September 23rd 2022


Ballyhoo... your local calendar of events

Antiques anyone? Foodie options abound ...

Hudson’s Grocery ...

Hudson’s will be closing for annual maintenance today, Friday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. 

They will reopen on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 8 a.m.


Boca Bargains off-season ...

Boca Bargains is offering bonus off-season shopping options. Appointments to shop can be arranged by calling (813) 601-2759.


Park Ave. Wine & Spirits ...

Park Avenue Wine & Spirits is open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stop by and see them at 350 Park Ave. in downtown Boca Grande, or call (941) 964-2327. 

The Temptation will reopen on Thursday, Oct. 6.  


Jubilee in the Plaza ... 

Lemon Bay Plaza merchants are collecting for the Jubilee Center during September. Aura Boutique is having a summer clothing drive. Donate nearly new, gently worn clothing items and receive 20 percent off your purchase (some exclusions apply). Rumors Wine Bar is collecting canned goods and Kyle Kurtis Salon is collecting hygiene products. 

Visit these businesses and give back to the community.

Lemon Bay Plaza is located at 1825 Englewood Rd. in Englewood. Call (941) 473-2555 for more information.



Port Boca Grande Lighthouse and Museum ...

Port Boca Grande Lighthouse and Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are closed Sunday and Monday through October.

For more information, visit


Gasparilla Adventures ...  

Stop by Gasparilla Adventures and rent a golf cart or bike and cruise around the island. They also have kayaks and paddleboards to rent. You can explore the beautiful waters on your own or contact them to schedule a guided trip with an experienced guide. They also have a full selection of bikes and accessories for purchase. Several new colors from Electra to choose from!

They are open seven days a week to serve you at 333 Park Ave. in downtown Boca Grande. Call (941) 964-0711.


Aqua Boutique ... 

During the month of September, Aqua Boutique will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m, Thursday, Friday and Saturday only. They will be closed Sunday through Wednesday. 

They are located at 421 Park Ave. in downtown Boca Grande. Call (941) 964-0480 for more information.


Boca Grande Trading Co. ... 

During the month of September, Boca Grande Trading Co. will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday only. They will be closed Sunday through Wednesday. 

They are located in Railroad Plaza in downtown Boca Grande. Call (941) 964-0480 for more information.


Barbara Anne’s Jewelry ...

It’s that time of year again at Barbara Anne’s Jewelry. They’re having a 50 to 75 percent off sale on all jewelry. Also check out their clothing at 20 percent off. Don’t miss this great opportunity. 

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Barbara Anne’s is located in the Railroad Depot, 433 4th St. W. Call them at (941) 964-1776.


Sale at J.McLaughlin ...

The September collection is in at J.McLaughlin and includes great transitional pieces and a super collection of shoes.

The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Located at 360 Park Ave. in downtown Boca Grande. For more information, call (941) 855-9163. 


Sunsets of Boca Grande ...

Sunsets of Boca Grande will continue regular hours through the summer to serve you.  Shop their 30 and 40 percent off racks for some great finds. Remember, they have chilled wine and prosecco for you to enjoy on the beach. 

Shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunsets is located in the Railroad Depot, 433 4th St. W. Call (941) 855-9834, follow them on Facebook @SunsetsofBG or Instagram @SunsetsofBocaGrande.

Special Effects & Gasparilla Outfitters ...

Special Effects/Gasparilla Outfitters has their annual 30/50 sale through September. They also have the iconic tarpon & crab design on super- comfortable sweatshirts and tee shirts. 

Visit them Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. 

Stop by to shop at 431 Park Ave. in downtown Boca Grande, or call (941) 964-0907. 


Sale at Ariel LTD ...

Come Visit Ariel LTD as their summer sale runs through September.

Ladies’ clothing ONLY will be 40 percent off. There are also drawers of shoes at 75 percent off. Come in and get yourself ready for season. Deliveries daily, so stop by often.

Ariel LTD is open year-round. Their hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop in at 444 4th St. or call (941) 964-0480. 


Sale at The Palm on Park...

The Palm on Park’s summer sale runs through September. The Resort 2021 clothing collection will be marked down 50 percent, and clothing from spring 2022 marked down 40 percent. 

Summer hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call with any questions, or if you want the girls to send you something if you’ve gone north for the summer.   

The Palm on Park is open year- round and is located at 444 4th St. Call (941) 964-4448. 

Made to Inspire ...

Stop in at Made to Inspire to check out their beautiful handmade shell art. They also offer lovely handmade coral lamps available for purchase. 

Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They’re located at 321 Park Avenue in the Old Theatre Building. Call (239) 250-2094.


Smart Studio ... 

Smart Studio is open by appointment during summer months. They are also open 24/7 on Etsy! Sorry, custom framing is not available at this time. 

For your appointment to shop, call or text Rebecca at (908) 892-4719. 


Bella Vida ...

Bella Vida is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Closed Sundays through September.


Tortuga ...

Tortuga is open on Tuesdays only for Taco Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Tuesday, Oct. 17.



on Vacation 


The Loose Caboose ...

Will reopen Saturday, Oct. 1.


Hudson’s ...

Will reopen Tuesday, Oct. 4.


The Temptation ... 

Will reopen Thursday, Oct 6.


The Pink Pony ... 

Will reopen on Tuesday, Oct. 11.


Miller’s Dockside ...

Will reopen on Thursday, Oct. 13.


Sisters ... 

Will reopen Friday, Oct. 14.


The Sun Porch ...

Will reopen in October.


Amberjack with CHEC ...

Join CHEC today, Friday, Sept. 23 at 8 a.m. for a guided walk through the scrub and pine flatwoods of 217-acre Amberjack Environmental Park. On these walks with volunteers, search and learn about plants, animals, fungi and more that live in Charlotte County preserves. 

Prepare with plenty of water, insect repellent, sunscreen  and clothing that will protect you from insects and plants. 

Amberjack Environmental Park is located at 6450 Gasparilla Pines Blvd. in Rotonda. Please meet at the end of Gasparilla Pines Blvd. Please call (941)475-0769 to register or for more information. 


Let’s Eat! - Englewood ...

The Englewood Florida Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that over 20 local restaurants will be participating in the 8th annual Restaurant Week promotion, “Let’s Eat! - Englewood.” Going on now through Thursday, Sept. 29.

This year’s “Foodie Celebration” includes a 3-course prix fixe dinner menu for $32 and 2-course prix fixe lunch menu for $17. Visit for details.


Craving some jerk chicken?

Sinclair’s Food Truck at Hudson’s Grocery Park in downtown Boca Grande will be serving up some delights on Saturday, Sept. 24, starting at 10:30 a.m., and they will be in the park regularly on Saturdays. 

Jerk chicken ($18) and conch fritters ($16) will be on the menu. Sides include Jamaican rice & peas, fried plantains and mama’s finishing sauce. The team will be there until the food runs out. Cash only, please. Available for catering. Call (941) 999-7447.


Antiques in Arcadia ...

Looking for something vintage, funky or fun? Head to historic Arcadia. The Arcadia Antique Fair is a must for any junkers nearby and will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 beginning at 8 a.m.

The city holds an antique fair on the fourth Saturday of every month. The street is already lined with antique shops, and the vendors set up out front and in the parking lots. 

Cost to walk the streets and look for treasures is free! Head there early for the best treasures. Go to West Oak Street in Arcadia for a fun few hours. For more details, see


Community meal ...

You are invited to join Gulf Coast United Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a grilled community pit beef or turkey sandwich plus fries and a beverage for $9. Reservations are recommended. GCUMC is located at 1100 S. McCall Rd. in Gulf Cove/Port Charlotte. Call (941) 697-1747 for reservations and more information.

EcoWalk: Mangroves

Join UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County on Monday, Sept. 26 from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m. for an engaging walk into the fantastic world of mangroves on a tour through one of our local natural areas at Lemon Bay Park. These walks will focus on learning about the ecology of mangrove ecosystems, identification of mangroves and other species associated with them, and wildlife viewing. Please register for this event ONLY at rather than any third-party websites, as they are not affiliated with our classes and events.

Lemon Bay Park is located at 570 Bay Park Blvd. in Englewood. 

For questions or further information, please call (941) 861-5000 or email



Orchid Sale and 

Symposium ... 

Edison Ford Winter Estates hosts their annual Orchid Sale and Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The event will take place outdoors, under the banyan tree and surrounding areas. Multiple workshops will be offered each day, and vendors will have rare and unusual orchids for sale. Orchids also will be available in the Garden Shoppe.

Tickets are required for workshops and are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. The sale portion of the event is free to attend. Tickets do not include tours or admission to the museum, lab or riverside of the property.

A limited number of garden carts will be available; guests are encouraged to bring their own. 

Edison Ford Winter Estates are located at 2350 McGregor Blvd. in Ft. Myers. For more information, please visit


Halloween haunted hike ...

Visit Cedar Point Environmental Park for their spooky Haunted Halloween Festival from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8. This event will have a special presentation with a keynote speaker, haunted hike, pumpkin patch, food trucks and crafts. 

Admission is $5 per person, with children under age 6 free. 

Cedar Point Environmental Park is located at 2300 Placida Rd. in Englewood. Visit for more information.


The 12th annual Tour de North Port

“It’s the Green Pumpkin!” Sponsored by People for Trees, Inc. on Sunday, Oct. 23. Registration is open for this on-road scenic bicycle ride with routes of 15, 35 or 65 miles that travel through some of North Port’s most beautiful natural settings featuring the Florida pine flatwoods and the parks that border the Myakkahatchee Creek, each route having its own color-coded road markings. Preregistration online by Oct. 21 is $50; day-of registration is $55. Groups of six or more, $45.

The first 400 to register will receive a free ride t-shirt and goodie bag. Doors open at 7 a.m. for check-in and breakfast, with group starts beginning at 8 a.m. from Imagine School, 2757 Sycamore St. in North Port.

Early pickup for registration and check-in available on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. until noon during the “North Port Food and Fest” at the City Center Green, located at 4970 City Center Blvd. in North Port.  

For more information, visit or contact Alice White at (941) 468-2486.

Chalk Festival ....

The Chalk Festival is back with “spirited” festivities on Friday, Oct. 28 through the final viewing day of Monday, Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Professional pavement artists from around the world create a “Museum in Motion” chalking oversized masterpieces using the pavement as their canvas. Artists and craft vendors, food vendors and beverages and spirits of all kinds are available so you can spend a few hours or all day taking your time strolling the pavement art and interactive 3D illusions.

The Chalk Festival takes place at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds located at 610 Airport Avenue East in Venice. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets. 


Haunted History Tour ... 

Support Barrier Island Parks Society on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 5 to 6 p.m. or from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. as they sponsor the Haunted History Tour at Gasparilla Island Lighthouse. Two tour options are available to allow for more opportunity to discover the haunted history of Boca Grande while strolling the grounds of the Gasparilla Island Lighthouse. 

We dare you to come walk the trails and hear the tales of the island’s haunted past shared by one of the experienced tour guides. You’ll have a spooktacular time.

Gasparilla Island Lighthouse is located at 220 Gulf Blvd. in Boca Grande. 

Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at For more information, please visit 


Fashion Show Benefits Kids’ Needs

Ivy’s on Dearborn hosted new fall fashions at Magnolias on The Bay while benefiting Kids’ Needs of Greater Englewood, FL, LLC. Local personalities and businesswomen (above left) modeled the newest fashions. Local businesses donated items for a silent auction. Karen Tyree of Ivy’s on Dearborn and Susan Atamanchuck of Magnolias on The Bay hosted the event. Proceeds help to refill the closets at Kids’ Needs, sponsor students with gift cards during holiday season, send students to summer camp programs and the Kids’ Classic Fishing Tournament, sponsor the YMCA Back-to-School Bash and have a Homecoming and Prom Boutique. Rebecca deRosa (above right) and Mary Jo Holleran are co-chairs of this event. Visit


Wine Down in the Plaza

The Rotary Club of Englewood presents their 1st annual WINE DOWN In the Plaza at Lemon Bay Plaza, benefitting Englewood Youth Foundation, Inc. Wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. $65 per person includes hors d’oeuvres from Libee’s Sports Bar & Grill, Ephesus Mediterranean Grill and Magnolias on The Bay. Wine sponsored by Rumors Wine Bar Boutique & Gourmet. 

Tickets available at Rumors Wine Bar, Valerie Wagner, CPA and Castle Air offices. Sponsorships available. Payments to Englewood Youth Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. Lemon Bay Plaza is located at 1825 Englewood Rd. in Englewood. Call Kathy Castellano at (941) 650-5085 for more information.



Ongoing Local Events 




Dearborn Street Market

Dearborn Street Market is weekly on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 348 W. Dearborn Street (on the north side of the street, across from Pioneer Park).


Punta Gorda Farmers Market 

The weekly market has a large number of vendors offering fruits and vegetables, dried fruits and nuts, Italian bakery, fresh homemade pasta, kitchenware, cupcakes, beef and fresh seafood, fresh citrus, jewelry, candles and soaps, dip mixes, Florida arts and crafts, cheese, French bakery, baguettes and olives, homemade pies, orchids, organic produce, personalized pens, kettlecorn, coffee beans and drinks, native and exotic plants. Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon with live music from 9 a.m. to noon. Located on Taylor St., across from the Historic Charlotte County Courthouse in downtown Punta Gorda. 


South Gulf Cove Farmer’s Market 

Support your small, locally-owned and operated produce business every Sunday in South Gulf Cove from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Some of the freshest produce in town will be available, as well as other small local business owners with a variety of unique products.

The market will take place every Sunday in South Gulf Cove at the South Gulf Cove Homeowner’s Association Clubhouse, 14859 Ingraham Blvd.



Boca Barre and Buns

Using weights, resistance bands and barre technique, the class will help you regain strength, stamina, flexibility and balance. Great for beginners and seasoned fitness enthusiasts alike. Helps to restore alignment and body strength using gentle, yet highly effective, ballet movements. 

Some mats will be provided or you may bring your own. Tuesday & Thursdays, 9 a.m. in the Multi-purpose room of the Boca Grande community center. Cost is $10 per class.


Balance and stability classes

Taught by John Mannion, at the Boca Grande Community Center’s Multi-Purpose Room. Classes are on Mondays, Wednesday & Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Cost per class is $10. Exercises may be done sitting or standing; a sturdy chair is provided. For more information call the Friends office at (941) 964-0827.



Movies in the Boca Grande Community Center’s Houghton Room

Movies are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. Stop by the Friends of the Boca Grande Community Center office to pick up a movie schedule. For more information call the Friends office at (941) 964-0827.



Closet of Hope at Gulf Cove UMC

Free clothing for children & adults every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church.

Call (941) 697-1747 to reserve a time, but walk-ins welcome. Present photo ID at the door showing residence in Charlotte or south Sarasota County. Masks & CDC guidelines. 

One clothing bag per month per family. Donations accepted when open. Gulf Cove UMC is located at 1100 S. McCall Rd. (Rt 776), Gulf Cove/Port Charlotte.  


Food donations needed! 

 Please continue to support The Englewood Helping Hand blue barrel campaign. This off island mission  supports and helps those in need right in our backyard!

There are blue barrel locations around Boca Grande in front of the Barnichol, at the registration building at the Boca Grande Club, at Parsley-Baldwin Real Estate, at Englewood Bank & Trust, at the Post Office and two more barrels at the Lighthouse United Methodist Church.

Here are some suggestions:

Tuna Fish, Spaghetti Sauce, Canned Meats, Ramen Noodles, Cereal/Pancake Mix, Canned Veggies, Rice/Snacks, Canned Fruit, Pasta/Mac & Cheese, Soups/Chili, Canned/Dried Beans, Evaporated Milk, Peanut  Butter/Jelly, Canned Sloppy Joe, Deodorant/Razors, Bar Soap, Feminine Products, Condiments, i.e., Ketchup, Mustard, etc.                          

Interested in volunteering, or have questions, call Jane at (941) 223-2367 for further information.

Boca Grande Church Service Schedule

• Lighthouse United Methodist Church - 300 Gilchrist Avenue. 

Worship service held at 10 a.m. (in-person & live-streamed on Facebook).

• First Baptist Church - 421 4th St. W. In-person worship is at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Adult Sunday School is at 9 a.m. on Sunday. 

(941) 964-2386

• Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church - 240 Park Avenue. 

Weekday mass at 8 a.m., Saturday Vigil mass is at 5 p.m., Sunday 

masses at 9 & 10:30 a.m. Confessions: Saturdays 11:30 a.m. to noon. 

(941) 964-2254 

• St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church- 390 Gilchrist Ave. Sunday worship is at 9:30 a.m. in-person & live-streamed on YouTube. Pastoral care is always available by calling (941) 964-2257, ext. 1.