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.

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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

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Three Local Historical Fiction and Romance Authors Discuss Their Books at Copperfish Books February 26

Thursday, February 26 at 6 p.m.  hear three local historical fiction and romance authors discuss the role of "strong women" in their latest novels.
Virginia CraneAglow Again
Virginia Czaja (writing as Virginia Crane) was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. She is a retired nurse. She and her husband moved to SW Florida when he retired. Her first book was Emeralds On Wednesday, followed by Gently GenerousThe Snow ConcertoHunter's RedemptionAll in the Game and Starting Over. She has also published Get Real under her real name. Virginia lives in Port Charlotte.
Kate’s book series links family history with certain heirlooms. The Heirloom Pearls covers three generations, The Heirloom Brooch covers seven generations, and the third one is planned to go through 16 generations. Kate lives in Englewood.
Becca St. John, Seonaid
Writing was a tool, not a toy, until a stay in a haunted hotel. Howling wind and creaking floors sent Becca to a bookcase full of dog-eared romances. Fascination swept away sleeplessness. Hooked, she read old romances, new romances, both sexy and sweet, until her own tales begged to be written. Seonaid is her fourth novel, after The HandfastingThe Healer, and The Protector. Becca lives in Punta Gorda.
RSVP to 941-205-2560 or

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

Punta Gorda Wine and Jazz Festival Saturday February 21

Punta Gorda Wine and Jazz Festival is Saturday, February 21.

The headline acts this year are:
  • Singer-saxophonist Mindy Abair back for her seventh appearance.  Mindy has toured or recorded with the likes of the Backstreet Boys, Duran Duran and Josh Groban and developed a strong fan base.
  •  Nick Colionne, an internationally acclaimed artist who combines jazz, R & B, blues and funk. He has won numerous awards, such as the 2007 International Instrumentalist of the Year award
  • Dave Koz, saxophonist, who has played with artists such as Burt Bacharach, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Kenny Loggins, Rod Stewart and Luther Vandross. A platinum-selling artist with nine Grammy Awards nominations,  Dave has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Although all the VIP and premium seats are long gone,  regular seats are still available at $75. Your ticket includes entry, souveniers and a wine and beer glass. 

The festival takes place in Laishley Park, 100 Nesbit St., Punta Gorda,

Local wine distributor Big Crush is providing the wines, and food vendors include OPUS in the VIP area and Sandra’s Restaurant, Isles Yacht Club, Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, Big Geroy’s Barbeque, Carmelo’s Italian Ristorante, Big Cheese, and 2 Brothers Home-style Cooking.

Attendees need to bring their own chairs, and are reminded to bring sunscreen. No pets, coolers, food or drinks allowed.

Tickets can be purchased from the chamber at

Free U.S.Navy Band Concert Tuesday March 3 at Event Center

Commodores Portrait

The Charlotte Harbor Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America is sponsoring the U.S. Navy Band from Washington, D.C. in a free public concert on March 3 at 7 p.m. at the Charlotte Hqrbor Event Center in Punta Gorda.   The concert, part of a national tour,  will feature a variety of music including marches, symphonic selections, patriotic works and pop favorites.  Students from three local Charlotte high schools will joing the Band on stage to perform John Philip Sousa's "Washington Post March."

The band is the Navy's premier musical organization.  They perform frequently at the White House and Pentagon ceremonies and tour annually throughout the country. 

Free admission by ticket.  Tickets can be obtained by mailing a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your request to: Navy Band Concert, P.O. Box 511851, Punta
Gorda, FL 33251.  Ticket requests are limited to a maximum of four tickets per request.   

1st Annual Punta Gorda Film Festival Coming to Punta Gorda March 11

The 1st Annual Punta Gorda Film Festival - An Evening of the World's Best Short Films is coming to Punta Gorda on March 11.

Asbury Shorts U.S.A. and the Charlotte Harbor Office of Film and Digital Media presents the 1st Annual Punta Gorda Film Festival…An Evening of the World's Best Short Films on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center.

Hosted by The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, this exclusive ticketed event is directed by Doug LeClaire, who created Asbury Shorts NY in 1981 to keep great, award-winning short films in theaters. Nanette Leonard, with over 35 years of experience in the entertainment industry serves as executive producer.

Now in its 33rd season, Asbury Shorts USA, a non-competitive touring exhibition of award winning short films, is New York City’s longest running “concert” of its kind. The 90 minute program features selected independently produced short films from the world’s top film festivals including Oscar Winners, "Best of Show" awardees from US film festivals and International honorees.

“A Poet Long Ago” - from acclaimed director Bob Giraldi. Written by famed journalist and novelist Pete Hamill. The film stars Steve Schirripa (HBO’s “The Sopranos”) and Boris McGiver (Netflix: “House of Cards,” HBO’s “The Wire,”) as former grammar school classmates who meet by chance and reminisce about those younger days back in Brooklyn…opening up some old wounds. “A Poet Long Ago” was a special selection of The Hampton’s Film Festival in 2013 and won “Best Narrative Short Film” at The 2014 Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City.>

‘Death, Taxes & Apple Juice.” This wonderfully charming short was the recipient of the “Audience Choice Award” at the 2012 Los Angeles Shorts Festival. Director Tamar Halpern’s delightful story of a young woman who is suffering a life crisis vents all her problems to her taxpreparer. Oh…the two of them are nine years old.

“Bye Bye Now” is a poignant look at the gradual disappearance of phone booths across all of Ireland. Directors Aideen O’Sullivan and Ross Whitaker’s charming short documentary is a whimsical and often deeply personal account of how an iconic relic from the past has touched the lives of so many. This film was a winner of the coveted “Audience Choice” Award at the extremely prestigious SILVERDOCS film competition in the United States.

For Additional Information: Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce: 941-639-3720 or Nanette Leonard 908- 618-1776

To purchase tickets: Please visit