April Events at the Estates



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
Photo attachments: Into the Wild Exhibit Opening April 10 in Estates Museum- image from John Burroughs 1916 scrap book from Estates archives

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs - April 2011

Fort Myers, Florida (March 23, 2011) – April at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the continuation of Director’s Tours (this month to Palm Beach), NEW Spring into Science Camp (during spring break), Into the Wild Exhibit Opening and the continuation of Behind the Scenes Tours and Boat Tours as well as a variety of other special programs throughout the month. The April schedule of programs and events include:

Registration for Edison & Ford Winter Estates Inventor’s Summer Camp
The Estates Inventor’s Summer Camp is back again this year and the Wild Wizard is here all summer long. Camp begins on June 13, 2011 and runs through August 5, 2011. Camps are open for grades 1 – 6 depending on session. Campers will make movies, become science detectives, launch objects into orbit, construct bridges and animate their own short films. Registration forms are available on line at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org or are available at the Estates. Estates Members $200; non members $230. For more information on specific topics, dates and times contact the Estates Education Department at 239-334-7419.

Edison Wild Wizard at Florida Everblades
April, 2, Germain Arena, Wild Wizard Show 5 PM, Florida Everblades vs. South Carolina Stingrays, 7 PM, tickets: $15
Join the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Wild Wizard for his biggest Science Show ever. The pre-game science show with the Edison Wild Wizard is family fun for everyone and includes explosions, rockets, slime and much more. Tickets include Wild Wizard Science SHOW and Everglades GAME admission. After the science show participants can meet the Wild Wizard, take photos and make slime with the Edison “Muckers.” Tickets available by calling the Estates Education Department at 239-334-7419.

Director’s Tour: Flagler Museum and Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach
April 8, 8 AM – 6 PM
Visit some of Florida’s most renowned museums, historic homes, and gardens with Estates President & CEO, Chris Pendleton. This month, Pendleton will take participants on a tour of the 1930s gardens at The Society of the Four Arts including old Florida, Asian influence, water and contemporary sculpture gardens. After lunch, tour “Whitehall” at Flagler Museum, the magnificent 60,000 square foot waterfront home of Henry Flagler built during the Gilded Age. Registration required. Estates Volunteers $85; Estates Members $90; non members $95. Price includes transportation, lunch, behind the scene tour, refreshments and historical background lectures on trip to Palm Beach.

Exhibit Opening Reception: Into the Wild: Edison, Ford & Friends
April 10, 1 PM – 4 PM
Join Estates staff for the Estates newest Museum exhibit “Into the Wild: Edison, Ford & Friends” chronicling the camping adventures of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and their friends through photographs, archival materials and artifacts, including the 1918 Model T Roadster that Henry Ford had specially outfitted for the trips. The exhibit features original artwork by artist Leoma Lovegrove reminiscent of the private scrapbook that American Naturalist John Burroughs produced in celebration of his 1916 camping trip with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone. The Exhibit is featured in conjunction with a documentary of camping trips and explorations produced by WGCU Public Media and sponsored by The Cox Foundation. Reservations not required. Cost: Estates Members FREE; non members, adults $12, children $5 and includes admission into the Estates Lab and Museum.

Wild Wizard Science Fair Workshop
April 12, 10 AM – Noon
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be hosting the 2nd Annual Young Engineers, Scientists, and Inventors Fair for homeschool and virtual school students on October 25, 2011. The Estates will be offering workshops throughout the year to assist students with their science projects. The first workshop, “Getting Started” will focus on choosing a science fair topic and how to conduct experiments. Cost: $5. Registration required by calling the Estates Education Department at 239-334-7419.

Annual Estates Volunteer Award Ceremony
April 13, Optional River Cruise at 12:30 or 1 PM, Awards Ceremony 1:30 – 3 PM, Royal Palm Yacht Club
Estates volunteers are invited to join staff and trustees of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates at the annual award ceremony honoring and thanking volunteers. Volunteers have the option of participating in a Caloosahatchee River cruise with Captiva Cruises before the ceremony. Entertainment, refreshments and awards presentation begin at 1:30 PM. Reservations required and participants must be active Edison & Ford Winter Estates volunteers in order to attend.

Homeschoolers: “Chemistry Basics”
April 15, 1 PM – 3 PM
Home schooled students will participate in eye popping experiments as they explore chemical changes, acids and bonding atoms. 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 is required. Cost: Estates Members $5; non members $15 (one adult, one child), additional $5 per child.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates and The Cox Foundation present WGCU Public Media documentary, “Into the Wild: Edison, Ford & Friends”
April 14, 8 PM, April 16, 6 PM; April 18, 10:30 PM, on WGCU HD 30/Cable 3 and 440
In 1914, three famous friends – Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and John Burroughs, trekked into the wilds for a camping adventure in the Everglades. Their campfire camaraderie inspired a series of camping trips throughout the next decade. Joined by another famous friend Harvey Firestone, the “Four Vagabonds” explored a changing America, finding rest and inspiration in the nation’s great outdoors.

Historic Landscapes and Gardens at Miromar Design Center
April 23, 2 PM
Join Estates president & CEO Chris Pendleton and Debbie Hughes, Estates horticulturalist, master gardener and past president of the Fort Myers – Lee County Garden Council who will present a dazzling view of the award winning gardens at the winter homes of the famous inventors and their families. The Estates gardens have been restored to the 1929 landscape and participants will learn about the resurgence of Moonlight Gardens and antique roses as well as heritage plants in modern garden landscapes. To register call 239-390-8200.

Spring Into Science Camp
April 25 – 29, 9 AM – 4 PM, (Grades K – 6th)
Spring campers will go through a spectrum of science as they explore everything from plants and insects to slime and energy. Participants will grow their own mini-gardens, create colorful sun catchers and much more. Registration required. Estates members $220, non members $230.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Open, April 24, Easter Day

NEW Boat Cruises & Tours, Wednesdays, 10 AM – 4:30 PM
The Estates and Captiva Cruises will be offering Boat Cruises & Tours from Captiva Island to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. The NEW cruise tour will provide a unique look at the Caloosahatchee River and its importance ecologically and culturally, a great view of the Estates from the water, lunch at a private club and a tour of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Ticket cost is Estates Members $60 adults, $50 children (ages 12 and under); non members $70 adults, $60 children (ages 12 and under) plus tax and includes cruise, lunch and tour of the Estates. Seating is limited and reservations are suggested by calling 239-472-5300. Customized private tours can be scheduled for groups, departing from various locations any day of the week. For more information contact Captiva Cruises (239) 472-5300.

Behind the Scene Tours, Thursdays, 10:30 AM
Visitors will enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour inside the Edison and Ford homes. These unique tours are offered at no cost to Estates Members and $40 for non members. Due to the intimate nature of “Behind the Scene Tours” space is limited and registration is required.

Looking AHEAD to May:

Exhibit Opening Reception: Celebrating Bromeliads
May 1, 1 PM – 4 PM
Special exhibit includes original 18th and 19th century botanical illustrations in the restored Edison Caretaker’s House, book signing with author Jack Kramer, and Estates heritage plants and orchids available for sale. Members of the Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society will be available to answer questions and will have unique bromeliads available for purchase.

Etiquette at the Estates: Mina & Mimi’s Manners
May 7, 11 AM
Mina Edison, wife of Thomas Edison, was a gracious hostess and interested in the well being of children and the community. Following in this tradition, Etiquette at the Estates, includes one day (two hour) lessons in etiquette and social skills. Children will learn proper introductions, handshakes and dining etiquette during a three course meal. Class will be taught by Suzanne Willis who has been teaching similar classes at the Ritz-Carlton hotels throughout the nation. Registration required. Estates Members $40; non members $50.

Mother’s Day Brunch
May 8, 11 AM
Celebrate your Mom with a delectable brunch at the Estates. The diverse menu will please every member of the family. Leave time to enjoy the historical ambience along the beautiful Caloosahatchee River and create treasured memories with a tour of the historic homes, gardens and Museum. Registration required. Estates Members - Adults $35, children (ages 4 – 12) $15; non members - Adults $40, children (ages 6 -12) $18; Children 3 and under free.

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.edisonfordwinterestates.org.