The Annual Punta Gorda Founders’ Week celebrations are under way this week with many activities planned to celebrate Punta Gorda’s history.

The history of this small city is critical to its future, so we invite you to see all the planned festivities on our website www.puntagordachamber.com clicking the Founders Week link under Vacation here or Quick Links.

Our ever-popular Christmas Light Trolley Tours are back and the dates have just been released. The tours leave the Herald Court Parking Garage entrance at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 through Dec. 13 with a final tour on Sunday, Dec. 16.

The tour lasts approximately two and a half hours, visiting illuminated neighborhoods in both Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte. Space is limited to 26 people per tour, so gather your friends and call us as soon as possible as these tours fill up very quickly and sell out each year. Cost is $35 per couple/ $20 single.

The tickets for our 14th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival are now in so remember to check out the Festival set for Feb. 23, 2019 on our website www.puntagordachamber.com, featuring Gerald Albright, the Sax Pack and Matt Marshak. Guaranteed to be a great day, with great music and great wine. Now in its 14th year!

We have added an exciting attraction to visitors to our area, starting Jan. 10, 2019, through April 4, 2019, in conjunction with the Punta Gorda Historical Mural Society. Every Thursday, starting from the PG Chamber office located at 252 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda, we invite you to join us in a guided walking tour of our beautiful city, stopping at historic murals along the way.

Learn about the local history depicted in each mural, when it was painted and by whom. See if you can find the objects hidden in some of them!

You’ll also get an overview of the Mural Society, their process of creating thee historic murals and a sneak peak at upcoming additional projects. The tours starting at 9:30 a.m. and will last about two hours (with rest stops).

To purchase your tickets (tour size is limited), please call us on 941-639-3720 during office hours. Tickets are only $15 per person, benefiting the Mural Society. Our trolley and boat tours next year, in conjunction with King Fisher Fleet, will operate every Wednesday and Friday afternoon starting in early January.

Give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss the various options with you for these ever-popular trips 941-639-3720.

Networking

Join us in welcoming Tara Bella Boutique and Consignment Store to the neighbor hood and Chamber as we conduct their ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. at their location: 2705 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Please RSVP to 941-639-3720.

Whether you are local or just visiting, we have a weekly e-newsletter that can be delivered to your inbox every Friday full of events, programs and information to assist you. It’s called the Friday Facts. To sign up, simply click the icon on our website www.puntagordachamber.com, call us on 941-639-3720 or email your details to chamber@puntagorda chamber.com. You’ll never be out of the loop again.

John R. Wright is President of the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce jrwright@puntagordachamber.com.^p

Charlotte Sun is a proud Platinum sponsor of ^pthis Chamber.^p

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