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2014 Edison Ford Inventors Summer Camp

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 18th

    Edison Ford Inventors Summer Camp Program is now in full swing. This year technology and robotics will be expanded with a new Video Game Design Week, as well as an additional week of Robotics to meet the high demand.

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New this year is an illustrating and writing program where students become authors! Only two Summer Camp Sessions are still open:

Week 10:  August 4 – 8 “Edison Story Book Writing” and Week 11:  August 11 – 15 “Ford Story Book Writing”

Cost: Edison Ford Members $200; non-members $230. For more information call the Edison Ford Education Department at 239-334-7419.

 

River Excursions Aboard the M/V Edison Explorer

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 17th

Coming this summer - members and visitors to Edison Ford will have the opportunity to enjoy a river excursion aboard the M/V Edison Explorer, departing from The Marina at Edison Ford. Aboard the newly built passenger vessel, guests will enjoy a river cruise with certified naturalists and historians from Pure Fort Myers and Edison Ford to learn the history of the Caloosahatchee, river ecology, and see dolphins, manatees, birds, and river life up close.

Daily river excursions are expected to begin later this summer and will depart throughout the day with a sunset cruise planned for early evening.

Check your mailbox for invitations to the grand opening event, when children will be admitted FREE to Edison Ford and will ride FREE aboard the M/V Edison Explorer. The event will also feature special tour discounts, prizes, food and a few surprises.

For more information visit Edison Ford or Pure Fort Myers online for updates on the opening and ticket information.Pure Fort Myers Edison Explorer River Excursions Aboard the M/V Edison Explorer

 

Director Tour to Asheville, Biltmore Estate and Blue Ridge Mountains

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 15th
  • October 13 – 17, 2014

asheville 253x300 Director Tour to Asheville, Biltmore Estate and Blue Ridge Mountains      Join us for a five day trip to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for tours that include a day at the Biltmore Estate, the Carl Sandburg Estate, Flat Rock Theatre, downtown Asheville galleries, museums and the spectacular Craft Museum on the Parkway. Fly direct from Punta Gorda to Asheville. Stay at the historic Grove Park Inn where Edison and Ford stayed a hundred years ago. For more information and to register contact Cori Cramsey at 239-334-7419 or email ccramsey@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Director Tours for the year ahead will include a several day visit to Key West, and day trips to historic Bok Sanctuary and Gardens, Sunken Gardens, Butterfly World and other Florida museums, historic sites and gardens. Become a Member to receive the Member discount!

 

Happy Birthday Henry Ford – July 30, 2014

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 13th

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dmission to active and retired Ford Motor Company employees on July 30, 2014. Free admission includes a self-guided audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, lab and museum. Edison Ford will be offering a special behind-the-scenes tour of “The Mangoes,” the winter estate of Henry Ford and his family, beginning every half hour starting at 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Edison Ford Members are FREE; non-members behind-the-scenes tour is included in the price of a homes and garden tour ticket.

 

Museum West Porch Event Unveiling and Summer Concert with Friends

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 11th
  • July 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The NEW 50×25 foot porch on the Edison Ford Museum will be dedicated with an evening event that includes continuous live music performed by some of the Edison Ford favorite guest artists and refreshments will be served. The Museum galleries will also be open for browsing.

The Museum West Porch is the first addition to the Museum in 30 years and will add a beautiful new covered space to the gardens and allow easy access to the gallery areas.

Members should RSVP to 239-334-7419.

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Making Music and Sound, Museum Hands-On Demonstrations

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 10th

Using a reproduction of Edison’s original phonograph, visitors will enjoy working with Edison Ford Curators and Site Historians Brent Newman, Matt Andres, Jim Niccum and Guest Curator, John Kurdyla to reproduce sound.

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Thomas Edison with his “tin foil” phonograph model, 1878

In 2014, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates was given a working prototype of the first Edison phonograph, which was crafted by machinist, Bill Miller. The device records sound on metal foil which can be played back to show how the vibrations and the sound are recorded and music is created.

The audience will be invited to take part in this hands-on science demonstration and learn about the many types of phonographs which are in the Edison Ford Museum collection.

Seating is limited; reservations are requested by calling 239-334-7419. Groups of 15 or more may book a demonstration on selected dates and times.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members included with admission to the Lab and Museum.

 

Monthly Volunteer Meeting and Program

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 1st

 July 8, 10:00 a.m. – South Florida Water Management Building  Lecture Hall

      Guest speaker, Debbie Hughes, Edison Ford Senior Horticulturalist, will talk about Edison Ford’s involvement with CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), a worldwide plant and rescue program. Edison Ford is a plant orchids 300x225 Monthly Volunteer Meeting and Programrescue site for orchids that are confiscated at our nation’s seaports and airports. Over 150 countries have agreed to participate in the trade agreement that ensures the survival of wild animals and plants.

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

 

 

 

Fourth of July at Edison Ford – Kids Get FREE Admission

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 27th

flag with eagle 207x300 Fourth of July at Edison Ford   Kids Get FREE AdmissionEdison & Ford Winter Estates is offering FREE admission to children, ages 15 and under, on Friday, July 4, 2014. Spend the day with Edison Ford from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with a self-guided audio tour of the museum, historic homes, gardens and laboratory. The museum contains an impressive collection of inventions, artifacts and special exhibits.

Did you know the Fourth of July was Thomas Edison’s favorite holiday? He would devote the entire day to his children, waking up early to set off fireworks. Celebrate America’s birthday at Florida’s own “National Treasure.”

 

July Tours and Programs

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 25th

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Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 12th

May marked our first year anniversary at Bell Tower Shops. The Edison Ford Bell Tower Shoppe is located in the main fountain area. It’s a great place to see a variety of local art, Edison Ford memorabilia and one-of-a-kind gift items. The Edison Ford Bell Tower Shoppe is open during the same hours as the other shops at Bell Tower.

The shop is a beautiful combination of unique items and there is something for everyone. With lots of books and educational toys for youngsters, it is a wonderful resource for purchasing anything from gyroscopes to other scientific wonders.

The Edison Ford Shoppe features the work of several local artists who participate with Edison Ford throughout the year, teaching classes and demonstrating their work. Some of our favorites include the artist Marie Dyer, who presents a unique hands-on program painting silk scarves. Marie is frequently on hand to demonstrate her work. Call the Edison Ford Bell Tower Shoppe at 239-437-3754 to find out Marie’s schedule.

Other favorites include the work of nature photographer, Manfred Behr, whose dazzling orchids and south Florida landscapes are available in small sizes and even large canvasses. They make a great addition to any home or office and depict the “real” Florida.

Recipe books, local jams, jellies, sauces and honey are also a great find. Plus, they are made right here in Lee County.

Leoma mini canvas Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops     Well-known artist, Leoma Lovegrove, another favorite at Edison Ford is a featured artist at the Edison Ford Bell Tower Shoppe. Her work includes everything from hand-painted coconut postcards that can be mailed to friends and families, and paintings on large or small canvasses and prints. The collection of miniature Lovegrove paintings, which are 3.5×2.5 and come with a tiny easel, are just perfect for a small home arrangement, as a gift, or a remembrance of a great visit.

Remember that Edison Ford Members always receive a 10% discount. Gift cards are available and there are always current newsletters, discount admission passes and other ways to stay informed about the main campus. The Edison Ford Shoppe includes both retail staff and a great group of Volunteers who keep the place humming.

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