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

Putting it Together

Putting it Together

November 6, 2017

A Conversation About the Birth & Growth of the Cultural Council
In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Cultural Council, two of our founders and earliest supporters will share behind-the-scene stories and amusing anecdotes about how it all began.

  • Alex Dreyfoos, Cultural Council Founder, Entrepreneur & Cultural Philanthropist
  • George T. Elmore, Founder & President of Hardrives, Inc. & Former Board Chair of the Cultural Council


Culture & Cocktails: Sing Sing Sing

Culture & Cocktails: Sing Sing Sing

April 3, 2017

A Conversation with Jill & Rich Switzer

And there may even be a surprise guest or two!

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.”

Rich Switzer is a gifted pianist and composer, who has been entertaining audiences in South Florida for the past 32 years. His four CDs of melodic piano instrumentals have made a significant mark musically, beginning with his debut release “Quiet Storm.” He is also an honorary board member of The Society for the Preservation of the Great American Songbook.

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


Culture & Cocktails: Sparkle & Shine

Culture & Cocktails: Sparkle & Shine

March 6, 2017

A Conversation with Coomi

Coomi is a true Renaissance woman, whose creativity and inherent artistic nature have driven her careers as a textile designer, architect and landscape designer, and now fuels her exquisite jewelry collection which is carried by leading luxury retailers. Coomi’s feminine yet powerful lines and motifs, handcrafted in high karat gold, rose-cut diamonds and precious gemstones have garnered industry awards and international acclaim.

Interviewed by Michele Jacobs, corporate director of marketing/operations Florida for The Forbes Company.


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.

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