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Edison Ford Gift Card for the Holidays

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 24th

Give a Membership, the Gift of Tickets, Education Programs 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 Shoppe, programs, Inventor’s Summer Camp, and Homeschool.

gift card back Edison Ford Gift Card for the Holidays     Did you know that you can purchase an Edison Ford gift card at the Museum Store online to give to friends or family members? 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.

 

“Holiday Nights” Opens November 28, 6:00 p.m.

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 21st

Mark your calendar now for a very special Thanksgiving Weekend for your family and friends, with the opening of Holiday Nights set for Friday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m.

Holiday Nights cartoon palm tree “Holiday Nights” Opens November 28, 6:00 p.m.     All areas of Edison Ford will be open and decorated for the season, and there are some special events just for opening night:

 

  • Tree lighting at 6:00 p.m. with the Edisons, Fords and Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Performances throughout the gardens by the Naples Carolers
  • Holiday Wagon Rides with the Whispering Pines Clydesdales
  • The Marina at Edison Ford open for sunset River Cruises and dinner at Pinchers

 

Holiday Nights will be open from November 28, 2014 through January 2, 2015 every night, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Members can pick up their “Complimentary Guest Tickets” at the ticket counter or in the Museum Store beginning November 10. Groups of 20 or more can call 239-334-7419 for special rates and reservations.

 

Winter Break Camp – Robotics and Engineering

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 19th
  • pearce robot Winter Break Camp   Robotics and EngineeringDecember 22 & 23; December 29 & 30; March 30 – April 3; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

      Learn to build and program robots, work with LEGO EV3 Mindstorms and NXT programming software. No experience required, just a passion for engineering and robotics. Cost: Edison Ford Members $90; non-members $100.

For more information call Edison Ford at 239-334-7419.

 

Edison Ford Bell Tower Shoppe Ready for the Holidays

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 17th

The Shoppe at Bell Tower is now in its second year, and it’s  loaded with great gifts for the holidays and for the home. There is a great selection of art (like the beautiful wood carved hibiscus pictured), wearables, books, children’s games and toys, and food items.

museum store nov 2014 update Edison Ford Bell Tower Shoppe Ready for the Holidays      The focus of the Edison Ford Bell Tower Shoppe is handcrafted art by local artists and craftspeople. Many visitors say that the shop is a beautiful place with exciting and different merchandise.

Edison Ford gift cards are available at all of the Edison Ford shops and they can also be sent as a special gift with a card for later use, such as a Membership to Edison Ford, Tickets or a Shopping Spree in the Edison Ford shops and Garden Shoppe.

 

Edison Garden Market 2014

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 16th
  • November 22, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & November 23, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Dozens of vendors from throughout Florida will be selling exotic and tropical plants, trees, garden art and supplies. The Garden Market attracts gardeners and visitors looking for unique and historical garden items.

The event is FREE to the public.

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Lecture for Volunteers and the Public

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 13th
  • November 18, 10:00 a.m. – Holiday Nights, South Florida Water Management Building Lecture Hall

      The monthly volunteer meeting will focus on holiday traditions and history and on the fabulous decoration and lighting of the season at Edison Ford. Chief Curator Mike Cosden and his curators will present the history of the holidays during the early part of the last century, especially focusing on Edison’s electric Christmas lights and Ford’s love of Santa Claus and his Santa Village.

Megan Kissinger, Conservator, and the team of exhibit volunteers will present a look at their wonderful handmade traditional ornaments and some tips on how to make your own.

Volunteers are needed to work Holiday Nights as hosts, for refreshments and throughout the site. RSVP to Holly or Bobby at 239-334-7419.

volunteers Lecture for Volunteers and the Public

Holiday Nights – Coming November 28!

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 11th

Click HERE to download the Holiday Nights flyer!

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Southwest Florida Butterfly Conference at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 11th

giant 225x300 Southwest Florida Butterfly Conference at Edison FordThere is still time to register for the annual conference which Edison Ford is hosting in collaboration with the University of Florida Extension Service. For more information call Debbie Hughes or Sandra Drake at 239-334-7419 or register online here.

Edison Ford planted our Butterfly Garden several years ago with the help of the Edison Garden Club, Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council and the UF Master Gardeners. Since then the garden has  flourished and features a lovely reflecting pool with sculptured wading birds by Don Wilkins.

The Garden Shoppe also offers a variety of butterfly attracting plants year-round for purchase. Edison Ford horticulture staff is always available for questions.

This is a chance to participate in wonderful programs, enjoy a boxed lunch with friends and meet people from all over Florizebralong tyler 300x225 Southwest Florida Butterfly Conference at Edison Fordda. The guest lecturers include noted Botanist, Roger Hammer, who will speak on butterfly gardens; Karen Finch, Sarasota butterfly authority; Sandra Baker-Hinton on butterfly release; and noted artist and writer, Elizabeth Smith will teach illustrated garden journaling.

Come for the conference or just come to enjoy the vendors and purchase and a plant.

Download Butterfly Conference Brochure Here

Edison Ford Homeschool

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 10th
  • History of Technology – Telescope, November 14; November 17, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Robotics – Computer Science and Literacy, November 13, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.; November 14, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.; November 17, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

      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 Ford MembYoung inventors tour january 2014 update 300x222 Edison Ford Homeschool ers $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.

 

 

 

Registration for Adult Programs Now Open

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 9th

Two Different Workshops with artist Leoma Lovegrove

     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 Gardensart classes nov 2014 update 300x224 Registration for Adult Programs Now Open

     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.

 

Scarf Art with artist, Marie Dyer

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 their 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).