Founders Day Week Celebration

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To salute early founders and those who followed in making Punta Gorda a better community ever since a week in December in 1887, Punta Gorda Founders’ Day Week is celebrated the first week in December leading up to December 7, the official date of the City’s incorporation. This year’s celebration will run from December 1 through the 7 with both fun holiday and history related events. 

When:  Friday-Saturday, November 30-December 1, 2018 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Who:  Punta Gorda Garden Club
What:  Holly Days Home Tour “Silver Bells” ($15 ticket)
Where:  At Methodist Church, 507 W. Marion Ave. or any house on tour
More Info:  Bonnie Verminski  941-637-1267 / Suzanne McCormick  941-575-9543

When:  Saturday-Wednesday, December 1-5, 2018, 9 a.m.-Noon and 1 p.m-4 p.m.
Who: Supervisor of Elections Office
Where:  Charlotte County Historic Courthouse, 226 Taylor
What:  Santa’s Winter Wonderland – Photo op with Santa and Elves, Christmas Displays (free)
More Info:  ChrisAnn Warn 941-833-5412
When:  Saturday, December 1, 2018 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

Who:  The Blanchard House Museum
Where: Blanchard House, 406 Martin Luther King Blvd.
What:  Chatauqua Event Featuring Old Florida Cuisine (free)
More Info:  Martha Bireda  941-639-2914

When: Saturday, December 1, 2018 – December 7, 2018 M-F 9-4  p.m. Saturday, 10-2 p.m.
Who/Where: Visual Arts Center, 2010 Maud St.
What:  Then and Now: Exhibit of Images of locations from the Past contrasted to Today (free)
More Info: Stacy Calvino 941-916-2726                                                                                                          
When:  Sunday, December 2, 2018 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Who: GFWC Punta Gorda Woman’s Club
What:  Presentation of the book “A Christmas Tea”
Where:  Punta Gorda Woman’s Club, 118 Sullivan St. 
More Info: Linda Busler 941-979-0964

When:  Monday, December 3, 2018 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Who:  Kays Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home
Where: Tours start at Kays Ponger & Uselton,  635 E. Marion
What:  Free Historic Trolley Tours
More Info:  Stacy Jones 941-815-0291

When:  Monday, December 3, 2018 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Who:  Charlotte County Chamber
What: Tours of the Historic Freeman House (free)
Where: Freeman House, 311 W. Retta Esplanade
More Info: Punta Gorda History Center 941-916-8800

When:  Tuesday December 4, 2018 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
Who:  Punta Gorda Historical Society
What:  Christmas Open House at The Woman’s Club (Route 66 Movie/Historical Display)
More Info:  Jannett Hawley 941-661-4611

When:  Thursday December 6, 2018 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Who:  Charlotte County Historical Center
Where: Punta Gorda Library, 424 W. Henry St.
What:  Punta Gorda Founders: A Living History Presentation (free)
More Info:  Crystal Diff 941-629-7278

When:  Thursday, December 6, 2018 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Who:  Punta Gorda History Center
Where: Punta Gorda History Center, 415 E. Grace St.
What:  Wine and Cheese Reception for Opening of “Coming to Punta GordaOxcarts to Airplanes” (free)
More Info:  Theresa Murtha 941-916-3540 or 941-916-8800

When:  Thursday December 6, 2018 7pm-9pm
Who:  American Cancer Society
Where: Laishley Park Stage
What:  Team Expo/Luminaria Ceremony  (free) (donations accepted)
More Info:  Wendy Rivera 941-328-3757

When:  Friday December 7, 2018 3:30pm-4:30pm
Who:  Charlotte County Historical Center
Where: Punta Gorda Library, 424 W. Henry St.
What:  Charlotte Scarborough Taylor (Mother of Virginia Trabue) Workbook Presentation (free)
More Info:  Annette Snapp 941-629-7278