June at Edison Ford



Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
Photos:  NEW Inside the Lab/Museum tours on Sundays at 2 p.m.; “Edison” the puppy enjoyed Yappy Hour at the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops. 

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs and Events – June 2013

Fort Myers, Florida (May 28, 2013) –June at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the a NEW tour Inside the Lab/Museum Hands-On Science on Sundays, FREE admission for dads on Father’s Day, and monthly programs at the NEW Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops, as well as a variety of other special programs and activities throughout the month.   The June schedule of programs and events includes:
NEW – Inside the Edison Lab/Museum Hands-On Science, Sundays, 2 p.m.
Beginning June 2, the Edison Research Lab will be open for a behind the scenes program which includes demonstrations with inventions inside the museum and hands-on activities featuring the phonograph, ediphone, movies, making rubber polymer, batteries, the assembly line and other activities.  This program is great for families and “inquiring minds” of all ages.  Cost:  Edison Ford Members: a $10 donation is suggested; non-members:  adults $30; children ages 6 -12 $5.  Groups can register for special times and rates with advance reservations. 

Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops Monthly Programs:

  • June 6, 6 – 8 p.m. – “Ask the Plant People” Edison Ford horticulture staff available for questions, tips and general information on Southwest Florida Gardening and the gardens at Edison Ford.  Seed packs and unique garden items available for purchase.
  • June 12, 5:30 – 7 p.m. – Ribbon Cutting with Sanibel & Captiva Chamber of Commerce
  • June 13, 6 – 8 p.m. – Book signing with Carlene Brennen, The Birth of Big Game Fishing and Gulf Coast Cookbook.  Books available for purchase.
  • June 14, 6 – 8 p.m. – Yappy Hour, pets welcome
  • June 20, 6 – 8 p.m. – Gallery Talk with Marie Dyer
  • June 25, 5 – 7 p.m. – KIDding Around with Edison Ford Wild Wizards, topic: Engineer Like Ford. Kids will design, test,  and build a balloon car
  • May 27, 6 – 8 p.m. Book signing with Katie Gardenia, A Bubble Moment.  Books available for purchase.

Registration for Edison Ford Homeschool (Grades K – 6) Opens June 10
The Edison Ford Wild Wizard returns with a new series of engineering and science hands-on classes that will engage students, as well as NEW hands-on history classes with Professor Pearce.  All Edison Ford homeschool classes are based on Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards as well as Florida Common Core Science Standards.  For a list of topics and dates visit the website:  www.edisonfordwinterestates.org or call the Education Department at (239) 334-7419.  Cost:  Edison Ford Members $10; non-members $20; $10 for each additional child. 
Edison Ford Garden Talk:  Mango Season, June 8, 9 a.m.
Both the Edison and Ford families loved mangoes and the mango fruits are beginning to ripen throughout their estates.  Join Edison Ford horticulturists and learn about different types of mangoes including the historic varieties that have grown here for decades on the estates as well as the secrets for successful mango growing.  Fruit will be available for tasting and purchase and participants will receive 20% off in the Garden Shoppe.  Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5. 
Edison Ford Monthly Volunteer Meeting and Program, Gardens: Then & Now, June 11, 9:30 a.m., South Florida Water Management Building
Join Edison Ford Historic Garden Manager Steve Hottovy as he discusses the lore and legend of Edison’s signature historical plants.  Meetings and lectures are open to current Edison Ford volunteers and the public.  For additional information contact the Volunteer Department at (239) 334-7419.
Sanibel & Captiva Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower, June 12, 5:30 p.m.
The Sanibel & Captiva Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting for the new Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops.  Edison Ford members and the public are invited to join in tours, refreshments, shopping, book signings, social networking,  and entertainment by Danny Morgan.  Refreshments for the ribbon cutting will be provided by Centerplate. 
Edison Ford Celebrates Father’s Day, June 16
Celebrate Father’s Day at the Edison Ford Winter Estates with FREE admission for dads that includes an audio tour of the homes and gardens, as well as 50% off lunch for dad at The Banyan Refreshment and Picnic Area with Everglades BBQ.  Reservations not necessary.   

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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