Punta Gorda Founders Day Week 2017

 

 

Punta Gorda Founders’ Day Week Events 2017

Friday, December 1

 

Punta Gorda History Park’s Candy Canes and Santa Claus Today through December 7, 5 to 8 p.m. Santa every night, displays of the PGI Pete Bonsema’s Disney figures, live music, cookies for kids to decorate, decorated historic houses. Contact (941) 639-1887.  (Adults: Donation: $10, Kids under 15, Free)

 

Isaac Trabue Chess Tournament, Punta Gorda Kiwanis running Chess Tournament brackets starting today, various locations. To sign up or watch: Contact:  Michael Haymans, (941) 661-5622. (Free)

Then and Now Photography Exhibit Today through December 7, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud Street, Exbibit of Historic Photos from the Vernon Peeples Collection, Punta Gorda History Center and contemporary photos taken by area photographers of the same locations. Contact: 941-639-8810. (Free)

 

“Nothing but the Blues” Happy Hour, 4-8 p.m. Punta Gorda Woman’s Club. Blues entertainment, food, and drink “hooch” in an old “juke” joint setting.  Meet moonshine maker from the 1900s, “Henry Little.”  Contact: Martha Bireda (941) 639-2914.  (Donation to benefit The Blanchard House Museum: $25)

 

Light Up the Night, Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting and Celebration.  5 to 8 p.m., in front of Punta Gorda Christmas tree, West Marion and Taylor. Many exciting interactive performances, Santa, Parade, Snow and the lighting of the tree! Contact: City of Punta Gorda at (941)575-3352. (Free)

Annual Holly Day Home Tours11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Historic Residential Area.  The Punta Gorda Garden Club presents homes and gardens in historic residential district decorated with natural materials for Christmas (four homes and First United Methodist Church). Proceeds go to PGGC Scholarship fund and community projects.  Contact: Carol Moore (941) 916-3341 (Donation, $15)

 

 

Christmas Tree Yarn Bomb at Hector House Park, 8 a.m to noon, Olympia and Taylor, Trees at Hector Square decorated with colorful yarn.  View all week and throughout the holidays.

 

Holiday Market at Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud Street, 12- 7 p.m., Fine Arts and Crafts, holiday themed gifts and demonstrations, Today through Sunday, December 3. (941) 639-8810.

Saturday, December 2

 

City Manager’s Founders Day Bicycle Tour, Registration and Check-In, Gilchrist Park, New Pavilion, 8:00 a.m, Tour 9 to 11 a.m. Join City Manager, Howard Kunik, as he heads an informative bicycle tour of Punta Gorda.  Visit historic locations and get behind-the-scenes information.  Includes visiting the location of a new and exciting future mural.  Contact: Kelly Gaylord (941) 979-2786. Preregister at  www.puntagordamurals.org/bike-tour (Donation: $20 per rider – earlybird $15, day of $25)

Annual Holly Days Home Tours11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Historic Residential Area.   The Punta Gorda Garden Club homes and gardens in historic residential district decorated for Christmas (four homes and First United Methodist Church). (see Friday).

 

Then and Now Photography Exhibit Today through December 7., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday,  10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud Street, Exbibit of Historic Photos from the Vernon Peeples Collection, Punta Gorda History Center and contemporary photos taken by area photographers of the same locations. Contact: 941-639-8810. (Free)

 

Holiday Market at Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud Street, 10-4 p.m.., Fine Arts and Crafts, holiday themed gifts and demonstrations.  (941) 639-8810.