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Archive for January, 2013

Painting in the Edison Gardens with Leoma Lovegrove

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 31st

leoma classMarch 12 and 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Join Leoma Lovegrove to discover the excitement of Van Gogh, Monet, Cezanne and others and see why painting outdoors is so popular.  The two day workshop begins with painting and learning principles of impressionism using acrylics.  Participants will have the opportunity to tour the Edison gardens.  Workshop will teach the basic principles of painting trees, landscapes, flowers, pathways, people and nature with impressionistic and abstract style.  Leoma teaches professionals and beginners side by side.  This is her only workshop in Southwest Florida.  Leoma’s studio and Lovegrove Gallery & Gardens are located on historic Matlacha Island.  Her works are displayed at Edison Ford and in other galleries throughout the world. Her art is instantly recognizable for its exuberant technique and tropical color palette.

Cost:  Edison Ford Members, $230; non-members, $300.

2013 Volunteer Meeting Schedule:

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 31st

February 12 – Downtown Fort Myers River District Update

     We’ll join Don Paight, River District Director at the Greater Fort Myers Chamber on the waterfront at 2310 Edwards Drive. He will speak about the waterfront project. Following this program, join staff from True Tours, Edison Ford Curatorial Staff, and Edison Ford Historians for a walking tour of the new basin and River District shoreline. (Downtown Fort Myers)

 March 12 – Great Women Exploring Nature: How Wild Florida influenced their lives

     Linda Taylor, author of Great Women Exploring Nature and experienced outdoor guide will present a program discussing the ties of great women in Florida’s past to nature, and includes our own Mina Miller Edison. Copies of Linda’s book will be available for sale and to have signed.

     Sanibel Island Books – Christine Lemon, Sanibel Island resident and author of Whisper from the Ocean. Her books will be available for sale and to be signed. (Lecture Hall – 2301 McGregor Blvd. – with parking)

 April 9 – Annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

     The celebration will take place at The Royal Palm Yacht Club at 1:00 p.m. Awards, refreshments, prizes, and more!

 May 14 – The Wild Wizard and Muckers Present

     The eighth annual Summer Inventor’s Camp will begin in a few weeks and our team of wizards and muckers will bring science fun to share with the volunteers. It will inspire you to volunteer at Camp this summer. (Lecture Hall – 2301 McGregor Blvd. – with parking)



Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 28th

Books and children’s items like robot kits, games and experiment sets are our top sellers.

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     The new Edison Ford Gift Card is a great way to give your favorite student a gift of his/her choosing – for any amount.


     FIRST Lego League is an international competition that includes robotic challenges, a presentation project, a technical challenge and a core value competition for students.

      Four homeschool students, who called themselves the Edison Lego Ninjas, were led by Edison Ford Education Coordinator, Pearce Augustenborg  and Edison Wild Wizard, Glen Beitmen. Winning the tournament championship in Lakeland this past December qualifies the team to compete in the regional championship in Tampa. Support of the team was provided by the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and The Veranda Restaurant.

 Good Luck Edison Lego Ninjas!

 First Lego League

2013 Edison Ford Summer Camp Registration is OPEN

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 26th

     Summer camp is back again this year with new and exciting programs! The site is a living lab, where each project or activity challenges campers in the sciences, art and nature to ask questions and discover the answers for themselves while having fun.

      Two camps are being held each week from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and are separated by grade levels (1st – 3rd and 4th – 6th). Competitive needs-based scholarships aresummer camp Jan 2013 update available as provided by donations. Apply through Edison Ford Education Department with a recommendation from a school teacher. For students above 6th grade, contact Edison Ford or click here for Junior Counselor applications to earn volunteer hours.

      Parents can pick up registration forms at Edison Ford or contact the Education Department to register at 239-334-7419, or  Click here to download camp registration forms and information. Cost for the first week – Edison Ford Members $170; non-members $200; all other weeks Edison Ford Members $200; non-members $230.

 Camp Schedule:

  • Time Travelers – May 28 – May 31

     Campers will take full advantage of Edison Ford site by operating inventions, learning some of history’s mysteries with scavenger hunts and research, build time capsules, and re-enact famous moments from the past.

  •  Space & Rockets – June 3 – June 7

     The final Frontier! Campers will explore the outer reaches of the universe with our resident spaceman and will visit planets, collect samples, float on our Lunar Lander, build rockets, and much more.

  •  Kitchen Chemistry – June 10 – June 14

     This mind-boggling camp is a combination of the best experiments the Wild Wizard has to offer. Campers will learn how to take everyday things found in the kitchen and make them do amazing things. Top it off with a cookout including

homemade and root beer floats!

  • Animation – June 17 – June 21

     The perfect mix of science and art. Campers will learn improvisation, comedy techniques and basic acting to develop original characters, write their own story, choose animation styles, and make a short film. The films are edited and put on a DVD for campers to take home and share with the whole family.

  •  Movie Making – June 24 – June 28

     Act, direct, operate the camera, and build sets. Campers will study Foley art (sound effects), movie magic (special effects), and script writing. Every camper will receive a DVD of their final film.

  •  Engineering – July 8 – July 12

     “To be a good inventor you need a good imagination and a pile of junk,” said Thomas Edison. Edison Ford will supply the junk and jump start the imagination. Campers will use recycled materials and develop green inventions and much more.

  •  NEW Robotics at Edison Ford – July 15 – July 19

     Explore the world of robotics by designing, building and programming robots of all different sizes and shapes. Students will work in teams as they learn new applications of robotic technologies. Robots will stay at Edison Ford.

  •  Physics in Motion – July 22 – July 26

     Get up and start moving while we have fun with physics through mini-golf, rocket cars, slinky sound effects and other challenges that exercise your mind and body. This camp will explore the world, large and small, from atoms to outer space.

  •  Smart in Art and Science – July 29 – August 2

     Have fun expressing yourself through multiple mediums including legos, post-it notes, and organic materials. Let your creativity take over while exercising the right side of your brain to learn to see as artists. Friday graduation will be a celebration of creativity with the Edison Inventor’s Summer Camp Art Exhibition 2013.


Behind-the-Scenes Tours Every Thursday

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 25th

• NEW Time 11:00 a.m. beginning January 3, 2013

      A Behind-the-Scenes Tour takes you inside and up close in the Edison and Ford homes led by Curator staff and includes the homes, gardens, lab and museum. Ticket cost: FREE to Edison Ford Members; non-members $40.

      Space is limited and reservations are suggested by calling 239-334-7419.

      Groups can schedule special days and times, call for availability.


Edison Bulbs Light Up the Decorating World

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 24th

lightbulbBeginning his earliest experiments with electric lighting in 1878, Thomas Edison is the forefather of the modern lighting industry—his advances, including the improved incandescent light bulb, have transformed the way we live our lives today. While subtly changing over time, the design of Edison’s light bulb has become an iconic image of American innovation.

Today, Edison bulbs are making a resurgence in stylish homes and businesses—they are at the center of “industrial chic” décor, focusing on the nostalgia and simple design of everyday items like Edison’s beloved bulb. Often, the light bulbs are paired with modest, unornamented fixtures, highlighting the beauty of the brightly glowing filaments inside each bulb.

Did you know that the Edison Ford Winter Estates Museum Store carries specially-made reproductions of Edison bulbs? A choice of four different styles authentically replicate Edison bulbs produced prior to the turn of the 20th century.

Click here to visit the Edison Ford Museum Store


Travel Photography

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 24th

● February 21, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

     Travel photography is one of the most rewarding hobbies; not only do you get to show off your photography skills but you can re-live your favorite memories. Join professional photographers Paul Rodino and Dave Maki to learn how to achieve better photos no matter what type of camera you use. Cost: Edison Ford Members $75; non-members $95.

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Floorcloth Painting Class

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 19th

● February 16, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

     Florida artist, Marie Dyer will teach a variety of techniques using brushes, sponges and Edison Ford botanicals that even the most inexperienced painter can use to create their own one-of-a-kind floorcloth. Cost: Edison Ford Members $70; non-members $75.


Drawing in the Gardens

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 15th

● February 9, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

     Join artist Megan Kissinger in the historic Edison Ford gardens and be inspired. Workshop includes classroom instruction, time to illustrate in the gardens and encouraging critiques at the end of class. Cost: Edison Ford Members $50; non-members $60.  Call 239.334.7419 to register.