Exciting Night Under the Stars – “Wind Across the Everglades” Film Screening – October 28, Gates Open at 5:30 p.m.
Join us for an evening under the stars for the film viewing of “Wind Across the Everglades” on the Ford riverside lawn. This 1958 classic film is about plume hunting in the Florida Everglades and the people who risked their lives to protect the birds.
The film’s main character is a newly-hired game warden, played by Christopher Plummer, who is hired to enforce conservation laws in Florida but finds himself up against a group of bird poachers. The story is based on Guy Bradley’s life – the game warden who was shot and killed by plume hunters in 1905. The characters depict what life was like in South Florida at the turn of the century and how hunters would not let anyone get in their way of collecting the bird feathers, which at that time were reportedly worth more than gold!
The movie was filmed on location in Everglades National Park. It’s filled with beautiful nature footage of birds roosting and flying, plus alligators and other Everglades wildlife. The cast includes Chana Eden, Peter Falk, Emmett Kelly and Gypsy Rose Lee in addition to Burl Ives and Christopher Plummer. Renowned screenwriter, Budd Schulberg (Oscar-winner for “On the Waterfront”), supervised editing and completed film direction and production. K. C. Schulberg, a third-generation film executive, nephew of Budd Schulberg and son of the film’s producer, Stuart Schulberg, will speak about the film’s production.
Cost: Edison Ford Members $10; non-members $20. Movie goer refreshments will be available for purchase. A limited number of chairs will be provided; however, guests may bring a chair. For more information call 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.
NEW Exhibit Opens October 28th – Birds of Southwest Florida
The evening begins with a new exhibit opening in the Edison Caretaker’s house. The Birds of Southwest Florida exhibit honors one of the passions of both the Edison and Ford families who were ardent bird lovers and advocates. Visitors will learn about the Edison and Ford families love of nature, their responses to plume hunting and other threats, and the conservation efforts that they passionately supported.
This new exhibit was designed by Edison Ford staff and explores the Edison and Ford families love of birds and birding through historic photographs and illustrations. Throughout the exhibit, the photography and artwork pieces are described in the Edison and Ford families very own words.
Mina Edison was a dedicated conservationist, a member of the National Audubon Society and the Chautauqua Bird, Tree and Garden Club. In 1931, Mina encouraged the City Council to work toward a Fort Myers, “fragrant with flowers from every home [and] … adequate care for birds so that they would be loath to leave.” In 1913, Henry Ford supported the successful McLean Migratory Bird Bill (also known as the Weeks-McClean law), which protected migratory birds.
This wonderful exhibit is included with general admission. For more information call 239-334-7419.