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“Holiday Nights” Opens November 28, 6:00 p.m.

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 21st

Mark your calendar now for a very special Thanksgiving Weekend for your family and friends, with the opening of Holiday Nights set for Friday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m.

Holiday Nights cartoon palm tree “Holiday Nights” Opens November 28, 6:00 p.m.     All areas of Edison Ford will be open and decorated for the season, and there are some special events just for opening night:

 

  • Tree lighting at 6:00 p.m. with the Edisons, Fords and Santa and Mrs. Claus
  • Performances throughout the gardens by the Naples Carolers
  • Holiday Wagon Rides with the Whispering Pines Clydesdales
  • The Marina at Edison Ford open for sunset River Cruises and dinner at Pinchers

 

Holiday Nights will be open from November 28, 2014 through January 2, 2015 every night, except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Members can pick up their “Complimentary Guest Tickets” at the ticket counter or in the Museum Store beginning November 10. Groups of 20 or more can call 239-334-7419 for special rates and reservations.

 

Lecture for Volunteers and the Public

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 13th
  • November 18, 10:00 a.m. – Holiday Nights, South Florida Water Management Building Lecture Hall

      The monthly volunteer meeting will focus on holiday traditions and history and on the fabulous decoration and lighting of the season at Edison Ford. Chief Curator Mike Cosden and his curators will present the history of the holidays during the early part of the last century, especially focusing on Edison’s electric Christmas lights and Ford’s love of Santa Claus and his Santa Village.

Megan Kissinger, Conservator, and the team of exhibit volunteers will present a look at their wonderful handmade traditional ornaments and some tips on how to make your own.

Volunteers are needed to work Holiday Nights as hosts, for refreshments and throughout the site. RSVP to Holly or Bobby at 239-334-7419.

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Holiday Nights – Coming November 28!

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 11th

Click HERE to download the Holiday Nights flyer!

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Edison Ford Holiday Nights Host Groups – Volunteers Needed

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 8th

Edison Ford is now scheduling volunteers and Host Groups for Edison Ford Holiday Nights. The event relies on volunteer Host Groups who help direct and guide visitors. Holiday Host Groups select an evening during the event to welcome visitors to Holiday Nights. Edison Ford will provide FREE tickets for your group to return and enjoy Holiday Nights. To participate:

  • Select a night to host.
  • Organize a group from your organization (the more the merrier!).
  • Coordinate attire for the evening within your group. Company shirts, neighborhood shirts or festive holiday-wear are appropriate.
  • Plan to work from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. A break time with light snacks will be provided.
  • Please do not bring children under 18 years of age. Although this is a family event, we prefer hosts to be adults.

Contact the Volunteer Department at 239-334-7419 to schedule your group.

 

Edison Ford Director Tours 2014 – 2015 Travel Season

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 6th

      Edison Ford Director Tours have been a great 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.

  • Naples director tour nov 2014 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel Season 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 architect Ellin Goetz, Director Brian Holley and landscape staff. Lunch will be in the gardens.

After lunch, there will be a private cruise on Naples Bay with Pure Naples. This will include views of fabulous homes and the bay.

  • directors tour palm beach nov 2014 300x181 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel Season Palm 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 historic Worth Avenue, decorated for the holidays.

  •  Redland and Homestead – January 17, 2015directors tour redland and homestead nov 2014 update 300x256 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel Season

 

Redland, Florida is an agricultural area near Homestead and metropolitan Miami. Redland includes countless nurseries, orchid farms, original clapboard homes of early settlers, u-pick fields and coral rock structures. Peacocks roam free and the area is a bird sanctuary.

 

The area is also home to The Fruit & Spice Park where participants will enjoy fruit samplings and behind-the-scenes tours of the nurseries. The last stop will be a tour of the orchid house and ranches as well as winery and brewery sites for tastings.

 

  • directors tour bok tower nov 2014 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 Mediterranean-style mansion and gardens from the early 1900’s.

Private lunch will be at Pinewood Estate.

 

  • directors tour butterfly nov 2014 300x193 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonFort Lauderdale, Bonnet House & Gardens and Butterfly World, Coconut Creek, March 21, 2015

 

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.

 

  • directors tour sarasota nov 2014 300x140 Edison Ford Director Tours 2014   2015 Travel SeasonSarasota, Lido Key and St. Armand’s Circle, April 18, 2015

 

This 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.

 

Happening Daily this Month at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 5th

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Special Holiday Crafting Days – Volunteers Needed

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 3rd
  • November 4, 9:30 a.m. – Ornament Crafting Day, Marketing Building

 holiday crafting Special Holiday Crafting Days   Volunteers Needed     Volunteers will be making the cat and dog Victorian cotton batting ornaments. They will also work on garland, wreath and floral decorating.

  •  November 18, 9:30 a.m. – Wrapping of the Presents, Caretaker’s House

      Volunteers will wrap the presents for under the trees. They will also make creative gift tags and decorations for the presents to match the theme of the trees. This activity will happen before and after the volunteer meeting.

 

Award Winning Site Continues to Garner Awards

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 16th

E Awards and inventors hall of fame october 2014 Award Winning Site Continues to Garner Awards

Edison Ford Annual Clothesline Quilt Show

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 14th
  • October 25, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Quilt show 2014 october Edison Ford Annual Clothesline Quilt Show      The Edison & Ford Winter Estates and the Southwest Florida Quilter’s Guild will be “airing their quilts” on clotheslines in front of Seminole Lodge, the winter estate of Thomas and Mina Edison.

The tradition of “airing” quilts dates back to Colonial America when women would take quilts out of summer storage and “air” them in autumn for use in winter. In addition to the contemporary quilts available for show and sale, a variety of antique quilts will be on display.

Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5.

 

Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 13th
  • October 24, Edison & Ford Winter Estates; 7:30 p.m.
  • October 25, Florida SouthWestern State College, Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus; 7:30 p.m.

      The Thomas Edison Black Maria Film Festival returns for the eighth season to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, October 24 outdoors on the river side lawn of the Ford Estate and Florida SouthWestern State College, Thomas Edison (Lee) Campus, Richard H. Rush Library and Auditorium, October 25.

The Black Maria Film Festival is an international, award winning festival that has toured the nation for 33 years and is hosted by museums and colleges throughout the nation showcasing independent and experimental film and video. The films include a variety of contemporary works drawn from the annual juried selection of award winning films and videos. The Black Maria is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an Academy Awards qualifying festival for short films. Guest Speaker, Clayton Hemmert, Board President & CEO of Crew Cuts, New York City.

Tickets are on sale now at Edison Ford in the museum store. Cost: October 24 – Edison Ford Members $10; non-members $15; FSW Students $8; October 25 – FSW Students Free; general public $15; $25 for both nights. For ticket information call 239-334-7419. For more information visit Edison Ford, Black Maria Film Festival, or Florida Southwestern State College.

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