Om Shanti Shanti

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Nice cool weather is just around the corner and we’re inviting  you to close your eyes, stretch your muscles, and inhale deeply in the peaceful environment of the Bonnet House’s tropical gardens. Reflect and relax with chirping birds and scented flowers during Yoga in the Gardens in the Bonnet House’s outdoor gardens. ahhhhh….

A weekly class will be held at The Bonnet House on Wednesday mornings from 8:00 -9:00 a.m.  Classes are ongoing throughout the year and will be held rain or shine (we have a protective tent to prevent slipping and sliding on your mat!) Registration is not required and drop-ins are encouraged. Cost is $15 members of The Bonnet House & $17 for non-members.

The classes involve yoga breathing, postures, and meditation exercises in the hatha tradition. Classes are appropriate for all levels from beginners to experienced yoga practitioners, and are suitable for all ages and degrees of flexibility. The class instructors, Shyam and Mohini, co-directors of Yoga Warehouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale, lead the class.  Yoga Warehouse is an affiliated Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, established in 1998. Shyam and Mohini are both experienced instructors and teach at the renowned the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas.

Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing, bring a portable mat, and a water bottle. For more information call 954-563-5393 ext. 137/email [email protected].

4th Annual Orchid Fair right around the corner

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The Fourth Annual Bonnet House Orchid Fair will bring a burst of color to the historic Bonnet House Fruit Grove on December 4th and 5th from 10am to 5pm with brilliant blooms in a natural setting! Over 30 local vendors will participate in this unique plant sale featuring a colorful collection of flora as well as plant accessories, garden art and supplies. Lectures and demonstrations by orchid growing experts will be presented as well.

Orchids, or Orchidaceae, are the largest of plant families and grow on six continents. Roughly 95 percent of the world’s orchids are native to the tropical and sub-tropical regions. Bonnet House is the home of over 1,500 plants, many collected by Evelyn Bartlett who moved to preserve her beloved Bonnet House as an historic site and cultural center in 1983. This spectacular collection is still displayed at Bonnet House in orchid houses Mrs. Bartlett had designed.

The Bonnet House Orchid Fair features thousands of blooms throughout the estate’s grounds and offers many innovative displays, interesting talks and tours of the gardens. Beautiful displays donated by the vendors will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. All of the proceeds will benefit Bonnet House and its programs.

The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, December 4th and 5th from 10am to 5pm with talks in the grove at 12pm and 2pm both days. The entry fee is $5 for the fair and grounds and $15 for the fair, grounds and self-guided tour through the historic main house.

The Event Features:
Orchid Supplies – Vendors to provide all you need to plant and grow orchids.
Garden Art – Attractive and unusual orchid and/or garden related items from several vendors.
Lectures – Four educational lectures and how-to demonstrations each day at noon and 2:00pm
Orchid Displays & Silent Auction – Various orchid displays created by the participating vendors will be available for auction.
Food and Wine – Food and wine will be onsite during the entire event.
Self-guided Tours of the House and Grounds – Stroll through the grounds and house at your leisure and experience the charm and beauty of the Bonnet House estate.
Rest Areas – Where you can sit and relax in the shade.
The Bonnet House Gift Shop – Near the main house, offers a unique choice of snacks and bottled juices, Giclee reproductions of selected pieces of the Bartletts’ original art work, as well as a variety of interesting books, jewelry and array of gift items.
Lots of Free Parking – The entrance to the parking lot is on North Birch Road off of Sunrise Boulevard between A1A and the Intracoastal Waterway.

"Impressions of Florida" fundraiser in the works

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LXR Luxury Resorts and Bonnet House Museum & Gardens announce the opening date of “Impressions of Florida,” the annual juried art exhibition and fundraiser to benefit the public programs of Bonnet House. The opening date is Friday, February 11, 2011 and the exhibition is set to open with a private showing for V.I.P. guests at 5:00pm. V.I.P. guests will be treated to champagne and hors d’oeuvres, preview the exhibition, and partake in a rare viewing of the exclusive private living quarters of Evelyn and Frederic Bartlett, Bonnet House’s former owners. The reception opens to members of the public at 6:00 p.m. Lois Schmatz, Pat Smith and Dev Motwani are co-chairing this year’s Impressions of Florida opening.

The juried art exhibit, presented by LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels, showcases artists from throughout the state and the artists’ personal interpretations of “Florida.” All guests and participating artists are invited to cast votes for their favorite artist in the exhibition. The artist receiving the highest number of votes will receive the People’s Choice Award, awarded that evening. All of the artwork in the Impressions of Florida competition will be available for sale with 50% of the proceeds benefiting Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. The Impressions of Florida exhibition will be on display from February 11 through April 10, 2011 during Bonnet House regular tour hours.

Additional highlights of the evening will include fine food, fine wine and live entertainment throughout the house presented by 360˚ Catering. Invitations for Impressions of Florida will be mailed in December. If you would like to add your name to the mailing list or would like to enter your work to be considered, please call (954) 563-5393 ext. 163 or click here.

View images of last year’s event by clicking here.

Time For Some Music!

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens kicks off its 15th season of the Young Artist Music on Thursday, January 27 at 7pm with a performance by Palm Beach Opera. The season continues on February 24th with Florida Grand Opera’s rising stars. On March 24th we have University of Miami’s Frost Opera Theater and for our fourth and final performance on April 7th we have Florida Atlantic University’s Latin Vocal Ensemble.

We are delighted to offer the Fort Lauderdale community what we consider to be the ‘best deal in town’. Canapés and wine are served to our guests from 7:00-7:30 p.m.  The one hour performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and immediately following the performances dessert and coffee will be served.  For $30 – $35 per performance or $100 – $120 for the series for Bonnet House members and $35 – $40 per performance and $120 – $140 for the series for non-members everyone can enjoy an evening under the stars like no other. The Art Institute Culinary School has provided the wonderful canapés and desserts for the past 13 years and the honors graphic design class at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale designs our posters each year. Southern Wine & Spirits supplies the wine.

What started as community outreach has become one of our most treasured programs. We are looking forward to this very special 15th anniversary series.

To purchase tix please call 954.563.5393 ext. 124