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Visiting Phonograph Expert to Present at Edison Ford Museum

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 1, 2017

• January 3 – 11:00 a.m.; January 6 – 1:30 p.m.; January 10 – 3:00 p.m.
john kurdylaEdison Phonograph expert, John Paul Kurdyla, will present special phonograph programs at Edison Ford in the Music & Movie gallery.

A resident of Padua, Italy, Kurdyla’s expertise and engaging demonstrations when music was magichave been a favorite of Edison Ford visitors for several years. Kurdyla has one of the largest private collections of phonographs, gramophones and Edison memorabilia and is considered an expert on Edison recorded sound.

In addition to his phonograph expertise, Kurdyla authored the book “When Music Was Magic,” available only through Edison Ford. He has presented his knowledge on 10 Italian National Television (RAI) shows.

Edison Ford Holiday Nights Special Events

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 9, 2016

Live Holiday Music – November 25, December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 22, 23
Enjoy live period holiday music performed by a variety of local groups. From carolers to the Fort Myers Mastersingers, an eclectic blend of musicians and singers will perform throughout the grounds.
Cartooning with Doug MacGregor – “Santa’s Workshop” in the Edison Caretaker’s House; November 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., December 3, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., December 10, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Children of all ages will enjoy engaging with Santa as he introduces them to the wonderful world of cartooning.
● Children’s Holiday Crafts – “Santa’s Workshop” in the Edison Caretaker’s House; Select Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (See Calendar of Events)

Watch children delight in the spirit of the season as they create a truly unique holiday ornament and take home a piece of Edison Ford history!

Coconut Painting Class – “Santa’s Workshop” in the Edison Caretaker’s House; December 2, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Create a special postcard sure to warm the heart of a loved one or a treasure to decorate your own home. Adults and children of all ages will enjoy this fun Floridian craft. Cost: Advance Registration: Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $10. Day of: $10 for all participants. Painted coconuts can be mailed directly from the Edison Ford
Museum Store for an additional $10. To register call Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar, at 239-334-7419 or lcriswell@edisonfordwinterestates.org.

Holiday Tea with Mr. & Mrs. Edison and Mrs. Ford – December 14 – 4:30 p.m.
jan-and-jamie-bromeliad-christmas-treeJoin Mr. & Mrs. Edison and Mrs. Ford for a special Holiday Tea. Mr. & Mrs. Edison will take you on a tour of their seasonally decorated home, Seminole Lodge. Mrs. Ford will also welcome guests and lead a tour of her neighboring home, The Mangoes. Celebrate the holidays with the Edisons and learn about their favorite holiday traditions; enjoy tea, lemonade and cookies; and afterwards stroll the beautifully decorated homes and
gardens of the Edison and Ford families. claraCost: Edison Ford Members $15; non-members $25 (includes general admission to Edison Ford Holiday Nights, Lab and Museum). Space is limited so registration is required. For more information or to register contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar, at 239-334-7419 or

Breakfast with Santa and the Edison Ford “Wild” Wizards – December 17 – Two Seatings: 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
child-with-santaTake a break from the holiday bustle and spend the morning with your children at the beautiful Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Enjoy a unique holiday science show starring Santa and his Wild Wizard Elves, a healthy holiday breakfast, photo opportunities with Santa, and time to stroll the beautifully decorated homes and gardens of the Edison and Ford families. Reservations are required. Cost: Edison Ford Members $22; non-members $25, includes general admission to the site and breakfast with Santa for one adult and one child. Additional children, $15 each. For more information or to make reservations
contact Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar, at 239-334-7419 or

Edison Ford Holiday Nights Calendar of Events

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 30, 2016


Holiday Nights Decorating Teams

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 19, 2016

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 14, 2016

● 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 13, 2016

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 11, 2016


Veterans Day at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 8, 2016

● 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 8, 2016

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 7, 2016

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.