With cooler months upon us and cruise
ships nowhere in sight, Dockyard becomes less
of a tourist haven and more a quiet weekend destination for adventurous locals. Scavenger hunts,
art workshops and freshly baked treats from The
Bermuda Rum Cake Company also lend their
fair share of appeal. Add to it the unavoidable off-season island fever and it’s no wonder Bermudians like to dust off the old passport and take a
leisurely drive out to the west end.
This year, two new businesses have taken
up residence in the Clocktower Mall. The first,
Bermuda Fudge Company, serves up over a
dozen flavours of delicious homemade fudge daily, with plenty of sweet samples for tast-
ing. We assure you, the neatly stacked piles of mint chocolate swirl, chewy praline and pea-
nut butter crunch taste just as good as they look! The second, Baan Thai, sells a mélange of
all natural and organic items— candles, soaps and facial care products, to name just a few.
There has also been a notable relocation of one of our favourite shops: Nannini’s ice cream
parlour, now with outdoor seating and new Starbucks coffee offerings.
Free from the throngs of excited summertime visitors, the National Museum’s historic
Commissioner’s House is also a Dockyard must-see; highlights include the currency exhibit
and, of course, the Hall of History, a towering mural by Graham Foster, illustrating Bermuda’s
transformative changes over the centuries. Then it’s just a short walk to Bermuda Fun Golf,
where you can putt to your heart’s content after a long day of gallivanting. Sports fans will also
be excited to hear that the second annual Bermuda Karting Club’s Dockyard Grand Prix is right
around the corner. Keep an eye out for the highly anticipated event in mid-March 2015.
This December 25, don your Santa hat and
finest reindeer sweater and head to Elbow Beach for
a memorable day of dancing, drinking and holiday
cheer. While the rest of the island is tucked snugly
in their beds, hundreds of youthful revelers congregate on the shore for an event that is known as the
expat’s Christmas celebration. Live DJs, tasty homemade treats and plenty of champagne set the stage
for hours of mixing and mingling with new acquaintances and old. Plus, the beautiful white sand and
turquoise waters create a photographic backdrop
guaranteed to make friends and family jealous.
Too cold, you say? Nonsense! Every year, more
than a few merrymakers shed their winter layers to
go for a quick dip (no doubt thanks to the bubbly!).
And if swimming on Christmas Day isn’t something to write home about, we don’t know what is.
DOCKYARD f Elbow
The seeds of Bermuda Festival of Performing
Arts were sown in 1976 by admired violinist Lord
Menuhin. With the help of former governor of Bermuda, Sir Edwin Leather, and founding chairman, John
Ellison, Menuhin cultivated a culturally diverse collaboration that continues to energize and shape the artistic
community to this day. The 2015 Festival marks the
40th consecutive gathering of international performers
and will be a time to reflect upon the inspirational history and impact of this creative masterpiece.
It is with great excitement that we look forward
to the upcoming 2015 programme, which has been
carefully arranged to include popular past performers who have developed a lasting relationship
with Bermuda. A special performance uniting the
English Chamber Orchestra Outreach Ensemble
with crowds of local musicians will herald the start
of this year’s Festival; the celebratory opening will
take place with great fanfare on Friday, January 23,
on the steps of City Hall.
THE 2015 BERMUDA FESTIVAL OF PERFORMING ARTS:
• JANUARY 23–MARCH 8
• EARL CAMERON THEATRE AND FAIRMONT SOUTHAMPTON
• FULL EVENT SCHEDULE: WWW.BERMUDAFESTIVAL.ORG
• THE BERMUDA FESTIVAL APP IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD FROM THE
GOOGLE PLAY AND APPLE APP STORES
Over the following month and a half, the Bermuda
Festival will feature more than a dozen inspired performances by an assortment of talented groups and
individuals. On Sunday, February 1, none other than
world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform a special founder’s recital to commemorate the visionary
trio who gave birth to the event. Other programme
highlights include the innovative Alonzo King LINES
Ballet, Grammy-Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar
Quartet and local favourite Rebecca Faulkenberry,
just to name a few. Performances continue through
the month of February and end with the grandest of
grand finales on Sunday, March 8, to the tune of The
Bee Gees tribute band, Stayin’ Alive.