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PLUS, Here's what Florida lawmakers had to say about yesterday.
Hello. It’s Thursday. Thanks for being here.
I’m honestly not sure where to start this one.
I watched with many of you, I’m sure, as chaos reigned in our nation’s capital yesterday. Scores of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building while Congress attempted to count the electoral votes for the 2020 election, forcing a lockdown, an armed standoff, at least one shooting, and a day of previously unbelievable developments on Capitol Hill.
And while we strive to keep this newsletter as hyper-focused on Orlando as possible, what happened in D.C. yesterday transcends every municipal border in the country. It was also very much on my mind at the writing of this newsletter, which I attempted after hours spent glued to the television and biting my nails.
Below you’ll find Florida lawmakers’ responses to yesterday's insurrection, news of dinosaurs returning to Orlando, and one touching story of an elderly woman who waited 19 hours to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
But first, let’s kick it off with some timely news: today kicks off Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest, the longest-running fringe theatre in the U.S. Cool, huh?
Showtime starts at 5 p.m. tonight and you can tune in either from your couch or by snagging a seat at their socially distanced performances either on the lawn or inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. | Wanna see your photo here? Tag @pulptown to be featured in our IG of the day. (📸: @orlandofringe)
What Orlando is talking about
If you were wondering what state lawmakers had to say about yesterday’s melee at the U.S. Capitol, here’s a good roundup. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted “There is nothing patriotic about what’s happening on Capitol Hill.” Gov. Ron DeSantis said, “Violence or rioting of any kind is unacceptable and the perpetrators must face the full weight of the law.” U.S. Rep. Val Demings tweeted that it was a “dark day for America.” Head here for the full context of each comment. 👉(Orlando Sentinel)
The state announced yesterday that it would settle the lawsuit brought by the Orlando Sentinel against Gov. DeSantis and his office over the delayed release of COVID-19 reports. The state sided with the paper and said that it was Desantis’ duty to provide the reports even if the Sentinel was able to recoup the information from other sources. (Orlando Sentinel)
The annual Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest kicks off tonight at 5 p.m. and runs through Sunday. This year’s fest is a mixed bag of hybrid performances. You can either buy an online pass for $75 to binge all the shows in your bathrobe or spend $10 a day on your must-sees. The other option is to venture out for socially distanced live performances at Loch Haven Park starting at $15 a show. COVID-19 protocols will be in place, including required mask-wearing and temperature checks. (Orlando Weekly)
Dinosaurs are making a comeback at Leu Gardens, 20 of them in fact. They’ll arrive on Jan. 18 and stick around through April. It’s a popular touring attraction you might remember from 2017. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids aged 4-17. To my friend Vanessa, if you’re reading, I’m going to guess that your son Lucas will want to go at least 70 times? Amirite? 😉 (Bungalower)
In COVID-19 news…
Florida recorded 17,783 new positive COVID-19 cases yesterday, its highest single-day number yet. 129 new deaths were also reported. The state Department of Health has not reported less than 10,000 new daily cases since Dec. 28. (Orlando Sentinel)
AdventHealth escalated its status to red yesterday due to COVID-19 patient volume, only two days after moving it from green to yellow. Wondering what that means? Basically, we're back to the early days of the pandemic when non-essential elective procedures were pretty much off the table. There are currently more than 7,300 hospitalized for COVID-19 across the state. (Orlando Sentinel)
Things to do
Submit your events to our calendar.
🎟 Pull up a virtual or socially distanced seat for this year's Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest through Jan. 10 (Loch Haven Park/Online)
🗣 Join the Eatonville Chamber of Commerce and representatives from AdventHealth for a discussion about the COVID-19 vaccine (Online)
🙀 Go on a chilling ghost tour and learn tons of history about years past (Winter Park)
🎂 Celebrate what would be Zora Neale Hurston's 130th birthday with a virtual party (Online)
🎶 Enjoy a free concert and lunch outside on the lawn at the Dr. Phillips Center's Frontyard Festival weekdays (Downtown)
🎟 Celebrate Orlando Fringe at its mini winter fest through Sunday (Loch Haven Park)
🏒 Cheer on the Solar Bears to a win over the Florida Everblades at Amway (Parramore)
☮️ Try this laughter yoga class that apparently involves no yoga after all but guarantees a smile Fridays (Online)
🛶 Take a paddleboard tour of "Millionaire Island" through Howell Creek and on to Dog Island (Maitland)
🎶 Jam to Eugene Snowden at this family-friendly outdoor concert at the amphitheater every Saturday (Apopka)
🍿 Watch "The Croods 2" on the big screen at Lakefront Park (St. Cloud)
🎶 See the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents: Yuja Wang Plays Strauss outdoors at Orlando City Stadium (Parramore)
🐈 Strike cat pose with literal cats at Orlando Cat Cafe but grab your tickets fast — classes fill up quickly (Clermont)
🎟 Take the fam for an art-filled free family day at the Mennello Museum (Loch Haven Park)
🎉 Celebrate Three Kings Day with a drive-through parade, free toys and giveaways (Kissimmee)
🛶 Paddle Lake Minneola with your furry friend (or not) then enjoy a dog-friendly brunch at Lilly's on the Lake (Clermont)
🛍 Shop this outdoor artisans market at Henry's Depot (Sanford)
🌽 Shop local produce, artisans, and makers at the Audubon Community Market (Audubon Park)
🎨 Learn the art of landscape painting courtesy of the Art & History Museums of Maitland — BONUS : You don't have to travel far (Online)
🏀 Cheer on the Orlando Magic to a win over the Milwaukee Bucks (Parramore/Online)
🛍 Go thrifting at this pop-up market outside the Veranda (Thornton Park)
🍿 Pull up for this drive-in movie at the Audubon Park Covenant Church (Audubon Park)
🗣️ Learn how purpose-driven business leaders can model MLK to embed DEI in their company cultures. (Online)
👟 Go for a run with the Hourglass Brewing Running Club weekly (Curry Ford/Longwood)
☮️ Head outdoors for this yoga and HIIT pop-up class (Lake Eola)
🗣 The city of Sanford wants to hear from you in this virtual community workshop (Online)
🛍 Shop the Orlando Vegan Market pop-up at the Veranda every other Wednesday (Thornton Park)
One more thing …
The story about this 69-year-old woman who stayed in line for 19 hours and slept in her car to get her COVID-19 vaccine in Daytona is a moving one. She said nothing would stop her from getting it on the date as it was her brother's birthday. He passed in October due to complications from the coronavirus.
Be kind to each other out there.
– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown
P.S. In case you skipped over our events calendar, today is Zora Neale Hurston's birthday. Celebrate her with a virtual toast tonight at 8:30 p.m. or consider checking out one of her books from the library, or better yet, making a donation to the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts in Eatonville.
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