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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 www.bonnethouse.org/exhbits&events.

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 www.bonnethouse.org/calendar.

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

Family Discount Days at Bonnet House

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Family Fun Days at the Historic Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

1st and 3rd Saturday July through September from 10am – 4pm

 

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens is offering a day of fun for the entire family this summer with ½ price admission for adults and free admission for children 12 and under.  Families will 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. The Family Fun Days are scheduled for the first and third Saturday of each month July through September 2012 from 10am – 4pm with the last tour starting at 3:30pm. The specific dates are July 7 & 21, August 4 & 18 and September 1 & 15.

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].

Broward Attractions & Museums Month (BAMM) – June 2012

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CULTURAL TREASURES HERE IN YOUR BACK YARD!

“Broward Attractions and Museums Month (BAMM)”

June 2012

Broward Attractions and Museums Month (BAMM) kicks off June 1. Discover 16 local museums, unique attractions and cultural centers for the price of one membership.  During the month of June members of any one of the 16 cultural institutions in Broward County, and South Palm Beach County, 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 a movie at Cinema Paradiso; discover some of Boca Raton’s History at the Boca Raton Historical Society; play and learn at The Boca Raton Children’s Museum; explore the historic house and grounds at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens; learn all about fish at IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame 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 diverse cultural treasures in Broward County and Boca Raton.

“South Florida is a prime destination with a unique array of activities and attractions to enjoy,” says Mary Birch-Hanson of the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.  “We are pleased to offer BAMM in June 2012.  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 and Cultural Center

Art andCultureCenterofHollywood

Boca Raton Children’s Museum

Boca RatonHistorical Society

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Cinema Paradiso

Classical South Florida – 89.7 & 90.7 FM

Fort Lauderdale History Center

Historic Stranahan House Museum

IGFA – Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum

International Swimming Hall ofFameMuseum

Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale – Nova Southeastern University

OldDavieSchoolHistorical Museum

Old Dillard School Historical Museum

PlantationHistorical Museum

SeminoleAh-Tah-Thi-KiMuseum

 

Our Sponsors this year include:

CTM DISTRIBUTION

Classical South Florida 89.7 & 90.7 FM

Creativexchange

Ettractions.com

Broward County Cultural Division

Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitor Bureau

TRAVELHOST

 

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

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 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 https://bonnethouse.org/impressions/

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.

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.