Friday, January 19th, 2018, 6-8:30pm: Wines of the Southern Hemisphere

Certified Beverage Specialist Sam “The Wine Man” DelMastro will take us on a journey south of the Equator to savor and enjoy Wines of the Southern Hemisphere with delightful cheese pairings from Fresh Market. Exclusive red and white offerings include Viogier from Chile; Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand; Carmenere Reserva from Chile; and Pinot Noir from New Zealand. Space is limited; RSVP only. Adults 21+. Sponsored by:  Empson USA and Fresh Market of Stuart. Sponsored by Fresh Market of Stuart and Empson USA. 

Da Vintage Wines of the Southern Hemisphere, January 19, 6-8:30p
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Da Vintage Wine Seminars are scheduled for March 9th & April 5th – topics and fees to be announced.  Watch for updates!


Curators & Cocktails 2017-2018 Lecture Series
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2018 – Upcoming Lectures

January 18th, 7-8:30pm – Troubled Waters with John Nelson (first of a three-part series) in the Heritage Theater

January 20th, 1-2:30pm – Gallery Talk – Art of the Bahamas with Exhibition Co-Curator, Annie Potts.  Annie will repeat her sold-out Gallery Talk about the artwork and artists showing in Celebrate: Art of the Bahamas in the Changing Gallery.  Meet in the Gallery just before 1pm.  Regular admission; Members free.

January 25th, 7-8pm – Literary Lecture: The Prophetic Vision of George Orwell & the Politics of Power: Animal Farm and 1984 Revisited with Robert Van Dellen, Ph.D. (first of a three-part series)

January 31st, 7-8pm – Howard Schafer: Journey of a Marine Artist with Jean Schafer Cox in the Heritage Theater

February 15th, 7-8:30pm – Troubled Waters with John Nelson (second of a three-part series) in the Heritage Theater

February 22nd, 7-8pm – Two Great American Poetic Voices: Walt Whitman & Robert Frost by Robert Van Dellen, Ph.D. (second of a three-part series)

March 14th, 7-8pm – Patrick Smith’s Florida is A Land Remembered with Rick Smith

March 15th, 2018, 7-8:30pm – Troubled Waters with John Nelson (last of a three-part series) in the Heritage Theater

March 29th, 7-8pm – Literary Lecture: Touching Our Souls: The Poetry of Mary Oliver and Maya Angelou by Robert Van Dellen, Ph.D. (last of a three-part series)

Most lectures are held in the Elliott’s Heritage Theater.  Regular admission; free to Members.  Seating is limited; RSVP: 772-225-1961 or email  Walk-ins welcome if space permits.  Free munchies and cash bar available.  

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 We’re Taking the Show on the Road!

You can now bring the Museum to your organization or club through the Elliott Museum’s Speaker’s Bureau. You can choose from select topics and speakers on topics that relate to the Museum’s exhibitions and collections. For 2017, we offer the following presentations:


Hugh Willoughby, Adventurer and Inventor

Speaker: Robin Potvin, Museum Archive Researcher

Duration: 20-30 minutes, could be longer with question and answers

In the Thurlow Library and Archives at the Elliott Museum you will find one of the largest collections of materials about Hugh Willoughby, adventurer, athlete, aviator, inventor, photographer, and seasonal resident of Sewall’s Point. Willoughby invented a plane called the Pelican, a replica of which is on display at the Museum. He also canoed across the Everglades, taking photos and writing a book about his experiences. Museum volunteer archivist Robin Potvin has been cataloguing the Willoughby collection. Her work has put her in touch with other Willoughby researchers. She has written an article about Willoughby and is now available to share her discoveries in a presentation.


Sterling Elliott: The Most Famous Inventor of Whom You Have Never Heard

Speaker: Al Simbritz, Museum Education Coordinator

Duration: 45-60 minutes

The Museum’s namesake, Sterling Elliott, was a prolific inventor who looked at everything around him and wanted to make it more efficient, or to perform better.  From improved bicycles, social reform, and revolutionizing several industries and a sport, Elliott was a man of vision and practical application. Thomas Edison invited him to his laboratory because he wanted to “meet the genius who could invent a machine that could tie a square knot.” In this one-hour presentation, Museum Educator Al Simbritz will introduce you to some of Elliott’s inventions, and discuss his effect on our American history, and culture. 


Play Ball!  Baseball Stories

Speaker: Frank Spera, Museum Board Member and Baseball Gallery Docent

Duration: 45-60 minutes

Everyone has a baseball story. “Sometimes sharing their stories have brought tears to their eyes,” says Frank Spera of his experiences in the Museum’s Baseball Gallery exhibit titled It’s Our Game.  The gallery includes signed baseball cards, baseballs, bats, and other memorabilia. But it comes alive when the Museum’s docents are there to share stories with visitors.  Frank Spera is now available to present stories that will be in his forthcoming book gleaned from his research and experiences while serving as a volunteer docent at the Elliott Museum.


Great Cars! 

Speaker: John Giltinan, Associate Car Curator

Duration: 45-60 minutes

Since 2013, Associate Car Curator John Giltinan has presented the popular car series, Curators and Cocktails at the Elliott Museum. He is now taking his show on the road. Choose from one of many topics about great cars, such as those listed below.

(1) The Early Pioneers of General Motors (Billy Durant, David Dunbar Buick, Ransom E. Olds, and Louis Chevrolet)

(2) Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company

(3) The Emergence of Elegance-The Classic Era

(4) The Moderne Era

(5) Harley Earl and Bill Mitchell-Breaking the Mold at GM

(6) Sir William Lyons and Jaguar Cars, LTD

(7) Walter P. Chrysler-More Than the Chrysler Corporation

(8) Cleveland and the Western Reserve-The Cars of Cleveland, Ohio

(9) Barn Finds Fervor! Preservation of Original Features vs. Restoration

(10) Enzo Ferrari-The Man and His Machines (Part 1)

(11) Ferrari’s Fabulous Mid-Engine Road Cars (Part 2)

He may even bring a car along for you to experience!