Punta Gorda Founders Day WeekPunta Gorda Founders' Day Week 2015 is Tuesday, December 1 through Monday, December 7! This annual celebration of those who founded and developed this historic city—incorporated on December 7, 1887—kicks off Punta Gorda’s Christmas Season. Events of the week include: 

Tuesday, December 1

  • 5:00 pm: History/Sunset Cruise on the Kingfisher. Adult tickets: $19.95 + tax, childrem 3–11: $9.98 + tax, anyone under 3 years: free. For more information or to make reservations, call 941.639.0969.
  • 5:30–7:30 pm: Mix it Up with History at the History Park to kick off Team Punta Gorda’s Community Garden with refreshments, entertainment and history-themed scavenger hunt. 

Wednesday, December 2

  • 10:00 am–2:00 pm: Charlotte County Historical Center’s self-guided tours of Indian Spring Cemetery with Ghosts of Punta Gorda Past. Docents will share stories of pioneer triumphs and tragedies.
  • 1:00–4:00 pm: Historic Tours of Charlotte County’s Old Court House on Taylor and Olympia with the Honorable Paul Stamoulis providing stories, legends and bits of history. 
  • 4:00–6:00 pm: Ladies-Only High Tea at Gulf Breeze Clubhouse to benefit the Blanchard House Museum. Contact Libby Schaefer at 941.639.8217.
  • 3:00, 4:00, 5:00 pm: Historic Trolley tours start at Kay Pongers with reception and historical displays. Pre-registration encouraged, call 941.916.8800. 

Thursday, December 3

  • 4:00 pm: Tours of Punta Gorda’s Historic City Hall. Learn some fascinating stories and secrets! 
  • Dusk: Punta Gorda’s Relay for Life “Luminaria Walk” on Marion Ave. Make your season bright with a luminaria night.
  • 5:00–9:00 pm: Punta Gorda Historical Society’s Angels in the History Park at the Punta Gorda History Park. Historical figures will be represented as angels throughout the illuminated park among historic houses adorned for Christmas.

Friday, December 4

  • 11:00 am–4:00 pm: Punta Gorda Garden Club’s Annual Historic District Holly Days Home Tours: Sparkling Christmas Memories. 
  • 5:00–7:00 pm: Christmas Celebration at the Downtown Tree. Christmas carol singing, Santa and snow and more!
  • 5:00–9:00 pm: Punta Gorda Historical Society’s Angels in the Park at the Punta Gorda History Park.

Saturday, December 5

  • Christmas at the Farmers Market at Historic Hector Square.
  • Noon: Charlotte County Chamber’s 37th
  • 11:00 am–4:00 pm: Punta Gorda Garden Club’s Annual Historic District Holly Days Home Tours.
  • Punta Gorda Kiwanis’ Christmas Card Lane, the annual display of giant holiday cards, opens on the Harbor in front of the event center. 
  • Punta Gorda History Center’s Founders’ Day Southern Supper at Hurricane Charley’s. An authentic old-time Punta orda southern supper includes inducting the first members of Punta Gorda Founders’ Hall of Fame. 
  • 5:00–9:00 pm: Punta Gorda Historical Society’s Angels in the Park at the Punta Gorda History Park.

Sunday, December 6

  • GFWC Punta Gorda Woman's Club will celebrate its 90th Anniversary with a vintage luncheon featuring "A Conversation between Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Kennedy" Guests are encouraged to wear vintage clothing or hats and gloves
  • 5:00–9:00 pm: Punta Gorda Historical Society’s Angels in the Park at the Punta Gorda History Park.

Monday, December 7

  • Final Trabue Chess Tournament, a Punta Gorda Kiwanis Club event. Contact Mike Haymans at 941.661.5622