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Bonnet House Seeks Volunteers

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With five distinct eco-zones and former owners whose interests ranged from art, poetry, and music to natural conservation and organic agriculture, Bonnet House has nurtured eclectic interests for almost ninety-five years.  There’s something for everyone to enjoy here, and the same can be said of our volunteer opportunities.  Looking for something peaceful and quiet?  The courtyard and bridge aren’t that way all the time, but greeting guests there will give you ample opportunity (most days!) to enjoy the natural habitat and gardens.  How about something more active with lots of visitor interaction, reading an audience, and telling a great story?  Guiding house tours might be for you.  How about sales?  The Museum Shop is always in need of extra help.  And no matter which role you choose, you’ll be interacting with other like-minded volunteers who have more passion and interest for the remarkable Bonnet House estate than you can imagine.

To learn more about the many volunteer opportunities at Bonnet House, visit www.bonnethouse.org/opportunities.

Fall is a Good Time to Review Estate Plans…or Create One

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No one likes to think of his or her passing from this world, but death is an event that we all will share in common sooner or hopefully, much later.  Putting together an estate plan can seem daunting, but it is really a fairly simple process for most people.  Not only will it relieve family and friends of sometimes difficult decisions, it is also an empowering process that allows one the opportunity to take control of how assets accumulated in life will pass.  As you begin gathering year end documents for the tax season, fall is also a good time to revisit estate plans—particularly if there has been a major life event in the past year—or to create one if you are currently without a will and/or trust.  If Bonnet House has meant something to you during life, consider leaving a bequest in your estate plan.  For sample language for a bequest to share with your attorney, contact Patrick Shavloske at 954-703-2603 or [email protected].

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens’ “Viva Florida 500 Best in Show Series”

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Bonnet House museum & Gardens’ “Viva Florida 500 Best in Show Series”, continues at Gallery 928 with its second opening reception featuring Bonnet House Fine Artists, Marilyn Johansen, Flor Lecht, Debi Liptak, Louis Mezian, Debbie Rubin and Tricia Rutsis.

The Viva Florida 500 Best in Show Series is a celebration 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.

This exhibition will include works of various media including, watercolor, oil, photography and collage.  A percentage of all art sale proceeds will benefit Bonnet House programs.  The series includes a total of four exhibitions running from June 20 through November 3.  All exhibitions include wine and cheese reception 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. All receptions will begin at 6:00pm on the first night of each exhibition with announcement of Best in Show from the previous exhibition.

The series schedule is as follows:

Third Exhibition: Thursday, August 29 – Wednesday, September 29

Fourth Exhibition: Thursday, October 3 – Wednesday, November 3

 

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

Bonnet House museum & Gardens – 900 North Birch Road, Fort Lauderdale 33304
Open for tours Tuesday – Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
www.bonnethouse.org

2013/2014 Programs & Events

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The Bonnet House Museum & Gardens 2013/2014 season is highlighted with a variety of exciting programs and events. We will be offering art classes in the Bonnet House gardens with Karen Eskesen and Nia Nakis, calligraphy and zentangle workshops with Tony Patucci and Shawn Hayden as well as our annual Concerts Under the Stars series from January through April and the 7th Annual Orchid, Garden & Gourmet Food Festival the first weekend in December.

Orchid Care Classes, Individual classes, September 28 (Diagnosing Pests & Diseases), January 11 (Orchid Basics), February 8 (Repotting & Mounting) and February 22 (Diagnosing Pests & Diseases), 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join Bonnet House Orchid Curators, Sandy Jones and Tom Wells in the historic Bonnet House Island Theater.  To register call the Bonnet House Education Department at 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House Members $30, non-members $35.

Birding Classes, Individual Classes, November 2, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Ascend to Better Birding), February 2, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Bird Behavior for Easy ID), March 1, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Birds are Creatures of Habitat).

Join birder extraordinaire, Paddy Cunningham on the historic Bonnet House estate. To register call the Bonnet House Education Department at 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House Members $20, non-members $25.

orchidOrchid, Garden & Gourmet Food Festival, December 7 & 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Featuring the 7th Annual Orchid and Exotic Plant Sale. Orchids, Exotics, Tropicals, Herbs, Fruit Trees, Garden Art, Gourmet Food Trucks, Libations, Gardening Lectures, Cooking Demos, Orchid Displays, Silent Auction, Live Music, Farmer’s Market and Much More!!

To purchase tickets visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2614. Cost: Bonnet House Members $10, non-members $12.

Watercolor in the Gardens, Six-week sessions: January 8 – February 12 or February 26 – April 2, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Join fine artist and watercolorist, Karen Eskesen in the historic Bonnet House gardens.  Workshop includes traditional techniques of realism in watercolor and line drawing and time to paint in the gardens.  To register call the Bonnet House Education Department at 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House Members $120, non-members $150.

Acrylic in the Gardens, Six-week sessions: January 9 – February 13 or February 26–April 2, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. or 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Join Fine Artist Nia Nakis in the historic Bonnet House gardens. Workshop includes basic principles of acrylic painting and time to paint in the gardens. To register call the Bonnet House Education Department at 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House Members $120, non-members $150.

Calligraphy with Tony Pastucci, Five-week sessions: January 14 – February 11 or February 25 – March 25, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Join artist, Tony Pastucci on the historic Bonnet House estate.  Workshop includes basic principles of calligraphy.  To register call the Bonnet House Education Department at 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House Members $100, non-members $125.

Zentangle with Shawn Ann Hayden, Three-week sessions: January 14 – 28, February 11 – 25 or March 4 – 18, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Join Certified Zentangle specialist, Shawn Ann Hayden in the historic Bonnet House Island Theater.  Workshop includes basic principles of Zentangle, a way of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns.  To register call the Bonnet House Education Department at 954-703-2606. Cost: Bonnet House Members $105, non-members $120.

New ImageConcerts Under the Stars, January 23, February 13, March 13 & April 10, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The finest young talent in South Florida will be performing at Bonnet House’s Young Artist Music Series this winter. Concerts under the stars on the beautiful Bonnet House estate include wine, dessert and coffee in the ticket price. The evening’s activities take place in and around the house with the concert taking place on the veranda lawn beneath the moon and stars. To purchase tickets visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2614. Cost: Bonnet House Members $35 and up, non-members $40 and.  Series tickets are also available.

Entirely Entertaining, February 24, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. An elegant luncheon with uniquely individualized table designs presented by our Bonnet House Alliance. To register or for more information call 954-772-7429.

Impressions: A Juried Art Exhibit, March 6, 6 p.m. Lavish Opening Reception
Impressions is an annual juried art competition with fine food, fine wines and fine friends amid the Old Florida charm of Bonnet House. To submit your artwork, register or for more information visit www.bonnethouse.org or call 954-703-2614.

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

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