The Cultural Council presents the 15th season of
Culture & Cocktails

For 15 years, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County has presented Culture & Cocktails, a series of cultural conversations preceded by a classic cocktail hour, at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. Join us for an evening and experience these delightful discussions from November 2019 to April 2020.

Each event runs 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.

Learn more about each event and RSVP online below, or for information, call (561) 472‑3330. Admission is $75 per person in advance ($85 at the door), or free for Supporter, Contributor, Patron and Business Arts Partner level members of the Cultural Council. VIP seating is available for $125. All proceeds go to support the nonprofit Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

*Seating is limited. Topics and speakers are subject to change depending upon the availability of scheduled participants.

For membership information, please contact Debbie Calabria at (561) 472-3330, or visit

Event Schedule

New Faces, Favorite Places

November 4, 2019

New Faces, Favorite Places

A Conversation with Palm Beach County Cultural Leaders

Palm Beach County’s booming cultural sector is responsible for an economic impact of over $633 million every year and over 14,000 full-time equivalent jobs. Meet the new leaders of three of our largest cultural institutions:

  • Elliot Bostwick Davis, director and CEO of the Norton Museum of Art
  • Erin Manning, executive director of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum
  • Dr. Philip Rylands, president and CEO of the Society of the Four Arts

Interviewed by Dave Lawrence, president and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.


Hey, Madam Producer

January 13, 2020

Hey, Madam Producer

A Conversation with Theatrical Impresarios

Four of Palm Beach County’s top theatrical companies and programs are led by extraordinary women:

  • Marcie Gorman, executive producer and artistic director of MNM Theatre Company
  • Vicki Halmos, founder/producer of Entr’Acte Theatrix
  • Jan McArt, producer & director of Theatre Arts Program Development at Lynn University
  • Marilynn Wick, executive managing producer of The Wick Theatre & Costume Museum

They will be interviewed by Suzanne L. Niedland, award-winning filmmaker, actor and Broadway producer.


Preserving Precious Treasures

February 3, 2020

Preserving Precious Treasures

A Conversation with Barbara and Sandra Stella

The preservation and restoration of art is a complex, important skill that ensures the enjoyment of arts and culture for future generations. One local business dedicated to this work is Stella Art Conservation, led by two sisters:

  • Barbara Stella, president and chief conservator
  • Sandra Stella, executive manager

They will be interviewed by Sarah Wetenhall, president and CEO of The Colony Hotel.


Black Widow

March 2, 2020

Black Widow

A Conversation Between Leslie Gray Streeter and James Patterson

Leslie Gray Streeter is the pop culture columnist for The Palm Beach Post, where she has covered music, movies, celebrities, staycations and more since 2002. Her first book, a memoir, is being published in the spring of 2020 by Little, Brown & Company.

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and a major cultural philanthropist. Books by the former advertising executive have sold more than 300 million copies worldwide and more than 100 of his titles have been The New York Times bestsellers.


Wayne Hosford & Stars of Tomorrow

April 20, 2020

Wayne Hosford & Stars of Tomorrow

A Musical Season Finale

Wayne Hosford, an award-winning entertainer, singer, comedian, actor and composer, who tickles the keys regularly at Club Colette in Palm Beach, will introduce musical performances by several amazing young talents.

He will be interviewed by Kathi Kretzer, founder and president of the Kretzer Music Foundation.


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