Bok Tower Gardens has two events approaching, one for dogs and dog owners and another for folk who want to get closer to the Lake Wales attraction's famed Singing Tower.
On Saturday, Jan. 19, it's Winter Dog Day. Leashed, friendly dogs can visit Bok as part of a fundraiser to benefit the Humane Society of Polk County. The programming includes tips on canine grooming, health and safety from 9 a.m. to noon. Contests will include prizes for cutest, most unusual, most talented, best kisser and owner lookalike.
Dog admission, which includes a doggie gift bag, is $5. Regular admission applies to humans ($12 general admission, $3 for ages 5-12).
On Feb. 1-3, as part of its 84th anniversary celebration, Bok will open the gates that surround the Singing Tower and give guided tours around the exterior of the structure. The event also includes carillon concerts and a performance by Roberto Diaz, president of Curtis Institute of Music.
The Moonlight Carillon Concert by Bok carillonneur Geert D'hollander will be at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 1. Admission is $5.
Throughout that weekend, visitors will be able to walk through the wrought-iron gates of the tower and explore that immediate area, which is typically off-limits to guests. There will be photo ops with the base of the tower at its Great Brass Door. At noon each day of the event, guided tours will provide share info about the tower's history and architecture.
String-trio music by Diaz, a renowned violist, accompanied by Steven Copes on violin and Tessa Seymour on cello will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4. Tickets are $35 per person. Advance reservations are required.
For more information, go to www.boktowergardens.org or call 863-676-1408.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun