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BAMM (Broward Attractions & Museums Month)

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“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.

Click here for more information on BAMM and the participating attractions!

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.

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!

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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,

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

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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:
ClassicalSouth Florida89.7
Broward county Cultural Division
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitor Bureau

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