Ford’s Factory Annual Art Show – Exhibit Opening
Join us for the opening reception of a new art show in the historic Edison Caretakers House. Ehren Gerhard, Gallery Director at the Alliance for the Arts, is the guest judge and will award prizes for the winning artwork. Visitors can also vote in the “People’s Choice” category which will be announced at the
conclusion of the show in May.
Drinks and light snacks will be available. The evening will conclude with a demonstration of Ford’s most well-known product, the Model T.
Cost: Edison Ford members Free; non-members $10 and includes a complimentary beer or soda.
Business Networking Event
Business membership with Edison and Ford Winter Estates offers unique benefits designed for your employees, clients, and executives As a business member, your organization becomes part of a network that is continuing the legacy of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford – two of America’s greatest innovators.
Come join us for appetizers, a cash bar, and hear from industry expert Kevin Pfleger, managing director of Investors’ Security Trust, on investing during the new age of central bank activism.
Please RSVP by April 8 to Sherri Muske at 239-335-3677 or SMuske@edisonford.org.
Members Only: Holly Jolly Holiday Nights Celebration
Thursday, December 5, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Edison Ford River Pavilion
Please join us for the members-only holly jolly evening of entertainment and refreshments as a thank you for all your support throughout the year. For the second year in a row, entertainment will be provided by the talented Fort Myers Mastersingers.
Come and enjoy light refreshments provided by G-3 Catering. This is a perfect time to enjoy the festivities and the Edison Ford light display, entertainment, food, cocktails and friends! Each guest will receive a ticket for one (1) free beverage such as Spiced Cider, Eggnog, Beer, Wine or
a Cranberry Mimosa. A cash bar will also be available.
New This Year – Holiday Nights Silent Wreath Auction
This favorite event returns as local artists and artisans craft beautiful and creative wreaths to be auctioned to benefit the Edison Ford restoration fund. All attendees may bid on wreaths, so don’t miss this opportunity to take home a one-of-a-kind piece of holiday décor while supporting the Edison and
Ford Winter Estates!
Advance Reservations Required
To make a reservation, call the membership department at 239-335-3674. The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Member Adult $15; Member Child: $5 (under 18) Come enjoy the holidays with us at Edison and Ford and enjoy the 44th Annual Holiday Nights Celebration.
Click here to learn more about becoming an Edison Ford member.
CANCELLED — Naples VIP Tour
Please note that this tour has been cancelled.
March 28, 2019
This tour will take us to the Naples Botanical Garden where we’ll see plants from around the world on 170 acres. Lunch will be included. Next, we will visit the Revs Institute, which houses one of the largest archives of automotive history ever preserved for scholars and connoisseurs alike. This collection includes some of the rarest automobiles of our time.
Members $140; non-members $155
To register or for more information contact Sherri Muske at SMuske@edisonford.org or 239.335.3677.
West Palm Beach VIP Tour
February 8, 2020
This tour will take us to Mounts Botanical Garden, with 14 acres and 25 unique garden areas. There will be time to shop in the nursery. Next, we will go to the Norton Art Museum and have a private catered lunch at the Restaurant at the Norton. After lunch we will see the highlights and the major works of art in the museum’s five diverse collections. We will then make a stop at Worth Avenue and browse the shops or stop for a beverage or gelato before we depart.
Members $140; non-members $155 (Waitlist only)
March 28, 2020: Naples – Naples Botanical Gardens and the Revs Institute. Members $140; non-members $155
Tampa & St. Petersburg VIP Tour
A Festive Experience in Tampa & St. Petersburg
This festive tour includes the Henry B. Plant Museum and Tampa’s historic district, complete with holiday decorations. A private lunch will be served at the Columbia Cafe. The tour continues at the Tampa Bay History Museum, and then we’ll travel to St. Pete to visit the world’s largest Christmas maze, with magical lights, ice skating, and a Christmas market.
Members $155; non-members $170
January 4, 2020: Fort Lauderdale – Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens and Butterfly World. Members $140; nonmembers $15
February 8, 2020: West Palm Beach – Mounts Botanical Garden, Norton Art Museum, and shopping on Worth Avenue. Members $140; non-members $155
Members’ Holiday Nights Premier Event
Join us for this Members’ Holiday Nights Premier event, with a special performance by the Fort Myers Mastersingers!
Holiday Nights guided tours will be provided to groups at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. (limited to first 35), and we’ll even have a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus!
- International cheese and charcuterie display with carved ham
- Crostini with whipped goat cheese and balsamic cranberry compote
- Assorted miniature cheesecakes
- Miniature cream puffs and eclairs
- Hot chocolate station
- Sweet and unsweetened iced tea
CASH BAR with beer, wine and 2 signature cocktails: Cranberry mimosa (Mina Edison) and spiced cider Cocktail (Thomas Edison)
Please RSVP by Monday, November 26. To make a reservation, call the Membership Department at 239-335-3674.
Members may bring guests for an additional fee. Members and their guests will check in for the party at the membership desk to get a wristband. Event will be held in the Edison Ford River Pavilion.
Cost: Member Adult: $15, Member Child: $5, Adult Member Guest: $17, Member Guest Child: $6
Come see the holiday lights and decorations, enjoy some great food and drinks, and have fun with old and new friends!
Edison Ford Annual Members Celebration Hoe-Down 2018
Members, grab your partner and get ready for some good-old foot-stompin’ in our beautiful River Pavilion. This year’s theme is “A Country Hoe-Down” and will feature a 50/50 raffle, and live music from The Suwannee Swing Saloon for your listening and dancing pleasure. There will also be Western BBQ and hors d’oeuvres.
Members are FREE; guests of members are $10 per person.
Check in for members and guests will be at the Edison Ford Gate in the Pinchers Restaurant parking lot where you will find easy-access parking. Please note that in the case of inclement weather, the event with be relocated.
Guests must be pre-paid with a credit card.
RSVP by calling Darlene Hermey no later than October 30th at (239) 335-3674. Click here to download event flyer.
Special Note: Membership Celebration on Sunday, November 4, 2018 – 3 to 6pm
Thank you for registering in advance for the Membership Celebration on Sunday– it is going to be a hoot!
In case of inclement weather, please note that the event will be held in the Museum back galleries. We will post that day by 1:00 p.m. on our website and Facebook if the event is moved to the Museum.
We look forward to seeing you in your country duds on Sunday!
VIP Tour – Sarasota/Bradenton
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and South Florida Museum
Depart 7:30 a.m. – Return 6:30 p.m. (times are approximate) Cost: Edison Ford Members: $125; non-members: $140
Join our Membership Program and take advantage of all our discounts.
Come join us as we spend the morning outside at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota and then the afternoon inside at
the South Florida Museum in Bradenton.
The 15-acre Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytes, especially orchids and bromeliads and their canopy ecosystems with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. The garden has more than 20,000 living plants in its collection. You will experience a private “walk and talk” conducted by an experienced docent weaving the local history, horticultural tidbits and the science of botany into a tour featuring the garden highlights. Some of
the highlights include, tropical conservatory, towering bamboo garden, banyan groves, fern garden and Koi pond. The exhibit on display called Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise highlights the essential role of botanicals in achieving the artist’s vision of the exotic. The exhibit features ten of the artist’s original dramatic woodcut prints and wood engravings, photographs showcasing Tahiti during the time of his travels, historic maps as well as visual materials that shaped his work.
Learn all about South Florida culture and history at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton. This museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast. A private guided tour will be provided of this unique and engaging museum of exhibits and displays of the cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe. This museum features fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest marine and mammal inhabitants and archaeological materials representing Paleo- Indian, archaic and pre-contact cultures as well as local history. The museum also features an all-digital Planetarium and the Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Aquarium.
We will have lunch at Mattison’s City Grill at the Bradenton Riverwalk and it is included with the tour price.
Cancellation Policy – Cancellations must be made more than 14 days before the tour date to receive a refund, unless your vacancy can be filled. For questions or to make reservations for this or any tour, please contact Sherri Muske at 239-335-3677 or smuske@
edisonford.org. Tours fill up quickly, so we encourage you to call and make reservations early.