Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
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.