A Visitor Guide To Bonnet House Tours

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Here at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, there is so much to see! As the name suggests, our estate includes both an indoor museum area, in addition to vast outdoor garden trails. As guests explore Bonnet House, we do our best to ensure that everyone is able to see and learn as much on their visit as possible. However, from the beautiful flora and fauna that occupy our expansive gardens, to the grand design of the historic home, it can be easy to miss some important areas. To help our guests make the most of their visit, we have compiled a list of a few things everyone should expect to see and experience at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens!

Constructed in 1920 on 35-acres of a native barrier island ecosystem, and included on the National Register of Historic Places, Bonnet House is one of the few complete homes and studios of two American artists that is open to the public. The Main House is filled with a collection of art and the personal treasures of the Birch and Bartlett families. Since Bonnet House’s construction, much of the natural barrier island habitat has been lost to commercial development. But a walk along our nature trails will transport guests back in time to experience a rare piece of old South Florida.

Upon arriving to Bonnet House, guests will enter through the welcome center to purchase tickets. The cost to enter is $20 for adult admission and $16 for children ages 6-12 years old (children under six are free). Our hours of operation are 9:00am – 4:00pm Tuesday – Sunday. Guided tours are available daily at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm. For our guests that would only prefer to take a self guided tour of our gardens, $10 tickets can be purchased at the front office as well. Reservations are not required for these general admission tours.

After tickets have been purchased, guests will walk past the Boat House, fruit grove, and the caretakers cottage (currently our gift shop) before arriving at the Main House. The guided house tours begin at the front door, but guests are free to explore the gardens until their tour begins. Inside the Main House, guests will get to experience Frederic Bartlett’s interpretation of a Caribbean-style plantation home, and learn about the estate details, as well as the unique lives of Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett.

But there is so much more to the estate than just the Main House and garden trails. Across from the entrance to the Main House is our Shell Museum Complex, containing shells from around the world, an Orchid House and the Bartlett’s private Bamboo Bar. This complex contains hundreds of shells from all over the world, and displays one of the largest orchid collections in the US. Also on the property is an Island Theater with special exhibitions, a Cadillac Garage, two additional orchid houses, and even a small barn containing a restored 1935 Case “CC’ tractor!

It isn’t just the history that makes Bonnet House such a popular attraction. There are so many picturesque locations throughout our gardens that should not be missed. Overlooking the Lily Pond is our beautiful Pavillion, where the Bartletts would often entertain guests. Also on the property is a spectacular fountain, added in 1942. It is located at the end of our tree-lined allee and is constructed entirely of marble.

Whether you are a first time guest or a Bonnet House member, there is always something new to discover at our beautiful estate. If you have any additional questions about visiting Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, please call (954) 563-5393.

Bird Watching or Birding – How They Differ

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Here at Bonnet House, we are fortunate enough to have large, expansive gardens on our property. In fact, the Bonnet House estate contains five unique ecosystems which showcase some of the last examples of a native barrier island habitat in South Florida. These pristine habitats offer excellent opportunities for our guests to view nature as well as hundreds of beautiful native and migratory birds, among other animal species. For this reason, Bonnet House is a popular place for many South Florida residents and visitors to go bird watching and/or birding. But what exactly is the difference between these two activities?

Although these two activities might seem like the same thing, they are actually quite different. Invision this scenario: you are enjoying a morning cup of coffee by a window while looking out at your back yard. As you gaze out the window, you happen to notice a mother robin feeding her babies in the nest by your window. The act of viewing these birds while sipping your warm coffee is known as bird watching.

On the other hand, birding is a bit more complicated. In order to understand the difference between bird watching and birding, we need to take this scenario a step further. After seeing the robin and her babies, let’s say you decide to take a walk through your yard in the hopes of locating more birds with nests. You even bring your binoculars and a camera so you don’t miss out on any bird photo opportunities. The act of seeking out these birds is known as birding. Bird watching is a passive activity, where birding is much more active. Birding involves actively searching for birds or listening for their calls. Bird watching, on the other hand, involves observing birds when you just happen to see them.

At Bonnet House, we understand that both bird watching and birding are very popular, especially in the South Florida community. Because of this, we have been offering Birding Classes for quite some time now. In these classes guided by expert Paddy Cunningham, guests will learn how to spot birds and identify specific species and behaviors. You’ll have the opportunity to take photographs, view bird watching videos, and even make your own. Classes are typically $20 for members, and $25 for non-members.

If you’d like more information about Bonnet House’s birding classes, or if you would like to simply learn more about birding and bird watching opportunities at Bonnet House, click here!

A Guide To Outdoor Weddings

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Are you thinking about planning an outdoor wedding soon? If so, our team at Bonnet House understands how daunting that task can seem at first. There is so much to consider when planning an outdoor wedding and Bonnet House can be there for you every step of the way. From bad weather preparations to finding the perfect caterer, Bonnet House can help ease the pressure on your special day.

When planning an outdoor wedding, the first thing you must consider is the weather and the season that you would prefer to wed. Typically outdoor weddings are most common in the spring, summer and fall seasons. However, because our estate is located in the center of sunny Fort Lauderdale, the beauty of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens can be enjoyed year-round, even in the winter time.

Deciding on the attire you feel is appropriate for your wedding is also an extremely important factor in your wedding planning. Do you want your wedding to have a casual or more formal feeling? Everything from the bride’s bouquet, to the bride’s maid’s shoes and dresses must be carefully thought out before your big day. Regardless of your choices, Bonnet House spans 35 acres and offers a variety of settings for weddings, ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners of any style and size.

Choosing the right catering services and vendors can be a challenge as well. This is why Bonnet House works with many pre-approved caterers and vendors to suit every budget and design goal. When planning your wedding, reception and rehearsal dinner, Bonnet House has made the process simple by providing a list of preferred vendors with extensive experience on the property.

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. It is also important to note that Bonnet House does not have air-conditioned banquet halls, however an air-conditioned bridal room is available for use by the 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 an outdoor wedding in South Florida, you can contact David Wooden [email protected] to set up a tour!

Orchid Care 101

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At Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, we understand the importance of educating the public about South Florida’s history, and the unique natural environment that we call home. This is why we offer courses throughout the year that teach adults and children about a variety of topics, including orchid care. Even in a warm, sunny environment like South Florida, orchids can be a challenge to grow and specific techniques vary based on a multitude of factors. We’ll take some time in this blog to highlight some of the basics of orchid care The first step to basic orchid care is  understanding what type of orchid you want to grow. Each orchid is unique and requires a different balance of sunlight, water and food in order to grow.

The first step is to consider the amount of sunlight your plant will require. Essentially, orchids need just enough sun so that they have somewhat yellow-green foliage and strong, vertical growths. If your orchid is exposed to too much sunlight, the foliage will appear dark green, and will not have the typical strong upright growths.

The roots of your orchid, as well the entire plant will not survive without sufficient exposure to moving air. For this reason, most orchids do not actually grow in soil, with the exception of a few terrestrial varieties. When potting your orchid, your pot should be open with good drainage, but it should still be capable of holding enough moisture to support the plant’s needs. Typically, orchids are intolerant of an environment with little to no airflow. When considering where to keep your orchid, you should ensure that your plant is exposed to gentle air movement at all times. If you are growing your orchid in an indoor environment, you can simply use an overhead fan on a low setting, or a portable oscillating fan that is directed away from the plant.

Watering is the most common issue faced by orchid owners. In order to properly water any plant, you must consider both quantity and frequency. Due to the specific nature of your growing environment and the type of orchid itself, there isn’t an exact answer to how much and how often you should water your orchid. However, the main rule of thumb is to give the plant some water just as it dries out. The most effective way to determine whether or not your orchid has begun to dry out is to insert your finger into the soil and determine the moisture content yourself. This will not cause harm to the plant, and will let you know whether or not it is time to give your orchid some water. When your orchid is ready to be watered, it will require copious amounts. Continue watering your plant until you start to notice water running freely from the drainage holes in the pot. This will not only soak the potting medium, but it will flush away salts that naturally accumulate. At a minimum, be sure to water your orchid at least once a month.

If you care for your orchid properly, it will be able to grow and flower for long periods without the use of fertilizer. However, feeding orchids fertilizer regularly does yield better results. Typically, orchids should be fertilized once a week in the summer and every two weeks during the fall and winter times. Regardless of what brand or type of fertilizer you select for your orchid, most experienced growers recommend that you use no more than one half of the label-recommended strength after you water your plant.

If you are interested in growing orchids, or are already experienced in basic cultivation, we encourage you to attend some of our orchid classes. In these targeted sessions, you will learn techniques related to the best orchid care possible, and our experts can answer any questions you may have. Sign up or learn more, here!

 

Top Garden Attractions In South Florida

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Here at Bonnet House, we feel fortunate to be located in warm and sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Not only does our city have a rich cultural history, our climate and location make it the perfect place to view and enjoy the natural plants on our barrier island habitat. Bonnet House offers guests the opportunity to view our gorgeous garden area, however there are so many other beautiful and historic gardens to explore in South Florida. We’ve taken some time to compile a list of the best Fort Lauderdale gardens you won’t want to miss on your next trip to South Florida.

Fort Lauderdale has a variety of public gardens that show off the astonishing variety of plants that have impressed generations of visitors. One of the most popular gardens in Fort Lauderdale is Flamingo Gardens , home of Florida’s largest collection of Florida’s native wildlife, including over 3000 species of plants and trees. Established in 1927, Flamingo Gardens is one of the oldest botanical gardens and attractions in South Florida and continuously aims to preserve the ecology and history of the Florida Everglades.

Butterfly World is also located in Fort Lauderdale and was the first butterfly house ever built in the United States. Butterfly World encompasses three acres of butterfly aviaries, two aviaries for tropical birds, botanical gardens and even a working butterfly farm and research center. Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens is also a popular destination in Fort Lauderdale. Visitors are often surprised to learn about the unique connection between Japan and South Florida. The original building is modeled after a Japanese villa and features a ring of exhibition rooms surrounding an open-air courtyard with a dry garden of gravel, pebbles and small boulders. Their gardens span sixteen acres and include strolling paths, a world-class bonsai collection and lakes teeming with koi and other wildlife.

If you’re looking for gardens closer to the Miami area, there are plenty of options to choose from. One of the most beautiful Miami gardens is the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden located in Coral Gables, Florida. This expansive 83-acre site never leaves guests disappointed with multiple educational buildings and large gardens that everyone is sure to enjoy. Also located in Miami is the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. This gorgeous home was completed in 1910 as James Deering’s winter home. Visit this enduring, inclusive, and innovative estate to experience what inspires people to embrace the cultural vitality and environmental sustainability of the world around us. Also, the Deering Estate is a beautiful cultural asset in the Miami area and is a historic site listed on the National Register of Historic places. As a 21st Century museum destination for tourists and local residents, a variety of signature events, programs, tours and classes are offered here throughout the year.

Bonnet House Celebrates 100 Years In 2020

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Over 100 years ago when South Florida was barely more than a small town, Frederic and Helen Bartlett were gifted the Bonnet House site as a wedding present. Soon after in 1920, the family began construction on the gorgeous Bonnet House estate as their winter retreat where they could each pursue their own artistic passions. After the unfortunate death of Frederic’s wife, Helen, visits to the winter get-a-way became infrequent and sporadic. If it had not been for Frederic’s marriage to Evelyn Fortune Lily in 1931, Bonnet House would not have become the beautiful museum and gardens we know today.

Over the years, Evelyn embellished Bonnet House with the eye-catching decorative elements that delight visitors to this day. Even after Frederic’s death in 1953, Evelyn continued to return to the estate, and maintain its beauty. In 1983, Evelyn gave Bonnet House to the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, ensuring that the site would be preserved for the enjoyment and education of future generations.

Now, as Bonnet House approaches its 100th birthday, we are reflecting on the legacy of Bonnet House and the Bartlett family in the Fort Lauderdale community. Since Bonnet House’s nonprofit status was established in 1992, our team has done our very best to preserve this important legacy. Since day one, it has been our mission to share the Bartlett’s love of art and nature through public tours, youth and adult education programs, and cultural events that foster community participation.

Our team at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens honors this legacy through the decades spent preserving and showcasing the Bartletts unique collection of art and personal treasures, while also highlighting the importance of the natural barrier-island ecosystem in Fort Lauderdale. Over the years, we have also been working to teach adults and youths about the fascinating history of South Florida and it’s original settlers through educational tours and programs. But our efforts do not stop there.

In just the last year alone, Bonnet House has hosted many wonderful events and has opened its doors to thousands of guests. From our dazzling Holiday Magic celebration to our successful Orchid Festival, 2019 has gotten off to a phenomenal start. But none of this would have been possible without all of our supporters. Bonnet House is incredibly fortunate to have some of the most outstanding board members, donors, volunteers, and staff. We are forever grateful for their dedication and unwavering commitment to the Bonnet House estate.

With the 100th anniversary of Bonnet House quickly approaching, we are asking for at least 100 friends to donate $100 to help kick-off 100 years! Donate $100 today with this link , or mail in a check to be one of the first to receive a commemorative 100th Anniversary t-shirt, lapel pin and Swarovski crystal pen. Your entire gift is 100% tax deductible, too!

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens Announces its 100th Anniversary Workshop & Class Schedule

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL Workshops & Classes

The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ 100th Anniversary season is highlighted with a variety of exciting events, programs, workshops, tours and classes. This season is filled with art, music, holiday cheer, watercolor, calligraphy and drawing workshops; birding, orchid care classes as well as our annual Concerts Under the Stars series, Orchid Festival, VIP Upstairs-Downstairs Guided Tours and our 100th Anniversary Celebration. Holiday Magic at Bonnet House returns, a six-day event with evening tours and live performances beginning December 6th. Become a member for only $65 and receive significant discounts on classes, workshops and special events as well as free admission to Bonnet House year-round. 

The season schedule is as follows:
Birding Classes,
Individual Classes, Sunday, November 3, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (The World of Birding-A Lifelong Pleasure Pursuit), Sunday, December 1, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Ascend to Better Birding I), Sunday, January 5, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Ascend to Better Birding II), Sunday, February 2, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.  (Common Birds of South Florida-Backyard & Waterways), Sunday, March 1, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m. (Birding by Habitat-Finding the Birds you Seek). Join birder extraordinaire, Paddy Cunningham on the historic Bonnet House estate. To register, visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House Members $20, non-members $25.

Holiday Magic Holiday Arrangement Class: Thursday, December 12, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Learn how to create your own holiday arrangement with Victoria Park Flowers. Class is limited to 30 and is $20 per person. Fee includes self-guided tour of the house from 5:30-7pm. RSVP Required. Register online only at www.bonnethouse.org.

Calligraphy Workshop, (2) five-week sessions-Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Beginners Workshop: January 7 – February 4, Intermediate: February 11 – March 10. Join artist Tony Pastucci on the historic Bonnet House estate.  Workshop includes basic and intermediate principles of calligraphy.  To register, visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House Members $100, non-members $125.

Watercolor Workshop, (2) six-week sessions-Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.; January 8 – February 12 or February 26 – April 1. Join fine artist and watercolorist Karen Eskesen in the historic Bonnet House courtyard. Workshop includes traditional techniques of realism in watercolor and line drawing and time to paint in the covered courtyard and gardens. To register, visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House members $140, non-members $160.

Acrylic Painting Workshop, (2) six-week sessions-Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.; January 9 – February 13 or February 27 – April 2. Classes take place in the historic Bonnet House courtyard. Workshop includes basic principles of acrylic painting and time to paint in the covered courtyard and gardens. To register visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House Members $140, non-members $160.

Two-day Orchid Painting Watercolor Workshop – Friday & Saturday, February 28 & 29, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30p.m.; To register, visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2606. Cost for two-day session – Members $180, Non-members $200.

Basket Weaving, (2) 1-day workshops. Wednesday, January 29 and Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Florida Natural Basket – Create an artistic basket from natural materials found locally. The day will include an intro to basketry video and a walk on the property to identify the materials used. This class is an intro to local natural materials for all level weavers. To register, visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House Members $105, Non-members $120.

Orchid Care Classes, Individual classes-Saturday, January 25: Orchid Basics 9:30am – 11:30am; Orchid Repotting & Mounting 1:00pm – 3:00pm. Classes take place in the historic Bonnet House Island Theater.  To register, visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House Members $30, Non-members $35.

Explore The Natural Beauty of Fort Lauderdale

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As residents of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, we are incredibly proud of our community, and its rich cultural history. We’d like to take some time to highlight some other Fort Lauderdale attractions that you can enjoy with the whole family!

Bonnet House – is situated on a coastal barrier island. Much of the natural environment of barrier islands has been lost today to commercial development. A walk along the Nature Trail allows you to step back in time and experience a rare piece of old South Florida.

In addition to being open for public tours, Bonnet House hosts an annual week-long sparkling Holiday Magic festival of trees and décor, an annual series of outdoor music concerts, an annual orchid festival and offers adult educational programs in art, ornithology, orchid cultivation, and lectures as well as educational programs for Broward County schools and homeschool groups.

NSU Art Museum – located in the heart of Fort Lauderdale, The NSU Art Museum is home to diverse and innovative collections of art from around the world. Founded in 1958, NSU Art Museum aims to provide opportunities for individuals to access, learn from and be inspired by exceptional art from across the globe, and from different time periods. They have used their vast space (83,000 square feet, to be exact) to house over 6,000 works of art. They boast a wide array of collections that feature artists ranging from the American realist, William Glackens, to post-WWII, avant-garde artists from Copenhagen, Brussels and Amsterdam.

If you are passionate about art and culture, be sure to stop by one of Fort Lauderdale’s favorite spots!

Stranahan House & Museum – Stranahan House was constructed in 1901 by Frank Stranahan and his wife, Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, Ft. Lauderdale’s Founding Father and first school teacher, respectively. It is the oldest surviving structure in Broward County and has served multiple purposes in the county’s history. The Stranahan House & Museum is committed to
telling the fascinating story of the birth of our community through the Stranahan’s lives and the beautiful home they created.

Don’t miss your opportunity to experience the rich history of Fort Lauderdale through this gorgeous wood-frame vernacular structure, with wide porches and a stunning view of the New River!

Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum – This museum was established with the goal of preserving the history of the Packard Motor Co., and to demonstrate the progress of American engineering. With 22 Packard motor cars in working condition, The Ft. Lauderdale Antique Car Museum is proud to show some of the finest cars ever made. The 18,000 square foot building also contains thousands of pieces of memorabilia, and a separate gallery dedicated to the life of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and so much more.

See some of the finest automobiles in the world first hand at the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum. You won’t be disappointed!

Flamingo Gardens – Flamingo Gardens is home to one of the last natural jungle growths in South Florida, with over 3,000 tropical and subtropical plant species, including the largest tree in the state of Florida. Their Everglades Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to over 90 native species,
making it the largest collection of Florida Native wildlife in the state! The Flamingo Garden’s mission is to depict, preserve, and provide education about the natural and cultural heritage of South Florida and the Everglades.

These beautiful gardens, wildlife sanctuary, and historic Wray Home Museum have been delighting visitors of all ages for 90 years. Don’t miss this fun and educational South Florida attraction!

Fort Lauderdale Historical Society – The Fort Lauderdale Historical society is dedicated to preserving and sharing material from Ft. Lauderdale’s past so that present and future generations can stay connected to and inspired by their predecessors, and plant their own roots in our community. The Historical Society includes a 1907 house museum and three other 1905
historic structures, as well as a museum of changing and permanent exhibitions. They also offer docent-lead and self-guided tours 7 days/week.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to explore the fascinating history of South Florida at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society on your next visit!

We hope that you’ll consider some of these exceptional attractions in addition to Bonnet House Museum & Gardens on your next visit! We are incredibly proud of our community and all that it has to offer. Happy exploring!

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!

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