Plus, you can stargaze from the Orlando Science Center again and 25+ things to do this weekend.

🤖 The world’s largest “show-and-tell” is back in town

Plus, you can stargaze from the Orlando Science Center again and 25+ things to do this weekend.

By Katie Johnston

Happy Friday! 

Yesterday, I was invited to a media preview of this year’s Festival of the Trees event at the Orlando Museum of Art and it really brought it home for me that the holidays are right around the corner. And my question to you is — has anyone figured out how to slow down time yet? Because whoa. I swear it was just April a month ago. 

The annual fundraiser displays trees, wreaths, and gingerbread houses decorated by people in the community, all available for purchase. It’s hosted by the Council of 101, a group of nearly 300 volunteers who help financially support the museum. You can check it out for yourself starting tomorrow through Nov. 21. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for kids, seniors, military, first responders, and museum members. And bonus, while there you can also tour the exhibits currently on display; this one is my personal favorite.

Alright, let’s tackle today’s headlines before I send you off into the weekend with a rather robust list of things to do. 

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What Orlando is talking about

⚽️ It’s playoff season, and that means it’s time to “Light Our City Purple.” You can show your support for Orlando City SC by grabbing a free purple light bulb from pop-up spots at various Publix locations around town over the next two weeks and illuminating our boys’ path to MLS Cup glory. (Orlando City SC

⚾️ The NCAA’s Early Signing Day happened on Wednesday and a long list of area athletes have committed to colleges all across the country. See if you recognize a name or two by clicking on the link. 👉 (Orlando Sentinel)  

⚖️ The family of a late Orlando college student is fighting for legislation to improve apartment safety. Miya Marcano was murdered last month at the condo where she lived and worked, prompting her surviving relatives to push for “Miya’s Law.” The proposal is being introduced to the Florida Legislature by State Sen. Linda Stewart and would require apartment managers to conduct national background checks on employees. The family has also started the Miya Marcano Foundation to assist other relatives of missing persons. (Orlando Sentinel, WFTV

🤖 The world’s largest “show-and-tell” is back in town. Maker Faire is taking place tomorrow and Sunday at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, and between the combat robots, go-kart racing, and bountiful array of knick-knacks, attendees are bound to be entertained. (Bungalower

🔭 You can stargaze from the Orlando Science Center again. That’s because the museum is reopening its observatory today after it closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic. For now, only smaller, private experiences are available: Prices run $250 for up to five people (or less if you’re a science center member!), and tours are offered at 8:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. (Orlando Sentinel)

🎄 If you’re near the Lake Como area, be sure to take a drive by 2811 Clemwood Street. This time last year, David and Frank Nubar decorated their home with more than 200,000 lights to honor those who lost their lives to COVID-19. Now, they’ve strung up more than half a million lights to keep up their tradition of honoring those lost to the pandemic. (WFTV

✨ Give Kids the World’s Night of a Million Lights is making its annual return tonight. The immersive holiday spectacular event features millions of lights, a sparkling tree trail, and larger-than-life holiday displays; you can experience it now through Sunday, Jan. 2 and tickets start at $15 for kids and $25 for adults. (Orlando Magazine

CORRECTION: Yesterday’s newsletter referenced an article reporting that the new Sprouts location coming to the Milk District would be the first to open in Central Florida. This is inaccurate — Sprouts has three existing locations operating in Winter Park, Dr. Phillips, and Oviedo. Both the source article and yesterday’s edition of Pulptown have been updated for accuracy.

📅 We planned your weekend

🎥: Giphy

… well, for some of you. 

Each Friday I curate a weekend itinerary just for our members as a way of saying “thank you” for supporting Pulptown financially. If they follow my advice, this weekend they’ll be drinking wine, studying art, racing recliners, touring their neighbors’ backyard gardens, and listening to jazz. 

Sound like something you’d be into? Join our Pulptown+ membership program today for just $8 a month (or $80 a year) and you can have fun, play games, get even more informed, all while supporting local journalism and keeping Pulptown around for the long haul. Sounds like a win-win-win, right? 🙌


🎉 Wish a happy 3rd birthday to A La Cart with weekend celebrations feat. live music, tasty food, and local brews Friday thru Sunday (Milk District/East Colonial)

🎶 See Air Supply perform live outdoors at the Frontyard Festival in front of the Dr. Phillips Center (Downtown)

🎶 Experience a taste of Nashville's "Blue Bird Cafe" at Harry Buffalo (Downtown)

🐶 Head to Celery City Craft for beers, live music, and an evening supporting adoptable pups from Pet Rescue by Judy (Sanford)

🎶 Get your tickets and glow sticks ready for the return of EDC at Tinker Field thru Sunday (West Lakes)

🎸 Buy a ticket to see guitarist Greg Diamond at Timucua Arts Foundation (SoDo)


🤖 Load up the kids (nieces/nephews included!) and head to the world's largest show-and-tell: Maker Faire Orlando is back at the Central Florida Fairgrounds thru Sunday (Orlando)

🍷 Grab your boots and dust off your cowboy hat for the annual Cows 'n Cabs event! Take a food & wine stroll of 25+ local restaurants, plus enjoy wine, craft beer and spirits, and live music, all for a good cause (Winter Park)

🛍 Shop local vendors while sipping on a cold drink at Nora's Sugar Shack (Ivanhoe)

🍻 Try all the tasty local beers at Orlando Weekly's annual Beer Fest happening in Festival Park (Milk District)

🎶 Soothe your soul with jazz and support local at the annual College Park Jazz Fest (College Park)

☮️ Namaste the weekend and take a yoga class in the middle of Mead Botanical Garden (Winter Park)

🛍 Shop this monthly pop-up vegan market in the lawn next to Persimmon Hollow Brewing (Lake Eola)

🎶 Get your tickets to The 502s biggest performance yet happening at Will's Pub this weekend (Mills 50)

🎟 Don't miss your chance to see Whitney Cummings live at the Hard Rock (Universal)

🍿Enjoy a double feature of movie trash at The Nook with some Grease Lightning (Milk District)

🌴 Take a tour of local backyard oasis on this neighborhood walking tour followed up an after-party at Ten 10 Brewing (Colonialtown North/Mills 50)

🗣 Go down a rabbit hole exploring the fascinating history of Weeki Wachee Springs (Downtown)

🎄 Sign the kids up for breakfast with Santa at Orlando Museum of Art (Loch Haven Park)

🎼 Join Timucua Art Foundation's live stream to watch FSYO Concerto Competition(Online)


🎟 Enjoy some sensory-friendly fun for the whole family! Explore the History Center's newest exhibit, "Giants, Dragons, and Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures" (Downtown)

🎶 Reserve a seat at April Brown’s “A Love & Soul Sing-Along” at Timucua Arts Foundation (SoDo)


🎶 Don't miss the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra's 2021 Virtual Young People’s Concert: "Bach To The Future" Nov. 15 thru Nov. 19 (Online)

🎺 Watch the Philharmonic Brass's presentation of Operatic and Symphonic Favorites at The Plaza Live (The Milk District)

🎄 Get in the Christmas spirit at Orlando Museum of Art's Festival of Trees through Nov. 21 (Loch Haven Park)

One more thing

Just curious but are you following Pulptown on all social media? If so, you’d know that yesterday, I joined Jana Sutter from XL106.7 and Magic 107.7 to talk about what’s going on this weekend. We used to do it in the early parts of summer but took a hiatus to regroup. Anyway, we’re back with a vengeance. What’d we miss?

And speaking of all things, when’s the last time you tuned into the 15 Minutes in Pulptown podcast? Go ahead and subscribe now so you don’t miss Monday’s sitdown with Bungalower editor Brendan O’Connor.  

Stay warm and enjoy your weekends out there. 

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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