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 www.bonnethouse.org/exhbits&events.

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 www.bonnethouse.org 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 www.bonnethouse.org or www.stlawrencegallery.com.

Free Historic Trail Audio Tours Now Available at Bonnet House

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Bonnet House Museum & Garden is pleased to announce that it has expanded its programming to include a cell phone audio tour. With service provided by OnCell, the new audio tour enables the public to access additional information about the estate’s Historic Trail through their cell phones. Ten historic stops take visitors from prehistoric times to the 1930s and 40s when Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett spent the winter months creating art and enjoying their winter retreat. A local phone number – 954.233.0785 – leads visitors to a welcome message with options such as instructions, museum information, and information about current happenings. The audio tour may be accessed from any location free of charge, but is best experienced as part of a visit to the estate.

As with many cell phone audio tours, there is a feedback feature that works a lot like leaving a voicemail message. It can be accessed by dialing the general phone number – 954.233.0785 – and then pressing the asterisk key (*), followed by the 0. With this new format, Bonnet House encourages its visitors to try the audio tour and leave your feedback, whether it’s positive or negative! Comments can also be posted on our blog by clicking on the comments link, or on Bonnet House’s Facebook page.

About Bonnet House:
Bonnet House is located one block south of Sunrise Blvd. between Ft. Lauderdale Beach Blvd., (A1A) and the Intracoastal Waterway at 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. Bonnet House is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-4pm and Sunday, 11am – 4pm. Admission prices are $20 for individuals, $18 for senior citizens, $16 for children ages 6 – 12 and $10 for the grounds only. Group tours are also available at a discounted price. For more information, call (954) 563-5393 or visit the estate’s website, www.bonnethouse.org.

5th Annual Best of the Artists Series opens this Thursday, June 16 at 6pm.

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Nia Nakis – Springtime at Bonnet House 2010 Best of the Artists Winner

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 first of five exhibitions opens this Thursday, June 16 at 6:00pm with a free wine and cheese reception. The five exhibitions will once again 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. The exhibitions are scheduled to run from June 16 through November 3 with the final exhibition featuring the Best of the Artists from the four previous shows. All five 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 exhibitions schedule is as follows:
First Exhibition: Thursday, June 16 – Wednesday, July 13
Second Exhibition:  Thursday, July 14 – Wednesday, August 10
Third Exhibition: Thursday, August 11 – Wednesday, September 7
Fourth Exhibition: Thursday, September 8 – Wednesday October 5
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 www.bonnethouse.org or www.stlawrencegallery.com.

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens –900 North Birch Road,Fort Lauderdale
Open for tours Tues.- Sat. from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Sundays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
www.bonnethouse.org

centennial summer savings

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In honor of Fort Lauderdale’s 100th birthday Bonnet House is offering discounted days this summer. Explore this whimsical estate with murals on the ceilings, faux marble on the walls and floors, and balustrades that are really paintings. Stroll the tropical gardens on 35 acres of a pristine barrirer island where ancient Tequesta indians, early European settlers and shipwrecked sailors once roamed. See one of the finest orchid collections in the continental U.S., and catch a glimpse of playful monkeys, majestic swans, wading birds and an occasional manatee.

Centennial Family Days
Saturday, June 11, July 9 and August 13
10am – 4pm
1/2 price for Adults, Free for children 12 and under

Centennial Discount Days
Wednesday, June 22, July 27 and August 24
10am – 4pm
1/2 price for everyone

centennial family fun day at bonnet house

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens will be hosting a special celebration of Florida history on June 11th from 10am – 4pm during Centennial Family Discount Day. The day will be filled with fun activities for the entire family including art, history and nature along with Florida historic characters telling stories of their adventures.

 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) 563-5393 ext. 137 or [email protected]

BAMM (Broward Attractions & Museums Month) Kicks Off June 1st!

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DISCOVER THE CULTURAL TREASURES HERE IN YOUR BACK YARD! “Broward Attractions and Museums Month (BAMM)”.

June 2011

Broward Attractions and Museums Month (BAMM) kicks off June 1st. Discover 17 local museums, unique attractions and cultural centers for the price of one membership.  During the month of June members of any one of the 17 cultural institutions inBrowardCounty, andBoca Raton receive free general admission to all participating venues.  JOIN ONE, EXPERIENCE THEM ALL!

Let the adventure begin.  Discover what awaits you right outside your door.  Each attraction or museum offers an experience for all ages.  Spend an evening enjoying an movie at Cinema Paradiso, walk inside an aviary and be one with nature at Flamingo Gardens, child’s play at The Children’s Museum of Boca Raton or Young at Art or trek out and celebrate Seminole Indian Traditions at Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum and so much more.

Current and new members of these museums and attractions will receive free entry with proof of membership.  Special events may not be included.  Experience the diverse cultural treasures inBrowardCountyandBoca Raton.

“South Florida is a prime destination with a unique array of activities and attractions to enjoy,” said Mary Birch-Hanson of theAh-Tah-Thi-KiMuseum.  “We are pleased to offer BAMM in June 2011.  Whether a person has been a longtime museum supporter or has just signed up, the program enables everyone to experience the attractions and cultural scene for the price of one membership.”

Participating institutions include:
African American Research Library & Cultural Center
Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Cinema Paradiso
Classical South Florida 89.7 FM
Flamingo Gardens
Fort Lauderdale History Center
Historic Stranahan House Museum
IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum
Museum of Art – Fort Lauderdale Nova Southeastern University
Old Davie School Historical Museum
Old Dillard Museum
Plantation Historical Museum
Seminole Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
The Children’s Museum – Boca Raton
Young At Art

Our Sponsors this year include:
WLRN 91.3FM
ClassicalSouth Florida89.7
Creativexchange
Ettractions.com
Broward county Cultural Division
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitor Bureau

For more information on BAMM please log on to www.BAMMinfo.org or call Mary Birch-Hanson at 954.364.5205

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