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Edison Ford Holiday Nights Host Groups – Volunteers Needed

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 30th

     Edison Ford is now scheduling volunteers and host groups for Edison Ford Holiday Nights. The event relies on volunteer host groups who help direct and guide visitors. Holiday Host Groups select an evening during the event and in return we promise that participation will be fun and meaningful, plus we provide FREE tickets for you, your family and friends to return. To participate:

• Select a night to host through our volunteer office.

• Organize a group from your organization (the more the merrier!).

• Coordinate attire for the evening within your group. Company shirts, neighborhood shirts or festive holiday wear are appropriate.

• Plan to work from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  A break time with light snacks will be provided.

• Please do not bring children under 18 years of age. Although this is a family event, we prefer hosts to be adults.

 

Contact the Volunteer Department at 239-334-7419 to schedule your group.

 

Plein Air Impressionism Workshop with artist Leoma Lovegrove

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 29th

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

 plein air workshop     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 will 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.

      Cost: Edison Ford Members $230; non-members $250. Space is limited – ONLY 12 spaces per class. Registration required. For more information contact the Education Department at 239-334-7419.

 

Edison Ford Director’s Tours

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 23rd

      One of our favorite programs at Edison Ford is our season of tours to a select group of Florida cities with some very unique museums, gardens, historical sites and restored urban districts. Now in its 10th year, the Director’s Tours for 2013 – 2014 have been set, and it is a very exciting list of destinations! This is a great way to learn about Florida history, science and culture firsthand as we work with our colleagues to provide insider and often behind the scenes experiences. The cost for each tour is $90 for Edison Ford Members and $100 for the general public. To sign up or for more information contact Cori Cramsey at Edison Ford 239-334-7419 or ccramsey@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

flagler palm beach • December 7, Saturday – Palm Beach

     This tour includes the Henry Flagler Estate, Society of the Four Arts Museum and Gardens, and historic Worth Avenue decorated for the holidays. We are working with the Palm Beach Preservation Society for the historic architecture of Palm Beach Island as created by Addison Mizner. Private lunch included.

  • January 11, Saturday – Miami, Coral Gables

     Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone worked closely with David Fairchild, who created the first international seed bank in Miami. Much of their collaboration was focused on finding a source of organic rubber which could be grown in the US. Today Fairchild’s research gardens are known as Fairchild Botanic Garden and encompass 80 acres of unusual tropical plantings. We will also tour The Kampong, the private estate of David Fairchild which today houses the US Botanic Gardens. Private lunch included.

 • February 22, Saturday – Delray Beach

     The tour includes beautiful Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens and historic restoration of Old School Square museum and galleries, and shopping on historic Atlantic Avenue. Private lunch included.

  • March 20, Thursday – Sarasota

     The tour includes the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, well known for its collection of orchids, glass houses and gardens. The day will finish up at the Ringling Estate with a tour arranged by longtime Keeper of Ca’d Zan and Ringling Curator, Ron McCarty. It includes the Ringling Museum & Estate, Art Museum and Circus Museum as well as a private tour after dark of the new James Terrell light sculpture installation. Private lunch included.

 • April 5, Saturday – Tampa

     Henry Plant put Tampa on the map with his railroads and hotel a hundred years ago. This tour includes the Henry B. Plant Museum and the Annual Appraiser’s Fair and private tour of the historic hotel.  Luncheon at Tampa Bay Yacht Club included.

Scarf Art Workshop with artist Marie Dyer

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 20th

● November 23, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops

  scarf art with marie dyer    Join southwest Florida artist, Marie Dyer and create your own hand painted silk scarf (either six feet long or 35 inch square). Marie will teach a variety of techniques to inspire painters of all levels to create their own “one-of-a-kind” scarf. The scarves can be worn as art pieces or used as art for the home. All materials will be provided to produce a finished piece just in time for holiday giving. Several of Marie’s scarves will be on display in the window of the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower and are available for purchase. “Scarf Art” will be held outside the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower.

      Known for her vivid floral and landscape paintings, Marie has been a featured artist at Edison Ford. Marie has taught “Scarf Art” workshops at locations throughout the New England area. Her vibrant colors and love of nature are reflected in her distinctive work.

      Cost: Edison Ford Members $85; non-members $90 (included materials and one silk scarf). Space is limited so registration is required by calling 239-334-7419. Participants may bring their own lunch or enjoy eating at the restaurants at Bell Tower Shops.

 

Plein Air Impressionism Workshop with artist Leoma Lovegrove

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 18th

● 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.

 leoma van     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.

      Cost: Edison Ford Members $230; non-members $250. Space is limited – ONLY 12 spaces per class. Registration required. For more information contact the Education Department at 239-334-7419.

leoma van2

Black Maria Film Festival Returns in November

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 16th

black maria 2013 stripNovember 1, Edison & Ford Winter Estates – 7:00 p.m.

November 2, Edison State College – 7:00 p.m.

Tickets on sale at Edison Ford

     The Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival returns for the seventh season to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, November 1 outdoors on the river side lawn of the Ford Estate, and at Edison State College, Richard H. Rush Library and Auditorium, November 2.

 black maria lawn 2013     The Black Maria Film Festival is an international, award winning festival that has toured for 32 years and is hosted by museums and colleges throughout the country showcasing 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.

      A special screening of Thomas Edison’s 1910 film, Frankenstein and discussion by Dr. Wendy Chase, Professor of Humanities, Edison State College will introduce the festival on November 1 with the following films:

  •  Fordland, Jeffrey Moser, Lancaster, PA – Director’s Choice Selection. 
  •  The Poetry Winner, Jennifer Levonian, Philadelphia, PA – Director’s Choice Selection. 
  • And/Or, Emily Hubley, South Orange, NJ – Director’s Choice Selection. 
  • Here and Away, Meena Nanji, Santa Monica, CA – Juror’s Stellar Narrative Selection. 
  • Lionfish Delusion (El delirio del pez leon), Quique Rivera Rivera, San Juan, PR – Juror’s Stellar Animation.
  • Nile Perch, Josh Gibson, Durham, NC – Juror’s Stellar Award for Documentary.
  • The Lost Interview of Ray Bradbury, Harry Hall, Los Angeles, CA – Director’s Choice Selection.
  • Queen of the Night Aria, Harry Hall, Los Angeles, CA – Director’s Choice Selection.

      A list of films to be shown on November 2 at Edison State College will be available on our website ww.edisonfordwinterestates.org on October 15. Films are subject to change. John Columbus, Founder and Director, Black Maria Film Festival will introduce the films and facilitate discussion afterwards.

      Cost: November 1 – Edison Ford Members and Students $5, non-members $8; November 2 – General Public $8, Edison State College Students free; $15 for both nights. For more information and updates visit the Edison & Ford Winter Estates website at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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 DINNER and a MOVIE (additional cost)

Ford Riverside Lawn – 5:00 p.m. November 1

Barbeque dinner provided by Everglades BBQ

Wine and beer will be available for purchase

Reservations requested by calling 239-334-7419

black maria dinner and movie 2013

Clothesline Quilt Show – Airing of the Quilts at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 14th

● October 26, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

      The Edison & Ford Winter Estates will host the one-day annual Clothesline Quilt Show, Airing of the Quilts featuring quilts from the Southwest Florida Quilters’ Guild. The show includes both handmade art contemporary quilts as well as historic quilts from the collections of the Edison Ford. A separate ticket price is available for $5 and is FREE to Edison Ford Members and Members of the Southwest Florida Quilters’ Guild.

      Historically an airing or display of the quilts was an ordinary part of life when blankets and textiles were moved out of doors to air and freshen up before the cold winter months. Edison Ford has been fortunate to not only assemble a small collection of historic quilts but to engage the members of the Southwest Florida Quilters’ Guild who will join in by airing and exhibiting their collection of handmade contemporary, traditional and historical quilts. Members of the Guild as well as the Edison Ford Chief Curator will be on hand to discuss techniques and care.

clotheslineQuilters1      The basis for the quilt exhibit at Edison Ford follows the interest of the Ford family in the early 1900’s as they collected quilts and other historical objects. In fact, their interest grew so large that they created Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan, a museum complex established in 1929. The collecting extended from household objects and crafts to many important American buildings, among them the original 1886 Edison Laboratory from the grounds of the Edison estate in Fort Myers.

      Henry Ford and his wife, Clara, collected, celebrated and displayed what industry created as well as what ordinary folks had designed, produced and used during the previous two centuries. In their efforts they created a museum complex on a massive scale. Along with the wagons, buildings, machines and other examples of American life, they included quilts. There was little question that quilts, often assembled from modest fabric scraps epitomized the resourcefulness of American women that the Fords so admired. In the event of rain, contact the Edison Ford Museum Office at 239-334-7419.

 

Annual Membership Celebration and Meeting

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 12th

Sunday, October 20 – 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

     Just for Edison Ford Members and Volunteers, enjoy a preview of the new “Music at Sunset” at the Ford Estate with performance by the Danny Morgan musical group, refreshments and time to visit with friends, staff and trustees.

      Refreshments will include wine, Edison Ford Fruit Tea, savories and sweets. Music will be performed throughout the event and the site will be open for informal touring or just sitting and enjoying the music and the view.

sunset ford lawn 5:00 p.m.

       Learn about what’s new and coming up in the next year with comments from Chris Pendleton, CEO, and the Edison Ford Board of Trustees.

 6:15 p.m.

      The evening closes with a dazzling sunset on the river.

      RSVP to Darlene Hermey, Membership Coordinator at 239-334-7419 or dhermey@edisonfordwinterestates.org.  In case of rain, the event will be held in the Edison Ford Museum.

Edison Ford Education Programs ~ Emerging Inventors

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 9th

Emerging Inventors/Early Learners: Music, Sound & Movement

● October 3 and 17, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

      For one – three year old children and their parents, grandparents and other family members. Emerging Inventors will learn the first words recorded and played on Edison’s phonograph, play instruments and “see sound.”  Each session introduces science through activities and time to tend the Emerging Inventors Vegetable Garden!

      Cost: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $15 (one adult, one child).

 

 

 

President’s Update ~ Chris Pendleton, President & CEO

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 7th

Volunteering at Edison Ford is Fun and Fulfillingpresident update

      At the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, the work of more than 250 volunteers is critical to the operation of the 20 acre National Register Historic Site.

      Edison Ford is not just a historic site with 15 historic buildings, but also includes a 15,000 square foot Edison Ford Museum with hundreds of inventions, acres of gardens and propagating nursery, classrooms for school and community programs, archives and storage for the historical and scientific collections. Edison Ford volunteers are engaged in all of these areas supporting professional staff and adding their unique talents throughout the daily operation.

volunteer helen mcKey volunteer positions at Edison Ford include:

  •  Information Center
  • Office support
  • Docents and tour Guides
  • Garden Shoppe and Propagating Nursery
  • Events, Rentals and Special Programs
  • Teaching Assistants in classes and programs

 volunteer jan and jamie magirl     One of our favorite volunteer couples is Jan and Jamie MaGirl who portray Thomas and Mina Edison. The MaGirls volunteer as docents in the Edison Botanic Laboratory and lead tours. They can frequently be found in the information booth providing assistance to visitors. Their work was recognized a few years ago by Governor Scott and the State of Florida when they were awarded a prestigious Award of Recognition as a great Floridian.

      Holly Shaffer and Bobby Feldman jointly coordinate the volunteer program. This is a large work force and takes a lot of coordinating to match up the need with the person. In addition, they coordinate volunteer training which includes the monthly lecture series, on the job training and placement.

volunteer meeting at bell tower      The volunteer monthly lecture series includes great topics, interesting people and time to socialize with staff and volunteers. Monthly lectures are scheduled the second Tuesday of the month with the upcoming meeting on October 8, 9:30 a.m., at the Thomas A. Edison Congregational Church. Fort Myers Councilman and Architect Mike Flanders will present the program about the architecture of the church and some of its historic background as well as the history of Edison Park Neighborhood.

      For information about the Edison Ford Volunteer Program contact Holly or Bobby at 239-334-7419 and plan to attend a lecture and meeting soon. We welcome all interests and talents to Edison Ford because we know, just as Edison and Ford knew, that it takes many creative minds to produce a winning project.