Plus, Florida ranks No. 1 for singles. 
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🛍 Publix is making headlines... and not in a good way

Plus, Florida ranks No. 1 for singles. 

Hey there, it’s Tuesday, and believe it or not — February is here (a chilly one at that!).

Yesterday kicked off 2021’s Black History Month, a commemorative tradition the U.S. began recognizing in 1976. That’s when President Gerald Ford officially designated the month as an opportunity for the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

While we’re supportive of Black History Month, we’re also big proponents of celebrating Black history, Black culture, and Black businesses, organizations, and people year-round. And not just celebrate, but advocate for, too. 

And speaking of education: Do you know the name of Orlando’s first Black community? It was Jonestown, a 12-block neighborhood dating back to 1880 named after Sam and Penny Jones that’s situated near Fern Creek and Greenwood Cemetery.

The community had one school, one store, and at least two churches (Mount Olive CME Church still stands today!) until its demise in 1939 when a fire destroyed one home and wound up consuming others. White people complained about the conditions of the neighborhood and the Jonestown residents were subsequently relocated to Griffin Park in Parramore. 

Shoutout to News 6 for the reminder of Jonestown history. But there’s a lot more where that came from. 

Wanna know more about the Joneses and Jonestown? You should plan a visit to the Orange County Regional History Center, but go soon, or else you might miss out on the “Yesterday, This Was Home: The Ocoee Massacre of 1920” exhibit.

Church Street sittin' pretty on a quiet, rainy night. 📸: @broadcastingbmack | Wanna see your photo here? Tag either #pulptown or @pulptown  on Instagram to be featured as our IG of the Day! 

What Orlando is talking about 

🚧 Ivanhoe Boulevard under I-4 will be closed nightly for construction through Monday. The roads will be closed in both directions from 10 p.m. through 5 a.m., as part of the I-4 Ultimate construction and detours include using Colonial to get around. (Orlando Weekly

😬 An heiress to the Publix fortune was the primary financier behind a rally that preceded the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Julie Jenkins Fancelli, the daughter of Publix founder George W. Jenkins, contributed $300,000 of the rally’s $500,000 budget according to the Wall Street Journal. Publix responded with a statement further distancing itself from Fancelli. (Orlando Sentinel

💰 FEMA announced yesterday that it would contribute $245 million to Florida for its rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. The money comes from the agency’s Public Assistance program and reimburses 100 percent of the costs the state incurs in 90 days of the vaccination program. (ClickOrlando

🎟 Blue  Man Group has ended its 14-year run in Orlando. The group tweeted yesterday that while its time has come to a close at Universal Orlando, the show will go on in Vegas, New York, Chicago, and Boston when it's safe to do so. (WESH

🛣 The GameStop saga has reached Orlando. Well, it’s already been here — just ask my fiancè. Redditor u/aBetterNation claims he purchased seven billboards along every major highway in Orlando to show the world how much he loves $GME (GameStop stocks). If you see one, please let me know. (Reddit

💞 Florida just ranked as the No. 1 best place to live if you’re single. WalletHub compared things like date options per capita, household income, crime rate, and online dating opportunities to reach their result. Florida especially shined when it came to restaurants per capita, percentage of single adults, and “states with the fewest coronavirus restrictions”. 😬(Orlando Weekly

👀 We’re more than meets the eye 

We’re here to help our community live like they live here. That means finding moments of serendipity, joy, and ways to feel connected even if only from home. Our member program is one of the ways we accomplish this mission. 

And it comes with some pretty sweet benefits, like …

  • Extra-special perks just for Pulptown+ members in your morning newsletter, including members-only content 
  • Exclusive access to fun and games, like the chance to play trivia or I Spy for bragging rights and a free newsletter ad
  • The good feeling of supporting community-centric storytelling, like last year's series on Orlando's affordable housing, where we answered your questions to help you make sense of the issue
  • Discounted tickets to all Pulptown+ events (when we can host in-person again 🙃)

For just $8 a month, you can join our membership community and help us help you keep reaching your goals to #livelikeyoulivehere. You in? Head here for more details.

Things to do

Submit your events to our calendar.


🌱 Sign up for this free class at Leu Gardens to learn all about endangered and endemic plants (Audubon Park)

🖼 Don't miss this African diaspora art show between Black Theatre Girl Magic and Orlando Museum of Art through Sunday (Online/Loch Haven Park)


☮️ Take a yoga class under the trees in Gaston Edwards Park Wednesdays (Lake Ivanhoe)

☮️ Spend the morning in savasana in Mead Botanical Gardens Wednesdays (Winter Park)

☮️ Namaste first, then stick around for a cold craft brew at Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)

🎟 Go back to prehistoric times for this Jurassic Park drive-through experience through Sunday (I-Drive)

🗣 Join Orlando Magic leaders in a conversation about social inequality and what the organization is doing to combat it (Online)


🗣 Tune into the Orange County History Center's virtual discussion on preserving the Black Lives Matter Movement (Online)


🍿 Watch the beloved play, "Kinky Boots" on the big screen at the Enzian (Maitland)

One more thing

Today is Groundhog Day, y’all. Wondering if we’ll see six more weeks of winter (don’t worry, we won’t!) or an early spring? See what ol’ Punxsutawney Phil has to say about that by tuning in here and reading up on the holiday’s folklore in this trusty ol’ Almanac

And to really get in the spirit, may I suggest popping some popcorn and making it a movie night? You can either stream the Bill Murray classic straight to your living room or head to one of our local theaters that is screening the film (if that's something you feel comfortable doing).

Thanks for reading all the way to the end with me. It didn't go unnoticed. 🙏

'Til we meet again tomorrow,

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

P.S. Are you all caught up on the 15 Minutes in Pulptown podcast? Don't worry if you're not, I linked it there just now for easy access. 😉 This week, we covered Megadolons, Ben Time stories, Orlando's upcoming murder mystery walking tour themed after "The Office" , and some tasty food news.