Burroughs Home & Gardens to host “Brunch on the River – an Inspirational Bridal Exposé” Nov 11

Sunset kiss at water's edge

Sunset kiss at water’s edge


FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 26, 2018)

The Burroughs Home & Gardens is taking reservations and finalizing plans for its inaugural “Brunch on the River: An Inspirational Bridal Exposé” to be held on November 11, 2018 to showcase the venue’s expansive waterfront views, alongside an array of over 45 wedding professionals and services. The strolling tour will introduce engaged couples to the grandeur of this historic, 1920’s Georgian revival style mansion located at 2505 First Street in downtown Fort Myers. Cost of admission is a $5 donation to the Uncommon Friends Foundation that maintains the historic property. Valet parking will be available.

The exciting event is for discerning bridal couples who want their upcoming wedding to be both personal and extraordinary. Guests will stroll through the interactive and inspirational displays throughout the grand old home, manicured grounds beneath the canopied oak trees, and along the river bank for food tastings and stimulating wedding ideas. Attendees will meet standout caterers, officiants, photographers, florists and a variety of the most creative and reliable wedding vendors in Southwest Florida. Cindy Ekonomou, director of special events for the Burroughs Home said, “We are delighted to partner with Jason & Todd’s Diamond District and CocoLuna Events on this unique bridal event.” All brides attending will be entered to win a $2,500 gift certificate from the Diamond District. Pre-registration for this one-of-a-kind showcase is encouraged, and one pre-registrant will win a complimentary tuxedo or suit rental from The Tuxxman.

Guests can pre-register for the showcase at http://brunchontheriver.planningpod.com. To view the photo gallery and learn more about weddings, tours, and other events at the Burroughs Home & Gardens, visit http://burroughshome.com/ or call 239-337-0706.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018, the Uncommon Friends Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders. It is located at the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens at 2505 First Street. Two open-air, waterfront pavilions are available for public and private weddings and other events. Public tours of the historic home are available by reservation. For more information, visit http://UncommonFriends.org or call (239) 337-9503.

3D Interspace Solutions

3D Interspace Solutions donates 3D Virtual Tour of annual Holiday House for second year

FORT MYERS, Fla. (Dec. 16,2017)

Visitors can now see the historic Burroughs Home decorated for the holidays like never before thanks to Fort Myers-based 3D Interspace Solutions. The company has digitallyscanned the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club’s 61st annual Holiday House using 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) state-of-the-art digital scanning services to create a 3D Virtual Tour, allowing aunique view of this annual event to viewers online, wherever they are.

Bryce Clerk, founder of 3D Interspace Solutions said, “We are pleased to have had the opportunity to scan the historic Burroughs Home for the second year to showcase the Woman’s Community Club’s efforts for a spectacular Christmas experience. I am excited that this year we scanned the house using our new 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) state-of-the-art digital scanning equipment to create the 3D Virtual Tour.”

The long time tradition of decorating for Holiday House is considered a gift to the people of Fort Myers from the Woman’s Community Club. This year the homes are decorated to reflect “The Wonder of Christmas.”

“We appreciate being able to give people the opportunity to see what the decorated houses looks like and know they will of course want to come see it in person for a true holiday experience,” said event Chair, Tracy McGee.

“However, not everyone can join us during the holidays. We have families who have toured Holiday House for years and then move away and now miss being able to come. 3-D Interspace Services has given them the ability to bring a little Holiday House to their new home.”

The link to the 3D scanned Holiday House can be found here: http://3dswfl.com/3d-model/burroughs-home-holiday-house-4k/fullscreen.

Holiday House 2017 will run through Saturday, December 23. Hours are from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 8:30 p.m. Reservations are not necessary. Tickets are $5 for adults and children under the age of 10 are free. Veterans and active members of the military are free with identification. Santa Claus will be at the Langford-Kingston home to hear children’s Christmas wishes.For more information, call 239.337.9505 or visit the website at www.fmwcc.com.

3D Interspace Solution provides its state-of-the-art services throughout Southwest Florida. For more information, contact Bryce Clerk at (941) 404-6122 or Sean Radigan at (239) 841-0260.

ABOUT 3D INTERSPACE SOLUTIONS

Fort Myers-based 3D Interspace Solutions is the preeminent provider of affordable and interactive Ultra High Definition 4K, 3D experiences to the real estate industry in Southwest Florida. Founded by Bryce Clerk and Sean Radigan in 2015, the rapidly growing company offers a comprehensive solution for real estate agents to conveniently market a property using a variety of tools including 3D Virtual Tours, or “Showcases”, using immersive Matterport® technology; aerial drone photo and video; HD photo and video; and 2D floor plans. 3D has created 3D Virtual Tours for more than 500 homes.The company is the first to bring UHD 4K, 3D virtual tour technology to the region. Any combination of these state-of-the-art offerings are easily included on a single property website that contains the property description, agent’s contact information, call-to-action form, and social media sharing. 3D Interspace Solutions is a member of the Matterport® Service Partner Network and an Affiliate Member of the Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association.  For additional information about 3D Interspace Solutions, call (941) 404-6122 or visit www.3dswfl.com.

Jennifer Nelson joins Uncommon Friends Foundation as Executive Director

FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 17, 2017)

Jennifer I. Nelson has joined the Uncommon Friends Foundation today as its new executive director. She will oversee daily operations of the Uncommon Friends Foundation, the operation and maintenance of the Burroughs Home & Gardens, and oversight of the James Newton Archives.

Nelson has been in senior management positions for eight years at Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, most recently as senior director of operations. She held previous management positions at Goodwill Industries in Houston, Austin and Galveston, TX. Her vast nonprofit experience includes operations management, budget oversight, fundraising, expanding streams of revenue, cost containment, marketing, personnel supervision, and event leadership.

John Albion, chairman of the Uncommon Friends Foundation’s board of directors said, “After a process that saw over 150 applications submitted, the board is very pleased with the extensive experience, energy and commitment that Jennifer brings to the Foundation. We had many exceptional candidates and believe Jennifer is the right leader to help us expand our mission and goals to write our next chapter. As Jim Newton always said, “The best IS yet to be …”

Nelson has been an active volunteer and advocate for PACE Center for Girls of Lee County as both a board member (since 2015) and as chairman of its “Love that Dress!” fundraiser (2014). She is an active board member for Recycle Florida (since 2011) and is a member of the Women in Business Committee for The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. Nelson was also appointed as a member to the Lee County Sustainability Advisory Committee for the Lee County Board of County Commissioners.

Nelson holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Art History from the University of Texas and is a graduate of Goodwill Industries’ International Senior Leadership Program and its Kaizen Training program. She resides in Cape Coral with her daughter, Piper.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1993 and dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders. The Foundation promotes character education in schools, ethics in the workplace, and preservation of the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens and James Newton Archives. For more information, visit http://UncommonFriends.org or call (239) 337-9503.

Burroughs Home & Gardens Hosts Final Tea Party of the Season April 11

“The Victorian Fairy Painting Tea” will explore Victorians’ fascination with fairies

FORT MYERS, Fla. (March 21, 2017)

The historic Burroughs Home & Gardens will host its final tea party of the season on Tuesday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m. “The Victorian Fairy Painting Tea” is presented by local historical entertainer Laurie Nienhaus and will include a presentation of quality reprints of the great fairy paintings of the Victorian era. Guests will enjoy the scenery of the beautiful gardens from the dancing porch, while learning about the quirks associated with the unique genre of art. Light afternoon tea fare fit for a fairy will be served.

“Victorians loved their fairies,” Nienhaus said. “These paintings had a deeper meaning for many, and the fairies in these works are not always as sweet—nor as innocent—as one might imagine. When examined more closely, guests may find surprising elements.”

The Burroughs Home is located at 2505 First Street in downtown Fort Myers. Parking is free across the street behind the Langford-Kingston Home at 2500 First Street.

Admission for this interactive program is $26. Seating is limited. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing Tera@BurroughsHome.com or calling (239) 337-9505.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1993 and dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders. Proceeds from tours help maintain the Burroughs Home & Gardens. For more information, visit https://uncommonfriends.org/.

Burroughs Home & Gardens Offers Tours and Tea Parties

Expanded historical tour packages and tea parties add to the experience.

FORT MYERS, Fla. (February 14, 2017) The historic Burroughs Home & Gardens located at 2505 First Street in downtown Fort Myers, Florida is scheduling tea parties and entertaining luncheon programs on Mona’s dancing porch. Two different entertainment program formats are available. Guests can choose from monthly “Teatime Tuesdays” or combination “Tours with Tea” offered exclusively to groups of 10 or more on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Upcoming Teatime Tuesday luncheons with entertainment are scheduled for March 21 (“Tisanes to Tickle Your Fancy”); April 11 (“Victorian Fairy Art Tea”); and mid-May (date and program TBA). Guests will enjoy a light lunch and charming program by local entertainer Laurie Nienhaus on the history and health benefits of different types of teas through the ages. Ticket prices range from $26 to $28.

Groups of 10 or more can add a home tour to one of two entertaining luncheon programs, “For the Love of Lavender” and “How on Earth did Tea Make it This Far?” The lavender program revolves around the many uses and folklore of lavender and includes a light tea luncheon with culinary lavender. The tea program is quirky and entertaining, recounting tea’s journey through time and includes a light luncheon with culinary tea. Both programs begin with a tour of the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens at 11:00 a.m. Ticket prices are $30.

Seating is limited and advance reservations are required. For reservations or more information about Teatime Tuesdays, Tours with Tea, or other tours, visit www.BurroughsHome.com or contact Tera Miller at Tera@BurroughsHome.com or call 239-337-9505.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1993 and dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders. Proceeds from tours help maintain the Burroughs Home & Gardens at 2505 First Street in Fort Myers, Florida. For more information, visit https://uncommonfriends.org/.

Historic Burroughs Home & Gardens Reaches 100 Weddings at its Waterfront Pavilion

Historic property offers wedding and event venue unique to Southwest Florida

FORT MYERS, Fla. – January 24, 2017 – The Uncommon Friends Foundation proudly announces the Gale McBride Pavilion at the historic Burroughs Home & Gardens has reached the major milestone of hosting its 100th event at the facility. The 4,000 square foot riverfront venue was completed in March 2015 and was paid for entirely from private donated funds raised by the Uncommon Friends Foundation.  The pavilion sits nestled amid a lush, canopy of mature oak trees with expansive water views.

“Having my wedding at the Burroughs home was amazing,” said Becca Henry, a bride recently married at the Burroughs Home and Gardens.  “As a bride, it was so nice to have flexible options to create the atmosphere that I wanted without limitation. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding at a more perfect location.”

The pavilion continues to host events for people seeking the beauty that can come with an outdoor event and, at the same time, protection from the unpredictable Florida weather.  The Historic Burroughs Home & Gardens is located at 2505 First Avenue in downtown Fort Myers and features a 1901 Georgian Colonial Revival architecture mansion on 6,000 square feet of lush gardens.  The home is recognized in the National Historic Registry.  The property is owned by the City of Fort Myers and operated by the Uncommon Friends Foundation.

The Gale McBride Pavilion is another example of a public/private partnership that so many local nonprofits enjoy. Major donors such as Edison National Bank, Gates Construction, Johnson Engineering, the Berne Davis Trust, former Board Chair Gray and Lucy Davis, and the Gale McBride Foundation generously supported the pavilion construction project and gifted it to the City of Fort Myers and its citizens. Gates Construction, Johnson Engineering and Schenkel & Shultz Architecture completed the pavilion construction March 2015.

For more information on weddings and events at the Burroughs Home & Gardens, visit http://burroughshome.com, call (239) 337-0706, or email events@burroughshome.com. To schedule guided historical tours, call (239) 337-9505 or email tera@burroughshome.com. The property is available to the public by reservation. All rental revenues go toward maintenance and management of the Burroughs Home & Gardens.

Tour and Tea

A New Twist on Tours at the Burroughs Home!

For Immediate Release
January 23, 2017

Fort Myers, Florida, January 27, 2017:  Groups of 10 or more wishing to tour the historic Burroughs Home can now add an adventurous tea experience, with the option of one of two programs! Presented by local author, speaker, and playwright Laurie Nienhaus, guests can choose from either “For the Love of Lavender” or “How On Earth Did Tea Make It This Far?”.

Following both of these short, fun programs is light tea fare. For the Love of Lavender, all scrumptious selections feature lavender. For How On Earth Did Tea Make It This Far, the appetizing assortments feature items using tea as an ingredient.

Reservations are necessary and seating is limited! (Must be booked 2 weeks prior to selected date.) To reserve this delightful day for your group, email or call Tera Miller at 239.337.9505 or tera@burroughshome.com. The cost is only $30 to attend, which includes both the guided historical tour & tea program. The Burroughs Home is located at 2505 First Street in Fort Myers.

Teatime Tuesdays Return to Mona’s Dance Porch


Tea Adventurers & History Lovers Rejoice!

For Immediate Release
January 23, 2017

Fort Myers, Florida, January 27, 2017:  Teatime Tuesdays with local speaker and playwright, Laurie Nienhaus, start again on Tuesday, February 14 at the Burroughs Home. Beginning at 1:00 pm, For Dark Chocolate Lovers Only will find guests sampling six different single origin dark chocolates and pairing them with a single estate Assam tea.

Teatime Tuesdays are designed to give guests a rounded experience that includes unusual culinary delights and interesting, informative historical and/or tea related programs. March’s Teatime Tuesday will feature Tisanes to Tickle Your Fancy & Your Health on the 21st. April will see The Victorian Fairy Art Tea.

Reservations are necessary and seating is limited! Reservation lists automatically close one week prior to event. To hold your seats today, email or call Tera Miller at 239.337.9505 or tera@burroughshome.com. The cost to attend is only $28. The Burroughs Home is located at 2505 First Street in Fort Myers.

60th Anniversary of Holiday House in Motion “Let Heaven and Nature Sing” is Theme of Annual Event


The 2016 Holiday House tour of the historic Burroughs and Langford Kingston Homes located at 2500 First Street in downtown Ft. Myers will begin December 8 at 5:00 pm with a VIP and Media Open House party and then will open to the public Friday, December 9 and run nightly through December 23 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The annual, festive tradition is a magical, beautiful gift back to the community from the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club to celebrate the homes’ heritage and ignite a holiday spirit in the community. Admission is $5 for adults, with military veterans and children under 10 free.

The theme this year is “Let Heaven and Nature Sing” and will feature thousands of lights both inside and outside of the homes, as each room in the historic homes is creatively decorated with holiday flare. Children will also enjoy a visit and a gift from Santa Claus in the upstairs room of the Langford-Kingston Home. Cookies, drinks and holiday music will also be part of the fun.

More than 200 women from the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club will begin decorating the homes beginning Friday, December 2nd. The three-day decorating event draws in members from all over the community, including volunteer families and children as they help turn the homes into a beautiful holiday event for all to enjoy.

History of the Homes:
Wealthy businessman Nelson Burroughs and his wife Adeline purchased the Burroughs Home in 1918 www.burroughshome.com/. The 2½ story, 6,000 square foot, turn-of-the-century, Georgian Colonial Revival mansion was originally built in 1901 by John T. Murphy, a cattleman from Montana. It sits on 2.45 acres overlooking the Caloosahatchee River and features stained glass windows, a widow’s walk, a sweeping veranda, and a winding, grand staircase. It soon became one of the jewels of “millionaire’s row” at 2505 First Street in downtown Fort Myers.

Directly across the street at 2500 First Street is the historic Langford-Kingston home www.thelangfordkingstonhome.com/ that was built in 1919 by Walter Langford in the Chicago Bungalow style architecture. The 5,232 square foot, red brick home features a large front porch with massive supports, front stoop, and grand entrance staircase. Langford died a year later and the home was sold to George Kingston, who invented the Kingston carburetor.

Open House July 16 at historic Burroughs Home for “Locals Appreciation Day”


Year-round residents to enjoy special summer weekend tour.

The historic Burroughs Home & Gardens located along the downtown riverfront at 2505 First Street in Fort Myers, Florida is holding a special “Locals Appreciation Day” open house on Saturday, July 16th beginning at noon for Southwest Florida residents. Recent renovations have the historic property looking better than it has in a century. The home was built in 1901 and bequeathed to the City of Fort Myers in 1978. Today, it is managed by the Uncommon Friends Foundation.

The 2½ story, 6,000 square foot home is a beautiful example of turn-of-the-century, Georgian Colonial Revival architecture common in Fort Myers at the time. From the new white, picket fence to its new roof and electrical upgrades, the Burroughs Home is all decked out and ready to greet local residents, as docents tell stories of the three families who have lived there and its historical significance. Tour the stately interior of the home and stroll the beautiful grounds looking out to the Caloosahatchee River.

To make reservations for the Saturday, July 16th special tour, email tera@burroughshome.com or call 239-337-9505. The roughly one-hour tour costs just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60 and over, $5 for children, and is free to veterans. Advance reservations are required. Guests may pay by cash, check or credit card. Ample parking is located directly across the street behind the Langford-Kingston Home located at 2500 First Street (bounded by Hough, First and Fowler Streets.) Recommended arrival is 10 minutes before the start of the tour.

The Uncommon Friends Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1993 and dedicated to lifelong character building among today’s youth and business leaders. It is located at the Burroughs Home & Gardens at 2505 First Street in Fort Myers, Florida. For more information, visit https://uncommonfriends.org/.