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What’s Happening in Punta Gorda: February and March 2017

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Is it February already? It’s hard to tell when it’s 80 degrees every afternoon. It’s officially season and our office has been a busy place this past month.

There is a lot going on in the next couple months, so I will get right to the good stuff.

  • Feb. 11, 8th Annual St. Vincent de Paul Walk for the Poor, Laishley Park. For information contact (941)505-7325. http://www.svdpcharlottefl.org/colony-pt-bridge
  • Feb. 11, Managing Stress with Dr. Demers, the Yoga Sanctuary. For more information contact (941) 505-9642 http://www.theyogasanctuary.biz
  • Feb. 12, Charlotte County Concert Band Concert Series, Charlotte Cultural Center. For information visit www.charlottecountyconcertband.com.
  • Feb. 13, Blanchard House Black History Month Film  and Performance Series, 500 Years Later Mid County Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. 5:30 pm Blanchard House Museum For more information call 941-764-5859.
  • Feb. 18, American Heart Association, Charlotte Heart Walk 2017. For information contact (727)563-8083.
  • Feb. 18, Smuggler’s Downtown Hoedown, Marketplace property. For information contact (941)637-5953 or www.smugglersevents.com.
  • Feb. 20, Blanchard House Black History Month Film and Performance Series, Performance by Ray Kamalay, guitarist and storyteller: “The Haitian Revolution and the Rise of American Music” Mid County Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. 5:30 pm Blanchard House Museum For more information call 941-764-5859.
  • Feb. 24, 2017, Behind the Notes with Maestro Raffaele Ponti at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street. For reservations contact (941)205-9743 or www.charlottesymphony.com.
  • Feb. 24-25, Florida Frontier Days, History Park, 501 Shreve Street. For hours and information contact (941)639-6746.
  • Feb. 24-26, Cirque Italia, Downtown Punta Gorda, Marketplace property. For information contact (352)502-3162 or www.cirqueitalia.com.
  • Feb. 25, 7th Annual Punta Gorda Pub Crawl and Food Drive. Downtown Punta Gorda. For tickets and information contact (239)872-1171 or www.puntagordapubcrawl.com.
  • Feb. 27, Blanchard House Black History Month Film  and Performance SeriesThe Legacy of Slavery  Mid County Library, 2050 Forrest Nelson Blvd. 5:30 pm Blanchard House Museum For more information call 941-764-5859.
  • March 3-4, Funk Fest Punta Gorda, Marketplace property, downtown Punta Gorda. For information visit funkfestpuntagorda.com.
  • March 3-5, Peace River Pickler’s Pickleball Tournament, Gilchrist Park Pickleball & Tennis Courts. For information contact (330)812-4500 or http://www.peaceriverpicklers.com/.pickleball
  • March 4, Luna Fest, History Park, 501 Shreve St. For additional information contact (941)637-3830 or peaceriverwildlife.org.
  • March 5, Yoga for Caregivers, the Yoga Sanctuary. For more information contact (941) 505-9642 http://www.theyogasanctuary.biz
  • March 11-12, iHeart Media Seafood Festival, Laishley Park. For hours and information contact (941)815-0324.
  • March 12, Charlotte County Concert Band Concert Series, Charlotte Cultural Center. For information visit charlottecountyconcertband.com.
  • March 17, 2017, Behind the Notes with Maestro Raffaele Ponti at the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve Street. For reservations contact (941)205-9743 or charlottesymphony.com.
  • March 24-25, Pedal & Play in Paradise Bicycle Event, Laishley Park. For information contact (941)637-8326 or pedalandplayinparadise.com.
  • March 25-26, TNT Arts & Craft Show, Marketplace property. For information contact (352)344-0657 or tnteventsinc.com.
  • March 25, Guns and Hoses 10K & 5K Runs, 1133 Bal Harbor Plaza. For information contact (941)575-7482.
  • March 26, Punta Gorda Rotary Taste of Punta Gorda, Laishley Park. For information contact (941)875-5629

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5 Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Punta Gorda Moms

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
Nancy meeting Disney royalty with one of her granddaughters.

Nancy meeting Disney royalty with one of her granddaughters.

Haven’t bought your Mother’s Day gift yet? Don’t fret. The Andreae Group is here to help.  We’ve put together a list of ideas that will make it seem like you put a lot of thought into exactly what she wants.

Yoga classes at the Yoga Sanctuary

Nothing is more important than mom’s health. The Yoga Sanctuary offers classes for all levels of yoga practitioners. Even if she has never taken a yoga class, she can start in one of their level one, chair yoga or gentle yoga classes. Teachers encourage students to work at their own comfort level. Each class ends with a few moments of relaxation. Mom will never feel better!

Gift certificates are available.

Boat cruise with King Fisher Fleets

All moms love it when the whole family gets together. You can make those get-togethers even better by having them on a boat. With King Fisher Fleets, you can head over to Cabbage Key, Cayo Costa, Boca Grande, or stay local and take a sunset cruise. Combining family time and boat time makes everyone happy.

Naples Soap Company

Fisherman’s Village is full of gift shops. But you need to be careful. Your mom probably doesn’t want a T-Shirt that reads, Wasted Away in Margaritaville. Head to the Naples Soap Company for easy, surefire mom gifts. Not only are their soaps luxurious, but most contain only natural ingredients.

Spago Day Spa        

Your mom deserves a day at the spa. Give her a gift certificate and let her pick her pampering. From hair to nails to massages, the Spago Day Spa knows how to take care of mom. She’ll go in as your dear sweet mother and come out a new woman!

Trip to an Amusement Park with the Grandkids

If small people often refer to her as Grandma or Nana, your mom still loves you. Yet there is a good chance she loves the grandkids more. It’s a hard truth you can use to your advantage in Florida. Our state teems with amusement parks. In fact, last Christmas, Nancy Andreae’s youngest child gave her a trip to Disney with the grandkids. (I stole this idea.) She loved it.

What are you getting mom? Have any good ideas for the rest of us this year?

Spring Training is Here! Go See a Rays Game at Charlotte Sports Park

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

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March in Southwest Florida means spring training. All over Florida, major league teams move into local stadiums to warm-up  for the regular season. Historically, spring training was a chance for players to get back into shape after the long winter break. Yet these days most players spend their winter break staying in shape.

While players and managers may moan about no longer needing such a long spring training, the spectator wins. You are no longer going to a game to watch players work off their holiday pie. Instead, you see professional athletes ready to show off their skills for much less cost than in the regular season.What does that mean for you? 

The Tampa Bay Rays

This March, the Tampa Bay Rays have taken over Charlotte County’s own Charlotte Sports Park. The Rays originally came to Charlotte County in 2009, and have been filling up the park ever since. A baseball game is not much fun without a cheering crowd. Last year, the Rays played 17 games during spring training and sold 106,102 tickets with an average 5,895 tickets per game. The park seats about 6000, so you can expect to feel the cheers of the crowds.

Most games are afternoon games and start at 1:05 pm. Evening games start at 7:05. You can find the schedule here. Tickets range from $15-$35. Parking at Charlotte Sports Park costs $10.

Florida’s Grapefruit league’s 15 teams started playing in February. If you are looking to see your home team play and don’t mind traveling around Florida, check out the Grapefruit League’s program here.

Charlotte Sports Park

USA Today Travel recently nominated Port Charlotte as one of the Ten Best Spring Training cities. You can vote for Charlotte Sports Park here. (We are currently number one—no surprise.)

The Sports Park underwent a $27 million renovation in 2009. It now features two outfied areas, a tiki bar, and a children’s playground.
During spring training the Rays take over the park. April through August, the park is home to the Class-A Florida State League team The Charlotte Stone Crabs and the rookie team the Gulf Coast Rays.

The park is located at 2300 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte, Florida.

Go See Cirque Italia this Weekend in Downtown Punta Gorda

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

You don’t have to catch a plane to travel this weekend.

Europe is coming to Punta Gorda!

February 28- March 2, 2014, Cirque Italia will set up its tent at the downtown marketplace. The Cirque features a unique water stage that holds over 35,000 gallons of water. The water, which shoots up through fountains around the performers, adds an extra element of danger and excitement. You can expect to see rope and silk acts, trapeze artists, clowns, jugglers, high wire daredevils, mermaids, a laser man, acrobats, and teeter board stunts.


Cirque Italia is touring the United States putting on a one-of-a-kind performance at an affordable price. Tickets cost $10-$50. It is rare that you could be up close and personal with performers like these for less than $50.

The show’s owner, Manuel Rebecchi, comes from a family of circus performers. Originally from Italy, Rebecchi moved to the United States in 2003.  His dream was to create a one-of-a-kind performance for the whole family. According to the Cirque Italia’s website, the show can be described as “a sort of Bellagio meets Broadway!”

In 2012, the show originated in Venice, FL. The Chief Operating Officer and producer, Chantes DeMoustes hails from Clearwater. At just 25 years old, she has been dancing, choreographing, and performing for almost 20 years.

You can buy tickets online here. The show often sells out, so purchase your tickets ahead of time.

Showtimes are:

Friday, February 28—7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 1—7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 2—7:30 p.m.

The tent is set up in City Marketplace downtown. As always, there is plenty of free parking in downtown Punta Gorda.

On March 7, the show moves to Cape Coral, so if you miss it here in Punta Gorda, you still have a chance to catch it.