Below, you’ll find featured guests from past Culture & Cocktails events, presented by the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County at the Colony Palm Beach.

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Generously sponsored by:

The Roe Green Foundation, Roe Green, Founder

The Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation

Additional support for the series is provided by:

Palm Beach Daily News

January 2017

Culture & Cocktails: Houses, Homes & Hemingway

Culture & Cocktails: Houses, Homes & Hemingway

February 6, 2017

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.


Culture & Cocktails: Heritage Values

Culture & Cocktails: Heritage Values

January 9, 2017

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.


January 2016

Culture & Cocktails: Kravis Memories

Culture & Cocktails: Kravis Memories

November 7, 2016

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.


Culture & Cocktails: Tickling the Keys

Culture & Cocktails: Tickling the Keys

April 4, 2016

A conversation with performer/pianists David Crohan, Copeland Davis and Wayne Hosford

Interviewer: Kathi Kretzer, founder of the Kretzer Piano Music Foundation

One of the most versatile pianists performing today, David Crohan crosses the traditional boundaries between classical and jazz music.

Copeland Davis earned a standing ovation when making his debut on The Tonight Show, hosted an Emmy-nominated special on PBS and was inducted into The International Who’s Who in Music and the Las Vegas Entertainers Hall Of Fame in 2014.

Wayne Hosford is an award-winning singer/pianist who has wowed audiences from Lincoln Center to The Colony Hotel’s Royal Room Cabaret.


Culture & Cocktails: Art & Architecture

Culture & Cocktails: Art & Architecture

March 7, 2016

A conversation with Gilbert C. Maurer, director of the Hearst Foundation

Gilbert Maurer is on the board of directors of Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified media and information companies. He was the company’s COO for eight years, after serving more than a decade as president of Hearst Magazines, and he oversaw the award-winning design of the new corporate headquarters in Manhattan. A distinguished art collector, Mr. Maurer was a creator of the Hearst 8×10 Photography Biennial competition showcasing young photographers.

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