Drive in Movie Theater in Punta Gorda

16.07.2014 in Events

In 1933, Richard M. Hollingshead nailed a sheet to two trees in the yard of his New Jersey home, stuck a radio behind the sheet, and mounted a Kodak projector on the hood of his car. Thus, the drive in movie theater was born! The idea was patented and took off from there! Drive-in theaters have since come a long way from a sheet nailed to a couple of trees. In 1958, drive-ins were at their peak, but with the invention of cable TV and VCR’s, the rage of drive-in theaters eventually died in theater

Here in Punta Gorda, we are bringing back the nostalgia of going to a drive-in movie, and we’re doing it for a good cause! Michael Saunders and Company has teamed up with the AMI Kids Crossroads to bring something special to this small, charming town. The third Friday of every month there will be a drive-in movie in downtown Punta Gorda in the empty lot on the corner of Marion and 41N.  The cost is $20/car, and concessions will be available for purchase.  You may purchase tickets now by clicking here, or buy them when you get there!

rocky horror pictureProceeds will go to AMI Kids Crossroads, a nonprofit organization that has been transforming the lives of children for 30 years. They work with  foster boys who have trouble fitting into the foster care system by giving them stability, positive role models, education, and most importantly- family.

On Friday, July 18, the drive-in theater will be showing The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It will start after Sunset, at approximately 7:30 p.m.

We hope to see you there!


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Charlotte Sports Park

14.07.2014 in Area News, Events, Uncategorized

Recipient of the USA Today 2014 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Spring Training Facility, Charlotte Sports Park is a state-of-the-art facility with a baseball boardwalk ringing the outfield, family-friendly kids play area, upgraded concession stands and a top-notch team store. The Rays Inaugural Spring Training Season in Charlotte County in 2009 featured record breaking crowds, as the Rays set a franchise record for single-season home attendance. During the 2014 Spring season, the attendance record was broken for the largest single game crowd at Charlotte Sports Park. As the 2016 Spring Training season approaches, the Rays look forward to another great year in Charlotte County. The Rays minor league affiliate, the Charlotte Stone Crabs, also call Charlotte Sports Park home. The Stone Crabs won the 2015 Florida State League Championship, have hosted an All-Star Game, and have earned multiple trips to the playoffs since their 2009 inaugural season.

Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training Website

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Attention Locals!

16.06.2014 in Events

Burnt Store Golf and Activity Club at Burnt Store Marina Open to the Public

Located just outside the gates of Burnt Store Marina, Linkside Cafe is now open to the public!

When you’re done golfing for the day, head on over to Linkside Cafe to grab a bite to eat! Linkside offers a variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches to appeal to every palate. Lunch is served daily from 10:30 AM, to 2:30 PM.

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere! Visit between 3-5 PM to enjoy the daily happy hour specials. The first and third Mondays of the month are sure to be lively, wiFriday dinnerLinkside Tuesdayth special summer happy hours from 5-8 PM. Bring your friends to participate in “Think While You Drink” Trivia night on the first Monday of the month, and Karaoke Night on the third Monday for the month!

Now, on to the main course… dinner! Linkside Cafe is now open to the public for dinner on Tuesdays and Fridays from 5-7:30. Come on Tuesday to take advantage of the 2 for $28 deal! Or come at the end of the week to relax and enjoy the Friday night fish fry and all you can eat dinner deals!

Stay tuned for Prime Rib night, coming soon!

Please call the Linkside Cafe to reserve your spot at the table! (941) 637-6405




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New Park Coming To Punta Gorda

16.05.2014 in Events

Florida Tracks and Trails

florida tracks and trailsThere is nothing else like this in the state of Florida… and it’s coming to Punta Gorda! We’re talking about a 1,000-acre park featuring motocross, paintball, off road trails, zip lines, a recreational lake, RV and camping grounds, and an amphitheater.  People all over the state are getting ready to come for the grand opening!

The trails at Florida Tracks and Trails are going to be something very unique. They will provide 26 miles of one-directional trails, and each will take several hours to complete. Guests can take their Dirt Bikes, ATVs, UTVs, golf carts, and go carts on the trails. Don’t have one? No worries! Florida Tracks and Trails will be happy to let you rent one of theirs!florida tracks

Looking for a thrill? Pay a visit to one of the nations top paintball facilities. 40 acres of paintball fields, including a field for little ones and new comers, are sure to give you a thrill. Group and party packages will be offered, and many events will be held throughout the year. Bring your own equipment, or rent theirs! florida-tracks-trails-coming-2014-320x180

For those of you who dare to try the zip line, it is sure to be fun for everyone ages 8 and up! You can even purchase pictures of yourself on your thrill ride!

So maybe you’re just looking or a day of relaxation. You want it, you got it! How about a day at the beach, without leaving Punta Gorda?! Yes, there will be a manmade lake with a beach at the Florida Tracks and Trails park. Great for swimming, without the sharks!

Did I mention a 15,000 seat, outdoor amphitheater will be one of the big attractions at Florida Tracks and Trails? This will attract the hottest artists from all genres of music, and will be a Saturday night hotspot for all you concert-goers. There will be a variety of concessions selling food, drinks, souvenirs, concert items, and more at affordable prices.

Now you’re probably wondering “Where is this place, and when can I get in?!”. The park is located 14 miles east of interstate 75, on Bermont Road in Punta Gorda. The grand opening is set for sometime this year. Although the exact date has not yet been released, the park is under construction, and making progress everyday!

I will see you there! But until then, check out their progress, which is updated daily on their Facebook page.


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