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Fair Lane Garden Presentation

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 15th

Clara Ford Blue Garden april 2014 Fair Lane Garden PresentationHenry Ford’s Fair Lane Gardens

● April 23 – 10:00 a.m. – South Florida Water Management Lecture Hall

Join Karen Marzonie, Director of Landscapes for the Henry Ford Estate Fair Lane, located in Dearborn, Michigan, for a presentation about the gardens of the 1,300 acre family home of Clara and Henry Ford.

Open to Edison Ford volunteers and staff.

 

Celebrating 50 Years of Ford Mustang

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 12th

50 years of mustang celebration april 2014 flyer Celebrating 50 Years of Ford Mustang

Rhythm on the River

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 7th

● April 11, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Edison Coconut Grove

    Join Edison Ford and Pinchers at The Marina for Rhythm on the River at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates for live music and dancing in the Edison Coconut Grove. Music provided by the Danny Morgan Band. Cash bar provided by Pinchers which is also open next door for dining.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $10. For more information call 239-334-7419.

 Next Rhythm on the River will be May 9, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

 rhythm on the river april 2014 Rhythm on the River

April Tours and Programs Everyday

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 6th

• Daily Tours

Every day of the week visitors have the option of an Historian-Led Tour, Audio Tour in English, German, Spanish or French, or a Lab and Museum Tour.

tour group april 2014 April Tours and Programs Everyday

 • Garden Tour ~ Wednesdays – 10:30 a.m.

      Join Edison Ford garden staff to experience the 20 acres of gardens of the Edison and Ford families. Admission includes audio tour of homes, museum and lab.

• German Language Tour ~ Wednesdays – 10:30 a.m.

Historian-led tour of homes, gardens, lab and museum in German.

• River Cruises & Edison Ford Tour ~ Wednesdays – Noon & 1:00 p.m.

      Tour of Edison Ford homes, gardens, lab and museum and Caloosahatchee River Cruise departing from the NEW Marina at Edison Ford.

 • Behind-the-Scenes Tour ~ Thursdays – 10:30 a.m.

     A Behind-the-Scenes tour takes you inside and up close in the Edison and Ford homes led by curatorial staff, and includes the homes, gardens, lab and museum. Space is limited so reservations are suggested by calling 239-334-7419.

• NEW Spanish Language Tour ~ Saturdays – 1:00 p.m.

Historian-led tour of homes, gardens, lab and museum in Spanish.

• Young Inventor’s Tour ~ Saturdays – 11:00 a.m.

Children of all ages will have fun while participating in hands-on science activities based on the inventions of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. Activities include an assembly line, phonograph demonstrations and much more.

• Inside the Lab Hands-on Science ~ Sundays – 2:00 p.m.

A Behind-the-Scenes program inside the lab and museum. Includes demonstrations with inventions and hands-on activities featuring Edison and Ford inventions. Audio tour included. (One adult required for every two children).

Participants will receive a 10% discount on all “invention items,” including books, science kits and toys.

 

Edison Ford Volunteer Appreciation

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 4th
  • April 8, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – The Marina at Edison Ford

Last year more than 250 volunteers contributed 28,000 hours of service to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates equal to 13.5 paid staff positions and a cash value of $617,000. On April 8, 2014 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. we will honor and celebrate the many contributions of our wonderful volunteers.

volunteer meeting at bell tower Edison Ford Volunteer Appreciation

 As we appreciate all our volunteers, we recognize the following individuals who reached significant hours:

500 Hours: Ardy Barclay, Anne Brown, Beverly Brown, Marti Campbell, Phyllis Catron, David Cornell, Janet Cornell, Jean Correa, Pedro Correa, Pauline Doane, Barry Doerr, Virginia Dougherty, Kathleen Garry, Monika Green, Susan Halverson, Nancy Harris, Helen Haver, Jim Hopton, Donna Johnson, Gwen Mattoni, Wilma Miller, Karen Mole, Thomas Mole, Yvan Mollard, Ann Mullinix, Connie Norstrem, Linda Rand, Martha Reiter, Marge Roberts, Richard Schaffer, Joseph Schiavone, Karen Schiavone, David Sheehey, and Frances Wright

1,000 Hours: Sis Abbott, Phyllis Bickerstaff, Dorothy Birch, Karen Coleman, Eva June Coon, Doris Delaney, Dick Dutton, Lois Ehrenzeller, Margaret Healy, Martin Healy, Carl Horner, Lina Jakub, Marilyn Jones, Jamie MaGirl, Janet MaGirl,

Ginger McHale, Barbara Meyer, Susan Monteleone, James Owens, Trudie Prevatt, Wilma Rizzi, Dolores Russell, Alcy Trujillo, and Robert Willover

2,000 Hours: Debbie Brandt, Helen Park, Susan Rivera, Clara Schmidt, MaryAnn Sedlock, Eldon Shuey, Mary Ann Shuey, Bob Slifka, and Al Weingart

3,000 Hours: LeRoy Moore, and Nancy Owens

7,000 Hours: Gary Bishop

For additional information on how to become a volunteer at Edison Ford contact the Edison Ford Volunteer Department at 239-334-7419.

 

 

 

Art in Bloom – An Exhibit of Art and Floral Design

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 3rd

● April 6, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

    Art in Bloom is a collaborative project of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Fort Myers-Lee County Garden Council. The project combines art pieces with floral designs. Artwork created by a talented group of artists who have displayed their work and participated in programs at Edison Ford is used as an inspiration for members of the Garden Council and staff of Edison Ford to design their own piece of art using plant materials.

art in bloom april 2014 kissenger Art in Bloom   An Exhibit of Art and Floral Design

“Crystal Blue Persuasion” by artist Megan Kissinger

Artwork from Manfred Behr, Harry Bova, Marie Dyer, Karen Flanders, Kim Hambor, Megan Kissinger, Leoma Lovegrove, Rosemary Lovergrove, Doug MacGregor, and Paradise Coast Photography will inspire designers Bernadette Hamera, Debbie Hughes, Sandy Kavouras, Ena McGrattan, Julia Palmer, Terry Pinck, Todd Roy, Winnie Stone, and Suzy Valentine.

In addition, Art in Bloom will honor Berne Davis who celebrated her 100 year birthday on March 19, 2014, with a tree planting ceremony in the Edison Ford Gardens at 4:00 p.m. Berne, a contributor to the Edison Moonlight Garden restoration, has been a longtime member of the Periwinkle Garden Club, along with Mina Edison, Thomas Edison’s wife.

Artwork from contributing artists will be available for purchase and a Tea Tent will serve Edison Ford Tea, a special blend of tea made for the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Visitors will also have the opportunity to vote on their favorite piece.

     Cost: Edison Ford Members and Garden Council Members FREE; non-members $5. The event is open to visitors touring Edison Ford with a general admission ticket.

 

Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 22nd

In addition to daily tours throughout the day and specialty tours throughout the week, Edison Ford special events are held throughout the year and celebrate the lives and legacies of the Edison and Ford families. More details to follow in upcoming newsletters and on our Web site. The schedule of events includes the following:

April 6   – Art in Bloom

April 8   – Edison Ford Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

April 19 – Celebrating 50 Years of Ford Mustang

April 27 – Art in the Gardens, through May 18

May 11 – Mother’s Day, Moms receive FREE admission

May 26 – Memorial Day, Veterans and their families receive FREE admission

June 2 – August 15 – Edison Ford Inventor’s Camp

June 15 – Father’s Day, Dads receive FREE admission

July 3 – Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

October 19 – Member Celebration

October 25 – Edison Ford Quilt Show

November 11 – Veteran’s Day, Veterans and their families receive FREE admission

November 22 – 23 – Edison Garden Market

November 28 – Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 28 – January 2 – Edison Ford Holiday Nights

Edison Ford Director’s Tours 2014

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 14th

This has been a great season of day trips to some of our favorite Florida spots.

Although there is waiting list for the March trip to Sarasota and Selby Gardens, Ringling Museum and opening of the new James Terrell sculpture exhibition, there are still a few openings for the final trip in April to Tampa to visit the Henry Plant Museum, historic Tampa Yacht Club and restoration of the historic 1930s Floridan Hotel.directors tours march 2014 Edison Ford Director’s Tours 2014

• March 20, Thursday – Sarasota (Waitlist)

The tour includes the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, well known for its collection of orchids, glass houses and gardens. The day will finish up at the Ringling Estate with a tour arranged by longtime Keeper of Ca’d Zan and Ringling Curator, Ron McCarty. It includes the Ringling Museum & Estate, Art Museum and Circus Museum as well as a private tour after dark of the new James Terrell light sculpture installation. Private lunch included.

• April 5, Saturday – Tampa

Henry Plant put Tampa on the map with his railroads and hotel a 100 years ago. This tour includes the Henry B. Plant Museum and the Annual Appraiser’s Fair and private tour of the historic hotel.  Luncheon at Tampa Bay Yacht Club included.

• SUMMER

For our year-round residents, we are planning short trips during the summer months to Pine Island (fishing, plant nurseries), Matlacha (galleries), Estero Bay (Ostego Bay Foundation) and Useppa Island Cruise and Tour.

 

Scarf Art Workshop with artist Marie Dyer March 21-23

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 12th

● March 21, 22, & 23, 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops

scarf art marie dyer jan 2014 Scarf Art Workshop with artist Marie Dyer March 21 23    Join Southwest Florida artist, Marie Dyer, and create your own hand painted silk scarf. Marie will teach a variety of techniques to inspire painters of all levels to create their own “one-of-a-kind” scarf.  All materials will be provided to produce a finished piece.

Known for her vivid floral landscape paintings, Marie has been a featured artist at Edison Ford and has taught “Scarf Art” workshops throughout the New England area. Participants may bring their own lunch or enjoy eating at the restaurants at Bell Tower Shops. To register call 239-334-7419.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $85; non-members $90 (includes materials and one silk scarf).

 

River Cruises Return, The Marina at Edison Ford Opens

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 9th

edisons on river cruise march 2014 River Cruises Return, The Marina at Edison Ford Opens     Both the Edison and Ford Families were fascinated by the Caloosahatchee. They loved living on the river banks; they boated its waters on Edison’s electric boat, Reliance; fished from the pier; and explored the estuaries and nearby islands of Sanibel and Captiva.

      The Edison Ford Cruise and Tour programs will continue to explore the history, ecology and geography of this wonderful river. This season the project will be expanded even more to include a new Pinchers Restaurant, beverages, and an easy connector between Edison Ford and our new neighbor, The Marina at Edison Ford (River Marker 55 and 2360 West 1st St., Fort Myers). Thomas and Mina Edison will often join the River Cruises.

      Captiva Cruises has been our partner on the river for many years, providing in-depth natural history, river history, and a top notch cruise program. Sometime this summer, they will be bringing a boat to be permanently located at The Marina at Edison Ford, and there will be daily cruises seven days a week.

 River Cruise & Tours from Captiva Island

● Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., departing from McCarthy Marina

      The River Cruise & Tours from Captiva Island to Edison Ford is available on Wednesdays during season. The river tour shows the importance of the Caloosahatchee ecologically and culturally, includes a view of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates from the water and guided tour of the Edison and Ford historic homes, gardens, lab and museum. Participants will arrive at the NEW Marina at Edison Ford and will have time to enjoy lunch on their own at Pinchers at The Marina.

Cost: $65 Adults, $60 Children (ages 12 and under) plus tax and includes an historian led tour of the river and Edison Ford.

Seating is limited and reservations are suggested by calling 239-472-5300.

River Cruise & Self-Guided Tour of Edison Ford

● Wednesdays, Noon and 1:00 p.m.

      River Cruise of the Caloosahatchee and self-guided tours of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates depart from The Marina at Edison Ford. Self-guided tour includes audio tour of the Edison and Ford historic homes and gardens, admission to the Edison lab and Inventions Museum and cruise of the Caloosahatchee River with Captiva Cruises. Cost: $45 Adults, $35 Children (ages 12 and under). Tickets may be purchased at the Edison Ford ticket office. Participants will depart from the NEW Marina at Edison Ford and will have time to enjoy lunch on their own at Pinchers Restaurant.

      Groups of 20 or more will receive a group rate DISCOUNT with advance reservations. Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford is available for large and small groups with lunch packages starting at $20. For more information contact Edison Ford Group Sales at 239-334-7419.

      Daily River Cruise & Edison Ford Tours will begin late Spring, departing from The Marina at Edison Ford.