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July Volunteer Activity

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 29th

Edison Ford Monthly Volunteer Meeting and Program – Henry Ford, 150 Years of Innovation

•  July 9, 9:30 a.m. – Edison Ford Museum

     Join Edison Ford Curators for a sneak peek of the NEW exhibit opening, Henry Ford 150 Years of Innovation, in the Edison Ford Museum on July 30, 2013. Curators will share interesting facts about Ford that they learned while researching for the exhibit.   

     Meeting and lectures are open to current Edison Ford volunteers, potential volunteers, and the public. For additional information contact the Volunteer Department at 239-334-7419.


Fourth of July at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 28th

     Thomas Edison claimed that the Fourth of July was his “favorite holiday.” He would devote the entire day to his children, waking up early to set off fireworks and enjoying ice cream and watermelon. Celebrate the Fourth at Edison Ford with an audio or site historian tour; demonstration on Edison’s “favorite invention,” the phonograph; and enjoy lunch at The Banyan Refreshment and Picnic area by Everglades BBQ. Reservations not required.

 Fourth of July Menu

 •  House smoked pulled pork sandwich with slaw – $7.00

 •  House smoked pulled pork nachos with hot melted cheese sauce, sour cream, sliced red jalapenos and chipotle drizzle – $7.00

 •  Nachos with hot melted cheese sauce and sliced red jalapenos – $5.00

 •  Jumbo hot dog and chips – $6.00

 •  Organic frankfurter and chips – $5.50

                      Complimentary non-alcohol beverage with purchase of above entree

 •  Red, white and blue parfait – $3.00

 •  20 oz. Pepsi soda products – $2.50, 20 oz. Aquafina water – $2.00

 •  Domestic and craft beer – $5.00

 •  Chardonnay, Cabernet – $6.00


President’s Update ~ Chris Pendleton, President & CEO

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 27th


president report     We know that in the summer months, we have lots of visiting family groups including our Florida travelers and  international visitors. This summer, the new tours will be a “must do” for local families as well as traveling visitors.

     At a glance our summer family programs include:

     Sundays – Inside the Lab and Hands-on Museum Tour that includes up-close information in the Edison Botanical Research Laboratory and hands-on activities in the Museum.

 Sundays & Mondays – River Cruise and Tour includes a one hour cruise of the Caloosahatchee and audio tour of the site and museum.

Tuesdays – Afternoon curator talks with visiting Curator John Kurdyla and Edison Ford Conservator of the Phonograph Collection Jim Niccum. Come listen and make music.

 Thursdays – Behind-the-Scenes Tour with Edison Ford Curators inside the homes and lab.

 Saturdays – Edison Ford Mucker/Young Inventor’s Tours focus on the inventions of Edison and Ford with hands-on activities for all ages.

      Summer activities at Edison Ford are generally weather directed. With the improvements in the Museum and even more focus on hands-on science, there is always a way to shift the schedule to accommodate the storms. It is always good to call and speak to a staff member on the day of your visit and check out our website for options www.edisonfordwinterestates.org. Be sure to request the Student Quiz.

Summer Season at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 27th

• Boat Cruises & Tour Return for Summer Season – NEW Days and Times

  ● Sundays and Mondays – 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., Noon and 1:00 p.m.

     The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Captiva Cruises will be offering Edison Ford Boat Cruises and Tours on Sundays and Mondays beginning July 7 and 8 throughout the summer season. 

      The cruise tour shows the importance of the Caloosahatchee River ecologically and culturally, a view of the Edison Ford from the water; and includes an audio tour of the Edison Ford estates and gardens, as well as admission into the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory and Edison Ford Museum.

      Cost: Edison Ford Members $20; non-members: Adults $40, Children (ages 6-12) $30. Tickets may be purchased at the Edison Ford ticket office.

      Group rates are available with a minimum of 15 people.  For more information call Edison Ford at 239-334-7419.

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• Daily Tours

      Summertime is a great time of year to visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Every day of the week visitors have the option of an Historian-Led Tour, Audio Tour in English, German, Spanish or French, or a Lab and Museum Tour.

 • Historian-Led German Language Tour – Wednesdays – 10:30 a.m.

      Historian led tour of homes, gardens, lab and museum in German. Cost: Adults $25, Children (ages 6-12) $15. Tours in French and Spanish are available for groups with advance reservations.

 • Behind-the-Scenes Tour – Thursdays – NEW Time for Summer 10:30 a.m.

      A Behind-the-Scenes Tour takes you inside and up close in the Edison and Ford homes led by curatorial  staff, includes the homes, gardens, lab and museum. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $40. Space is limited and reservations are suggested by calling 239-334-7419.

 • Edison Ford Mucker/Young Inventor’s Tour – Saturdays  – 11:00 a.m.

      Children of all ages will have fun while participating in hands-on science activities based on the inventions of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Activities include an assembly line, phonograph demonstrations and much more.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE, non-members Adults $12, Children (ages 6-12) $5.

 • Inside the Edison Lab/Museum Hands-on Science – Sundays  – 2:00 p.m.

      The Edison Research Lab will be open for a behind-the-scenes program. This “insider” program includes demonstrations with inventions inside the museum with hands-on activities featuring the phonograph, ediphone, movies, making rubber polymer, batteries, the assembly line and other inventive activities.

      Edison Ford Members and the public can call ahead to find out which inventions will be featured each Sunday or to reserve space as it’s limited.

      This is a great program for families and “inquiring minds” of all ages.

 Tickets are:

   • Edison Ford Members: $10 donation per family.

   • Non-members: Adults $30 and Children $5 (ages 6 – 12), audio wand included. One adult required for every two children. Participants will receive a 10% discount on all “invention items” – including    books, science kits, and toys.

   • Other groups can register for special times and rates with advance reservation.

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• KIDding Around – “Smarts In Arts”

  • July 23, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

      Join the Edison Ford Wild Wizard at the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops and learn about Edison’s work with solar energy and film.

 Special Phonograph Programs Tuesdays in July

      On Tuesday afternoons beginning July 9 (also available on July 16 and 23) at 1:00; 2:00; and 3:00 p.m., John Kurdyla, Edison collector and guest curator, will present talks about Edison’s favorite invention, the phonograph, along with Jim Niccum conservator of the extensive collection of phonographs and sound inventions at Edison Ford, as well as Fred Stebbins volunteer and retired mechanist.  The talks are FREE for Members and FREE with paid museum admission for non-members. Groups larger than ten should call for special times and days as space is limited for the public programs.

 Wednesdays in July

     Every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. throughout the month of July join Edison Ford site historians and curators for a gallery talk; “Henry Ford and the Automobile” in the Edison Ford Museum.


Adult Education Programs

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 20th

Plein Air Impressionism Workshop with artist Leoma Lovegrove

● Two Day Impressionism Workshop – November 4 & 5, 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.

      Join Leoma Lovegrove to discover the excitement of Van Gogh, Monet, Cezanne and others. See why painting outdoors is so inviting and popular. The workshop begins in the Edison Ford Education Center where you will paint and practice the principles of Impressionism using acrylics, participants then tour the lush gardens of Thomas Edison, while Leoma personally critiques each artist’s work through the painting process.

      This workshop will teach the basic principles of painting trees, landscapes, flowers, pathways, people, and nature with an Impressionistic and abstract style. Lovegrove plans to unlock the artist within you and teaches beginners and professionals side-by-side so experience is not necessary.

      Space is limited – ONLY 12 spaces per class. Registration required. For more information contact the Education Department at 239-334-7419.

      Cost: Edison Ford Members $230; non-members $250.

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Looking for the “Perfect” Father’s Day Gift?

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 8th

    edison with hat The Edison Ford Museum Store, Ford Cottage, Garden Shoppe and the new Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower all have great items for every Dad.

      Books, such as Randy Wayne White’s Ultimate Tarpon Book and other literature Dads will enjoy, as well as Model T cars, neckties, hats and original artwork from other Florida artists are available in the retail shops and sure to please any Dad (like Edison wearing our Genius cap).

      A great gift for Dad that lasts ALL YEAR LONG is an Edison Ford Membership which includes unlimited visits to Edison Ford as well as FREE and/or discounted admission to more than 760 reciprocal museums and gardens throughout the nation. Members also receive a 10% discount in all Edison Ford retail shops as well as the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower.


 pearce homeschoolThe Edison Wild Wizard returns with a new series of science, engineering and history hands-on classes that will engage students, as well as NEW hands-on history classes with Professor Pearce. Following in the footsteps of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, homeschool students will learn through creativity and critical thinking. All Edison Ford homeschool classes are based on Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards as well as Florida Common Core Science Standards. Curriculum outlines provided to all registered parents. Cost: Edison Ford Members $10; non-members $20, $10 for each additional child. To register call the Education Department at 239-334-7419.

 Homeschool Science:

 • Life Sciences: Bioengineering – October 7, 10, 11

Learn about organisms through a series of activities that introduce bioengineering.

 • Landforms and Landscapes – November 14, 15, 18

Learn about geotechnical engineering, erosion and deposition through activities and engineering projects.

 • Alternative Energy: Wind – December 9, 12, 13

Students become Mechanical Engineers using simple machines to make complex machines.

 • Rocks & Minerals January 9, 10, 13

Learn about the rock cycle and properties of rocks as students become Material Engineers.

 • Sights and Sounds – February 10, 13, 14

Become Optical and Sound Engineers while learning about reflection, transmission and absorption.

 • Electricity & Circuits – March 10, 13, 14

Students get hands-on with electricity, circuits, conductors, insulators and schematic designs.

 • Alternative Energy: Solar – April 7, 10, 11

Students learn about transfer of energy, conservation of energy, thermal insulators, thermal conductors and the power of the sun.

 Homeschool History:

 • Becoming a Historian – October 7, 11

Hands-on history begins with research strategies and techniques and how to research a subject.

 • Government – November 15, 18

Students will explore the formation and purpose of government throughout history.

 • Economics – December 9, 13

Students learn how economics are managed by various entities and how they have motivated and defined the modern world.

 • Citizenship – January 10, 13

Students explore the modern concept of citizenship. Rights, responsibilities, and civic duty will be discussed.

 • Early Florida: VIVA FLORIDA – February 10, 14

From Saint Augustine to Thomas Edison, students discover the rich history of Florida, America’s first frontier.

 • Modern Florida – March 10, 14

Students pull together key concepts such as government, economics, citizenship and early Florida history.

 • The History of Technology – April 7, 11

This ambitious course delves into history by recreating the experiments and inventions that changed the course of history.

 For more information and times call the Education Department at 239-334-7419.


Emerging Inventors Resumes in OCTOBER

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 4th

There was a misprint in Family News this month indicating there is an Emerging Inventor’s Class at Edison Ford.   Emerging Inventor’s classes will begin the first Thursday in October.  Summer Camp at Edison Ford is in full swing and both classrooms are being utilized for the 1st – 6th grade campers.  We apologize for the mistake, hope you have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you in October.  Registration is NOT required for Emerging Inventors.  Please arrive the day of the class a few minutes early.  Emerging Inventor’s Classes are the first and third Thursday of every month from 9am – 10:30am starting in October.  Cost is $5 Edison Ford Members; $10 nonmembers.  Payment is taken at the beginning of each class.

Edison Ford Celebrates Father’s Day, June 16

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 4th

•  FREE Admission for Dads on Father’s Day fathers day

•  Dads enjoy 50% off lunch at The Banyan

      Celebrate Father’s Day at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates with FREE admission for Dad’s for an audio tour as well as 50% off lunch at The Banyan Refreshment and Picnic Area.

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Sanibel & Captiva Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 2nd

ribbon cutting clipartEdison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower – June 12, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

     The Sanibel & Captiva Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for the new Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops. The ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. with refreshments, tours, shopping, book signings and social networking. Edison Ford Members and the public are invited to join in the activities. Special guests include the artists, authors and creators of items for our Shoppe who live on the islands.

     Edison Ford is a member of the Sanibel & Captiva Chamber of Commerce. It has been estimated that Edison Ford brings more than $90 million in economic impact to Lee County with its more than 200,000 visitors, 65 paid employees, and active participation in the tourism and business community. The new Edison Ford Shoppe is a combined welcome center for information about the Edison Ford main site, tickets, membership and activities as well as retail sales and programs.

      Refreshments for the ribbon cutting will be provided by Centerplate. Entertainment by Danny Morgan, well known band leader and musician.

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