February 1 – 3 – Founder’s Day Celebration – “Crossing the Moat”
In celebration of Founder’s Day, the historic iron Yellin gates guarding the Tower will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. for visitors to cross the moat and meet the majestic tower face-to-face. There will be live carillon concerts at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Included with general admission. www.boktowergardens.org; 863-676-1408.
February 1 – 3 – Mysteries of the Singing Tower Guided Tour (noon – 1 p.m.)
Attend guided tours of the Singing Tower exterior highlighting its history, artistry, architecture and construction, followed by a half-hour carillon concert and historical artifacts display. Included with general admission. www.boktowergardens.org; 863-676-1408.
February 1 & February 2 —Members Only: Member Appreciation Breakfast
Members of Bok Tower Gardens with 20 or more years of membership are invited to breakfast and a special program, which includes a private viewing of rarely seen archival items from the Chao Research Center. Members attending this event will be among the first to cross the moat around the Singing Tower during our Founder’s Day Celebration. Reservations required. www.boktowergardens.org; 863-676-1408.
February 1 – Moonlight Carillon Concert (7:30 p.m.)
Enjoy an hour-long carillon concert under the light of a full moon with the scent of citrus blossoms in the air. It’s a unique opportunity to visit the Gardens after normal operating hours and have a light dinner at the Blue Palmetto Café before the concert. Additional fee applies. www.boktowergardens.org; 863-676-1408.
February 3 – Live at the Gardens featuring Curtis on Tour (7:30 p.m.)
Curtis On Tour brings the extraordinary artistry of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music to audiences worldwide, with tomorrow’s leading musicians performing alongside celebrated alumni and faculty. This musical performance will feature Curtis President and renowned violist, Roberto Díaz with two students on violin and cello in a program of delightful yet seldom-heard string trio music. Additional fee applies, reservations required. www.boktowergardens.org; 863-676-1408.
February 2 through April 4 – Art in the Gardens: The Olmsted’s Dream by Beryl Brenner
In producing the Olmsted interpretative works, Beryl was astonished to learn how prolific her muse was. In essence, he was a landscape architect who used nature the way a painter uses colors. She designed a group of works that would honor both his creative spirit and his unique perception by combining photography, unusual papers and fused glass. The end result is a vivid, visual scrapbook of Olmsted’s work. Beryl’s art has been exhibited in galleries from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Community Gallery to Japan to Miami and in between. Her work will be on display in the Visitor Center daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included with general admission. www.boktowergardens.org; 863-676-1408.
February 8 – Art Reception: The Olmsted’s Dream by Beryl Brenner of New York, NY (7 p.m.)
Enjoy light hors d’oevoures in the Visitor Center while browsing the interpretive works of mixed media artist Beryl Brenner. Additional fee applies. www.boktowergardens.org; 863-676-1408.
February 14: Valentine’s Day Carillon Concerts at 1 & 3 p.m.
Experience the best place to pop the question or say “I Do!” while bells ring in romance and love fills the air during special Singing Tower carillon concerts. Included with general admission. 863-676-1408; www.boktowergardens.org
February 14 – A Night in Paris: Valentine’s Day Dinner at Pinewood (7 p.m.)
Bring your loved one for a romantic private dinner among the romantic music of France in historic Pinewood Estate. Full course dinner, cocktails and romance included. Additional fee. Reservations required. www.boktowergardens.org; 863-676-1408.
February 15 – Members Only: Founder’s Room Tour
Bok Tower Gardens members at the Sustainer level and above are invited to an exclusive tour of the Founder’s Room inside the Tower. 9:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11:15 a.m. Reservations required. www.boktowergardens.org; 863-676-1408.
February 17 – Harmonious Fare: Mexican Fiesta (6 p.m.)
Spend an evening beneath the Live Oaks as carillon melodies float down the Singing Tower. Enjoy a delicious picnic basket dinner specially paired with themed tunes during a live sunset carillon concert. Your special basket will feature a freshly made picnic dinner for two that includes organic selections from the Blue Palmetto Cafe, a bottle of wine and all the trimmings for a cozy night for two. Bring your own chairs and blankets. Additional fee applies. Reservations required; event admission includes picnic dinner. www.boktowergardens.org; 863-676-1408.
February 18: Presidents Day Carillon Concerts at 1 & 3 p.m.
Commemorate the day with special concerts featuring patriotic musical selections. Included with general admission. 863-676-1408; www.boktowergardens.org