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Archive for November, 2011

Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Photo attachments:  Edison & Ford Estates, Holiday Nights 2010, photo credit:  Mike Shapiro

Edison & Ford Holiday Nights 2011 opens December 2
with discounts to Lee County residents

Fort Myers, FL(November 28, 2011) The 36th annual Edison & Ford Holiday Nights at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates opens December 2 at 5:30 p.m. with discounts to Lee County residents.

December 2, 3, 4, and 5 the Edison Ford will offer $5 off self-guided tours during Holiday Nights to Lee County residents.  The resident discounts can be used from 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Residents seeking the discount need proof of residency.

During the holidays the homes and gardens of Thomas and Mina Edison and Henry and Clara Ford are seasonally decorated, the Edison Ford Inventor’s Museum and Edison Botanic Research Lab are open and nightly entertainment at 7 p.m. is provided by school and community groups.

Tickets for a self guided tour are $15 for adults and $1 for children (6 -12); guided tours are $20 for adults and $1 for children (6 -12).  Groups may schedule guided or unguided tours from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and will receive a discounted group rate.

Edison & Ford Holiday Nights was chosen one of the top 100 events in the nation by the American Bus Association.

December 2011 Events & Programs at the Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 29th

Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Photos:  Creative Cottage opens with NEW Edison Ford Fruit Tea and other delectable gift items, Edison Ford Holiday Nights opens December 2, Holiday Hands-On Science Days at the Edison Ford

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs –December 2011

Fort Myers, Florida (November 22, 2011) –The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is open from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. during the month of December with Holiday Nights opening December 2.  Other programs include Holiday Hands-On Science Days, Edison Ford Garden Talks and a variety of other special programs and activities throughout the month.  The December schedule of programs and events include:

Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, December 2 – 31, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Holiday tradition continues with Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, Southwest Florida’s 36 year annual event.  The winter homes of the Edison and Ford families will be seasonally decorated.  Guided Tours at will be offered 6 & 7 p.m. (special ticket) of the homes and gardens including period decorations and Edison and Ford family traditions.  The Edison Ford Inventor’s 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 2, 3, 4 and 5.  Group rates are available to groups of 20 or more people with advance reservations.  Edison & Ford Holiday Nights was chosen one of the top 100 events in the nation by the American Bus Association.

Edison Ford Holiday Nights Children’s Tree Trail, December 2 – 31, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Every year the area’s students and art teachers create unique ornaments and decorate the special Tree Trail in the Heritage Garden.  This year the trees feature recycled materials and light bulbs, of course.  The Tree Trail is FREE to the public.  Support from the Lee County Art Teacher’s Association, and Lee Foundation for the Public Schools.

Emerging Inventors Early Learners:  Soaring in the Sky, December 1, 9 – 11 a.m.
Henry Ford built cars and invented the assembly line in America.  Children will learn  about  Ford antique cars and take apart a replica  Model T. Emerging Inventors Early Learners class is a child and parent learning class for children ages 1 – 3 years.  The class includes immersion into the buildings, museum and gardens.  Each program is theme based and combines early science, invention, story book reading and hands-on activities.  Edison Ford Members $5, non members $15 (one adult, one child) additional $5 per child.

Emerging Inventors Early Learners:  See Santa, December 15, 9 – 11 a.m.
Get an up close opportunity to meet and greet Santa this holiday season.  Early inventors will have lots of time with Mr. Claus.  Emerging Inventors Early Learners class is a child and parent learning class for children ages 1 – 3 years.  The class includes immersion into the buildings, museum and gardens.  Each program is theme based and combines early science, invention, story book reading and hands-on activities.  Edison Ford Members $5, non members $15 (one adult, one child) additional $5 per child.

Edison Ford Garden Talks:  Holiday Container Gardening, December 10, 9 a.m.
The Edison and Ford families grew many varieties of plants and herbs on their winter estates and many of them were planted in containers.   Edison Ford horticulturists will teach participants the basics of container gardening, which plants compliment each other, as well as how to create a holiday gift container for friends and family.  Edison Ford Members are FREE, non-members $5; all participants will receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

Monthly Volunteer Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation, December 13, 9:30 a.m.
Join Edison Ford staff and kick off the holiday season in the Edison Caretaker’s House with Curator, Alison Giesen.  Alison will discuss how holiday traditions originated, as well as the history of a Florida Cracker Christmas.  Special guest, Robin Gretz from Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida, will discuss the Book Buddy Program.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring a child’s book to donate to the Coalition. This is a regular monthly volunteer meeting and mandatory training for all new Edison Ford volunteers but potential volunteers are also welcome.

Doug MacGregor, Artist, Cartoon Illustrator and Guest Santa, December 13, 16 and 23, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Join Santa (Doug MacGregor) in the Edison Caretaker’s House Education Center to create a personalized holiday drawing to take home. Free with Admission.   Santa Doug will also sign his latest book available in the Edison Ford Shops, Get Creative, Turn on the Right Side of your Brain.

Homeschool:  Seasonal Science Spectacular, December 14, 1 – 3 p.m.; December 16 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 1 – 3pm
Get ready for holiday hands-on fun including computer card graphics, snow cone making, cloud creation station, dreidels and much more. 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. Program recommended for grades 1 – 6.   Edison Ford Members $5; non members $15 (one adult, one child) additional $5 per child.

Edison Ford Artists & Authors Night, December 18, 6 – 8 p.m.
Looking for the perfect gift for the person on your list who has everything?   Creative Cottage Artists and Authors will personalize artwork and books for a one-of-a-kind gift and participants can sample the NEW Edison Ford Fruit Tea.  Edison Ford Members are FREE; shopper passes will be issued at the Edison Ford ticket counter for non-members.

Holiday Hands-On Science Days, December 27 –30, 9:00 a.m.  – 4:00 p.m.
Take a trip to the past and learn how the Edison and Ford families celebrated the holidays.  Participants will make unique presents, cards, decorations, test toys and invent games as well as prepare for a blizzard while making snow cones, as they engage in holiday science experiments.  On December 30th, every hour students will enjoy a different cultural New Year celebration from around the world!  Registration required.  Program recommended for grades k -6. Four days – Edison Ford Members $170, non members $200; one day – Edison Ford Members $50, non members $55.

The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Edison Ford  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 Open Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 23rd

Fort Myers, FL – The Edison Ford Winter Estates will be open Thanksgiving Weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on regular schedule 9 – 5:30 and closed for Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25, 2011.

The Edison Holiday Creative Cottage will open for the season and for the new ‘small business weekend.’ It features a new exhibit of regional Old Florida artwork as well as things like the new Edison Ford Fruit Tea, books and art by Floridians, children’s items and treasures for all ages and interests.

For more information about the site, Edison Ford Holiday Nights, children’s camps and programs, tours and cruises, call 239.334.7419 or the website at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Mrs. Edison’s Old Fashioned Recipe for Corn Flake Cookies

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 18th

Old Fashioned Recipe for Corn Flake Cookies

Whites of 2 eggs beaten stiff
1 cup of pecans and a few black walnuts cut in pieces
½ cup sugar
2 cups toasted corn flakes

Beat egg whites stiff, adding sugar gradually.  Fold in nuts and carefully fold in corn flakes so as not to break them.  Drop on greased tin and bake in very slow oven.

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.

Boat Cruises & Tour Return for Season at the Edison & Ford with Captiva Cruises

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 3rd

Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419
photos:  Cruise up historic Lee County waterways with Captiva Cruises to the newly restored homes and gardens at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates beginning November, 16.

Boat cruises & tour return for season
Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Captiva Cruises
F ort Myers, FL (November 2, 2011) The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Captiva Cruises will be offering Edison Ford Boat Cruises & Tours from Captiva Island beginning Wednesday, November 16, 2011.  The Boat Cruise & Tour will be offered every Wednesday during season.  The cruise tour shows the importance of the Caloosahatchee ecologically and culturally, includes a view of the Edison and Ford estates from the water, lunch at the private yacht club and guided tour of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

Schedule of the tour includes:
• 10 AM – depart from McCarthy’s Marina,11401 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island; hour and a half cruise from Roosevelt Channel, past Sanibel Island, and up the Caloosahatchee River to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates
• 11:45 AM – lunch at  private yacht club overlooking the Edison Ford and River
• 1 PM – guided tour of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates
• 2:45 PM – depart from the dock at the yacht club
• 4:30 PM – arrive back to McCarthy’s Marina

The cruise is on a 45’ boat equipped with an on board restroom, refreshment bar, sundeck and canopy cover.  The narrated cruise tells the story of Florida’s earliest settlers from Spanish explorers, the booming cattle trade, fishing settlements and early pioneers, to Thomas Edison’s early explorations of Southwest Florida and the importance of the ecology of the river to our environment today.

“Cruising to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates from Captiva Island is a wonderful opportunity to discover the ecology of the Back Bay Estuary and the cultural history of the area.  Pine Island Sound and the River have been vitally important to Southwest Florida for centuries,” says Paul McCarthy, president, Captiva Cruises.

After lunch passengers will enjoy a private guided tour of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, one of the top ten most visited historic sites in the nation.  Having just completed a $12 million restoration, the Edison Ford received the top award for preservation from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“Visitors will enjoy the twenty acres of gardens, historic homes, Edison Botanic Research Lab and Edison Ford Museum, as they glimpse into the lives of two of the nation’s most innovative inventors of our time.   Edison arrived at Punta Rassa in 1885 and cruised up the River to Fort Myers by boat, where he purchased land along the Caloosahatchee and built his home, known as ‘Seminole Lodge.’  The Edison and Ford families enjoyed the beautiful waterways of Southwest Florida, often fishing, shelling, boating and exploring our beaches,” says Chris Pendleton, Edison Ford president & CEO.  “Guests will step back in time to experience ‘old Florida’ just as the Edison and Ford families did over 100 years ago.”

Ticket cost is $75 adults, $65 children (ages 12 and under) plus tax and includes cruise, Edison Ford admission and lunch.  Seating is limited and reservations are suggested by calling 239-472-5300.  Private tours and charters can be scheduled for groups, clubs, and corporate events any day of the week.  On these private expeditions, special arrangements may be made for the group’s luncheon at a private yacht club.   The time, as well as the location of the “cruise departure,” may also be customized to meet the client’s needs.  Other docking and marina facilities in Lee County (in addition to Captiva) may serve as the group’s boarding location.  Inquiries can be made with Captiva Cruises charter coordinator.

The Boat Cruise and Tour is a fully guided adventure for nature, history and outdoor lovers but also leisurely enough for all ages and interests.  Flat shoes are suggested for walking and wheel chairs are available at the Estates.  Jackets, hats, cameras, binoculars, and sunglasses are suggested.

The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Edison Ford 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.