Shake off those winter blues Bermuda—spring is here! The vernal equinox, which eralds the first day of spring, is on March 20th this year, just a few days after the spring Bermudian publishes. It may be cheeky, but we like to think one of the signs of spring
our readers look forward to most is the arrival of The Bermudian on newsstands and in their
mailbox. And even if we are a bit presumptuous, spring is the season of renewal, hope and new
beginnings, and we know you’ll find this issue filled with all of that—and a whole lot more!
Hope shines in our cover story where we introduce you to nine amazing Bermudians who
share a common goal: to represent Bermuda in the 2016 Olympic Games. In “Our Olympic
Hopefuls,” we meet the brave, young men and women who dream of winning a medal in Brazil
this summer. Some have qualified in their respective disciplines already, and some may not
make it at all. All are heroes in our eyes and we hope you’ll join us in rooting for them every
step of the way.
We celebrate new beginnings in this issue with our 23rd annual Building Design Awards.
The projects this year run the gamut from amazing office interiors and a designer’s dream
home to a transformed backyard and an old captain’s residence restored to new retail space.
What they have in common is what we have come expect in Bermuda: world-class excellence
in building and interior design. Sponsoring these awards for the first time this year is Rowe
Spurling Paint Company. We are deeply grateful for their support and hope this new beginning will continue to grow and thrive for many years to come. Also new and noteworthy to
the awards this year is our Green Building Award, bestowed on a project that exemplifies the
characteristics and ethos of sustainable development. Our thanks go to AES for their support
in presenting the first Green Building Award 2016.
In our Heritage piece this issue, we learn the governor’s wife, Mrs. Margaret Fergusson, has
been overseeing an extensive project for the last two years to update the catalogue and signage
of Bermuda’s first arboretum, the trees of Government House. As
Elizabeth Jones tells us in “A Living Museum,” every tree tells a tale,
most having been planted by royalty, presidents and dignitaries, but
since the collection dates back to the late nineteenth century, many
have been lost to the vagaries of time, weather and mishap. Thanks to
Mrs. Fergusson’s appreciation of this important part of our heritage,
we now have an up-to-date version of what can be called living signatures in an official visitor’s book.
I hope we have whetted your appetite to enjoy these stories and
much more within the pages of this spring
issue. And from codfish cakes and kites to
flowers and first swims, we wish you all the
joys of springtime in Bermuda!
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Volume LXXXV Number 1
Publisher and Editor
Elizabeth Jones, Charles Doyle, W.C.
Stevenson, Karolina De Costa, Amanda
Temple, Max Kehrli, Meredith Andrews, Ann
Spurling, Christine Watlington, Winifred
Blackmore, Dana Cooper, Jill Rubinchak,
Etienne Van Rensburg, Chris Edwards,
Nicolas Schimp, Sofia van der Dys, Noah
Webb, Nigel McIntyre
William D. Richardson 1930-31
Ronald J. Williams 1931-41
Arthur M. Purcell 1942-49
Ronald J. Williams 1950-76
Dinah J. Darby 1977-86
Kevin Stevenson 1987-94
Rosemary Jones 1994-99
Meredith Ebbin 1999-2003
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