Bermuda: Calendar of Events

Whether your clients' interests are in music, history, sports or architecture, Bermuda has events on its calendar to satisfy their preferences. Following is a sampling.

The Bermuda tourism department has a comprehensive calendar available. The area code is 441, unless otherwise noted. For events without phone numbers, contact the department for more information.

April

21. Peppercorn Ceremony. Pomp and ceremony reign in the Town of St. George when the Masonic Lodge St. George No. 200 pays its annual one peppercorn rent for their headquarters, the Old State House.

22 to 24. 62nd Annual Agricultural Exhibition. The grounds of the Botanical Gardens take on the appearance of a country fair with horse and pony shows, culinary exhibits, crafts and displays of fruit and livestock. Call 236-4201.

24 to May 1. International Race Week. Yachtsmen from the U.S., U.K., Canada and other countries compete with Bermudians in several boat classes; held in the Great Sound. Call 295-2214.

May

5, 12, 19 and 28. Open Houses & Garden Tours. Private homes are open to the public by special arrangement with the Garden Club of Bermuda. Call 236-5670.

16. Millennium's First Sail. Starting in New York, Bermuda is the first stop (expected arrival May 20) of this around-the-world yacht race. Call 297-1612.

24. Bermuda Day. This is a public holiday with several planned events, including: Heritage Day Classic, a cycle race; a half-marathon; fitted dinghy races, and a parade down Front Street in Hamilton.

29. ZooDoo Day. This is an annual open house at the Bermuda Aquarium, Natural History Museum & Zoo with free admission, children's activities, a bake sale and animal feedings. Call 293-7074.

June

5 and 6. President's Open Air Pops concert. Presented by the Bermuda Philharmonic Society, these concerts are held in two venues: King's Square in St. George's on the 5th; and Royal Naval Dockyard on the 6th. Call 295-3770.

18 to 21. Bermuda Amateur Stroke Play Championship (men). At Port Royal Golf Course, this 72-hole event has a handicap limit of 18 and an entry fee of $215 (closing date June 4). Call 238-1367.

19 to 21. Bermuda Amateur Stroke Play Championship (ladies). This 54-hole event at the Port Royal Golf Course has a handicap limit of 24 and an entry fee of $170 (closing date June 4). Call 238-1367.

21. Queens' Birthday. This is a public holiday marked by a military parade.

JULY

12. Bermuda Angler's Club International Light Tackle Tournament. There is a 5 p.m. weigh-in at the Spanish Point Boat Club; spectators are welcome. Call 292-5450.

29 and 30. 98th Cup Match Cricket Festival. Island activities stop for this two-day match at the St. George's Cricket Club. Food and novelty stalls are on the grounds. Centennial Celebrations are set for this year and 2000 in anticipation of the Cup Match Cricket Festival 2001.

AUGUST

28. SOCA '99 This is an open air SOCA soul and calypso festival featuring Jamaica's Byron Lee and the Dragoniers as well as local bands. It's held at Tiger Bay in St. George's. Call 295-4839.

SEPTEMBER

6. Labour Day. A public holiday, this celebration features a march from Union Square in Hamilton to Bernard Park where activities continue throughout the day; there are food stalls, a cultural exhibition, music, games, raffles, dancing and majorettes. There is also a running race and a walk. Call 292-0044.

11. Marine Science Day. At the Bermuda Biological Station for Research in St. George's, this is an open house with tours of the labs and grounds, lectures, educational and fun activities for children and adults. Call 297-1880.

OCTOBER

15 and 16 (tentative). Bermuda Jazz Festival '99. This weekend features well known, international jazz artists. Tickets will be sold in advance and locally. Call (212) 921-2100.

29 or November 6 (Date to be set this summer). Convening of Parliament. On the grounds of The Cabinet Building on Front Street in Hamilton, this is an event of traditional pomp and ceremony with a military guard of honor.

NOVEMBER

10 to 16. World Rugby Classic. At the National Sports Club in Devonshire, this event features squads from New Zealand, South Africa, the U.S., England, Argentina, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Call 295-8495.

27. Dockyard Illuminations. The Royal Naval Dockyard has its decorations switched on to the accompaniment of music, ethnic Christmas menus are offered in restaurants, supervised children's activities take place, a candlelight procession is held. (Similar activities scheduled for December 5, 12 and 19, though lights will not be switched on again). Call 234-3208.

DECEMBER

3. Bermuda National Trust Annual Christmas Walkabout in St. George's. This evening event is a stroll around the old capital, decorated for Christmas, with seasonal music; trust museums and buildings remain open. Call 236-6483.

18. B.U.E.I. Christmas Boat parade. Held in the evening at Hamilton Harbour, this is a parade sponsored by the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute of lighted yachts and boats of many sizes and categories. The climax of the parade is a fireworks display over Hamilton Harbour. Call 297-7313.

January 2000

TBD. Bermuda Festival. International artists present classical music, dance, jazz and drama. Call 295-1291.

TBD. KidFest '99. Live family entertainment is presented in a Hamilton theater. Call 296-1504.

February

Bermuda Festival (Continues)

TBD. Bermuda International Open Chess Tournament. Some matches are open to all. Call 238-2313.

TBD. Lobster Pot Invitational Pro-Amateur Golf Tournament. This is an open tournament at the Port Royal Golf course. Call 292-8822.

TBD. Bermuda Rendezvous Bowling Tournament The competition is open to all bowlers. Call 236-4125.

March

TBD. Bermuda All Breed Championship Dog Shows. Run by the Bermuda All Breed Club, this competition is held at the Botanic Gardens in Paget.

TBD. Annual Zoom Around the Sound Walk/Fun Run. Held at the Bermuda Aquarium, National History Museum & Zoo, this is an event to which everyone is welcome to run, walk, rollerblade, cycle or even push a baby carriage. Call 293-7074.

TBD. Bermuda Cat Fanciers Association Championship Cat Show. Champions, as well as household pets, are judged at this competition at the #1 Passenger Terminal in Hamilton. Call 238-0112. n

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