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Plus, there's something about Mary, y'all.
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📰 6 things to make you feel good on this fine Friday.

Plus, there's something about Mary, y'all. 

Happy Friday! 

We made it to the weekend and not a moment too soon — it was an especially busy one over here at Pulptown. 

In case you missed it, on Tuesday we interviewed Lauren of Doe Creative Co in our “Locals to Know” series. Then on Wednesday, we launched a new foodie series, “Did You Eat Yet”? Every hump day, we’ll be giving you all the food news you need for the day and introducing you to a local restaurant or restaurateur to support. For this week’s edition, I sat down with Chef AJ Haines of Mason Jar Provisions. Then last night, we kicked off our “Have a Drink With” series, a new social media series where I, Katie —y’know,  your editor here — sit down with an Orlandoan who, well, makes Orlando Orlando and we virtually talk shop for 10 minutes over a beer. 

Don’t worry, I linked all the announcements above so you don’t have to go looking for them.  😉

On Fridays, I’ll continue to do my best to stick to a feel-good theme, although I don’t control the news cycle and can’t guarantee all Fridays will feel as good as others.

Excited? Pumped? Can’t wait? Cool cool. Because I’m tired, but feeling all the love I get from this community makes the work week so worth it. 

Read on for an update on vaccine eligibility in Orange County, a concert just for teachers, the new Mister Rogers sculpture coming to Rollins College, and a recap of my convo with Mary McGinn, co-owner of The Nook in the Milk District.

Amanda and Dakota have this whole Orlando living thing down pat. 📸: @lifeunrestrained | 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

💉 Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings announced yesterday that the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility age is lowering to 40 starting on Monday. Orlando Sentinel Reporter Ryan Gillespie first broke the news on Twitter. If you’re 40 and older, you can get your vaccine at the Orange County Convention Center. Wanna sign up? Head to ocfl.net/vaccine. (Orlando Sentinel

🎶 Central Florida performing and visual arts teachers are invited to a free concert on Tuesday courtesy of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and local school districts. The event, “The Heart of the Arts: Celebrating ARTS Teachers” will take place on the lawn of the Dr. Phillips Center and is free to teachers from Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Volusia, and Lake County Public Schools. (Broadway World

🎭 The Mad Cow Theatre is inviting local playwrights to apply for its 2nd Annual Women’s Voices Play Festival. You have between now and April 30 to submit an application. The festival kicks off in mid-August. (Orlando Weekly

🙏 Central Florida’s largest Boys & Girls Club is now open in the West Lakes neighborhood. Located next to Orange Center Elementary School, the club will serve 250 kids daily beginning April 12. (Orlando Sentinel

✈️ In things you didn’t know you cared about (or still might not) the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport might be rearranging its name following a five-year legal battle with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. The GOAA says the name is confusing and misleads folks flying into Orlando who might think Melbourne is closer than it really is. If the Melbourne Airport Authority signs the dotted line on March 24, the airport will henceforth be known as the Melbourne-Orlando International Airport. (Florida Today

🎓 There’s a new cool sculpture coming to Rollins College this fall that pays tribute to Mister Rogers. It’s fittingly titled, “A Beautiful Day for a Neighbor”. Rogers graduated from Rollins in 1951 with a degree in music. (90.7 WMFE

Have a drink with… Mary McGinn 

Last night, we launched a new series on IGTV called “Have a Drink With” where every Thursday night at 7 p.m., I’ll be sitting down to have a beer with Orlandoans who really help make Orlando, Orlando. 

First up is Mary McGinn, co-owner of The Nook in the Milk District, craft beer connoisseur, and big cheerleader of The City Beautiful. We talked about her favorite beer on tap right now, her first job in Orlando, and we played a quick game of This or That where I rapid-fire asked her which Orlando thing she preferred most. Lucky for you, I doubled up on the question-asking and saved these just for you in the newsletter. There’s something about Mary, guys. 👇 

What’s your favorite part about your job? I love that I get to support friends and peers in the local beer industry by purchasing their products to sell in my bar.

Where are the three places you’d take an out-of-town guest? I'd definitely take them on a little tour of The Milk District. I might be a little biased, but it's my favorite neighborhood. We'd definitely have a few rounds at The Nook on Robinson and either hit A La Cart, Pom Pom's, Mx Taco, or Stasios for some food before grabbing some more bevs from Sideward Brewing.

What’s your favorite hidden gem in our city? I love love love Dickson Azalea Park. It's a stunning, foliage-filled wonderland in the heart of downtown Orlando right off Washington between the Milk District and Thornton Park. Right now the azaleas are in full bloom and it's straight up magic.  

What’s the best advice you ever got from someone about living in Orlando? Disney isn't Orlando.

Name five Orlando people or orgs everyone should know. Shumaker Art, Orlando Pop-up Movie Services, Exodus United, & Mo'mo Lynn.

Who should we interview next? Mariah Lynn. She's a legendary local blues singer and is an event coordinator for the Dr. Phillips Center. She specializes in community events. 

Wanna know what Mary’s favorite local beer is? How she got her start in the brewing industry years ago? What local celeb she wants to share a drink with? Head to our IG to watch last night’s LIVE with her. 

Promotion from Orange County Regional History Center

🍹 History in a Glass: Rosy Orlando

Who likes drunk history? ✋✋✋✋ (We definitely do.)

Then you’ll love the History Center’s History in a Glass – it’s a virtual cocktail class / history lesson combo.

Join the History Center and The Woods craft-cocktail bar on Tuesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. to discover some of Orlando’s architectural gems hidden in plain sight. You’ll explore the buildings and the people behind them while enjoying a specially-created libation and demo of how to make the drink. 

Attendees will also receive $2 off admission to the History Center and a 25% discount at The Woods. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Register for Tuesday’s virtual event

👀 Wanna play a game? 

Congrats to members Brian S., Jody M., and Nick B. for getting the right answer in our member trivia challenge this week about Orlando civil rights pioneer Nap Ford. They all scored a free ad in an upcoming newsletter, a shoutout, and my sincere appreciation for indulging me and playing along. 

Wanna play our next member trivia challenge? Join us! For $8 a month (or $80 a year), our members help make everything you know and love about Pulptown possible. Members get special perks like member-only trivia, exclusive content, and we have a little extra fun with them too. 😉

Today

☮️ Finish your week strong with a yoga class under the stars before indulging in a few tasty local brews (SoDo)

🌍 Join the Fridays for Future Orlando crew for a global climate strike outside city hall (Downtown)

☮️ Honor this Feel Good Friday with a virtual yoga class with Mo (Online)

🎉 Embrace spring's arrival with a rooftop party at the Grand Bohemian (Downtown)

Tomorrow

🛍 Peruse local collectors' vintage, toys, comics, and the likes at this pop-up thrift shop (Thornton Park)

🍻 We're halfway to Oktoberfest — break out the lederhosen and dirndls for this outdoor/indoor drink fest (Ivanhoe)

🍿 Break out the blankets and chairs for beer and the big screen at Nora's Sugar Shack (Ivanhoe)

🍿 Grab your blankets and your fam for an outdoor movie night in the neighborhood (Colonialtown North)

🎶 Belt out your favorite Disney classic at this outdoor Broadway performance at the Dr. Phillips Center (Downtown)

Sunday

🛍 Shop plants, art, vintage, and more at this weekend's Bazaar Botanica at Ivanhoe Park Brewing (Ivanhoe)

🛍 Shop local BIPOC makers at this weekly outdoor pop-up market (Winter Park)

Tuesday

🍸 Sign up for this virtual cocktail-making class slash history lesson courtesy of the history center and The Woods (Online)

One more thing

Okay, let’s make it four more things. 

First up, there’s a pop-up movie experience happening in Mills 50 tonight worth checking out. I’ll be there with my buds (Thanks, Brendan!) and we’ll be watching “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle” on the big screen (shoutout to Bungalower and Motion.Flix for making it happen!) and bonus: We’ll be snacking on real White Castle sliders. 

For all my skater friends out there, my friends over at WOW Rolling are hosting a pop-up skate wear and care today at Whippoorwill in the Milk District. They’ll be set up between 2 and 5:30 p.m. Send a DM on IG to schedule an appointment. 

If you’re looking for a new brunch spot, AC Hotel debuted its new elevated brunch last Sunday at the SkyBar located on the 18th floor. They’ll be serving up bacon-topped Bloody Marys, creme brulee french toast, and ridiculous rooftop views from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. 

And last but not least, I’m taking a break from the 15 Minutes in Pulptown podcast on Monday and will return to your earbuds on the 29th, but in the meantime, I’d love to hear from you who I should invite on as a guest to dish all things Orlando. Slide into my DMs or send me an email, subject line: For your podcast, Katie. 

That’s all, folks. 

Make it a good weekend!

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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