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April Daily Tours and Programs

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 26th

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Ford Thunderbird Exhibition

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 23rd
  • April 4, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

thunderbird white     The Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be hosting the Ford Thunderbird Exhibition. Thunderbirds, or T-Birds, as they are affectionately known from all eras, will be displayed on the historic, riverside property of Henry Ford. Owners will be on hand to visit with guests and answer questions.

The Ford Thunderbird lives on in the hearts of so many people, in the garages of collectors and in the memories of millions. thunderbird redAt one of the most beautiful sites in Fort Myers, this is a fitting tribute to the legacy of the American automobile and Henry Ford.

The history of the Thunderbird has included two-seaters, roadsters, convertibles and four-door models, hardtops and sedans, more than 4 million of them. Over the years there have been several different models, but the nostalgia has never waned.

A portion of the proceeds from the Thunderbird show will benefit the restoration of the antique car collection of Edison Ford. Visitors can look forward to:

  • thunderbird aqua“Henry and Clara Ford” leading informal tours throughout the event
  • Thunderbird Car Talks
  • Everglades BBQ for purchase at the Ford Cottage Lawn
  • Live Music

 

Thunderbird owners can register their car for this special show by calling Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419. There is no fee for registration.

Admission to the Thunderbird show: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $20 adults, $11 children and includes an audio tour, as well as admission to see the homes, gardens, laboratory and museum.

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Edison Ford Director Tours 2015 Travel Season

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 14th

There are only two more Director Tours remaining in the regular season as we wind down a very successful eight months of tours. This year we visited Asheville and the Biltmore Estates, Palm Beach for the gardens and exhibits at some wonderful historic properties, Homestead and Redlands for the plant nurseries and we are planning our trips for next year already.

For the late Spring, Summer and Early Fall season, we are considering a few shorter and nearby Summer Director Tours to include a long boat trip cruising up the Caloosahatchee, the Estero Bay Fisheries and Mound House and Pine Island for a cruise, and also palm and plant nurseries. We decided to postpone our possible trip to Dearborn and the Ford Estate and Greenfield Village until 2016 but it is still in our headlights for sometime in the future.

There are only a few seats remaining on the two upcoming Director Tours. The tours include all travel arrangements and tour fees, as well as private lunch with a choice of selections. Cost: Edison Ford Members $100, non-members $110. For more information or to register contact Nancy Achter at nachter@edisonfordwinterestates.org or 239-335-3678.

  • Fort Lauderdale, Bonnet House & Gardens and Butterfly World, Coconut Creek, March 21, 2015     (Limited Seats Remaining)

lorikeet     Bonnet House was completed in 1920 on the narrow barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the town of Fort Lauderdale. This expansive Caribbean-style plantation house was designed and built for the artist Bartlett and his wife. Together they assembled an impressive collection of paintings (including their own) and decorative pieces from their international travel. The day also includes Butterfly World, the largest butterfly park in the world with hundreds of butterflies, hummingbird and lorikeet aviaries and exotic plants throughout the ten acres. Lunch will be at Casablanca Café.

 

  • Mid Century Modern Sarasota, April 18, 2015 (Limited Seats Remaining)

This tour will be led by Sarasota Historian and Fort Myers/Naples architect Joyce Owens who will be joined by architects and trustees of the Sarasota School of Design Foundation which oversees the historic structures of the Mid Century Modern centuries of the 1950’s. The day will include a walking tour of Lido Key and a bus tour of favorite Sarasota buildings with lunch on St. Armand’s Circle at the Shore Diner.

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Fly Back in Time on the Ford Tri-Motor – March 19 – 22, 2015

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 12th

Ford tri-motor feb 2014fort tri motor fly the ford     Don’t miss an opportunity to experience aviation history when the Ford Tri-Motor aircraft comes to Page Field Airport. The aircraft, nicknamed “The Tin Goose” was designed for passenger comfort. This tour is hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Climb aboard one of the first mass-produced airliners and step back in time to aviation’s golden age. A flight on EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor is a flight back to an era where air travel was considered a luxury. This will be an unforgettable experience aboard one of the few remaining airworthy Ford Tri-Motors in the world. While at Page Field, visitors can see the 1937 Ford Five-Window Coupe displayed by Edison Ford. The Ford Coupe featured both power and style as it was outfitted with one of the top motors of the 1930s, Ford’s Flathead V-8 85 horsepower engine.

Flights run continuously from 9:00 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Cost: Pre-book Adults $70, Children (17 & under) $50; Walk-up Adults $75. To book a flight call 1-877-952-5395. (Once the Ford Tri-Motor is on location, the discounted price for adults is no longer applicable.)

Lecture for Volunteers ~ Open to the Public

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

     Guest speakers Dennis J. Giardina and Mike Owens of The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will speak about “The Restoration of Rare and Extirpated Orchids at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.” The talk will profile their work in Fakahatchee and adventures in Cuba, featuring the native orchids of Cuba.

Meetings are open to current Edison Ford volunteers, potential volunteers and the public. Donated baked goods and snacks are always appreciated. Coffee, tea and breakfast foods provided. For information on becoming an Edison Ford volunteer call Volunteer Coordinators Holly Schaffer and Bobby Feldman at 239-334-7419.

Visit our volunteer page on the Web to learn more about becoming an Edison Ford volunteer.

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founding females mary hill march 2015     A new original portrait of Mary Hill or “Mother Hill” has been installed in The Founding Females Exhibit. Mary Hill opened the most popular boarding house in Fort Myers which opened in 1889. Her portrait was created by artist, Celeste Borah.

The Founding Females Exhibit opened in February in the Edison Caretaker’s House and has been very well attended. It not only captures the unique attributes, which these “pioneer women” brought to the community, but also presents the works of a very well established group of artists. The result is a history exhibit and an art exhibit combined.

Throughout the next couple of months a series of workshops and tours will be available for the public including painting and drawing workshops, private group lectures (with lunch or refreshments optional) and Girl Scout Badge work. 

  • Legends and Legacy Tour in Fort Myers by True Tours. For more information call 239-945-0405
  • Marie Dyer’s Scarf Art – March 14. Call 239-334-7419 to register or for more information.
  • Artist Workshops: Leoma Lovegrove’s Collage Workshop on March 25th and 26th at Lovegrove Gallery. Call for        information: 239-283-6453
  • Megan Kissinger’s Zen Drawing in the Gardens on March 25th and Drawing in the Edison Gardens (Part 3) on March 28th. Call 239-334-7419 to register or for more information.

Special Programs for Girl Scouts for the Founding Females Art Exhibit, March 8, 15, 22, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

     March is Women’s History Month and the Founding Females Exhibit is all about the outstanding women, whose leadership and presence in Southwest Florida helped shape the region. Participating Scouts can register for this hour-long program, which includes hands-on activities, free time after touring Edison Ford, and access to the picnic area for refreshments. Call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 to register. Cost: $20 per Scout or participating sibling (includes one parent).

 

 

March Daily Events at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 2nd

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Weddings and Special Events at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 27th

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.

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Edison Ford Director Tours 2015 Travel Season

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 15th

      The Director Tours are a wonderful way to learn about Florida with private experiences at the sites, behind-the-scenes and the involvement of our staff and staff at the sites. Tours are filling fast, we now have limited seats available on most of the tours. 

We are already planning our full week in mid-September To Henry and Clara Ford’s sites in Dearborn, Michigan, special private opening and concert at the Henry Ford Estate, Greenfield Village Curator tours, The Henry Ford Museum, Picquette Model T Ford Plant and a trip north to Bloomfield Hills to visit the Cranbrook Academy of Art, founded in 1932, and includes historic structures, beautiful sculpture gardens and is the home of one of the leading architecture schools in the nation.  We will be staying at Henry Ford’s historic Dearborn Inn.

The program costs include all travel arrangements and tour fees. Edison Ford Members and Volunteers receive a special discount rate. RSVP to Nancy Achter at nachter@edisonfordwinterestates.org. Spots are filling up quickly.

  • directors tour bok tower nov 2014Lake Wales, Bok Gardens and Sanctuary, Pinewood Estate – February 28, 2015 (Waiting List) 

Historic Bok Sanctuary & Gardens was designed in 1921 by Frederick Law Olmstead, for Edward Bok and his wife, financier and music lover. It was designed with 100 acres of gardens full of live oaks, camellias, azaleas and a spectacular 60 bell carillon tower. In February the gardens are ablaze with blooming azaleas and camellia.

directors tour bok tower garden     The tour will also include the adjacent Pinewood Estate, a beautiful Meditarean style mansion and gardens from the early 1900’s. Private lunch will be at Pinewood Estate.

  • Fort Lauderdale, Bonnet House & Gardens and Butterfly World, Coconut Creek, March 21, 2015 (Limited Seats Remaining) 

lorikeet     Bonnet House was completed in 1920 on the narrow barrier island between the Atlantic Ocean and the town of Fort Lauderdale. This expansive Caribbean-style plantation house was designed and built for the artist Bartlett and his wife. Together they assembled an impressive collection of paintings (including their own) and decorative pieces from their international travel. The day also includes Butterfly World, the largest butterfly park in the world with hundreds of butterflies, hummingbird and lorikeet aviaries and exotic plants throughout the ten acres. Lunch will be at Casablanca Café.

  • Mid Century Modern Sarasota, April 18, 2015 (Limited Seats Remaining) 

This tour will be led by Sarasota Historian and Fort Myers/Naples architect, Joyce Owens who will be joined by architects and trustees of the Sarasota School of Design Foundation which oversees the historic structures of the Mid Century Modern centuries of the 1950’s. The day will include a walking tour of Lido Key and a bus tour of favorite Sarasota buildings with lunch on St. Armand’s Circle at the Shore Diner.

directors tour sarasota jan 2015

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 8th

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