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Upcoming events at Edison & Ford Estates

December 26, 2011
Lehigh Acres Citizen

January at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates is highlighted with the return of the Edison Ford Tropical Florida Bridal Fair, "Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer & the Light Bulb" exhibit opening and a Director's Tour to Palm Beach as well as a variety of other special programs and activities throughout the month. The January schedule of programs and events include:

Edison Ford Inventor's Summer Camp registration begins:

Registration for Inventor's camp opens January 2, 2002. Week- long camps begin May 28 August 3 with a variety of topics in science, art and nature. Camps are separated by grade levels, 1st 3rd and 4th 6th. Cost: Edison Ford Members, $200; non members $230. To register or for more information call the Edison Ford Education Department at 239-334-7419.

May 28 June 1 Super Solar Scientists

June 4 8 Space & Rockets

June 11 15 Kitchen Chemistry

June 18 22 Animation

June 25 29 Movie Making Magic

July 9 13 Eager Engineers

July 16 20 Time Travelers

July 23 27 Physics in Motion

July 30 August 3 Smarts in Arts

Emerging Inventors Early Learners, January 5 & 19, 9 11 a.m.

Emerging Inventors Early Learners class is a child and parent learning class for children ages 1 - 3 years. The class includes immersion into the buildings, museum and gardens. Each program is theme based and combines early science, invention, story book reading and hands-on activities. Edison Ford Members $5, non members $15 (one adult, one child) additional $5 per child.

Monthly Volunteer Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation, January 10, 9:30 a.m.

Author Charles LeBuff, "J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Images of America" and "Sanybel Light: An Historical Autobiography" has been a resident of Sanibel Island for 47 years. LeBuff is a noted sea turtle conservationist and served as Refuge Biologist at "Ding" Darling for 32 years. LeBuff will discuss his books and adventures on the Island. This is a regular monthly volunteer meeting and mandatory training for all new Edison Ford volunteers but potential volunteers are also welcome.

Drawing in the Gardens: An Introduction to Botanical Illustrations with artist Megan Kissinger, January 13, 5 7 p.m. and January 14, 9:30 a.m. 3 p.m.

The two day workshop begins with a guided botanical tour with the Edison Ford horticultural staff to familiarize participants with the blooming fruits and flowers. Day two is instruction with artist Megan Kissinger in the Edison Ford gardens. Cost: Edison Ford Members $50, non members $60; as well as $10 for essential supplies. Registration required.

Edison Ford Garden Talks: Seasonal Winter Plants, January 14, 9 a.m.

The Edison and Ford families grew many varieties of vegetables, plants and herbs in their gardens when they wintered each year in Southwest Florida. Edison Ford horticulturists will teach participants the basics of seasonal winter plants and which vegetables will thrive during the season. Edison Ford Members are FREE, non-members $5; all participants will receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.

Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer & the Light Bulb exhibit opening, January 16

An exhibit celebrating the life and work of African American inventor and Edison employee, Lewis Latimer opens on January 16 in the Edison Ford Inventor's Museum and at the Black History Museum in Fort Myers.

Homeschool: Matter Matters, January 18, 1 3 p.m.; January 20 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 1 3 p.m.

Homeschool students will explore the building blocks of the universe as the Edison Ford Wild Wizards discuss atoms, molecules and elements with a focus on solids, liquids and gases. 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 mailed to registered families. Registration required. Program recommended for grades 1 - 6. Edison Ford Members $5; non members $15 (one adult, one child) additional $5 per child.

Director's Tour to Palm Beach, January 21, 8 a.m. 7 p.m.

Palm Beach in season has been a winter tour destination since Henry Flagler brought the railroad there a century ago. The tour begins at the Flagler Museum and Whitehall Estate which has recently expanded to include the Henry Flagler railroad car and new gallery areas. After lunch, the tour will move to the historic Society of the Four Arts Gardens and the adjacent Hulitar Sculpture Gardens. Directors Tours include transportation, snacks, tours and lunch. Registration required. Cost: Edison Ford Members, $90; Edison Ford volunteers, $85; non members $95.

Additional Directors Tours include:

February 25 St. Petersburg Dali Museum and Chihuly Gallery

March 17 Clewiston Museum and behind the scenes driving tour

April 14 Lake Wales Bok Tower

Edison Ford Tropical Florida Bridal Fair, January 22, 1 4 p.m.

The fourth annual Edison Ford Tropical Florida Bridal Fair will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Ford Estate, Southwest Florida's premier wedding location. With breathtaking water views, historic gardens and romantic sunsets the Edison Ford is a perfect location for your special day. Over 40 wedding professionals will be available to assist you as well as a bridal fashion show, prizes, catering showcase and much more. Cost: $5, FREE to brides. Event is sponsored by Edison & Ford Winter Estates and Creative Events/Taylor Rental in Fort Myers.

The Edison Ford is open daily from 9 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



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