🍕Take a pizza our hearts, why don’t ya, Orlando?
Plus, here's how you can help our favorite local movie house
And we’re back, folks: Welcome to Tuesday and the first Pulptown newsletter of 2021.
I hope you were able to enjoy some safe, wholesome time off during the holidays. If ever there was a year where you owed it to yourself to unwind and decompress, 2020 was the one.
But 2021 is here now, and although the challenges that defined last year haven’t magically gone away, the changing of the calendar guard is a great opportunity to reorient and refocus on the goals you want to accomplish. Whether that means tending to your personal ambitions (including putting on "real" clothes once a week — guilty!) or contributing to the community at large, now’s as good a time as any to get started.
Personally, I encourage you to go easy on yourself. That's really my only resolution right now. 🙃
But enough about that, let’s check-in and see what’s happening in Orlando, shall we?
Got the travel itch? Get in line. Orlandoan Ashley reminds us that we don’t have to travel too far to escape the humdrum of everyday life. A trip to Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal will transport you to Italy, even if only mentally. | Wanna see your photo here? Tag @pulptown to be featured in our IG of the day. (📸: @ashleyslittleadventures)
What Orlando is talking about
4 things that made us smile
Creative City Project — the folks behind Immerse Fest and the Dazzling Lights holiday display at Leu Gardens — has announced its next outdoor theatrical adventure: “Down the Rabbit Hole” debuts at Mead Botanical Gardens on Feb. 6. Tickets are on sale now and start at $22. (Instagram)
Congrats are in order for soccer legends and Orlando Pride’s own Marta and Toni Pressley. The two got engaged over the holiday and shared their exciting announcement via Instagram. (Orlando Sentinel)
Take a pizza our hearts, why don’t you, Orlando? Our buddy Brendan from Bungalower put together this reader-sourced map highlighting the best pizza joints around town. It’s definitely worth keeping in your back pocket for the next night you and your slice-loving loved one fight over what’s for dinner. (Bungalower)
Audubon Park is on fire! (Not literally, thankfully.) Late last year, it welcomed two new businesses that are all over the ‘gram. Both The Salty Donut and Lobos Coffee Roasters opened in December, and now popular local chef Bruno Fonseca is taking his pop-up Foreigner Experience concept to a brick and mortar this spring. (Orlando Weekly)
4 things to know this week
The Florida Department of Health announced 11,215 new cases of COVID-19 and 105 new deaths within the state on Monday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in Florida since March to 1,376,692 with documented deaths totaling 22,415. The state’s positivity rate sits around 12.5 percent with 7,237 people currently hospitalized with the coronavirus in Florida. As of Monday, 255,808 people have been vaccinated throughout the state. (ClickOrlando)
Speaking of vaccines, Gov. DeSantis said in a news conference yesterday that hospitals need to expand their vaccination programs quickly or their doses will be given to others that are. Orlando Health announced yesterday that it would begin distributing vaccines to employees’ family members 65 and older as well as other doctors and frontline workers in the community such as dentists and emergency responders. (Orlando Sentinel)
Our local attractions want you to pay them a visit. Gatorland is currently offering a steal of a deal for Florida residents and charging only $9.99 through the end of the month. Meanwhile, Walt Disney World has a four-day, four-theme park pass for $199 for locals (or a two-day version for $149 and a three-day version for $179). (Orlando Sentinel)
Okay, this one could easily make it to the smile list above, because we know sharing is caring and shares have the power to turn bleak outlooks into powerful comebacks (Hey, High Tide Harry’s!). For three decades the Enzian has been Orlando’s favorite movie house, and like many theaters, it’s facing uncertain times with COVID-19 still looming overhead. Read on to find out how you can help. 👉 (WFTV)
💥 Help us reach our 2021 resolutions
In 2021, we want to cover more news, host more (virtual) events, build more community, and continue growing a business that gives back to our city every day.
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Things to do
Submit your events to our calendar.
🎲 Play bingo, win prizes and drink beer with our friends at Bungalower and Persimmon Hollow (Thornton Park)
🌮 Try various local food trucks with a visit to Tasty Takeover — just don't forget your appetite (or your mask!) at home (Milk District)
🍿 Support the Enzian by streaming "Shadow In the Cloud" through Jan. 14 (Online)
🍿 Support the Enzian by streaming "Finding Yingying" to your living room through Jan. 14 (Online)
💪 Feel the burn at this outdoor workout by F45 Training at Blue Jacket Park Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays (Baldwin Park)
☮️ Get your yoga practice in and a run around the neighborhood before enjoying a beer from Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)
🎟 Pull up a virtual or socially distanced seat for this year's Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest through Jan. 14 (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 Orlando Fringe at its mini winter fest through Sunday (Loch Haven Park)
🎟 Don't forget about Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest happening now through Jan. 14 (Loch Haven Park/Online)
🏒 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)
🎟️ Pull up a virtual or socially distanced seat for this year's Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest through Jan. 14 (Loch Haven Park/Online)
🌽 Shop local produce, artisans, and makers at the Audubon Community Market (Audubon Park)
One more thing …
Later this week, we'll be sharing the five big questions that we think are facing our city in 2021. But we want to hear from you — what big questions do you have for Orlando? For us? What do you want to see us write about this year?
Hit reply to this email or send us a note at email@example.com.
See you back here tomorrow.
– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown
P.S. Did today’s newsletter make you laugh? Cry? Teach you something new today? If you know a friend/coworker/Orlandoan who should know about Pulptown, why not do us (and them) a solid and forward this email? 😉