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Archive for February, 2015

Elderhostel Road Scholars at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 28, 2015
  • March 2, 10, 11, 16 & 23road scholar

      Road Scholars at Edison Ford enjoy a full day of exploration and history with Behind-the-Scenes tours of the homes and laboratory, as well as two lectures focused on the lives of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

For more information or to register call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.


Weddings and Special Events at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 27, 2015

wedding mysore     Bridal Blast, a semi-annual bridal show has grown to be the largest in Southwest Florida. On March 1, 2015 at Germain Arena from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Edison Ford Event staff will be showcasing the Estates. Edison Ford will meet with brides and grooms and help them plan their dream wedding, reception, cocktail party and stunning photo location.

Edison Ford is the perfect venue for an outdoor wedding. With historic homes, romantic gardens, and spectacular river views, Edison Ford has something to offer every bride.

Ceremony Packages include a wedding ceremony, one-hour wedding rehearsal, a two-hour engagement photo session, the wedding sepia fordopportunity to take photographs throughout the property on the day of your wedding, complimentary passes to Edison Ford for your guests, and an event staff member to coordinate and supervise your ceremony, as well as necessary support staff.

There is no substitute for viewing Edison Ford in person. Contact the Edison Ford Event Coordinator, Cori Cramsey at 239-334-7419 to schedule a site walk and check the availability of your wedding date or special event.

Visit our wedding blog for more information.

wedding moonlight garden

weddng pier

Edison Ford Garden Tours

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 27, 2015
  • garden sunflowerEvery Wednesday & Saturday – 10:30 a.m.

Horticulturalists lead behind-the-scenes gardener tours which include 20 acres of historic gardens, crop gardens, propagating nursery, and Garden Shoppe full of exotic, heritage and edible plants for gardens and containers. Ticket includes free time to tour Edison Ford and participants receive a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE (one time); non-members $30.


Edison Member & Community Crop Garden

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 26, 2015

community garden feb 2015     With 20 crop gardens already rented, Edison Ford staff is looking to add another 20 plots that are 4×8 and fully ready with organic soil and water nearby. Thomas Edison would be happy as he used the east garden area for all sorts of vegetable and research gardens.

Some of the gardeners are admittedly just starting out, but with the help of other gardeners and Edison Ford staff the gardens are thriving.

The crops already are yielding kale and tomatoes like in the photo, and eggplant, broccoli, cabbage and lots of different varieties of lettuces.

The public and interested gardeners are always welcome to tour the Edison Crops Garden located at the east side of the Museum near the solar field and the tall scarecrow in the white lab coat.

For more information and to reserve your plot, use the application or contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 who oversees all program registration.

community garden registration form

Edison Ford Business Members are Important

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 25, 2015

Most of the businesses do much more than participate as Members as they take on volunteer projects, contribute in-kind services and products, and provide other support to Edison Ford. Since the new non-profit organization took over Edison Ford in 2006, our Business Members have been playing important roles in our funding and programming costs.

summer camp may 2014 update     One such business is Advanced Polymers, whose owners Don and Arlene Keehan, have donated annually to support the Wild Wizard Hands-On Science Program by funding one of the teaching positions and related costs. General Electric Services also support education programming. The involvement of each business becomes tailored to our needs but also the resources of the business.

For the businesses who become members their opportunities to become engaged at Edison Ford include holding a business meeting or event for FREE each year at Edison Ford, get monthly updates and tour the site as often as they want. Perhaps the biggest benefit is knowing that they are helping to support an important and still young non-profit which adds so much to the cultural and educational quality of life in the region.

Please contact Darlene Hermey, Membership Coordinator at 239-334-7419 if you would like to join the following group of Business and Corporate Members:

Newest Members: Entech Computers (Martin Hass), Iberia Bank (Lee Golden), Norris Home Furnishings (Rene & Larry Norris)

Business & Corporate Members: Advanced Polymers (Don & Arlene Keehan), BGI-USA (Thomas Scannell), Charles Edison Fund (John Keegan), Edison National Bank (Robbie Roepstorff), Florida Power & Light (Charlotte Miller), Forestry Resources, Inc. (John Cauthen), General Electric Services (Steve Niehaus), LCEC (Karen Ryan), Marc Joseph Realty (Marc Johnson), Parker/Mudgett/Smith Architects (Jeff Mudgett), Phelan Holdings, Inc. (Grant Phelan), Southwest Florida Distributing & Publishing (Dan Baggot), Stroemer & Company, P.A. (John Stroemer)

Edison Ford Curatorial Department

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 24, 2015
James Moss with 1916 Model T

James Moss with 1916 Model T

     Edison Ford would like to introduce its newest staff member to the Curatorial Department, James Moss. James is a former teacher for the Lee County School District where he taught automotive repair and restoration for 30 years. In December he joined the staff as our first official Automotive Curator and will work with all of our antique vehicles. Preservation work will consist of engine repair, rust removal, cleaning and some cosmetic revamping.

In addition to working on the mechanical aspects, James will offer weekly educational lectures on the history and technical aspects of the vehicles. curatorial james moss 2His first assignment involves the research and development of a new Quadricycle which will be used to teach visitors of all ages about Henry Ford’s initial work with internal combustion engines.



Edison Ford Spring Break Camp

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 22, 2015
  • March 30 – April 3, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Grade levels 3rd – 8th) 

summer camp robot  Join Professor Pearce on an engineering and robotics adventure where campers will learn to build and program robots to accomplish different challenges. Campers work with EV3 Mindstorm robotic systems. No experience required, just an interest in engineering and robotics. Parents are invited to come and watch the robot challenges Friday, April 3 starting at 1:00 p.m.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $200; non-members $230. Material fee: $20


Scarf Art with artist, Marie Dyer

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 21, 2015
  • March 14 – 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  scarf art

     Join artist, Marie Dyer and create your own hand painted silk scarf. Marie will teach a variety of techniques to inspire painters of all levels to create their own one-of-a-kind scarf. All materials will be provided to produce a finished piece. “Scarf Art” classes will be located on the West Museum Porch at Edison Ford. Bring a lunch or enjoy lunch at the Banyan Refreshment area or Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford. Cost: Edison Ford Members $75; non-members $80 (includes all materials and scarf).



Girl Scout and Brownie Programs Coming in March

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 20, 2015
  • March 8, 15, 22, 29 – 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

      March is Women’s History Month and the new exhibit in the Edison Caretaker’s House is all about the outstanding women whose leadership and presence in southwest Florida help shape the region.

girl scout emblemgirl scout emblem feb 2015     This hour long program includes hands-on activities, free time after touring Edison Ford and access to the picnic area for refreshments. Scout Troops should call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 to register.  Cost: $20 per scout or participating sibling (includes one parent).


Learn to Make Hypertufa Shoebox Trough at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 19, 2015
  • March 7 (Day 1 of 2 day class) – 10:00 a.m. – Edison Greenhouse
  • March 10 (Day 2 of 2 day class) – 10:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m. – Edison Greenhouse 

hypertufa planter     Continuing with our popular Hypertufa Garden projects, participants will create a rustic plant trough using a shoebox. Learn all the basics, formula, and mold making techniques in this two day workshop. The second day of the workshop we will offer a flexible AM/PM schedule to help accommodate all participants. Succulents will be available for sale in the Garden Shoppe to finish out your trough with a planting.

Edison Ford Members receive a 10% discount in the Garden Shoppe. Bring a shoebox to this workshop and all remaining supplies will be provided. To register contact Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $30 for the two day class; non-members $35 for the two day class.