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Award Winning Site Continues to Garner Awards

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 16th

E Awards and inventors hall of fame october 2014 Award Winning Site Continues to Garner Awards

Edison Ford Annual Clothesline Quilt Show

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 14th
  • October 25, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Quilt show 2014 october Edison Ford Annual Clothesline Quilt Show      The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and the Southwest Florida Quilter’s Guild will be “airing their quilts” on clotheslines in front of Seminole Lodge, the winter estate of Thomas and Mina Edison.

The tradition of “airing” quilts dates back to Colonial America when women would take quilts out of summer storage and “air” them in autumn for use in winter. In addition to the contemporary quilts available for show and sale, a variety of antique quilts will be on display.

Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5.

 

Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 13th
  • October 24, Edison & Ford Winter Estates; 7:30 p.m.
  • October 25, Florida SouthWestern State College, Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus; 7:30 p.m.

      The Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival returns for the eighth season to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, October 24 outdoors on the river side lawn of the Ford Estate and Florida SouthWestern State College, Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus, Richard H. Rush Library and Auditorium, October 25.

The Black Maria Film Festival is an international, award winning festival that has toured the nation for 33 years and is hosted by museums and colleges throughout the nation 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. Guest Speaker, Clayton Hemmert, Board President & CEO of Crew Cuts, New York City.

Tickets are on sale now at Edison Ford in the museum store. Cost: October 24 – Edison Ford Members $10; non-members $15; FSW Students $8; October 25 – FSW Students Free; general public $15; $25 for both nights. For ticket information call 239-334-7419. For more information visit Edison Ford, Black Maria Film Festival, or Florida Southwestern State College.

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Volunteer Meeting and Program

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 11th
  • October 22, 11:00 – Seafood 101 at Pinchers Crab Shack

      The monthly volunteer meeting has been moved a little later in the day to 11:00 a.m. It will include a full class on seafood, how to eat it, love it and understand it, taught by Pinchers owner, Grant Phelan. Pinchers fresh seafood includes a crab and fish operation on Pine Island for blue crab, stone crab, shrimp, fish and other local seafood. The program will be blue crab 300x224 Volunteer Meeting and Programpresented at Pinchers next door through the Edison Coconut Grove. RSVP to Holly or Bobby at 239-334-7419  Remember – volunteers receive FREE admission aboard the M/V Edison Explorer departing daily at The Marina at Edison Ford. Volunteers are encouraged to make reservations with Holly or Bobby to reserve their space. Visit our Web site for information on volunteer opportunities.

 

Annual Member Celebration – Jazz Age Garden Party

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 10th

jazz cartoon Annual Member Celebration   Jazz Age Garden Party    Join us on the new Museum West Porch, in the Porch Gardens and in the Museum for our Annual Member Celebration. Members and guests are encouraged to come in 1920s or 1930s attire. (Costume rental available from Vamped Up Vintage at 239-936-4888 … or “business garden casual”).

The event will include Jazz Age music by Danny Morgan, Jazz Colours Ensemble; for listening and dancing; dance performances and Charleston lessons with Alyce Bochette of Dance Bochette; update on what’s happening at Edison Ford with President & CEO Chris Pendleton; photo booth and much more.

Complimentary Bathtub Punch, water and Gatsby themed cheese and fruit sampler will be available. Gin Rickey, Champagne Cocktail, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Boxed dinners will be available for $15 and include hot fried chicken or veggie wrap. Dinners must be ordered in advance.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $20. RSVP to Edison Ford Membership Coordinator, Darlene Hermey at 239-334-7419.

 

Edison Ford Upcoming Events – Save the Date

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 26th

jazz cartoon Edison Ford Upcoming Events   Save the DateOctober 4 - Grand Opening of Pure Fort Myers, The Marina at Edison Ford

October 13 – 17 - Director Tour to Asheville, North Carolina

October 19 - Member Annual Celebration – Jazz Age Garden Party

October 24 - Black Maria Film Festival – Edison & Ford Winter Estates

October 25 - Black Maria Film Festival – Florida SouthWestern State College

October 25 - Edison Ford Quilt Show by Southwest Florida Quilt Guild

 

November 7, 8, 9 - Stone Crab Festival, The Marina at Edison Ford

November 8 - Director’s Tour to Naples

November 11 - Veteran’s Day, FREE admission to veterans and their families

November 21 – 30 - Annual American SandSculpting Championship

November 22 – 23 - Edison Garden Market

November 28 - Tree Lighting Ceremony, Edison Ford Holiday Nights

November 28 – January 2 - Edison Ford Holiday Nights

 

Mark Your Calendars ~ Edison Ford Holiday Nights Opens Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 21st

holiday nights begins thanksgiving weekend 2014 Mark Your Calendars ~ Edison Ford Holiday Nights Opens Thanksgiving Weekend

Edison Tarpon Conserved – Charles Edison Fund Grant

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 9th

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fishing with edison 205x300 Edison Tarpon Conserved   Charles Edison Fund Grant     After nearly 100 years, the fish collection of the Edison family is being conserved by taxidermists. The first three tarpon in the series are on display in the museum with replicas in fiberglass to be located on the porches as in the Edison era. The original fish collection was mounted using time-honored taxidermy techniques which included “stuffing” with sisal.

The Edison artifacts are being conserved by an annual grant from the Charles Edison Fund which was established after the death of Thomas and Mina Edison by their son Charles.

 

 

Edison Ford Director Tours 2014 – 2015 Travel Season

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 6th

      Edison Ford Director Tours have been a great program success for the past decade. Director Tours include our picks of great museums, gardens, historic sites as well as behind-the-scenes with directors, curators and specialists in the field. Most meals are included. We have carefully selected either private dining at the cultural site, a historic hotel, or notable restaurant.

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

  • Asheville, NC – October 13 – 17, 2014

A hundred years ago, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone traveled to Asheville on one of their first camping experiences exploring America. In fact, the three “vagabonds” are pictured in the lobby of the historic Grove Park Inn, where we will stay. Today Grove Park is a Five Star hotel, spa and golf course. Besides behind-the-scenes tours at the hotel we will also take in Biltmore Estates, Garden, Winery and Village; the Southern Appalachian Highland Craft Guild Museum and the Blue Ridge Parkway; historic downtown Asheville and the Grovewood Museums and Gallery. For the golfers and spa enthusiasts, there will be time to enjoy both. The detailed schedule is on the following pages.

  • Naples, FL – November 8, 2014

The Naples Botanical Garden has been closed this summer preparing for the fall opening of the new Orchid Garden and other new gardens. This tour will include time with the designer Ellin Goetz, Director Brian Holley and landscape staff. Lunch and some quick shopping is planned at Tommy Bahama on 5th Avenue, to be followed by a private tour of Naples Bay with Pure Naples.

  • directors tours sept 2014 palm beach 201x300 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonPalm Beach, December 6, 2014

Palm Beach is famous for its museums and gardens, and this tour includes both the Norton Museum of Art with its impressive collection of American, European and Chinese Art and the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens with its beautiful historic home and annual “Festival of Trees” in the garden. There will also be a quick spin down Worth Avenue, decorated for the holidays.

  • Redland and Homestead – January 17, 2015

directors tour sept 2014 homestead 300x226 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonRedland, Florida is an agricultural area near Homestead and metropolitan Miami. Redland includes countless nurseries, orchid farms, original clapboard homes of early settlers, u-pick-em fields and coral rock structures. Peacocks roam free and the area is a bird sanctuary. It is also home to The Fruit & Spice Park where we will enjoy fruit samplings and behind-the-scenes tours of the nurseries. We will also tour the orchid houses and ranches as well as winery and brewery sites for tastings.

  • directors tour sept 2014 bok tower Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonLake Wales, Bok Gardens and Sanctuary, Pinewood Estate – February 28, 2015

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. 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.

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Pinewood Estate

  • Fort Lauderdale, Bonnet House & Gardens and Butterfly World, Coconut Creek, March 21, 2015

directors tour sept 2014 fort lauderdale 300x159 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonBonnet 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 directors tour sept 2014 fort lauderdale 1 300x193 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel Seasoncollection 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.

  • Sarasota, Lido Key and St. Armand’s Circle, April 18, 2015

directors tours sept 2014 sarasota 300x140 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonThis tour will be led by 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 Columbia Restaurant.

  • Director Tour – Asheville, NC, October 13 – 17, 2014

directors tour sept 2014 asheville colors 300x200 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonJoin Edison Ford for a Director Tour to Asheville, NC. Below is the information and a tentative agenda of our week in Asheville, NC. Edison, Ford and Firestone all were here a hundred years ago and we will follow their footsteps and stay in the same hotel.

Where to Stay: The Omni Hotel—Grove Park Inn

Reservation contact: Mackenzie Wheaten, Sales Manager: Mackenzie.Wheaton@omnihotels.com or 866-474-4953.

Flight Info: Allegiant Air

Flight Itinerary:

 Monday, October 13, 2014 - Depart Punta Gorda, FL at 12:30 p.m. – Arrive 2:20 p.m. in Asheville, NC

Friday, October 17, 2014 - Depart Asheville, NC at 3:00 p.m. – Arrive 4:35 p.m. in Punta Gorda, FL

Long term parking fees: $9 daily maximum, for more information visit http://www.flypgd.com/parking/

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Tentative Agenda:

  • Monday, October 13, 2014 – Travel Day – Arrive at Grove Park Inn, Guided history tour of Grove Park Inn, Dinner on Sunset Terrace/Edison Room.
  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – Day at Biltmore Estates – Trolley ride to Biltmore Estates, Behind-the-Scenes tour, Lunch at Stable Café; and time to enjoy Antler Hill Village, Winery and dinner at Cedric Tavern & Bistro.
  • directors tour sept 2014 grovewood  300x263 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel Seasondirectors tour sept 2014 antique cars 300x154 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonWednesday, October 15, 2014 – Day at Grove Park Inn – Grovewood Gallery, Grovewood Café, Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum, Grovewood Studios, North Carolina Homespun Museum and time to enjoy Grove Park on your own.
  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 – Trolley tour of Downtown Asheville, on the Blue Ridge to Southern Highland Craft Guild and time at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center.

 

 

  • directors tour sept 2014 trolley 150x150 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonFriday, October 17, 2014 – Travel Day – Shuttle pick up at Grove Park Inn to Asheville Airport – Depart Asheville, NC at 3:00 p.m. – Arrive 4:35 Punta Gorda, FL.

Join us for a gathering on Thursday, October 9th at 6:00 p.m., in the museum for wine, cheese and highlights of the Asheville Director Tour.

Cost: Edison Ford Members and Volunteers $400; non-members $450

For further information or to make a payment with a credit card contact Cori Cramsey at 239-334-7419 or ccramsey@edisonfordwinterestates.org  or you can mail a check to: Edison & Ford Winter Estates P.O. Box 2368 Fort Myers, FL  33902

Cost Includes: Transportation to/from Asheville airport, private trolley services, private guided tours, private Behind-the-Scenes tours, and goodie bags.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received on or before October 5, 2014 will receive a full refund.

For information on becoming a Member contact Darlene Hermey at dhermey@edisonfordwinterestates.org or 239-334-7419.

 

Monthly Volunteer Meeting and Program

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 3rd

 Travel, Historic Places and Gardens – September 16,  10:00 a.m. – South Florida Water Management Building  Lecture Hall

lincoln statue 230x300 Monthly Volunteer Meeting and Program      This month’s meeting is all about travel, historic places and gardens. Volunteer Manager, Holly Shaffer visited historic sites through the USA and Volunteer Manager, Bobby Feldman, trekked as far as Norway.

The program will also present a visual tour of all the Director’s Tours planned for the year ahead and a review of the Annual Calendar to get ready for the Jazz Age Garden Party planned for the Annual Member Celebration, Holiday Nights, and a full season of boat cruises.

Bring a potential volunteer. Baked goods are always appreciated. RSVP to Holly or Bobby at 239-334-7419.

Meetings are open to current Edison Ford volunteers, potential volunteers and the public.