- By Jane Bakewell
Get ready for this year's football playoffs when "Superbowl 50" comes live across TV screens with the Carolina Panthers taking on the Denver Broncos. No need to brush up on your Roman numerals this year, they were dropped because the stand alone "L for 50" posed problems for marketing, graphics and its association with "loser." Game kickoff time in the BVI will be at 7:30pm and there are plenty of big screens around the islands with drink and snack specials. In the US alone it is estimated that 162.5 million wings will be consumed this day! This is one of the few holidays where publically "screaming-at-the-screen" is considered normal. Two top places to enjoy the excitement of the game are Myett's and On the Beach at Nanny Cay. Myett's will have their giant projector screen catching all the plays and will feature Bud Light specials, lots of giveaways, plus Buffalo wings, nachos and "mile high" sausage sandwiches. There will be big screen seating on Nanny Cay Beach with a menu including, sliders, BBQ wings, chicken and cheese, wraps and pizza with $2 Coors Light specials. Captain Mulligan's will have views from every angle with five TV screens and three large projector screens. If you're on the east side of the island, head over to De Loose Mongoose for game viewing. The VG crowd can congregate at the Restaurant at Leverick Bay for the playoffs and Coors Light specials and a tasty snack menu.
Mardi Gras @ Myett's
The traditional three-day celebration of Mardi Gras ends with "Fat Tuesday" on February 9th, the day that is known for eating richer, fatty foods before the Christian Lenten season begins. You can celebrate this festive holiday locally at Myett's and they will be getting into the spirit with give-away beads and masks, plus drink specials and a tasty New Orleans menu. Feel free to come in costume! Happy Hour specials are paired with rollicking music as Candyman takes the stage from 5pm to 7pm with Evolution band following.
BVI Triathlon Race
Runners, bikers, swimmers, this is the time to bring it all together on Sunday the 7th for the TSC TRI, the first event of the BVI Triathlon season. This grueling event tests athletes in three areas: a 750m swim, a 20k bike ride and a 5k run. Registration is at the Tortola Sports Club on Friday, the 5th from 5:30-6:30pm. It is open for Individual Men, Women, Open Teams (minimum three) and Corporate Teams. Come join in the competition or cheer others on. The race starts at 7am at the beach at Baugher's Bay. For more details go to www.tribvi.com
The Wiz is with Us
Don't miss out on the hugely popular production "The Wiz" put on by the eCampers of the BVI as a fundraising effort for their travels. This will be their second and final performance at 3pm on Sunday the 7th at the HLSCC, Eileen Parsons Auditorium. With a cast comprising over 40 teenagers and adults, choreographed by Lizette George with musical direction by Drexel Glasgow and Brent Hoyte, this is a local effort you will enjoy supporting.
Tickets are available at Bolo's and other local outlets for $20 adults and $10 children. For more information go to www.ecampsbvi.com
Men's Health Fair in VG
Free screenings and consultations for men continue, now moving on to Virgin Gorda, Saturday the 30th. A holistic approach to men's health involves prevention, and screenings are a way to check the body's health. Along with nutrition education, exercise demonstrations and chiropractic consultations there are free diabetes checks, prostate cancer screening and HIV/Aids testing. The Health Fair will be held at the Catholic Community Center from 8:30am to 3pm.