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October Programs at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 21, 2011


Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
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.

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