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November 2010 at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 29th

November at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the return of the Edison Garden Market and the opening of Creative Cottage as well as a NEW Estates Holiday Hands-On Science Camp for students grades K – 6th during Thanksgiving vacation and a variety of other special programs and activities throughout the month.  The November schedule of programs and events include:
 
LeeCounty School District Environmental Education Meeting, November 3, 4:30 PM
The Estates is hosting the Lee County School District Environmental Education Meeting for teachers in the Estates Education Center.  For more information call Anji McStravic, at 239-337-8661.
 
Sand Sculpting at the Estates, November 4, 9 AM – 5PM
In partnership with the 24th Annual American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival at Fort Myers Beach on November 10 – 14, the Estates is joining the Fort Myers Beach Chamber in the celebration with award winning sand sculptor, Katie Corning, who will create a sand sculpture of a Ford Model T and Edison and Ford inventions in the Ford Garage. Admission is FREE with the purchase of an Estates Guided Tour ticket. Special ticket price for Sand Sculpting  ONLY on Ford Estate $5, Estates Members FREE.   
 
Meet and Greet Estates Volunteer Staff, November 5, 10 AM
Meet and Greet the Estates new Volunteer Coordinator, Holly Shaffer and Assistant Interpreter and Volunteer Coordinator, Bobby Feldman in the Estates White House (parking available in new lot on Larchmont Street).  Refreshments will be served.  RSVP required. 
 
New Volunteer Orientation, November 9, 10 AM
Join Estates staff to learn about volunteer opportunities, Estates policies and general Museum information.  This is a mandatory training for all new Estates volunteers but potential volunteers are welcome.
 
FREE Admission to Veterans and their Families, November 11
The Estates is offering free admission to United States Veterans and their families on November 11th.  Free admission includes a tour of the historic homes, botanical gardens, the Estates Museum and the Edison Research Lab.  Veterans must present a VA identification card or their DD214 papers to receive free admission. 
 
Young Scientists and Inventors Fair for Homeschoolers, November 16, 10 AM – 12 PM, Awards Presentation at 1 PM
The first annual Young Scientists & Inventors Fair is open to all 6th – 12th grade homeschool and virtual students.  Students receiving the top awards will proceed on to the Southwest Florida Regional Fair, Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science & Engineer Fair held in January at Harborside Convention Center, as well as the opportunity to participate in state and international level competitions.  Registration is required.  There is no cost to register.
 
Edison Inventors Association Meeting, November 17, 7PM
Monthly meeting at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, open to all, the organization serves the inventors in the community by providing education and networking opportunities.  For move information contact 239-275-IDEA (4332).
 
Docent Training, November 18, 9 AM
New Estates 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.
 
Homeschoolers:  Earth & Landforms, November 18, 1 PM – 3 PM
Homeschooled students will explore the Earth inside and out to see what makes up our planet as well as learn about the natural physical features of the Earth’s surface.  Students and their parents can enroll in a half day of curriculum that 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. 
 
Edison Garden Market, November 20, 9AM– 5 PM; November 21,  9 AM – 4 PM  
The Edison Garden Market attracts plant vendors from throughout the state to sell unique plants, orchids, herbs, trees and garden merchandise.  The event also includes workshops, food, music and other activities.  The Edison Garden Market is a great event for family and friends and is FREE to the public.
 
NEW Fall into Fun Estates Camp, November 24 & 26, 9 AM – 4 PM, (Grades K – 6th)
A full two days of hands-on activities, games, crafts and more based on the excitement of the Thanksgiving holiday.  Students create their own balloon float, challenge each other in boat races while learning about the Pilgrim’s voyage, find out what Thomas Edison and Henry Ford were up to the year President Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, and many more fun filled activities.  Cost:  two days:  $70 Members, $80 non members; one day:  $50 Members, $55 non members.
 
Estates Thanksgiving Weekend Schedule:
Fall into Fun Estates Holiday Camp, November 24, 9 AM – 4 PM
Closed Thanksgiving Day,  November 25
Open Friday, November 26 –  9 AM – 5:30 PM
Fall into Fun Estates Holiday Camp, November 26, 9 AM – 4 PM
EstatesCreative Cottage Opens, November 26, 10 AM – 5 PM
 
Estates Creative Cottage Opens, November 26, 10 AM – 5 PM
The Estates seasonal Creative Cottage is back again in the historic Edison Caretaker’s House with a wonderful group of local artists, authors, and craftspeople.  Creative Cottage will be open 10 AM – 5 PM daily until December 8.  During the Estates holiday event, Edison & Ford Holiday Nights hours will be expanded to 9 PM.  Estates Members are FREE and a “shoppers pass” may be issued at the main ticket office to visit the Creative Cottage
 
Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, Holiday Party, December 8, 6 PM                                               
Kick off the holiday season with the second 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. 
 
Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, December 9 – January 1, 5:30 PM – 9 PM
NEW Guided Tours at 6:30 PM & 7:30 PM
The Estates holiday tradition continues with Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, Southwest Florida’s 35 year annual event.  The winter homes of the Edison and Ford families will be seasonally decorated.  NEW Guided Tours at 6:30 PM and 7:30 PM (special ticket) of the homes and gardens including period decorations and Edison and Ford family traditions.  The Estates Museum will be open every evening with special exhibits as well as nightly holiday performances by area students and groups.  Special discount nights available to Lee County Residents on December 9, 10, 11, and 12.  Group rates are available to groups of 20 or more people with advance reservations.

New Solar Education Station & Exhibit Opens

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 27th

 “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy.  What a source of power!  I hope we don’t have to wait  until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”                                                                                                       1931 Thomas A. Edison

Please join the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Inc.,
Florida Power & Light Company and special
guests at a dedication event commemorating
the Next Generation Solar Education Station
and exhibit at the Estates.
 
Thursday, October 28, 11:30 a.m.
 
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Boulevard
Larchmont Avenue Parking Lot
Fort Myers, Florida
 
RSVP (239) 334-7419
 
The project will provide the solar power to
operate the Hall of Invention in the Museum and
the new Alternative Energy Exhibit.  The program
will include a solar energy program by the Estates
Wild Wizard, tour and refreshments.

Decorating Begins for 2010 Edison & Ford Holiday Nights

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 21st

Volunteer decorating groups are beginning to gather to install decorations for the 35th annual Edison & Ford Holiday Nights at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.  Holiday Nights opens December 9 – January 1 and attracts visitors from all over the nation to see lights and decorations throughout the riverside homes and gardens of the famous families. 

 Decorators include:  Bailey’s General Store, Bennett’s Fresh Roast, Brinson family, Chris-Tel Construction Company, Creative Events, Courtyard by Marriott Gulf Coast Town Center, Jeanne Dozier,  Edison & Ford Winter Estates Volunteers, Edison Community Neighborhood Association, Thomas A. Edison Congregational Church, Edison Ford Winter Estates Foundation, Edison Inventors Association, The Edison Restaurant / June Pekol Realty, Edwards family, GE, Florida Power & Light, Dena Geraghty, Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Goetz & Stropes Landscape Architects, Hilton Garden Inn, Hope Hospice, Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau, Paradise Shops at Southwest Florida International Airport, Parker/Mudgett/Smith Architects, Publix at First Street Village, Royal Palm Yacht Club, Residence Inn by Marriott Fort Myers, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce, Margaret Sirianni, South Florida Water Management District, Southwest Florida Quilter’s Guild, SpringHill Suites by Marriott Fort Myers Airport, Smoot family and WGCU Public Media.
 
 “With the support of our business partners and friends this year, Holiday Nights will be spectacular,” said Chris Pendleton, Estates president & CEO.   “The historic site prides itself on recreating the holiday tradition in the days of the Edison and Ford families and their visitors.”
 
“In addition, there are many new surprises and the return of the successful favorites making this a ‘must do’ for families, residents, visitors and groups including NEW historic holiday tours at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.,” said Pendleton.
 
Edison & Ford Holiday Nights will be open nightly (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) with tickets on sale from 5:30 PM until 9 PM.  Tickets may be purchased in advance; Estates Members are free and also receive complimentary tickets.  Groups of twenty or more should reserve by telephone in advance to receive a group discount. Self guided tours: $15 for adults, $1 for children; historic guided tours:  $20 adults, $11 children (ages 6 -12).  Opening weekend (December 9, 10, 11, &12), all Lee County residents will receive $5 off admission of a self guided tour with proof of residency.  Check the Lee County Visitors Convention Center website at www.fortmyers-sanibel.com or the Estates website at www.efwefla.org for accommodations and related attractions discount packages.

Clothesline Quilt Show and Airing of the Quilts – October 30

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 15th

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and the Southwest Florida Quilter’s Guild will be “airing quilts” on clotheslines on Saturday, October 30 from 10 AM – 2 PM. There will be nearly one hundred quilts on display on clotheslines between the palms on the Edison estate, as well as antique cars, Edison era music, floor cloth demonstrations with Southwest Florida artist Marie Dyer, and workshops on textile care with the Estates Curator, Alison Giesen.

The show is a collaborative project of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, the Southwest Florida Quilter’s Guild and regional antique car clubs.  “Airing quilts was a regular fall activity more than a hundred years ago,” says Giesen.  “We are continuing the tradition of airing out quilts from the Estates collection as well as the new art quilts and personal collections of guild members.” 

Traditional live music performed by an old fashioned musician using the hammer dulcimer will be played on the Edison porch, handmade items will be available for purchase from Guild members and the Edison’s will be on hand to greet visitors.

The basis for the quilt exhibit at the Estates follows the interest of the Ford family in the early 1900’s as they collected quilts and other historical objects.  In fact, their interest grew so large that they created Greenfield Village in Dearborn Michigan, a museum complex established in 1929.    The collection extended from household objects and crafts to many important American buildings, among them the original Edison Research Laboratory from the grounds of the Edison Estate in Fort Myers. 

Henry Ford and his wife, Clara, collected, celebrated and displayed what industry created but also what ordinary folks had designed, produced and used during the previous two centuries.  In their efforts they created a museum complex on a massive scale.  Along with the wagons, buildings, machines and other examples of American life, they included quilts.  There was little question that quilts, often assembled from modest fabric scraps epitomized the resourcefulness of American women that the Fords so admired. 
Admission is FREE with an Estates Homes & Gardens Ticket and to Estates Members or $5 for Quilt Show only.  In the event of rain, the one day exhibit will be canceled.

Young Scientists & Inventors Fair for Homeschoolers

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 13th

The first annual Young Scientists & Inventors Fair at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be held on November 16, 2010 from 9 AM – 12 PM with an awards presentation at 1:30 PM.  The Inventors Fair is open to all 6th– 12thgrade homeschool and virtual students.  There is no cost to register for the Fair.  The Fair strictly abides by the rules and guidelines as defined by the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. 
 
Six students receiving the top awards will proceed on to the Southwest Florida Regional Fair, Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science & Engineer Fair held in January at Harborside Convention Center, as well as the opportunity to participate in state and international level competitions. 
 
A Homeschool Science Fair Projects Workshop is scheduled at the Estates on Tuesday, October 26, 10 AM – 12 PM.  The Workshop will include presentation skills and a “rehearsal” for the Fair.  During the Workshop, every student will have the opportunity to become a judge.  The cost to attend the Workshop is $10 for Estates Members, $15 for non members.
 
“The Young Scientists & Inventors Fair for Homeschoolers at the Estates offers a great opportunity for homeschool students interested in science to compete and advance to other levels,” says Glen Beitmen, Estates science educator and Wild Wizard presenter.  “The Fair gives homeschool students the opportunity to discover their scientific and technical talent as well as demonstrating their research in competition for awards.”
 
For information on Estates monthly homeschool programs and the Young Scientists and Inventors Fair for Homeschoolers contact the Estates Education Department at 239-334-7419.   Registration must be received by November 1, 2010.

Homeschool Programs at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 5th

Registration for Homeschool Classes at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is now open.  The Estates is a living lab where every class engages students in the sciences, arts, and history and encourages students to ask questions and discover the answers for themselves. 
 
Monthly classes begin September 24, 2010 from 1 PM – 3 PM.  The classes 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 by calling the Estates educational department at 239-334-7419.  Cost: Estates Members $5, non members $15, and includes one adult and one child, additional $5 per child.
 
The Estates Homeschool class schedule is the following:
  
Animals & Classifications, October 22
Learn about how animals are classified and explore mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, insects and arachnids.
 
Earth & Landforms, November 19
Explore the Earth both inside and out and see what our planet is made of.  Learn about natural physical features of the Earth’s surface.
 
HolidayScience, December 17
Students will invent their own toy and see the science behind Edison’s colored lights.  Participants will enjoy the grand finale of snowmaking.
 
Cars & Contraptions, January 21
Inspired by Henry Ford, learn about engines, simple machines and fantastic contraptions that will inspire any student to build their own.
 
Alternative Energy, February 18
Students will study alternative energy and learn different forms of non-conventional energy such as biomass, wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric.
 
Food Science, March 18
Discover everything it takes to produce food from harvesting, and cooking to consumption.
 
Chemistry Basics, April 15
Students will explore chemical changes, acids, bases and bonding atoms and participate in “mind blowing” experiments that make atoms and chemical reactions fun.
 
Body Systems, May 20
Learn how the eleven systems of the body work, how blood moves through the body, and what happens in your stomach when you eat an apple!
 
Estates Home School classes are led by Estates faculty and the Estates Wild Wizard.  Students and their families will have time to tour the Estate homes, gardens and laboratory on their own.
 
Home School groups with ten or more students may call to register for customized Estates Home School Classes offered upon availability with advance notice.