Black Maria Film Festival Returns November 8, 6 p.m.
Join Edison Ford, in partnership with Florida Southwestern State College, in welcoming the 38th annual Black Maria Film Festival. Films will be screened after sunset on the historic Ford lawn and FSW students will facilitate discussion. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Limited seating is available; visitors are advised to bring a folding chair.
Edison Ford members: $5; non-members: $10. Tickets will be sold at the ticket office on the evening of the event. Proceeds will benefit Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas.
Creating a Hypertufa Mounting Board for Orchids and Other Air Plants November 2 and 9, 9 a.m.
Create a one-of-a-kind living garden sculpture using Hypertufa, a mixture of Portland cement, peat moss, vermiculite, perlite, and water. Retired art teacher, Jim Hopton will instruct this two-part class in the Edison Ford greenhouse and demonstrate various uses of hypertufa in the garden.
Edison Ford members: $50; non-members: $75. Limited to 10 participants. Both classes must be attended. Participants will meet at the Information Booth. Register online today.
YOMASSAGE™ November 9, 11 a.m.
Class held in the South Florida Water Management Lecture Hall, 2301 McGregor Blvd.
Yomassage™ is a fusion of relaxing and supported restorative yoga positions with hands on massage therapy. Students hold each position for around 8-10 minutes while a massage therapist performs manual massage techniques. The classes are limited to 5 participants per class and lasts for approximately 90 minutes. Classes are led by Dolores J. Gozzi, a Licensed Massage/Alternative Therapist (MA37360), who has completed a 16-hour Yomassage™ certiﬁcation.
Cost: Edison Ford members: $55; non-members: $65 per class, tickets can be purchased at the membership desk, the ticket counter or online. Advanced reservations are encouraged as space is limited. Admission to the site is not included.
Full Moon Meditation November 9, 1:30 p.m.
Class held in the South Florida Water Management Lecture Hall, 2301 McGregor Blvd.
Relax, breathe, release and enjoy this personal journey through sound vibration with singing bowls and drums.
The class is taught by Dolores J. Gozzi, a Licensed Massage/Alternative Therapist (MA37360). Bring something to lie on like a yoga mat or towel, water, and a small pillow.
Cost: Edison Ford members: $20; non-members: $25, tickets can be purchased at the membership desk, the ticket counter or online. Admission to the site is not included.
Garden Class: A Fresh Look at Holiday Plants for Southwest Florida
November 9, 1:30 p.m.
Class held in the Lee County Garden Council Building, 2166 Virginia Avenue
Karen Maxwell will teach the first class of the season, " A Fresh Look at Holiday Plants." In this class, we will explore some of the history, lore, mistakes, gardener's favorites and introduce new plants and ideas, that will hopefully help you with your holiday gift list! A wonderful selection of the plants discussed will be available for sale in the Garden Shoppe. Participants may enter a drawing to win a copy of "Poinsettias- Myths & Legends," a fun collectible holiday book for any gardener!
If you would like to grow Hibiscus in your garden, come to the next Garden Talk. Nancy Kopp from the Hibiscus Society will speak on the "Culture of Growing Great Hibiscus." With hundreds of hybrid colors and some of the tried and true varieties, we are sure there is one suited just right for your garden, Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen, and a hat, as we will walk around the property to see many beautiful Hibiscus varieties. Participants will receive a 20% off coupon for use toward plants from the Garden Shoppe.
Edison Ford members: $10; non-members: $15
Free Admission for Veterans!
To honor the men and women who have served our country, veterans and one guest will be admitted free on Veterans Day. Free admission includes an audio tour of the historic homes, gardens, laboratory, and museum. To receive free admission, veterans must present a VA identification card or their DD214 papers. Current servicemen and women presenting an active military ID are admitted free all year long.
Volunteer Meeting and Lecture Series
Along the Caloosahatchee River
Southwest Florida Water Management Lecture Hall
November 12, 10 a.m.
Our November meeting features Amy Bennett Williams, author of "Along the Caloosahatchee River." Amy, a journalist for The News-Press, tells the Caloosahatchee's story of the ancient animals that once roamed its shores, the 19th-century entrepreneurs who bent it to their wills, and the celebrities who have relaxed on its waters. Copies will be available for sale and signing by the author after the meeting for a special volunteer rate of $18.
Volunteer meetings are free and open to the public. Contact Bobby Feldman or Holly Shaffer, Program Managers at 239-335-3694 for information.
Museum Musings Clara Ford: the matron of Dearborn
November 13, 11:30 a.m.
Join Alexandria Edwards, Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator, as she explores the life and times of the woman they called the "Believer."
Included with admission; free for Edison Ford members.
Homeschool Science Scholars
Grades 1-3: November 14, 9:30 a.m. Grades 4-6: November 14, 1 p.m.
Grades 7-8: November 13, 10 a.m.
Challenge your mind and foster collaboration with our popular ongoing homeschool series! The focus is on history, simple machines, and mechanics. Register online today.
Edison Ford members: $15; non-members: $25 per class. Includes one adult and one child. $5 for each additional child (subject to availability).
Silk Scarf Workshops with Artist Marie Dyer
November 16, 9:30 a.m.
A variety of techniques will be taught that will inspire painters of all levels to create their own one-of-a-kind scarf. The scarves can be worn or displayed as art! Participants may book a single date or return for multiple sessions.
Edison Ford members: $95 per class; non-members: $105 per class
Emerging Inventors (Ages 1-5)
November 19, 10 a.m.
Children and parents will learn, play and gain valuable social skills while exploring the homes, gardens, and museum.
Edison Ford members: $10; non-members: $15 per class. Includes one adult and one child. $5 for each additional child (subject to availability).
Rhythm on the River
Peace of Woodstock November 22, 6 p.m.
Dig out your tie-dyed shirts and bell bottoms and travel back in time with Edison Ford as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Peace of Woodstock pays tribute to the famous three-day festival that was held in upstate New York in 1969. Bring a lawn chair and a sweater if the weather is chilly. There will be a cash bar and refreshments available for purchase. No coolers permitted. Visitors should park in the main Edison Ford parking lot.
Tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket counter. Edison Ford members: $20; non-members: $25 per class. Includes one adult and one child; all tickets purchased at the door: $30.
Edison Ford Fall Garden Festival
November 23-24, 9 a.m.
For anyone who enjoys gardening, this is a must-see event! Dozens of plant and garden vendors will have booths under the Banyan and other historic trees all around the museum and lab. This is an opportunity to shop for hard-to-find plants that grow successfully in Southwest Florida. The Edison Garden Shoppe will also have many plants, trees, herbs and garden-related items available for sale. Plant vendors and Edison Ford horticulturalist will be on hand to answer gardening questions and help you with your selections.
Food trucks and live music will be on site too, so come out and spend the day shopping for plants! This free event does not included tours of the homes or admission to the museum and laboratory.
Veggies Available for Sale in the Garden Shoppe!
It's planting season in SWFL! Our Garden Shoppe just received a large order of lush veggies and herbs ready to be planted in your garden. Veggies available include tomato, eggplant, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, lettuce, celery, chives and arugula. If you don't have the space for a garden at home, you can rent a raised bed in our community garden. To learn more about renting a raised bed, call Eric or Debbie at 239-334-7419.
Edison Ford Community Garden
Can you believe that it is time to think about Florida's vegetable growing season again? Edison Ford's community garden has raised beds that are being prepared by Eric Frankovitch, Horticulture Specialist. There is also a new shed that can be used by gardeners for tool storage. New this year, Eric will hold meetings for community garden members.
The community garden membership runs from October through May. Prices are $100 for non-members, $75 for members. For more information, please call 239-334-7419 or email Eric at Efrankovitch@edisonford.org.
Rare Wood Slabs Almost Gone!
If you haven't had chance to get a wood slab yet, now is your chance! Wood slabs from rare Shaving Brush and Mango trees are available. Call Sherri Muske at 239-335-3677 to make an appointment to view the wood.
For additional information about programs, classes or events, visit EdisonFord.org or call 239-334-7419. Tickets may be purchased online and online registration is available for children's classes.