Join the Cultural Council for the 2016-2017 season of Culture & Cocktails


Take a seat and prepare for five evenings of delightful discussion with some of the biggest names in culture. Grab a glass of complimentary wine and specially prepared hors d’oeuvres as you take in a night of cultural commentary at The Colony Palm Beach.

Each event will run from 5 to 7 p.m., with registration and cocktails until 5:45. The special guests’ conversation will begin at 5:45 and run until 7 p.m., including an audience Q&A. Valet parking is complimentary.

To learn more about each event or to RSVP online, click on the appropriate event below, or call (561) 472-3330. Admission is $65 per person in advance ($75 at the door), or free for Cultural Council members at the $250 level and above. Seating is limited. Topics and speakers are subject to change depending upon the availability of scheduled participants.

Culture & Cocktails is generously sponsored by The Roe Green Foundation, Roe Green, Founder and The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation.

Additional support for the series is provided by:

The Palm Beach Post
Palm Beach Daily News
First Republic Bank logo

2016-2017 Season

Culture & Cocktails: Kravis Memories

Culture & Cocktails: Kravis Memories

Monday, November 7

A Conversation About the 25th Anniversary of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Sharing backstage stories about Palm Beach County’s largest performing arts center and many of the celebrated stars that have appeared there will be:

  • Michael Bracci, chairman of the board
  • Judith Mitchell, chief executive officer
  • Lee Bell, senior director of programming

Interviewed by Lee Wolf — author, lecturer and co-chair of the Kravis Center’s Lunch & Learn Series.

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Culture & Cocktails: Heritage Values

Culture & Cocktails: Heritage Values

Monday, January 9

A Conversation with Two Star Appraisers from “Antiques Roadshow”

Kathleen Guzman, Heritage Auctions, managing director, New York
Nicholas Dawes, Heritage Auctions, vice president, special collections, New York

Now with an office in Palm Beach, Heritage Auctions is the third largest auction house in the world and the largest auction house founded in the United States, Ms. Guzman is a recognized appraiser and auctioneer with over 25 years experience, who auctioned over 1,500 sales with over 500,000 objects valued at over a half-billion dollars (including a Monet watercolor for $4.3 million and the Ruby Slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” for $600,000). Mr. Dawes has over 35 years as an international antiques dealer and is a leading authority on Lalique Glass, Majolica and Art Deco.

Interviewed by Scott Simmons, editor of Florida Weekly and Collector’s Corner columnist, Florida Weekly.

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Culture & Cocktails: Houses, Homes & Hemingway

Culture & Cocktails: Houses, Homes & Hemingway

Monday, February 6

A Conversation with Bob Vila

Bob Vila has hosted a variety of home improvement television shows over the last 30 years, including “This Old House,” “Bob Vila’s Home Again,” “Bob Vila” and “Restore America with Bob Vila.” He has written 12 books and for the last few years has been helping with the restoration of Ernest Hemingway’s home and collections at Finca Vigía near Havana, Cuba.

Interviewed by John Blades, director emeritus of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum.

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Culture & Cocktails: Sing Sing Sing

Culture & Cocktails: Sing Sing Sing

Monday, April 3

A Conversation with Two Extraordinary Vocalists:
Avery Sommers and Jill Switzer

Avery Sommers starred on Broadway in “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and “Showboat,” in the national touring companies of “Chicago” (with Joel Grey and Chita Rivera) and “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (with Ann-Margret), and in shows at the Kravis Center, Arts Garage, Palm Beach Dramaworks and The Colony Palm Beach’s Royal Room.

Jill Switzer co-hosts “The Morning Lounge” on Legends 100.3 FM with husband Rich Switzer. She has headlined at Birdland in New York City and locally at The Colony Palm Beach’s Royal Room and with the Palm Beach Pops, recently released the album “By Special Request,” and is the author of “The Diva Next Door: How to Be a Singing Star Wherever You Are.”

Interviewed by Rob Russell, entertainment director at The Colony Palm Beach.

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