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
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11 July 2008 - Veterans Appreciation Picnic slated for July 19

We will be holding a Veterans’ Appreciation Picnic at American Legion Post 103, Taylor Road, Punta Gorda, from noon to 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, July 19. Veterans and their families, current military members, and supporters are invited. That means everyone! The cost is $7.50 per person.  Enjoy a hamburger and hot dog, and other typical picnic fare, while you listen to music provided by a DJ, throw some horse shoes, visit with old friends and make new friends! There will be free beer until the keg runs dry, and the Legion will provide $1.00 drinks for those who would like other beverages.

The Military Heritage & Aviation Museum has a new trustee. We are pleased that Garnette Scholl has agreed to join the board. Scholl has been very active with many of Charlotte County’s nonprofits, including the Edison Foundation, C.A.R.E., Charlotte County YMCA, Bons Secours-St. Joseph Hospital, Punta Gorda Block Party, and even the Museum – working on various fundraising projects in the past.

Scholl joins president Marilyn Smith-Mooney, vice president Peter F. Taylor, secretary Blair Miliken, treasurer Ron Olsen, and trustees C. F. Cline, David Klein, Rufus Lazzell, David Levin, Bob Melvin, Henry Reposa, Lionel Schuman, George Speidell, and Jim Statler.

In case you haven’t heard already, the Museum has abandoned plans for building a new museum at the Charlotte County Airport. The reasons are many, and anyone is welcome to call me to discuss them. The current plan is to submit a proposal to purchase the retail space on the ground level of the parking garage that the City of Punta Gorda is building on the corner of US 41 (northbound) and Olympia Avenue. Stay tuned …

The amount of support for that project and the Museum in general, as has been made evident by an editorial and letters to the editor in this paper, has been heartwarming. Thank you.

If you were disappointed that you didn’t win our raffle prize, a week’s stay in a condominium in Fishermen’s Village, you’ll enjoy reading that we’ll be raffling it off again. The winner on May 31, Mike Marsh, has given the prize back to the Museum. If you were in the raffle before, you’ll be in it again. As before, we’ll draw from a total of only 100 tickets, of which 40 or so remain. The next drawing will be on July 31. So, come in or call 575-9002 with your credit card handy, and, for a suggested donation of $25, you’ll have a shot at staying in a condo facing the marina from November 29 through December 6, 2008. Don’t forget: this is a
great place to put some of those pesky houseguests throughout the holiday season, or, better yet – leave them in your house and you stay in the condo!

On Thursday, July 17, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., the Supervisor of Elections, Mac Horton, will be in the Museum demonstrating the new voting equipment.  The demonstration takes about 20 minutes.  Come on in and see how our votes will get tabulated next month.

Thanks to the efforts of Jim Lawson, Charlotte State Bank, and John Wright, Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte County will play host to 21 Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans who have been recuperating at a hospital at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, from injuries sustained while they were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. The Punta Gorda branch of Charlotte State Bank will host a reception in their honor, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, August 9, after which the veterans will come to the Museum for a tour, before going on to other planned activities. Please show up to honor these veterans. If you’re unable to make the reception at 10:00, come to the Museum at 11:00; let’s make an effort to show them our support and gratitude. For more information about this project, call Jim Lawson at 639-2511.

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 Museum, call 941-575-9002, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or visit www.mhaam.org.