BNT Christmas Walkabout Set For This Friday


St. George’s is gearing up to host thousands of people on the town on Friday evening [December 7] for the annual Bermuda National Trust‘s popular Christmas Walkabout.

Now in its 40th year, the Walkabout continues to grow in popularity.

For the third year, the National Trust has organized a ferry which will bring participants from Albouys Point in Hamilton to St George’s so they can enjoy the Walkabout without spending time in traffic.

Tickets for the ferry from Hamilton have sold out, but there are still tickets available for the shuttle from Marginal Wharf to the town. The first ferry will leave Marginal Wharf at 6.45pm and the last ferry to Marginal Wharf from St George’s will leave at 8.45pm. Tickets are $2 for all ages and a maximum of 350 tickets will be sold on www.bnt.bm.

Once again musicians, dancers and carolers will entertain the crowds and refreshments will be available throughout the old town and marked on a map that will be distributed on the evening. Children can meet Santa at the National Trust’s members area at the Globe Hotel.

Slideshow of the 2015 Christmas Walkabout

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Many of the oldest continually occupied buildings in the New World which will be decorated and candle-lit for the event.

Old Rectory, Bridge House, Stewart Hall. Buckingham, Tucker House, Reeve Court and the Globe Hotel will be festively decorated with each offering its own yesteryear experience.

For children, there will be pony rides on Ordnance Island, while the night will also feature the grand opening of the Bridge House Gallery, operated by artist and designer Peter Matcham.

A private home, Kate’s House, has been added to the list of open houses. It will be open on Silk Alley.

For the second year in a row, Smith’s Garden on Barber’s Alley by the Garden Club of Bermuda will be open.

The National Trust’s members area will be located on the ground floor of the National Trust Museum at the Globe Hotel this year. As a special offer, non-members of the Trust can join for 50 percent on the night.

Many of St George’s shops, churches and other museums will also be open on the night.

The Bermuda National Trust could not hold this event without a huge amount of community support, assistance from the Corporation of St. George’s, Trust volunteers and the generosity of sponsor, Butterfield, which is supporting the event for the 12th consecutive year.

Michael Neff, Managing Director of Butterfield Bermuda said: “As a company, Butterfield started in St. George’s more than 200 years ago and we’ve had a banking hall in the Old Town for more than 75 years, so supporting the Bermuda National Trust’s Annual Walkabout is a natural fit for us.

“We encourage everyone to visit our historic Banking Centre and enjoy mulled wine, chocolate truffles and popcorn.”

Parking – Tiger Bay/Hunter’s Wharf, St. George’s Prep, East End Primary School and St. George’s Club Golf Course

Check www.bnt.bm to buy tickets. Availability is limited.

Evening Highlights

  • King’s Square – Master of Ceremonies David Frith
  • 6:00pm BSM Suzuki Strings [rain venue, Stella Maris]
  • 6:30pm Bermuda Dance Academy
  • 6:50pm Dignitary Speeches
  • 7:00pm “DanceSations”
  • 7:20 Bermy Bouncers
  • 7:35pm Jackson School of Performing Arts
  • 7:55pm In Motion School of Dance
  • 8:35pm Bermuda Island Pipe Band Dancers
  • 8:45pm Royal Bermuda Regiment Band and Bermuda Island Pipe Band

The Globe Hotel [built in 1699] and Trustworthy Gift Shop: Now a Bermuda National Trust museum, join the Trust for the Walkabout Wind and String Ensemble from 6 to 7pm and Bermuda Guild of Stitchery demonstrations throughout the evening.

World Heritage Centre at Penno’s Wharf: Come & enjoy complimentary festive cheer with the St. George’s Foundation Volunteers at “Second Hand Rose” Thrift Shop. Upstairs will be Lynda Johnson, our very own “Bermuda Fairy Catcher” with freshly caught Bermuda Fairy Folk, Limestone & Cedar Co.

Town Hall: View a collection of Bermuda cedar furnishings, photographs of past mayors and letters written to and by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Ordnance Island:
The “Deliverance”
Kinetix Aerial Group
Moran Meadows Pony Rides

Ebenezer Methodist Church: Live nativity here while sipping seasonal hot soup and alcohol-free apple cider. The Leviticus Band will be entertaining throughout the evening.

Tucker House: See the Tucker family collection of furniture, portraits and silver in the Trust’s mid-18th century museum. Author John Cox will be signing two of his books “The Best of Old Bermuda” available for $20.00, and “Bermuda Hauntings” available for $10.00 to complete your Cox collection!

Bridge House Gallery: The Bridge House Gallery and Peter Matcham present an exciting group of Bermudian artists, offering a vibrant collection of unique Bermuda made art and gifts for the home or office: Paintings, Photography, Jewelry, Pottery, Mosaics, Sculpture, Illustration and Art Books. Something for everyone, in every budget. Egg nog and treats!

Smith Garden: The Smith Garden is lovingly maintained by The Garden Club of Bermuda. Come join them for mulled wine and homemade cookies and see this little gem for yourself.

Water Street: 6:00-6:45pm Menuhin Foundation Cello Ensemble
6:45-7:15pm Menuhin Foundation Adult Ensemble

Stewart Hall: Built in the early 1700s, Stewart Hall is a Trust-owned property that was one of the grandest houses of its day. It now houses the Lili Bermuda Perfumery. At 6:30pm St. George’s Preparatory School Choir and throughout the evening Val Sherwood on guitar singing Bermuda Folksongs.

Kate’s House: A new addition this year, this private house located on Silk Alley adjacent to Taylor House, was built in the 1700’s. Azure Winds will be providing musical enjoyment during the evening.

The Old Rectory: Built around 1699, visit this historic Trust owned cottage and enjoy egg nog, purchase some Bermuda Cedar items made by Ian and purchase Bermuda honey from Passion Fields.

Stella Maris : 6:30-7:00pm Clearwater Middle School Choir and Strings
7:30-8:00pm Bermuda School of Music String Orchestra

St George’s Historical Society: Mitchell House will be wonderfully candlelit and decorated for Christmas. Eliza Olander [vocal] and “The James Arnold Recorder Ensemble” will be performing throughout the evening.

St Peter’s Church will host 6:00-6:30pm The Christ Church Warwick Bell Choir
6:45-7:05pm Bermuda School of Music Youth Choir
7:30pm The Ambassadors

Salvation Army: The Salvation Army Band will be performing from
6:30-7:00pm and again at 7:30-8:00pm

Butterfield Bank: Please stop by their festively decorated, historic banking hall for mulled wine, chocolate truffles and popcorn.

Bridge House: Join the tenants for Dark ‘n’ Stormies and tasty treats. Singer, actress, all-around creative force Quinn will be performing on the front porch.
Lotus Aerial Arts & Wellness Centre will be giving demonstrations all night and invite you to come take part!

Reeve Court Upper & Lower Apartment: Meet the tenants of Reeve Court, an early 18th century Trust home divided into two separate homes.

Samaritans’ Lodge: Originally a storehouse and built around 1844, this L-shaped lodge building, owned by the Trust is now home to the Bermuda Heritage Museum which features information about the Friendly Societies.

Sylvia Richardson Health Clinic: All are welcomed into the Sylvia Richardson Care Facility to enjoy hot chocolate and admire the Christmas decorations.

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