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Vol. 17, No. 2
JANUARY 12, 2018
From the Beaches to the River District downtown Fort Myers
Kid Inventors’ Day
On Wednesday, January 17, children
and their parents are invited to be
some of the first to test the new
activities in the Smithsonian Spark!Lab at
Edison & Ford Winter Estates for national
Kid Inventors’ Day. The event will run
from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m . and offers free
admission to the museum.
The Edison Wild Wizards will start
the event with a series of interactive
science experiments and presenta-
tions. Afterwards, guests will be invited
inside the museum to experiment in the
Spark!Lab. The lab is a hands-on, inter-
active exhibit for families and children
with five different invention stations. The
new activities include Invent-A-Vehicle,
Flying Machines, and High Wire Driver.
Groups and individuals alike can have fun
inventing at each station.
In the activity Invent-A-Vehicle, visitors
first sketch and then build a vehicle out
of reusable materials and components.
The activity encourages collaboration,
imaginative play and even real functional
At the Flying Machines station, visitors
engineer flying objects using various con-
struction materials. The inventions are
then tested and tweaked to improve the
distance or height achieved during flight.
Challenge cards encourage visitors to cre-
ate inventions that fly like a rocket, bird,
airplane or hot air balloon.
High Wire Driver is an activity where
visitors use a variety of building supplies
and simple motors to invent devices that
can roll along a cable, suspended above a
table or work surface. This station allows
participants to create imaginative high
wire driving cameras, cable cars or even
an overhead cash carrier.
Kid Inventors’ Day celebrates children’s
achievements and encourages creativity.
The date, Benjamin Franklin’s birthday,
honors the childhood inventor who
invented swim flippers when he was just
12 years old. Other notable childhood
inventions include the popsicle, trampo-
line, ear muffs and Braille.
Thomas Edison, another childhood
inventor, created a lab in his parents’
basement when he was just 10 years
old. He often took things apart to see
how they worked. When he was 12, he
started publishing a newspaper and sold
the publication to train passengers.
The Smithsonian Spark!Lab encourag-
es children of all ages to be creative and
think like an inventor. Edison Ford is one
of only nine museums in the country to
have a Spark!Lab. For more information,
visit w ww.edisonfordwinterestates.org or
Children learn how to invent in the Smithsonian Spark!Lab at Edison & Ford Winter Estates
by Di Saggau
Crimes of the Heart is a Pulitzer
Prize-winning play by Beth Henley
about three dysfunctional sisters who
seem drawn to sad situations. It’s play-
ing now at Laboratory Theater of Florida.
Set in Hazlehurst, Mississippi in Old
Granddaddy’s house during the early ‘80s,
it presents a day in the life of sisters Lenny
(Lucy Sundby), Meg (Danielle Channell)
and Babe (Holly Wilson) who are suddenly
reunited. It’s Lenny’s 30th birthday, but
she’s the only one who remembers it’s her
special day. The play opens with her trying
to light a candle atop a birthday cookie.
Lenny is a bit dowdy and stuck with having
to care for a seriously ill grandfather who is
There is a bigger problem concerning
Babe because she has just shot her husband
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From left, Danielle Channell, Lucy Sundby and Holly Wilson play sisters
photo courtesy Paula Sisk, Repaductions, LLC
Edison & Ford Winter Estates will host
its monthly Rhythm on the River
music celebration in the river pavilion
with Almost AHBA, an ABBA tribute
band, on Friday, January 19 at 5:30 p.m.
The group will play many of ABBA’s top
hits and songs from the musical Mamma
Mia. Almost AHBA has been perform-
ing since 1996 for audiences as large as
The Edison Ford river pavilion offers
a river view and a chance to see a spec-
tacular sunset. A limited number of seats
will be provided; guests are encouraged
to bring a folding chair. Visitors are also
encouraged to bring a jacket or blanket as
the event will be outdoors, along the river.
Tickets are $20 or $15 for Edison
Ford members. A cash bar will be
For more information or
to purchase tickets, visit www.
EdisonFordWinterEstates.org or call 334-
ABBA tribute band, Almost AHBA
ABBA Tribute Band To Perform
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