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March Daily Events at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On March 2nd

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Weddings and Special Events at Edison Ford

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 27th

wedding mysore     Bridal Blast, a semi-annual bridal show has grown to be the largest in Southwest Florida. On March 1, 2015 at Germain Arena from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Edison Ford Event staff will be showcasing the Estates. Edison Ford will meet with brides and grooms and help them plan their dream wedding, reception, cocktail party and stunning photo location.

Edison Ford is the perfect venue for an outdoor wedding. With historic homes, romantic gardens, and spectacular river views, Edison Ford has something to offer every bride.

Ceremony Packages include a wedding ceremony, one-hour wedding rehearsal, a two-hour engagement photo session, the wedding sepia fordopportunity to take photographs throughout the property on the day of your wedding, complimentary passes to Edison Ford for your guests, and an event staff member to coordinate and supervise your ceremony, as well as necessary support staff.

There is no substitute for viewing Edison Ford in person. Contact the Edison Ford Event Coordinator, Cori Cramsey at 239-334-7419 to schedule a site walk and check the availability of your wedding date or special event.

Visit our wedding blog for more information.

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Edison Ford Director Tours 2015 Travel Season

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 15th

      The Director Tours are a wonderful way to learn about Florida with private experiences at the sites, behind-the-scenes and the involvement of our staff and staff at the sites. Tours are filling fast, we now have limited seats available on most of the tours. 

We are already planning our full week in mid-September To Henry and Clara Ford’s sites in Dearborn, Michigan, special private opening and concert at the Henry Ford Estate, Greenfield Village Curator tours, The Henry Ford Museum, Picquette Model T Ford Plant and a trip north to Bloomfield Hills to visit the Cranbrook Academy of Art, founded in 1932, and includes historic structures, beautiful sculpture gardens and is the home of one of the leading architecture schools in the nation.  We will be staying at Henry Ford’s historic Dearborn Inn.

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

  • directors tour bok tower nov 2014Lake Wales, Bok Gardens and Sanctuary, Pinewood Estate – February 28, 2015 (Waiting List) 

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.

directors tour bok tower garden     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.

  • Fort Lauderdale, Bonnet House & Gardens and Butterfly World, Coconut Creek, March 21, 2015 (Limited Seats Remaining) 

lorikeet     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.

  • Mid Century Modern Sarasota, April 18, 2015 (Limited Seats Remaining) 

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.

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Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 8th

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Lecture for Volunteers and the Public

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 7th
  • February 10, 10:00 a.m. – Founding Females Curator Lecture and Volunteer Meeting, Lecture Hall 

     Tom Hall, guest Curator for the Founding Females Exhibit, will be joined by Edison Ford curators to present a historical overview of the women who founded the region and the artists who created the portraits in the exhibit. Tom is a well- versed historian on Fort Myers and presented the opening of the Founding Females Exhibit to a packed audience including Mina Edison.

Meetings are open to current Edison Ford volunteers, potential volunteers and the public. Donated baked goods and snacks are always appreciated. Coffee, tea and breakfast foods provided. For information on becoming an Edison Ford volunteer call Volunteer Coordinators Holly Schaffer and Bobby Feldman at 239-334-7419, or visit us online.

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Edison Ford Antique Car Show

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On February 5th
  • car show feb 2015 modelFebruary 7, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

      More than 170 antique cars and trucks will be on exhibit from classic car owners at the Annual Edison Ford Antique Car Show. The Edison Ford Antique Car Show is held riverside on the Ford lawn. This is a fitting tribute to car show feb 2015 blackHenry Ford’s legacy of the American automobile industry. A 1923 Ford Model T was generously donated to Edison Ford by Michelle Day and will be on display. In 1980 the car was awarded a Senior National Award and then in 1990 a Grand National Award was given by the Antique Automobile Club of America.

In addition to the car show, Henry and Clara Ford will welcome visitors and lead “Inside car show feb 2015 yellowthe Ford Mangoes” home tour with curators at Noon.  Live music will be performed by The Flashback Duo with tunes from the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. Texas Tony will be providing barbecue, beer and wine for purchase.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members – Adults $20, Children (6-12) $11.

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Edison Ford Garden Tours

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 27th
  • Every Wednesday – 10:30 a.m.  community garden jan 2015 garden tour

Horticulturalists lead behind-the-scenes gardener tours which include 20 acres of historic gardens, crop gardens, propagating nursery, and Garden Shoppe full of exotic, heritage and edible plants for gardens and containers. Ticket includes free time to tour Edison Ford and participants receive a 20% discount in the Garden Shoppe.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE (one time); non-members $30.


Edison Ford Antique Car Show

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 22nd
  • Antique car show 2015February 7, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

     Over 100 antique cars will be on exhibit and car owners will showcase their cars on the Ford lawn, along the beautiful backdrop of the Caloosahatchee River.

It is a fitting tribute to the legacy of Henry Ford, pioneer of the automobile industry and a winter resident of Fort Myers. Owners will be on-hand to visit with guests and answer questions. It is sure to be a memorable event for the whole family.

In addition to the car show, there will be informal tours with Henry and Clara Ford and live music. Texas Tony will be providing barbecue for purchase.

Antique car owners can register their car by calling Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419. The registration form is also available on our website.

Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members – Adults $20, Children (6-12) $11.

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Edison Ford Antique Boat Show

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 20th
  • Two Day Event – January 31 and February 1 edison reliance 2

      Antique boats will be on display in the Coconut Grove and at The Marina  at Edison Ford, both in the water and on land at Pinchers for viewing pleasure.

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Visitors will enjoy seeing many varieties of boats and can get an up-close look at them. Boat owners will also be available for questions.

This event is sure to please nautical enthusiasts, both the young and young-at-heart.

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NEW Exhibit: Founding Females Opening Reception and Gallery Talk January 25

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On January 17th

Exhibit Opening – January 25, 2015: 

  • Reception from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Gallery Talk by Tom Hall, Curator and Artist at 3:00 in the Edison Caretaker House Gallery
  • Exhibit Open for Edison Ford Members, Family and Friends of the Founding Females, Artists and the public
  • Refreshments to be served
  • To RSVP, call Edison Ford at 239-334-7419

Other activities during the exhibit will include: 

  • Founding Females Tours in Fort Myers by True Tours. Call for information:  239- 945-0405
  • Girl Scout Badge Programs in March – call Leeanne Criswell at 239-334-7419
  • Artist Workshops: Leoma Lovegrove’s Collage Workshop on March 25th and 26th at Lovegrove Gallery. Call for information: 239-283-6453
  • Megan Kissinger’s Zen Drawing in the Gardens on March 25th and Drawing in the Edison Gardens (Part 3) on March 28th, call: 239-334-7419

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Featuring Founding Females and Artists: Berne Davis (Artist Kyra Belan) and (Artist Christine Reichow), Barbara B. Mann and Berne Davis (Artist Kyra Belan), Mina Edison (Artist Beth Everhart) and (Artist Leoma Lovegrove), Evalina Weathorford Gonzalez (Artist Vicki Baker), Ada Elizabeth Hancock (Artist Genie Witzel), Julia Hanson (Artist Joan Woolam), Florida Abby Schultz Heitman (Artist Mary Beth Barbato), Helen Thompson Hendry (Artist Megan Kissinger), Julia Isabel Frierson Hendry (Artist Joan Woolam), Flossie Hill (Artist Tracy Owen Cullimore), Alice Hendry Tooke McCann (Artist Genie Witzel), Marion Twiggs Myers (Artist Genie Witzel), Ella Mae Piper (Artist Cindy Jane), Veronica Shoemaker (Artist Linda Benson) Olive Stout (Artist Africa Valdez) and  (Artist Robert Pavon), Tootie McGregor Terry (Artist Sarah Tumm), Laura Hendry Thompson (Artist Paula Eckerty) and (Artist Renata Reuter).