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Archive for April, 2013

Clara Ford Rose Garden to be Installed

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 29th

     Clara Bryant Ford, the wife of Henry Ford for 59 years, loved roses. Fair Lane, the Ford’s Michigan estate, had more than 350 varieties of roses and 10,000 rose plants in their five acre garden.

  Clara Ford Rose Garden    In honor of Clara’s birthday and Henry’s 150th coming up on July 30th, Edison Ford horticulture staff will be installing a small historic rose garden at The Mangoes, the Ford’s winter estate.

      The unveiling of the garden will be held in July in honor of Henry Ford’s 150th birthday. Funding for the Clara Ford Rose Garden, provided by Peggy Campbell, great-niece of Clara Bryant Ford.

 

Henry Ford Turns 150

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 27th

henry ford 150     On July 30th Henry Ford will be 150 years old and Edison Ford is planning a month long celebration with programs and activities throughout the month of July, as well as a new exhibit in the Museum. The exhibit will feature Ford’s contribution to the automotive industry including several of his 161 patents; a collection of historic photographs of

Henry Ford and the Ford family; artifacts and Ford inventions; as well as interactive hands-on displays.

 

 

 

Edison Ford Shoppe Preview Opening

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 26th

Edison Ford Shoppe
Preview Opening on April 26, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Shoppe Opens on April 27 regular mall hours
Bell Tower Shops #185, Fountain Courtyard

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We’re getting ready for the Grand Opening and we would like to invite you to join us for a private opening of our new Edison Ford Shoppe at The Bell Tower Shops. Beginning on Saturday, April 27 at 10:00 a.m., The Edison Ford Shoppe will open to the public on mall hours.
The Edison Ford Shoppe will be an offsite location for us and will feature unique, handcrafted and local items to purchase, information on how to visit Edison Ford and be part of the activities and also include an area for regular programs, author talks and book signings, artist demonstrations, food tastings, gardening demos and video programs.
Beginning April 27, call The Edison Ford Shoppe directly at 239-437-3754.
Please RSVP to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates at 239-334-7419.

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Register Now for Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 22nd

     Registration now for Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp beginning May 28 through August 2 in science, art and nature. Camps are separated by grade levels, 1st – 3rd and 4th – 6th. Camp Counselors can be 7th – College. Cost: Edison Ford Members $200; non-members $230. To register or for more information call the Edison Ford Education Department at 239-334-7419. To register on-line visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org/education/summer-camp2/ and download the required forms.

 • Time Travelers – May 28 – May 31summer camp1

 • Space & Rockets – June 3 – June 7 (FULL, grades 1 – 3)

 • Kitchen Chemistry – June 10 – June 14.  (FULL, grades 1 – 3 and 4-6)

• Animation – June 17 – June 21 (FULL,  grades 1 – 3)

• Movie Making – June 24 – June 28 (FULL, grades 1 – 3)

 • Engineering – July 8 – July 12 (FULL, grades 1 – 3)

• NEW Robotics at Edison Ford – July 15 – July 19.  (FULL, grades 1 – 3 and 4 – 6)

 • Physics in Motion – July 22 – July 26 (FULL, grades 1 – 3)

 • Smart in Art and Science – July 29 – August 2 (FULL, grades 1 – 3)

      A limited number of competitive scholarships are provided through donations. Students can apply for scholarships through the Edison Ford Education Department with a recommendation from a school teacher.

 Visit our Web site for further information and forms.

Edison Ford Celebrates National Arbor Day

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 18th

Edison Ford Tree Planting

Thomas and Mina Edison are joined in tree planting by Edison Ford garden patron, Berne Davis, and a member of the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council.

Thomas and Mina Edison are joined in tree planting by Edison Ford garden patron, Berne Davis, and a member of the Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council.

● April 26 – 10:00 a.m.

      In observance of National Arbor Day, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be planting a coconut palm tree on the Edison Estate to continue the restoration of this historic landscape of the two estates and historic McGregor Boulevard. The public is invited to join in the ceremony with students from the nearby Edison Park Creative and Expressive School for the Arts.

      Edison Ford has planted new trees every Arbor Day for many years and also added other trees throughout the year to maintain the old fashioned plants and trees on the historical site. More than a hundred years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Edison planted dozens of coconut palms at their tropical winter estate, locating most of them in the coconut grove along the river and along the McGregor Boulevard fence. Eventually the line of coconut palms extended to the Ford estate next door and became an important and recognizable feature of the Edison and Ford tropical gardens.

      Since 1872 Arbor Day has been a national holiday celebrated each year by planting a tree. The public can support the Edisonedison coconut grove mcgregor Coconut Palm Restoration Project by contributing funds to purchase a tree. Contributions are tax deductible and includes donation signage. For more information call 239-334-7419 or visit us on the Web.

 

 

 

Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower – Opens in April

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 11th

• KIDing Around with Edison Ford Wild Wizards – April 23, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

• Edison Ford Shoppe Opening – April 26

• Edison Ford Volunteer Meeting at Bell Tower Shops – May 14  

      Edison Ford will be opening a new off-site store at the Bell Tower Shops late April – December 2013. The Shoppe will function as an off-site Edison Ford Museum Store for bell tower logobooks, videos, garden, history and science merchandise, as well as provide general information about the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Monthly workshops, book signings, and demonstrations will be presented by horticulturists, authors, artists and staff, engaging shoppers to visit Edison Ford, participate in education programs, become a member or sign up to become an Edison Ford volunteer.

      Edison Ford will also be a regular part of the Bell Tower Shops monthly programing for children and families, KIDding Around at the Bell Tower Shops. Our first presentation will be Tuesday, April 23 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Every fourth Tuesday, look for the Edison Ford Wild Wizard team at Bell Tower Shops with hands-on science activities and presentations on a variety of topics for children and families.

      The Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops is located in the center courtyard by the fountain. Sales will benefit the education activities at Edison Ford including scholarships.

 

Edison Ford Homeschool – Space

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 8th

● April 15 or 19, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. (students grades 1st – 6th)

      Edison Ford offers a unique opportunity for homeschool families to learn together about the life and work of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and how our lives are impacted today by their genius. Students and their parents can enroll in a two-hour program with curriculum that follows the Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards. Homeschool students will learn about space through hands-on activities and demonstrations; build a rocket; and conclude the Edison Ford Homeschool program with a rocket launch! Registration required. Upon registration pre-visit curriculum materials will be emailed to registered families. Cost: Edison Ford Members $10; non-members $20 (one adult, one child) additional $10 per child.

 

Garden Talk – How to Grow and Care for Bamboo

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 7th

bamboo garden talk● April 13, 9:00 a.m.

     Bamboo growing in Fort Myers may have enticed Edison to purchase the property in 1885 and was a material that he used as a filament for the light bulb. Today many varieties of bamboo grow in the Edison Ford gardens.

      Join Edison Ford horticulture staff to learn how to plant, prune, care for, and maintain bamboo in containers or in the ground. Participants will receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe. Afterwards enjoy a tour of Edison Ford bamboo.

      Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5.

 

Girl Scout Badge Programs

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 6th

     Edison Ford Education Department provides unique Girl Scout badge programs for all ages. All Girl Scout programming is booked through the Program Specialist for Girl Scouts of Southwest Florida at 239-561-1800. For more information visit our Web page.

 Entertainment Technology

● April 6, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

      Girl Scouts will animate artwork, learn about sound and movie effects and make an amusement ride prototype. Participants receive a badge unique to the programming.

 Smarts in Artsgirl scouts

● April 6, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

     Girl Scouts will learn to see like an artist, through multiple mediums. The Edison Wild Wizard will have Scouts using the right-side of their brain to create unique masterpieces. The class ends with a Girl Scout Art Exhibition. Participants receive a badge unique to the programming.

 Science Investigation

● April 20, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

     Girl Scouts become detectives by solving different mysteries using normal everyday items. Scouts will look for clues, learn about DNA and Morse code, match fingerprints, and much more. Participants receive a badge unique to the programming.

Engineer & Invent

● April 20, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

      “To be a good inventor you need a good imagination and a pile of junk”, said Thomas Edison. Girl Scouts will become inventors, innovators and engineers while designing new and improved toys and products for home or school. Participants receive a badge unique to the programming.

 

Volunteer Appreciation

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 6th

Annual Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony

• April 9, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Royal Palm Yacht Club

      Edison Ford volunteers are invited to join staff and trustees of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates at the annual appreciation ceremony with entertainment, refreshments and presentation honoring and thanking volunteers.

     Reservations required and participants must be active Edison Ford volunteers in order to attend.

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Volunteer Positions Open:volunteer april 2013 newsletter

• School Group Docents

• Off-Site Volunteer for NEW Edison Ford Project

      Contact Volunteer Coordinators Holly Shaffer or Bobby Feldman at 239-334-7419 for more information.

 

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

May Volunteer Meeting – May 14, will be held at the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops