Portugal mourns the loss of a giant Dr Jorge Sampaio (1939-2021) who was President from 1996 to 2006. Prior to that he was Mayor of Lisbon. A lawyer, an exceptional man who fought for justice and good causes not only in Portugal but also internationally, a president to the Portuguese people regardless of one’s politics and position he was open to all, an exemplary politician with a long career in politics, an old school gentleman. He was 81 years old. Condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.
The Lisboa Book Fair (Feira do Livro de Lisboa) is holding its 91st edition from 26th August to 12th September 2021. Publishers with various stalls will be selling their books at special prices. Open Monday to Friday from 12.30pm to 10pm, Saturday 11am to midnight, Sunday 11am to 10pm.
On 4th and 5th June 2021 the 2nd Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy will take place in Cascais beginning at 9am at the Marina de Cascais with the firing of cannon at 11am from the Forte de Santo Antonio de Barra. As in last year’s event the race is to focus on awareness to projects on marine conservation and protecting the oceans, one of the Mirpuri Foundation’s main themes. It has the support of the Cascais Town Council and the Clube Naval de Cascais. This weekend also coincides with the stopover of The Ocean Race Europe which includes 12 VO65 and IMOCO 60 vessels starting on 6th June at 1pm. During these pandemic times wearing masks and social distancing still apply for everyone. Further information at https://mirpurisailingtrophy.com/
The 2021 Tennis Millennium Estoril Open is being held at the Estoril Tennis Club and will end on 2nd May.
Due to the pandemic restrictions apply with no audiences but the matches can be viewed on television or online. Further details at www.millenniumestorilopen.pt
The 1st Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy will take place on 27th June 2020 starting at 10am in Cascais (Clube Naval) and sailing to Sesimbra. Ends on 28th June 2020. Organized by the Mirpuri Foundation with the Clube Naval de Cascais and the Cascais City Council (CMC) this is a plastic-free sustainable regatta which aims at bringing awareness to marine conservation and the oceans.
The Cascais Festival of the Sea, the Festas do Mar, is an annual event with concerts by Portuguese singers in the evenings beginning at 8.30pm held at the Cascais Bay and the Palco Cidadela. There is a procession on Sunday 18th at 3pm from the Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes Church going down to the sea where fisherman celebrate the day in their boats.
The Estoril Coast was treated to a unique concert on Friday 19 July 2019 at the Teatro Mirita Casimiro in Monte Estoril.
Organised by the Cascais Jazz Club The Curt Wilson Alumni Big Band entertained the audience with great music from the big band days. There was a guest appearance from well-known Portuguese saxofone player Nana Sousa Dias as well as Jean-Marc Charmier who played trumpet, both regulars at the Cascais Jazz Club.
For an hour Curt Wilson and his band entertained us with non-stop jazz and big band music. The band get together every few years as Mr Wilson’s band comprise, as the name implies, his former students. All are professionals working in other fields such as doctors, dentists, Vice-presidents of corporations. When we asked him if they got together often Mr Wilson’s reply was that they only had a few days to rehearse as they all live in different states in the US from Texas and Chicago to Boston and have other jobs. The result however was a superb evening of nostalgic and memorable music of jazz and big band.
The Cinesociety shows movies on the rooftop of the Hotel Baia in Cascais on every other Tuesday. Details of movies and dates at http://www.cinesociety.pt
The Millennium Estoril Tennis Open 2019 will be held at the Estoril Tennis Club in Estoril from 27 April to 5 May. Tickets from www.blueticket.pt. Information Tel: 1820.
The Harley Owners Group will hold their European Annual Rally in Cascais from 13 to 16 June 2019. Eagerly awaited for all Harley-Davidson fans there will also be opportunities to see the bikes up close and talk to owners as well as other events.