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Edison Ford Holiday Nights Calendar of Events

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 30th


Holiday Nights Decorating Teams

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 19th

The decorating team for the upcoming Holiday Nights Season (November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017) includes the following talented community organizations and local businesses who donate hundreds of hours to assist the Edison Ford curators to create the installation of furnishings, decorations and lighting that reflect the 1920 – 1930s. Thank you!

American Institute of Architects Florida Southwest, Bennett’s Fresh Roast, Edison Innovators Association, Edison Park Neighborhood Association, Festival of Lights, Florida Power and Light, Florida Weekly, Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce, General Electric, Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Lee County Electric Cooperative, Lee County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Norris Home Furnishings, The Open Door Shoppes on Hendry Street, Sanibel Captiva Islands Chamber of Commerce, Shell Point Retirement Community, St. James City Volunteers with Brinson Family, TLC Engineering, Thomas A. Edison Congregational Church, WGCU Public Media, Winn-Dixie.

Scarf Painting at Edison Ford with Artist, Marie Dyer

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 14th

● December 3, January 14, March 4, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Class held in our beautiful waterfront pavilion.
scarf art dec 2015 hillaryJoin Southwest Florida artist, Marie Dyer to 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. The scarves can be worn as art pieces or used as art for the home.

All materials will be provided to produce a finished piece. Marie’s scarves are on display in the Edison Ford Museum Store and Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops, and are available for purchase.

Cost per class: Edison Ford Members $90; non-members $95. For more information or to registered contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar, at 239-334-7419 or lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Edison Ford Members – Don’t Forget to Pick up Your Holiday Nights Tickets

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 13th

One of the wonderful benefits of being an Edison Ford Member is that you get to enjoy Holiday Nights for FREE and visit as often as you like! Edison Ford Members also receive complimentary guest Holiday Nights tickets.

Holiday Nights Sunset 2013The complimentary tickets are for Members to give to their family members or to friends so that they can also enjoy Holiday Nights. Members can pick up their complimentary guest tickets at the ticket counter or in the Museum Store.

Holiday Nights 2016 Coming Soon!

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 11th


Veterans Day at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 8th

● November 11 – FREE Admission to Veterans & their Families All Day
veteransTo honor the men, women and families who have served our country, Edison Ford is offering FREE admission to United States Veterans and their families on Veterans Day. Free admission includes an audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, laboratory and museum. Veterans will also receive a 10% discount on Edison Ford membership and items purchased in the Museum Store, Ford Cottage Shoppe and Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops.

To receive free admission, veterans must present a VA identification card or their DD214 papers. Current servicemen and women presenting an active military ID will receive free admission on Veterans Day and all year long.

Annual Children’s Tree Trail

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 8th

Sixty area schools will participate in this year’s FREE month-long Children’s Tree Trail holiday event. The students and teachers of these schools will create recycled, weather-resistant ornaments to
match this year’s theme of birds! The Edison & Ford Winter Estates provide a stipend to each school to purchase related supplies.

Decorating begins in November, and visitors will notice the signs and completed trees installed throughout the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe, Heritage Garden, and near the red pergola located off of Larchmont Avenue.

tree-trail-childA special opening night for participating schools will be held the evening of Monday, November 28th. Edison Ford Educator Deborah Bowers, says, “We expect quite a turnout of students, families, teachers and administrators to celebrate this beautiful creative installation.”

The Children’s Tree Trail is a favorite annual event, and will be open nightly to all visitors from November 25, 2016 through January 1, 2017.

“Holiday Nights 2016” Opens November 25, 5:30 p.m.

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 7th

holiday-nights-2016-lighted-banyan-treeJoin us for the 41st Annual Edison Ford Holiday Nights opening night on November 25! The night will feature the Edison, Fords and Santa Claus! Doug MacGregor will be back and cartooning with kids and the Fort Myers Symphonic Mastersingers will sing Christmas carols! The Annual Tree Lighting will be at 6:00 p.m.

The homes and gardens of the Edison and Ford families will be seasonally decorated with thousands of lights and historic decorations. If you want to see the decorations up close, take a Holiday Nights Inside-the-Homes Tour, offered on November 29, December 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 6:30 p.m. additional charge). Contact Darlene Hermey, Membership Coordinator, at 239-334-7419 to reserve
your tour early, as space is limited and these tours fill up quickly.

Nightly Guided Holiday Tradition Tours take place at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. and are available for an additional charge. The Edison Ford Museum and Laboratory are open nightly, as well as the Ford Holiday Cottage Shoppe, Museum Store and Garden Shoppe for many Florida-themed gifts. Hot and cold refreshments, BBQ, beer and wine will be available for purchase in the Banyan Refreshment Area. Enjoy waterfront dining at Pinchers with a fantastic view of the Caloosahatchee. Take one of the daily river cruises with Pure Florida on the M/V Edison Explorer or enjoy a sunset cruise that departs an hour before sunset.

This “must see” Southwest Florida holiday tradition attracts visitors from all around the globe. Many seasonal residents and visitors come back year after year to see this magical site. USA Today selected Edison Ford Holiday Nights as one of the “Top Ten Historic Sites” in the nation, along with the White House, Mount Vernon and the Biltmore Estate. The American Bus Association named Edison Ford Holiday Nights a “Top 100 Event in North America” for 2016.

Come spend the night with us and make Holiday Nights your family holiday tradition! Holiday Nights is open daily from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) and runs through January 1, 2017.


Petting Zoo at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 16th

● October 30 – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

petting zoo girl with goatWe have moved the Petting Zoo to the Banyan Tree and Café area for shade from the trees, seating, and refreshments. Tickets are required and can be purchased at the main ticket office. Parking available in the main parking lot off of McGregor Boulevard or the new parking areas on Larchmont Avenue. Cost: Adults free; children entering the petting zoo gate will be $1.00 per child.

Annual “Airing of the Quilts” at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 12th

• October 15, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Quilt show 2014 octoberOn October 15 dozens of quilts from the Southwest Florida Quilters’ Guild will be on display, suspended from clotheslines between the palm trees on Thomas Edison’s estate. There will also be antique quilts from the 1880s – 1920s displayed inside the homes.

Members from the Southwest Florida Quilters’ Guild will have quilts available for sale and artist, Marie Dyer will demonstrate silk scarf painting. Visitors may also get their photo taken with Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. There will also be antique cars from some of the area’s finest antique car clubs on display!

quilt show antique carThe Ford family has a long history with quilts. Henry Ford and his wife, Clara, collected quilts that were created and used by people from all over the United States. The quilts were often made from modest scraps of material which demonstrated the resourcefulness of American women.

“Airing of the Quilts” is included with general admission. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for teens ages 13 – 19, $11 for children ages 6 – 12, and children 5 and under are free. Edison Ford members are free.

For more information call 239-334-7419 or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.