For an island of our rather diminutive size,
Bermuda is home to an impressive collection of
art. Museums, cultural centres, exhibits, statues;
the list of galleries and landmarks goes on and
on. But let’s face it: finding time to visit during the
busy summer season is often too much to ask.
That’s why, when cooler months finally do come
around, locals make it a point to celebrate the
island’s thriving artistic community.
Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, located
in Botanical Gardens, is both well known and well
loved. This winter, catch two ongoing shows— the
first, Tucker Sisters: Under The Yellow Flag, recognises the lives and contributions of Ethel and
Catharine Tucker in the beginning of the Twentieth century. The second, Mythology• Mayhem •
Mystery &Marketing showcases the fascinating
interplay of fact and fiction on Bermuda’s historical identity. Also open throughout the winter are
a variety of exhibitions at both of the Bermuda
National Gallery locations: City Hall in Hamilton
and Bridge House in St. George’s.
If you’re planning a day trip out west, be sure
to visit the Small Works Show at The Bermuda
Arts Centre at Dockyard. This exhibit, which runs
from November through January, celebrates
open-ended creativity and local talent.
Introduced to the island at
the beginning of the seventeenth
century, Bermuda oranges
were once widely cultivated and
actively traded. Gardens
bloomed and business boomed
and for many years, merchants
in London, Virginia and New
England eagerly awaited shipments
brimming with the sweet, juicy fruit.
Unfortunately, the prosperous
citrus business was not to last.
According to records from the
late 1800s, the majority of
Bermuda’s fruit tree population
was wiped out in a swift and
devastating blight that was caused
by several species of scale insects.
Imported on ships carrying
infected oranges, the pests spread
unfettered, covering and
destroying the branches, trunk
and leaves as well as the fruit
itself. Since the insects had no
natural predators it wasn’t long
before the majority of the island’s
fruit trees were contaminated.
Just like that, the local orange
and lemon farmers were suddenly
stripped of their trade.
Although we now have a
better understanding of what
caused the devastating blight, the
Bermuda citrus tree population
remains at just a fraction of what
it once was. As a result, ask any
local and they’ll tell you that a
homegrown orange is worth its
weight in gold!
This winter, put your best trick-taking
techniques to the test at the annual Regional
Bridge Tournament hosted by the beautiful
Fairmont Southampton. Friendly yet sophisticated,
this longstanding, international event encourages
passionate play at a variety of levels, from novice
to professional and attracts visitors from all over
the world. Over a hundred locals will join the action
too, for seven days of amiable competition and
good old-fashioned Bermudian hospitality.
Be sure to check out Fairmont Southampton’s
first-class bridge vacation package that includes
a discounted room rate, afternoon tea and
Bermuda-themed dinners and cocktail parties.
Thinking of attending, but worried you won’t
have a partner? E-mail Judy Bussell at the
Partnership Desk before the games begin:
• MON-SAT 10AM - 4PM & SUN 11AM - 4:30PM
• $5 OR FREE FOR MEMBERS AND CHILDREN UNDER 12
BERMUDA NATIONAL GALLERY, CI TY HALL:
• MON - FRI 10AM - 4PM & SAT 10AM - 2PM
• ADMISSION IS FREE
THE BERMUDA ARTS CENTRE AT DOCKYARD:
• OPEN DAILY 10AM -5PM
• ADMISSION IS FREE
• WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE