November Events at the Edison Ford

11/08/2012

November Events at the Edison Ford

November 2012 Programs & Events
For the month of November at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, there are special programs and activities planned for visitors and residents, as well as the daily offering of tours of the historic homes, gardens and museum. November events include the Annual Edison Garden Market, FREE admission to veterans and their families on Veteran’s Day, the Edison & Ford Holiday Nights Holiday Party and the monthly Garden Talk; as well as a variety of other special programs throughout the month.

5th Annual Edison Garden Market Returns!
Saturday, November 17 & Sunday, November 18, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The 5th Annual Edison Garden Market attracts plant vendors from throughout the state to sell unique plants, orchids, herbs, trees and garden merchandise. The event also includes workshops, food, music and other activities. The Edison Garden Market is a great event for family and friends and is FREE to the public. Space is still available for plant growers, fruit producers, garden art and garden supply vendors. NEW to the Garden Market is the Turkey Treasures Tent with discounts on holiday ornaments, clearance Museum Store items, garden objects and plants in need of a little TLC. Find bargain treasures just in time for the holidays.
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Emerging Inventors Early Learners
November 1: Creative Colors, November 15: Gobble Gobble, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Emerging Inventors Early Learners class for one – three year old children and their parents, grandparents or other family members and includes socializing with others, education activities, story time, singing, crafts and exploring the homes, gardens and museum at the Edison Ford. Edison Ford Members $5, non members $15 (one adult, one child), additional $5 per child
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Homeschool: Designing Submersibles
November 5 & November 16, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (students grades 1-6)
Homeschool students will learn about density and volume while building a submersible that meets the required standards. Students and their parents can enroll in a two hour program with curriculum that follows the Next Generation Florida Sunshine State Standards. Pre-visit curriculum materials will be emailed to registered families. Registration required. Edison Ford Members $10; non members $20 (one adult, one child) additional $10 per child.
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Garden Talk: Growing & Using Citrus
November 10, 9 a.m.
Fall is the season to plant citrus in Southwest Florida. The Edison family enjoyed growing citrus in their gardens and would eat, sell and ship their Florida citrus north. Join Edison Ford horticulturists for this month's Garden Talk and learn how to plant and use heirloom citrus varieties including meyer lemons, calamondins, kumquats and much more. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE; non members $5. Participants will receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.
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Etiquette at the Edison Ford
November 10, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Etiquette at the Edison Ford is for children ages 6 – 12 and includes a two hour lesson in timeless etiquette and social skills. Children will learn proper dining etiquette during a three course meal, proper introductions and much more. Each student will receive a workbook and certificate of completion. Etiquette at the Edison Ford is taught by Suzanne Willis who has been teaching similar class at Ritz-Carlton hotels throughout the nation. Registration required. Edison Ford Members $65, non members $75.
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Floorcloth Painting Class with Marie Dyer
November 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Artist Marie Dyer, best known for her vivid floral and still-life paintings, will teach participants how to transform a piece of unfinished canvas into a tropical and practical floor covering. No prior painting experience is necessary. Registration required. Materials included. Cost: Edison Ford Members $70; non-members $75.
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FREE Admission to Veterans and their Families
November 11
The Edison Ford is offering free admission to United States Veterans and their families on November 11th. Free admission includes a tour of the historic homes, botanical gardens, the Estates Museum and the Edison Research Lab. Veterans must present a VA identification card or their DD214 papers to receive free admission.
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Volunteer Lecture & Meeting
November 13, 9:30 a.m.
Pat Adams, editor of her grandmothers’ book, Memoirs of an Everglades Pioneer, by Gertrude Petersen Winne, will present the history of the real life woman pioneer who created a life in the wilds of the Everglades many decades ago. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Also, Edison Ford Registrar Matt Andres, will discuss how the Edisons adapted to Southwest Florida’s environment. Meeting is open to current Edison Ford volunteers as well as prospective volunteers and the public.
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Floorcloth Painting Class with Marie Dyer
October 20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
In this Floorcloth Painting Class, artist Marie Dyer, best known for her vivid floral and still-life paintings, will teach participants how to transform a piece of unfinished canvas into a tropical and practical floor covering. No prior painting experience is necessary. Materials included. Cost: Edison Ford Members $70; non-members $75. Registration required.
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Creative Cottage Opens Thanksgiving Weekend
November 23, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Edison Ford Creative Cottage in the Edison Caretaker’s House opens Friday, November 23 and features “everything lights” items as well as artwork from Southwest Florida artists including Leoma Lovegrove, Doug MacGregor, Marie Adams and Augusta Crane. Creative Cottage will be open 10a.m. – 5 p.m. daily until December 1. During Edison & Ford Holiday Nights hours will be expanded to 9 p.m. A “shoppers pass” may be issued at the main ticket office to visit the Creative Cottage.
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Edison Ford Holiday Party
November 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Kick-off the holiday season with the fourth annual holiday party at the gloriously decorated homes and gardens at the Edison and Ford family estates. Guests will enjoy a special preview of the 37th annual event, food and beverages by the river, live music, silent auction and much more. Reservations required by calling 239-334-7419. Edison Ford Members, sponsors and volunteers $40, non members $50.
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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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