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Plus, Sanford Porchfest is back!
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Plus, Sanford Porchfest is back!

We made it to Friday, folks. 

And I’m going to do my best to keep the news as feel-good as possible today because hey, it feels good to feel good, amirite? We don’t need any negative energy going into our weekend, so below you’ll find four things to know and four things to make ya smile. And we’re starting with the new Museum of Illusions at ICON Park that recently opened…

Our buddy Ashley over at Pulse of Central Florida recently took a trip to the newly-opened Museums of Illusions and his photos definitely made it look like a fun time. Could be a fun activity for the weekend? 📸: @pulseofcfl | Wanna see your photo here? Tag either #pulptown or @pulptown  on Instagram to be featured as our IG of the Day! 

4 things to know 

💰 Apparently, there’s an online sales tax in Florida that says if you buy something online and aren’t charged sales tax, you should fill out an online form and send in the money you would owe. Who knew? Luckily, Jess from Orlando Weekly broke it down for us. Word on the street says Sen. Joe Gruters is trying to change that by putting the onus on the online retailers instead of the ill-informed consumer. (That’d be me.) Read on to learn more here.

😷 The White House’s COVID-19 team released state reports this week that hadn’t been publicly shared under the previous administration. It’s those same reports the Orlando Sentinel sued (and won) to get access to late last year. Here’s what it says about Florida’s COVID-numbers. 

🏨 The controversial Henderson Hotel is a no-go… for now. According to The 32789, the developer of the proposed luxury 5-story hotel pulled the application last night following a six-hour meeting with the Winter Park City Commission. But, as Brendan from Bungalower alluded to in a separate article, the application was pulled once before and the developer went back to work on another rendering, moving the original garage in question below the hotel. Here’s a recap from the 32789. 

🗣 The latest opinion piece by Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell digs deep into the relationship between Publix and the state. Maxwell’s article touches on why Gov. Ron DeSantis allows the grocery store chain to dole out COVID-19 vaccines when other omnipresent spots like Walgreens don’t get the same favor. Read Maxwell’s thoughts here.

4 things to make you smile 

🔍 Y’all, there’s a murder mystery walking tour themed after “The Office” coming to Thornton Park. Shoutout to The Abbey and co-creator Bob McSmith for making it happen. You can try to catch the “Scranton Strangler” from March 23 through April 11 for $45 a pop. Tickets are on sale now. Hats off to Orlando Weekly for spreading the news.

🍪 My new favorite cookie maker posted a photo of its Supa Freak cookie yesterday and for a second, the world around me just stopped. It’s a vanilla cookie dough mixed with Birthday Cake Oreos and rainbow sprinkles. There’s also the Strawberry Shawty Cake cookie. 🤤 Anyway, orders start tomorrow at 11 a.m.  Shoutout to @phatashbakes on Instagram for keeping me hungry.

🎟 In fun event news, Sanford Porchfest is making a comeback on Feb. 27. Prep ahead by getting your lawn chairs and picnic baskets in order. The outdoor music fest will follow current CDC guidelines when it comes to masks and social distancing. Read more on Sanford365.

🏅 The local restaurant manager who helped save a boy from severe child abuse was honored by the Florida Cabinet yesterday. Flaviane Carvalho smartly held up a sign out of the child’s parents’ view to ask if he needed help before calling the police. Head to ClickOrlando for the full story.

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🎉 Get in on the fun

Come spy with us. (📸: @pulptown)

Today, our members got the answer to an exclusive round of I Spy in their newsletters. That's it above, the “benches” in front of the swan boat ramp at Lake Eola Park, also seen at the Sperry Fountain on the Central Avenue side of the park. 

Here's how I Spy works: Yesterday we showed Pulptown+ members a close-up photo of the benches and asked them to tell us where the photo was taken. The only clue we provided was this: "It’s a nice place to Relax (capital R in Relax because these can be found by Relax Grill in Lake Eola Park near the swan boats.) And today we revealed the answer, gave the winners a shoutout, and provided a brief history lesson about the area.

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Things to do

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Today

👻 Go on a historical walking ghost tour of downtown Sanford Fridays and Saturdays (Sanford)

🎟 Venture back to prehistoric times at this Jurassic Park drive-through experience through Feb. 7 (I-Drive)

🚘 Head to Old Town for this muscle car show and cruise Fridays (Kissimmee)

Tomorrow

☮️ Take a yoga class in the sculpture garden at the Mennello Museum c/o Full Circle Yoga (Loch Haven Park)

🎶 Head to Keel & Curley Winery for a day of outdoor fun and country jams (Plant City)

🛍 Shop local makers at the vintage pop-up market happening at Ace Cafe (Downtown)

🎶 Jam out at this family-friendly outdoor concert series Saturdays through Feb. 27 (Apopka)

🧗 Go climbing at Blue Swan Boulders and then take a yin yoga courtesy of Black Bear Yoga (Creative Village)

💻 Join us for free intro classes surrounding UX design, Coding, Data, Python, and more! (Online)

Monday

🇹🇭 Don't sleep on the Isaan pop-up menu happening at Pom Pom's today (Milk District)

🍿 Support the Enzian while streaming this "intoxicating" and "haunting and mysterious" flick to your living room through Thursday (Online)

🗣 Tune in for a special Black History Month program courtesy of the Eatonville Library and the Eatonville Chamber of Commerce (Eatonville)

Tuesday

🌱 Sign up for this free class at Leu Gardens to learn all about endangered and endemic plants (Audubon Park)

🖼 Don't miss this African diaspora art show between Black Theatre Girl Magic and Orlando Museum of Art through Sunday (Online/Loch Haven Park)

Wednesday

☮️ Take a yoga class under the trees in Gaston Edwards Park Wednesdays (Lake Ivanhoe)

☮️ Spend the morning in savasana in Mead Botanical Gardens Wednesdays (Winter Park)

☮️ Namaste first, then stick around for a cold craft brew at Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)

🎟 Go back to prehistoric times for this Jurassic Park drive-through experience through Sunday (I-Drive)

🗣 Join Orlando Magic leaders in a conversation about social inequality and what the organization is doing to combat it (Online)

One more thing

Earlier this week, former Tuskegee Airman and Winter Park native Chief Master Sgt. Richard R. Hall Jr. passed away at 97-years-old. Hall began his 31-year stint as a Tuskegee Airman during World War II. Later, he served as a master chief sergeant during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. There is a life-size statue of Hall at Hannibal Square Heritage Center in Winter Park, and you can learn more about his life and legacy by visiting the Heritage Center this weekend.

We’ll see you in your headphones with the “15 Minutes in Pulptown” podcast on Monday (😉) and be back in your inboxes on Tuesday.

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown