Military Heritage Museum
Fishermen's Village
1200 West Retta Esplanade, Unit 48
Punta Gorda, Florida 33950
Mon - Sat: 10am to 6pm
Sun: noon to 5pm
Admission is free

14 May 2008 - Museum to Raffle off Week’s Stay in Fishermen’s Village

Scenario one: You just want a chance to get away from it all for a while, but work or something else always interferes. Scenario two: Once winter hits, all of your northern friends decide they really miss you and want to come for a visit, and you need a place to house them. Scenario three: Same as two, but you’d rather let them stay in your house, while you go somewhere else!

Thanks to a generous contribution from Richard and Virginia Coderie, the Museum owns a week’s vacation in one of the Fishermen’s Village condominiums, and we’re able to make you an offer we don’t want you to refuse. Enter a raffle drawing for our week, November 29 through December 6, 2008.

Only 100 tickets will be distributed for a suggested donation of $25.00 each, and the drawing will be made on May 30. (See complete rules in the Museum.) Those odds are great, and you’ll be supporting the Museum.

The Museum welcomes Lionel Schuman back to the board of trustees. Schuman is the Airport Support Network Representative for Charlotte County Airport with Aircraft and Owners Pilots Association, and he is actively involved with and former vice president of the Experimental Aircraft Association. For a listing of all of the Museum’s trustees, go to

Celebrate Armed Forces Day with us on Saturday, May 17, in the Museum from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. We will have representative uniforms and materials telling of the history of the branches, and there will be recruiters on hand to discuss what’s going on in the military now. Are you curious about a soldier’s pay? Come on in and look at pay charts and much more.

A Military Movie Matinee is now being held on the first and third Wednesdays of the month, starting at 3:00 p.m., in the Museum. Popcorn and soda are provided. It’s free and open to the public. Our next matinee will be on May 21, and we’ll show “A Bridge Too Far.” For future matinee movie titles, call the Museum the Monday before.

On Saturday, April 12, the Museum had an extremely successful fundraising event. “I’ll Be Seeing You: A Tribute to the USO” was well attended and Valerie Sneade and Turning Leaf Productions put on a terrific USO-style show. Our thanks to all the performers, TJ Glowacki, Dave Hubbell, Michelle Kasanofsky, David Pruyn, Dave Rudolph, Amanda Segur, Valerie Sneade, and my sister Blair.

I’d also like to thank our sponsors: at the four-star level, Waste Management of Charlotte County; three-star, Garnette Scholl; two-star, Icard Merrill, Attorneys & Counselors, and Johnson Engineering, Inc.; and one-star, The ADP Group, Charlotte State Bank, Fawcett Memorial Hospital, INTERDEVCO, LTC Marie S. Knasiak, Mathews Taylor Construction LLC, and Taylor Contractors of Florida, Inc.

What you missed, if you’re curious, at the unveiling of the 25-foot long largest-ever-received artifact I referred to in my last column, was a 1967 two-and-one-half ton military truck, donated by Geoffrey Schaar of Punta Gorda. The donation was made in honor of his father, Captain Frederick Mason Schaar, who was in the Army from 1935 to 1959, serving with the 74th Combat Engineer Corp, attached to the 5th Americal Division in Germany during WWII and later Korea. His father served his country and
then his community by working for the Mackel Brothers and eventually the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department. Schaar’s donation was made in the name of his father, the Sheriff’s Department and all servicemen and women, and we’re very grateful to him for it. Give a honk when you see it out and about.

Kim Lovejoy is the executive director of the Military Heritage & Aviation Museum, located in Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda.
Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. For more information about the
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