July Events at the Edison Ford



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director

Photos: Happy Birthday Henry Ford, special programs throughout the month; Garden Talks, Tropical Fruits, July 14.

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs –July 2012

Fort Myers, Florida(June26, 2012) –In addition to tours and regular activities at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, there are special programs and activities to engage both visitors and residents throughout the month.

July is highlighted with the a NEW Museum program and demonstrations; Henry Ford’s birthday celebration; Garden Talks, the continuation of the Edison Ford Tour, Lunch & River Cruise on Wednesdays and Thursdays; as well as a variety of other special programs throughout the month. Call 239-334-7419 for additional information.

The July schedule of programs and events include:

Fourth of July at Edison Ford, July 4

Edison Ford is celebrating the Fourth of July in a big way this year with tours throughout the day, visits with the Edisons and Fords, river cruises on the Caloosahatchee with environmental experts from Captiva Cruises (11 am, noon and 1 p.m.) and an all-American BBQ lunch at the Royal Palm Yacht Club. Cost: Edison Ford Members, $30; non members, $45; children ages 6 – 12, $40. For more information call 239-334-7419.

Garden Talk –Tropical Fruits, July 14, 9 a.m.

Throughout the Edison Ford gardens tropical fruits are plentiful with many typical varieties of fruits known to thrive in Florida including mangoes, avocados and starfruit; and several lesser known varieties including black sapote, Barbados cherry and lychees. Join Edison Ford horticultural garden staff and learn varieties that are best suited for Southwest Florida and how to plant for success and enjoy the "fruits" of your labor. Reservations not required. Edison Ford Members are free, non members $5. Participants will receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

Monthly Volunteer Meeting, July 10, 9:30 a.m.

Edison Ford curatorial staff will discuss The Legacy of Henry Ford’s Cars and Engines in the Edison Ford Museum. The meeting is open to current Edison Ford volunteers as well as prospective volunteers and the public. For questions and additional information contact the Volunteer Department at 239-334-7419.

NEW PROGRAM – When Music Was Magic…Edison’s Phonographs, July 16, 20, 23, 27; 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.

Thomas Edison’s favorite invention, of the 1,093 patents he held his lifetime, was the phonograph. Join Edisonia expert and author, John Kurdyla and curatorial volunteer Fred Stebbins for hands-on presentations and demonstrations of the phonograph. Visiting from Padova, Italy Kurdyla has one of the largest private collections of Edison phonographs and is considered one of the top experts in the field of Edison recorded sound. Program is free with paid admission and Edison Ford Members are FREE.

Happy Birthday Henry Ford, July 30
July 30thmarks the 149thbirthday of Henry Ford and the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is celebrating the day with antique car program lectures, Museum demonstrations, and 10% off Ford items in the Museum store and Ford Cottage Shoppe. Join Edison Ford curatorial staff at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. for a presentation on The Legacy of Henry Ford’s Cars and Engines in the Edison Ford Museum. Lectures are free with paid admission to the Edison Ford Museum and Lab.
Follow us on Twitter @edisonfordfl during the month of July for a Henry Ford quote of the day.

NEW FOR SUMMER Edison Ford Tour, Lunch, & River Cruise, Wednesdays and Thursdays (throughout the day, weather permitting)
Visitors to the Edison Ford will enjoy an audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, Museum and Lab; boat cruise on the Caloosahatchee River as well as tour of the river with naturalist commentary; and buffet lunch at the Royal Palm Yacht Club, overlooking the river. Cost: Adults $45; Children 12 and under $35.

NEW Edison Ford Garden Tour, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
Join Edison Ford horticultural garden staff to experience the 20 acres of gardens of the Edison and Ford families in a whole new way. Thomas Edison designed the gardens of his winter estate for many purposes including research. Mina Edison, a leader in community garden and beautification councils, planted for beauty. The new tour combines the history of the site and landscape, as well as advice on gardening from expert staff. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE, non members $40, tour includes audio wand.

Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp Registration is still open for Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp. Camps are separated by grade levels, 1st– 3rdand 4th– 6th. Students in the 7thgrade and above can qualify as Summer Camp counselors. Registration: Edison Ford Members, $200; non members $230.
July 9 – 13 Eager Engineers (waiting list)
July 16 – 20 Time Travelers
July 23 – 27 Physics in Motion
July 30 – August 3 Smarts in Arts & Science

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.