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Edison Ford Upcoming Events – Save the Date

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 26th

jazz cartoon Edison Ford Upcoming Events   Save the DateOctober 4 - Grand Opening of Pure Fort Myers, The Marina at Edison Ford

October 13 – 17 - Director Tour to Asheville, North Carolina

October 19 - Member Annual Celebration – Jazz Age Garden Party

October 24 - Black Maria Film Festival – Edison & Ford Winter Estates

October 25 - Black Maria Film Festival – Florida SouthWestern State College

October 25 - Edison Ford Quilt Show by Southwest Florida Quilt Guild

 

November 7, 8, 9 - Stone Crab Festival, The Marina at Edison Ford

November 8 - Director’s Tour to Naples

November 11 - Veteran’s Day, FREE admission to veterans and their families

November 21 – 30 - Annual American SandSculpting Championship

November 22 – 23 - Edison Garden Market

November 28 - Tree Lighting Ceremony, Edison Ford Holiday Nights

November 28 – January 2 - Edison Ford Holiday Nights

 

Mark Your Calendars ~ Edison Ford Holiday Nights Opens Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 21st

holiday nights begins thanksgiving weekend 2014 Mark Your Calendars ~ Edison Ford Holiday Nights Opens Thanksgiving Weekend

Edison Tarpon Conserved – Charles Edison Fund Grant

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 9th

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fishing with edison 205x300 Edison Tarpon Conserved   Charles Edison Fund Grant     After nearly 100 years, the fish collection of the Edison family is being conserved by taxidermists. The first three tarpon in the series are on display in the museum with replicas in fiberglass to be located on the porches as in the Edison era. The original fish collection was mounted using time-honored taxidermy techniques which included “stuffing” with sisal.

The Edison artifacts are being conserved by an annual grant from the Charles Edison Fund which was established after the death of Thomas and Mina Edison by their son Charles.

 

 

Edison Ford Director Tours 2014 – 2015 Travel Season

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 6th

      Edison Ford Director Tours have been a great program success for the past decade. Director Tours include our picks of great museums, gardens, historic sites as well as behind-the-scenes with directors, curators and specialists in the field. Most meals are included. We have carefully selected either private dining at the cultural site, a historic hotel, or notable restaurant.

The program costs include all travel arrangements, and tour fees. Edison Ford Members and Volunteers receive a special discount rate. RSVP to Cori Cramsey at ccramsey@edisonfordwinterestates.org.Spots are filling up quickly.

  • Asheville, NC – October 13 – 17, 2014

A hundred years ago, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone traveled to Asheville on one of their first camping experiences exploring America. In fact, the three “vagabonds” are pictured in the lobby of the historic Grove Park Inn, where we will stay. Today Grove Park is a Five Star hotel, spa and golf course. Besides behind-the-scenes tours at the hotel we will also take in Biltmore Estates, Garden, Winery and Village; the Southern Appalachian Highland Craft Guild Museum and the Blue Ridge Parkway; historic downtown Asheville and the Grovewood Museums and Gallery. For the golfers and spa enthusiasts, there will be time to enjoy both. The detailed schedule is on the following pages.

  • Naples, FL – November 8, 2014

The Naples Botanical Garden has been closed this summer preparing for the fall opening of the new Orchid Garden and other new gardens. This tour will include time with the designer Ellin Goetz, Director Brian Holley and landscape staff. Lunch and some quick shopping is planned at Tommy Bahama on 5th Avenue, to be followed by a private tour of Naples Bay with Pure Naples.

  • directors tours sept 2014 palm beach 201x300 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonPalm Beach, December 6, 2014

Palm Beach is famous for its museums and gardens, and this tour includes both the Norton Museum of Art with its impressive collection of American, European and Chinese Art and the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens with its beautiful historic home and annual “Festival of Trees” in the garden. There will also be a quick spin down Worth Avenue, decorated for the holidays.

  • Redland and Homestead – January 17, 2015

directors tour sept 2014 homestead 300x226 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonRedland, Florida is an agricultural area near Homestead and metropolitan Miami. Redland includes countless nurseries, orchid farms, original clapboard homes of early settlers, u-pick-em fields and coral rock structures. Peacocks roam free and the area is a bird sanctuary. It is also home to The Fruit & Spice Park where we will enjoy fruit samplings and behind-the-scenes tours of the nurseries. We will also tour the orchid houses and ranches as well as winery and brewery sites for tastings.

  • directors tour sept 2014 bok tower Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonLake Wales, Bok Gardens and Sanctuary, Pinewood Estate – February 28, 2015

Historic Bok Sanctuary & Gardens was designed in 1921 by Frederick Law Olmstead, for Edward Bok and his wife, financier and music lover. It was designed with 100 acres of gardens full of live oaks, camellias, azaleas and a spectacular 60 bell carillon tower. In February the gardens are ablaze with blooming azaleas and camellia. The tour will also include the adjacent Pinewood Estate, a beautiful Meditarean style mansion and gardens from the early 1900’s. Private lunch will be at Pinewood Estate.

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Pinewood Estate

  • Fort Lauderdale, Bonnet House & Gardens and Butterfly World, Coconut Creek, March 21, 2015

directors tour sept 2014 fort lauderdale 300x159 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonBonnet 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 directors tour sept 2014 fort lauderdale 1 300x193 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel Seasoncollection 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.

  • Sarasota, Lido Key and St. Armand’s Circle, April 18, 2015

directors tours sept 2014 sarasota 300x140 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonThis tour will be led by 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 Columbia Restaurant.

  • Director Tour – Asheville, NC, October 13 – 17, 2014

directors tour sept 2014 asheville colors 300x200 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonJoin Edison Ford for a Director Tour to Asheville, NC. Below is the information and a tentative agenda of our week in Asheville, NC. Edison, Ford and Firestone all were here a hundred years ago and we will follow their footsteps and stay in the same hotel.

Where to Stay: The Omni Hotel—Grove Park Inn

Reservation contact: Mackenzie Wheaten, Sales Manager: Mackenzie.Wheaton@omnihotels.com or 866-474-4953.

Flight Info: Allegiant Air

Flight Itinerary:

 Monday, October 13, 2014 - Depart Punta Gorda, FL at 12:30 p.m. – Arrive 2:20 p.m. in Asheville, NC

Friday, October 17, 2014 - Depart Asheville, NC at 3:00 p.m. – Arrive 4:35 p.m. in Punta Gorda, FL

Long term parking fees: $9 daily maximum, for more information visit http://www.flypgd.com/parking/

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Tentative Agenda:

  • Monday, October 13, 2014 – Travel Day – Arrive at Grove Park Inn, Guided history tour of Grove Park Inn, Dinner on Sunset Terrace/Edison Room.
  • Tuesday, October 14, 2014 – Day at Biltmore Estates – Trolley ride to Biltmore Estates, Behind-the-Scenes tour, Lunch at Stable Café; and time to enjoy Antler Hill Village, Winery and dinner at Cedric Tavern & Bistro.
  • directors tour sept 2014 grovewood  300x263 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel Seasondirectors tour sept 2014 antique cars 300x154 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonWednesday, October 15, 2014 – Day at Grove Park Inn – Grovewood Gallery, Grovewood Café, Estes-Winn Antique Car Museum, Grovewood Studios, North Carolina Homespun Museum and time to enjoy Grove Park on your own.
  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 – Trolley tour of Downtown Asheville, on the Blue Ridge to Southern Highland Craft Guild and time at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center.

 

 

  • directors tour sept 2014 trolley 150x150 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonFriday, October 17, 2014 – Travel Day – Shuttle pick up at Grove Park Inn to Asheville Airport – Depart Asheville, NC at 3:00 p.m. – Arrive 4:35 Punta Gorda, FL.

Join us for a gathering on Thursday, October 9th at 6:00 p.m., in the museum for wine, cheese and highlights of the Asheville Director Tour.

Cost: Edison Ford Members and Volunteers $400; non-members $450

For further information or to make a payment with a credit card contact Cori Cramsey at 239-334-7419 or ccramsey@edisonfordwinterestates.org  or you can mail a check to: Edison & Ford Winter Estates P.O. Box 2368 Fort Myers, FL  33902

Cost Includes: Transportation to/from Asheville airport, private trolley services, private guided tours, private Behind-the-Scenes tours, and goodie bags.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received on or before October 5, 2014 will receive a full refund.

For information on becoming a Member contact Darlene Hermey at dhermey@edisonfordwinterestates.org or 239-334-7419.

 

Monthly Volunteer Meeting and Program

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 3rd

 Travel, Historic Places and Gardens – September 16,  10:00 a.m. – South Florida Water Management Building  Lecture Hall

lincoln statue 230x300 Monthly Volunteer Meeting and Program      This month’s meeting is all about travel, historic places and gardens. Volunteer Manager, Holly Shaffer visited historic sites through the USA and Volunteer Manager, Bobby Feldman, trekked as far as Norway.

The program will also present a visual tour of all the Director’s Tours planned for the year ahead and a review of the Annual Calendar to get ready for the Jazz Age Garden Party planned for the Annual Member Celebration, Holiday Nights, and a full season of boat cruises.

Bring a potential volunteer. Baked goods are always appreciated. RSVP to Holly or Bobby at 239-334-7419.

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

 

Daily River Excursions Departing from The Marina at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 31st
  • River excursion sept 2014 group pic 300x213 Daily River Excursions Departing from The Marina at Edison Ford 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. daily, 4:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday

Experience the Caloosahatchee River in a whole new way aboard the M/V Edison Explorer departing daily from The Marina at Edison Ford. Members and visitors to Edison Ford will enjoy a river excursion aboard the newly built passenger vessel with certified naturalists and historians from Pure Fort Myers and Edison Ford.

River excursion sept 2014 300x145 Daily River Excursions Departing from The Marina at Edison Ford      River excursions will take passengers up the Caloosahatchee River to the historic railroad bridge, with great views of the island rookery filled with shorebirds. Passengers will learn Edison Ford river history, river ecology, the history of the Caloosahatchee and Fort Myers, as well as seeing dolphins, manatees, birds and river life up close.

Cost: Edison Ford Members $25 Adults, $20 Children (includes an audio tour of Edison Ford and river cruise); non-members $50 Adults, $35 Children (includes an audio tour of Edison Ford and river cruise). Customized private tours can be scheduled for groups with discounted group rates. For more information visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org or call Edison Ford at 239-334-7419. Sunset cruises are also available and tickets can be purchased by calling 800-979-3370 or visiting Pure Fort Myers.

 

 

 

September Programs at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 30th

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Edison Garden Market – November 22 – 23, 2014

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 18th

Mark your calendars for the Edison Garden Market. The event is great for family and friends and is FREE to the public.

Gardeners will be delighted at this one-stop shopping venue for unique garden items, including flowering trees, tropical plants and fruits, bougainvillea, orchids, roses, bromeliads, palms, cactus, herbs, bonsai, bamboo, ginger, butterfly plants, garden art, home and gardening supplies are all available. Edison Ford horticultural staff will be available to answer questions in the Garden Shoppe. Historic “heritage plants” that have been propagated in the nursery will be available for purchase.

The Garden Market attracts plant vendors from throughout the state and attracts nearly 1,000 gardeners and visitors looking for unique and historical garden items. Edison Garden Market vendor space is available for plant growers, fruit producers, garden art and garden supply vendors. For more information contact Edison Ford at 239-334-7419.

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Scarf Art with artist Marie Dyer

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 7th

 November 15, 2014, January 24, 2015, March 14, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

 scarf art april 2014 300x260 Scarf Art with artist Marie Dyer    Join 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. “Scarf Art” classes will be located on the West Museum Porch at Edison Ford. Bring a lunch or enjoy lunch at the Banyan Refreshment area or Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford. Cost: Edison Ford Members $75; non-members $80 (includes all materials and scarf).

Edison Ford Director Tours 2014 – 2015

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 5th
  • directors tour ashevill 300x173 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Asheville, NC – October 13 – 17, 2014

Join Edison Ford in North Carolina for a five day trip to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains for tours that include the Biltmore Estate, downtown Asheville, 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 100 years ago. For more information and to register contact Cori Cramsey at 239-334-7419 or email Cori at ccramsey@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

  • Naples, FL – November 8, 2014

Naples Botanical Garden, Ellin Goetz private garden tours and Naples Beach and Golf Club.

  • directors tour august 2014 update Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015  Palm Beach – December 6, 2014

Norton Museum of Art, and Ann Norton Sculpture Garden.

  •   Homestead – January 17, 2015

Orchid Farms, Wineries, and Fruit & Spice Park.

  •   Lake Wales – February 28, 2015

Historic Bok Sanctuary & Garden and historic Pinewood Estate.

  •   Fort Lauderdale – March 21, 2015

Butterfly World, Bonnet House Estate and Orchid Garden.

  • directors tour august 2014 update 1 300x171 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Sarasota – April 18, 2015

Longboat Key, Sarasota School of Design buildings tour, Architecture Foundation, with Architect Joyce Owens, shopping and dining on St. Armand’s Circle.