Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs and Events –November 2013


Fort Myers, Florida (November 4, 2013) –November at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the opening of the 38th Annual Edison Ford Holiday Nights event, the return of Garden Tours, and FREE admission to veterans on Veterans Day, as well as a variety of other special programs and activities throughout the month.   The November schedule of programs and events includes:

Edison Ford Garden Tours Return for Season, Wednesdays, November 6 – April 30, 10:30 a.m.
Join Edison Ford garden staff to experience the 20 acres of gardens of the Edison and Ford families.  The Edisons came to Fort Myers in 1886.  During the next four decades they created a lovely winter estate complex.  Edison designed the gardens for many purposes, including research on the practical and industrial uses of agriculture and native plants.  Today many of the original plants are still thriving.  Audiotour, Edison Ford Museum and Lab included in admission.  Cost:  Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $30.
Emerging Inventors/Early Learners: Electricity & Energy, November 7 and 21, 9 – 11 a.m.
Edison Ford Emerging Inventors Early Learning Program is for children, one – three and their parents, grandparents and other family members.  Emerging Inventors will experiment with electricity and energy through hands-on activities and demonstrations that will make their hair stand-up and paper “dance.”  The program includes socializing with others, education activities, story time, singing, crafts and exploring the homes, gardens and museum at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates.  Each session introduces science through activities and time to tend the Emerging Inventor’s Vegetable Garden! Cost:  Edison Ford Members $5; non-members $15 (one adult, one child).
Edison Ford Garden Talk:  Plant Propagation and Aftercare, November 9, 9 a.m.
Join Edison Ford Historic Garden Manager, Steve Hottovy to learn propagation techniques for the home gardener.  Hottovy will demonstrate basic techniques of layering, cutting and seed propagation, as well as tips and tools for successful home propagation.  Workshop includes tour of the Edison Propagation Nursery.   Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5. Participants will receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe. 
FREE Admission to Veterans on Veterans Day, November 11, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is offering FREE admission to United States Veterans and their families on Veterans Day, November 11. Edison Ford is honoring the men, women and families of those who have served our country.  Free admission includes an audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, laboratory and museum.  In addition “Uncle Sam” will be greeting veterans and visitors at the Ford Estate from 1 – 4 p.m.  Veterans will receive a 10% discount on Edison Ford membership and items in the Museum Store and Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops. Veterans must present a VA identification card or their DD214 papers to receive free admission. Current servicemen and women may also gain free admission by presenting an active military ID. 
Edison Ford Monthly Volunteer Meeting and Program, November 12, 9:30 a.m.,
Join Edison Ford Chief Curator, Alison Giesen and curators who will discuss the history of the holidays during the early part of the last century, focusing on Edison’s electric Christmas lights and Henry Ford’s love of Santa Claus and his Santa Village.  Meeting and lectures are open to current Edison Ford volunteers, potential volunteers, and the public. For additional information contact the Volunteer Department at 239-334-7419.
Scarf Art Workshop with artist Marie Dyer, November 23, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops
Join artist Marie Dyer and create your own hand-painted silk scarf.  Dyer will teach a variety of techniques to inspire painters of all levels to create their own “one-of-a-kind” scarf. All materials will be provided.  Cost:  Edison Ford Members $85; non-members $90.  Space is limited, registration is required by calling 239-334-7419.   Participants may bring their own lunch or enjoy eating at the restaurants at Bell Tower Shops. 
Edison Ford Holiday Nights opens Thanksgiving Weekend, November 29 – January 4, Edison Ford open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Opening Night Tree Lighting Ceremony, November 29 at 6 p.m.
The 38th annual Edison Ford Holiday Nights at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates opens earlier this year, Thanksgiving weekend, and is a “must see” holiday tradition in Southwest Florida.  During the holidays the homes and gardens of Thomas and Mina Edison and Henry and Clara Ford are seasonally decorated and visitors have the option of a self-guided tour or a guided tour with an Edison Ford site historian (6 and 7 p.m.). Edison Ford Holiday Nights includes nightly entertainment by school and community groups, book signings and appearances by artists, and the “Children’s Tree Trail,” a forest of trees decorated by Lee County students. The Museum and Lab will be open during the event. Tickets for a self-guided tour are $15 for adults and $2 for children (6 -12); guided tours are $20 for adults and $11 for children (6 -12). Edison Ford Members FREE. 
NEW  Clydesdale Wagon Rides provided by Whispering Pines, November 29, December 13, 27, January 3; 6 – 8:30 p.m.
The Clydesdale wagon rides will take you through historic Edison Park.
Cost:  Adults $10, Children $5
Santa visits in the Ford Santa Workshop, November 30, December 7, 11, 23; 6 – 8 p.m.  Children will enjoy cartooning with Santa (Doug MacGregor).
Behind the Scenes Holiday Traditions Tours, December 3, 10, 17; 6:30 p.m.
A behind the scenes tour takes you inside and up close in the Edison and Ford homes, led by curatorial staff with special insight on the traditions of the Edison and Ford families. 

The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Edison Ford 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.

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