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Enjoy a Day of Music and Song during Bonnet House’s Family Fun Day

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens will be hosting a special celebration on April 21st from 10am – 4pm. Enjoy “Family Day at Bonnet House”, featuring the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra. The program will be an Introduction to the Orchestral String Instruments and a Pre-School Sing Along. This program is intended for children 5 years of age or younger and their parents. There will be 2 separate performances, the first one will start at 11am and the second repeat performance will start at 12 noon each lasting approximately 30-35 minutes.

Some of the selections will be:

Barney Song (I Love You, You Love Me)
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes
London Bridge is Falling Down
Sponge Bob, Square Pants

Plus many more pre-school favorites.  Please bring your toddler and your vocal talents to join in on the fun.

Families will also have the opportunity to tour the historic house museum filled with a delightful collection of art and personal treasures from the Bartlett family as well as explore the nature trails filled with native plants, trees and an occasional monkey or swan all at a discounted rate.

Discounted price breakdown is as follows:

Individuals – $10

Senior Citizens – $9

Children 12 & under – Free

For more information contact Linda Schaller at (954) 703-2606 or [email protected]

Orchid Care Classes at Bonnet House

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Saturdays, March 3rd and 17th, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens will be offering two orchid care classes during the month of March. Orchid supplies will be available for purchase at each class and a tour of the orchid greenhouse, lathe house and display house will be given at the end.

The class detail and remaining schedule is as follows:

March 3, 2012, 10am – 12pm – Mounting Orchids, An Alternative to Pots
Students will learn how to mount orchids on tree fern, cork bark and grapevine and how to naturalize orchids in their landscaping. Common questions like what orchids do best on mounts or in landscaping; what do I use to attach the orchid to the mount and how to water after they are mounted will be addressed.

March 17, 2012, 10am – 12pm – Diagnosing Orchid Pests & Diseases
Learn about pests and diseases that harm orchids. From bacterial and fungal rots to insects, such as mealy bugs, thrips and scale. Students will learn how to identify the culprits, what products to use to get rid of them, as well as what to do to avoid them in the future. Orchids may be brought in for diagnosis, but must be placed in plastic bags to prevent contaminating other plants.

The cost of each class is $30.00 for members and $35 for non-members. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Linda Schaller at [email protected] or (954) 703-2606.

Bonnet House Begins its 2012 Lecture Series

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens begins its 2012 Lecture Series Monday, January 9th with an evening lecture from 6pm – 7:30pm.  The first of three lectures is “Fort Lauderdale: A Brief History” with author and historian Susan Gillis. The second lecture is scheduled for Monday, February 6th from 10am-11:30am with archaeologist and author Robert Carr on “The History of the Everglades”. The third and final lecture is with poets and authors Rick McKenzie and Roger Reep on Monday, March 5th from 10am-11:30am and is titled “Poems of Animal Consciences”.

The cost is free for members and $5 for non-members.To reserve your seat, please contact Linda 954-703-2606 or [email protected].

Learn the Art of Calligraphy, Watercolor and Acrylics on the Bonnet House Estate

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Learn the art of painting and calligraphy at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens this season. Two six-week and one four-week workshop will be offered beginning in January.  The watercolor workshop begins January 11 and runs every Wednesday through February 15 from 9:30am – 12:30pm with Karen Eskesen. Nia Nakis will be teaching the outdoor acrylic workshop on Thursdays from January 12 through February 16, 9:30am-12:30pm. The calligraphy workshop with Tony Pastucci begins Tuesday, February 7 and runs through February 28 from 9:30am – 11:00am.

“The main house emulates a sense of charm and the surrounding grounds are home to a variety of tropical plants and wildlife native toFlorida” states Bonnet House Fine Artist and watercolorist, Karen Eskesen who returns once again to teach her very popular outdoor painting class.

Class space is limited to 15 students and the cost for each workshop is as follows: Watercolor, $114 for members and $126 for non-members; Acrylic, $114 for members and $126 for non-members; Calligraphy, $64 for members and $80 for non-members.  For registration or more information, please contact Linda Schaller at (954) 703-2606 or [email protected].

"Impressions: A Juried Art Exhibit" set to open Friday, February 10, 2012

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LXR Luxury Resorts and Ryder Systems, Inc. present Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ 12th Annual Juried Art Exhibit and Fundraiser Friday, February 10, 2012 at 6:00p.m.  “Impressions: A Juried Art Exhibit” is set to open with a private showing for V.I.P. guests starting at 5:30pm.  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 and Kirk Imhof are co-chairing this year’s Impressions opening and Matt Carone will be this year’s juror.

The juried art exhibit showcases artists from throughout the nation and the artists’ personal interpretations of this country’s architecture, nature, or culture.  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 competition will be available for sale with 50% of the proceeds benefiting Bonnet House Museum & Gardens.  The Impressions exhibition will be on display from February 10 through April 8, 2012 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 will be mailed in January. 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) 653-1551 or visit us online at

Build a Bridge to the Past

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Help Build a Bridge to the Past!

Bonnet House needs your help to build a bridge to the past. The museum welcomes almost 70,000 visitors each year, most of who enter through our Welcome Center. They then cross a bridge that connects the Welcome Center with the Main House, walking back in time to South Florida of the 1930s and 1940s. The bridge is nearly 25 years old and is nearing the end of its useful life. A local donor has pledged $8,000 to help rebuild the bridge if we can match that $8,000. Please consider a tax-deductible gift of $25 or more to help us reach our goal. Tell your Facebook friends you’ve given and ask them to help too! Every gift gets us that much closer to our goal. Thanks!

Click here to help build a bridge!

16th Annual Young Artist Music Series Opens January 26 at Bonnet House

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens kicks off its 16th season of the Young Artist Music Series on Thursday, January 26th.  We are delighted to offer the Fort Lauderdale community what we consider to be the “best entertainment deal in town!”  The first concert of the season will feature a performance by music students from the University of Miami’s Frost Opera Theater. Canapés and wine are served prior to the concert from 7:00-7:30 p.m.  The one hour performance begins at 7:30 p.m., and dessert and coffee are served immediately following the performance.

The season continues on February 16th with Florida Atlantic University’s Latin Vocal Ensemble. On March 15th we have performers from Palm Beach Opera, and for our fourth and final performance on April 5th we have Florida Grand Opera’s rising stars.

Individual tickets range from $35 – $45 per performance and series tickets from $120 – $160.  Ticket price includes wine, canapés, dessert, and coffee. Come and enjoy an evening under the stars like no other!

Bonnet House offers a special thanks to the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale graphic design honors class for designing the Music Series posters each year.  Congratulations go to this year’s winner, Gretel Guisado.

What started as community outreach has become one of Bonnet House’s most treasured programs. We are looking forward to this very special 16th anniversary series.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (954) 653-1553 or visit us at

Bonnet House Announces the Release of a New Book

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens announces the release of a new book written by Kent Planck entitled Bonnet House: A Legacy of Artistry and Elegance. The release date is scheduled for Monday, November 14 with a reception at 6pm on the Bonnet House Veranda and Courtyard.  This new book is a coffee table-book about the historic home and the artistic legacy of Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett.  The book traces the history of the property and explores and depicts the decorative embellishments utilized by the Bartletts to create a truly unique home.

Author Kent Planck, a long-time Bonnet House volunteer and graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Journalism, vividly illustrates Hugh Taylor Birch’s love of South Florida’s pristine barrier islands, his gift of the Bonnet House site to daughter Helen and her artist husband Frederic, Bartlett’s art career and marriage (after Helen’s death) to Evelyn Fortune Lilly, Evelyn’s own period working as an artist, and Evelyn’s desire to see that the home be preserved. Kent Planck has donated his services as have several photographers.

The cost of the book is $35 and will be available online after November 14 at and in the Bonnet House Museum Shop and at various local cultural organizations and bookstores.

For more information about Bonnet House: A Legacy of Artistry and Elegance or Kent Planck, please contact Patrick Shavloske at [email protected] or (954) 563-5393 ext. 140.

About Author

A native of Pekin, Illinois, Kent Planck holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University where he was elected a charter member of the Medill School of Journalism’s Hall of Achievement in 1997. He worked nearly 30 years in the field of communications before retiring in 1994 as Vice President of Public Relations at AT&T. A life-long history buff, Planck has held board positions at both Bonnet House Museum & Gardens and the Wellfleet Historical Society on Cape Cod where he has summered for more than 35 years. Now a resident of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Planck is a volunteer tour guide at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and tour guide and annual historic lecturer at Bonnet House. He is also a self-taught artist who exhibits his oil-on-canvas landscapes in both Florida and Cape Cod.

Orchid, Garden and Gourmet Food Festival at Bonnet House

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens will be hosting its Orchid, Garden and Gourmet Food Festival featuring the 5th Annual Orchid and Exotic Plant Sale December 3rd and 4th from 9:30am to 4:30pm! An exciting line up of orchid and exotic plant vendors will highlight this unique plant sale on the Bonnet House Grove. With free parking and a $5 entry fee for members and $7 fee for non-members- plant lovers and orchid enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see and buy an exclusive selection of orchids and exotic plants.

In addition to the unique collection of exotic orchids and plants sold by local vendors, the two-day event will feature plant accessories, garden art, supplies, lectures, demonstrations and a silent auction display.  Also, added to the event this year are gourmet food trucks and a creative kids corner.

The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, December 3rd and 4th from 9:30am to 4:30pm.  The entry fee is $5 for members and $7 for non-members for the fair and grounds and an additional fee of $10 for the self-guided tour through the house.

 Event Features:

Orchid and Exotic Plants – Featuring over 30 vendors including bamboo, butterfly garden plants, fruit trees and much more.
Orchid Supplies – Vendors to provide all you need to plant and grow orchids.
Gourmet Food Trucks – Food trucks throughout the property offering edible bites from cheese sandwiches for kids to grilled fish and Italian fare for adults.
Garden Art – Attractive and unusual orchid and/or garden related items from several vendors.
Lectures – Educational lectures and how-to demonstrations on caring for your garden and preparing healthy meals for the entire family.
Kids Corner – Part of the fruit grove will be turned into a creative corner for children featuring face painting and balloon art for kids.
Orchid Displays & Silent Auction – Various orchid displays created by the participating vendors will be available for auction.
Green Market – Herbs, organic fruit and vegetables and helpful tips on gardening will be available from local growers.
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, 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 N. Birch Road off of Sunrise Blvd. between A1A and the Intracoastal Waterway.

Best of the Artists Series – 3rd Opening Reception Thursday, August 11 at 6pm

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in collaboration with St. Lawrence Gallery present the 5th Annual Best of the Artists Series featuring works from 20 Bonnet House Fine Artists. The third of five exhibitions opens Thursday, August 11 at 6:00pm with a free wine and cheese reception. All of the exhibitions feature works of various media including watercolor, oil, acrylic and photography and a percentage of all art sale proceeds will benefit Bonnet House and its programs. Each exhibition will run for four weeks with the final exhibition featuring the Best of the Artists from the four previous shows. The exhibitions are free and open to the public and will include raffle, a wine & cheese reception and beautiful art. The receptions for each show will begin at 6:00pm on the first night of each exhibition as well as the closing night of the final exhibition.

The remaining exhibitions schedule is as follows:

Third Exhibition: Thursday, August 11 – Wednesday, September 7 – Featuring works by Annie Garrick, Rita Houldsworth, Marilyn Johansen, Joan Keirstead and George Dolan.
Fourth Exhibition: Thursday, September 8 – Wednesday October 5 – Featuring works by Mary Belle Cordell, Nia Nakis, Tammy Seymour, Robin Strauss and Sandy Dolan.
Fifth Exhibition: Thursday, October 6 – Thursday, November 3. This show will include favorite pieces voted on by all the attendees from the previous four shows.
Best of the Artists Closing Reception: Thursday, November 3 at 6pm. Best of the Artists Series winners will be announced.

St. Lawrence Gallery is located at 3556 N. Ocean Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale two lights north of Oakland Park Blvd. on the east side. For more information, please contact Monica Estevezat (954) 563-5393 ext. 127 or St. Lawrence Gallery at (954) 566-8011 or visit or