The Edison & Ford Winter Estates will offer a variety of children and adult programs, special exhibits, and events throughout the month of February. The February schedule of programs and events include:
Edison & Ford Night Lights: January 31, February 1, 5, 6,7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27 & 28; last guided tour at 6 PM; tickets sold until 7 PM, For the first time ever, the gracious winter estates will be open in the evening during the month of February. Enjoy the beautiful gardens, river views, spectacular sunsets and the newly restored homes just like the Edisons and Fords. Cost: Estates Members FREE; non members, adults $20; children $11.
Art in the Gardens “Big Bugs” Exhibit: Opens February 1, In the gardens of the Edison Caretaker’s House, Lee county students created an environmentally interactive artwork exhibit using recycled materials to make life-like garden art. The exhibit is sponsored by Truly Nolan. Estates Members FREE; non members, adults $20, children $11.
Edison Pageant of Light Exhibit: February 1 – 28, Estates Museum, The history of this southwest Florida tradition is celebrated in the Edison Pageant of Light Exhibit. Regalia, crowns and videos will be on display documenting the pageant’s history. Cost: Estates Members FREE; non members $12 adults, $6 children and includes Estates Museum and Lab tour admission.
Estates Home School Monthly Program Series: Going Green, February 6, 1 PM – 3 PM, Home schooled students and their parents can enroll in a half day of curriculum that follows the Florida Sunshine objectives for learning. The programs follow the Lee County mandated program and addresses environmental science, history and reading SOLS. Pre-visit curriculum materials will be mailed to registered families. Registration is required. Cost: Estates Members $5; non members $15 (one adult, one child), additional $5 per child.
Antique Car Show: February 7 , 10 AM – 3PM, Antique car collectors, will display their antique cars throughout the Ford Estate. Other activities during the day include a children’s story reading with Mr. & Mrs. Edison at 11 AM, with a botanical art project to follow, and a book signing with Tom Smoot author of The Edisons of Fort Myers: Discoveries of the Heart, at the Ford Cottage Shoppe. Cost is FREE to Estates Members and $5 for non members.
Antique Car Show Model T Tour and Lecture: February 7, 11 AM & 1 PM, Learn the history of Henry Ford and his automobiles firsthand through the Estates collection. Participants will tour the Ford Estate and meet other antique car owners who will provide interesting information specific to their Ford. Estates Members FREE; non members $5, lecture included in the price of Antique Car Show admission.
Etiquette at the Estates: February and March classes, Mimi’s & Mina’s Manners at the Estates, February 7 or March 7 (one session classes), 11 AM – 1 PM, Children ages 6 -12, Mimi’s & Mina’s Manners at the Estates teaches children proper introduction, handshakes and dining etiquette during a three-course meal. The classes will be taught by etiquette expert Suzanne Willis who has been teaching similar classes throughout the nation. Registration is required. Cost: Estates Members $40; non members $50.
Estates Wild Wizards and Zap! Show: February 8, 11 AM, The Estates Wild Wizards and the Florida Rep Theatre partner together to present Electricity as you have never seen it before. The Estates Wild Wizards will present hair-raising experiments and Florida Rep’s Lunchbox series, ZAP! is an electrifying show on the history, safety and conservation of electricity. FREE to the public.
New Volunteer Orientation: February 10, 10 AM, Join Estates staff to learn about the history of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates homes, gardens and inventions of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Interested potential volunteers are welcome.
Edison’s 162nd Birthday Celebration & Mina Edison Statue Dedication: February 11, 10 AM , Celebrate Edison’s birthday at the Estates with the staff, distinguished guests and the Edison Park Elementary School Choir. Performance begins at 10:00 AM with cake to follow. This year the ceremony includes a dedication of a statue of Mina Edison, Thomas Edison’s wife. The statue of Mina Edison was created by well known Fort Myers, artist and sculptor, D.J. Wilkins and donated by Orvall McCleary. The statue will be located in the public garden area of the Edison estate, named the Heritage Garden, in memory of the heirloom and heritage gardens of Thomas and Mina Edison. The unveiling ceremony and birthday celebration are FREE to the public.
Docent Training: February 19, 9AM, Estates volunteers and potential volunteers who are interested in becoming Edison & Ford porch, Lab and Museum docents, or leading a group tour of the Estates grounds must attend this mandatory meeting.
Edison Family Film Festival: February 20, 6 PM, Edison Park Elementary
School, Student films and performances as well as the Estates Wild Wizards will celebrate the many contributions Thomas Edison made to film industry. Estates Members FREE; non members $5 adults, $1 children. Tickets may be purchased at the Estates ticket office.
Painted Floorcloths with Leoma Lovegrove: February 21, 9 AM – 2 PM, Painted floorcloths date back to the early 18th and 19th century and are making a revival into contemporary American homes. Artist Leoma Lovegrove will teach a variety of techniques using brushes and sponges. Registration required. Cost: $140 Estates Members; $150 non members. One floorcloth will be provided to participants, additional floor cloths will be available for purchase and a supply list will be provided upon registration.
Mina Edison’s Tropical Bulbs: February 28, 10 AM – Noon, Estates Garden Shoppe, Join the Estates Horticulturist, Debbie Hughes, and learn about tropical bulbs, what varieties of bulbs have been growing on the Estates for over 80 years and how to make tropical bulbs a part of your landscape, as well as a botanical walking tour of the Estates gardens. Registration is required. Cost: Estates Members $10; non members $20.