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Edison Ford to be Recognized for Ford Programs and Events

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 19th

      This March, for the second year, an historic 1928 Ford Tri-Motor aircraft joined the exhibit of Edison Ford at Page Field for viewing and flights over the city, for several days. Thanks to the work of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the historic jim and mr ford tri motor page fieldaircraft came back to the area for flights around Fort Myers, including the historic estates of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. Henry Ford was very active in aircraft manufacturing and an advocate for commercial flights as well as military usage.

If you did not catch the Tri-Motor, the 1937 Ford Coupe is on display year-round in the large public area at Page Field, along with a gift shop.

Because of the work of Edison Ford to educate about the Ford legacy and his impact on the world, this year, the Henry Ford Historical Association is honoring this site with its highest award for achievement. The HFHA is comprised of The Henry Ford, Greenfield Village, Fair Lane Henry Ford Estate, the Edsel Ford Estate, the Piquette Avenue Model T Plant, Model A Foundation, and the Early Ford V-8 Foundation and Museum.

Plan Ahead: Mother’s Day

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 14th
  • Sunday, May 10, 2015

     In celebration of moms of all ages, Edison Ford will once again offer several activities for Mother’s Day and some of them in collaboration with The Marina at Edison Ford, next door, through the Coconut Grove. Consider visiting, dining, cruising or just enjoying a cocktail on the Caloosahatchee river:

  • FREE admission for Moms on Mother’s Day at Edison ford and discounts in the Museum Stores
  • Morning and Afternoon Mimosas and FREE lemonade in the Edison Coconut Grove, on the Caloosahatchee. Bar  provided by Pinchers, with tables in the shade to enjoy the river view. Members are always FREE and can just come through the marina gate easily. Tickets for Edison Ford may be purchased at The Marina at Edison Ford.
  • The Marina at Edison Ford and Pinchers are a great spot for celebrating Mother’s Day. Call them for more information.

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Edison Ford Director Tours 2015 Travel Season

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 9th

      Only one more Director Tour is remaining in the regular season as we wind down a very successful eight months of tours. This year we visited Asheville and the Biltmore Estates, Palm Beach for the gardens and exhibits at some wonderful historic properties, Homestead and Redlands for the plant nurseries, Fort Lauderdale for the expansive Caribbean-style plantation and impressive collection of paintings and we are planning our trips for next year already.

For the late Spring, Summer and Early Fall season, we are considering a few shorter and nearby Summer Director Tours to include a long boat trip cruising up the Caloosahatchee, kayaking historical tour, the Estero Bay Fisheries and Mound House and Pine Island for a cruise, and also palm and plant nurseries. We are also looking at an overnight trip to Key West in September/October 2015.

The Director Tours includes all travel arrangements and tour fees, as well as private lunch with a choice of selections. Cost: Edison Ford Members $100, non-members $110. For more information or to register contact Nancy Achter at nachter@edisonfordwinterestates.org or 239-335-3678.

  • Mid Century Modern Sarasota, April 18, 2015 (Waiting List) 

directors tour sarasota nov 2014     This tour will be led by Sarasota Historian and 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 Shore Diner.

Edison Ford Volunteer Appreciation

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 6th
  • April 14, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – The Marina at Edison Fordvolunteer activities april 2013 newsletter

      More than 256 volunteers have contributed 29,414 hours of service to Edison Ford equal to more than 14 paid staff positions and an annual cash value of $663,286. On April 14, the event will include a social with light refreshments, raffles, and awards. The following individuals have reached significant hours:

500 – 999 Hours: Shirley Armstrong, Ardy Barclay,  Kristin Brandt, Anne Brown, Beverly Brown, Marti Campbell, Cindy Carothers, David Cornell, Janet Cornell, Pedro Correa, Kathleen Garry, Jim Hopton, Donna Johnson, Gwen Mattoni, Gerry McMillan, Helen McMillan, Karen Mole, Thomas Mole, Yvan Mollard, Ann Mullinix, Connie Norstrem, Ginny Plummer, Lorie Purser, Linda Rand, Martha Meiter, Marge Roberts, Richard Schaffer, Gerry Schroeder, Jane Schroeder, Nancy Siria, John Tyrer, Clif Ward, Frances Wright

1,000 – 1,999 Hours: Sis Abbott, Phyllis Bickerstaff, Dorothy Birch, Phyllis Catron, Karen Coleman, Eva June Coon, Doris Delaney, Pauline Doane, Virginia Dougherty, Dick Dutton, Lois Ehrenzeller, Monika Green, Susan Halverson, Nancy Harris, Helen Haver, Margaret Healy, Martin Healy, Carl Horner, Lina Jakub, Marilyn Jones, Jamie MaGirl, Janet MaGirl, Ginger McHale, Barbara Meyer, Susan Monteleone, James Owens, Wilma Rizzi, Dolores Russell, Joseph Schiavone, Karen Schiavone, David Sheehey, Alcira Trujillo, Robert Willover

2,000 – 2,999 Hours: Debbie Brandt, Helen Park, Susan Rivera, Clara Schmidt, MaryAnn Sedlock, Eldon Shuey, Mary Ann Shuey, Bob Slifka, Al Weingart

3,000 – 3,999 Hours: Nancy Owens, LeRoy Moore

8,000 Hours: Gary Bishop

Ford Thunderbird Exhibition

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On April 1st

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  • April 4, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

      The Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be hosting the Ford Thunderbird Exhibition. Thunderbirds, or T-Birds, as they are affectionately known from all eras, will be displayed on the historic, riverside property of Henry Ford. Owners will be on hand to visit with guests and answer questions.

thunderbird red      The Ford Thunderbird lives on in the hearts of so many people, in the garages of collectors and in the memories of millions. At one of the most beautiful sites in Fort Myers, this is a fitting tribute to the legacy of the American automobile and Henry Ford.

The history of the Thunderbird has included two-seaters, roadsters, convertibles and four-door models, hardtops and sedans, more than 4 million of them. Over the years there have been several different models, but the nostalgia has never waned.

A portion of the proceeds from the Thunderbird show will benefit the restoration of the antique car collection of Edison Ford. Visitors can look forward to:

  • “Henry and Clara Ford” leading informal tours throughout the event
  • Thunderbird Car Talks
  • Everglades BBQ for purchase at the Ford Cottage Lawn
  • Live Music

thunderbird white     Thunderbird owners can register their car for this special show by calling Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419. There is no fee for registration.

Admission to the Thunderbird show: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $20 adults, $11 children and includes an audio tour, as well as admission to see the homes, gardens, laboratory and museum.

April Daily Tours and Programs

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 26th

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Ford Thunderbird Exhibition

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 23rd
  • April 4, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

thunderbird white     The Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be hosting the Ford Thunderbird Exhibition. Thunderbirds, or T-Birds, as they are affectionately known from all eras, will be displayed on the historic, riverside property of Henry Ford. Owners will be on hand to visit with guests and answer questions.

The Ford Thunderbird lives on in the hearts of so many people, in the garages of collectors and in the memories of millions. thunderbird redAt one of the most beautiful sites in Fort Myers, this is a fitting tribute to the legacy of the American automobile and Henry Ford.

The history of the Thunderbird has included two-seaters, roadsters, convertibles and four-door models, hardtops and sedans, more than 4 million of them. Over the years there have been several different models, but the nostalgia has never waned.

A portion of the proceeds from the Thunderbird show will benefit the restoration of the antique car collection of Edison Ford. Visitors can look forward to:

  • thunderbird aqua“Henry and Clara Ford” leading informal tours throughout the event
  • Thunderbird Car Talks
  • Everglades BBQ for purchase at the Ford Cottage Lawn
  • Live Music

 

Thunderbird owners can register their car for this special show by calling Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419. There is no fee for registration.

Admission to the Thunderbird show: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $20 adults, $11 children and includes an audio tour, as well as admission to see the homes, gardens, laboratory and museum.

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Edison Ford Director Tours 2015 Travel Season

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 14th

There are only two more Director Tours remaining in the regular season as we wind down a very successful eight months of tours. This year we visited Asheville and the Biltmore Estates, Palm Beach for the gardens and exhibits at some wonderful historic properties, Homestead and Redlands for the plant nurseries and we are planning our trips for next year already.

For the late Spring, Summer and Early Fall season, we are considering a few shorter and nearby Summer Director Tours to include a long boat trip cruising up the Caloosahatchee, the Estero Bay Fisheries and Mound House and Pine Island for a cruise, and also palm and plant nurseries. We decided to postpone our possible trip to Dearborn and the Ford Estate and Greenfield Village until 2016 but it is still in our headlights for sometime in the future.

There are only a few seats remaining on the two upcoming Director Tours. The tours include all travel arrangements and tour fees, as well as private lunch with a choice of selections. Cost: Edison Ford Members $100, non-members $110. For more information or to register contact Nancy Achter at nachter@edisonfordwinterestates.org or 239-335-3678.

  • Fort Lauderdale, Bonnet House & Gardens and Butterfly World, Coconut Creek, March 21, 2015     (Limited Seats Remaining)

lorikeet     Bonnet 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 collection 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.

 

  • Mid Century Modern Sarasota, April 18, 2015 (Limited Seats Remaining)

This tour will be led by Sarasota Historian and 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 Shore Diner.

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Fly Back in Time on the Ford Tri-Motor – March 19 – 22, 2015

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 12th

Ford tri-motor feb 2014fort tri motor fly the ford     Don’t miss an opportunity to experience aviation history when the Ford Tri-Motor aircraft comes to Page Field Airport. The aircraft, nicknamed “The Tin Goose” was designed for passenger comfort. This tour is hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Climb aboard one of the first mass-produced airliners and step back in time to aviation’s golden age. A flight on EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor is a flight back to an era where air travel was considered a luxury. This will be an unforgettable experience aboard one of the few remaining airworthy Ford Tri-Motors in the world. While at Page Field, visitors can see the 1937 Ford Five-Window Coupe displayed by Edison Ford. The Ford Coupe featured both power and style as it was outfitted with one of the top motors of the 1930s, Ford’s Flathead V-8 85 horsepower engine.

Flights run continuously from 9:00 a.m. – Noon and 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Cost: Pre-book Adults $70, Children (17 & under) $50; Walk-up Adults $75. To book a flight call 1-877-952-5395. (Once the Ford Tri-Motor is on location, the discounted price for adults is no longer applicable.)

Lecture for Volunteers ~ Open to the Public

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 8th
  • March 10, 10:00 a.m. – Southwest Florida Water Management Lecture Hall  

     Guest speakers Dennis J. Giardina and Mike Owens of The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will speak about “The Restoration of Rare and Extirpated Orchids at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.” The talk will profile their work in Fakahatchee and adventures in Cuba, featuring the native orchids of Cuba.

Meetings are open to current Edison Ford volunteers, potential volunteers and the public. Donated baked goods and snacks are always appreciated. Coffee, tea and breakfast foods provided. For information on becoming an Edison Ford volunteer call Volunteer Coordinators Holly Schaffer and Bobby Feldman at 239-334-7419.

Visit our volunteer page on the Web to learn more about becoming an Edison Ford volunteer.

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