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Scarf Art with artist Marie Dyer

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 22nd

 November 15, 2014, January 24, 2015, March 14, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

      Join artist Marie Dyer and create your own hand painted silk scarf. Marie will teach a variety of techniques to inspire painters of all levels to create marie dyer Ford Mustang show scarf painting Scarf Art with artist Marie Dyertheir own one-of-a-kind scarf. All materials will be provided to produce a finished piece. “Scarf Art” classes will be located on the West Museum Porch at Edison Ford.

Bring a lunch or enjoy lunch at the Banyan Refreshment area or Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford. Cost: Edison Ford Members $75; non-members $80 (includes all materials and scarf).

For more information visit us on the Web.

Mark Your Calendars ~ Edison Ford Holiday Nights Opens Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 21st

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Drawing in the Gardens at Edison Ford with artist Megan Kissinger

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 20th

     Award-winning nature artist, Megan Kissinger will teach the basics of drawing flowers, leaves and trees, with informal drawing techniques. Multiple workshops are offered and include classroom lectures, and demonstrations in the Edison Ford gardens. Participants can chose one class or all four classes as each has a different focus. Bring a lunch or enjoy lunch at the Banyan Refreshment area or Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford. Cost: Edison Ford Members $75; non-members $90.  

  • megan drawing in the gardens sept 2014 Drawing in the Gardens at Edison Ford with artist Megan KissingerJanuary 30, 2015 – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Drawing Peaceful and Contemplative Gardens (Zen Gardens)

     No artistic ability required. Creativity is the goal of this class. Students will be inspired by the nature at Edison Ford as they stroll through the gardens.

  • January 31, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Foliage Botanical Illustrations

     Illustrations in the class will be specific to greenery, leaves and stems.

  • February 28, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Foliage Botanical Illustrations

     Illustrations in the class will be specific to colorful flowers and buds.

  • March 28, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Tree Botanical Illustrations

     Illustrations in the class will be specific to trees, bark and roots.

Visit us on the Web for more information.

Edison Ford Gift Card

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 18th

Give a Membership, the Gift of Tickets or a Shopping Spree in the Museum Store or the Garden Shoppe

Members already know that as a Member of Edison Ford there are lots of benefits, such as discounts on tours, Museum store, Garden ShGift Card 300x232 Edison Ford Gift Card oppe,
programs, Inventor’s Summer Camp, and Homeschool.

Did you know that you can purchase an Edison Ford gift card on-line at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org to give to friends or family member? This is a great way to become involved with the nifty Edison Ford Gift card shown here.

For more information call Darlene Hermey, Membership Coordinator at 239-334-7419.

 

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Etiquette at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 16th

Lessons in Manners for the Generations

  • February 14 or 21 – 11:00 a.m.

etiquette sept 2014 300x213 Etiquette at Edison Ford      Mina Edison, wife of Thomas Edison, was a gracious hostess and interested in the well being of children and the community. Following in this tradition, “Etiquette at Edison Ford” includes one day (two hour) lessons in etiquette and social skills.

Children will learn proper introductions, handshakes and dining etiquette during a three course meal. Class is taught by Suzanne Willis who has been teaching similar classes throughout the nation. To register call the Edison Ford at 239-334-7419. Visit us on the Web for more details.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $65; non-members $75.

 

Two Different Workshops with artist Leoma Lovegrove

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 13th

     Nationally known artist, Leoma Lovegrove teaches only at Edison Ford and in France. Don’t miss this chance to work with this master teacher and renowned artist. Cost: Edison Ford Members $350, non-members $375.

  • November 12 & 13, 2014 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Painting in the Gardens

     Learn painting technique and create original work in the Edison Moonlight Garden and the New West Porch at the Museum. Good for all skill levels, supply list will be provided.

  • March 25 & 26, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Collage

     Create history through personal photographs and other objects combined with painting and the instruction of Leoma Lovegrove. Work in areas of Edison Ford and at The Marina at Edison Ford. Lunch on your own at Pinchers with Leoma. Visit us on the Web for more details.

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Emerging Inventors

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 11th

Edison Ford Emerging Inventors Early Learning Program for one – three year old children and their parents, grandparents and other family members. The program includes socializing with others, education activities, experiments and exploring the homes, gardens and museum at Edison Ford. Each month will have a different theme and each session will introduce science through activities and time to tend the Emerging Inventors Vegetable Garden!

Cost: Edison Foremerging inventors sept 2014 300x186 Emerging Inventorsd Members $5 (one adult, one child); non-members $15 (one adult, one child). Each additional child $5. For a complete schedule of classes visit us on the Web. To register for classes call the Edison Ford Education Department at 239-334-7419.

 

Edison Tarpon Conserved – Charles Edison Fund Grant

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 9th

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fishing with edison 205x300 Edison Tarpon Conserved   Charles Edison Fund Grant     After nearly 100 years, the fish collection of the Edison family is being conserved by taxidermists. The first three tarpon in the series are on display in the museum with replicas in fiberglass to be located on the porches as in the Edison era. The original fish collection was mounted using time-honored taxidermy techniques which included “stuffing” with sisal.

The Edison artifacts are being conserved by an annual grant from the Charles Edison Fund which was established after the death of Thomas and Mina Edison by their son Charles.

 

 

Edison Ford Homeschool Begins in October

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 7th

     Edison Ford offers a unique opportunity for homeschool families to learn science and history by exploring many of Edison’s inventions, ranging from electricity to movies. Each session follows the Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (Common Core). Parents will receive curriculum outlines for each class. Each class for Robotics and History involves hands-on activities, and requires team work, critical thinking, problem solving and presentations from the students.

Cost: Edison homeschool robotics pearce 300x235 Edison Ford Homeschool Begins in OctoberFord Members $15 (one adult; one child); non-members $25 (one adult, one child). Each additional child $15. To register call Edison Ford at 239-334-7419.

Visit our Web page for schedule and additional details.

 

 

Edison Ford Director Tours 2014 – 2015 Travel Season

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 6th

      Edison Ford Director Tours have been a great program success for the past decade. Director Tours include our picks of great museums, gardens, historic sites as well as behind-the-scenes with directors, curators and specialists in the field. Most meals are included. We have carefully selected either private dining at the cultural site, a historic hotel, or notable restaurant.

The program costs include all travel arrangements, and tour fees. Edison Ford Members and Volunteers receive a special discount rate. RSVP to Cori Cramsey at ccramsey@edisonfordwinterestates.org.Spots are filling up quickly.

  • Asheville, NC – October 13 – 17, 2014

A hundred years ago, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone traveled to Asheville on one of their first camping experiences exploring America. In fact, the three “vagabonds” are pictured in the lobby of the historic Grove Park Inn, where we will stay. Today Grove Park is a Five Star hotel, spa and golf course. Besides behind-the-scenes tours at the hotel we will also take in Biltmore Estates, Garden, Winery and Village; the Southern Appalachian Highland Craft Guild Museum and the Blue Ridge Parkway; historic downtown Asheville and the Grovewood Museums and Gallery. For the golfers and spa enthusiasts, there will be time to enjoy both. The detailed schedule is on the following pages.

  • Naples, FL – November 8, 2014

The Naples Botanical Garden has been closed this summer preparing for the fall opening of the new Orchid Garden and other new gardens. This tour will include time with the designer Ellin Goetz, Director Brian Holley and landscape staff. Lunch and some quick shopping is planned at Tommy Bahama on 5th Avenue, to be followed by a private tour of Naples Bay with Pure Naples.

  • directors tours sept 2014 palm beach 201x300 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonPalm Beach, December 6, 2014

Palm Beach is famous for its museums and gardens, and this tour includes both the Norton Museum of Art with its impressive collection of American, European and Chinese Art and the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens with its beautiful historic home and annual “Festival of Trees” in the garden. There will also be a quick spin down Worth Avenue, decorated for the holidays.

  • Redland and Homestead – January 17, 2015

directors tour sept 2014 homestead 300x226 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonRedland, Florida is an agricultural area near Homestead and metropolitan Miami. Redland includes countless nurseries, orchid farms, original clapboard homes of early settlers, u-pick-em fields and coral rock structures. Peacocks roam free and the area is a bird sanctuary. It is also home to The Fruit & Spice Park where we will enjoy fruit samplings and behind-the-scenes tours of the nurseries. We will also tour the orchid houses and ranches as well as winery and brewery sites for tastings.

  • directors tour sept 2014 bok tower Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonLake Wales, Bok Gardens and Sanctuary, Pinewood Estate – February 28, 2015

Historic Bok Sanctuary & Gardens was designed in 1921 by Frederick Law Olmstead, for Edward Bok and his wife, financier and music lover. It was designed with 100 acres of gardens full of live oaks, camellias, azaleas and a spectacular 60 bell carillon tower. In February the gardens are ablaze with blooming azaleas and camellia. The tour will also include the adjacent Pinewood Estate, a beautiful Meditarean style mansion and gardens from the early 1900’s. Private lunch will be at Pinewood Estate.

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Pinewood Estate

  • Fort Lauderdale, Bonnet House & Gardens and Butterfly World, Coconut Creek, March 21, 2015

directors tour sept 2014 fort lauderdale 300x159 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonBonnet House was completed in 1920 on the narrow barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the town of Fort Lauderdale. This expansive Caribbean-style plantation house was designed and built for the artist Bartlett and his wife. Together they assembled an impressive directors tour sept 2014 fort lauderdale 1 300x193 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel Seasoncollection of paintings (including their own) and decorative pieces from their international travel. The day also includes Butterfly World, the largest butterfly park in the world with hundreds of butterflies, hummingbird and lorikeet aviaries and exotic plants throughout the ten acres. Lunch will be at Casablanca Café.

  • Sarasota, Lido Key and St. Armand’s Circle, April 18, 2015

directors tours sept 2014 sarasota 300x140 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonThis tour will be led by Fort Myers/Naples architect, Joyce Owens who will be joined by architects and trustees of the Sarasota School of Design Foundation which oversees the historic structures of the Mid Century Modern centuries of the 1950’s. The day will include a walking tour of Lido Key and a bus tour of favorite Sarasota buildings with lunch on St. Armand’s Circle at The Columbia Restaurant.

  • Director Tour – Asheville, NC, October 13 – 17, 2014

directors tour sept 2014 asheville colors 300x200 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonJoin Edison Ford for a Director Tour to Asheville, NC. Below is the information and a tentative agenda of our week in Asheville, NC. Edison, Ford and Firestone all were here a hundred years ago and we will follow their footsteps and stay in the same hotel.

Where to Stay: The Omni Hotel—Grove Park Inn

Reservation contact: Mackenzie Wheaten, Sales Manager: Mackenzie.Wheaton@omnihotels.com or 866-474-4953.

Flight Info: Allegiant Air

Flight Itinerary:

 Monday, October 13, 2014 - Depart Punta Gorda, FL at 12:30 p.m. – Arrive 2:20 p.m. in Asheville, NC

Friday, October 17, 2014 - Depart Asheville, NC at 3:00 p.m. – Arrive 4:35 p.m. in Punta Gorda, FL

Long term parking fees: $9 daily maximum, for more information visit http://www.flypgd.com/parking/

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Tentative Agenda:

  • Monday, October 13, 2014 – Travel Day – Arrive at Grove Park Inn, Guided history tour of Grove Park Inn, Dinner on Sunset Terrace/Edison Room.
  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – Day at Biltmore Estates – Trolley ride to Biltmore Estates, Behind-the-Scenes tour, Lunch at Stable Café; and time to enjoy Antler Hill Village, Winery and dinner at Cedric Tavern & Bistro.
  • directors tour sept 2014 grovewood  300x263 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel Seasondirectors tour sept 2014 antique cars 300x154 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonWednesday, October 15, 2014 – Day at Grove Park Inn – Grovewood Gallery, Grovewood Café, Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum, Grovewood Studios, North Carolina Homespun Museum and time to enjoy Grove Park on your own.
  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 – Trolley tour of Downtown Asheville, on the Blue Ridge to Southern Highland Craft Guild and time at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center.

 

 

  • directors tour sept 2014 trolley 150x150 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonFriday, October 17, 2014 – Travel Day – Shuttle pick up at Grove Park Inn to Asheville Airport – Depart Asheville, NC at 3:00 p.m. – Arrive 4:35 Punta Gorda, FL.

Join us for a gathering on Thursday, October 9th at 6:00 p.m., in the museum for wine, cheese and highlights of the Asheville Director Tour.

Cost: Edison Ford Members and Volunteers $400; non-members $450

For further information or to make a payment with a credit card contact Cori Cramsey at 239-334-7419 or ccramsey@edisonfordwinterestates.org  or you can mail a check to: Edison & Ford Winter Estates P.O. Box 2368 Fort Myers, FL  33902

Cost Includes: Transportation to/from Asheville airport, private trolley services, private guided tours, private Behind-the-Scenes tours, and goodie bags.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received on or before October 5, 2014 will receive a full refund.

For information on becoming a Member contact Darlene Hermey at dhermey@edisonfordwinterestates.org or 239-334-7419.