A Century in Motion - Tales of Punta Gorda History at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center March 14th.

A Century in Motion - Tales of Punta Gorda's History will be presented Saturday March 14th at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center.

Taste of Punta Gorda March 15 Laishley Park

Over twenty-five local restaurants will offer a taste of their fare at the Rotarian's annual Taste of Punta Gorda on Sunday, March 15 at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Music and other entertainment.

Tour Through Charlotte County's Haunting History Saturday, March 7

The Charlotte County Historical Center  will guide participants on a haunted tour through Charlotte County’s  past during “The Tales of Indian Spring Cemetery : A Historical Walking Tour,” which is set to take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 7 at Indian Spring Cemetery in Punta Gorda.

The 40-acre Indian Spring Cemetery, located off Taylor Road in Punta Gorda, is Charlotte County’s second oldest public cemetery.

During the evening festivities, visitors of all ages will enjoy this unique walking tour that introduces people to the area’s interesting past and personalities. Tickets are $10, with children under 5 admitted for free.

For more information or to book a spot, call the Charlotte County Historical Center at 941-629-7278.

Free Lecture Photographer David Sussman at the Visual Arts Center March 12

Meet Photographer David Sussman, the man behind the lens, at the Visual Arts Center in Punta Godra March 12 at 4 p.m..   Beyond Seeing,  an exhibit of Sussman's photography,  is on display through March 26 in the Goff Gallery at the VAC. Mr. Sussman's lecture is free and open to the public.

Frontier Days February 27 and 28 in Bayshore Park Charlotte Harbor

Charlotte County's Frontier History will be celebrated February 27 and 28 in Bayshore Park in Charlotte Harbor over the bridge from Punta Gorda.

More information.  

The Mummies Are Coming -- Funkfest 2015 this Saturday February 28

The Mummies are almost here. Magical musicians dressed up as Mummies as well other local bands will blast the night away at this annual not-to-miss event.


Here Come the Mummies- 9:45 pm
Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes -7:30-9:00pm
American Made- 5:30-6:30pm
Brand New Story- 3:45-4:30

Sponsor Stage
StoryLine - 4:30-5:30 pm
Toler-Tucci- 6:30-7:30pm
Zombie U - 9:00-9:45pm

For more info and to purchase tickets: http://www.funkfestpuntagorda.com/Photo_Gallery.php

Book Lovers Gather at Punta Gorda History Park

The weather warmed up today just in time to welcome some 40 local Florida authors to the History Park for what was touted as the 1st Annual Punta Gorda Book Festival.  From historical fiction, to pets, to real life stories and more, authors came from various parts of the County and other nearby towns to talk with visitors to the Park about their books.

Punta Gorda author Sally Simon was cheerfully promoting her Daniels family saga, a series of novels based in Charlotte County.  The on-going characters in her three current novels--Country Pride and Joy, Punta Gorda Dreams, and Punta Gorda Storms--are all members of the fictitious Daniels family and its friends and affiliates.

Carol Mahler, humanities scholar and teacher, professional storyteller and singer-songwriter and founder of the Peace River Center for Writers immediately captivated us with her tales of Guy LaBree, folk artist and former member of the Guitar Army (the local musicians group that meets at Gilchrist Park).  Her magical book on LaBree and his story paintings of the Florida Seminoles was on display.  Always in storyteller mode, she told us about the self-made Florida artist who recently died relating how he told the story of  the Seminoles' traditions in his painting.  She described the meaning behind one of the beautiful paintings of a Seminole woman reproduced in the book.

Finding freedom stories irresistible, I quickly purchased "No Paved Road to Freedom," from the true story's main character, Cornel  Dolana, who escaped from Communist Romania in the late 50s.  The book is now being scripted for a movie.  

Ray Hazel now an Englewood resident chatted with us about his novel of life and times in a small upstate New York town, The Dusty Trail.  

This event should only get bigger and better with more Punta Gorda authors please.  I know they are out there.   

Charlotte Harbor Book Festival at the History Park February 22

The 1st Annual Charlotte Harbor Book Festival is set for Sunday, February 22.

Authors will gather  for the first Charlotte Harbor Book Festival from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Punta Gorda History Park, 501 Shreve St., on Feb. 22.

The event is free to the public.

High Tea and Fashion Show to Benefit St. Vincent de Paul March 12

The 10th annual high tea and fashion show benefitting St. Vincent is March 12th beginning at 2 p.m.  In addition to traditional high tea there will be a silent auction with many exciting items.

Dancing with the Charlotte Stars March 6 at Charlotte Event Center March 6

Cort Frohlich, Jill McCrory, Todd Rebol, Jason Green, Mike Hearn and Juli Riley are the locals strutting with the pros this year at Charlotte County's Annual take on Dancing with the Stars March 6th at 6 p.m.  Tickets are $75 until February 27, $100 thereafter.  Ticket includes hors d'oeurves and buffet.  For more information call 941-769-6185 or visit www.charlottearts.org.