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Petting Zoo at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 12th

● July 31, August 28, September 25, October 30 – 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

petting zoo july 2016We have moved the Petting Zoo to the Heritage Gardens at the Garden Shoppe for shade from the trees and the cool porch with running fans. There will be a ticket required which can be purchased at the main ticket office. You can park 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.

Call Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar for more information at 239-334-7419.

Happy Birthday Henry Ford – Come Celebrate on July 30, 2016

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 9th

ford portraitThe public is invited to celebrate Henry Ford’s 153rd birthday at Edison Ford. Birthday cake will be served on the museum west porch at 10:00 a.m. (until it runs out!). Special “behind the scenes” tours of “The Mangoes,” Ford’s winter estate home, will be offered at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m.

Henry Ford and his wife Clara purchased their winter retreat in Fort Myers, right next to the winter home of their friends ford home eveningThomas and Mina Edison in 1916. The purchase price was $20,000 for about three acres of riverfront gardens with a lovely Craftsman-style bungalow.

The Ford family spent many winters in Fort Myers with mentor and friend, Thomas Edison. Their adjacent Florida estates provided great getaways for the friends to relax, explore Florida, and of course, talk business and innovation.

In honor of Ford’s birthday, active and retired Ford Motor Company employees will receive free admission, including a self-guided audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, lab, and museum. This will also include a “behind the scenes” tour of Ford’s home.

Cost: $20 general admission and includes a Behind the Scenes tour of Ford’s home.

 

Fourth of July at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 29th

fourth of july kidsDid you know the Fourth of July was Thomas Edison’s favorite holiday? He would devote the entire day to his children, waking up early to set off a giant firecracker in his yard. The children would dress in Fourth of July costumes and Edison and the children would throw Chinese firecrackers. Edison even made his own fireworks, calling them incendiary torpedoes that had TNT added. As a part of the Fourth of July celebration, the family enjoyed ice cream and watermelon, just as many American families do today.

Fourth of July meant so much to Edison. He used red, white and blue bulbs when he made the first strand of Christmas lights to represent the color of the Fourth of July!

Edison Ford is offering FREE admission to United States Veterans and their families on July 4, 2016. Free admission to Edison Ford includes a self-guided audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, laboratory and museum. To receive free admission, veterans must present a VA identification card or their DD214 papers. Current servicemen and women presenting active military identification always receive free admission throughout the year. Veterans also will receive a 10% discount on Edison Ford membership and items purchased in the Museum Store, Ford Cottage Shoppe, Garden Shoppe and Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops on July 4.

Edison Ford is a member of Blue Star Museums, so all active duty military will also receive free admission. The program includes active duty military in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and NOAA Commissioned Corps. Up to five family members may also be admitted free. The Blue Star Museums free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card.

Celebrate America’s birthday at Florida’s own “National Treasure.” So wear your red, white and blue and come
celebrate the Fourth of July with us at Edison Ford.

Fathers Day – FISHY Fun

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 8th

fish print 2016● June 19, Noon – 2:00 p.m. (or as long as the fish last) – On the river porch at The Marina at Edison Ford and Pinchers
father's day fish printingDead fish t-shirt painting has been a tradition at Edison Ford for many years. Now with the help of fresh fish from Pinchers (Pine Island Crab and Fish House), lots of volunteers and the Edison Ford Wild Wizard, everyone can join in the fun!

All you need is a clean t-shirt (bring one or purchase one from us). For prints on paper bring your own paper, rice paper or piece of textile. Recording or printing fish images is an ancient art form called Gyotaku (Gyo = fish, taku = impression). It was an early way to record the image of a fish through saving the print with ink and rice paper. It has developed through the centuries to become a beautiful printing art form and it’s also a lot of fun!

fishing with edisonDads, kids and moms also will learn basic fish anatomy (gills, swim fins, etc. and what’s the difference between a fish and a mammal.) We will use fish from the waters around Pine Island, thanks to Pinchers and Island Crab. We’ll have touch tanks too, so bring the kids so they can get hands-on experience and learn about native sea life, including oysters, clams and soft-shell crabs!

Cost: Pre-Registration: Edison Ford Members $10; non-members $15. Day of: Edison Ford Members $12; non-members $17. T-shirts available for purchase or bring your own. Call Leeanne Criswell, Edison Ford Program Registrar, at 239-334-7419 to pre-register.

mina with tarponFathers will receive a free dessert at Pinchers at The Marina at Edison Ford on Father’s Day. Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers and great-great grandfathers. Ladies are always welcome too and here is Mina Edison with her fish to prove it! So come on out for a memorable Father’s Day of FISHY fun!

Fathers Get in FREE at Edison Ford on Fathers Day

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 7th

edison and ford on stepsTo celebrate Fathers Day, all dads are invited to come see Edison Ford for FREE! This is a great way for visitors to enjoy the day with their father’s. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour of the estate homes, botanical gardens, museum and the laboratory.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. Don’t forget to check out our retail stores. Dads will receive 10% off retail purchases made in the Ford Cottage Shoppe, Museum Store and the Garden Shoppe. Dads can come out and spend the day with us, have lunch (and free dessert at Pinchers) and even make a fish print t-shirt!

Edison Ford Volunteer Meeting and Lecture

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On June 4th

June 14, 10:00 a.m. – in the South Florida Water Management Building Lecture Hall

sprout queenGuest speaker, Christine “The Sprout Queen” Lindsey will share the history of sprouts, why we want them in our lives, sources of contamination, and an overview of the sprouting process.

The Sprout Queen, part of Pine Island Botanicals, is located on Pine Island. Since late 2009, Christine has helped the lives of many people by offering fresh, locally and organically grown non-GMO sprouts, sunflower greens, pea shoots, buckwheat lettuce, alfalfa, purple kohlrabi and wheatgrass. Sprout kits will be available to purchase at the lecture and afterwards in the Garden Shoppe.

Volunteer meetings are open to current and potential volunteers. For more information on how to become a volunteer, contact Holly Shaffer or Bobby Feldman, Volunteer Coordinators at 239-334-7419.

Veterans Get in FREE on Memorial Day at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 14th

Memorial day 2014To honor the men and women who have served our country, Edison Ford is offering FREE admission to United States veterans and their families on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016. Free admission includes an audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, laboratory and museum.

Veterans will also receive a 10% discount on a Edison Ford membership and items purchased in the Museum Store, Ford Cottage Shoppe, Garden 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 always receive FREE admission to Edison Ford throughout the year.

The Petting Zoo is Back!

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 12th

● May 29, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
petting zoo sebastianBring the kids to pet the animals! There is always a variety of animals to pet, including rabbits, chickens, piglets, goats, a duck, calf and a sheep!

The kids really enjoyed petting the animals when the petting zoo was here the last time – and so did some of the parents! Cost: $1 per child. Beginning in July the Petting Zoo will continue monthly.

Edison Ford Volunteer Meeting and Lecture

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 8th

● May 10, 10:00 a.m. – in the Museum Hall of Inventions
phonograph expert timothy fabrizioGuest speaker, Timothy Fabrizio has been researching and writing about the history of recorded sound for over 40 years. He has worked at institutions such as the Library of Congress and the George Eastman Museum, appeared on national television and co-authored eight books. He has lectured in countries around the world, and received awards for his published work. He will be talking on “Edison and the Phonograph – Mastery, Myth, Maybes and Misses.”

For more information on how to become a volunteer, contact Holly Shaffer, Volunteer Coordinator at 239-334-7419.

Moms Get FREE Admission on Mother’s Day at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 5th

To celebrate Mother’s Day, all moms are invited to come visit Edison Ford for FREE! This is a great way for visitors to enjoy the day with their mothers.

mother's day 2016 watering can clipartPinchers will serve a special Mother’s Day brunch from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for  $35.99. For family and friends coming from The Marina at Edison Ford after the brunch, there will be a $10 Riverside only ticket sold at The Marina at Edison Ford, so visitors can walk along the riverfront and see Edison’s and Ford’s winter homes with their moms. Regular priced tickets will be available for purchase if visitors would like to see the museum and lab as well.

Mimosas will be available for purchase at the Ford Cottage Shoppe from Noon – 2:00 p.m. where guests can sit, relax and sip a mimosa while enjoying a great view of the river. Don’t forget to check out our retail stores. Moms will receive a 10% discount off retail purchases made in the Ford Cottage Shoppe, Museum Store and the Garden Shoppe.