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12th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival 2/25/17

20.01.2017 in Area News, Events, Uncategorized


It’s almost time for the 12th year for one of Punta Gorda’s best and most popular events. John Wright, Chamber of Commerce President, put out the following information:

“The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce is entering its 12th year of service to the community and in February 2017, the annual Wine and Jazz Festival too will be celebrating its 12th anniversary. This festival has received all types of accolades over the years and has brought such amazing acts as Ramsey Lewis, The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, Peter White, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, David Benoit and, of course, festival favorite Mindi Abair.

“We want 2017’s festival to be something special. A true celebration to honor those who have made the festival what it is today” said John Wright, President of the organizers, The Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce. The talent line-up for 2017 is now being set and, according to Wright, the bar has yet again risen to bring the very best of world-class jazz artistry to Punta Gorda.”

Click on this link for even more information, and how to buy tickets.


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Vietnam Wall Memorial Coming Soon!

27.06.2016 in Area News
Putting the memorial together.

Putting the memorial together

Volunteers are a big part too

Volunteers are a big part too

Last week the first pieces of the replica of the Vietnam Wall Memorial of SWFL started to arrive in Punta Gorda.  Our city is proud of our veterans and stands with them!! The city hosted a travelling wall here in 2009. It moved people so much, that citizens wanted it permanently. Groups have been working ever since then to raised the money. Governor Scott was in town for the groundbreaking, and now we can watch it becoming a reality.

Local photographer and videographer, Bruce Tompkins, captured the arrival of the initial granite delivery as well as the hanging of the first panels in the following videos. The wall is located  adjacent to Laishley Park near the gazebo.

Arriving in Town     Putting it Together

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4th Fest, Laishley Park

16.05.2014 in Events

4th Fest 2014


The 4th Fest promises much fun for everyone! Be there on Friday, July 4th  at Laishley Park, and bring the kids! Gates will open at 11 am,

4th fest

and the waterslides, rides, and games will be open at that time. Local vendors will be set up to provide you with the best food Punta Gorda has to offer! Live music will begin at noon, featuring some of our local artists and musicians such as ‘Moccasin Wallow’ and ‘Gator Nate and the Gladezmen’.

Laishley is the place to be at 9:00, because that’s when the fireworks begin! This year’s 4th Fest is promising the biggest and best fireworks display this town has ever seen! At 9:25, The Jack-Michael Band will be performing in concert directly following the fireworks show. Fourth-Fest

Admission is just $3, and wristbands are $10 for the kids to enjoy the waterslides and bounce houses all day!

Parking will be at the Laishley Marina Boat ramp and the Laishley Crabhouse, with overflow parking across the street at the court house.

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