February at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be highlighted with Thomas Edison’s Birthday Celebration, Edison Ford Antique Car Show, an opening ceremony for the completion of the Edison Botanic Research Lab, the return of Art in Bloom, a Director’s Tour to St. Petersburg as well as a variety of other special programs and activities throughout the month. The February schedule of programs and events include:
NEW for February, “Inside the Lab” Tours, Tuesdays during the month of February, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
A NEW in-depth, behind the scenes tour inside the historic Edison Botanic Research Laboratory. Participants will learn first hand from the curators and scientists who worked on the Lab restoration about the historic scientific work that was accomplished by Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone as well as interpretation of the chemical lab, processing area, machine shop and other related areas. The tour concludes at the original site of Edisons’ 1886 Electric Lab and participants will have access to the historic riverside estates. Edison Ford Members FREE, non members $40. Groups may schedule special times and dates in February and the tour will be available throughout the year with advance notice.
Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp registration:
Registration is now open for Edison Ford Inventor’s Summer Camp that begins May 29 – August 3 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, February 2 and 16, 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.
Edison Ford Antique Car & Boat Show, February 4, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Over a hundred antique car collectors will display their antique cars throughout the Ford Estate. Other activities for the day include live music, food available for purchase, Mr. & Mrs. Ford leading informal tours of the Ford Estate, boat building demonstrations and a display of antique boats through the Royal Palm Yacht Club. Cost is FREE to Edison Ford Members and $5 for non members.
Antique Car Show Model T Tour and Lecture, February 4, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Learn the history of Henry Ford and his automobiles first-hand through the Edison Ford collection. Participants will tour the Ford Estate and meet antique car owners who will provide interesting information specific to their Ford. Edison Ford Members FREE; non members $5, lecture included in the price of Antique Car Show admission.
Etiquette at Edison Ford: Mina & Mimi’s Manners, February 4 or February 11, 11 a.m.
Mina Edison, wife of Thomas Edison, was a gracious hostess and interested in the well being of children and the community. Following in this tradition, “Etiquette at Edison Ford” includes one day (two hour) lessons in etiquette and social skills. Children will learn proper introductions, handshakes and dining etiquette during a three course meal. Class is taught by Suzanne Willis who has been teaching similar classes throughout the nation. To register call the Edison Ford Education Department at 239-334-7419. Cost: Edison Ford Members $40, non members $50.
Drawing in the Gardens: An Introduction to Botanical Illustrations with artist Megan Kissinger, February 10, 5 – 7 p.m. and February 11, 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. To register call the Edison Ford Education Department at 239-334-7419. Cost: Edison Ford Members $50, non members $60; as well as $10 for essential supplies.
Thomas Edison’s Birthday Celebration, Motorcade and DowntownTour, February 11, 10 a.m.
Celebrate Thomas Edison’s 165th birthday at the Edison Ford with staff, distinguished guests and Edison Park Elementary School students who will perform music from the Edison era. Performance begins at 10 a.m. with cake to follow. The birthday celebration is FREE to the public. After the celebration join Thomas Edison and President Hoover as they motorcade to the City of Fort Myers. Join them on a historical walking tour of downtown with True Tours. Cost for the walking tour is $10.60 and tickets may be purchased at the Edison Ford.
Floorcloth Painting Class with Marie Dyer, February 11, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Artist Marie Dyer, best known for her vivid floral and still-life paintings, will teach participants how to transform a piece of unfinished floorcloth into a tropical delight. No prior painting experience is necessary. Materials included. To register call the Edison Ford Education Department at 239-334-7419. Cost: Edison Ford Members $70, non-members $75.
Edison Ford Garden Talks: Rain barrels, February 11, 9 a.m.
Thomas Edison collected rainwater off the roof of his Botanic Lab for reuse in his research gardens. Rain barrels are easy to install and practical ways to collect water for future uses. Edison Ford horticultural staff will instruct participants how to install and incorporate rain barrels in home landscapes. Edison Ford Members are FREE, non-members $5; all participants will receive 20% off in the Edison Ford Garden Shoppe.
Homeschool: “Force and Motion,” February 13, 1 – 3 p.m.
Homeschool students will explore different types of energy, Newton’s Laws and gravity. 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.
Edison Ford Mucker Lab Shows, February 13 – 17, 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
In celebration of Thomas Edison’s Birthday and the completion of restoration to the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory, the “Muckers” will perform daily shows outside the Lab. The shows are FREE to the public.
Monthly Volunteer Meeting and New Volunteer Orientation, February 14, 9:30 a.m.
The restoration of the Edison Botanic Research Lab is complete and volunteers will go behind the scenes, “Inside the Lab” with Edison Ford consultants and curatorial staff. This is a regular monthly volunteer meeting and mandatory training for all new Edison Ford volunteers but potential volunteers are also welcome.
Edison Botanic Research Laboratory Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, February 15, 11 a.m.
Edison Ford is celebrating the completion of the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory restoration project with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony will include a behind the scenes lab tour with Edison Ford curatorial staff. The event is FREE to the public.
Florida Rep performance, “Thomas Edison: Fire of Genius” at Edison Ford, February 16, 1 p.m.
With support from LCEC, Edison Ford and Florida Repertory Theatre present a FREE performance Of “Thomas Edison: Fire of Genius” that includes hands-on science with Edison Wild Wizards. The play, written by children’s theatre author, Kathryn Schultz Miller, was commissioned especially for Florida Rep and is a look at the life of one of America’s most famous inventors and entrepreneurs, Thomas Edison. Kids of all ages will enjoy this energetic and exciting look at the man behind the bulb!
Performance by the Edison High School Band and Show Choir, February 19, 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
The Edison High School Band and Show Choir from Milan, Ohio; Thomas Edison’s birthplace; will be performing two free concerts at the Edison Ford. The band and choir are also marching/performing at the Edison Festival of Light Parade on February 18. The performances are FREE to the public.
Director’s Tour to St. Petersburg, February 25, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
The Director’s Tour to downtown St. Petersburg includes the new Salvador Dali Museum, Chihuly Gallery, and the Museum of Fine Arts. Director’s 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:
• March 17 – Clewiston – Museum and behind the scenes driving tour
• April 14 – Lake Wales – Bok Tower
Art in Bloom, February 26, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Back for a third year, “Art in Bloom” is a one day exhibit of art and floral design. The exhibit is a collaboration with Edison Ford and the Fort Myers – Lee County Garden Council and combines art pieces with living arrangements of flowers and plants. Cost: Edison Ford Members FREE, non members $5.
“Thomas Edison, Lewis Latimer & the Light Bulb” Exhibit
An exhibit celebrating the life and work of African American inventor and Edison employee, Lewis Latimer opened in January, in the Edison Ford Invention Museum and at the Black History Museum in Fort Myers.
Sunday Brunch and Historic Tours of Edison Ford and Downtown Fort Myers, Sundays, 10:30 a.m.
Participants will step back in time at the homes, gardens, lab and museum at Edison Ford; learn the history of downtown Fort Myers with True Tours; and enjoy a delectable brunch at Vino De Notte located at the Hotel Indigo in historic downtown Fort Myers. For more information and reservations call 239-945-0405. Cost: $39.
The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 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 www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.