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Edison Ford Christmas “CRAFTAPALOOZA” – Volunteers Needed

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 12th
  • September 30, 9:30 a.m. – Noon or October 28, 9:30 a.m. – Noon

        We are looking for a few crafty volunteers to create ornaments and garlands of all kinds for our Holiday Nights Christmas trees. If you like to quilt, sew, scrapbook, paper craft, paint, etc. get your scissor hands and glue gun trigger fingers warmed up and come on down to Edison Ford.

Christmas crafts 2015

Each day will have a variety of different crafts. Volunteers will have the fun of seeing their artistry crafts featured in the displays during Holiday Nights.

We must limit this activity to seven crafters per day so call Holly or Bobby at 239-334-7419 to reserve a spot.

 

“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     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.

 

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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Creative Cottage Opens Thanksgiving Weekend

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 19th

The Edison Ford Creative Cottage in the Edison Caretaker’s House opens Friday, November 23 and features “Everything Lights” items as well as artwork from Southwest Florida artists including Leoma Lovegrove, Doug MacGregor, Marie Adams and Augusta Crane. Creative Cottage will be open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily until December 1. During Holiday Nights hours will be extended to 9:00 p.m. A “shoppers pass” may be issued at the main ticket office to visit the Creative Cottage.

Edison Ford Annual Holiday Party

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 18th

● November 30, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

     Kick-off the holiday season with the fourth annual holiday party at the gloriously decorated homes and gardens of the Edison and Ford family estates. Guests will enjoy a special preview of the 37th annual event, food and beverages by the river, live music, silent auction and much more. Reservations required by calling 239-334-7419. Cost: Edison Ford members, sponsors and volunteers $40; non-members $50.

 

Edison & Ford Holiday Nights – December 1 – 30

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On November 16th

● December 1 – 30, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.   

  Holiday tradition continues with Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, Southwest Florida’s 37 year annual event. The winter homes and gardens of the Edison and Ford families will be seasonally decorated.

      Guided tours at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. (special ticket) and NEW Holiday Behind-the-Scenes tours on Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.  The newly restored Lab and Museum will be open every evening.

      Special discount nights available to Lee County residents on December 1, 2, 3, and 4. Group rates are also available to groups of 20 or more people any night with advance reservations.

      Edison Ford Holiday Nights was chosen one of the top 100 events in the nation by the American Bus Association and one of the top 20 events for  December by the Southeastern Tourism Society.

 

Holiday Nights 2012

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 28th

Edison Ford Holiday Nights

  • December 1 – 30, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.

 Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, a Southwest Florida family tradition for 38 years.

  •  November 30 – Edison & Ford Preview Party, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
  • December 1 – opening night
  • December 16 – Artists & Authors Night
  • December 30 – closing night
  • Nightly Holiday Tradition Tours with Site Historian at 6:00 and 7:00 p.m.
  • Edison Ford era musical performances on select nights
  • Santa visits on select nights
  • Nightly musical performance in Edison Ford public gardens (check on-line to see who is performing)
  • Holiday parties can be scheduled throughout the event with special rates for Edison Ford Members

 Remember: Edison Ford Members receive complimentary “Guest” tickets for Holiday Nights and discounts in the Museum Store, Cottage Shoppe and Creative Cottage. Edison Ford Members can pickup their guest tickets beginning November 1, 2012 at the ticket counter. Members must present their current membership card in order to receive their Holiday Nights guest tickets.

 

Mark Your Calendar … dates set for Holiday Nights 2012

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 11th

The Edison Ford is busy planning the 37th annual Holiday Nights event set for December 1 – December 30 and Holiday Preview Party November 30, 2012. New this year to Holiday Nights is the Edison Ford Legacy Shoppe located in the Edison Caretaker’s House. The Shoppe will feature replica items from the Edison Ford collection including the Edison talking doll, ink well and turtle as well as a variety of other gift items made for the Edison Ford.

Holiday Nights has been a great success due in part to the wonderful host groups who help direct and guide visitors during the event. Community organizations, church groups, businesses and clubs interested in assisting with Holiday Nights can call the Edison Ford Volunteer Department to schedule a night to serve as a “host group” at 239-334-7419.

 

Edison & Ford Holiday Nights: December 9 – January 1

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 14th

Spend the holidays with one of Southwest Florida’s holiday traditions, the 35th annual Edison & Ford Holiday Nights at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers.  Edison & Ford Holiday Nights attracts visitors from throughout the world annually to view the lights and seasonal decorations that fill 20 acres of gardens, and the recently restored Edison and Ford historic homes. 
 
The theme for Edison & Ford Holiday Nights has always been a combination of historical decorations amidst the orchids, exotic trees and plantings that fill the gardens.  Visitors will have the option of a self guided tour or guided tour (6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.).  Guided tours include the historic homes, gardens, lab and museum with an historic site interpreter and are available on a first come, first serve basis.  
 
This year there will be events including the artist and craftsmen exhibits and appearances in the “Creative Cottage” as well as book signings and demonstrations located in the Edison Caretaker’s House;  nightly entertainment by local school and community groups; Santa visits; Horse and Wagon Rides; and a “Children’s Tree Trail.”  The “Trail” will be a veritable forest of lighted trees with handmade ornaments from Lee County students and is FREE to the public. 
 
During the holidays the homes of Thomas and Mina Edison and Henry and Clara Ford will be open nightly from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The event also includes special exhibitions, nightly performances of dance, instrumental and choral music (by area groups and schools) and holiday items in the “Creative Cottage”, Museum Store, Garden Shoppe and the historic Ford Cottage Shoppe.  The Estates Museum and Edison’s Lab will be open nightly as well as the Estates Banyan Café for refreshments.  Tickets for a self guided tour are $15 for adults and $1 for children (6-12); guided tours are $20 for adults and $11 for children (6-12).  Groups may schedule guided or unguided tours from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and will receive discounted group rates.  In addition, the Estates will be offering Lee County residents special “hometown discounts” on December 9, 10, 11, 12, 2010.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs – December 2009

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On December 1st

December at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, the return of Creative Cottage, and Artists and Authors Night as well as a variety of other special programs throughout the month of December.  The December schedule of programs and events include:

Home Schoolers: “Experiments for the Holidays,” December 4, 1 PM – 3 PM

Home schooled students and their parents will study the science of the holidays, learning how a jolly chubby man can fit down a chimney, how reindeer fly and how a spinning dreidel keeps from falling.  The half day curriculum follows the Florida Sunshine objectives for learning.  The programs follow the Lee County mandated program and addresses environmental science, history and reading SOLS.  Pre-visit curriculum materials will be mailed to registered families.  Registration required. Estates Members $5; non members $15 (one adult, one child) additional $5 per child. 

Wild Wizard Lab Show, “Experiments for the Holidays,” December 6, 2 PM

The Estates Wild Wizards present a series of lab experiments exploring some of Mr. Edison’s and Mr. Ford’s illuminating inventions.  Join the Wizards and explore how a jolly chubby man can fit down a chimney, how reindeer fly and how a spinning dreidel keeps from falling.  Fun for all ages.  Estates Members are FREE, non members: $10 adults, $5 children and includes Estates Lab and Museum admission.

New Volunteer Orientation, December 8, 10 AM

Join Estates staff to learn about volunteer opportunities, Estates policies and general Museum information.  This is a mandatory training for all new Estates volunteers but potential volunteers are welcome.

Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, Holiday Party, December 10, 6 PM                                               

Kick off the holiday season with the first annual holiday party at the gloriously decorated homes and gardens of the Estates.  Guests will enjoy a special preview of the Estates annual event, food and beverages by the river, live music and much more.  Estates members, $50; non members $60.  To RSVP call 239-334-7419.

Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, December 11 – January 2, 5:30 PM – 9 PM

The Estates holiday tradition continues with “Edison & Ford Holiday Nights,” southwest Florida’s 34 year annual event.  The winter homes of the Edison and Ford families will be seasonally decorated with the “favorite things” of the Edison and Ford families.  The Edison Botanic Lab and Estates Museum will be open every evening with special exhibits as well as nightly holiday performances by area students and groups.  Special discount nights available to Lee County Residents opening weekend (December 11 &12).  Group rates are available to groups of 20 or more people with advance reservations.  For more information call 239-334-7419. 

Estates Artists & Authors Night, December 20, 4 PM – 7 PM

Looking for the perfect gift for the person on your list who has everything?  Estates Creative Cottage Artists and Authors will personalize artwork and books for a one of a kind gift. Estates Members are FREE; shoppers passes will be issued at the Estates ticket counter for non-members.

Holiday Schedule

The Estates will close at 2 PM on December 24th and be closed December 25th.   Holiday Nights is open nightly from 5:30 PM- 9 PM thru January 2 (closed December 24 & 25).  The Estates will be open December 31st and January 1 from 9AM – 9PM.

The Estates is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  The Estates is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation  and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site.  For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.efwefla.org.