2019 Special Events


Lost Springs Film

Film Viewing: "Lost Springs"
Saturday, August 24, 2 p.m.

Joining us for a viewing of "Lost Springs," which follows the inimitable artist Margaret Ross Tolbert as she experiences the magic and beauty of a series of freshwater Florida springs forgotten by the state and left to decay behind a nearly 50-year-old failure of big government spending. Every three or more years, the water behind the Kirkpatrick Dam in north-central Florida is lowered, exposing an environment that is still raw with both tragedy and hope. The film explores themes of loss, wonder and experience in nature as Tolbert joins local and regional experts on a boat trip up the long-fabled Ocklawaha River to witness this newly-revealed, transient landscape and to find the lost springs of the Ocklawaha.

Free for Appleton members; included with admission fee for nonmembers.


Leslie Peebles

Artist Talk with Leslie Peebles
Thursday, August 29, 2 p.m.

Join us for a talk with artist Leslie Peebles and Appleton curator Patricia Tomlinson as they discuss the work in Peebles' solo exhibition “Florida Impressions: Relief Prints by Leslie Peebles,” on view July 21-January 12.

Free for Appleton members; included with regular admission fee for nonmembers.


Across the atlantic

VIP Opening Reception & Exhibition Talk
Friday, November 1, 6-8 p.m.

Director’s Circle members are invited to a VIP reception to celebrate the opening of "Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens." At 7 p.m., exhibition curator Scott Schweigert from the Reading Public Museum will give a talk. RSVP is required.

To RSVP or join the museum at the Director’s Circle level, contact Colleen Harper, 352-291-4455, ext. 1831 or click here to visit our Membership page.


Across the atlantic

"Across the Atlantic" Exhibition Talk
Saturday, November 2, 11 a.m.

Exhibition curator Scott Schweigert, Reading Public Museum, will give a talk about the exhibition "Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens." This free event is open to the public but does NOT include entry to “Across the Atlantic.”


Museum Day

Veterans Appreciation Talk: The Birth of a New Idea
Sunday, November 10, 2 p.m.

To celebrate and honor our Veterans, we welcome retired Chaplain (Colonel) Janet Horton to share her remarkable experiences. Be inspired by how her deep faith in the promises of the Gospel and the idea of unselfish service brought her to change minds and hearts of many in the military. There is no fee to attend.


Across the atlantic

Feast Under the Stars
Saturday, November 16, 6-9 p.m.

In combination with the special exhibition “Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens," we invite you to travel back in time to the world of the Impressionists at this one-of-a-kind fine dining experience under a starry night sky at the Appleton. Indulge your senses in the elegance of the scents, flavors and music of the 1890s in this authentically crafted multi-course formal dinner, complete with wine pairings and décor of the era. Black tie or era-inspired dress is encouraged.

Tickets available beginning September 9.
$150 (individual); $2,500 (table of eight)








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