Nov. 17, 2012: A Harbor Happening Come celebrate decades of aquatic fun and be part of history with the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association's Historic 50th Anniversary Event, Nov. 17, 2012, in Charlotte Harbor. All boaters, residents and those with a curiosity are invited to attend the nautical celebration. Boaters can anchor off Gilchrist Park or tie to a Laishley Mooring Ball. Best of all, admission is free. Boaters can participate in the historic aerial photograph to be taken at 11 a.m. followed by a picnic at Laishley Park with music by Tim Goodman and Roseanne. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Don't have a boat? No worries! Participate in a unique, 700-person human sculpture photo. At 5:30 p.m., the party shifts to Fishermen's Village for the annual "Lighting of the Village" where more than a million lights twinkle away through the holidays. Come kick off the holiday shopping season in festive style with a parade by Lee County Pipes & Drums, Dickens Carolers from Charlotte Chorale, String of Pearls Barbershop Harmony, and tons of kid's activities including a balloon man, airbrush art for the face and body and visits with Santa. Village merchants will offer complimentary refreshments and for a nominal fee, horse drawn carriage rides will be available from Riding Star Ranch. In Center Court, the Boogiemen Band will perform 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is a canned good to be donated to the Good Samaritans Food Pantry. For additional information about A Harbor Happening, visit www.pgica.org or call 941-637-1655.
About the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast
Florida's premier year-round eco-tourism destination, Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach, The Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast, is known for its pristine, unspoiled beauty. The area has hosted seven major feature films, been featured on SAIL magazine's list of the "10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States," ranked by Golf Digest as the "Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America," and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the "Best Places to Live in the South." For information about area events, activities and attractions, contact the Charlotte Harbor Gulf Island Coast Visitor and Convention Bureau, 18500 Murdock Circle, Suite B-104, Port Charlotte, FL; 941-743-1900, or call toll free at 1-800-652-6090 for a free Visitor's Guide; or visit the Web site at CharlotteHarborTravel.com.