💘 The weekend of love led to big announcements for these local celebrities
Plus, where to find Orlando’s best patios, all in one place.
Happy Tuesday, folks.
We’re looking at a high of 70 degrees today with lows in the mid-50s thanks to that overnight rainstorm. In my humble opinion, that is some peak patio-sitting weather. And speaking of patios, Bungalower just released a map of good patio hangs around Orlando, which reminds me of tonight’s beer pairing dinner at The Aardvark. The last time I was there I sat outside, ordered some ridiculously delish fish dish, listened to live music, and for a moment, it felt like all was actually well with the world.
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4 things to know
🗣 Jared Moskowitz confirmed yesterday that he’s resigning from his post as Florida’s COVID-19 pandemic manager. The Florida Division of Emergency Management director said he wanted to spend more time at home and that his departure was not immediate. Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to make a formal announcement today. (Orlando Sentinel)
😷 Speaking of COVID-19, both fatalities and hospital stays from the coronavirus are on their way down, with Florida reporting its lowest daily total for new cases in months. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said we’ll see increased vaccinations in the area within a few weeks as the county and state continue to roll out new partnerships and plans. (ClickOrlando)
🏡 If you live in Lake County and are in need of rental assistance due to the impact of COVID-19, you can pre-register to be notified when the county's new rental portal opens. Pre-registration is available through Feb. 21. (ClickOrlando)
🏈 The University of Central Florida named Gus Malzhan as its next head football coach. Malzhan comes to us from Auburn where he’s spent the last eight seasons there as its head coach and had a 68-35 overall record. (Orlando Sentinel)
4 Things to make you smile
💒 Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer married his girlfriend Susie Pinson Galloway Shields over the weekend in a small outdoor ceremony, and he took to Facebook to share the love. (Facebook)
⚽️ Orlando Pride players and soccer legends Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger announced the arrival of their adopted daughter Sloane over the weekend and both of their birth announcements will get you all in your feels. (Instagram)
💉 One Orange County woman has made it her mission to help seniors with the COVID-19 vaccine application process after seeing so many of her neighbors struggle. LaTaasha Byrd said she’ll have four screens open, her personal cell in one hand and her work phone in the other, trying to secure appointments for her neighbors. (ClickOrlando)
🎨 Local artist Jefrë used Valentine’s Day to tell his followers that he would be constructing the world’s largest heart statue in Port St. Lucie. If you take a drive through Lake Nona, you’ll see quite a few of Jefrë’s pieces. His work could recently be seen through his incredibly moving Points of Connection exhibit at Orlando Museum of Art. (Orlando Sentinel)
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Things to do
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🍿 Watch the cult classic "Black Dynamite" on the big screen at the Enzian (Maitland)
🍻 Head to Persimmon Hollow for a night of local brews, good eats, and bingo (Thornton Park)
🍻 Get your good eatin' on at Aardvark and pair your meal with cold local brews (Curry Ford West)
💃 Step out for an extreme hip-hop and step class with Gio and Mayte (Dr. Phillips)
🎟 Go "Down the Rabbit Hole" at this pop-up theatrical experience at Mead Botanical Garden through March 14 (Winter Park)
☮️ Rise and shine with yoga in the garden (Winter Park)
🗣 Pull up a seat at the table to talk about the intersectionality of Black history and LGBTQ+ history (Online)
🎟 Take a virtual tour of the Orient Express and solve a mystery at the same time (Online)
🎶 Travel to the "Big Easy" with the Best in Brass: New Orleans Brass Band at the outdoor Front Porch Series at Plaza Live (The Milk District)
🛍 Shop local vendors and enjoy some live music at this outdoor weekly pop-up market (Thornton Park)
🏡 First-time homebuyer? Check out this workshop (Mills 50)
🍺 Head to Orlando Brewing for the release of its Grapefruit Pale Ale and to shop local at the outdoor market! Food, art, craft, games, music, and beer! (SoDo)
🎶 Watch the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra presents its Symphony Storytime Series: Carnival of the Animals through Sunday (The Milk District))
🌻 Shop local vendors at the Bazaar Botanica (Ivanhoe)
🗣 Tune in to hear trend predictions and what careers will be on the rise and booming in the coming year (Online)
One more thing
It’s Fat Tuesday y’all, and it’s already the weirdest one I can remember in some time. As someone who worked in the hospitality industry for 15 years, I would be all but tapped out on Abita Purple Haze by now. With that said, this was the first year ever that the city of New Orleans cancelled the event. Instead, N’awlins is promoting Yardi Gras (check out the trending hashtag on IG— New Orleanians got really creative).
Anyway, I’m just wondering where you’re going to order from tonight — will it be Tibby’s or King Cajun? The Big Easy or L.A. Boiling Seafood? And if you’re looking for King Cake, Mandy’s got ya covered. 👆
K, that’s all for today. See ya back here tomorrow!
– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown
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