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Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs – October 2010

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 21st

October at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the return of the Estates Clothesline Quilt Show and Airing of the Quilts, and the First Annual Estates Member Celebration, as well as a variety of other special programs, exhibit openings and activities throughout the month of October.  The October schedule of programs and events include:

Estates Botanical Tours, Tuesdays and Fridays Beginning October 1, 2010
The Estates Botanical Tour will be on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10 AM.  The tour includes a walk through the historical gardens of the Edison and Ford Estates with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Estates Propagating Nursery.  The tour is never the same twice as it changes frequently to highlight plants currently blooming or fruiting.  With the change in flowers and fruits comes a variety of aromas for tour goers to experience, from Chanel No. 5 to buttered popcorn to bubblegum.  The tour is $24 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12, and FREE for Estates Members.  Visitors may upgrade their ticket for $6 to include a self-guided audio wand tour of the historic buildings and Museum. Group Botanical Tours are available at a discounted price and may be scheduled throughout the week based on availability.    To schedule a group botanical tour call the Estates at 239-334-7419. 
NEW Exhibit:  “Discovering Southwest Florida with Thomas Edison & Henry Ford” 
The Estates newest exhibit located at Southwest Florida International Airport features a collection of historic photographs of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford’s favorite pastimes in Southwest Florida accompanied with contemporary photographs and artifacts from the Estates collection.  The exhibit is available as a traveling exhibit at no cost to other museums, libraries, galleries, visitor centers and other public spaces to show the history, heritage and modern day views of
Florida through the eyes of two of Southwest Florida famous winter residents, Edison and Ford.  The traveling exhibit is funded by the
Lee County Tourism Development Council and is available by calling the Estates Curatorial Department at 239-334-7419.    

Sneak Peek Tours Return, Thursdays in October at 9:30 AM
Visitors will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour inside the Edison and Ford homes.  These unique tours are offered at no cost to Estates members and $40 for non members.  Due to the intimate nature of “Sneak Peek Tours”, space is limited and registration is required.

Edison Inventors Association Meeting, October 20, 7PM
Meeting once a month at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, the organization serves the inventors in the community by providing education and networking opportunities.  For move information contact 239-275-IDEA (4332).

First Annual Estates Member Celebration, October 22, 6 PM – 8:00 PM
Dramatic change, growth, award-winning restoration and dedication to program development have marked the past four years since the new non-profit corporation, Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Inc., began its governance of the National Register Historic Site and the Estates is celebrating their members and many achievements with its First Annual Estates Member Celebration.  Members and invited guests are invited to join the Estates as we unveil the new website, introduce new programs and distribute the first Estates Progress Report.  Registration required. Event is FREE to Estates Members.  To become an Estates Member call 239-334-7419.

Home School: “Animals & Classifications,” October 22, 1PM – 3PM
Homeschoolers will learn how animals are classified and explore mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, insects and arachnids.  Curriculum follows the Florida Sunshine objectives for learning.  The program follows the Lee County mandated program and addresses environmental science, history and reading SOLS.  Pre-visit curriculum materials will be mailed to registered families.  Registration required. Estates members $5; non members $15 (one adult, one child) additional $5 per child. 

Quilting and Stitching Demonstration, October 23, 10 AM – 1 PM
Quilters from the Southwest Florida Quilter’s Guild and members of the Southwest Florida Embroidery Guild will demonstrate quilting and stitching and will be available to answer questions on techniques and care.   In the early 1900’s Henry Ford collected, celebrated and displayed quilts and other historical objects. Demonstration is FREE with purchase of Estates Home and Garden Tour ticket.

Clothesline Quilt Show and Airing of Quilts,  October 30, 10 AM – 2 PM
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and the Southwest Florida Quilter’s Guild will be “airing their quilts” on clotheslines at the Estates.  The tradition of “airing” quilts dates back to Colonial America when women would take quilts out of summer storage and “air” them in autumn for use in winter.  In addition to the contemporary quilts available for show and sale, a variety of antique quilts will be on display in the Ford garage, live Edison era music will be performed, and a collection of antique cars will be on display on the Ford lawn.
Estates Members FREE; non members $5. 

Mark your calendars: Upcoming Estates Events

• Young Scientists & Inventors Fair November 16, 2010
OPEN TO HOMESCHOOL STUDENTS, participation is free

• Homeschool Science Fair Project Workshops Tuesdays, September 28, October 12, and October 26, 10 AM – 12 PM.  Cost:  $10 Estates Members, $15 non members.

• Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, Preview Party, December 8, 6 PM                                               
Kick off the holiday season with the Estates annual Holiday Party at the gloriously decorated homes and gardens of the Estates.  Guests will enjoy a special preview of the Estates annual event, food and beverages by the river, live music and much more.  Estates members, $60; non members $75.  Space is limited, to RSVP call 239-334-7419.

• Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, December 9 – January 1, 5:30 PM – 9 PM

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