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Edison & Ford Estates’ annual event, program and class calendar 2011-12

November 5, 2011
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers is open year-round, seven days a week, offering traditional tours and creative programs to expand the usage by visitors and community members.The interpretation of the site honors the legacy of the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford families through science, history, arts and education programs, lectures, special events and activities.

Edison and Ford changed the world with their inventions, pioneering the automobile industry, movies and film, lighting and electricity, sound and communications. They were lovers of the arts, devoted naturalists and futurists in their vision. Following the legacy of the two world renowned entrepreneurs, there are vast opportunities to explore their life interests and work.

The following calendar of activities is also updated regularly on the website:

November 2011

November 17 Emerging Inventors Early Learning Class

November 8 Volunteer Program and New Volunteer Orientation

November 8, 15, 22 - Homeschool Class "Cartooning with Doug MacGregor"

November 9, 10, 11, 12 Edison & Ford Holiday Nights Decorating

November 9 Edison Ford Science Fair for Homeschool and Virtual Students

November 11 Veteran's Day Free admission to Veterans and their families

November 12 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Growing Citrus"

November 16 Boat Tours from Captiva Island to Edison Ford resume for season

November 6 & 18 Homeschool Class, 1 - 6th grade

November 17 Edison Ford Annual Meeting for Members

November 19 "The Past in Paintings: Edison & Ford Era" exhibit opening

November 19 Floorcloth Painting Class with artist Marie Dyer

November 19 & 20 - Edison Garden Market annual plant sale

November 30 "Children's Tree Trail Opening" with Lee County Schools

December 2011

December 1 Edison & Ford Holiday Nights Opening Party

December 1 & 15 Emerging Inventors Early Learning Class

December 2 31 Edison & Ford Holiday Nights, open nightly until 9 p.m.

December 10 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Holiday Container Gardening"

December 13 Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation

December 14 & 16 Homeschool Class, 1 - 6th grade

December 18 Culinary Arts, Authors and Artists Night

December 27 30 Holiday Science Camp, 1 - 6th grade

January 2012

January Edison Ford Inventor's Summer Camp registration begins

January Exhibit opening "Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer and the Light Bulb" with the Black History Museum

January 5 & 19 Emerging Inventor's Early Learning Class

January 10, 17, 24 Homeschool Class, "Cartooning with Doug MacGregor"

January 10 Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation

January 13 & 14 Botanical Illustration Class in the Gardens with Megan Kissinger

January 14 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Seasonal Winter Plants"

January 14 Day of Discovery at Florida Gulf Coast University

January 16 "Cartooning with Doug MacGregor: Innovators and Inventors" Class, (grades 4 -12)

January 18 & 20 Homeschool Class, 1 6th grade

January 21 Director's Tour to Palm Beach, Flagler Museum and Society of the Four Arts

January 22 Edison Ford Bridal Fair

February 2012

February 1 Thomas Edison Favorite Photo Exhibit and Contest

February 2 & 16 Emerging Inventors Early Learning Class

February 2 & 3 Strolling Flower Show at Bell Tower Shops, Edison & Ford Winter Estates/Periwinkle Garden Club

February 4 Annual Edison Ford Antique Car Show

February 4 Etiquette at the Edison Ford Class

February 10 & 11 Botanical Illustrations in the Gardens with Megan Kissinger

February 11 Edison's Birthday Celebration and Downtown Tour

February 11 Floorcloth Painting Class with artist Marie Dyer

February 11 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Rainbarrels"

February 11 Etiquette at the Edison Ford Class

February 12 Edison Festival of Light Junior Parade

February 13 17 Edison Mucker Lab Shows

February 14 Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation

February 14 Edison Ford Sweetheart's Valentine Celebration February 15 Opening Ceremony for completion of Edison Botanic Laboratory

February 15 & 17 Homeschool Class, 1 - 6th grade

February 18 Director's Tour to St. Petersburg, Dali Museum, Fine Arts and Chihuly Museum

February 18 Edison Festival of Light Grand Parade: Edison Ford/High Tech Central Float

February 19 Edison High School Band and Show Choir from Milan, Ohio Performances

February 26 Art in Bloom Edison Ford and Fort Myers/Lee County Garden Council

March 2012

March 1 & 15 Emerging Inventors Early Learning Class

March 3 Floorcloth Painting Class with artist Marie Dyer

March 9 & 10 Botanical Illustration Class in the Gardens with Megan Kissinger

March 10 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Heritage Butterfly Plants"

March 10 Girl Scout Badge Program

March 13 Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation

March 14 & 16 Homeschool Class, 1 - 6th grade

March 17 Director's Tour to Clewiston

March 30 & April 1 Black Maria Film Festival with Edison State College

April 2012

April 5 & 19 Emerging Inventors Early Learning Class

April 10 Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation

April 14 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Storm Scaping"

April 14 Director's Tour to Lake Wales, Bok Tower and Pinewood Estate

April 15 May 25 Art in the Gardens opening with Lee County School Art Teachers & Students

April 20 An Incandescent Evening

April 18 & 20 Homeschool Class, 1 6th grade

April 28 Educators and Kids Free Day

May 2012

May 5 Girl Scouts Badge Program

May 8 Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation

May 12 & 13 Edison Ford Mother's Day Brunch

May 12 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Summer Vegetable Gardening"

May 13 Mother's Day Free Admission to mothers

May 16 & 18 Homeschool Class, 1 - 6th grade

May 28 Memorial Day Free Admission to Veterans and their families

May 29 August 2012, Edison & Ford Inventor's Camp begins

June September 2012

June 9 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Hot Plants for the Summer"

June 12 Volunteer Program Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation

June 17 Father's Day Free Admission to fathers

July 10 Volunteer Meeting and Orientation

July 14 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Heritage Tropical Fruits"

July 30 Henry Ford's Birthday

August 11 Edison Ford Garden Talk, "Orchid Care and Repotting"

August 14 - Volunteer Meeting and Orientation

September 11 - Volunteer Meeting and Orientation

Contact the Edison Ford at 239-334-7419 to confirm schedule or visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org for the latest news and information. All dates and times are subject to change.

The Estates, located on McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Estates 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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