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Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419
Photo attachment:  Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, American Bus Association  Top Event, December 2 – 31.  Photo credit, Mike Shapiro Photography

American Bus Association Names Edison & Ford Holiday Nights
One of North America’s 100 Best Events in 2012
Event is a Ticket to Fun and to Critical Group Tourism Dollars

FORT MYERS, FLA.(September 23, 2011) The American Bus Association (ABA) announced that Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, to be held on December 2 – 31, has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2012 by an experienced expert tourism industry selection committee.  Inclusion in the Top 100 list, published as a supplement to the September/October issue of Destinations magazine, indicates that Edison & Ford Holiday Nights offers excellent entertainment value to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world, according to ABA.

“The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is honored to be selected as an ABA Top 100 Event,” said Lisa Sbuttoni, pr/marketing director.  “The thirty-six year event is a must-see tradition in southwest Florida.  During the holidays the homes and gardens of Thomas and Mina Edison and Henry and Clara Ford are seasonally decorated.  Visitors will also enjoy nightly music performances, special exhibits and the “Culinary Creative Cottage Shoppe.”  Groups of all ages are welcome to a self guided tour or a guided tour with an Estates site historian.  During the event, the Edison Ford is open until 9 p.m. throughout the month of December.”

With the release of the American Bus Association’s 2012 Top 100 Events in North America, ABA celebrates 30 years of the program.  What began as a way for Motorcoach operators to incorporate new product into their itineraries has grown to one of the most sought-after lists by travel professionals, Motorcoach operators and the general public.

“The attractiveness of Edison & Ford Holiday Nights as a don’t-miss entertainment value is only part of why its selection this year is such a distinction for The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel,” said Peter J. Pantuso, CTIS, ABA’s president and CEO.  “The real news here is that Edison & Ford Holiday Nights has been recognized as a potential magnet for tourism dollars, at a time when reenergizing domestic tourism is so important to our spirit and our economy.  The honor gives The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel an important boost in visibility among professional tour planners.”

According to studies completed by researches at The George Washington University and Dunham and Associates, one overnight visit by a motorcoach group can leave from US $5,000 to more than US $11,000 in a local destination’s economy.  Those dollars are spent on lodging, meals, admissions, fees, shopping, souvenirs, services and local taxes.

“Motorcoach groups spend more and stay longer,” Pantuso said.  “That’s why Edison & Ford Holiday Nights is truly a local economic asset.  There is no better way to jump-start tourism than to attract motocoach groups to a great event and convince them to extend their stay.”

ABA’s 2012 Top 100 Events Selection Committee selected Edison & Ford Holiday Nights from hundreds of event nominations submitted by ABA members.  Judges considered the events broad appeal, its accessibility to motocoaches and skill at handling large groups and a variety of other relevant criteria.

The Top 100 Events list is available online at hhp://www.buses.org/News-Publications/Top-100.

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.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

October Programs at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 21st

Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419
Photo attachments: Edison Ford Clothesline Quilt Show will be held on October 29; Homeschool and Virtual School Science Fair will be held on October 11; Amy Bennett Williams book signing and reading October 22

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs – October 2011

FORT MYERS, FL (September 20, 2011) – October at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the return of the Edison Ford Quilt Show – Airing of the Quilts, continuation of Garden Talks and Homeschool classes, a new monthly program for children (ages 1-3) Emerging Inventors Early Learning Class, as well as a variety of  children and adult programs throughout the month.  The October schedule of programs and events include:

NEW – Emerging Inventors Early Learning Class, October 6 – Halloween Time and October 20, Pumpkin Party 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates newest education program series is a child and parent learning class for children ages 1 -3 years and their parents to involve children and families in informal learning at the world famous historical site.  Grandparents and caregivers are invited and neighborhood groups are also encouraged to attend.  The classes are theme based and combine science, invention, story book reading and hands-on activities as well as immersion into the historic gardens, buildings and museum.  The Learning Class continues twice a month throughout the year.  Cost:  Estates Members $5, non members $15 each class.  Registration is recommended.

Garden Talk – Building a historical herb mound, October 8, 9 a.m.
Mrs. Edison grew herbs in her gardens including her favorite herb, nasturtiums.  She used herbs in many of her recipes.  Estates horticulturists will teach the basics of herb gardening and an alternative method of growing herbs with mound gardening.  Reservations not required. Estates Members are free, non members $5, all participants will receive a $5 gift certificate to be used in the Estates Garden Shoppe.

Estates Science Fair Workshop for Homeschoolers and Virtual Students, October 11, 10 a.m. – noon
The Edison Ford is hosting the 2nd annual Homeschool and Virtual Students Young Engineers, Scientists and Inventors Fair on October 25, 2012.  Homeschool and virtual students must enter to pre-qualify for the Thomas Alva Edison Kiwanis Science & Engineering Fair.  The Estates is offering workshops throughout the year to assist students with their science projects.  The workshops focus on choosing a science fair topic, conducting the experiment, documenting results and designing a science fair display board.  Cost:  $5.  Call the Estates Education Department at 239-334-7419 to register.

Monthly Volunteer Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation, October 11, 9:30 a.m.
Join Edison Ford volunteer staff and Florence Keen Sansom, who was born in the Edison Caretaker’s House in 1917, and the subject of Denege Patterson’s book, Edisonia Native Girl.  Sansom will present “A Heart-to-Heart Conversation,” chronicling her childhood, gardens, artwork and Florida in the 1920s. This is a regular monthly volunteer meeting and mandatory training for all new Estates volunteers but potential volunteers are also welcome.

Homeschoolers: Powerful Plants, October 18, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
From plant cells to photosynthesis, homeschooled students will learn the significance of plants in everyday life as well as the important plant research Thomas Edison conducted at this Fort Myers estate.  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 children $5 per child.   Program recommended for grades 1- 6.

Quilting and Stitchery Demonstration, October 22, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Quilters from the Southwest Florida Quilter’s Guild and members of the Southwest Embroidery Guild will demonstrate quilting and stitching and will be available to answer questions.  Items will be available for purchase.  The Quilters are preparing for the Estates Annual Clothesline Quilt Show on October 29, 2011, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Demonstration is FREE with purchase of Estates Complete Tour ticket.

Reading and Booksigning with Amy Bennett Williams, October 22, 1 p.m.
Meet Amy Bennett Williams, editor of the Fort Myers News-Press Tropicalia magazine and author of the new book “Along the Caloosahatchee River” at the Edison Ford Museum for a book signing and reading.  Williams will be available to answer questions after the reading.  “Along the Caloosahatchee River” is available for purchase in the Edison Ford retail shops or at the Edison Ford online store.

Homeschool and Virtual School Science Fair, October 25, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Awards Presentation at 1 PM
The second annual Homeschool and Virtual School Science 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 as well as the opportunity to participate in state and international level competitions.  Registration is required.  There is no cost to register.

Clothesline Quilt Show and Airing of Quilts, October 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and the Southwest Florida Quilter’s Guild will be “airing their quilts” on clotheslines in front of Seminole Lodge, the winter estate of Thomas and Mina Edison.  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, 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.

Edison Garden Market vendor space available, November 19 & 20
The 4th annual Edison Garden Market has space available for plant growers, fruit producers, garden art and garden supply vendors.  The Edison Garden Market attracts nearly 1,000 gardeners and visitors looking for unique and historical garden items including flowering trees, tropical plants and fruits, bougainvillea, orchids, roses bromeliads, palms, cactus, herbs, bonsai, bamboo, fruit, ginger, and butterfly plants as well as garden art, home and gardening supplies. For more information contact the Estates Garden Shoppe at 239-334-7419.

NEW Mobile websiteThe Edison & Ford Winter Estates launched its first mobile website in August.  The site helps visitors find information including directions, tours, and what to see at the Edison Ford.  Included on the site is a direct link to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel website (www.fortmyers-sanibel.com) to assist visitors in planning a trip to southwest Florida.  The new mobile site also allows visitors to connect with the Edison Ford social networking sites and access to the online store.  The mobile website can be accessed by visiting www.edisonfordwinterestates.org on any smartphone or tablet.

Mrs. Edison’s Old Fashioned Recipe for Mina’s Deviled Crab

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 18th

Old Fashioned Recipe for Mina’s Deviled Crab

1/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon dried mustard
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 eggs
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup cream
2 full cups crab meat
½ cup celery and little red peppers if desired

Cream butter and add flour, mustard and blend together; then add everything else.  Put cream in last with the crab meat and be sure to blend them well before putting them in shells.  Sprinkle with buttered bread crumbs and bake in moderate oven until brown.

The Edisons’ recipes were written during their lifetime, therefore the directions, measurements and styles of the recipes reflect the period in which they lived and their personal tastes.  Because the recipes are original for the times, you will want to read them carefully and experiment liberally.  We know you will enjoy a look at heir lives as well as their scrumptious recipes.

Our collection of vintage recipes can be found in Edison’s Family & Friends Recipes which is available in the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Museum Store or online at http://www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/store/Edisons-Family-Friends-Recipes.html.

Nosh Truck at Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 17th

Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419

Nosh Truck at Edison & Ford Winter Estates
FORT MYERS, FLA. (September 17, 2011) Beginning this fall, visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates will enjoy fresh and innovative cuisine from The Nosh Truck on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 3:30 pm.  located under the world famous Edison Ford Banyan Tree.  The “Inspired Street Food” menu is designed to be fun and diverse while using the freshest ingredients.   Picnic tables in the Edison Ford public gardens provide a one of a kind dining experience.  The Nosh Truck is located in the public gardens and the general public is welcome to have lunch at the Edison Ford at no admission charge.  Group reservations may be made in advance.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates CEO appointed to Visit Florida Committee

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 15th

Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419
Photo attachment:  Chris Pendleton, president & CEO, Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Edison & Ford Winter Estates CEO appointed to Visit Florida Committee
FORT MYERS, FLA.(September 14, 2011) – Chris Pendleton, president & CEO of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates has been appointed to the Cultural Heritage Committee of VISIT FLORIDA, the official tourism marketing corporation for the State of Florida.  The Committee works to increase Florida visitors and promote the growing interest in cultural heritage and nature based tourism.

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.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Emerging Inventors Early Learning Classes at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 9th

Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419
photo attachments:  NEW Emerging Inventors Early Learning Classes at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates for parents and children (ages 1 – 3) begins this fall

NEW – “Emerging Inventors Early Learning Classes”  
Set to begin at 
 Edison & Ford Winter Estates  
FORT MYERS, FLA(September 7, 2011) The Edison & Ford Winter Estates newest education program series is a child and parent class for children ages 1 – 3 years and their parents to involve children and families in informal learning at the world famous historical site.   Grandparents and caregivers are invited and neighborhood groups are also encouraged to attend.
The classes will be themed based and combine science, invention, story book reading and hands-on activities and include immersion into the historic gardens, historic buildings and museum.  The Learning Classes will be offered year-round twice a month from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and parents can select specific dates or come regularly.

The fee for class (includes one parent and one child) is $5 for Estates members; $15 for non members; $5 additional child.  Reservations are requested by calling the Estates Education Department at 239-334-7419.  Classes will not meet during May – September to allow for summertime family vacations.

October 6– Halloween Time
October 20 –Pumpkin Party
November 3 –The Wheels on the Ford
November 17 –Gobble Gobble
December 1– Soaring in the Sky
December 15 – See Santa
January 5 –Joyful Jumping
January 19 –Funky Fish
February 2 –Lots of Lights
February 16– Bubble Mania
March 1– Fun Flowers
March 15– Edison & Ford Animals
April 5– In the Garden
April 19 –Fantastic Fruit
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.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Launches Mobile Website

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 8th

Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419

Photo attachment:  Edison & Ford Winter Estates mobile site:  www.edisonfordwinterestates.org

Edison & Ford Winter Estates launches mobile website

FORT MYERS, FLA.(September 2, 2011)The Edison & Ford Winter Estates launched its first mobile website in August.  The site helps visitors find information including directions, tours, and what to see at the Edison Ford.  Included on the site is a direct link to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel website (www.fortmyers-sanibel.com) to assist visitors in planning a trip to southwest Florida.  The new mobile site also allows visitors to connect with the Edison Ford social networking sites and access to the online store.  The mobile website can be accessed by visiting www.edisonfordwinterestates.org on any smartphone or tablet.

Later this fall the Edison Ford plans to launch a mobile app that will allow visitors more interactive information about the historical homes, gardens, lab and museum.

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.edisonfordwinterestates.org.