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Estates Antique Car Show – Saturday, February 5, 10AM – 2PM

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 30th

Join us at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates for the Antique Car Show.

Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 10AM to 2PM

Nearly 100 antique Ford cars, trucks, and other vehicles.

Clara & Henry Ford leading informal tours.

“Henry Ford & The Model T” presentations at 11AM and 1PM.

$5 Admission, Estates Members FREE

February at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with Thomas Edison’s Birthday Celebrations, Estates Antique Car Show, and the continuation of Sneak Peek and Boat Tours as well as a variety of other special programs throughout the month.  The February schedule of programs and events include:

Registration for Edison & Ford Winter Estates Inventor’s Summer Camp begins in FEBRUARY
The Estates Inventor’s Summer Camp is back again this year and the Wild Wizard is here all summer long.  Camp begins on June 13, 2011 and runs through August 5, 2011.  Camps are open for grades 1 – 6 depending on session.  Campers will make movies, become science detectives, launch objects into orbit, construct bridges and animate their own short films.  Registration forms are available on line at www.efwefla.org or are available at the Estates.  Estates Members $200; non members $230.  For more information on specific topics, dates and times contact the Estates Education Department at 239-334-7419.

Etiquette at the Estates:  Mina & Mimi’s Manners, February 5, 11 AM
Mina Edison, wife of Thomas Edison, was a gracious hostess and interested in the well being of children and the community.  Following in this tradition, Etiquette at the Estates, includes one day (two hour) lessons in etiquette and social skills.  Children will learn proper introductions, handshakes and dining etiquette during a three course meal.  Class will be taught by Suzanne Willis who has been teaching similar classes at the Ritz-Carlton hotels throughout the nation.  Registration required.  Estates Members $40; non members $50. 

Edison & Ford Antique Car Show , February 5 , 10 AM – 2PM
Nearly 100 antique car collectors will display their antique cars throughout the Ford Estate. Other activities during the day include live music, food available for purchase on the Ford Cottage Terrace, Mr. & Mrs. Ford leading informal tours of the Ford Estate.  Cost is FREE to Estates Members and $5 for non members. 

Antique Car Show Model T Tour and Lecture, February 5, 11 AM & 1 PM
Learn the history of Henry Ford and his automobiles first-hand through the Estates collection.  Participants will tour the Ford Estate and meet 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.

New Volunteer Orientation, February 8, 9:30 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.

Edison 164th  Birthday Morning  Celebration,  February 11, 10 AM
Celebrate Edison’s birthday at the Estates with the staff, distinguished guests and Edison Park Elementary School students who will perform music from the Edison era.  Performance begins at 10:00 AM with cake to follow. The birthday celebration is FREE
 to the public.

Edison 164th Birthday Evening Celebration, February 11, 5:30 PM – 8 PM
In honor of Thomas Edison’s 164th birthday the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Museum will be open and will offer FREE admission to the public from 5:30 PM – 8 PM.   The Estates Inventors Museum has an impressive collection of inventions and artifacts, special exhibits, archives and video documentaries on the lives of the famous inventors, Edison and Ford.  Invention demonstrations and informal tours will be offered throughout the evening. 

Home Schoolers:  “Alternative Energy” February 17, 1 PM – 3 PM
Home schooled students will study alternative energy and learn about different forms of non-conventional energy such as biomass, wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric.  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.

Art in Bloom, February 27, 1 PM – 5 PM
An exhibit of art and floral design in collaboration with the Estates and the Fort Myers – Lee County Garden Council.  The exhibit combines art pieces with living arrangements of flowers and plants.  Estates Members FREE, non members $5

NEW Boat Cruises & Tours, Wednesdays, 10 AM – 4:30 PM
The Estates and Captiva Cruises will be offering Boat Cruises & Tours from Captiva Island to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.  The NEW cruise tour will provide a unique look at the Caloosahatchee River and its importance ecologically and culturally, a great view of the Estates from the water, lunch at a private club and a tour of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.  Ticket cost is Estates Members $60 adults, $50 children (ages 12 and under); non members $70 adults, $60 children (ages 12 and under) plus tax and includes cruise, lunch and tour of the Estates.  Seating is limited and reservations are suggested by calling 239-472-5300.   Customized private tours can be scheduled for groups, departing from various locations any day of the week.  For more information contact Captiva Cruises (239) 472-5300. 

Behind the Scene Tours, Thursdays,  10:30 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 “Behind the Scene Tours” space is limited and registration is required.
 
The Estates is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Estates is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.efwefla.org.

Behind the Scenes Tours Inside the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 18th

On Thursdays at 10:30 AM, beginning January 13, 2011, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates begin the popular new tour,  Behind the Scenes Tours inside the Edison and Ford homes for season.   The unique tours are offered at no cost to Estates Members and $40 for non members. 

The exclusive daytime tours take visitors behind the scenes upstairs to the rooms occupied by the Edison and Ford families.  Participants will view unique interior architecture features, learn about the ongoing historic restoration efforts and gain an enhanced perspective of how the Edison and Ford families enjoyed their Southwest Florida Estates. 

Due to the intimate nature of “Sneak Peek Tours” space is limited and registration is required.

To become an Estates Member call the Estates Membership office 239-334-7419, or visit the website www.efwefla.org and fill out a membership application to receive free admission to the Estates and hundreds of museums and gardens throughout the United States and Canada; discounts in the Museum Store, Garden Shoppe and Ford Cottage Shoppe; invitations to special programs; discounts on classes, children’s camps and educational programs; and an inside look into the homes of two of the nation’s greatest inventors and their families.

Art Classes in the Gardens at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 7th

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be offering a series of adult art classes in the Estates gardens beginning in January and continuing throughout the new year.  The January schedule of classes include:

Drawing in the Gardens:  An Introduction to Botanical Illustrations with artist Megan Kissinger, January 7 (5 PM – 7 PM) and January 8 (9:30 AM – 3 PM)
The two day workshop begins with a guided botanical tour with the Estates Plant Curator to familiarize participants with the Estates blooming fruits and flowers.  Day two is instruction with artist Megan Kissinger in the Estate gardens.  A compliment class, Advanced Botanical Illustration is available January 21 & 22.  Cost: Estates Members $50, non members $60; as well as $10 for essential supplies. 
Floorcloth Painting Class with Marie Dyer, January 15, 10 AM – 2 PM
Artist Marie Dyer, best known for her vivid floral and still-life paintings, will teach participants how to transform a piece of unfinished floorcloth into a tropical delight.  No prior painting experience is necessary.  Materials included.  Cost:  Estates Members $70; non-members $75. 

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Estates Education Department at 239-334-7419.  Space is limited.  
 
The Estates is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Estates is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.efwefla.org.

2nd Annual Chrysalis awards program

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 7th

The Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Inc. are seeking nominations for the second annual Chrysalis Awards to honor businesses and individuals who have positively impacted the local community.

Award nominations are due on February 26, and are open to any member of the local business community, regardless of whether or not they are directly a part of the tourism industry. Award recipients will be announced at a jointly hosted Celebration of Business & Tourism Awards Luncheon and Trade Show on May 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers.

The event, co-produced by the VCB and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber and held to commemorate National Travel and Tourism Week, celebrates the value of tourism and the community teamwork involved in maintaining and enhancing tourism as a major economic engine for the county. The event also is part of the VCB’s year-round Team Tourism informational program to strengthen destination teamwork.

The awards, designed to foster a stronger alliance between the tourism industry and the county’s business community, will honor recipients in the categories: Business Development, Eco-Innovation, Cultural Achievement, Education, Sports and Sales & Marketing. A seventh award category is the VCB’s long-standing Junonia Award, created to recognize those individuals who have positively impacted the local tourism community by demonstrating unique capabilities, leadership, commitment, and dedication.

A panel of local business community leaders will judge nominations and select one award recipient in each of the six categories; and, as in past years, the Junonia will only be awarded at the sole discretion of the VCB. Business and individual nominees for the six Chrysalis Awards will be judged on their innovation in their respective category, how they have distinguished themselves in the community, the results of their efforts to promote the destination, their contributions to business and tourism partnerships for the overall benefit of the county, and their work to foster growth and sustainability.

“Destination visitors often spark future leisure visits, conventions, relocations and other business opportunities. The Chrysalis Awards signify an ongoing partnership between the business and tourism communities to ensure that continues to happen,” said Tamara Pigott, VCB executive director. “By partnering, we are working together to help the business community gain greater awareness of the tourism industry’s role in our economic livelihood, while helping tourism partners better understand the needs and role of the larger business community.”

 Pigott said the awards committee chose the name Chrysalis for the program because it signifies the final stage before a butterfly emerges from its cocoon, the metamorphosis in which its growth and differentiation occur. Committee members see it as an appropriate symbol of the desire to build and foster a stronger strategic partnership between tourism and the larger business community.

While the VCB has always pooled its resources with those of local chambers for the common good of the destination, this is the first such alliance between the VCB and a local chamber. In addition, all local chambers are involved with the new program.

“We’re celebrating our work together to create stronger relationships that encourage new visitors and ultimately new businesses for our area,” said Marietta B. Mudgett, executive director of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, whose organization initiated the joint program. “Tourism and business partnerships improve community growth, encourage vacationers to our destination, and create job opportunities for our citizens. Ultimately, pooling our resources for the good of the community and the destination is vital in this ever-changing economic climate.”

The Celebration of Business & Tourism Awards Luncheon and Trade Show where the awards will be announced will feature a trade show from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the awards luncheon will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Costs to attend the event are $35 for a single admission and $300 for a reserved table for eight attendees.

Those who wish to exhibit in the trade show will pay $160, which includes two admission tickets. The event is projected to attract about 400 attendees. Those who wish to nominate a business or individual to receive a Chrysalis Award can visit the Team Tourism section of www.LeeVCB.com, where they also can register for event attendance and trade show participation through a link to the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Web site at www.fortmyers.org.

For questions or further event details, contact either Christine Davlin at the VCB at cdavlin@leegov.com or (239) 338-3500, Glee Ann Agius at the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce at GleeAnn@fortmyers.org or (239) 332-2930, ext. 211, or Colleen DePasquale, event chairperson, at colleen.a.depasquale@marriott.com or (239) 332-4747.