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Director Tours to Return in September

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 14th

     The spectacular restoration of the Paul Rudolph Sarasota High School and private home tours finished up the spring season for the Edison Ford Director Tours. The Sarasota Architectural Foundation and architect Joyce Owens, arranged for the sites to be toured and the bus tour was directors tours sarasota umbrella houseled by Sarasota Herald Tribune editor, Harold Bubil.

Plans are underway for the fall 2015 and 2016 season which include the Frank Lloyd Wright campus of Florida Southern, private home and garden tours in Palm Beach, private nursery and architecture tour in Homestead and Historic Punta Gorda and a Peace River cruise.

For first notices and to be included on the Director Tours mailing list, contact Nancy Achter at 239-335-3678 or email her at nachter@edisonfordwinterestates.org.


Volunteer Annual Awards Event

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 12th

     Holly Shaffer and Bobby Feldman coordinated a wonderful annual event for the volunteers in April. It was attended by 165 volunteers who received special gifts from the community for their service.

At Edison Ford, volunteers have contributed more than 29,400 hours in the past year, which is equivalent to $663,300 which the IRS allows to be noted on the Edison Ford annual audit as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.

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This year, donation gifts were received from: Edison Ford Winter Estates, Ford’s Garage, Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel, First Watch, Wisteria Tea Room, Stillwell Enterprises, Sand Trap Bar & Grille, Three Fishermen, Fort Myers Miracles, Prawnbroker, University Grille, Shell Factory, Alliance for the Arts, JP Cruises, Captiva Cruises, Sabal Spring Golf Club, Broadway Palm, Key West Express, Bennett’s Donuts, Publix, Lofty Fig, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Butterfly Estates, McGregor Café, The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village, Hotel Indigo, Legacy Harbor Hotel, The Florida Repertory Theater, Pinchers


Volunteer Meeting and Morning Tea

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 8th
  • May 19, 10:00 a.m. – Lecture Hall in Southwest Florida Water Management Building

Mina and grandkids.jpg      In honor of Mother’s Day, the program will focus on our two favorite mothers, Mina Edison and Clara Ford. Both Mina and Clara were very interesting and forthright women. They were both very positive influences in the lives of their families. Mina and Clara were active in the garden club movement and understood the power of women as the right to vote and other women’s rights issues came to the forefront in the past century.

The program will include a short lecture by historian Nadia Kluesner on the lives of the two women; to be followed by a living history performance featuring Mina Edison and Clara Ford (volunteers Jan MaGirl and Clara Schmidt).

Refreshments will include hot and cold teas, and bakery items. Volunteers are encouraged to bring an interested friend and also baked goods of sweet or savory.

The program is also open to the general public who are interested in becoming a volunteer at Edison Ford.

Visit our Website to learn more about Edison Ford volunteer opportunities.

Mother’s Day at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On May 5th
  • Sunday, May 10, 2015

     In celebration of all the moms, Edison Ford will host 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 Store, Ford Cottage Shoppe and the Garden Shoppe.
  • Morning and Afternoon Mimosas and lemonade in the Edison Coconut Grove, on the Caloosahatchee River.  Cash bar provided by Pinchers, with tables in the shade to enjoy the river view. The public and Members can easily come through the marina gate for access. Tickets for Edison Ford may be purchased at The Marina at Edison Ford. Plenty of free parking.
  • Pinchers will be hosting a Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Adults $35; Children $15. For reservations call 239-245-7320. Menu items include a carving station of slow roasted prime rib, grilled salmon, eggs benedict with crab cakes and many other delicious items to choose from.
  •  Mothers cruise FREE with Pure Fort Myers with a full price child or spouse ticket. Take a break and enjoy a relaxing experience on the river with your family.Mina Edison Garden Social


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.

Mina Edison Garden Social

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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