House Hunting:

17254 Spearmint Lane, Punta Gorda

This tastefully appointed pool home with more than 2,000 square feet of living space has plenty of room for family and friends with three bedrooms plus bonus room, living and dining areas and an extended lanai. It has great curb appeal with a brick-paved driveway and walkway. Custom features include tray ceilings in the living room and master bedroom, crown […]


THEATER Cotton Club Cabaret – By Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe through Aug. 9. Enjoy a musical revue featuring favorite songs from the greatest entertainers of the Harlem Renaissance era, including Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway. $29.50 adults; $16.50 students. westcoastblacktheatre.org or 366-1505. Out of Order – By the Off Broadway Palm Theatre through Aug. […]

Understanding nature from nature’s point of view

Let’s talk about stability in the world of nature. In order to do this we need to understand nature from nature’s point of view. It is unfortunate that we, as supposedly intelligent human beings, limit our thinking to district, county and state lines. And though humans tend to compartmentalize acts of nature, it has resulted in some disastrous consequences, such […]

Punta Gorda play ‘A Century in Motion’ returns in August

Last spring, the Punta Gorda Historical Society dusted off the script for Ken Larkin’s “A Century in Motion” and mounted the show. The revival was the first time the musical about Punta Gorda’s history had been presented since the original 1987 production. The play is narrated by a train conductor during stops at Punta Gorda’s Trabue Depot. The next whistle […]

Put a lid on it

The amazing variety and beauty of coffee lids

Coffee lids. Many of us use them several times a week, or, if we have a serious java jones, every day… or even several times a day. We press them against our faces and touch our lips to them. We appreciate their function, but we rarely look at these everyday objects, let alone notice their beauty. “I think they’re exquisite,” […]

Venice Golf and Country Club honored as one of America’s healthiest clubs

The Venice Golf and Country Club, a private golf community, was recently named as “One of America’s Healthiest Clubs” by Prevo Health Solutions. The honor recognizes the community’s commitment to its members’ overall health and wellness. “Everything we do at The Venice Golf and Country Club is accomplished with a focus on the quality of life we provide our members […]

Gilded Grape celebrates 10 years of serving winemakers


For a decade now, Paul Malcolm, owner of The Gilded Grape Winery Inc., 4034B Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte (GildedGrape.com), has been helping area residents make and bottle their own wine. And he’s celebrating the business’s milestone with a 10-Year Anniversary Wine Tasting and Customer Appreciation event from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. At the Gilded Grape, the winemaking […]

Memorable meetings

Business events move out of ubiquitous halls or boardrooms and into more unique venues

Most event halls and ballrooms are the chicken Caesar salads of business and networking events: sensible and even quite excellent depending on where you go, but not especially memorable. Sometimes that works fine, but what about spending the day on the site of an old prison in the Everglades and taking a firearms safety course with your coworkers, or a […]

Chinese market troubles should be must-see TV


Finance is extremely boring. I am not saying this because I was in the industry for more than 15 years, 14.9 of which were spent staring at Excel computer models for the majority of my day. No, I know this because if there were even an iota of excitement in the profession, there would have been a reality TV show […]

ArtFest deadline is Aug. 14

ArtFest Fort Myers is accepting applications from professional artists for participation in its 2016 juried show, to be held Feb. 5-8, which is expected to attract 215 artists and 85,000 art lovers. Deadline for entries is Sept. 14. There are 16 categories of art, from ceramics to photography and painting to wood. All artwork exhibited must be created solely by […]