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The Edison Ford had some special visitors this morning!  James Denton, a.k.a. Mike Delfino on Desperate Housewives, stopped by the Edison & Ford Winter Estates with his family for a tour.

Actor James Denton of "Desperate Housewives," wife Erin, son Sheppard, daughter Mailin, cousin Sandy Barraco (Fort Myers) and uncle John Sheppard visit Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

The Edison Ford Wild Wizard Glen Beitmen joins the Denton family on a tour of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

Edison Ford Site Historian Marc Estabrook demonstrates the phonograph at the Edison Ford Museum to James Denton of "Desperate Housewives" and family.

Black Maria Film Festival starts Friday at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 27th

Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival

March 30, 7:30 p.m.  Edison & Ford Winter Estates
March 31, 7:30 p.m.  Edison State College

The Black Maria Film Festival celebrates Thomas Edison’s first motion picture studio and honors his pioneering work in cinema.

The Film Festival showcases independent and experimental film and video with a variety of works drawn from juried award-winning short films.

Tickets now on sale at the Edison Ford ticket office or call 239-334-7419.
March 30:  Edison Ford Members $5
Edison State College Students $5
General Public $8
March 31: Edison State College Students FREE
General Public $8
TWO NIGHT TICKETS $15

Dinner & the Movies
March 30 moviegoers can enjoy Dinner and the Movies along the Caloosahatchee River at sunset.  Dinner begins at 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Ford property.  For menu, price and reservations call the Edison Ford at 239-334-7419.  Seating is limited.

Dinner & the Movies – at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 22nd

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Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
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Photos:  Sunset at the Edison Ford, Enjoy Dinner & the Movies at Ford Estate

Dinner & the Movies – at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Black Maria Film Festival 2012
 FORT MYERS, FL(March20, 2012)- The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Edison State College will host the Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival for a sixth season.  The award winning festival will be held on March 30 at the Edison Ford; and March 31 at the Auditorium at the Richard H. Rush Library at Edison State College.

The Festival has the added attraction of being shown outdoors in the gardens of the Edison Ford.  In addition to the film festival, moviegoers can also enjoy dinner, take pleasure in the beautiful sunset along the Caloosahatchee River, and watch a series of award winning films and videos.

Dinner will be served on the historic grounds of the Ford Estate and include a choice of a pulled pork sandwich or platter, two sides (potato salad, baked beans homemade roll), vegetarian meal (roasted veggie couscous, salad and homemade roll), chocolate cake or lemon bars.  Prices vary and beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and reservations are requested by calling the Edison Ford at 239-334-7419.  Seating is limited.

Tickets for the Black Maria Film Festival may be bought in advance at the Edison Ford, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.    Tickets are $8 per evening for adults or both nights at $15.  Edison Ford Members will receive a $3 discount for March 30 show and Edison State College students are free on March 31. For more information call 239-334-7419 or visit the Black Maria Film Festival website:  www.blackmariafilmfestival.org
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 and Edison State College announce films
Black Maria Film Festival, March 30 and 31
Fort Myers, FL (March 13, 2012)The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Edison State College will host the Annual Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival for a sixth season.  The award-winning festival will be held on March 30, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and March 31, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at Edison State College.
Films at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates include:

Kudzu Vine by Josh Gibson, Durham, NC,  Jurors’ Stellar Selection
A train advances through a railroad crossing flanked by leafy sentinels… A radio program waxes lyrical to Georgia farmers on the kudzu vine’s many virtues.  Surreal and apocalyptic images of vines creeping forward, as much as a foot a day, resonate with an olden times afterglow as the radio broadcast recreates Kudzu Society programs, advocating the vine as the panacea for Dust Bowl erosion.  Photographed in black and white, and radiating with the luminance of early cinema, this ode to the climbing trailing and coiling species Pueraria lobata evokes the agricultural history and mythic textures of the South while paying tribute to the human capacity for improvisation.

4000 Gallons:  Daniel Johnston’s 100 Large Jar Project by Jay Yager, Sanford, NC,  Jury’s Citation
In this piece, which is wrought with irony about “large scale” production and “selling out,” artist Daniel Johnston  challenges himself and the system of mass production when he attempts the “100 Large Jar Project.”  This documentary records the process Johnston must go through as he makes 100 hand-thrown pots, each one beautiful and unique.  As the deadline draws near and tensions mount, both Johnston and the film raise questions about the possibility for an artist to create real art on a large scale.

Year, Make & Model by Marta Renzi, Nyack, NY
This inventive dance film incorporates a working auto repair shop as its location.  Hey, everybody, the party’s on at the local garage.  Work will go on in the shop as mechanics and dancers join forces and find groovy ways of inter-acting within this gritty workplace.

Heritage Chutzpah by Neil Ira Needleman, Katonah, NY
There’s a rumor in the filmmaker’s family that they are descended from a great 18thcentury Hasidic leader.  Needleman looks at his secular family today and says, “how can this be?” in this whimsical portrait of a family celebration.

Live Outside the Box by Shu-Hsuan Lin, Freemont, CA
The leading character in this jazzy animation is a workaholic with too little social contact.  His world is suddenly contracting as he finds that his “Main Street America” is succumbing to a “big box” mentality and nothing remains but corporate drudgery

Another Dress, Another Button by Lyn Elliot, University Park, PA
Spare, derelict buttons seem to collect with other flotsam and jetsam of life, collecting here and there helter-skelter forever waiting for someone to use them.  Animator Elliot takes her buttons on an artful spin, in this playful short work.

Be Filled With The Spirit by Mark Rogovin, Evanston, IL
Noted photographer Milton Rogovin photographed black storefront churches of Buffalo, NY in the mid 20thCentury.  Rogovin’s photos are in the collections of Library of Congress, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Center for Creative Photography, and he was interviewed on NPR in 2003.  W.E.B. DuBois endorsed the photographer’s pictures in an introduction to a collection published in APERTURE magazine.  This extraordinary film is a journey through time that also captures spirituals as recorded on site and released on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings in 1957.  The film features an introduction and lively commentary by the Dean of Howard University’s School of Divinity, Dr. Alton B. Pollard III and includes the NPR interview with Rogovin by the noted photographer/filmmaker Harvey Wang.

Choreography for Plastic Army Men by David Fain, Pasadena, CA
A witty, playfully animated music video featuring toy soldiers, perhaps with a double meaning, created to the instrumental track of ‘Ohayoo Ohio’ by the band ‘Pink Martini.’

No Wine Left Behind by Kevin Gordon, San Francisco, CA
This is an wholly engaging and rewarding documentary that tells the story of a young Iraqi war veteran, Josh Lanin, who returns home with his disarming personality intact and looking for a job.  He lands a lowly position at a winery where he learns the business and art of turning grapes into wine.  Lanin’s story is a truly refreshing and meaningful antidote to much of the troubling news about Veterans.

Films at Edison State College include:

Places Other People Have Lived by Laura Emel Yilaz, Los Angeles, CA, Jurors’ Stellar Selection
Places Other People Have lived is a mixed media animation exploring the relationship between memory and place.  Incorporating old photos, recorded interviews with family, and multiple animation techniques, the film deconstructs, room-by-room, a house that was a family home for more than 25 years.  What begins as a biography of a house, told through bittersweet yet sometimes whimsical anecdotes, turns quite poignant as the film reflects on how our histories seem to be left behind but still resonate when leaving another time and place behind.

Burning Star by Joshua Glen Solondz, Brooklyn, NY, Jury’s Choice
The filmmaker states, “Dedicated to my father, who asked that I make a more colorful work.  Made during my residency at the now defunct Experimental Television Center in upstate New York, Burning Star is a colorful implo/explosion of the twelve-sided star.  The title refers to Kenji Onishi’s A Burning Star.”

Dziad I Baba by Basia Goszcynska, Lexington, MA, Jury’s Citation
Two soul mates struggle with opposing fears of death and loneliness in this short dark comedy, which is based upon an old Polish fable.  An elderly couple live contently in a small forest until circumstances suddenly shatter their fairytale existence.  This gorgeous stop motion (animated) film features characters and a world created entirely from natural objects such as seedpods, animal skulls and crustacean claws.

Songs for Hellos and Goodbyes by Thomas Becker, San Francisco, CA, Jury’s Citation
This short video poem is dedicated to the fleeting relationships, which so often percolate through contemporary life.  Incorporating lines from gift card sentiments, nebulous bands of text slide across the film’s surface.  Stock phrases are mocked while more heartfelt ones such as “Thoughts are prayers” or “I hurt you” lead the viewer through the birth and death of a romance in this exploratory film. A second voice emerges to reveal a more authentic picture as a relationship blossoms, sours and evaporates.

Yelp, With Apologies to Allen Ginsberg’s Howl by Tiffany Shlain, Mill Valley, CA, Jury’s Citation
Technology can be addictive.  In a tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s classic 1956 poem, this short film reincarnates Ginsberg’s infections and rhymes but replaces his words with ones that lampoon additions of our generation.  Narrated by Peter Cayote.

A Declaration of Interdependence, Tiffany Shlain, Mill Valley, CA
Based on revamped words and the rhythms of the Declaration of Independence this renegade work actually pays tribute to the intent of a global humanist impulse that surely would have been endorsed by the Founding Mothers.  It’s a universal, and embracing declaration for all peoples.

Everything Is Going To Be Fine by Ryan Malloy, San Francisco, CA
This charmingly idiosyncratic consideration of society’s current maladies offers a refreshing tongue-in-cheek perspective on what one person might do or not do in the face of catastrophe.  Filmmaker Malloy’s personal anecdotal style leaves one bemused and reassured despite the tribulations of contemporary life.

Hill Dancers by Doug Cooper and Ryan Woodring, Pittsburgh PA
Set in 1960 in hilly Pittsburgh, this original work is a hybrid form which mixes live action recorded against a green screen and hand drawn industrial drawings by artist Doug Cooper.  Hill Dancers unfurls Grace’s story; she’s a devout daughter who loves to dance ballet on her porch to her muse, the sacred music of her church.  Her father runs a backyard auto repair shop.  Grace becomes infatuated with a young man who drives a convertible and loves doo-wop.  In a series of down hill chases and dances, the movie shows their brief romance.

Installation by Paul Donatelli, Laura Green and Sara Mott, Daly City, CA
Installation is a regal and captivating documentary about the construction of sculptor Richard Serra’s monumental, sensuously labyrinthine installation “Sculpture Sequence” at the Iris & B. Gerald Canto Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University.  In his “Industrial Strength” essay, in the June 11, 2007 edition of the “New Yorker” magazine, Peter Schjedahl states that Richard Serra’s work is “…an affair to big rusty things without practical use.  It evokes derelict ships, locomotives, and heavy-industrial factories.  It also recalls times when miracles of human invention were still spectacular…”  But this film is an ode to the organic beauty of Serra’s raw hard steel sculpture as the foundation work is laid with finesse by workers and riggers lift and fit the gigantic serpentine panels into place.

Live Outside the Box by Shu-Hsuan Lin, Freemont, CA
The leading character in this jazzy animation is a workaholic with too little social contact.  His world is suddenly contracting as he finds that his “Main Street America” is succumbing to a “big box” mentality and nothing remains but corporate drudgery.

Penultimate by Paul Meyers, San Francisco, CA
Artist Costas Schuler has an obsession.  He’s gone on-line inviting people to send in their unwanted pens.  What to do with thousands of pens becomes an insanely original art project that he can drive home in this black and white documentary.

Steam is Steam by Etienne Desrosiers, Montreal, Canada
It’s 1952 in Montreal, a time of innocence when Julian, an apprehensive teen, tags along with his friend’s father in a weekly ritual where they partake of the tradition-steeped Turkish baths.  Julian’s happy-go-lucky friend Samuel is quite at home in the dank male haunt, as he and his father relish their father-son bonding ritual.  The intimacy of the dim baths make for an oddly uncomfortable experience for Julian who may be awakening to an attraction to his friend basking the musty air.

The Festival is hosted by museums and colleges throughout the country and showcases independent and experimental film and video.  The films include a variety of contemporary works drawn from the annual juried selection of award winning films and videos.  The Black Maria is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Awards qualifying festival for short films.

Tickets are on sale at the Edison Ford ticket office.  Ticket prices:  March 30 – Edison Ford members and Edison State Students $5, non members $8.  March 31 – Edison State students FREE, general public $8.  Discounted ticket for both nights $15.  For more information and updates visit the following websites: Edison & Ford Winter Estates at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org, Edison State College at www.edison.edu/artsedison  and the Black Maria Film Festival at www.blackmariafilmfestival.org.

The Black Maria Film Festival, named after Thomas Edison’s first motion picture studio, honors Edison’s pioneering work in cinema.

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.

Clewiston and Lake Okeechobee – Sugarland, Museum, Farm and Birding Tour

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 9th

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Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419
Photo:  Excellent birding opportunity with Margret England, Hendry Glades Audubon at STA #5 and includes windshield tour of sugar factory

Edison & Ford Winter Estates – Director’s Tour, March 16, 2012
Clewiston and Lake Okeechobee – Sugarland, Museum, Farm and Birding Tour

Fort Myers, FL (March 9, 2012) Experience the history, nature and agriculture surrounding Florida’s most important water source, Lake Okeechobee with President & CEO Chris Pendleton, Edison & Ford Winter Estates; Phil Flood, South Florida Water Management District; Hunter Lathan, Clewiston Chamber, Sugarland Tours; and Butch Wilson, Director Clewiston Museum.

About a hundred years ago, the Edisons and Fords were exploring the lake area for connections to their rubber and plant research, fishing spots, and recreation.  The famous friends also met with sugar industry leaders to study agriculture and manufacturing and certainly learned about famous architect John Nolan’s plan to create an urban model for Clewiston, then known as “the city on the lake.” Henry Ford purchased nearby Fort Thompson for his agriculture plans, and the friends explored the Caloosahatchee and neighboring waterways.

Plans for the day include a windshield tour of the sugar factory, then on to the historic Herbert Hoover Dike followed by a lecture, lunch with Clewiston Mayor Rich Miller and tour of the Clewiston Museum (from mammoths to prisoner of war camps, sugar cane agriculture and plans for the city).  Wilson will take the group through areas not open to the public including USSC sugar factory and a large organic farm.  The tour will finish up at STA #5 with the Margret England, Hendry Glades Audubon for birding and Florida hydrology.  The annual Hendry Glades Audubon Festival is in March so it should be wonderful for bird watching. Cost: Edison Ford Members:  $90, Volunteers:  $85; non members $95.  Call 239-334-7419 for reservations. Includes transportation, lunch, behind the scene tours and refreshments.

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.

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Photo:  Historic levy construction, Director’s Tour to Clewiston on March 16

Edison & Ford Winter Estates – Director’s Tour
Clewiston and Lake Okeechobee – March 16, 2012

Fort Myers, FL (March 5, 2012) Experience the history, nature and agriculture surrounding Florida’s most important water source, Lake Okeechobee with President & CEO Chris Pendleton, Edison & Ford Winter Estates; Phil Flood, South Florida Water Management District; Hunter Lathan, Clewiston Chamber, Sugarland Tours; and Butch Wilson, Director Clewiston Museum.

About a hundred years ago, the Edisons and Fords were exploring the lake area for connections to their rubber and plant research, fishing spots, and recreation.  The famous friends also met with sugar industry leaders to study agriculture and manufacturing and certainly learned about famous architect John Nolan’s plan to create an urban model for Clewiston, then known as “the city on the lake.” Henry Ford purchased nearby Fort Thompson for his agriculture plans, and the friends explored the Caloosahatchee and neighboring waterways.

 Plans for the day include a windshield tour of the sugar factory, then on to the historic Herbert Hoover Dike followed by a lecture, lunch with Clewiston Mayor Rich Miller and tour of the Clewiston Museum (from mammoths to prisoner of war camps, sugar cane agriculture and plans for the city).  Wilson will take the group through areas not open to the public including USSC sugar factory and a large organic farm.  The tour will finish up at STA #5 with the experts for birding and Florida hydrology.  The annual Hendry Glades Audubon Festival is in March so it should be wonderful for bird watching. Cost: Edison Ford Members:  $90, Volunteers:  $85; non members $95.  Call 239-334-7419 for reservations. Includes transportation, lunch, behind the scene tours and refreshments.

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.

VOTE for Edison & Ford Winter Estates As AIA Florida Top 100 Buildings

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 6th

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates has been nominated as one of AIA (American Institute of Architects) Florida’s Top 100 Buildings.

We know we should win not only because of the history and original design by Edison and Ford but because of our award-winning restoration including our architect’s attention to excellence in design solutions to not only restore the historical integrity but to “do it a better way” whenever possible considering opportunities for sustainability, management of the buildings, and visitor and resident tours, programs and activities.  With the completion of the Edison Botanic Lab, there have been more than a dozen historic buildings, structures and garden areas restored and it is spectacular!

We know we are a winner, but now WE NEED EVERYONE’S HELP on this recognition.

Voting begins March 5 – April 6
www.aiaflatop100.org
CLICK YES for Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Vote as often as you like, no registration required.

A Sketch of Thomas Edison and the Development of the Motion Picture

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 6th

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Photos:  Thomas Edison was a pioneer in the film industry; “The Sneeze” the first copyrighted motion picture filmed at the Edison Black Maria Picture Studio

A Sketch of Thomas Edison and the Development of the Motion Picture
By John Columbus, Director, Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival

Fort Myers, FL (March 2, 2012) That the legendary Thomas Edison played a key role in the development of the motion picture, a medium which revolutionized the way we perceive and represent the world around us, goes without saying.  His vision helped liberate the creative spirit by crystallizing and applying a teamwork approach to research and development at his West Orange, NJ laboratory, a strategy which resulted in the medium as we know it today.

In October 1888, at his laboratory Edison announced his plan to invent “an instrument which does for the Eye what the phonograph does for the Ear, which is the recording and reproduction of things in motion.”

Edisons’ first motion picture apparatus, developed with the assistance of his employee William K.L. Dickson, featured a series of small photographs mounted on a cylinder, not unlike that of his phonograph.  The images were viewed through a microscope attached to the rotation cylinder.  This original device evolved into an apparatus that employed celluloid strip film.  The 35 mm film itself was obtained and co-developed through collaboration with George Eastman of the Eastman Kodak Company.  After more work, patent applications were made in 1891 for a motion picture camera, called a Kinetograph, and Edison started making motion pictures which were exhibited in his “peep hole” or “Kinetoscope” parlors.

In the winter of 1892, Edison’s team constructed the “Black Maria,” in West Orange where today stands a full scale replica of what was the world’s first motion picture studio.  The Black Maria gained its name from its resemblance to the police paddy wagons of the period.  Among the subjects filmed in the studio where “The Sneeze,” the copyrighted motion picture, which was also noted for the first close up, and a boxing match between James Corbett and Peter Courtney.  The beautiful, somewhat risqué, “Serpentine Dance” starring Annabelle Whitford was produced in the Black Maria.  Contrary to some impressions, Edison’s team also went out into the field and made documentary chronicles of real life as it presented itself as in “New Brooklyn to New York via the Brooklyn Bridge” (1899.

The world’s first commercial demonstration of Edison’s kinetoscope took place on April 14, 1894 at the Holland Bros. arcade on Broadway in New York City, not far from where Macy’s stands today. By the fall of 1894, Kinetoscope parlors, also known as “Nickelodeons,” had opened in cities throughout the US and Europe, including San Francisco, Atlantic City and London.

Meanwhile, Edison failed to patent his “peep hole” machine in Europe which allowed two Frenchmen, Lois and Auguste Lumiere to manufacture in 1895 a more portable camera and project – the Cinematographe – based on Edison’s machine.  The Lumieres’ device projected films onto a screen, a development which expanded the audience for motion pictures.   Among the Lumiere’s more noted early films were “Workers Leaving a Factory” and “Arrival of a Train,” which caused some audiences to fear being run over by the locomotive.  In response to the Lumieres, the ever resourceful Edison obtained the rights to a projector invented by C. Francis Jenkins and Thomas Armat in 1896.  And in November 1897, Edison introduced his own projector, the projectoscope, or projecting Kinescope, an innovation which helped revive the lagging kinestoscope business.

By 1900 the Edison Manufacturing Co. became a major producer of motion picture equipment and films.  To supply the growing demand, the company sent projection crews around the world to capture unusual sights and events.  These films were little more than travelogues of exotic locations, although company directors, particularly Edwin S. Porter, began to produce films with more complicated plots and narratives.  In December 1903, the company released Porter’s popular hit, “The Great Train Robbery,” which had location shots filmed near Edison’s laboratory in New Jersey.  Many subsequent films were produced at Edison’s studios in Manhattan (1901-1907) and the Bronx (after 1907).  Around the same time other movie studios emerged and began competing with Edison.   Partly in order to escape Edison’s grip, eventually these studios moved many of their operations to Los Angeles, e.g. Hollywood.  Soon thereafter they came to dominate the industry.

As time went on Edison became less directly involved in the commercial side of the business, although his team continued to experiment on film technology under his tutelage.  Edison led an unsuccessful effort to develop a color film process, and he conducted research on a working, if somewhat unwieldy system, to synchronize photograph recordings with motion pictures in order to produce sound films.

Edison also designed equipment which allowed consumers to exhibit films in their homes.  In 1912, he introduced his “Home Producing Kinetoscope.”  This device projected Edison Co. films and, as some would argue, freed the amateur film enthusiast who had no access to commercial theater exhibit.  In a later revised context, this strategy was revived by the independent film movement to which this day remains the inspiration for the Black Maria Film Festival.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Edison State College will host the 31st Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival, March 30 and 31 at 7:30.  For ticket information call 239-334-7419.  

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.

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6thAnnual Black Maria Film Festival Coming to Southwest Florida in March

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 1st

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Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
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photo:  Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival will be held on the Ford Estate on March 30 and Edison State College on March 31

6thAnnual Black Maria Film Festival
Coming to Southwest Florida in March
Fort Myers, FL (February 29, 2012)The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Edison State College will host the Annual Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival for a sixth season.  The award winning festival will be held on March 30, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and March 31, 2012, 7:30 p.m. at Edison State College, Lee campus.

The Festival has been touring the nation for 31 years and is hosted by museums and colleges throughout the country and showcases independent and experimental film and video.  The films include a variety of contemporary works drawn from the annual juried selection of award winning films and videos.  The Black Maria is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Awards qualifying festival for short films.

Tickets will go on sale March 1 at the Edison Ford ticket office.  Ticket prices:  March 30 – Edison Ford members and Edison State Students $5, non members $8.  March 31 – Edison State students FREE, general public $8.  Discounted ticket for both nights $15.  For more information and updates visit the following websites: Edison & Ford Winter Estates at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org, Edison State College at www.edison.edu  and the Black Maria Film Festival at www.blackmariafilmfestival.org.  In the event of rain on March 30, the Festival will be held inside the Edison Ford Invention Museum with limited seating.  Purchasing tickets prior to event is recommended.

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 – March 2012

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 1st

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Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419
Photos: Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival, March 30 at Ford Estate, March 31 at Edison State College; Director’s Tour to Lake Okeechobee and Clewiston, Lake Okeechobee c. 1926

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs – March 2012

Fort Myers, Florida (February 24, 2012) –In addition to tours and regular activities at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, there are special programs and activities to engage both visitors and residents throughout the week.

The month of March is highlighted with the return of the Thomas Edison Black Maria Film FestivalDirector’s Tour to Clewiston, Emerging Inventors Early Learning Classes, Home School Class, and Behind the Scenes Tours as well as a variety of other special programs throughout the month.  Call 239-334-7419 for additional information.

The March schedule of programs and events include:

Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp registration:
Registration is now open for Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp that begins May 29 – August 3 in science, art and nature.  Camps are separated by grade levels, 1st – 3rd and 4th – 6th.  Cost:  Students in the 7th grade and above can qualify as Summer Camp Councilors.  Registration:  Edison Ford Members, $200; non members $230.

May 29 – 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
March 1 and 15, 9 – 11 a.m.
Emerging Inventors Early Learners class is a child and parent learning class for children ages 1 – 3 years.  Each class includes first hand learning on the historical site as well as changing seasonal themes combining science, invention, reading and hands-on activities.  Edison Ford Members $5, non members $15 (one adult, one child) additional $5 per child.

Drawing in the Gardens:  An Introduction to Botanical Illustrations
March 2, 5 – 6 p.m. and March 3, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The two day workshop begins with an evening botanical tour with the Edison Ford horticultural staff to view plants and flowers and plan the next day drawing class.  Day two is instruction with artist Megan Kissinger in the gardens.  Megan’s work is featured in the Edison Caretaker’s Gallery and has been selected for national juried exhibition.  Cost: Edison Ford Members $50, non members $60; as well as $10 for supplies. Registration required.

Floorcloth Painting Class with Marie Dyer
March 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Artist Marie Dyer, best known for her vivid floral and still-life paintings, will teach participants how to transform a piece of unfinished canvas into a tropical and practical floor covering.  No prior painting experience is necessary.  Materials included.  Cost:  Edison Ford Members $70; non-members $75.  Registration required.

Edison Ford Garden Talk:  Heritage Butterfly Plants
March 10, 9 a.m.
Join Edison Ford horticulturists in the butterfly garden located in the Edison Ford Heritage Garden and learn how to create, plant and care for a butterfly garden in Southwest Florida as well as tips to make your garden butterfly friendly.  Edison Ford Members are FREE, non-members $5; all participants will receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

Home School: DNA Science – We are Family
March 12, 1 – 3 p.m.
Home School students will explore DNA, chromosomes and heredity.   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.

Monthly Volunteer Meeting
March 13, 9:30 a.m.
Learn about history, shopping and restaurants with Edison Ford staff and True Tours on a historical walking tour of downtown Fort Myers.  Volunteers will meet in the courtyard at 1412 Dean Street at 9:30 for coffee and the tour will begin shortly after.  Free parking is located under the bridge or volunteers can meter park at the Harborside Convention Center parking lot.  This is a regular monthly volunteer meeting.

Director’s Tour:  Clewiston and Lake Okeechobee
March 16, 8 a.m.
Experience the history, nature and agriculture surrounding Florida’s most important water source, Lake Okeechobee with Edison Ford President & CEO Chris Pendleton, South Florida Water Management District Manager Phil Flood, and Clewiston Museum Director, Butch Wilson.
About a hundred years ago, the Edisons and Fords were exploring the lake area for connections to their rubber and plant research, great fishing spots, and out of doors opportunities.  The famous friends also met with sugar industry leaders to study their agriculture and manufacturing activities and certainly learned about famous architect John Nolans’ plan to create an urban model for Clewiston, then known as the city on the lake.  Henry Ford soon purchased Fort Thompson for his agriculture plans and the friends explored the Caloosahatchee and neighboring waterways.
Plans for the day include a tour of the Herbert Hoover Levy and historic dike, lecture, lunch and tour of the Clewiston Museum (from wool mammoths to prisoner of war camps and sugar cane agriculture), and finish up at STA #5 with the experts for birding and Florida hydrology.  Registration required.  Edison Ford Members $90; Volunteers, $85; Non members $95.  Price includes transportation, lunch, behind the scene tours, refreshments and historical background lecture on trip to Clewiston.

Painting in the Gardens with Leoma Lovegrove
March 19 and 20, Edison Gardens
March 12 and 13, Lovegrove Gallery and Gardens, Matlacha
Artist Leoma Lovegrove’s work is well known for dazzling color and plein air style.  Lovegrove will teach two separate two-day sessions in the gardens at Edison Ford and also at her gallery and garden (Monet in Matlacha).  Cost for Edison Ford session is $300 and $250 for Edison Ford Members.  Call the Education Department (239)334-7419 for additional information or Lovegrove for details on class requirements (239) 822-4109.

Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival
March 30, 7:30 p.m., Edison & Ford Winter Estates on the riverside lawn RSVP for riverside dining options.
March 31, 7:30 p.m., Edison State College, Fort Myers
The award winning Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival will be back for a sixth season in Southwest Florida since the Festival began its national tour in 1981.  Film faculty of the Festival and College will introduce films and facilitate discussion afterwards.  The films included are short films including both animated and a variety of photography and film techniques.  Tickets may be bought in advance at the Edison Ford, 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.    Tickets are $8 per evening for adults or both nights at $15.  Edison Ford Members will receive a $3 discount for March 30 show and Edison State College students are free on March 31. For more information call 239-334-7419 or visit the Black Maria Film Festival website:  www.blackmariafilmfestival.org.

Behind the Scene Tours
Thursdays,  10:30 a.m.
Curators and staff lead a very special tour inside the Edison and Ford homes and the Edison Botanic Research Lab.  The Tours focus on history, conservation and antiques.  These unique tours are offered at no cost to Edison Ford Members and $40 for non members.  Tour space is limited and registration is suggested.

Sunday Brunch and Historic Tours of Edison Ford and Downtown Fort Myers
Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
Participants will step back in time at the homes, gardens, lab and museum at Edison Ford; learn the history of downtown Fort Myers with True Tours; and enjoy a delectable brunch at Vino De Notte Hotel Indigo in historic downtown Fort Myers.  For more information and reservations call 239-945-0405.  Cost:  $39.

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.