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Plus, getting reparations for the victims and descendants of the Ocoee Massacre.
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🍸 Orlando news you can booze to

Plus, getting reparations for the victims and descendants of the Ocoee Massacre.
By Katie Johnston

Let’s get weird, y’all. 

I was perusing the internet yesterday looking for all the hot topics to talk about today when I stumbled upon this eye-catching thread on Reddit. User Helllyesss proposed: “Someone from NYC asks you to put 10 ‘Orlando’ items in a box and send it to them. What do you put in the box?” 

u/semujin was very specific and said: “1. An alligator head. 2. Water from Wekiva Springs. 3. Mickey Mouse ears. 4. Construction dust from I-4. 5. A picture of the I-4 Eyesore. 6. Swan feather from Lake Eola. 7. Golf course reservation. 8. Magical dining month menu. 9. Ticket from expired downtown parking meter. 10. A piece of Key Lime fudge from Uncle Phil's Fudge.”

My biggest takeaway: How come no one has ever told me about Uncle Phil’s Fudge until now?! And if you’ve been, I need to know: How good is this key lime fudge? Because ya know what this girl loves? Key lime. And fudge. 

Anyway, got something to add to the weird Orlando list? Head to Reddit to wow ‘em. 

Now, onto the real news… 

There are few things I miss more than drinking cocktails at Lil Indies without a care in the world. I’ve been back to sit on the back patio a time or two, but man, what I would give for a sweaty dance party again. With that said, my favorite drink slingers have a new tee designed by @enemyink and you can get yours on willspub.org. 📸: @altavozcreative for @lil_indies | 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

🍸 While on the subject of drinking, one of the few silver linings of the pandemic has been the relaxing of Florida’s alcohol rules. Now, state legislators are working out how to enshrine the a-OK for restaurants to include alcoholic beverages with to-go orders into Florida law. We’ll drink to that! (WLRN / News Service of Florida

  • In related news, Orlando Rep. Rene "Coach P" Plasencia wants to ease liquor license restrictions for small restaurants. As it stands now, a restaurant must be at least 2,500 square feet and able to serve a minimum of 150 patrons in order to sell liquor. Plasencia’s bill would lower the thresholds to 1,800 square feet and 80 patrons and cost less for the smaller businesses. Both Reps. Travaris "Tray" McCurdy and Anna Eskamani said they’re for it so long as it’s more inclusive of all neighborhoods. As of now, Plasencia has agreed. (Orlando Weekly

😋 So we told you that Winter Park Biscuit Co. officially launched its full menu in yesterday’s newsletter, but we forgot to mention that they’re hiring too! They’re looking for a line cook (experience is necessary) to join their growing team. Email your resume to peter@winterparkbiscuitco.com if you think you’re the person for the job! (Winter Park Biscuit Co. on Instagram)

🍻 There’s a new brewery coming to the Milk District. Twelve Talons will take up shop in the old South Street Coin Laundry, although the exact date is still TBD. (Bungalower

📚 Sen. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee) held a press conference yesterday asking for reparations over the Ocoee Massacre in the form of scholarships. Last legislative session, Bracy spearheaded a bill that required public schools to teach the Ocoee Massacre — a bloody, racially-motivated Election Day riot that left many Black people dead and destroyed a community —to students. Now he’s focused on securing compensation for the descendants of individuals who were killed, injured, or victimized during the bloody Election Day in 1920 and he plans to accomplish this by expanding an existing scholarship program. (WKMG)

🗣 Orlando Sentinel journalist Mike Lafferty tweeted yesterday, “Rick Scott wrote a letter asking us to write an editorial about his environmental record. So we did.” And that they did... but something tells me a “disaster” wasn’t exactly what Scott had in mind. 😬 (Orlando Sentinel

📹 The Orlando Police Department is looking to buy 900 new body cameras that would automatically start recording when an officer removes a gun or taser from its holster. City commissioners will vote on the proposal next week. Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón said the move would “enhance our ability to show transparency (to the community).” (Orlando Sentinel)

Wanna play a game? 

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Today

🍕 Head to Mason Jar Provisions for a tasty collab with @itsthepizzaslut (Thornton Park)

🍿 Grab a meal to-go from eateries nearby and settle in for a night of breakdancing on the big screen (Winter Park)

⚽️ Watch Brazil take on Argentina in the USWNT She Believes Cup at Orlando City Stadium (Parramore)

🎶 Travel to the "Big Easy" with the Best in Brass: New Orleans Brass Band at the outdoor Front Porch Series at Plaza Live (Milk District)

🏡 If you're a first-time homebuyer, you're gonna want to check out this workshop (Mills 50)

🚀 Watch the live landing of NASA's Perseverence Rover on Mars at 2:15 p.m. today (Online)

Tomorrow

🛍 Sift through antiques and collectibles at Renninger's Flea Market & Antique Center through Sunday (Mount Dora)

💉 Donate a pint of blood, get a pint of beer free at Rockpit Brewing (SoDo)

☮️ Get your namaste (and boozing) on under the stars at Orlando Brewing (SoDo)

Saturday

🛍 Discover some vintage finds at the outdoor vintage market happening at Ace Cafe (Downtown)

🌱 Fleet Farming is having a greenhouse plant sale and your green thumbs are wanted (Holden Heights)

🖼 Head to Nora's Sugar Shack for an outdoor art show and champagne (Ivanhoe)

♻️ Participate in the Random Act of Kindness Day with a community cleanup with local leaders (Orlando)

🎶 Celebrate Black History Month with an outdoor gospel concert on the lawn of the Dr. Phillips Center (Downtown)

✨ Venture over to The Nook for an outdoor stargazing party paired with some local brews (Milk District)

🍼 Young moms and soon-to-be mamas under the age of 23, check out this drive-through community baby shower (Holden Heights)

🍺 Drink craft brews and shop local at the outdoor market happening at Orlando Brewing (SoDo)

Sunday

🍓 Pick your own strawberries and sunflowers at Southern Hill Farms (Clermont)

🎶 Watch the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents its Symphony Storytime Series: Carnival of the Animals (The Plaza Live (Milk District))

🌻 Shop local vendors at the Bazaar Botanica (Ivanhoe)

One more thing

Okay, this isn’t hard news per se, but this food review of Wendy’s Breakfast Baconator by Wesley C. in the Orlando Foodie Forum Facebook group is exactly the chuckle you need today. 

Oh, and last but not least, I’m interviewing Dorsa V. of WOW Rolling in the newsletter tomorrow and we’ll be talking all about Orlando’s skating scene. Be there or be square, k?

We’ll be back together before you know it.

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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