Cultural Council of Palm Beach County Announces Eighth Season of Culture & Cocktails

Laura Tingo
Cultural Council of Palm Beach County
September 12, 2012

Rena Blades, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, today announced the upcoming season of the popular series CULTURE & COCKTAILS. 

From November 2012 through March 2013, three one-on-one Conversations will be held at The Colony Hotel Pavilion in Palm Beach, where the series was born in January 2006, and several more will be held at the Cultural Council’s new headquarters in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building in downtown Lake Worth.

Following is the 2012-2013 series of CULTURE & COCKTAILS: 

November 5


A Conversation with Carleton Varney

International Interior Designer, Author & Design Columnist for The Palm Beach Daily News

Interviewer:  Robert Janjigian

Fashion Editor for The Palm Beach Daily News

(Held at The Colony Hotel Pavilion in Palm Beach)

December 3


A Conversation between Collector Fred Sharf and Scholar Beth Ram about Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin, the Glamorous Jewelers to Palm Beach Society During 1930s & 40s

(Held at the headquarters of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth)

January 7


A Conversation with Hope Alswang

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Norton Museum of Art

Interviewer:  Steven Maklansky

Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art

(Held at The Colony Hotel Pavilion in Palm Beach)

February 4


A Conversation with Iris Apfel

International Designer & Fashion Icon

Interviewer: Charlotte Pelton

President of Charlotte Pelton & Associates

(Held at The Colony Hotel Pavilion in Palm Beach)

March 4


A Conversation with Tony Award® Winner Gary Beach

Star of Broadway hits The Producers (he also starred in the film version), Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables, Annie and more; appeared in numerous TV series including Cheers, Sisters, Queer as Folk and Murder, She Wrote)

Interviewer:  Andrew Kato

Producing Artistic Director of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre

(Held at the headquarters of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County in Lake Worth)

CULTURE & COCKTAILS is generously sponsored by The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation.

Additional support for the series is provided by The Peter and Vicki Halmos Family Foundation / Palm Beach Principal Players, The Palm Beach Daily News and PR-BS, a Boca-based public relations firm. 

Please Note:

Admission to CULTURE & COCKTAILS programs is $50 per person, and free for members of the Cultural Council ($250 level and above).  All proceeds go to the nonprofit Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

Each event will run from 5 to 7 p.m., with registration and cocktails from 5 to 5:45 p.m., and the “Conversation” from 5:45 to 7 p.m., including audience Q&A.

The Colony Hotel will serve complimentary beverages and an array of specially prepared hors' d'oeuvres, plus free valet parking.  The center of Palm Beach society for more than 60 years, The Colony Hotel is located at 155 Hammon Avenue, just one block south of Worth Avenue and one block west of the Atlantic Ocean. 

As an added bonus, attendees at any of the three CULTURE & COCKTAILS events at The Colony Pavilion will be offered a free bottle of wine with dinner or two-for-one drinks at the hotel’s celebrated Polo Steaks & Seafoods immediately following the Conversation.

People interested in attending CULTURE & COCKTAILS can RSVP before each event by calling the Cultural Council at 561.472.3330.


Topics and speakers are subject to change depending upon the availability of scheduled participants. 

About the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County:

The Cultural Council is Palm Beach County's official arts agency and serves non-profit cultural organizations and professional artists throughout the county.  The Cultural Council's responsibilities include marketing the county's cultural experiences to visitors and residents, administering grants to organizations and artists, expanding arts and cultural education opportunities, advocating for funding and arts-friendly policies, and serving cultural organizations and artists through capacity building training and exposure to funders and audiences.

The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is now located in the historic Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building, 601 Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth. The building contains galleries for community exhibitions, the Uniquely Palm Beach Store, tourism services, and education and training facilities. It is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, please visit


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