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Governor Rick Scott and family visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 29th

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Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
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Governor Rick Scott and family visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Fort Myers, Florida (December 28, 2011) Florida Governor Rick Scott, his wife Ann, daughter Jordan and son-in-law Jeremy toured the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida, December 28,2011.  Edison Ford CEO & President, Chris Pendleton and Curator, Alison Giesen gave Florida’s first family a tour of the newly restored riverside homes and gardens as well as the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory.

In the Edison Caretaker's House at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers, Florida; the Scott family view "The Past in Paintings, the Edison & Ford Era" exhibit with work by Florida artists Florence Keene Sandsom, Buell Lee Whitehead and Megan Kissinger. The exhibit continues through Spring 2012.

The restoration of the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers, Florida is complete. Governor Rick Scott and wife Ann enjoy a "behind the scenes tour" of the Lab with President & CEO, Chris Pendleton.

Governor Rick Scott takes time to speak with the King family, visiting from the Bahamas at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida on December 28, 2011.

Governor Rick Scott is greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Edison at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers, Florida on December 28, 2011.

Governor Rick Scott and wife Ann take the time to speak with Mississippi family visiting the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers, Florida on December 28, 2011.

Governor Rick Scott and family enjoy a tour in Fort Myers, Florida of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates; historic homes, gardens, lab and museum with President & CEO Chris Pendleton and Curator Alison Giesen. The Edison Ford has completed restoration of the site and received the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Trustee Emeritus Award for Excellence and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Award of Excellence.

Under one of the nations largest Banyan trees, Florida Governor Rick Scott and family, Mrs. Edison, Mr. Edison, Edison Ford President & CEO Chris Pendleton and Curator Alison Giesen begin their tour of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida.

Edison & Ford Holiday Nights open through December 31

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 27th

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Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
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Photo:  Edison & Ford Holiday Nights continues through December 31st.  Photo by Kristin Brandt

Edison & Ford Holiday Nights open through December 31
Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Fort Myers, FL(December 27, 2011)- Edison & Ford Holiday Nights at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates continues through December 31, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m..  During the holidays the homes and gardens of Thomas and Mina Edison and Henry and Clara Ford are seasonally decorated.  Throughout the day visitors have the option of a self guided tour or a guided tour with an Edison Ford site historian.  Special holiday traditions tours are at 6 and 7 p.m.  Hammered dulcimer musician, Richard Blasich will be performing nightly 5:30 – 8 p.m.

On January 1, 2012 the Edison Ford begins regular business hours, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with guided or self guided tours throughout the day.

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 Winter Estates Programs –January 2012

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 27th

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Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
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Photos: Annual Edison Ford Tropical Bridal Fair on January 22; Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp registration begins January 2; Botanical Illustrations with Megan Kissinger begin January 13. 
Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs –January 2012

Fort Myers, Florida (December 23, 2011) –January at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the return of the Edison Ford Tropical Florida Bridal Fair, “Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer & the Light Bulb” exhibit opening and a Director’s Tour to Palm Beach as well as a variety of other special programs and activities throughout the month.   The January schedule of programs and events include:

Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp registration begins:
Registration for Inventor’s camp opens January 2, 2002.  Week- long camps begin May 28 – August 3 with a variety of topics in science, art and nature.  Camps are separated by grade levels, 1st – 3rd and 4th – 6th.  Cost:  Edison Ford Members, $200; non members $230.  To register or for more information call the Edison Ford Education Department at 239-334-7419.
May 28 – June 1 Super Solar Scientists
June 4 – 8   Space & Rockets
June 11 – 15   Kitchen Chemistry
June 18 – 22  Animation
June 25 – 29   Movie Making Magic
July 9 – 13   Eager Engineers
July 16 – 20  Time Travelers
July 23 – 27  Physics in Motion
July 30 – August 3  Smarts in Arts

Emerging Inventors Early Learners, January 5 & 19, 9 – 11 a.m.
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.

Monthly Volunteer Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation, January 10, 9:30 a.m.
Author Charles LeBuff, J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Images of America and Sanybel Light: An Historical Autobiography has been a resident of Sanibel Island for 47 years.  LeBuff is a noted sea turtle conservationist and served as Refuge Biologist at “Ding” Darling for 32 years.  LeBuff will discuss his books and adventures on the Island.  This is a regular monthly volunteer meeting and mandatory training for all new Edison Ford volunteers but potential volunteers are also welcome.

Drawing in the Gardens:  An Introduction to Botanical Illustrations with artist Megan Kissinger, January 13, 5 – 7 p.m. and January 14, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The two day workshop begins with a guided botanical tour with the Edison Ford horticultural staff to familiarize participants with the blooming fruits and flowers.  Day two is instruction with artist Megan Kissinger in the Edison Ford gardens.  Cost: Edison Ford Members $50, non members $60; as well as $10 for essential supplies. Registration required.

Edison Ford Garden Talks:  Seasonal Winter Plants, January 14, 9 a.m.
The Edison and Ford families grew many varieties of vegetables, plants and herbs in their gardens when they wintered each year in Southwest Florida.  Edison Ford horticulturists will teach participants the basics of seasonal winter plants and which vegetables will thrive during the season.  Edison Ford Members are FREE, non-members $5; all participants will receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer & the Light Bulb exhibit opening, January 16
An exhibit celebrating the life and work of African American inventor and Edison employee, Lewis Latimer opens on January 16 in the Edison Ford Inventor’s Museum and at the Black History Museum in Fort Myers.

Homeschool: Matter Matters, January 18, 1 – 3 p.m.; January 20 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 1 – 3 p.m.
Homeschool students will explore the building blocks of the universe as the Edison Ford Wild Wizards discuss atoms, molecules and elements with a focus on solids, liquids and gases.  Students and their parents can enroll in a two hour program with curriculum that follows the Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards.  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.

Director’s Tour to Palm Beach, January 21, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Palm Beach in season has been a winter tour destination since Henry Flagler brought the railroad there a century ago.  The tour begins at the Flagler Museum and Whitehall Estate which has recently expanded to include the Henry Flagler railroad car and new gallery areas.  After lunch, the tour will move to the historic Society of the Four Arts Gardens and the adjacent Hulitar Sculpture Gardens.  Directors Tours include transportation, snacks, tours and lunch.  Registration required.  Cost:  Edison Ford Members, $90; Edison Ford volunteers, $85; non members $95.
Additional Directors Tours include:
• February 25 – St. Petersburg – Dali Museum and Chihuly Gallery
• March 17 – Clewiston – Museum and behind the scenes driving tour
• April 14 – Lake Wales – Bok Tower

Edison Ford Tropical Florida Bridal Fair, January 22, 1 – 4 p.m.
The fourth annual Edison Ford Tropical Florida Bridal Fair will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Ford Estate, Southwest Florida’s premier wedding location.  With breathtaking water views, historic gardens and romantic sunsets the Edison Ford is a perfect location for your special day.  Over 40 wedding professionals will be available to assist you as well as a bridal fashion show, prizes, catering showcase and much more.  Cost: $5, FREE to brides who register at www.fortmyersbridalfair.com.  Event is sponsored by Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Creative Events/Taylor Rental in Fort Myers.

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.

Mrs. Edison’s Old Fashioned Recipe for Ginger Snaps

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 18th

Old Fashioned Recipe for Ginger Snaps

2 cups brown sugar
2 cups molasses
1 cup shortening
4 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves

Heat and bring to boiling point sugar, molasses, shortening (part of which should be butter), ginger, cinnamon and cloves.  Remove from fire and cool.  In the meantime, mix and sift the salt and flour and stir part of it into cooling mixture.  Dissolve the soda in a tablespoon of warm water and beat into the mixture then stir in the remainder of flour.  Roll out to about ¼ inch thickness on a floured board and shape with a floured cutter.  Place on small buttered tins allowing space for spreading.  Preheat oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Put in oven and bake for 7 minutes.

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.

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Photo attachments:  Edison & Ford Holiday Nights Tree Trail free to the public, open through Dec. 31

Edison & Ford Holiday Nights 2011 Children’s Tree Trail
In Heritage Gardens December 2 – 31

Fort Myers, FL(December 6, 2011) Edison & Ford Holiday Nights Children’s Tree Trail located in the Edison Ford Heritage Gardens is open and FREE to the public, through December 31, 2011.  The Children’s Tree Trail is a holiday tradition during Edison & Ford Holiday Nights with handmade ornaments on trees created by Lee County students.

The following schools have decorated a tree for the 2011 holiday season:

Allen Park Elementary; Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. Elementary; Caloosa Middle; Cape Coral High; Challenger Middle; Colonial Elementary; Cypress Lake Middle; Edgewood Academy; Edison Ford Homeschoolers; Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts; Estero High; Fort Myers Beach Elementary; Franklin Park Elementary; Harns Marsh Elementary; Heights Elementary; Island Coast High; Manatee Elementary; Mirror Lakes Elementary; North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts; Orange River Elementary; Patriot Elementary; Pinewoods Elementary; Ray V. Pottorf Elementary; Royal Palm Exceptional Center; San Carlos Park Elementary; Skyline Elementary; St. Andrew Catholic School; St. Francis Xavier; Tanglewood Elementary; Three Oaks Elementary; Trafalgar Elementary; Trafalgar Middle; Treeline Elementary; Tropic Isles Elementary; Varsity Lakes Middle; and Veterans Park Academy for the Arts.  Support provided by the Lee County Foundation for Public Schools, Lee Art Teachers Association and Golden Apple Teachers.

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.  The Children’s Tree Trail is free to the public.

Edison & Ford Holiday Nights 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.

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.