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Bok Tower Gardens Calendar of Events
by Cassie Jacoby
October 4, 2009

WHAT: Bok Tower Gardens Calendar of Events

WHEN: October 2009-May 2010

WHERE: Bok Tower Gardens

WHO: 863-676-1408;

www.boktowergardens.org

OCTOBER

Butterflies at Bok October 1 — 31 Home to more than 50 identified varieties of butterflies, visit the historic Olmsted gardens to enjoy special areas planted to attract majestic winged wonders.

“Interiors of Florida” Terry Klaaren Art Exhibit Demonstration — Saturday, October 3 — 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Exhibit: October 3 — December 3 Recognized for his style of “realistic impressionism,” award-winning Tampa Bay artist Terry Klaaren’s artwork on display through December 3 captures natural areas of Florida that are rapidly being developed and disappearing.

Edward W. Bok Birthday Carillon Concerts October 9 — 1 & 3 p.m. Celebrate Edward Bok’s gift of gratitude to America on his birthday. Born in the Netherlands in 1863, the Gardens’ founder became editor of The Ladies’ Home Journal, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, humanitarian, philanthropist and an advocate for world peace and the environment.

Boktoberfest Plant Sale October 17 — 9 a.m.—5 p.m. Celebrate the joy of gardening at the 1st annual Boktoberfest Plant Sale with free admission, face painting, tree climbing, food, music, beer garden and entertainment. A variety of plants, gardening products and natural art will be available for purchase.

Live at the Gardens! Concert Series Encore with The Repeatles October 24 — 7:30 p.m.; Dinner 5:45 p.m. Back by popular demand for a SOLD OUT encore performance, Elvis impersonator Dwight Icenhower and The Repeatles bring back the nostalgic 50s and 60s music of Buddy Holly, Elvis, the Everly Brothers, the Rolling Stones and The Beatles.

Travel to France with Bok Preview Night October 20 — 5:30—7 p.m. Join a visual presentation of Bok’s May 31, 2010 travel venture to Paris, Giverny and Normandy. Wine and cheese reception. 863-676-1408.

Watercolor Art Classes — Thursdays, October 29 — January 21, 2010 (no class 11/26, 12/24 & 12/31) Sebring artist Owen Jolly teaches new techniques, strengthen drawing skills and get your creativity flowing with on-location and studio work, demonstrations and constructive critique. Still life, floral, landscape and portrait subjects will be included; classes are held mostly indoors. Intermediate/advanced: 9 a.m. – noon; beginner/intermediate: 1-4 p.m. $195; members $150. 863-676-1408.

Wildlife Safari to Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area October 31 — 7:30 a.m.—3 p.m. Explore one of Central Florida’s untouched natural areas with 62,000 acres and the highest concentration of bald eagles nests in the contiguous U.S. Observe wildflowers, red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, wild turkey and more. $40; Members $32. 863-676-1408.

NOVEMBER

“Interiors of Florida” Terry Klaaren Art Exhibit through December 3 Recognized for his style of “realistic impressionism,” award-winning Tampa Bay artist Terry Klaaren’s artwork captures natural areas of Florida that are rapidly being developed and disappearing.

Sunset & Symphony Fall Concert November 7 — 6 p.m. The award-winning Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singing Tower carillon present an evening of pops and light classics. Bring your family and a picnic to enjoy the outdoor concert on the Great Lawn as the sun sets atop Iron Mountain. $15; members $12; day of concert $20.

Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture Tour November 11 — 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Tour the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture at Florida Southern College and Hollis Garden. $40; members $32. 863-676-1408.

Veterans Day Carillon Concerts November 11 — 1 & 3 p.m. A musical salute of gratitude to our nation's veterans and current members of America’s armed forces. Free admission will be offered to all branches of the military, active, retired and disabled veterans with valid ID.

Landscape Art Workshop November 13-15— 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. Artist Gary Gessford teaches a three-day workshop for intermediate & advanced students of watercolor, acrylic and oils. Classes include techniques to create atmosphere between foreground and background; painting trees and vegetation to give depth in landscape paintings. $325; members $275. 863-676-1408.

Star Gaze at Bok November 19— 5:30—9 p.m. (sky permitting – alternate date: November 20)

Webber International University will provide telescopes to view the night sky, the crescent moon and other deep sky objects in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy. $5 adults and members; $1.50 children 5-12. 863-676-1408.

Thanksgiving Day Carillon Concerts November 26 — 1 & 3 p.m. Enjoy the tranquility of Bok Tower Gardens on Thanksgiving Day. The majestic Singing Tower will feature music that evokes a mood of thanksgiving and reflection. Café and Gift Shop open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Christmas at Pinewood Holiday Home Tour November 27— January 3 Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Capture the holiday spirit when you tour the 20-room, 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion at Pinewood Estate during the Christmas at Pinewood holiday home tour. See what's new and different when Central Florida designers transform the 1930s winter retreat into a glittering holiday showcase with the new theme “Joy to the World.” Open Christmas Eve (10-2 p.m.) and Christmas Day (1-5 p.m.); 863-676-1408.

DECEMBER

Christmas at Pinewood Holiday Home Tour through January 3 Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Capture the holiday spirit when you tour the 20-room, 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion at Pinewood Estate during the Christmas at Pinewood holiday home tour. See what's new and different when Central Florida designers transform the 1930s winter retreat into a glittering holiday showcase with the new theme “Joy to the World.” Open Christmas Eve (10-2 p.m.) and Christmas Day (1-5 p.m.); 863-676-1408.

“Interiors of Florida” Terry Klaaren Art Exhibit through December 3 Recognized for his style of “realistic impressionism,” award-winning Tampa Bay artist Terry Klaaren’s artwork captures natural areas of Florida that are rapidly being developed and disappearing.

Watercolor Art Classes — Thursdays through January 21, 2010 (no class 12/24 & 12/31) Sebring artist Owen Jolly teaches new techniques, strengthen drawing skills and get your creativity flowing with on-location and studio work, demonstrations and constructive critique. Still life, floral, landscape and portrait subjects will be included; classes are held mostly indoors. Intermediate/advanced: 9 a.m. – noon; beginner/intermediate: 1-4 p.m. $195; members $150. 863-676-1408.

Seasonal Carillon Music December 1—31 The sounds of the season fill the Gardens with daily Singing Tower carillon selections every half hour and special concerts at 1 & 3 p.m.

“Orchids in Paint” Gary Gessford Art Exhibit December 5— January 28 Artist Gary Gessford’s larger than life paintings of orchids explode with color through the interplay between color, light, form and texture. From Paris, France to Germany, Florida and Washington, D.C., Gessford has painted, taught, lectured and exhibited for more than 30 years.

Christmas at Pinewood Holiday Home Night Tour and Concert — December 11 & 13 Holiday Home Tour 7 p.m.; Concert 7:30 p.m. – Soprano Alana Trimmier

Let Pinewood’s Christmas splendor along with the powerful voice of soprano Alana Trimmier usher you into the holidays. Meet one of Central Florida’s youngest soloists who has performed in numerous opera productions and her piano accompanist at the champagne reception. Each performance $38; members $29. 863-676-1408.

Christmas Day Carillon Concerts December 25 — 1 & 3 p.m. Experience Edward Bok’s gift of historic Olmsted woodland gardens and the Singing Tower carillon with concerts featuring Christmas carols from around the world. Café and Gift Shop open noon – 5 p.m.; Christmas at Pinewood holiday home tour open 1-5 p.m.

JANUARY 2010

Christmas at Pinewood Holiday Home Tour through January 3 Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m. Capture the holiday spirit when you tour the 20-room, 1930s Mediterranean-style mansion at Pinewood Estate during the Christmas at Pinewood holiday home tour. See what's new and different when Central Florida designers transform the 1930s winter retreat into a glittering holiday showcase with the new theme “Joy to the World.” Open Christmas Eve (10-2 p.m.) and Christmas Day (1-5 p.m.); 863-676-1408.

Watercolor Art Classes — Thursdays through January 21, 2010 Sebring artist Owen Jolly teaches new techniques, strengthen drawing skills and get your creativity flowing with on-location and studio work, demonstrations and constructive critique. Still life, floral, landscape and portrait subjects will be included; classes are held mostly indoors. Intermediate/advanced: 9 a.m. – noon; beginner/intermediate: 1-4 p.m. $195; members $150. 863-676-1408.

“Orchids in Paint” Gary Gessford Art Exhibit through January 28 Artist Gary Gessford’s larger than life paintings of orchids explode with color through the interplay between color, light, form and texture. From France to Germany, Florida and Washington, D.C., Gessford has painted, taught, lectured and exhibited for more than 30 years.

Bok in Bloom! January — March Tillandsia Plant Celebration January 1 — February 28

Seasonal bursts of color from 150 varieties of camellias and hundreds of azaleas along with nun’s orchids, salvias, irises and other blooms fill the Gardens. See a special display of tillandsia air plants through February and enjoy the scent of orange blossoms as you wind along the entrance road during March and April.

Edward Bok Memorial Carillon Concerts January 9 — 1 & 3 p.m. Commemorate the life of Gardens’ founder Edward W. Bok who died January 9, 1930, less than a year after his beloved Singing Tower was dedicated.

Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Carillon Concerts January 18 — 1 & 3 p.m. Featuring music of hope, inspiration and peace honoring Dr. King; humanitarian and civil rights activist who, like Gardens’ founder Edward Bok, championed the cause of unity among all people.

Music at Pinewood with Pianist Judith Alstadter January 24 — 4:30 p.m.

Bok’s chamber music series begins with “From Chopin with Love” performed by Dr. Judith Alstadter on the historic Steinway piano in the intimate setting at Pinewood Estate. A Juilliard graduate with a doctorate from Yale, Alstadter performs favorite piano compositions from Chopin adding insightful commentary on the music and composers. $25; members $20. 863-676-1408.

Watercolor Art Classes January 28 — April 14 Sebring artist Owen Jolly teaches new techniques, strengthen drawing skills and get your creativity flowing with on-location and studio work, demonstrations and constructive critique. Still life, floral, landscape and portrait subjects will be included; classes are held mostly indoors. Beginner and intermediate classes available in 10 or 12 week semesters. $225; members $180. 863-676-1408.

Moonlight Carillon Concert January 29— 7:30 p.m.

Experience Bok Tower Gardens in a different light during the 2010 Moonlight Carillon Concert series. It’s a unique opportunity to visit the Gardens after normal operating hours for half-price admission and have a light dinner at the Blue Palmetto Café open until the hour-long concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

“Birds as Art” Arthur Morris Photography Exhibit January 30 —April 1; Reception January 30 — 6 p.m. One of America’s top nature photographers and writers, Arthur Morris will display a stunning collection of bird photographs. A photographer for Canon and a member of its prestigious “Explorers of Light” campaign, Morris is the author of “The Art of Bird Photography” whose photographs have been published in hundreds of magazines, books and calendars. Meet the artist January 30 at 6 p.m.: reception/gallery walk; 7:30 p.m.: audio visual presentation; 8:30 p.m.: book signing.

“Winged Creations” David Price Sculpture Exhibit January 30 — April 1; Reception January 30 — 6 p.m. Bok Tower Gardens’ president David Price is a self taught artist whose bronze sculptures capture the form and function of anatomy and convey the attitude of the subject. His art and 26-year career in public gardens was inspired when, as a child, he visited Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina and saw the stone and bronze sculpture displayed in a garden setting. Meet the artist January 30: 6 p.m. –reception and gallery walk.

FEBRUARY “Birds as Art” Arthur Morris Photography Exhibit through April 1 One of America’s top nature photographers and writers, Arthur Morris will display a stunning collection of bird photographs. A contract photographer for Canon and a member of its prestigious “Explorers of Light” campaign, Morris is the author of “The Art of Bird Photography” whose photographs have been published in hundreds of magazines, books and calendars.

“Winged Creations” David Price Sculpture Exhibit through April 1 Bok Tower Gardens’ president David Price is a self taught artist whose bronze sculptures capture the form and function of anatomy and convey the attitude of the subject. His art and 26-year career in public gardens was inspired when, as a child, he visited Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina and saw the stone and bronze sculpture displayed in a garden setting.

Bok in Bloom! February — March Tillandsia Plant Celebration — through February 28 Seasonal bursts of color from 150 varieties of camellias and hundreds of azaleas along with nun’s orchids, salvias, irises and other blooms fill the Gardens. See a special exhibit of tillandsia air plants on display at the Visitor Center’s River of Stone through February. During March and April, enjoy the scent of orange blossoms as you wind along the entrance road.

Watercolor Art Classes through April 14 Sebring artist Owen Jolly teaches new techniques, strengthen drawing skills and get your creativity flowing with on-location and studio work, demonstrations and constructive critique. Still life, floral, landscape and portrait subjects will be included; classes are held mostly indoors. Beginner and intermediate classes available. $225; members $180. 863-676-1408.

81st Anniversary Dedication Day Carillon Concerts February 1 — 1 & 3 p.m. Special carillon concerts commemorate the 81st anniversary of the 1929 dedication of the Edward W. Bok's gift of gratitude to America. See the Great Brass Door during “Crossing the Moat,” a rare opportunity to walk across the moat that surrounds the Singing Tower.

Valentine's Day Carillon Concerts February 14 — 1 & 3 p.m. Experience the best place to pop the question or say “I Do!” while bells ring in romance as love fills the air during special Singing Tower carillon concerts.

Romantic Valentine Dinner at Pinewood Estate February 14 — 6:30 p.m. Reflecting the romance of an era long past, the 1930s Mediterranean-style Pinewood Estate will be transformed into an evening of elegant dining. Welcome champagne reception in garden before dinner. Limited seating. $170 per couple; members $155 per couple. 863-676-1408.

Presidents Day Carillon Concerts February 15 — 1 & 3 p.m. Commemorate the day with special concerts featuring patriotic musical selections.

Wildlife Safari Circle B Bar Reserve February 16 — 9:30 a.m. — 2 p.m. Explore a 1,260 acre reserve filled with returning bird species including roseate spoonbills, white pelicans, wood storks and more. $20; members $15. 863-676-1408.

Digital Photography Workshop with Allen Rokach February 19—21

Award-winning master photographer Allen Rokach will share professional techniques to produce dramatic outdoor photographs. Former photographer for the New York Botanical Garden and Southern Living magazine, Rokach offers in-depth instruction, individual consultations and hands-on training during the Gardens’ peak bloom. Learn how to make the best use of natural light; convey a sense of place; master close-ups; use electronic flash for added light; portray flowers, trees and landscapes; understand the technical potential of digital cameras; and editing techniques. $350; members $300. 863-676-1408.

Power of Natural Light Presentation with Allen Rokach February 19— 6—8 p.m.

Photographer Allen Rokach reveals how to turn dull photos into glowing works of art by making the best use of available light. The two-hour audio visual presentation will show how to analyze the quality, direction and intensity of light to make your images equal and surpass reality. $10; members $5; free for digital photography workshop participants. 863-676-1408.

Music at Pinewood with Pianist Joseph Schwartz February 21 — 4:30 p.m. Bok’s chamber music series continues as Dr. Joseph Schwartz performs “Dance in Music” on the historic Steinway piano in the intimate setting at Pinewood Estate. Featured selections include Ravel’s Valse Sentimentale, Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and duets with his wife Renata. $25; members $20. 863-676-1408.

Moonlight Carillon Concert February 27 — 7:30 p.m. Experience Bok Tower Gardens in a different light during the 2010 Moonlight Carillon Concert series. It’s a unique opportunity to visit the Gardens after normal operating hours for half-price admission and have a light dinner at the Blue Palmetto Café open until the hour-long concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

MARCH “Birds as Art” Arthur Morris Photography Exhibit through April 1 Arthur Morris is a school teacher turned freelance nature photographer and writer. Out of 19,000 entries, two of his photographs were awarded prizes in the 1997 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition and another in the 2000 contest. In addition to appearances on television worldwide, more than 11,000 of his photographs have been published in hundreds of magazines, books and calendars.

“Winged Creations” David Price Sculpture Exhibit through April 1 Bok Tower Gardens’ president David Price is a self taught artist whose bronze sculptures capture the form and function of anatomy and convey the attitude of the subject. His art and 26-year career in public gardens was inspired when, as a child, he visited Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina and saw the stone and bronze sculpture displayed in a garden setting.

Bok in Bloom! Fruit & Vegetable Plant Celebration March — April

Seasonal bursts of color from 150 varieties of camellias and hundreds of azaleas along with nun’s orchids, salvias, irises and other blooms fill the Gardens. Enjoy the scent of orange blossoms as you wind along the entrance road and check out a variety of unique vegetables on display throughout the Gardens and for sale in the plant shop.

Watercolor Art Classes through April 14 Sebring artist Owen Jolly teaches new techniques, strengthen drawing skills and get your creativity flowing with on-location and studio work, demonstrations and constructive critique. Still life, floral, landscape and portrait subjects will be included; classes are held mostly indoors. Beginner and intermediate classes available. $225; members $180. 863-676-1408.

Live at the Gardens Concert Series with Folk Musician Gordon Bok March 6 — Dinner 5:45 p.m.; Concert 7:30 p.m. Nationally and internationally known balladeer, Gordon Bok is the great-grandson of Edward W. Bok. His mastery of 6- and 12-string guitars and deep vocal expression create an unmistakable style. A superb storyteller who gets his inspiration from the sea, Bok also performs on the cellamba, a musical instrument with features of both a cello and viola. Limited seating. $25; members $20. 863-676-1408.

Songwriting Workshop with Folk Musician Gordon Bok March 7 —1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Learn how to turn your writings into music with tips from master songwriter Gordon Bok in his workshop, “Moving Poetry toward Music.” Bring a story, anecdote or poem to the workshop or leave it with Bok at his concert and he will show how to make your writing “sing.” No instruments are needed. $38; members $30. 863-676-1408.

Floral Painting Workshop with Gary Gessford March 12–14 — 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Artist Gary Gessford teaches a three-day workshop for intermediate & advanced students of watercolor, acrylic and oils. Learn how to create compositions for floral paintings; and getting the most out of color in flowers; how to photograph and sketch from life and then turn them into paintings. $325; members $275. 863-676-1408.

Music at Pinewood with Pianist Vladimir Svoysky March 14 — 4:30 p.m. Pianist Vladimir Szvoysky captures the romance and mystery of Spain as he performs on the historic Steinway piano in the intimate setting at Pinewood Estate. His program, “Romance of Spain,” includes selections from the infamous opera Carmen by Bizet along with the firey music of Albeniz and De Falla. $25; members $20. 863-676-1408.

St. Patrick's Day Carillon Concerts March 17 — 1 & 3 p.m. Stroll the blooming gardens and enjoy the many shades of green as the Singing Tower carillon performs Irish favorites from the Emerald Isle at 1 and 3 p.m.

Wildlife Safari Everglades National Park March 22 — 24 Journey to the Everglades to explore the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. along with a visit to renowned photographer Clyde Butcher’s studio, Fruit & Spice Park, Coral Castle and Miccosukee Indian Village. $420; members $370 (based on double occupancy). 863-676-1408.

Family Tree Climbing at Bok March 27 — 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Scale one of Bok’s tall live oak trees, climbing 60-80 feet high above the ground, or just sit in the harness to study the environment, Singing Tower carillon and rolling hills of citrus. Led by qualified trainers, participants use ropes, harnesses and helmets for safety. Adults & children 7 and older. $17; members $12. Reservations and release forms required. 863-676-1408.

Moonlight Carillon Concert March 29 — 7:30 p.m.

Experience Bok Tower Gardens in a different light during the 2010 Moonlight Carillon Concert series. It’s a unique opportunity to visit the Gardens after normal operating hours for half-price admission and have a light dinner at the Blue Palmetto Café which will remain open until the hour-long concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

APRIL

Bok in Bloom! Fruit & Vegetable Plant Celebration through April Enjoy the scent of orange blossoms as you wind along the entrance road and check out a variety of unique vegetables on display throughout the Gardens and for sale in the plant shop.

Watercolor Art Classes through April 14 Sebring artist Owen Jolly teaches new techniques, strengthen drawing skills and get your creativity flowing with on-location and studio work, demonstrations and constructive critique. Still life, floral, landscape and portrait subjects will be included; classes are held mostly indoors. Beginner and intermediate classes available. $225; members $180. 863-676-1408.

“Faces, Events & Places” Owen Jolly Watercolor & Acrylic Art Exhibit April 3–May 27 Sebring artist Owen Jolly captures onlookers’ attention by creating a world that invites viewers to mingle with the people in his paintings. Following his early success in his 1987 solo show in Kingston, Jamaica, he moved to New York City where he entered the highly competitive field of graphic arts.

“Fertile Ground” William Kidd Clay Sculpture Exhibit April 3–May 27 William Kidd’s wheel-thrown and slab-constructed ceramics have a sculptural and organic quality. Some remain in their original symmetrical form while others are altered and textured giving the impression that they could have been formed by nature.

Family Night Hike April 1 — 8 - 9:30 p.m.

Bring your family to explore the Gardens after the sun sets during a night hike. Bring a flashlight or headlamp. Adults and children 10 and older. $5 per participant. Reservations required. 863-676-1408.

Easter Sunrise Service April 4 — 7 a.m. Easter morning worshippers are invited to greet the dawn of this special day with the music of a 60-bell Singing Tower carillon and the Lake Wales Chorale. Free admission from 6 to 8 a.m. Enjoy a delicious Easter buffet in the Blue Palmetto Café for an additional fee.

Easter Sunday Carillon Concerts April 4 —1 & 3 p.m. Listen to joyous selections performed on the Singing Tower carillon amidst the serene beauty of the gardens during spring bloom.

Live at the Gardens Concert Series with Muriel Anderson, Danny Gottlieb &Tierra Negra April 9 — Dinner 5:45 p.m.; Concert 7:30 p.m. National guitar champion Muriel Anderson performs with drummer Danny Gottlieb and the European nouveau flamenco duo Tierra Negra featuring a variety of musical genres from classical to bluegrass as well as Anderson’s custom-made harp-guitar. Limited seating. $25; members $20. 863-676-1408.

Earth Day Back to Nature Celebration 2010 April 15 &16

Students learn about protecting wildlife, Florida’s ancient islands, gardening and more as they participate in hands-on activities offered by Central Florida environmental exhibitors. $5 students and chaperones; two free chaperones per 15 students. 863-676-1408.

Day of Healing Arts April 24 — 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Refresh your spirit, reduce stress, stretch, tone and relax; improve memory, flexibility and breathing; discover natural remedies for good health; walk the contemplative gardens; enjoy a healthy lunch and keynote presentation by Mojka Renaud, licensed nutritionist and acupuncture physician. Concurrent sessions include Tai Chi, yoga, massage therapy, Reiki, QiGong, holistic skin care therapies, stress busters and more. All inclusive retreat fee $89; members $79. 863-676-1408.

Moonlight Carillon Concert April 27— 7:30 p.m.

Experience Bok Tower Gardens in a different light during the 2010 Moonlight Carillon Concert series. It’s a unique opportunity to visit the Gardens after normal operating hours for half-price admission and have a light dinner at the Blue Palmetto Café which will remain open until the hour-long concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

MAY Bok in Bloom! Florida Natives Plant Celebration — May 1-31 Check out a variety Florida native plants on display throughout the Gardens and for sale in the plant shop.

“Faces, Events & Places” Owen Jolly Watercolor & Acrylic Art Exhibit through May 27 Sebring artist Owen Jolly captures onlookers’ attention by creating a world that invites viewers to mingle with the people in his paintings. Following his early success in his 1987 solo show in Kingston, Jamaica, he moved to New York City where he entered the highly competitive field of graphic arts.

“Fertile Ground” William Kidd Clay Sculpture Exhibit through May 27 William Kidd’s wheel-thrown and slab-constructed ceramics have a sculptural and organic quality. Some remain in their original symmetrical form while others are altered and textured giving the impression that they could have been formed by nature.

Concert Under the Stars May 1 — 7:30 p.m. Bring your family and a picnic to spend an enchanted moonlit evening on the Great Lawn with a performance by the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and the Singing Tower carillon.

Mother’s Day Carillon Concerts May 9 — 1 & 3 p.m. Celebrate Mother’s Day with a tour of the living bouquet of landscape gardens created by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.

Armed Forces Day Carillon Concerts May 15 — 1 & 3 p.m. Special carillon concerts to honor the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who have given their lives to preserve our freedom. Free admission will be offered to all branches of the military, active, retired and disabled veterans with valid ID.

Architecture in Landscape Workshop with Gary Gessford May 21–23 —10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Artist Gary Gessford teaches a three-day workshop for intermediate & advanced students of watercolor, acrylic and oils. Paint textures and details in architecture using Mediterranean-style Pinewood Estate as your subject. $325; members $275. 863-676-1408.

Memorial Day Carillon Concerts May 31 — 1 & 3 p.m. A musical salute of gratitude to our nation's veterans and current members of America’s armed forces. Free admission will be offered to all branches of the military, active, retired and disabled veterans with valid ID.

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About Bok Tower Gardens:

Bok Tower Gardens, a National Historic Landmark voted Florida’s “Best Garden” by readers of Florida Monthly magazine, is located 55 miles southwest of Orlando and 60 miles east of Tampa near Lake Wales, Florida, and is open every day of the year from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., last admission at 5 p.m. The Visitor Center, Café and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for ages 5-12. Members and children under 5 are admitted free. For more information contact Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Boulevard, Lake Wales, Fla. 33853; 863-676-1408 or visit www.boktowergardens.org

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