Bonnet House Museum & Gardens presents “The Veranda Sessions” A Raw, Creative Musical Experience

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens invites you to “The Veranda Sessions” a raw, creative musical experience on the Bonnet House Veranda.  The first of two sessions features South Florida’s very own SOSOS with a folky, Americana sound on Thursday, February 7th followed by New York’s Avant garde jazz trio the Daniel Bennett Group on Thursday, March 28th.

Displaying a diverse balance of talent that brews up catchy tunes, SOSOS captivates audiences with their smart musical melodies and lush vocal harmonies. Unusual?.. Not really.  But, you could say SOSOS is a band that strays from the usual because they solely base their music around acoustic root instruments. Upright bass, pump organ, acoustic guitars, banjo, mandolin, djembe, drums, melodica, and even a box of rocks at times keeps SOSOS generating their own brand of energy even if the power lines go down!  

Saxophonist Daniel Bennett has been hailed as one of the most original and unpredictable musical voices of his generation. Daniel Bennett can be heard throughout the world performing his award-winning compositions on saxophone, flute, clarinet, and oboe. The Daniel Bennett Group plays modern jazz, fused with elements of surf rock and avant-pop.

Both sessions take place from 6:30 – 9:00pm and include complimentary wine, beer and Redemption Whiskey samples. Tickets are $30 per concert.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (954) 703-2614 or visit us at www.bonnethouse.org/events.

Bonnet House Hosts New Workshops For 2019

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As the new year gets into full gear, Bonnet House is excited to begin our 2019 workshops! Join us for our watercolor, calligraphy, watercolor, basket weaving, and acrylic workshops, and expand your knowledge like you never thought possible.

Beginning on January 8th, Bonnet House will be hosting a workshop designed to help you perfect the art of calligraphy. This workshop will start with the basics, and become more complex as the weeks progress. These classes can be enjoyed by any skill-level, and are perfect for improving penmanship. To learn more and register, click here.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is also thrilled to have fine artist and watercolorist, Karen Eskesen, teach our six week watercolor workshop. By drawing inspiration from our beautiful estate and lush garden, you’ll learn how to master the traditional techniques of realism in watercolor and line drawing. To learn more and register for this workshop, visit this link.

On Wednesday, January 30th, Bonnet House will host a basket weaving workshop where guests will have the opportunity to create an artistic basket from natural minerals found locally. This fun-filled day will include an introduction to basketry and a walk around the property to identify the materials used. To learn more about this workshop and register, click here.

Also beginning in January, fine artist, Nia Nakis will be teaching a six-week acrylic workshop. This workshop includes basic principles of acrylic painting and time to paint in the gardens. This class is currently full, so if you have interest in any of our other 2019 workshops, be sure to sign up as soon as possible so that you don’t miss out!

Bonnet House is incredibly proud to host so many wonderful workshops. We are passionate about educating the local community, and ensuring that the beauty of Bonnet House is preserved and appreciated for generations to come. If you’d like to sign up for any of these events, but aren’t sure which one is right for you, check out our events calendar , and explore all the exciting classes and workshops we have to offer this year!

Bonnet House Starts 2019 With Exciting Concert Series

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The new year is officially upon us, and that means Bonnet House will be hosting a new set of concert series to kick off 2019! Beginning in January, Bonnet House is proud to present “Concerts Under The Stars” and “Veranda Sessions.” Both concert series will be sure to bring joy and positivity to all as we start 2019.

The concerts will start on Thursday, January 17th with the first concert in our popular “Concerts Under The Stars” series on our beautiful veranda. Don’t miss out on the finest musicians in South Florida as they showcase their unique talents under the starry skies of South Florida. Initially conceived as a community outreach program, this concert series has blossomed into one of Bonnet House’s most anticipated, successful, and treasured programs over the last 23 years.

Our series will begin with a dazzling performance by the University of Miami Frost Opera Theater from 6:30-8:00pm. The season will continue through the winter and spring with presentations on February 21st by the Michael Masci Trio, followed by the Lynn University String Quartet on March 14th, and culminates with a performance by the Dillard Jazz Ensemble on April 4th. Individual tickets for the concerts start at $40 per performance for members and $45 for non-members. Wine and cheese will also be included in the price of admission.

On the evening of Thursday, February 7th, Bonnet house will begin hosting “The Veranda Sessions,” a raw, creative musical experience on the Bonnet House Veranda. In this first session, guests will enjoy the unique musical stylings of SOSOS . Displaying a diverse balance of talent and brewing up catchy tunes, SOSOS captivates audiences with their smart melodies and lush vocal harmonies. Basing most of their music around acoustic root instruments, SOSOS strays from the usual and generates their own brand of energy that our guests are sure to enjoy.

The Veranda Sessions continue on March 28th with the Daniel Bennett Group, New York’s avant garde jazz trio. World-renowned Saxophonist Daniel Bennett has been hailed as one of the most original and unpredictable musical voices of his generation, and has performed his
award-winning compositions across the globe. But it’s not just jazz that the Daniel Bennett Group has perfected. By attending Bonnet House’s Veranda Sessions, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of modern jazz, fused with elements of surf rock and avant-pop. Both sessions take place from 6:30-9:30pm and include complimentary wine and beer. Tickets are $30 per concert.

Bonnet House is incredibly proud to host such extraordinarily talented groups and individuals. We encourage any and all interested persons to attend these concert series, and experience what has been called “quite possibly the best entertainment deal in town.” To see our calendar of events and to purchase tickets to our concert series, click here .

Enriching Outdoor Educational Programs For Students At Bonnet House

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Over the years, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens has been dedicated to preserving Evelyn and Frederic Bartlett’s unique historic estate. Through enjoyable and enriching cultural experiences, our aim has always been to connect today’s community with the Bartletts’ architectural, artistic, and environmental legacy. Part of preserving and propagating this legacy involves creating enjoyable learning opportunities for individuals of all ages.

While Bonnet House offers tours and classes geared towards the needs and interests of most adults, we also offer a variety of educational programs for children and young adults. At Bonnet House, we are committed to helping children and young adults learn and grow throughout the school year. Because of this passion, we have created 5 interdisciplinary community-based programs designed to enrich classroom curriculum, meet Florida core standards, reinforce character education and offer FCAT activities. All of the programs offered at Bonnet House are tailored to various grade levels and interests to ensure that students of all ages can benefit.

For arts and history, Bonnet House offers a variety of programs designed to acquaint students with the ecology, history, design and preservation of the Bonnet House estate. “Images And Impressions of The Bonnet House,” “An Old South Florida Portrait,” and “Time Travel At Bonnet House – A Multicultural Past” teach students about the various cultures and individuals that impacted Bonnet House and its grounds over the years. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the ecology, math, and the importance of preserving the natural environment. To register for any of these classes, click here

To cover science and mathematics, Bonnet House offers plenty of hands-on activities that are designed to enhance students’ learning by applying math and science concepts to real-world situations. “Birch Bonnet Barrier Island Beat About,” “An Eco Here And An Eco There,” and “The Last Egret” will bring students’ textbooks to life through the observation of various native and exotic species, discussions of environmental issues and participation in hands-on activities and experiments. Each tour will also include important information about the historical and cultural importance of the estate. To register for any of these classes, click here.

Bonnet House allows a maximum of 60 students per day, but multiple days can be booked throughout the school year. Fees are due before or on the day of the program (in the form of a check or cash). Bonnet House requires the classroom teachers to be present, and we would prefer there to be one chaperone for every ten students. If you’re interested in scheduling a tour for your students, contact Linda Schaller with our education Department at (954) 703-2606 or [email protected] . We hope to see you and your students soon!

Planning An Unforgettable Wedding & Reception At Bonnet House

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If you are searching for a truly unique place to get married and/or host your wedding reception, look no further than Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Bonnet House is an outdoor, garden setting that embodies old-world charm and understated elegance.With it’s stunning natural beauty, and proximity to downtown Fort Lauderdale, the Bonnet House estate is considered one of the most beautiful places to host a destination wedding or reception in South Florida.

Located in the center of sunny Fort Lauderdale, the beauty of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens can be enjoyed year-round. Our pristine estate spans 35 acres and offers a variety of exquisite settings for weddings, ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners of any size.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens offers a unique combination of the grandeur of the past with modern amenities, including a private parking lot, to ensure that the needs of any and all guests are accommodated.  Bonnet House is available for rentals during morning and evening hours, and guests have the exclusive use of the tree lined allee, outdoor terrace, veranda lawn, hibiscus garden, and inner courtyard. Bonnet House’s rental fee includes the venue only, although the estate works with many pre-approved caterers and vendors to suit every budget and design goal. To help with the decision making process, we have compiled a list of preferred vendors with extensive experience on the property. Please note that Bonnet House does not have air-conditioned banquet halls, however an air-conditioned bridal room is available for use by the bride bridal party. The renting party is also responsible for all services including catering, tables, chairs, staging, etc.

Whether you are planning an intimate gathering, or a grand and lavish affair, Bonnet House will set the scene for romance and timeless memories. If you’re planning a wedding, or looking for wedding reception ideas in South Florida, you can fill out the form here, or contact David Wooden [email protected] to set up a tour!

Bonnet House Hosts Evening Tours & Holiday Entertainment

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The week of November 30th – December 7th will surely be an exciting one for Bonnet House! Each day of the week will bring holiday cheer with fun evening events that the whole family can enjoy. Beginning on November 30th with our Holiday Magic Soiree and VIP Reception, the week of Holiday Magic will consist of special evening tours of Bonnet House, live music, visits from Santa and his elves, and much more. We will also have a team of designers decorating trees, wreaths, and centerpieces that will adorn our Museum and be available for purchase throughout the week.

On Friday, November 30th, Holiday Magic will kick off with our Holiday Soiree and exclusive VIP Reception. Enjoy live music, plenty of food and beverages, as well as the first opportunity to purchase any of the holiday displays that catch your eye! Tickets are available, here , or in-person at Bonnet House.

Our evening tours will begin on Saturday, December 1st, and will last through Friday, December 7th. Join us for these special after-hours tours, and experience the beauty that Bonnet House has to offer during the holiday season. Each evening will include something exciting for adults and children alike, from Santa and his elves, to strolling carolers, to specialty lighted grounds, to Christmas storytelling, and much more. Throughout the week of Holiday Magic, guests can also enjoy live performances by South Florida Pride Jazz Band , Broward Center Spotlights, The Singing Sons , First Presbyterian Children’s Choir, Steel Away, Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida , and The Yuletide Carolers.

Tickets to our after-hours tours will be $15 for members, and $20 for non-members, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for children under 6. You can purchase tickets here , or in person at Bonnet House.

These fabulous events would not be possible with our generous sponsors. Thank you to all who have come together to make this year’s Holiday Magic a success! Our 2018 Holiday Magic sponsors include: JKV Catering , Christmas Central , Victoria Park Flowers , The Media Lab, Inc.Kelly’s Landing Seafood Restaurant , Platinum Tents , Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino , William B. O’leary, Dianna & Ralph Rau, Joe & Nora Dyke, Barbara R. Castell, Barbara Davis, Dr. & Mrs. Ernest Costantino, Rudi And Louise Dill, Ted And Kathy Drum, R.S. Ingham, Jeanne Lalli, Judith H. Maus, Allan Rexinger And John Davis, Alice W. Smith, Sondra St. Martin, Richard Sargeant And Peter Genovese, M.D., Elisabeth Bartlett Sturges, Tom Woodham And Wilson Ellis, Mowry Spencer & John Newton, The Quail Family, Paula and Joseph Dziminski, George & Barbara Petrello.

This fundraiser is dedicated to the preservation of Bonnet House for generations to come. We hope you and your friends and family will choose to visit Bonnet House during this special time!

Don’t Miss Our Exclusive Holiday Magic Soiree & VIP Reception

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Now that November has arrived, Holiday Magic is right around the corner! Our second annual fundraising event will kick off on November 30th with a fully catered Soiree and exclusive VIP reception, followed by a week of festivities that will be fun for the whole family.

Although there will be fun holiday celebrations throughout the week, you won’t want to miss our opening night Soiree and VIP Reception. Join us on Friday, November 30th for the opportunity to see Bonnet House sparkle like never before, while enjoying festive holiday music, as well as plenty of food and drinks. For the last few months, Bonnet House has been recruiting designers to create beautiful holiday decorations that will adorn our estate. Guests will be given the first opportunity to purchase any piece that catches their eye. This year, we are offering tickets to our Holiday Soiree (6:30pm – 9:30pm) for $60 per person, and our VIP Reception (5:30pm – 9:30pm) for $100 per person (includes admission to the Holiday Soiree as well).

Attending our exclusive VIP reception is an experience like no other. The evening begins at 5:30pm where you will be invited to enjoy Veuve Clicquot Champagne, full alcohol and seafood bars, and live music by JaredViolin.

The Holiday Soiree begins after the VIP Reception at 6:30pm on our beautiful veranda. As you arrive, you will be kindly greeted with a White Cosmo, followed by a fully catered affair presented by JKV Catering , as well as a full bar. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy a live performance by Meg Segreto’s Dance Centre Rockettes. You can experience all this and so much more while viewing the dozens of dazzling holiday displays that will be on display at Bonnet House throughout the week.

Last year was a tremendous success, with a sell-out crowd of 400 in attendance! Tickets for both of these events are on sale now. We will only be selling 100 tickets to the VIP Reception on a first-come-first-serve basis, so be sure to buy your tickets to this fantastic event soon! We can’t wait to see you there!

The Little Gift Shop is New & Improved!

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Over the last 12 months, Bonnet House has undergone many changes and renovations that will be sure to help preserve Bonnet House for generations to come. One renovation we are incredibly proud to showcase is our new and improved Little Gift Shop. Over the years, our Museum Shop has delighted our guests with tasteful jewelry, artistic house decor, and much more. However, the space was aging and limited, and finding good lighting was a consistent challenge.

Fortunately, through the generosity of countless volunteers and supporters, we were able to turn what was initially one small project, into several improvements that we can be proud of for years to come. After our wonderful neighbors at Corinthian Condominiums donated a substantial amount of money to Bonnet House, we were able to install a new roof on our Museum Shop, as well as new tile flooring, and a much-needed interior paint job. But the improvements didn’t end there! Soon after this was completed, Dane Jensen and Barbara Davis were generous enough to cover the cost of new lighting for the shop, which now allows us to showcase our unique inventory as it was meant to be.

But the improvements still didn’t stop. Prior to the initial renovations, Bonnet House began serving ice cream to our guests. One volunteer, John Lucas was instrumental in securing Fruitique Ice Cream, which has since become a huge seller. The success Bonnet House experienced selling ice cream then lead us to begin serving a light breakfast and lunch as well. To make this idea come to life, many generous volunteers and donors helped us update our kitchen, create a service window outside the Museum Shop from which to serve our guests, and a brand-new, gorgeous brick patio with tables, chairs, and umbrellas for our guests to escape the heat.

There will be many new happenings that will be associated with this new, expanded area of the Museum Shop which will be announced before too long. Be sure to stop by Bonnet House Museum & Gardens to see our improved Museum Shop and patio area! We can’t wait to see you there!

Holiday Magic Is Just Around The Corner

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Holiday Magic is coming to Fort Lauderdale once again! As some may already be aware, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens will be hosting our 2nd annual fundraising event beginning on November 30th, and lasting through December 7th. We will have a team of designers to decorate trees, wreaths and centerpieces that will adorn our Museum and be available for purchase throughout the week.

The festivities will begin on November 30th with a classy, Holiday Soiree on the veranda. Tickets for the Soiree will be $60 each and are on sale now. Last year, this event was a huge success with a sellout crowd of 400 people. Be sure to buy your tickets early so you don’t miss this fabulous event!

This year, we have also included an extraordinary VIP reception that will start one hour before the Soiree in our private Citrus Courtyard. Embrace the elegance of Bonnet House during the holiday season at this gorgeous VIP pre-party. We will only be selling 100 tickets at $100 each on a first come first serve basis to this exclusive event. Tickets are on sale now, so don’t miss out!

Throughout the week of Holiday Magic, Bonnet House will be open for self-guided tours in the evening. Each evening will include something exciting for adults and children alike, from Santa and his elves, to strolling carolers, to specially lighted grounds, to Christmas storytelling, and much more. Tickets will be $15 for members, and $20 for non-members, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for children under 6.

This fundraiser is dedicated to the preservation of Bonnet House for generations to come. We hope you and your friends and family will choose to visit Bonnet House during this special time.
To buy tickets, click here!

September Birding Classes at Bonnet House

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This September, Bonnet House is excited to announce two new birding classes! We’ll be offering ‘Ascend To Better Birding I’ on September 9th, and ‘Ascend To Better Birding II,’ on September 23rd, both of which will cover everything you’ll need to know to become an expert Bird Watcher.

Ascend To Better Birding I will cover the essentials of birding. This includes binocular best practices, a bird checklist and field guide with field marks, glossary, and family organization. You’ll even get to learn how to use some of the latest birding apps, like e-bird, Audubon, and Merlin to make identification easier using your smartphone.

You’ll also have the opportunity to learn the benefits of becoming a bird watcher, great local birding hotspots, and wonderful birding opportunities locally, in Florida and tropical adventures abroad. The workshop will include an informative presentation with numerous handouts, and an enjoyable bird walk through our gardens.

Ascend To Better Birding II will take the information from the first class to the next level. You will go over a 10 step approach to increase your ability to identify birds. This information will include helpful information regarding family groups, behavior, silhouette, habitat, field marks, commonality, seasonality, birding by ear, plumage, as well as the uses of checklists and apps.

One of the most important things you’ll learn in these classes is that a good bird watcher is always prepared! Don’t forget to bring your binoculars, and a field guide (if possible, field guides can be provided upon request).

You won’t want to miss out on these fun and informative events that will be sure to enhance your birding eye. If you’d like to register, the costs are $20 for members, and $25 for non-members. If you’d like to register for Ascend to Better Birding I, click here . If you’d like to register for Ascend to Better Birding II, click here .

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