Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Calostimucu Greets You as You Enter Punta Gorda

 


This large two-sided Indian sculpture was carved by Peter Toth from the remains of a monkey pod tree originally planted by Marian McAdow on property ultimately purchased by Fred Babcock for a Holiday Inn.  Calostimucu was commissioned in 1974 by Babcock after seeing Toth’s work in Georgia.  Calostimucu was Toth’s tenth project, and the only one with two faces – on one side a male, on the other a maiden.  Each has a symbolic animal coming from their heads, the male has a bison, the maiden, an eagle. The name of the statue is a combination of the two Native American tribes that lived in this area of Florida. 

Calostimucu was a fixture in front of the Best Western (formerly Holiday Inn) until Hurricane Charley destroyed much of the hotel in 2004.  New owners of the property wanted to replace the statue with a fountain, and for a time there was controversy over its disposition until it was finally moved in front of the relocated Freeman House right across the street, where it stands today. 



Thursday, June 6, 2024

The “Love My Bagel” LMB Bakery

 


Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Royal Poinciana in Bloom over a Lake in Punta Gorda

 


Royal Poinciana in Seminole Lakes, Punta Gorda 

Monday, June 3, 2024

Justice Building Punta Gorda


 

Monday, May 27, 2024

At the Vietnam Wall on Memorial Day

 





Sunday, May 26, 2024

Historic Punta Gorda Building now Home to Mint Restaurant

 


Home to many different businesses over the years including Presellers not so long ago.  Now home to “Mint” 


Sunday, January 14, 2024

Sunseekers at the Waterfall with a View

 




Friday, December 22, 2023

413 Retta Esplanade at Christmas

 

This house was originally a smaller structure built in the early 1900s.   It is known to have once been occupied by the Farrington family 

Friday, December 1, 2023

Punta Gorda Home Tour at Christmas Time

 

Home Tour - 212 Durrance.  Once the home of Slim and Mabel Keyes.  

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Penny’s Diner Opens in PGI

 


Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Only in Florida - Frosty on a Motorcycle

 


Monday, November 27, 2023

Laishley Crab House and Marina


 

Monday, November 13, 2023

Punta Gorda Gets Ready For Christmas

 


Friday, November 3, 2023

Love is in the Air - Punta Gorda Sir Show

 


Thursday, November 2, 2023

Only in Florida


 

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