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Saturday Morning Tea with Mina Edison and Clara Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 5th
  • July 18 and August 22 – 10:30 a.m. in the Edison Caretaker’s House

mina and clara jan and clara tea july 2015      Join “Mina Edison” and “Clara Ford” for tea and pastries in the Edison Caretaker’s House as they reminisce about family and friends, living part-time in Florida, as well as their helpful hints for their marriage, gardening and menu interests. This delightful program features two “seasoned” Edison Ford docents and living history characters who will greet the audience and welcome them into their conversation.

The Edison Caretaker’s House is air-conditioned and set in the beautiful Edison gardens. Space is very limited, reservations are required. Call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or email her at lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $8; non-members $12.

Groups may schedule morning tea at other times and dates and substitute lunch or other refreshments. Additional costs apply. For group reservations call 239-334-7419.

July Daily Tours and Programs

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 1st

July 2015 daily

NEW … “Ask the Curator”

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 30th
  • Wednesdays – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Every week we will focus on a historical artifact from the Edison and Ford era including furniture, inventions, clothing, machinery, books, etc. The topics will be set up monthly so that you can focus on your interests and even bring your own treasure for a “look see.” The topics for July are:

  • July 1 – Phonographs – Jim Niccum (Senior Historian & Phonograph  Expert) & Matt Andres (Registrar)
  • July 8 – 1916 Model T Ford – James Moss (Automotive Curator) & Matt Andres (Registrar)
  • July 15 – EBRC Plants/Shade Structures – Matt Andres (Registrar)
  • July 22 – Books, Papers – Brady Vogt (Book & Paper Specialist) & Matt Andres (Registrar)
  • July 29 – Estates Artwork – Megan Kissinger (Conservator & Artist) & Matt Andres (Registrar)

We plan to also have an “Appraiser’s Afternoon” scheduled periodically as part of this ongoing program.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members Museum and Lab ticket ($12.00).

ask the curator group photo

Father’s Day Weekend at Edison Ford and The Marina at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 14th
  • Saturday, June 20 & Sunday, June 21, 2015

     Celebrate Father’s Day with FREE admission for Dads all day long on Sunday at Edison Ford. Dad’s FREE admission includes an audio tour of the historic homes, botanical gardens, museum and Edison Research Lab.

Fathers day 2015 clipart tie     Fathers cruise FREE with Pure Fort Myers with a full price child or spouse ticket. Take a break and enjoy a relaxing experience on the river with your family. Fathers and their families will be able to enjoy this special discount on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21.

Pinchers will also have special discounts on Father’s Day.

 

 

FUN FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 7th

Edison Ford Corner of McGregor & Larchmont

food truck fridays     Summer camp graduation on Friday afternoons is a big deal for all the summer campers and their families, so we are adding some more fun!

We will have some of our favorite food trucks set up from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.  We plan on snow cones, ice cream,  kettle corn and even barbeque. We will post the schedule every week on our website which is www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Enjoy food during graduation, after graduation or buy to take home.

 

Volunteer Meeting and Lecture – McGregor Royal Palms

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 4th
  • June 9, 10:00 a.m. – Lecture Hall in South Florida Water Management Building    Tropicalia mcgregor palms

Cynthia Williams, free-lance writer will speak  about her News-Press article: The Horticultural Gem that is the City of Fort Myers. She will be joined by J.B. Schuetz, Manager for the City of Fort Myers Parks and Beautification Department and Edison Ford Senior Horticulturist, Debbie Hughes. Debbie will share with you how to care for your royal palms.

The program is also open to current volunteers and the general public who are interested in becoming a volunteer at Edison Ford.

The Edison Ford Garden Shoppe has royal palms for sale with discounts for Members and Volunteers.

 

Saturday Morning Tea with Mina Edison and Clara Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 3rd
  • Monthly – June 6, July 18 and August 22 – 10:30 a.m. in the Edison Caretaker’s House  

     Join “Mina Edison” and “Clara Ford” for iced tea and pastries in the Edison Caretaker’s House as they reminisce about family and friends, living part-time in Florida, as well as their helpful hints for their marriage, gardening and menu interests. This delightful program features two “seasoned” Edison Ford docents and living history characters who will greet the audience and welcome them into their conversation.

tea cups     The Edison Caretaker’s House is air-conditioned and set in the beautiful Edison gardens. Reservations required. Call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419 or email lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $8; non-members $12.

Groups may schedule morning tea at other times and dates and substitute lunch or other refreshments. For group reservations call 239-334-7419.

 

Inside the Homes and Inside the Lab Summertime Hours

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 30th
  • Inside the Homes Tours – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. – Enjoy the Cooler Morning Weather

The Inside the Homes Tours are one of our best programs, and they are offered weekly or with a special appointment for groups of 10 or more. The tour provides a personal experience, featuring time with Curators inside areas normally not accessible. You will be “up close and personal” with objects that can be a mystery – here is one:dinner chimes edison dining room

If you are not sure what this artifact might be used for, you are not alone! Here’s a hint: the separate short stick on top of the artifact is a “striker.” Here’s another hint: think “xylophone.” Here’s the last hint: It sits in the dining room of the Edison Guest House at the right hand of the head person at the table. OK, the is the final hint: Think NBC. The answer is at the bottom of the page – or better yet, join us for an Inside the Homes Tour to unravel more mysteries!

 

  • Inside the LabTours – Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

This detailed tour of the Edison Botanic Research Corporation Laboratory includes examining some very original and “quirky” inventions – some of them even fashioned by Edison himself. It also features pieces of equipment used in a variety of laboratory processes, including the one shown at right, used in a process patented by Edison in the final years of his life.ball mill grinder Edison lab

If you are not sure what this object might be, think of the coffee grinder of your grandparents – or great grandparents. Here’s another hint: It is located in a separate room inside the Laboratory; along with a number of other pieces of equipment used for the same purpose. Each apparatus in this area, including a hydraulic press and a meat grinder, is connected by a belt to a line shaft, in turn connecting to a motor which powers the devices. See answers below – and make plans to join us for a tour inside the award-winning, fully restored, Edison Botanic Research Corporation Laboratory, a National Historic Chemical Landmark.

  • Answers:

Object 1: Dinner Chimes, used to call family and friends to the dining room. Also used in the railroad to call passengers to dinner.

Object 2: Ball Mill Grinder, used in Edison’s 1,090th patent – for grinding plant material in rubber research.

Director Tours to Return in September

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 14th

     The spectacular restoration of the Paul Rudolph Sarasota High School and private home tours finished up the spring season for the Edison Ford Director Tours. The Sarasota Architectural Foundation and architect Joyce Owens, arranged for the sites to be toured and the bus tour was directors tours sarasota umbrella houseled by Sarasota Herald Tribune editor, Harold Bubil.

Plans are underway for the fall 2015 and 2016 season which include the Frank Lloyd Wright campus of Florida Southern, private home and garden tours in Palm Beach, private nursery and architecture tour in Homestead and Historic Punta Gorda and a Peace River cruise.

For first notices and to be included on the Director Tours mailing list, contact Nancy Achter at 239-335-3678 or email her at nachter@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

 

Volunteer Annual Awards Event

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 12th

     Holly Shaffer and Bobby Feldman coordinated a wonderful annual event for the volunteers in April. It was attended by 165 volunteers who received special gifts from the community for their service.

At Edison Ford, volunteers have contributed more than 29,400 hours in the past year, which is equivalent to $663,300 which the IRS allows to be noted on the Edison Ford annual audit as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.

volunteer appreciation lunch 2015

This year, donation gifts were received from: Edison Ford Winter Estates, Ford’s Garage, Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel, First Watch, Wisteria Tea Room, Stillwell Enterprises, Sand Trap Bar & Grille, Three Fishermen, Fort Myers Miracles, Prawnbroker, University Grille, Shell Factory, Alliance for the Arts, JP Cruises, Captiva Cruises, Sabal Spring Golf Club, Broadway Palm, Key West Express, Bennett’s Donuts, Publix, Lofty Fig, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Butterfly Estates, McGregor Café, The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, Hotel Indigo, Legacy Harbor Hotel, The Florida Repertory Theater, Pinchers