May Events at Edison Ford



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

Photos: The New Edison Ford Shoppe is open at the Bell Tower Shops and will feature monthly book signings, Gallery Talks with artists and programs; Enjoy a Mother’s Day picnic at the Ford Estates on Mother’s Day

Edison & Ford Winter Estates Programs and Events – May 2013

Fort Myers, Florida (April 29, 2013) –May at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the a Mother’s Day Picnic and special tours, FREE admission for Veteran’s on Memorial 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 May schedule of programs and events include:

Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower, May 7, 4:30 p.m.
The Greater Fort Myers 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, and social networking. Refreshments for the ribbon cutting will be provided by Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grille, located in the Bell Tower Shops.

National Public Garden Day Activities at Edison Ford, May 10, 10 a.m.
Join Edison Ford horticulture staff and celebrate gardening at the Edison Ford. Participants will enjoy a FREE tour of the Edison Ford organic vegetable garden and propagating nursery. Registrations requested by calling 239-334-7419. Space is limited.

Edison Ford Garden Talk: The Secrets of Growing Hibiscus and Gardenias, May 11, 9 a.m.
During this time of year the scent of blooming gardenias fills the air throughout the Edison Ford Gardens and bright pink, orange and yellow bursts of color can be seen throughout the landscape with blooming hibiscus. Join Edison Ford horticulturist to learn about growing hibiscus and gardenias in Southwest Florida. Gardenias and hibiscus will be available for purchase in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe and participants will receive 20% off in the Shoppe. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non-members $5.

Mother’s Day at Edison Ford, May 12, Free Admission for Mom’s on Mother’s Day, half price admission for Behind the Scenes Tour at 2 p.m., picnic lunch on Ford Estate, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates with FREE admission for Mom’s or a Behind the Scenes Tour at 2 p.m. with half priced admission for Mom’s. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the Ford Estate catered by Everglades BBQ. Saxophonist Craig Christman will provide entertainment enjoy the breezes off the Caloosahatchee River.

Volunteer Meeting at Edison Ford Bell Tower Shoppe, May 14, 9:30 a.m.
Volunteers will gather at the new Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops for the monthly volunteer meeting and program featuring “Hands-on Science and Kitchen Chemistry” provided by the Edison Ford Wild Wizards. Volunteers will also meet Jen Nettles, general manager of the Bell Tower Shops. Refreshments provided by the Courtyard Café and Bell Tower Shops.

Free Admission to Veteran’s and their families on Memorial Day, May 27
The Edison Ford is offering free admission to United States Veterans and their families on May 27. Free admission includes an audio tour of the historic homes, botanical gardens, Museum and Edison Research Lab. Veterans must present a VA identification card or their DD214 papers to receive free admission.

Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower OpenThe Edison & Ford Winter Estates opened the Edison Ford Shoppe at Bell Tower Shops, in the Fountain Courtyard, late last month. The Shoppe includes a little bit of the main historic site and features unique, handcrafted and local items to purchase, information on how to visit Edison Ford and be part of the activities, and also include an area for regular programs, author talks and book signings, artist demonstrations, food tastings and hands-on activities for children and families.

Monthly activities are planned at the Shoppe and include:

    - May 2, 6 – 8 p.m. – Book signing with authors Tom Smoot, The Edisons of Fort Myers Discoveries of the Heart; and John W. Sheppard, One Man’s Family in Early Fort Myers, Little Things Can Mean A Lot: Pearls of Life of Great Value, and I Can See Clearly Now. Books available for purchase.

    - May 9, 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. Boutique garden items available for purchase in time for Mother’s Day.

    - May 10, 6 – 8 p.m. – Yappy Hour, Dogs welcomed in Edison Ford Shoppe, Dog Basket Raffle from Little Paws Bakery valued at $75.

    - May 16, 6 – 8 p.m. - Gallery Talk with artist Leoma Lovegrove

    - May 23, 6 – 8 p.m. - Edison Ford Celebrates Restaurant Week with a Tasting of Edison Ford. Calamondian, honey, jams, jellies, olives and a variety of items for purchase at Edison Ford Museum Store including fresh fruit grown in the Edison Ford gardens.

    - May 28, 5 – 7 p.m. - KIDding Around with Edison Ford Wild Wizards, Science of Sound, Investigate and experience the science of sound with phonograph demonstrations, designing a thunder clapper and more!

    - May 30, 6 – 8 p.m. – Book signing with author Amy Bennett Williams, Along the Caloosahatchee River. Books available for purchase.

Viva Florida 500 Time Capsule at Edison FordThe Lee County Viva Florida 500 Time Capsule will be on display in the Edison Caretaker’s House throughout the month of May along with Discovering Southwest Florida with Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, an exhibit featuring historic photographs and artifacts celebrating Southwest Florida’s history during the Edison Ford era. The Lee County Library System in conjunction with the Florida Department of State has launch the SNAPSHOT Time Capsule project in honor of Viva Florida 500, a year-long commemoration of Florida’s 500th anniversary dating back to Ponce de Leon’s landing in Florida in 1513. The items chosen reflect Lee County’s unique community and represent what future generations should know about Lee County. The SNAPSHOT Time Capsule will travel around Lee County until September 2013.

Preview iBook in the Edison Ford Museum Store“The Edison Festival of Light – Looking Back in Pictures,” produced by The News-Press Media Group and features Thomas Edison, is available for viewing in the Edison Ford Museum Store through June 2013. The iBook commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Edison Festival and features 220 images including the first and only complete gallery of every king and queen of Edisonia, historic and current videos, interactive quiz, and highlights from the 2013 Edison Festival of Light Parade.

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

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