Friday, February 27, 2015

View from Above Setting up Funkfest

Setup for Funk Fest for Saturday, February 28, 2015 (Photo by John Bates)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Unveiling of Plaque Celebrating the Integration of Charlotte High - the First Public School in Florida to Integrate Voluntarily

In September of 1963, Charlotte High School admitted its first five African-American students, making the public school in Punta Gorda the first in Florida to  voluntarily integrate. The five courageous individuals who entered the school that day in 1963 were honored today with the unveiling of a plaque celebrating this proud moment in Charlotte County, Florida, Punta Gorda and American history.   From left to right standing in front of their respective images on the plaque are Gertha Haddock Robison, Felix Johnson, Minnie Lee Mitchell, Issac Thomas and Ronald Middleton.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Perfect Caper Mural by Charles Peck

Monday, February 16, 2015

Hotel Punta Gorda Mural Depicting Famous Visitors

Visitors have always come to Punta Gorda during the winter months largely between January and April.  The Hotel Punta Gorda which opened in 1886 coincident with the railroad terminating here welcomed many during the Winter months.  Above depicted were from the left Clarence Darrow, Henry Ford, Dan Beard, Thomas Edison, Patty Berg, Henry Firestone and Andrew Mellon.  There is some question as to whether Edison actually stayed in the hotel.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Circus in Town

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Puppy Love at the Punta Gorda Farmer's Market

Friday, February 13, 2015

View of Gilchrist Park from the Harbor

Monday, February 9, 2015

Sailboats at the Charlotte Harbor Regatta

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