Oct 12, 2018

Newsletter | October 2018

Photo of Mr. Gilchrist

What's Happening (and a little history) This month's HISTORY CLASSES   "HISTORY OF PUNTA GORDA IN ITS MURALS" Join us as we present the history of the area as told through the murals throughout our beautiful City.   Visit all 30 murals from the comfort of your Air Conditioned classroom seat while we present 450 years of history using the murals as a guide.   Hear about the Mural Society and get a sneak peek of upcoming projects. Presented in 2 parts: Monday, October 22nd 10 am - Noon   $18 “Part 1 – The Early Years” - from pre-Spanish Exploration to pre-WWI.   Wednesday, October 24th 10 am - Noon  $18 “Part 2 – Post World War I” - picks up where the Part 1 leaves off continuing the story of our local history from WWI through modern day. FGCU Renaissance Academy Herald Center Ct, Punta Gorda  To Register:  Call (941) 505-0130 or CLICK HERE to register online And now a little History... Ice Cream Anyone? If you've been in or near Gilchrist Park in Punta Gorda on Halloween you might have seen trick-or-treaters walking around eating ice cream. Maybe you thought that was a little unusual. Well here's the cool history story behind it. It started with a guy named Albert Waller Gilchrist, a civil engineer, who came to the town of Trabue back in 1885 as a surveyor and engineer for the Charlotte Harbor Division of the Florida Southern Railroad. Under his direction, the tracks to Trabue were completed in 1886.  He was also in charge of the construction of the railroad's terminal facilities that included a 4,200 foot Long Dock into Charlotte Harbor.  This established the town as a deepwater port and regular steamship service began to Havana, Key

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Oct 05, 2018

Punta Gorda Herald Feature | The stay-at-home tourists

Hotel Punta Gorda & Charlotte Harbor Murals

THE STAY-AT-HOME TOURISTS Rusty Pray | PGH Correspondent Rusty Pray is a freelance correspondent. Contact him at rustypray@gmail.com Oct. 5, 2018 (Punta Gorda, FL) - Tony Caniglia and Sharon Sweeney, neighbors and companions later in life, one day decided they wanted to get away from the hum-drum of Deep Creek and treat themselves to a long weekend. And what better place, they figured, than Punta Gorda? And so, they decided on a staycation right in their own backyard–with all the fixins’: good food, interesting activities, and a place to sleep with all the amenities. They booked a room for two nights over the Labor Day weekend at the new Springhill Suites at City Marketplace in downtown Punta Gorda and began what would become the quintessential tourist trip to Punta Gorda. Tony is 82; Sharon, 78. They knew each other as friends before Tony’s wife, Linda, died in 2008. Sharon’s husband passed away in 2006. The two started dating in 2009. Spending a weekend tooling around Punta Gorda was “something we’ve always wanted to do,” Sharon said. “Just because there’s so much going on here.” They started to put the nontrip together on Wednesday evening at the Orange House. “On the way out, I said to Sharon, ‘They just opened the Springhill. Let’s stop by on the way home,’” Tony said. “We did. As we walked through the lobby, she fell in love with the place.” “I was so impressed with it,” Sharon nodded. “It was very modern, very inviting. I had the first glass of wine there.” Seeing Punta Gorda’s murals was tops on Sharon’s to-do list. There are 30 of them, and they form a pictorial of the area’s history. The Hotel Punta Gorda, depicting seven famous guests of the old hotel, is Sharon’s favorite. “I’ve seen a lot of the murals,” she said, “but you can’t really see them when you’re driving

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