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Bonnet House and Gallery 928 present Viva Florida 500 Best in Show Series

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in collaboration with Gallery 928 present “Viva Florida 500 Best in Show Series”, a series of exhibitions featuring works from our very own Bonnet House Fine Artists.

Viva Florida 500 is the BestinShowfrontfor webcelebration of Ponce de Leon discovering La Florida, and the works selected   for this series are inspired by 500 years of Florida history which include abstract as well as realistic interpretations.

The exhibitions will include works of various media including, watercolor, oil, acrylic and photography and a percentage of all art sale proceeds will benefit Bonnet House programs. Only two exhibitions remain  with opening receptions scheduled for August 29 and October 3. Opening receptions include wine & cheese from 6-8pm with raffle and are free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite piece at each show.  Best in Show winner will be announced at each reception.

Gallery 928 is located at 928 NE 20th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale just east of Gateway Plaza. For more information, please contact Monica Estevez at (954) 703-2614.

Cool Saturdays Summer Special at Bonnet House

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Start your summer at half the price at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens. Saturdays are cool at Bonnet House beginning Saturday, July 6 through Saturday, September 21 on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Visitors can explore the whimsical house where fish sculptures rise in the air, shells have their own museum and shady nature trails invite you to search for playful monkeys in the trees and majestic swans in the fresh water lakes. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children 12 and under from 9am to 4pm on these days. To kick off this summer special, visitors will have the opportunity to feast on their food of choice from a bevy of food trucks that will be onsite for everyone to enjoy from 10am – 3pm.

Specific dates are July 6 & 20, August 3 & 17 and September 7 & 21. Tour admission is always free for Bonnet House members. Visit for updated information and additional summer events including Viva 500 Best in Show Series featuring works from local artists inspired by 500 years of Florida history.

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52 Artists Selected for Impressions: A Juried Art Exhibit 2013

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Fifty-two artists from around the world will flock to historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens on Thursday, March 7th to participate in the 13th Annual Impressions: A Juried Art Exhibit and Fundraiser benefiting the historic estate. Impressions is a well-respected, annual exhibition of artistic talent, reflecting the world’s architectural, natural and cultural themes.

The fifty-two artists chosen to participate in the exhibition hail from all over the world and work in a wide variety of media and styles. One of the inspirations for Impressions artists was Bonnet House and its surrounding lush landscape.  Many of the artists were able to work on the grounds of Bonnet House, and visitors to Bonnet House had the opportunity to see these artists at work.

Daina Stabulniece, chair of painting and drawing for the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, will be this year’s juror. This is Ms. Stabulniece’s first stint as juror for the exhibit. Kathleen Lowe, Vice President of Marketing and Development for Best Roofing and Scott LaMont Principal of EDSA are co-chairing this year’s Impressions opening.

Impressions: A Juried Art Exhibit is set to open with a private showing for V.I.P. guests starting 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.

Admission for the opening of Impressions is $200 for VIPs at 5:00 p.m. and $150 for general admission at 6:00 p.m.  Attendance is by reservation only by visiting us online at or by calling (954) 703-2614. Bonnet House is located at 900 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, 33304.

About the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens: Accredited by the American Association of Museum and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is a 35 – acre subtropical estate and historic house museum located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale.  Bonnet House, in addition to being open for guided public tours six days per week, year round, offers a myriad of specially-designed programs for schools, adults and families. Bonnet House also has membership opportunities that include an annual pass to the estate and a program geared to local artists. Music students from nearby universities and opera companies gain experience through their performances on property in the annual Young Artist Music Series and orchid enthusiasts have an opportunity to see and buy an exclusive selection of orchids as well as learn how to grow and care for orchids in their own homes during the Orchid, Garden & Gourmet Food Festival, the first weekend in December of every year. The mission of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is to preserve, interpret and share the unique and eclectic historical legacy – artistic, architectural and environmental – of the Bartlett and Birch families, inspiring in our diverse audiences an appreciation for creative expression, historic preservation and natural conservation, while enhancing the educational, cultural and economic growth of the community.


Orchid Care Classes Offered at Bonnet House

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IMG_0091Bonnet House Museum & Gardens will be offering morning and afternoon orchid care classes during the winter and summer months in 2013. Each class is followed by a tour of the orchid greenhouse, lathe house and display house. Orchid supplies will be available for purchase at all classes and students will receive a Bonnet House ‘baby’ orchid seedling.

The class schedule is as follows:

Orchid Basics – January 12 and February 9, 10am – 12pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Orchid Repotting
– July 13, 10am – 12pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Orchid Mounting – August 10, 10am – 12pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Orchid Pest & Disease Control – September 28, 10am – 12pm and 1:30pm – 3:30pm

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

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens — 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale 33304

Bonnet House Begins its 2013 Lecture Series

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens begins its 2013 Lecture Series Monday, January 14th with a morning lecture from 10am – 11:30am.  The first of three lectures is “Broward Stories of Diversity and Change: A Musical Journey” with oral historian and jazz singer Dr. Kitty Oliver. The second lecture is scheduled for Monday, February 11th from 6:00pm-7:30pm with descendant of south Florida’s first barefoot mailman, archaeologist and author Harvey Oyer on “The Adventures of Charlie Pierce: The Last Egret”. The third and final lecture is with Dr. Michele Williams on health and healing titled “Medical Paradigms in Old and New Worlds” on Monday, March 4th from 6pm to 7:30pm.

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

Learn the art of Calligraphy, Watercolor, Acrylics and Zentangle at Bonnet House

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Learn the art of calligraphy, watercolor, acrylics and zentangle on the historic Bonnet House Estate this season. Two six-week, one four-week and two three-week workshops will be offered beginning in January. All classes are taught outdoors throughout the beautiful grounds.

Art class schedule is as follows:

Watercolor workshop with Karen Eskesen ($114 members, $126 non-members)

Session I: Wednesdays, January 9 – February 13 from 9:30am – 12:30pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

Session II: Wednesdays, February 27 – April 3 from 9:30am – 12:30pm and 1:00pm – 4:00pm with Karen Eskesen.

Acrylic workshop with Nia Nakis ($114 members, $126 non-members)

Session I – Thursdays, January 10 – February 14, 9:30am-12:30pm.

Session II – Thursdays, March 7 – April 11, 9:30am – 12:30pm.

Zentangle workshop with Shawn Ann Hayden ($105 members, $120 non-members)

Session I – Tuesdays, January 15 – 29, 10:00am – 12:00pm.

Session II – Tuesdays, March 5 – 19, 10:00am – 12:00pm.

Calligraphy workshop with Tony Pastucci ($64 members, $80 non-members)

Tuesdays, February 5 – February 26, 9:30am – 11:00am.

Class space is limited to 15 students and each workshop requires pre-registration. To register visit us at or contact Linda Schaller at (954) 703-2606 or [email protected].

About Bonnet House: The mission of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is to preserve, interpret and share the unique and eclectic historical legacy – artistic, architectural and environmental – of the Bartlett and Birch families.  We inspire in our diverse audiences an appreciation for creative expression, historic preservation and environmental conservation, while enhancing the educational, cultural and economic growth of the community

Young Artist Music Series kicks off January 24

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens kicks off its 17th season of the Young Artist Music on Thursday, January 24th at 7pm with a performance by the Lynn University Piano Trio. We are delighted to offer the Fort Lauderdale community what we consider to be the ‘best deal in town’. Wine, dessert and coffee are served to our guests and included in the price.

The season continues on February 21st with Florida Atlantic University performing a piano concert. On March 21st we have University of Miami’s Frost Opera Theater and for our fourth and final performance on April 11th we have Florida Grand Opera’s rising stars.

Individual tickets range from $35 – $45 per performance and series tickets from $120 – $160, everyone can enjoy an evening under the stars like no other Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale graphic design honors class designs our posters each year with this year’s winner being Steven Frias.

What started as community outreach has become one of our most treasured programs. We are looking forward to this very special 17th anniversary series.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (954) 703-2614 or visit us at

Orchid, Garden & Gourmet Food Festival at Bonnet House

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Bonnet House Blooms December 1st & 2nd
with its
Orchid, Garden and Gourmet Food Festival

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens will be blooming during its Orchid, Garden and Gourmet Food Festival featuring the 6th Annual Orchid and Exotic Plant Sale December 1st and 2nd from 9:30am to 4:30pm! With free parking and a $10 entry fee for members and $12 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 over 30 local vendors, the two-day event will feature gourmet food trucks, libations, orchid care lectures, cooking and gardening demonstrations, a silent auction display, live music, a farmer’s market and a creative kids corner.

The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd from 9:30am to 4:30pm.  The entry fee is $10 for members and $12 for non-members for the fair and grounds and an additional fee of $8 for the self-guided tour through the house. Tickets to the event are now available online at

Event Features:

Orchid Displays & Silent Auction – Various orchid displays created by the participating vendors will be available for auction.

Gourmet Food Trucks – Food trucks throughout the property offering edible bites from cheese sandwiches for kids to grilled fish and Italian fare for adults.

Wine, Beer, Mimosa’s & Bloody Mary’s– Enjoy an invigorating mixture as you wander through the garden.

Orchid and Exotic Plants – Featuring over 30 vendors including bamboo, butterfly garden plants and much more.

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 – 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 orchid collage for kids.

Green Market – Herbs, organic fruit and vegetables and helpful tips on gardening will be available.

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.

This year’s sponsors include The Home Depot, Market 17, Classical South Florida Radio, Whole Foods Market, AroundTown Magazine, Broward Orchid Supply, PL&P Advertising, Marando Farms, Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and Waste Management.

Final Family Fun Day of the Summer at the Historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is giving all families their last chance to travel back in time for a fraction of the cost. ½ price admission for adults and free admission for children 12 and under. This final Family Fun Day of the summer scheduled for Saturday, September 15, 2012 from 10am – 4pm will include several kid- and family-oriented archaeology activities for visitors by the Florida Public Archaeology Network. Families will also have the opportunity to tour the historic house museum filled with an enchanting collection of art and personal treasures from the Bartlett family. This ticket also gives families the opportunity to explore the nature trails filled with native plants, trees and an occasional monkey or swan all at a special rate. The last chance to take advantage of the Family Day discounted rates will be on September 15 from 10am – 4pm with the last tour starting at 3:30pm. This day is designed to give everyone in the family a fun opportunity to explore, and learn together, so do not miss out!

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]

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens — 900 North Birch Road, Fort LauderdaleOpen for tours Tues.- Sat. from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm; Sundays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Bonnet House Alliance 2016/2017 Social Season

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For payment through USPS mail–Please click here to download payment authorization form.

For event information contact the Alliance at [email protected].

Alliance Socials

Speakeasy Soiree III
Friday, November 18th, 2016 – 7pm to 10pm, Bonnet House Veranda
Our Third Annual Roaring 20’s Gala Fundraiser. Enjoy balmy ocean breezes on the Veranda for an evening of Gatsby Style fun!  Dress up in your best vintage attire for Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres under the moonlight with live music, costume contest and Las Vegas Style entertainments.  $75 per person.

Holiday Celebration Party & Toy Drive
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 – 11:30am, Lauderdale Yacht Club
General Membership Meeting. Catch up with all our returning Snowbirds and get into the holiday spirit.  Open to all members, their guests and volunteers, three course luncheon, $40 per person.

Entirely Entertaining Designers Infosocial
Monday, January 9th, 2017 – 4pm to 5pm, Bonnet House Veranda
Table Designers for our Signature Event get together to share information on their designs and all the details it takes to make our biggest event of the year a huge success. To be added to the invitation list please email EE Chair Susan Howell at [email protected].

Winter Luncheon & Program
Monday, January 16, 2017 – 11:30am, 15th Street Fisheries
General Membership Meeting. Our best attended Luncheon of the season, with a guest speaker on a subject of local interest, we look forward to a sell-out crowd.  Three course luncheon, $40 per person.

Motor coach Excursion
Monday, January 30, 2017 – 9am – 3pm, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Departs from Bonnet House, includes lunch at the Historic Vizcaya Estate and complimentary Mimosas on the trip down. $60 per person.

Entirely Entertaining XXII
Monday, February 27, 2017 – 11:30am – 2pm,  Bonnet House Veranda
Our Signature Fundraiser. Join us for a Fabulous Luncheon on the Veranda as we celebrate Evelyn Bartlett’s passion for an exquisite table!  Local artists and designers as well as our own creative members showcase tablescapes that range from the whimsical to the elegant in this one of a kind event.  Reservations Required as seating is limited.  Tickets are $120 and $160.

Annual Membership Meeting & Elections
Monday, March 13, 2017 – 5 – 7pm, Bonnet House Veranda
General Membership Meeting. Our annual meeting where we review the year’s business and elect the Alliance officers for the 2017-2018 season, all members are encouraged to attend and participate in this important organizational event.  Wine and Hors d’oeuvres buffet, free of charge, Membership Only.

Installation of 2017-2018 Alliance Board of Directors
Monday, April 10, 2017 – 11:30am
General Membership Meeting. The last meeting of our season as we recognize the outgoing Board member’s contributions and welcome the new Board’s commitment to the upcoming year’s events.  Members and Prospective Members Welcome, three course luncheon, $40 per person.

Alliance Socials

Frederic’s Oktoberfest & Membership “Draft” Party
Monday, October 17, 2016 – 6 – 8pm, $25
Bonnet House Courtyard
Join us for our season kickoff as we celebrate Frederic Bartlett’s student travels in Germany with traditional Oktoberfest favorites, featuring local breweries and restaurants. All BHA members and their guests, volunteers and prospective members welcome.  $25 per person.
General Membership Meeting 5pm to 6pm on the Veranda.

Additional information on Alliance events is sent out periodically through email and postal addresses, to receive these announcements please make sure your contact information with us is up to date.

To update your contact information, or to obtain a copy of our Membership Directory, please contact Bonnet House Alliance Membership Chair Kathy Shampaine at mailto:[email protected] 410-991-4052.

For payment through USPS mail for any of our events download and complete the Payment Authorization Form and mail to: Bonnet House Alliance, 900 N. Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304. To keep your credit card information secure, please do not email Payment Authorization Form. Please click here to download form.