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Edison’s Birthday Celebration!

Edison Ford will host its annual antique car show featuring Ford models.

Edison Ford will host its annual antique car show featuring Ford models.

In celebration of Thomas Edison’s birthday, there will be many activities for the public to enjoy at Edison and Ford Winter Estates during the month of February. 

On February 6, from 10 am to 2 pm, Edison Ford will host its annual antique car show featuring Ford models. Each year, classic car owners and club members exhibit more than 100 cars on the Ford Lawn, along the Calooshatchee River as a tribute to Henry Ford, the pioneer of the automobile industry. 
In addition to the car exhibition, there will be a Model T tour and lecture with Edison Ford staff and car owners, plus living history characters, Henry and Clara Ford will lead informal tours throughout the event. 

Registrations are being accepted for Ford models 1980 and older. There will be live entertainment, great food and visitors can tour the beautiful gardens and historic buildings at Edison & Ford Winter Estates. 

Then, on February 11, the public is invited to come out and celebrate Thomas Edison’s birthday! There will be cake and a special presentation and tea with Mina and Mr. Edison as they share photo album memories. 

On February 13 from 9 am to 5 pm, and February 14 from 9 am to 4 pm, Edison & Ford Winter Estates will hold its annual Edison Garden Festival.

Dozens of vendors from all over the state of Florida will have thousands of exotic and tropical plants and trees, along with garden art and supplies for sale. Vendors will have palms, vegetables, bromeliads, hibiscus, butterfly plants, African violets, orchids, air plants, herbs, succulents, cactus and many hard-to-find species, as well as garden supplies and gift items, including mulch, trellises, pottery, cut flowers, hats and jewelry for sale. 

This free, family event will have numerous kids’ activities, including a root beer tasting table, photo opportunities in a Model T Ford and with the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford living history characters, creating botanical valentines and making corn husk dolls. Kids also will be able to plant sprouts that they can grow at home. 

The festival also will feature live entertainment, refreshments and a special Valentine’s Day giveaway. Parking and admission to the garden festival is free. 

The celebration continues with the Art in Bloom art show on February 28, from 1 – 4 pm.  Art in Bloom is a unique art show that showcases local artist’s works of art in different mediums, including painting, photography, quilting, steampunk art, and even bird houses. A floral designer from the Lee County Garden Council will be paired with each artist and will create a beautiful floral display based on their interpretation of the artwork. 

The public is invited to vote for their favorite artist and floral design and the “people’s choice awards” will be announced at 4 pm. This event is free.

– For more information on the Edison & Ford Winter Estates or Edison’s Birthday Celebration visit www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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Comedian/Ventriloquist, Jeff Dunham to perform at Germain Arena

Dunham personally hand-crafts each character for his show’s from conception to the final coat of paint,

Dunham personally hand-crafts each character for his show’s from conception to the final coat of paint,

Jeff Dunham, the wildly popular and internationally acclaimed comic/ventriloquist is loading up the bus along with his cast of characters and heading to the Germain Arena in Estero, FL on Friday, February 26th on their “Perfectly Unbalanced” International Tour.  

In November of 2014, Dunham and his sidekicks began their six-month residency at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas and by overwhelming popular demand Not Playing with a Full Deck was held over through October 2015.

Then, in August Dunham shot his seventh comedy special Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood during a two-night stand at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles with Special Guest Brad Paisley. The special premiered on NBC September 17 to a staggering 7 million viewers and was released nationwide on DVD/Blu-ray November 17.

Dunham’s fascination with ventriloquism began at age eight.  It was his parents who gave their son a toy Mortimer Snerd dummy and an accompanying instructional record album.

By the time he was ten, Jeff was performing anywhere he could find an audience. After graduating from Baylor University, he moved to Los Angeles and soon became a sensation on the national comedy club circuit.  Multiple performances on just about every stand-up comedy show known to man followed, as well as frequent guest appearances on The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman

Dunham personally hand-crafts each character for his show’s from conception to the final coat of paint, and then brings them to life on stage.  His beloved troupe of sidekicks are: Walter the Grumpy Retiree, Ached the Dead Terrorist, the beer-fueled redneck Bubba J, the manic purple creature Peanut, the spicy pepper from south of the border Jose Jalapeno and Little Jeff, a mini-version of the ringmaster himself.  

When asked about his inspiration, Dunham tells Parade Magazine: “Unfortunately for comedians, I think, the funnier the guy is, usually the more garbage he’s gone through in his life.  I think that the best inspiration for any comic is just to live life and live it to its fullest.  The more steps that I take in life, the more there is to draw from.  I used to hear that back when I was in college.  I had people telling me that a comedian really doesn’t reach his stride or at least a stride enough to keep succeeding until probably late in college or after college because he hasn’t lived life enough.  You don’t know really what it’s all about until you get out in the real world and get a couple of knocks.”

Throughout his career, the famed comedian has literally been all over the map, visiting five continents and twelve countries including the UK, South Africa, Australia, the Middle East, and Asia where he continuously performed to sold-out arenas. 

The comedian has carved a unique corner in the comedy world that’s as funny as it is popular. The New York Times Magazine declared Jeff Dunham “the most successful comedian working in America.”  And he has been named Pollstar’s #1 Comedy Tour in North America for three years running, as well as their Top Worldwide Tour for two years in a row and has set the record for viewership on Comedy Central

Dunham has sold more than seven million DVDs worldwide and garnered nearly a billion views on YouTube.

Tickets, cost $51.50 each, and are available at www.germainarena.com or by phone at 239-948-7825 or at the Germain Arena box office.

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25th Annual Sounds of Jazz and Blues Festival

Join Spyro Gyra at the 25th Annual Sounds of Jazz and Blues

Join Spyro Gyra at the 25th Annual Sounds of Jazz and Blues

The City of Cape Coral Parks and Recreation Special Events Division will host the 25th Annual Sounds of Jazz and Blues on Saturday, March 18 at the Tarpon Point in Westin of Cape Coral.

The headlining act will be Spyro Gyra, an American jazz fusion band founded in 1974 by saxophonist Jay Beckenstein.  For years, the band consistently has been one of the most successful commercial pop-jazz groups of the times.  

Spyro Gyra independently funded and recorded their debut album, releasing the record on the local independent label Amherst in 1976.  The record slowly became a success and Amherst sold the rights to the band to Infinity Records, a division of MCA. In the late 70s, the band lost some members, but still recorded Morning Dance, their first album for Infinity, which was released in 1979.  The record became a major hit, spawning a Top 40 single with Morning Dance and going platinum. 

Morning Dance firmly placed Spyro Gyra as one of the most popular artists in contemporary jazz, and throughout the ‘80s, their popularity continued growing.  Their albums were consistent best-sellers, and their concerts often sold out.  In 1983, vibraphonist and marimba player Dave Samuels — who had played on several of the group’s albums — became a full-fledged member of the band.  Over the course of the ‘80s, the membership of Spyro Gyra fluctuated, but Beckenstein and Tom Schuman remained at its core, keeping the group’s signature sound intact.

– Join Spyro Gyra at the 25th Annual Sounds of Jazz and Blues on Saturday, March 19 at Tarpon Point Westin of Cape Coral, FL.  Tickets are currently on sale by visiting www.capeconcerts.com!