Rhythm on the River-Michael Dutra & The Strictly Sinatra Band
This Sinatra tribute band has been performing all across the country since 2002. They opened for Howie Mandel at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, and performed at the Governor Chris Christie inaugural event in 2010. Michael shares many similarities to Frank Sinatra: both are left handed, both born on December 12, they are the same height and both of their fathers were boxers at one time.
Come spend the evening along the river, while enjoying great music, a fantastic river view, and refreshing beverages! Bring your favorite lawn chair and a sweater if the weather is chilly. Concert starts at 6:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:00 p.m. Parking is available in the Edison Ford lots only.
Tickets and more details coming soon!
Join us for our first ever family-friendly Fall Festival! Come spend the day with us as you stroll along and shop craft vendor booths, get something to eat and drink and listen to music! Open to the public.
Activities (additional cost/fees may apply):
Banyan Tree Climb – Sponsored by FNGLA ($45 for non-members; $35 for Edison Ford members). Click here to pre-register as space fills up quickly
Pumpkin Patch with the option to paint pumpkins (cash preferred to purchase pumpkins)
Rhythm on the River Concert Series – Appalachian Road Show
Spend the evening along the river with us for the return performance of the Appalachian Road Show! Enjoy great music, a fantastic view, and refreshing beverages! Bring your favorite lawn chair and a sweater if the weather is chilly. The acoustic ensemble performs bluegrass and folk music, as well as original songs. The event will take place on the Ford lawn, along the Caloosahatchee River. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 6:30 p.m.
Band members include Grammy-nominated banjoist Barry Abernathy, Grammy-winning fiddler Jim VanCleve, vocalist and mandolinist Darrell Webb (who has recorded and toured with Dolly Parton), Grammy-winning bassist Todd Phillips, and guitarist Zeb Snyder. Abernathy, VanCleve, and Webb were each born and raised in Appalachia. Abernathy sang in his church as a young boy, VanCleve has played the fiddle since he was six years old, and Webb grew up with the influence of bluegrass music.
The group’s music tells stories from the mountains and valleys of North Carolina and Virginia and the coal mines of West Virginia and Kentucky. Those stories include topics of logging, coal mining, trains, and lost love in their hit songs such as “I Am Just a Pilgrim,” “Little Black Train,” “Dance, Dance, Dance,” and the ballad of love and loss in “Anna Lee.”
The band’s first album had three number-one songs on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay charts. Then, in 2019, the band was nominated for the New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year (“Dance Dance Dance”) at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. In 2021, the group was named Instrumental Group of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards.
Food and beverage vendors will have refreshments available for purchase. No coolers or picnic baskets will be permitted. Free parking is available in the main Edison Ford parking lot at 2350 McGregor Boulevard.
Tickets may be purchased online or at the ticket counter. Individual tickets purchased in advance are $30 for Edison Ford members or $35 for non-members; tickets at the door will be $40. Individual ticket holders should bring a lawn chair. A VIP seating area may be reserved by the table for $225. Each table holds up to 5 people; table ticket price includes the use of a table and chairs.
Click here to purchase tickets.
Rhythm on the River: Caribbean Chillers (Jimmy Buffett tribute)
Calling all parrot heads! Join us on the Ford lawn for an exciting performance of the Caribbean Chillers – a Jimmy Buffett tribute band. Guests will get to hear many of Buffett’s top hits and crowd favorites for an authentic show. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 6 p.m.
Guests can take in a beautiful river view and possibly see a spectacular sunset. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Ticket holders should bring a folding chair and a sweater if the weather is chilly. No coolers are permitted. Free parking is available in the main Edison Ford parking lot at 2350 McGregor Boulevard.
Tickets are available now, online or at the museum ticket counter.
Individual tickets purchased in advance are $20 for Edison Ford members and $25 for non-members. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $30 (both members and non-members).
A VIP seating area will be open and may be reserved by the table for $225. Each table holds up to five people. The ticket price includes the use of a table and chairs.
Rhythm on the River: Michael Dutra & the Strictly Sinatra Band
Join us for the first Rhythm on the River concert of the year! This Sinatra tribute band has been performing all across the country since 2002. They opened for Howie Mandel at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, and performed at the Governor Chris Christie inaugural event in 2010. Michael shares many similarities to Frank Sinatra: both are left handed, both born on December 12, they are the same height and both of their fathers were boxers at one time.
Come spend the evening along the river, while enjoying great music, a fantastic river view, and refreshing beverages! Bring your favorite lawn chair and a sweater if the weather is chilly. A food truck and beverage vendor will have refreshments available for purchase. No coolers permitted. Concert starts at 6 p.m.; doors open at 5:30 p.m. Parking is available in the Edison Ford lots only.
Individual Tickets: Edison Ford Members: $30; Non-members: $35; All tickets the day of the event: $40
A new VIP seating area will be open and may be reserved by the table for $225, which includes the use of the table and chairs for up to 5 people.
Click here to purchase tickets.
46th Annual Holiday Nights Celebration
Thousands of lights, hundreds of historic decorations, and one unique holiday experience await you nightly from 5:30 – 9 p.m from November 26 through January 2 (closed on December 25). Enjoy exciting new lighting displays, visits with Santa, carolers and musicians, refreshments, family science shows, and more on select evenings. Plan on at least an hour to enjoy the display.
Visitors admire the decorated homes and gardens during Holiday Nights at Edison and Ford Winter Estates.
Teens (13-19) $10
Children (6-12) $2
Advance reservations or ticketing not required, general admission is not subject to capacity limits. General admission may be purchased online and are good for any night of the event. General admission tickets may be upgraded for a guided tour for an additional $10 on the day of the tour if space is available. Please note that the Museum and Laboratory are closed during Holiday Nights.
GUIDED TOURS (6 and 7 p.m. nightly):
Teens (13-19) $25
Children (6-12) $18
Guided tours are not available for advance purchase, and must be purchased in the ticket office on a first-come first-served basis after 4:30pm on the day of the tour. Guided tour admission includes general admission to Holiday Nights to allow visitors to explore on their own at the conclusion of the tour.
DAYTIME AND EVENING COMBO
Visitors purchasing self-guided or guided tours for the daytime are eligible for a $10 discount on Holiday Nights admission when used the same day. Purchase the upgrade in the ticket office when you buy your daytime tickets, or show your receipt for your daytime admission at the ticket counter when you decide to upgrade. Upgrade option is only available for the same day as your daytime admission.
Lee County residents will receive $5 off adult admission on Monday nights. Resident discount admission must be purchased in person to show proof of residency, and is only good for Monday night visits. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free of charge nightly.
Event made possible by the generous support of:
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.
Visitors are invited to stroll the botanical gardens after regular hours for a special evening of music,
refreshments and a sunset view over the Caloosahatchee River. Guests may also walk onto the porches of Thomas Edison’s and Henry Ford’s winter homes and look inside through the open doors.
Visitors enjoy an outdoor concert at Edison and Ford Winter Estates.
Jeff Feldstein plays an eclectic mix of crowd favorites. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Guests may bring a lawn chair or blanket to relax and watch the sunset. Masks are required.
TICKETS: $15 for members; $20 for non-members.
SOLD OUT – Rhythm on the River – Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band – Caribbean Chillers
** SOLD OUT**
If you like listening to Jimmy Buffett, you won’t want to miss this concert! The Caribbean Chillers will put on an authentic show that’s sure to please any parrot head. There will be a cash bar and refreshments available for purchase. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the concert starting at 6 p.m. on the historic Ford lawn.
So put on your flip flops and come spend the evening along the river for some great music, a fantastic river view and refreshing beverages – because after all, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!
Parking is available in the Edison Ford lots only (Pinchers entrance gate will not be open). Guests should bring a folding chair and a sweater if the weather is chilly. No coolers and no pets permitted. Masks are required. Seating locations will be pre-marked by EFWE staff in order to meet social distancing guidelines.
Edison Ford members: $20; non-members: $25; tickets day of show: $30.