during the Civil War: Joseph H. Rainey, Harriet Tubman, Dr. Luke Blackburn, blockade runners, Bill McCoy and the Canadian schooner Bluenose.
There will be a book signing at 7pm, followed by the lecture 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 with Sushi Happy Hour prices on selected sushi and drinks available until 6.30pm. 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.
The cost of the lecture is $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $10 for students.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 294-0204 or visit the Oceans Gift Shop at BUEI.
Enjoy some free art activities in the Botanical Gardens as Masterworks Education presents Super Saturday on Saturday, February 25th.
From 10am until 2pm, children and their families will be encouraged to participate in free activities for all ages, inspired by the theme of the month. The theme for February will be Canada, to match one of their mini exhibitions in their 30th anniversary show. There will also be have face painting and a fun photo booth complete with costumes. Masterworks offer this event once a month during the school year to the community as their give back to get everyone involved with art.
Homer’s Cafe will also be open, so you can enjoy a delicious lunch or snack with the family after taking part.
There is no need to register so you can just turn up on the day.
For more information, contact 299-4000 or visit www.BermudaMasterworks.com.
The Annual Commemorative Service for Midshipman Richard Sutherland Dale, USN, will be on Saturday, February 25th.
Midshipman Dale died aged 20 in Bermuda on February 22nd, 1815 of wounds received while fighting against the Royal Navy in the war of 1812. He was one of the last casualties of that war. His parents were touched by the kindness with which Bermudians cared for their son.
The service will be at his grave in St Peter’s Churchyard at 5.20pm, preceded by an introduction on King’s Square at 5pm with the Sea Cadets of TS Admiral Somers on Parade.
The service will be followed by a dinner at 6pm at Griffin’s Restaurant in St George’s Club with an illustrated presentation by Dr Ed Harris on John Lyman, Bermuda’s first Architectural Historian.
The cost of dinner is $85 and is payable at the door. Reservations are essential.
For more information, or to make a reservation, contact 297-2459.
In collaboration with the Bermuda National Library and the Bermuda Historical Society, enjoy a screening of two local films at Bermudian Heartbeats: Film Night on Thursday, March 2nd.
From 6pm at Bermuda National Library, you can view About Bermuda: Crown Lands (running time of 29 minutes) and About Bermuda: U.S. Bases in Bermuda (running time of 29 minutes). The moderator for the evening will be Andrew Bermingham and both films are in English.
This event is free to the public, but spaces are limited. Free tickets are available from the office and from www.BDAtix.bm.
For more information, contact Dr. Kim Dismont Robinson, Folklife Officer, on 292-1681 or email@example.com.
Nakternl Entertainment invites you to come and dance the night away to Soulful and Deep House music at Housestyle Takeover on Saturday, March 4th.
From 7pm until 3am inside the sophisticated Bungalow 56, your DJs for the night will be Double O and Mike Shawr.
Whether its the classic sounds of soulful house or the groovy bass thumping deep house, this event promises 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.
The Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA) invite you to join them to Re-Discover the Rail Trail on Sunday, March 5th.
It’s the perfect time to re-imagine how we use this spectacular stretch of public space to improve the health and wellness of our community and the island experience of our visitors.
If it has ever been possible to find something that has always been there – the Bermuda Rail Trail is that thing. It’s steeped in history as a defunct transport service, but alive again in the Bermuda lifestyle – providing recreation areas for young families, a training ground for sports enthusiasts and miles of adventure for the explorers who live amongst us and others who come to visit.
Even with the Rail Trail’s new lease on life as a sport and adventure playground, it hasn’t reached its full potential – not by a long shot.
They’ll start with a beautiful section of the trail in Hamilton Parish between Shelly Bay and Bailey’s Bay. From 10am until 5pm, you can expect a day of fun outdoor activities and excitement, infused with a dash of local culture and history. It promises to be a day not to be missed.
Organising partners are the Bermuda Tourism Authority, Bermuda Department of Health, Bermuda Department of Parks, Hamilton Parish Council, Friends of the Railway Trail, Bailey’s Bay Cricket Club, and Argus.
You are also invited to mark your calendar for the fourth quarter when they take their Re-Discovery tour to the Rail Trail in the west end. It’s all part of the BTA’s mission to re-imagine a modern Rail Trail that is year-round and filled with adventure.
The experiences and demos at this event are free, with food available for purchase.
For more information, contact email@example.com or visit www.GoToBermuda.com.
The days of piracy return to Bermuda, but this time is all in the name of an excellent community cause, at the Bermuda Sloop Foundation’s Pirates of Bermuda event on Saturday, March 5th.
This fun-filled afternoon for the whole family will take place at Number 1 Dock on Front Street from 2pm until 5pm. As in the 18th century, privateers aboard STV Spirit of Bermuda have been authorised by letters of marque to kidnap more than 50 community members for their riches. Donations can be put towards freeing a hostage OR gleefully witnessing the Walking of the Plank straight into the chilly waters of Hamilton Harbour. The public is invited to join them for the afternoon. There will be pirates and pirating, music, food and fun for the whole family to enjoy as you witness the hostages meet their fate.
Contributions towards sinking or saving your favourite hostage be made right up until the day of the event online at www.pTix.bm or by calling Bermuda Sloop Foundation at 737-5667. All funds raised from this event help ensure the continued operation of Bermuda Sloop Foundation’s Expeditionary Learning Programmes on board Sail Training Vessel Spirit of Bermuda, and student voyage bursaries.
Offering Men’s, Ladies’, Men’s Over 45 and Ladies’ Over 40 categories to complete in, the Digicel Bermuda National Squash Championships 2017 will run from Sunday to Friday, March 12th to 17th.
The event will run from noon until 5pm on the Sunday, and then from 6pm until 10pm from Monday to Friday. The finals will be held on Friday March 17th.
The entry fee for participants is $45 for adults or $25 for juniors, and guarantees two matches and an event shirt.
Spectators are welcome and entrance is free.
For more information, or to register by March 3rd, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 292-6881.
Bring a blanket or camp chair and a camera and enjoy an evening under the stars as the Bermuda National Trust invite you to their Moongazing at Verdmont event on Sunday, March 12th.
From 6.30pm until 10pm, they promise that Verdmont’s ‘green hill’ is the place to be for this stellar evening, where you will be inspired to photograph the moon during a penumbral eclipse, join the tour of the historic house and settle in for a story under the stars.
At 7pm, you can learn some Night Sky photography tips, followed by a Tour of Verdmont House from 7.30pm until 8pm. There will then be a guest storyteller or night sky guide at 8.30pm.
The cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members and $10 for juniors. Refreshments will be available to purchase.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Julie Steele at 236-6483 ext. 225 or email@example.com.
Taste 141 invite you to come join them for a French Night on Thursday, March 16th.
Starting at 6.30pm, you can enjoy an night of fabulous French cuisine and wine.
The cost is $75 per person, excluding grats, and an optional wine pairing is available at an additional cost of $40. Reservations are required.
For more information, or to make a reservation, contact 292-0777.
Promising the very best in high school and college rugby, the 2017 Ariel Re Bermuda 7s will take place once again on Friday and Saturday, March 17th and 18th.
From noon until 9pm on the Friday and from 10am until 6pm on the Saturday, this family-friendly event will take place at the National Sports Centre, Bermuda’s premier sporting event venue.
This year, the tournament will feature pool play on Friday with championship matches culminating on the Saturday. Ariel Re/Argo will be hosting Family Day on Saturday during the final rounds.
12 collegiate teams will be featured, including the Bermuda Ariel Re All Stars (formerly Bermuda Collegians), who were nothing short of phenomenal last year placing third against some of the best teams in the US. They’ll also have 4 high school age programs including 2 Ariel Re sponsored Bermuda teams. The official hashtag for the event is #Bermuda7s.
There is no admission fee.
The Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard are opening The Art of Craft on Sunday, March 19th.
The Arts Centre at Dockyard takes Craftsmanship very seriously. Every year, in celebration of the amazing Crafters on the Island, the Arts Centre holds The Art of Craft to showcase Bermuda’s crafts in all media.
Every year, in celebration of the amazing Crafters on the Island, the Arts Centre holds The Art of Craft to showcase Bermuda’s crafts in all media.
This show will hold a variety of work including ceramics, jewellery, wood turning, wood carving, furniture, fabrics, glass and much more.
The opening is from 3.30pm until 5pm on Sunday, March 19th and the show runs until April 21st.
Admission is free. The Arts Centre is open daily (excluding Good Friday) from 11am to 4pm, extending to 10am until 5pm from April 1st, and is wheelchair accessible.
For more information, contact 234-2809, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.ArtBermuda.com.
Here is an opportunity to own a piece of art by Bermuda’s most outstanding artists as Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard presents their one-time art sale 6 x 6 = 66 on Sunday, March 19th.
Every piece in the show is 6″ x 6″ and every piece will sell for $66. The artwork will never have been seen before as all artists are painting specifically for this show. Proceeds will go to the Bermuda Arts Centre.
There will be no pre-sales for the show.
The sale is from 3.30pm until 5pm on Sunday, March 19th, during the opening reception for The Art of Craft.
Admission is free.
The Arts Centre is open daily (excluding Good Friday) from 11am to 4pm, extending to 10am until 5pm from April 1st, and is wheelchair accessible.
For more information, contact 234-2809, email@example.com, or visit www.ArtBermuda.com.
Save the Date: Quick Recap of Upcoming Bermuda Events
Golden Ticket Reading Challenge 2017 – January 10th to April 15th
Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts – January 13th to March 4th
Art Shack February Camp – February 13th to 17th
Intro to Hootsuite – February 14th and 15th
Camp Core – February 15th to 17th
**UPDATED Thirsty Thursday 5K Pub Run Series – February 16th
WOMB Connection Session – February 16th
**NEW Bermuda National Trust Children’s Nature Walk – February 16th
Pechakucha Bermuda Night 18 Volume – February 17th
Chewstick’s Winter Retreat on Ports Island – February 17th to 19th
PLP #2 Post Valentine Oldie Goldie Dance – February 17th
**NEW Coldwell Banker Home Show – February 17th and 18th
Scribbles Art Shack Pop-Up Art Studio – February 18th
Games Day – February 18th
Peace Lutheran Church Car Boot Sale – February 18th
Book Release Party: Dear Cancer, Let Me Introduce Myself – February 18th
**NEW Bermuda National Trust Plant and Bake Sale – February 18th
**NEW A Night at the Oscars – February 18th
**NEW Post-Valentines Salsa Party – February 18th
iPad/iPhone Creative Workshop with Theresa Airey – February 18th and 19th
29th Annual P.A.L.S. Walk – February 19th
Bootsie’s 50th Celebration – February 19th
Art with a Twist – February 21st
US Consulate Hosts Movie Nights with the Library: Red Tails – February 21st
Intro to Hootsuite – February 22nd and 23rd
Resilient Book Signing – February 22nd
TechTalk: FinTech – February 23rd
**NEW BUEI Talks presents: Saviours, Sinners & Ships by Eric Murphy – February 23rd
Masterworks Exhibition Opening: Sharon Wilson & Students – February 24th
Startup Weekend – February 24th to 26th
Hearts, Hats and High Tea – February 25th
Zoobilee: Feast in the Wild – February 25th
Scribbles Art Shack Pop-Up Art Studio – February 25th
The Greatest: Fight Night at Fairmont Southampton – February 25th
**NEW Super Saturday at Masterworks: Canada – February 25th
**NEW Annual Commemorative Service for Midshipman Richard Sutherland Dale – February 25th
Free Lunchtime Concert – March 3rd
Fun Fridays at Masterworks – March 3rd
**NEW Housestyle Takeover – March 4th
Bermuda Wedding Expo – March 5th
**NEW Re-Discover the Rail Trail – March 5th
**NEW Pirates of Bermuda – March 5th
Social Media Jump Start – starts March 7th
Wine Tasting at Masterworks – March 8th
Fun Fridays at Masterworks – March 10th
Sail Along for a Night of Dinner and Dancing – March 10th
**NEW Digicel Bermuda National Squash Championships 2017 – March 12th to 17th
**NEW Moongazing at Verdmont – March 12th
Hasty Pudding Theatricals HPT 169: Casino Evil – March 15th to 17th
**NEW French Night at Taste 141 – March 16th
Fun Fridays at Masterworks – March 17th
The Convening: A Nation Under Siege – March 17th
**NEW 2017 Ariel Re Bermuda 7s – March 17th and 18th
Luncheon for International Women’s Month – March 18th
**NEW Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard Opening Reception: The Art of Craft – March 19th to April 21st
**NEW 6 x 6 = 66 – March 19th
Casting for Travel Channel USA – March 20th to 24th
Art with a Twist – March 21st
**NEW Super Saturday at Masterworks: Cubism – March 25th
Arts for All Free Community Event – March 27th to 31st
Fun Fridays at Masterworks – March 31st
Social Media Management for Administrators – starts April 3rd
Wine Tasting at Masterworks – April 12th
Art with a Twist – April 25th
**NEW Super Saturday at Masterworks: America – April 29th
Wine Tasting at Masterworks – May 10th
Ana Luna Glow Worms Safari – May 12th and 13th
**NEW Super Saturday at Masterworks: Sailing – May 27th
Free Lunchtime Concert – June 2nd
Ana Luna Glow Worms Safari – June 11th and 12th
Wine Tasting at Masterworks – June 14th
Art with a Twist – June 27th
Ana Luna Glow Worms Safari – July 11th and 12th
Wine Tasting at Masterworks – July 12th
Art with a Twist – July 25th
Ana Luna Glow Worms Safari – August 9th and 10th
Art with a Twist – August 22nd
Ana Luna Glow Worms Safari – September 8th and 9th
Wine Tasting at Masterworks – September 13th
Art with a Twist – September 19th
Ana Luna Glow Worms Safari – October 7th and 8th
Art with a Twist – October 24th
Wine Tasting at Masterworks – November 15th
Art with a Twist – November 21st
Wine Tasting at Masterworks – December 13th
Art with a Twist – December 19th
Exhibits at Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard
- Kitchen Art – January 15th until February 10th
- In a Garden – February 12th to March 17th
- **NEW The Art of Craft – March 19th to April 21st
Exhibits at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art
- Room with a View – ongoing from January 5th
- Luxury Art by Carlos Santana – January 28th to February 22nd
- Sharon Wilson & Students – February 24th to March 22nd
Current Exhibits at Bermuda National Gallery
- The Power of Art – January 27th to November 25th
International Women’s Club Art Exhibition – March 10th to 24th
Enjoy the rest of the week!