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Edsel Ford II Visits Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 28th

On October 27, Edison & Ford Winter Estates was honored to host a visit from Edsel Ford II who was accompanied by a film crew for the production of a video for the Ford Dealerships.

edsel ford visits     This is the second time that Mr. Ford visited the Fort Myers Ford Estate in the past few years and he noted the continuing improvements to the Ford Estate in Fort Myers. He was joined for lunch by members of the Edison Ford Board of Trustees and CEO Chris Pendleton. The topics were lively and included the quadricycle that Edison Ford is in the midst of building and the on-going restoration work at Edison Ford and at Ford’s Fair Lane Estate in Dearborn and the Edsel Ford Estate in Gross Pointe. The new collaboration of all of the Ford properties is benefitting the Ford legacy and public programming for all.

Mr. Ford also learned that his great grandfather Henry Ford was just inducted into the Florida Inventor’s Hall of Fame through the work of staff at Edison Ford. He was visited by Edison Ford’s Clara and Henry Ford and Mina and Thomas Edison, as well as students from the Edison Ford Robotics Camp, and the public.

Mina, Clara & Friends … Tea & Conversation

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 25th

Tea house ladies     The next Tea & Conversation will be December 10. To register contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Registrar at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or call 239-334-7419 as space is limited and fills up quickly. Groups can schedule at other times (additional cost, subject to availability).

Cost of the program includes full access to the Edison Ford Estates, the Laboratory, Museum and Museum Shops. Edison Ford Members $15; non-members $25.

Hats and historical attire welcome. Men, too!

Holiday Nights Decorating Teams

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 21st

HN GE Decorators     The decorating team for the upcoming Holiday Nights Season (November 27, 2015 – January 3, 2016) includes the following talented design teams who work with the Edison Ford curators to create the installation of furnishings, decorations and lighting that reflect the 1920 – 1930s. Thank you!

American Institute of Architects Florida Southwest, Bell Tower Shops, Bennett’s Fresh Roast, Edison Festival of Light, Edison Park Neighborhood Association, Florida Power & Light, Florida Weekly, Fort Myers Beach Chamber, General Electric, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Hope Hospice, LCEC, Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Norris Home Furnishings, Open Door Shops, Pinchers, Pure Naples/Pure Fort Myers, Sanibel & Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, Shell Point Retirement Community, St. James City Volunteers with Brinson Family, SWFL International Airport – Paradies Shops, TLC Engineering, The Nest, Thomas A. Edison Congregational Church, The Marina at Edison Ford, True Tours, WGCU Public Media, Williams Sonoma.

“Holiday Nights 2015” Opens November 27, 5:30 p.m.

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 16th

     The 40th Annual Edison Ford Holiday Nights opens November 27, 2015 and is open through January 3, 2016. It has become a “must see” holiday tradition in Southwest Florida. Opening night will feature Edison Ford for the Annual Tree Lighting at 6:00 p.m.; Doug MacGregor, dressed as Santa will be cartooning with kids; and new this year – an evening with local “Artists & Authors,” showcasing their creations and books for a unique shopping opportunity. In addition, the Naples Carolers will perform in the evening on November 27 and November 28.

During the holidaholiday nights 2015 rack cardys, the homes and gardens of the Edison and Ford families are seasonally decorated with millions of lights and historic decorations. Visitors will enjoy nightly entertainment, Inside-the-Homes Holiday tours on December 1, 8, 15 at 6:30 p.m. (additional charge). Contact Darlene Hermey, Membership Coordinator, at 239-334-7419 to reserve your spot. Limited space available and these tours fill up quickly. Guided Holiday Nights tours are at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and are available for an additional charge. The Edison Ford Museum and Laboratory are open nightly, as well as the Ford Holiday Cottage Shoppe, Museum Store and Garden Shoppe for many Florida-style gifts. Hot and cold refreshments, BBQ, beer and wine are available for purchase in the Banyan Refreshment Area.

Enjoy waterfront dining at Pinchers with a fantastic view of the Caloosahatchee. Take one of the daily river cruises with Pure Florida on the M/V Edison Explorer or enjoy a sunset cruise that departs one hour before sunset.

Because of the spectacular decorations and holiday activities, USA Today selected Edison Ford Holiday Nights as one of the “Top Ten Historic Holiday Sites” in the nation for 2013, along with the White House, Mount Vernon, and the Biltmore Estate. The American Bus Association named Edison Ford Holiday Nights a “Top 100 Event in North America for 2016.”

Holiday Nights is open daily from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. daily (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

Edison Ford Members – Don’t Forget to Pick Up Your Holiday Nights Tickets

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 14th

holiday nights2     One of the wonderful benefits of being an Edison Ford Member is that you get to enjoy Holiday Nights for FREE and visit as often as you like! Edison Ford Members also receive complimentary Guest Holiday Night tickets. The complimentary tickets are for Members to give to their family members or to friends so that they can also enjoy Holiday Nights.

Members can pick up their complimentary guest tickets at the ticket counter or in the Museum Store.


Annual Member Celebration – RSVP Now

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 12th
  • November 15, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Ford Lawn Riverside

      It was a successful and a very busy year. Members are soon to see many, many changes and improvements in our Museum. There will be four new exhibits opening in the next few months, as well as the long awaited construction of the Edison River Pavilion in the Coconut Grove adjacent to the Edison Estate.

For the Member Celebration entertainment, we have a great live band, Flash Back, who are also Edison Ford Members. We decided to go back in time and learn some non-Edison or Ford Era dance steps with music of the “Swing Era and Shag or Beach Music.” Both the Ford and Edison families enjoyed dancing, but we decided to move it forward historically this year.

member celebration1     The dress this year is definitely from the 50’s and 60’s (think J Crew Bermuda shorts and khaki skirts and Edison Ford T-shirts). There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres and a beer and wine cash bar. Alyce Bochette of Dance Bochette will be on hand to teach the shag and swing steps.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; Member Guests $20. RSVP to Darlene Hermey, Membership Coordinator at dhermey@edisonfordwinterestates.org or 239-334-7419. If you are not a member yet, call today or purchase your membership online, or download a membership form and bring it in to the Museum Store.

Hope to see you at the Member Celebration for updates, food, live music, dancing and a time to be with friends!


Veterans Day at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 10th
  • November 11 – FREE admission to Veterans & their Family All Day

flag To honor the men, women and families who have served our country, Edison Ford is offering FREE admission to United States Veterans and their families on Veterans Day. Free admission includes an audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, laboratory and museum. Veterans will also receive a 10% discount on Edison Ford membership and items purchased in the Museum Store, Ford Cottage Shoppe and Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops.

To receive free admission, veterans must present a VA identification card or their DD214 papers. Current servicemen and women presenting an active military ID will receive free admission on Veterans Day and also all year long.

Volunteer Meeting and Lecture – Holiday Nights 2015

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 8th
  • November 10, 10:00 a.m. – South Florida Water Management Building – Lecture Hall

        Our November meeting will feature the Curatorial Department speaking about Holiday Nights 2015, how Holiday Nights comes together and how you can participate in Holiday Nights. Holiday Nights is a fun time for volunteers to help out, meet people and get in the holiday spirit! Feel free to bring a friend that is interested in volunteering, as we are always looking for more friendly faces.holiday nights 2015 volunteer meeting

To find out how you can volunteer during Holidays Nights contact Holly Shaffer at 239-334-7419.

The program will also include an update on Edison Ford activities and is open to current volunteers and the general public who are interested in becoming a volunteer at Edison Ford. For more information call 239-334-7419 or visit us on the Web.


2015/2016 Director Tours Travel Season

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 6th
  • November 7, 2015 – Sarasota, Ringling and MOD Exhibit

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The bus will depart at 7:30 a.m. The tour will begin at 9:30 a.m. with a private tour of Ca’ d’Zan at the Ringling with  Curator and Keeper of Ca d’Zan Ron McCarty. There will be a private tour of the Rose Garden by our very own Horticulturist, Debbie Hughes. directors tour walker guest house 2015Lunch will be in the Muse Restaurant, Ringling Museum (pre-selected but not included in fee). The afternoon tour of the Walker Guest House Replica and the Paul Rudolph Exhibit with Fort Myers Architect, Joyce Owens. There will also be time to visit other galleries and participants may visit gift shop or purchase a glass of wine in the Muse to end the day. The bus will depart Ringling at 5:30 p.m. and return to Fort Myers at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $100; non-members $110. Limited space is available. Contact Nancy Achter at nachter@edisonfordwinterestates.org to register or 239-334-7419 for more information.

  • December 12, 2015 – Palm Beach, Charleston Antiques Exhibit and Private Garden Toursdirectors tour palm beach fountain 2015

Private garden and estate tours through the Palm Beach Garden Club, lunch at a Palm Beach restaurant and Society of the Four Arts for garden and museum tour of the Charleston, SC furniture and art show.

  • January 9, 2016 – Everglades City, Rod & Gun Club and Smallwood Storedirectors tour 2015 everglades city

Private tour of historic Everglades City, tour of the Rod & Gun Club and Smallwood Store. Private stone crab lunch and airboat ride in the Everglades.

  • NEW DATE February 27, 2016 – Cortez, Fishing Village

Tours of the Maritime Museum, Boat Works, and the old fishing village.  Lunch at the Star Fish Company on the waterfront.

  • March 12, 2016 – Homestead/Redlands Nurseries & Monkey Jungledirectors tour monkey jungle

Area tours of the nurseries and agricultural areas for exotic plants including orchids and edibles, historic Monkey Jungle and Winery Tour.

  • April 23, 2016 – Tampa

Columbia RestaurantTour of the New Tampa Museum of Art, tour of the Ybor City Cigar Factory, and lunch at the famous “Columbia Restaurant” in Ybor City.

  • May 14, 2016 – Lakeland

Private tour and on-campus luncheon at Florida Southern College and Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture.



Showing of the Movie Titanic & Filmmaker’s Discussion

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 5th
  • November 6, 6:00 p.m. – Ford Riverside Lawn

        Edison Ford invites the community to watch the feature film: Titanic on the beautiful Ford Riverside Lawn and listen to a filmmaker’s discussion, “An Insider’s Look.”

Coinciding with the film, Edison Ford Museum’s Titanic Film Exhibit showcases the history of Thomas Edison and his creation of more than 1,000 films through Edison Studios. The Edison Ford Museum has a fascinating and extensive collection of Edison’s early film equipment and an exhibit of prized artifacts from the movie Titanic, including production blueprints, photographs of the movie making and a three-foot model of the Titanic.

Captain Lance Julian, with Pure Florida, will discuss the making of the movie, Titanic, as he was the Titanic Marine Coordinator on the movie set. Filmmaker John Scoular will discuss some of the film techniques used and provide insight into how this fascinating industry has evolved over the years.

As the directors of the marine aspects of this film, Captain Lance Julian and Captain Harry Julian will provide an insightful perspective on their experience filming the Titanic, how they used a 90 percent scale replica ship for filming in a giant tank off the coast of Mexico, as well as the hazardous filming in the frigid waters off Nova Scotia.

titanic smokestacks     Join us for a night of movie watching under the stars, film discussion and delicious food. Guests are encouraged to come early and enjoy barbecue, veggie sandwiches, popcorn, desserts, soft drinks, beer and wine, take a tour of the site, get a good seat and watch the sunset. Chairs will be provided; however, guests may bring their own chairs. The film will start after sunset.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members/general public $20. Dinner and beverages will be available at an additional cost.

Registration is recommended and can be made by contacting Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Registrar by emailing lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org or calling 239-334-7419. This film is not suggested for children.