[caption id="attachment_285" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Seventh Annual Punta Gorda Wine & Jazz Festival, Feb. 17 – 19, 2012"] Here's some fantastic news to share, the Seventh Annual Punta Gorda Wine & Jazz Festival has been named one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeastern United States for February 2012 by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS)! The 2012 event will take place Feb. 17 – 19, 2012, and includes three days of food, drink and entertainment in the beautiful setting of Laishley Park in Punta Gorda. Saturday of the event features performances by The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman; smooth jazz guitarist Peter White; and saxophonist, singer and songwriter Mindi Abair. The weekend will also include a VIP reception, and a Sunday Jazz Brunch with a jazz performance by locally-grown talent Jim Morris, who's typically known for his trop-rock style but will show the crowd he's a versatile musician. Information about the Punta Gorda Wine & Jazz Festival may be found at www.puntagordachamber.com or by contacting the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce at (941) 639-3720. View the full media release about this fantastic honor!
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 Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor and Convention Bureau, 1700 Tamiami Trail, Suite G-2, 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.