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Weddings, Special Events and Group Tour and Lunch at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 22nd

Edison Ford is the perfect venue for a group lunch and tour on the river, an outdoor wedding, corporate event, or a stunning backdrop for a family portrait. With historic homes, romantic gardens, and spectacular river views, Edison Ford has something to offer for every special occasion.

There is no substitute for viewing Edison Ford in person. Contact the Edison Ford Event Coordinator, Cori Cramsey at 239-335-3689 to schedule a site walk and check the availability of your wedding date or special event.

Weddings and luncheons

American Experience PBS Specials Featured in Edison Ford Museum

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 20th

“THOMAS EDISON – The Father of Invention”

 “HENRY FORD – The world he created he longed to escape”

     With special permission from PBS, American Experience and our local public broadcasting station, WGCU Public Broadcasting, two wonderful new films will be shown daily and continuously in the Hall of Inventions as part of the visitor experience. Both films will be shown in their entirety and include new and provocative information about the inventors and business leaders of the past century.

DVD PBS American experience Henry Ford and Thomas Edison

A schedule for each of the films will be posted daily as the films are lengthy. In future months, the director/producers of the films will be at Edison Ford to discuss both films.

In addition, copies of each film are available for sale in the Edison Ford Museum Store for $24.95. Edison Ford Members would pay $22.45 with their 10% discount.

Ford Motor Company at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 18th

      The Ford Motor Company, with Edsel Ford II as the representative, has just become one of our newest Edison Ford Business Members. We welcome them as Members and look forward to the upcoming filming in October 2015 for Ford Motor Company dealers … nationwide. Henry and Clara would be proud.

In the upcoming months, we will continue to spruce up Edison Ford and are looking forward to their visit in October.

Ford home may 2015

 

NEW Book on Edison and Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 16th

book Edison and Ford in Florida     There soon will be a new book about Edison and Ford in Southwest Florida available at Edison Ford Shops and all major bookstores.

The book will be published by Arcadia Publishing and will include photographs and history of Edison and Ford in Florida as well as other locations. This is the first publication to present the history of the two men and their relationship to Florida.

The book was written by Chief Curator Mike Cosden, Assistant Curator Brent Newman, and President & CEO Chris Pendleton. The project will also include an exhibit on-site as well as a traveling exhibit and program component. It will be completed and available for sale during the upcoming winter season.

In the meantime, the curatorial staff has selected some other books by Arcadia Publishing that are available in the Museum Store and the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops.

Books Lee County Islands and Fort Myers Beach Images of America

Director Tours to Return in September

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 14th

     The spectacular restoration of the Paul Rudolph Sarasota High School and private home tours finished up the spring season for the Edison Ford Director Tours. The Sarasota Architectural Foundation and architect Joyce Owens, arranged for the sites to be toured and the bus tour was directors tours sarasota umbrella houseled by Sarasota Herald Tribune editor, Harold Bubil.

Plans are underway for the fall 2015 and 2016 season which include the Frank Lloyd Wright campus of Florida Southern, private home and garden tours in Palm Beach, private nursery and architecture tour in Homestead and Historic Punta Gorda and a Peace River cruise.

For first notices and to be included on the Director Tours mailing list, contact Nancy Achter at 239-335-3678 or email her at nachter@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

 

Edison Ford MONTHLY UPDATE Available through EMAIL

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 13th

     If you would like to receive a copy of our monthly update through email instead of a paper copy and help Edison Ford defray the cost of a paper mailing, contact Darlene Hermey, Membership Coordinator at 239-334-7419 or email dhermey@edisonfordwinterestates.org. Your email address will not be shared with any other organization or individual. By receiving eblasts, Members get the latest Edison Ford news sooner.

 

Edison Ford Summer Camp 2015 – Limited Space Remains

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 12th

summer camp Tyler Sebastian Bryson     Edison Ford is set for another year of Inventor’s Summer Camp. The education based camps cover science, history, engineering, art and the legacy of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Camps offer a wide variety of subjects including robotics, movie making, chemistry, and video game design. Whether a student is designing a balloon car or playing a game of tag, these enriching camps are always a lot of fun! Edison Ford Summer Camp is a day camp with a new theme each week. Call for waitlist information.

Cost:  Edison Ford Members $200; non-members $230. To register or for more information contact Edison Ford at 239-334-7419 or email lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

June 8 – 12 – Kitchen Chemistry (Grades 1-3; 4-6) WAITING LIST 

Cost: Edison Ford Members $200, non-members $230

June 15 – 19 – Movie Making Magic (Grades 1-3; 4-6) WAITING LIST

Cost: Edison Ford Members $200, non-members $230

June 22 – 26 – Video Game Design (Grades 1-3; 4-6) WAITING LIST for grades 4-6

Cost: Edison Ford Members $200, non-members $230

June 29 – July 3 – Video Game Design (Grades 1-3; 4-6) WAITING LIST for grades 4-6

Cost: Edison Ford Members $200, non-members $230

July 7 – 10 – Space and Rockets (Grades 1-3; 4-6)

Cost: Edison Ford Members $170; non-members $200

July 13 – 17 – Eager Engineers (Grades 1-3; 4-6) WAITING LIST for grades 4-6

Cost: Edison Ford Members $200; non-members $230

July 20 – 24 – Electricity, Circuits and Lighting Design (Grades 1-3; 4-6) WAITING LIST for grades 4-6

Cost: Edison Ford Members $200; non-members $230

July 27 – 31 – Robotics (Grades 1-3; 4-6) WAITING LIST for grades 4-6

Cost: Edison Ford Members $200; non-members $230

August 3 – 7 – Robotics (Grades 1-3; 4-6) WAITING LIST for grades 4-6

Cost: Edison Ford Members $200; non-members $230

August 10 – 14 – Smarts in Art (Grades 1-3; 4-6) WAITING LIST for grades 4-6

Cost: Edison Ford Members $200; non-members $230

August 17 – 21 – Animation (Grades 1-3; 4-6) WAITING LIST

Cost: Edison Ford Members $200; non-members $230

 

 

Volunteer Annual Awards Event

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 12th

     Holly Shaffer and Bobby Feldman coordinated a wonderful annual event for the volunteers in April. It was attended by 165 volunteers who received special gifts from the community for their service.

At Edison Ford, volunteers have contributed more than 29,400 hours in the past year, which is equivalent to $663,300 which the IRS allows to be noted on the Edison Ford annual audit as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.

volunteer appreciation lunch 2015

This year, donation gifts were received from: Edison Ford Winter Estates, Ford’s Garage, Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel, First Watch, Wisteria Tea Room, Stillwell Enterprises, Sand Trap Bar & Grille, Three Fishermen, Fort Myers Miracles, Prawnbroker, University Grille, Shell Factory, Alliance for the Arts, JP Cruises, Captiva Cruises, Sabal Spring Golf Club, Broadway Palm, Key West Express, Bennett’s Donuts, Publix, Lofty Fig, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Butterfly Estates, McGregor Café, The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, Hotel Indigo, Legacy Harbor Hotel, The Florida Repertory Theater, Pinchers

 

Scarf Art Workshop with artist, Marie Dyer

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 10th
  • scarf artMay 23 or August 29, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Join Southwest Florida artist Marie Dyer and create your own hand painted silk scarf. Known for her vivid floral and landscape paintings, Marie has been a featured artist at Edison Ford, and has taught Scarf Art workshops at locations throughout New England. 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 or used as art pieces for the home. Scarf Art classes will be held in the historic Edison Caretaker’s House. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch or drop by the Banyan Café or The Marina at Edison Ford.

To register call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or email her at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org. Cost: Edison Ford Members $75; non-members $80. Cost includes materials and scarf.

 

Volunteer Meeting and Morning Tea

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 8th
  • May 19, 10:00 a.m. – Lecture Hall in Southwest Florida Water Management Building

Mina and grandkids.jpg      In honor of Mother’s Day, the program will focus on our two favorite mothers, Mina Edison and Clara Ford. Both Mina and Clara were very interesting and forthright women. They were both very positive influences in the lives of their families. Mina and Clara were active in the garden club movement and understood the power of women as the right to vote and other women’s rights issues came to the forefront in the past century.

The program will include a short lecture by historian Nadia Kluesner on the lives of the two women; to be followed by a living history performance featuring Mina Edison and Clara Ford (volunteers Jan MaGirl and Clara Schmidt).

Refreshments will include hot and cold teas, and bakery items. Volunteers are encouraged to bring an interested friend and also baked goods of sweet or savory.

The program is also open to the general public who are interested in becoming a volunteer at Edison Ford.

Visit our Website to learn more about Edison Ford volunteer opportunities.