Fort Myers Film Festival at Edison Ford
Join us for an evening of films under the stars! In partnership with the Fort Myers Film Festival, several films will be shown on the Henry Ford estate lawn along the Caloosahatchee River. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
The selection of films will include:
- An original silent film, with pianist Stephen Brittain performing the score
- “Preservation Forever,” a tribute to the success of Sam Galloway, Jr. and his long history with the Estates
- “Stay Wild,” a short story about a young woman and her quest to conserve wild places
- “A Greenlander,” a documentary about a French painter in Greenland who teaches art therapy to neglected children
TICKETS: Edison Ford Members: $10 and Non-members: $15. Masks are required where social distancing is not possible during this special event. Click here to purchase tickets.
Generously sponsored by Strayhorn & Persons, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law.
Digital Discussion: Buckingham Army Airfield during WWII
Did you know that Mina Edison visited Buckingham Field in 1945 and invited 25 GIs to Seminole Lodge for lunch and a swim?
Join Program Manager Holly Shaffer for a discussion of Buckingham Army Airfield, a training base in Lee County, Florida, established in 1942. At the time, it was the largest airfield in the State of Florida. Its primary mission during World War II was to train the aerial gunners who would defend bombers.
VIP Tour – Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Garden/Nature and Ecological Boat Tour
Join us for a tour of the Peace River Botanical and Sculpture Garden. This 30-acre wonder and preserved native habitat can be seen on expansive boardwalks surrounded with rare plants and inserted with world class sculptures.
Next, we will travel to nearby Fisherman’s Village in Punta Gorda for lunch and shopping on your own.
Then, beginning at 3:00 we will embark on a 3.5 hour boat eco-tour with interpretation by naturalists from the well-know Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. We will experience the flora and fauna of the four different ecosystems as we journey up the winding Peace River. Relaxation and cameras or binoculars are definitely in order on this trip!
We will accept reservations for 30 guests on a 55 – passenger bus so guests are adequately spaced apart.
All tours are subject to change and are based on availability. Spaces are limited. Pre-paid registration is required. Masks are required when not social distancing.
Please register by calling Sherri Muske at 239-335-3677. Cost for each tour is $125 Members and $135 for Non-Members.
*This tour is sold out, we are currently accepting names for the waitlist.
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