[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!