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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
21. Queens' Birthday. This is a public holiday marked by a
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
TBD. Bermuda Rendezvous Bowling Tournament The competition is
open to all bowlers. Call 236-4125.
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