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


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