The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs 2011-2012 Affairs of the Arts Series

The Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs “Affairs of the Arts,” are under way bringing you thirteen-entertaining and memorable events that help support the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  From November through May, attending any or all of CFABS Affairs of the Arts will make this a season of affairs you will always remember.

Join the Center for the Arts this Wednesday, October 19, as they “Tee off for Kids” at their first annual golf tournament at Copperleaf Country Club. Gather up your most philanthropic foursome of friends for 18 holes of golf, prizes, lunch and lots of fun. Contests will include longest drive, closest to the hole and closest to the line. This event is limited to 120 guests.  Tickets are $100 per person includes golf and cart, lunch and prizes

On November 9, treat yourself to “Afternoon Tea with Gertrude Bell.” Hosted by Northern trust, this affair features a phenomenal performance by actress, Janina Birtolo, as Gertrude Bell, the brilliant scholar, archaeologist, mountaineer and linguist.  Beautiful red hair, fine features and piercing green eyes,Bellwas the first woman to get a degree in modern history atOxford; first woman ever to travel theSyrian Desertalone, and the first female officer in British Military Intelligence. The afternoon includes; a fun and entertaining raffle auction filled with collectibles, gift certificates and art.

On November 30, meet Doug MacGregor, book author, and cartoonist with the News-Press and enjoy a light hearted look at his process for creating cartoons that are both pointed and funny.   Author and illustrator of a number of creative books, in addition to his newspaper cartoons, Doug will explore his creative process, highlight his particularly Southwest Florida art and humor; and share insights into his published books. 

On February 6, meet Robert Wittman, the man who the ‘Wall Street Journal’ called a ‘Living Legend.’ Founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team, this real-life James Bond of the art world, pulls back the curtain on his remarkable career working undercover to catch art thieves, scammers and black-market traders. Rising from humble roots as the son of an antiques dealer, Wittman built a twenty-one year law enforcement career that was nothing short of extraordinary.  Armed with a scholar’s passion, a con man’s smile, and a daredevil’s nerves, he worked undercover to catch art thieves, scammers, and black-market traders inParis,Philadelphia, Rio,Santa FeandMadrid.

On March 7, Ellen Prager, Marine Scientist, president of Earth2Ocean and author of “Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime,” brings you deep into the sea to introduce an astonishing cast of fascinating and bizarre creatures that make the salty depths their home. 

With affairs from an evening with Judy Garland to a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, fun and unique entertainment is yours for the reserving all season long.  Space is limited and the Center for the Arts of Bonita Spring’s “Affairs” sell out fast. Contact CFABS at 495-8989 to reserve your space.  Learn more on line at

 Join the Center for the Arts for the first time between and receive 2 tickets to one of our Live at the Promenade performances.  The Center for the Arts offers this promotion for first time members.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information.

Full Calendar of 2011-2012 Affairs of the Arts Series:

 November 9, 2011

“Afternoon Tea with Gertrude Bell”

 November 30, 2011

“Inside the Mind of a Cartoonist” –Doug MacGregor

January 11, 2012

“The Art of Food and Wine”

February 6, 2012

“Go Undercover With Robert Wittman”

February 17, 2012

“Art of Dressing Well” –Haute Looks

February 19, 2012

“Amazing Race”- Road Rally Scavenger Hunt and Urban Sleuthing Adventure

February 25, 2012

“Bonita’s Best Bridge Game!”

February 28, 2012

“An Evening with Garland & Gershwin” – American Musical Theater

March 7, 2012

“Sex, Drugs & Sea Slime”-Ellen Prager

March 14, 2012

“Lunch with Cleopatra”

April 27-28, 2012

“Who Killed the Director?” – Mystery Dinner Theatre Extraordinaire

May 12, 2012

“Up Close, Personal & Wild”


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