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Archive for May, 2016

June Daily Activities at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 31, 2016

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Gifts for Father’s Day in Edison Ford Retail Stores

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 30, 2016

The Museum Store, Ford Cottage Shoppe, Garden Shoppe and the Edison Ford Bell Tower Shoppe at Bell Tower are all great resources for finding unique gifts for Fathers Day.

All locations have lots of great items including books, t-shirts, music, hats and even novelty items like a musical tie. It is a great place to take children to find the perfect gift for their dad and granddad. Your Edison Ford Membership card includes special discounts, as usual.

Don’t forget the “Gyotaku Fish T-Shirt Painting Class” offered on Father’s Day at The Marina at Edison Ford and Pinchers. To register call 239-334-7419 now to include this class with your other Edison Ford gifts. Visit our upcoming events page for more information on Father’s Day activities.

“Ask the Curator”

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 29, 2016

• Wednesdays – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

  • Edison dining room tableJune 1 – What was it like to dine at the Edison family table? Explore the domain of the Edison dinner table, including place settings and preservation of family artifacts, with Exhibit Specialist Megan Kissinger and Registrar Matt Andres.
  • June 8 – Did Ford sell a body-less Model T so that customers could produce their own? Discover the “nuts and bolts” of the unique and fascinating 1917 Model TT Truck with Automotive Curator James Moss.
  • June 15 – How did Edison reflect on his own life and inventions? Learn first-hand with Curator Assistant Andrew Scheip and Registrar Matt Andres, as they explore the rare semi-autobiographical work, Edison: His Life & Intentions, and discuss preservation of paper objects in the Edison Ford collections.
  • Edison Staff insomnia squadJune 22 – Why did Edison’s top staff work nearly round-the-clock for over a month? Meet the “Insomnia Squad” and discover what the hoped to achieve with Registrar Matt Andres.
  • June 29 – Where is the gas tank on a Ford Model T? The answer may surprise you! Join Automotive Curator James Moss as he explains what it was like to operate a 1923 Model T Ford.

Cost: included with admission, or FREE for Edison Ford Members.

ANOTHER WEEK Added to Edison Ford Summer Camp – Register NOW

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 29, 2016

3d printer● June 6 – 10

● Grades 1 – 3 – Engineering and Design
Find the best solutions to problems by testing different materials and ideas. Learn the process of innovation and collaboration by accomplishing engineering design challenges.
● Grades 4 – 8 – Design Anything! CAD Design and 3D Printing
What would Thomas Edison print? Join the Wild Wizard and explore the world of 3D printing and learn how to use Computer Aided Design software or CAD. Make a personal logo, create a character or make the next great invention.

Bring imagination and the possibilities are endless.

Wild Wizard Shows Available

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 28, 2016

homeschool robotics pearceThanks to a grant from GE Services and the Don Keehan Family, the Edison Ford Wild Wizard is on the go on Fridays. The Wild Wizard Show is available for Title I Schools at no charge and to all other schools and groups at a nominal per-person charge. Schedules are filling up so it is best to call soon.

The Wild Wizard Show includes lots of hands-on interactive science demonstrations that involve both students and teachers. There is a pre-visit curriculum and materials available for teachers to prepare students and to follow up from the Show. In addition, there is a separate in-service that can be scheduled throughout the week. And of course, Wild Wizard Shows can also be presented at Edison Ford as a part of a visit.

Edison Ford Wild Wizard is a year-round program so scheduling has already begun for next school year 2016 – 2017. The Wild Wizard Shows are performed by Edison Ford educator Wild Wizard Pearce Augustenborg and his Muckers. Contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar, to register at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or by calling 239-334-7419.

Memorial Tree Program

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 27, 2016

tree planting kidsWith Arbor Day every spring, many families, individuals and businesses are participating in the Memorial and Commemorative Tree Program at Edison Ford. Although this is a year-round program, there seems to be a lot of activity in the springtime like the family in this photograph.

There is a long list of appropriate trees that need to be constantly “sistered” (meaning replacement trees for the historic collection) throughout the gardens. It is a meaningful and much needed program. Many people also add a a commemorative bench and other ways to celebrate a family member, friend, wedding or anniversary.

Contact Nancy Achter in the Edison Development Office at nachter@edisonfordwinterestates.org or by calling 239-335-3678 for additional information on how to be part of this important project and leave a lasting legacy at Edison Ford.

Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Featured in Grandeur

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 26, 2016

grandeur logoThe May 2016 edition, the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops is featured in Grandeur, a magazine publication of the News-Press. Grandeur is a beautiful magazine with distribution throughout the region to subscribers and news stand locations such as Publix.

Items featured are art and furnishings as well as books and other unique products of Edison Ford. The Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops is open during Bell Tower Shops hours and is located on the north end of the mall near Williams-Sonoma. The phone at the Bell Tower Shops is 239-433-0054.bell tower shoppe teas and jellies area

bell tower shoppe entrance

River Pavilion Update on the April 13 Groundbreaking

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 26, 2016

We were honored to have a large turnout of interested folks and elected officials for the official groundbreaking, including the offices of State Legislator Lizbeth Benacquisto (the Senator herself), as well as representatives from the offices of US Congressman Clawson, US Senator Nelson, US Senator Rubio and others. Pictured below is the happy group: Florida Senator Benacquisto, Fort Myers Mayor Randy Henderson, Edison Ford President Chris Pendleton, Fort Myers City Manager Saeed Kazemi, and Edison Ford Trustee and Lee County School Board Member Jeanne Dozier.

pavilion groundbreaking group

Children’s Audio Tour on Tap Beginning This Summer

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 25, 2016

kid with audio playerWe are pleased to announce our NEW audio tour customized for children, students and families. Thomas Edison himself along with some youngsters are the narrators and it is an engaging program that kids will find to be challenging and fun.

bill frye with audio playerIf Bill Frye in Visitor Services looks happy it is because we all are excited to offer this new tour option. Look for Bill at the ticket counter and ask for the new student audio wand when you begin your tour in the museum.

Our visiting and resident family groups keep growing and growing, and this will be a great addition to our program. So be sure to check it out this summer!

Hold Your Corporate Event at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 21, 2016

Are you looking for a place to hold a corporate event, business luncheon or even a holiday party? All year long businesses choose Edison Ford for their corporate events. It’s a one-of-a-kind place that offers both indoor and outdoor spaces for groups of 10 to 200 guests. Whether planning an award ceremony, special reception, private luncheon or dinner, sales meeting, or perhaps you want to impress an out-of-town client – Edison Ford has just the right spot. Become a Business Member and receive a “complimentary” daytime/early evening use of the historic Edison Caretaker’s House.

Edison Ford Museum

Many of our guests choose to start their event off with a cocktail party in the museum. This is a great place to get the
conversation started with stories about Edison and Ford. This indoor space can accommodate up to 100 guests.

events caretakersEdison Caretaker’s House 

This is one of the oldest structures remaining in Fort Myers, with original hardwood floors, yet offers modern conveniences, such as a projector screen. There is even a back porch and restrooms for your guests. The Caretaker’s House can accommodate up to 40 guests.

events coconut grove luncheonCoconut Grove

Situated along the Caloosahatchee River, amongst Coconut Palms, the Coconut Grove is a sprawling outdoor space that can accommodate up to 150 guests. It’s also the future site of the planned pavilion scheduled for completion in July 2016. Your guests will enjoy the stunning views near the water.

events tentFord Riverside Lawn

If your event is large and you need space for up to 300 guests, then the Ford Riverside Lawn is just the right place – it can even accommodate a tent. This space is used for many corporate luncheons, dinner banquets and even holiday parties. The lawn is equipped with electricity, so the tent and area around it can be lighted. The famous Mysore Fig is next to this area and is a favorite backdrop for photos.

Unlike many corporate event locations, guests at Edison Ford get the added bonus of touring the estates. For more information or to schedule a site visit, contact Cori Cramsey at ccramsey@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419.

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