Historical Walking Tour with Ghosts of Punta Gorda Christmas Past Wednesday, December 2

Visit Punta Gorda's historic Indian Springs Cemetery and wander among Punta Gorda founders and hear the amazing and often raucous stories of Charlotte County (then Manatee and DeSoto) long ago.  Governor Gilchrist, James Sandlin, and Virginia Taylor Trabue are among the many early Punta Gordans buried here.  Tours are Wednesday, December 2 during Founders Week.  

Robert Macomber at Cooperfish Books Wednesday, December 2 6 p.m.

Award-winning and internationally recognized author Robert N. Macomber returns to Copperfish Books Wednesday, December 2 at 6 p.m.   His topic is "From Florida to Cuba to Mexico: An Insider's Story Back In Time," followed by a question period and signing copies of his latest book, The Assassin’s Honor or any of his titles in the Honor Series.Space is very limited. RSVP to 941-205-2560 or copperfishbooks@comcast.net.

Charlotte Harbor Lighted Boat Parade is Sunday, December 13

The Annual Lighted Boat Parade across Charlotte Harbor is Sunday, December 13 at 6 p.m.  For best viewing spots and more information about this year's route see our post at You Belong in Punta Gorda. 

Sunset Historic Cruise with Mike Haymans Tuesday, December 1

Take a Sunset Historical Cruise on historic Charlotte Harbor and listen to stories of vessels and home sites of a Charlotte Harbor long ago from local Michael Haymans (Building a Zoo) on Tuesday 5 p.m. Adults $19.95 Children $9.98.

Tour Your Historic Punta Gorda City Hall with City Council December 3 at 4 p.m.

City Council members will provide tour of City Hall reflecting on its unique history and the many historic pictures and portraits in its gallery.  Take an hour on Thursday to visit the historic center of your City's government.  Thursday, December 3 at 4 p.m. as part of Founders Week.

Charlotte County Annual Christmas Parade Saturday December 5

Saturday December 5 starting around Noon the Charlotte County Annual Christmas Parade will march down Taylor Road from Charlotte High School to Downtown Punta Gorda.  Watch and listen and marching bands from local high schools, dancers and floats from local organizations guide Santa's sleigh into Punta Gorda.  This year's theme is "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

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Angels in the Park at the History Park December 3 to December 7

"Angels in the Park" will take place at the History Park from December 3 to December 7 5 to 9 p.m. Enjoy lights, special angels, entertainment, snacks and more.  $5 for adults, children free.

Punta Gorda Founders Day Week December 1 to December 7

On a week almost 130 years ago, 34 men met at Hector Square in Punta Gorda and voted to make the town of Trabue the City of Punta Gorda.  Every since that time in 1887 our City has gotten better and better.  And starting this year we will celebrate the occasion with a Punta Gorda Founders Day Week with historic tours, celebrations and more.   Check out the full schedule of events at: www.puntagordafoundersweek.com

Lighting of the Village this Coming Saturday November 14

Fishermen's Village annual LIGHTING OF THE VILLAGE is this  Saturday, November 14th, 5:30-9 pm.   This year's theme "Tropical Christmas."   Festivities will include: Illumination of over one million lights and themed decorations, musical parade with Charlotte High Silver King Band, Tropical holiday music by "Sunny" Jim White,  Instrumental holiday music by the "Surf Kats", magic shows/balloon creations by Juggles the Clown, meet and greet

Clive Butchers' Preserving Eden at CHEC from November 2 through January 15

From November 2 Preserving Eden, The Florida Photographs of Clyde Butcher will be on exhibition at the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center. Mr. Butcher will be at CHEC for a meet and greet on November 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The photography explores the wetlands to dunes, coastal hammocks to inland swamps.  According to Mr. Butcher website "the exhibit

Spring Fling Luau for Virginia B. Andes Saturday April 18

A Spring Fling Luau will take place  on the grand lawn overlooking Charlotte Harbor at the Four Points Sheraton on Saturday, April 18th to benefit the Virginia B. Andres Volunteer Community Clinic.  Tropical Attire.  Tickets: $85 pp, $150 a couple.  Begins at 6 p.m.   More information: www.volunteercare.org.