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Hypertufa Class at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 1st

December 3 AND December 10 – 10:00 a.m. (two-part class)

hypertufa-orb-classUsing Hypertufa, a mixture of Portland cement, peat moss, vermiculite, perlite, and water, sculpt up to two orbs that you can hang or place in a pot. By attaching tillandsia (air plants), you will create a one-of-a-kind miniature living garden sculpture or garden ornament. Jim Hopton, retired art teacher, and inventor of the Edison Orb will instruct the two-part class in the Edison Greenhouse. Jim will also demonstrate various uses of Hypertufa in the garden.

This is a two-part class with a week in between for proper drying time and artistically personalizing your orb. You will need to bring rubber kitchen gloves, and we will provide the remaining supplies. Buy one air plant and get another free (same value).

Cost: Edison Ford Members $40; non-members $45. To register contact to Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at 239-334-7419 or lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org. This class is limited to 10 participants.

Edison Ford Holiday Nights Calendar of Events

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 30th

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Breakfast with Santa and the Edison Ford “ELF” Wizards

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 25th

● December 17 – Two Seatings: 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Wagon Ride with SantaTake a break from the holiday bustle and spend the morning with your children at the beautiful Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Enjoy a unique holiday science show starring Santa and his Wild Wizard Elves, a healthy holiday breakfast, photo opportunities with Santa, and time to stroll the beautifully decorated homes and gardens of the Edison and Ford families.

Reservations are required. Cost: Edison Ford Members $22; non-members $25, includes general
admission to the site and breakfast with Santa for one adult and one child. Additional children, $15 each. For more information or to make reservations contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar, at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419.

Edison Ford Gift Card for the Holidays

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 23rd

gift card backGift cards can be used to purchase memberships, admissions, director’s tours, or education classes! Members already know that as a Member of Edison Ford there are lots of benefits, such as discounts on tours, museum store items, Garden Shoppe, programs, Inventor’s Summer Camp, and Homeschool.

Did you know that you can purchase an Edison Ford gift card online to give to friends or family members? This is a great way to spread holiday cheer and to support Edison Ford!

Holiday Tea with Mr. & Mrs. Edison and Mrs. Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 21st

● December 14 – 4:30 p.m.
jan-and-jamie-bromeliad-christmas-treeJoin Mr. & Mrs. Edison and Mrs. Ford for a special Holiday Tea. Mr. & Mrs. Edison will take you on a tour of their seasonally decorated home, Seminole Lodge. Mrs. Ford will also welcome guests and lead a tour of her neighboring home, The Mangoes.

Celebrate the holidays with the Edison’s and learn about their favorite holiday traditions; enjoy tea, lemonade and cookies; and afterwards stroll the beautifully decorated homes and gardens of the Edison and Ford families.

claraCost: Edison Ford Members $15; non-members $25 (includes general admission to Edison Ford Holiday Nights, Lab and Museum). Space is limited so registration is required.

For more information or to register contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar, at 239-334-7419 or lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Holiday Nights Decorating Teams

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 19th

The decorating team for the upcoming Holiday Nights Season (November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017) includes the following talented community organizations and local businesses who donate hundreds of hours to assist the Edison Ford curators to create the installation of furnishings, decorations and lighting that reflect the 1920 – 1930s. Thank you!

American Institute of Architects Florida Southwest, Bennett’s Fresh Roast, Edison Innovators Association, Edison Park Neighborhood Association, Festival of Lights, Florida Power and Light, Florida Weekly, Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, General Electric, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Lee County Electric Cooperative, Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Norris Home Furnishings, The Open Door Shoppes on Hendry Street, Sanibel Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, Shell Point Retirement Community, St. James City Volunteers with Brinson Family, TLC Engineering, Thomas A. Edison Congregational Church, WGCU Public Media, Winn-Dixie.

Food Truck at Banyan Café Opens in November

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 17th

food truckThis month the Banyan Café Food Truck will be serving up a new menu with some great lunch items! The new and improved Banyan Café will open in the historic gardens of Edison Ford this month and will feature fresh “Edison” club sandwiches, “Mina Edison” salads, burgers, wraps, “Patent” dogs and Everglades BBQ. Cold drinks, ice cream and fresh fruit will also be available for purchase.

The new menu will provide visitors with a quick lunch or healthy snack option under the historic Banyan tree. Stop by and enjoy a “Model Tea” or cup of coffee and see what’s brewing at the Banyan Café.

Hypertufa Orb Class with Jim Hopton

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 16th

hypertufa orbsUsing Hypertufa, a mixture of Portland cement, peat moss, vermiculite, perlite, and water, sculpt up to two orbs that you can hang or place in a pot. By attaching tillandsia (air plants), you will create a one-of-a-kind miniature living garden sculpture or garden ornament. Jim Hopton, retired art teacher, and inventor of the Edison Orb will instruct the two-part class in the Edison Greenhouse. Jim will also demonstrate various uses of Hypertufa in the garden.

This is a two-part class with a week in-between for proper drying time and artistically personalizing your orb. You will need to bring rubber kitchen gloves, and we will provide the remaining supplies. Buy one air plant and get another free (same value).

Cost: Edison Ford Members $40; non-members $45. To register contact to Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar at 239-334-7419 or lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org. This class is limited to 10 participants.

Scarf Painting at Edison Ford with Artist, Marie Dyer

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 14th

● December 3, January 14, March 4, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Class held in our beautiful waterfront pavilion.
scarf art dec 2015 hillaryJoin Southwest Florida artist, Marie Dyer to create your own hand-painted silk scarf. Marie will teach a variety of techniques to inspire painters of all levels to create their own “one-of-a-kind” scarf. The scarves can be worn as art pieces or used as art for the home.

All materials will be provided to produce a finished piece. Marie’s scarves are on display in the Edison Ford Museum Store and Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops, and are available for purchase.

Cost per class: Edison Ford Members $90; non-members $95. For more information or to registered contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar, at 239-334-7419 or lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Edison Ford Members – Don’t Forget to Pick up Your Holiday Nights Tickets

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 13th

One of the wonderful benefits of being an Edison Ford Member is that you get to enjoy Holiday Nights for FREE and visit as often as you like! Edison Ford Members also receive complimentary guest Holiday Nights tickets.

Holiday Nights Sunset 2013The complimentary tickets are for Members to give to their family members or to friends so that they can also enjoy Holiday Nights. Members can pick up their complimentary guest tickets at the ticket counter or in the Museum Store.