Sunday, January 30, 2011

Night View over Laishley Marina

View over the Laishley Marina from the Crabhouse

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Phil's 41 Booth at Festa Italia Punta Gorda

Phil's 41 Booth at Festa Italia

Thursday, January 27, 2011

View from Beneath the Bridge

View of Peace River Looking Towards Marion Ave. West In Punta Gorda from underneath the 41 South Bridge 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Clouds Start Appearing on the New Mural of the Hotel Charlotte Harbor

Work continues on the Hotel Charlotte Harbor mural on the Charlevoi Condominium Bulding. More Blue and Clouds added. (Courtesty B. Armstrong PGHMS)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pelican Watches His Reflection in Punta Gorda Basin

Picture of pelican taken in one of the basins between Punta Gorda canals (Courtesy of S. Miskell) 

Little White Heron Finds a Commanding View

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Church of the Good Shepherd-- One of Punta Gorda's Historic Houses of Worship


The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd traces its roots back to the town's founder.  It was Virginia Issac Trabue who first encouraged the establishment of a church in what was then Trabue.   Later Albert Gilchrist donated the land where the church stands now stands.  The first building was built in the 1890s with funds donated by the Colt Family (the makers of the famous Colt 45).

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Last Burst of Sun Over the Canal

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Few of the Smaller Hounds of Henry Street

Small dogs greet each other at Hounds of Henry Street Dog Park

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Destination Punta Gorda -- The Book

In conjunction with Punta Gorda Book Week, today we feature Destination-Punta Gorda -- Pride of the People Featuring Charlotte County (photo courtesty of S. Bates)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Old Florida -- Alligator Creek Near Indian Springs

While much of Punta Gorda has been developed  waterfront home communities, touches of Old Florida remain.  

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Punta Gorda Woman's Club Garden

Punta Gorda Woman's Club Garden on Sullivan Street maintained by the Punta Gorda Garden Club (Photo Courtesy S. Bates)

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Blanchard House: Museum of African-American History and Culture of Charlotte County


This 1925 house was originally built for Joseph Blanchard, a black sea captain and key member of early Punta Gorda’s business community, and Minnie, his mail-order bride.  It is now a Museum of African-American History and Culture.   

Sunday, January 16, 2011

John Wright Punta Gorda Chamber and John Bates Team Punta Gorda Sell Books at Sullivan Street Fair

John Bates (left), Team Punta Gorda Volunteer, and John Wright, President of the Punta Gorda Chamber, sell Destination Punta Gorda Books at the Sullivan Street Fair (Sales benefit Team Punta Gorda local projects)  Photo courtesy S. Bates.  

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Fair -- And the Crowds Came

Punta Gorda Sullivan Street Craft Fair Saturday, January 15 (Photo courtesy of J Bates)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Sumptuous Breakfast at Dean's

Spinach and Cheese Omelet and sumptuous  pan-fried potatoes  at Dean's now serving Breakfast from 6:30 with Brenda (formerly of Brenda's and the old smokehouse ) at the helm.  

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Between the Bridges -- Harbor Walk in Punta Gorda

View Between the two 41 Bridges at the Harbor Walk in Front of the Sheraton Four Points

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

When Does a Radish Not Look Like a Radish -- Photo at Worden's Market at Fishville

Photo of radish taken in macro at Worden's Market in Fishermen's Village Punta Gorda 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Watching Wake On a Punta Gorda Canal By The Mangroves

Photo taken heading out to Charlotte Harbor from Punta Gorda canals

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Beautiful Charlotte Harbor Event Center

The Beautiful Charlotte Harbor Event Center sits on the Peace River in Punta Gorda 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Hotel Charlotte Harbor Mural Painting Begins

Mural Artist Charles Peck has begun to apply the first paint for the new Hotel Charlotte Harbor Mural on the wall of the Charlevoi Condominium Building (Photo courtesy of Bob Armstrong, the Punta Gorda Historical Mural Society)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Contemplative Gull

Closeup of seagull on the wall at Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda

Friday, January 7, 2011

Michael Hirst -- Local Punta Gorda Singer-Songwriter who plays around town

Michael Hirst sings James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, The Eagles and other softer favorites in venues all over Punta Gorda. He can be  heard frequently at Fishville,  Jacks, Cafe Ruelle and at the Downtown Farmer's Market.  

Thursday, January 6, 2011

End of the Line -- Historic Mural at 101 W. Marion Ave.

Town founder Issac Trabue (right) and Henry Plant, the man who built the railroads on the west coast of Florida are pictured in this dramatic mural on the eastside of the now Dr. Idewu and Harborside Wealth Manager Building.  Artist was Richard Currier.  The original mural was done in 1997 and was repainted in 2009.  

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Torch Restaurant with the Torch Lady Spinning Fire

Torch Lady spins her torches outside of the Torch Restaurant in Punta Gorda

Tapas One Window at Night

Tapas One Nightscape

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Opus Restaurant will be here in Herald Court Centre at Corner of Marion and Sullivan

The New Opus Restaurant will soon move into this corner spot in Herald Court Centre in Punta Gorda.  Current owners of Table 209 plant to open this new restaurant.   

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Gravestone of Albert W. Gilchrist Florida Governor and Punta Gorda Resident


Gravestone of Albert Gilchrist, Florida Governor and Punta Gorda resident.  He is buried in Indian Spring Cemetery, the second oldest cemetery in Charlotte County, dating back to the early 1800's when former Punta Gorda City Councilman James L. Sandlin donated the land to the County.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Blue Water Trading -- The Cute Little Blue Store You Always See Coming into Punta Gorda

Charming Little Cottage with the Adriondack Chairs outside -- Blue Water Trading Nautical Antiques and More....
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