Plus, White Castle announces its opening date and the return of Mount Dora's Blueberry Fest.

📚 9 local bookstores to ring in Indie Bookstore Day

Plus, White Castle announces its opening date and the return of Mount Dora's Blueberry Fest.

Happy Friday, folks. 

My fiance and I just finished “The Wilds” and if you’re in need of a new binge-worthy show for the weekend ahead, I highly recommend it. Think “Maze Runner” meets “Lord of the Flies”. It’s a mind-bender! 

But, save that for Sunday. Today and tomorrow’s forecasts are too beautiful to be stuck inside. Plus, the Mount Dora Blueberry Fest returns tomorrow and it’s Indie Bookstore Day, so you’ll probably want to cozy up with a book come Sunday anyway. 

More on all of that below, but first, let’s ooh and ahh over this pic from local photographer Steven Madow.

Look at that skyline. Steven captured this perspective while taking photos over at Rollins College last week. (📸: @stevenamadow) | 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

🍽 Milkhouse Social House is one step closer to completion. It's the new bar and eatery concept from the Foxtail team and it's going in next to MX Tacos in the Milk District. The lineup is insane, with the new spot hosting big names like Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream, Ravenous Pig, Bagel Bruno, and The Courtesy. The plan is to open next month. (Bungalower)

🥞 The 7th annual Mount Dora Blueberry Fest returns this weekend, as does its popular blueberry pie-eating contest. There will be blueberry chicken, blueberry shortcake, blueberry arepas, blueberry beer, blueberry wine, and even sausage with blueberry salsa. Start time is 9 a.m. tomorrow and Sunday with the pie-eating contest scheduled for 2 p.m. (Orlando Weekly

  • Related: There’s also this blueberry pancake breakfast for $10 with an option to add on coffee or mimosas. Honestly, just take my money already. 

🎶 For all the America’s Got Talent fans out there, Season 14’s Golden Buzzer star Joseph Allen is performing at Will’s Pub tonight. Tickets are $5, seats are limited, and showtime is 8 p.m. (Orlando Weekly)

🖼 The 12th annual Folk & Urban Art Festival is headed back to Hannibal Square tomorrow. The event celebrates local artists and Central Florida’s diverse cultural groups and is free to the public. You can hang from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or attend virtually via Facebook Live. (The32789)

💊 Got any unused prescription meds in your household that you’d love to get rid of? Twice a year, you can drop them off at the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, no questions asked. They’ll even accept old vape cartridges. Tomorrow at 10 a.m., find a local drop-off point nearest you using this locator. At the last Take-Back Day in October, the DEA collected 985,392 pounds of medications. 🤯 (Orlando Weekly

🍔 White Castle has finally settled on an opening date. The popular West Coast mini-burger chain will open its first Orlando location on May 3 in the O-Town West complex near Disney World. (Orlando Sentinel)

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Promotion from Orange County Regional History Center

🍹 History in a Glass: To Pajama or Not to Pajama?

You already work and sleep in your pajamas. Why not drink in them too?

Get your finest nightgown or sweatpants out for the History Center’s History in a Glass – it’s a virtual cocktail class slash history lesson.

On Tuesday night, they’re traveling back to 1929, when downtown Orlando saw not just one but two! controversial pajama parades. 

Participants will be guided by The Woods craft-cocktail bar to create a special drink and learn the history that inspired it.  

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

Register for Tuesday’s virtual event

📚 9 local bookstores to ring in Indie Bookstore Day

Tomorrow is Indie Bookstore Day, y’all, an annual event to recognize all the indie bookstores across the country. Some locations celebrate the occasion with exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not anywhere else. 

Here are nine local bookstores to get your read on:

  • Writer’s Block Bookstore (Winter Park/Winter Garden): So many virtual author-meet-and-greets today, so little time. Writer’s Block carries all the latest and greatest and classics too. Whether you’re on Park Ave. or Plant St., it’s a convenient and cozy bookshop worth your perusal. 
  • Park Ave CDs (Audubon Park): Don’t let the name fool you. Park Ave CDs might be Orlando’s resident music retailer, but it’s also got a nice selection of books too. Since you’re over there, might as well grab dinner at Sushi Lola’s and beers at Redlight Redlight.  
  • Brightlight Books (Fern Park/Oviedo/Altamonte Springs): Brightlight Books buys/sells/trades books, CDs, and DVDs; is home to the largest collection of pre-owned theology books in the Southeast, and carries quite a few first editions.
  • Spiral Circle Bookstore & More (Mills 50): This place is pure magic. Books, candles, crystals, sage, healing stones — you name it, this spiritual bookstore’s got it. And it’s got history too — it’s been around since 1975. Bonus: It’s near all the great Mills 50 foodie hot spots. 
  • Avalon (Colonialtown): Speaking of magic, let's talk about Avalon. Just a neighborhood over from Spiral Circle, it sells books on astrology, reiki, herbalism, Buddhism, voodoo, and more. You’ll also find tarot, oils, stones, and more mystical products. And you're a block away from the new Japango and delicious bubble teas. 
  • Maya Books and Music (Sanford): This spot has over 100,000 gently-used books in its arsenal, in addition to vinyl records, DVDs, posters, vintage stuff, and more. And it’s on 1st Street in downtown Sanford so you can make a day out of it. 
  • Barrel of Books and Games (Mount Dora): If you’re in Lake County, you should make your way to Mount Dora and piddle around Barrel of Books and Games. This place is fun for the whole family.
  • The Muse Book Shop (DeLand): This quaint and cozy spot has been around since 1980 and sits on Woodland Boulevard in historic downtown DeLand. They sell new and old books and have a decent selection of topographical maps.
  • Cliff’s Books (DeLand): Around the corner from The Muse, you can shop Cliff’s Books for books, comics, and collectibles. 

Orlando isn’t short on comic shops either like Coliseum of Comics in Kissimmee and Gods and Monsters off I-Drive. And our local libraries like Winter Park Public Library or Orlando Public Library have their own bookstores too.


🎶 Sing along to the songs you love from "Mamma Mia" at The Abbey (South Eola)

🍻 Hang out at RockPit Brewing tonight for beers, bacon, and bluegrass (SoDo)

🍿 Make it a movie night with an outdoor pop-up screening of "The Secret of Nimh" (Mills 50)

🎶 Head to The Plaza Live for a special Friday night performance by JunoSmile (Mills 50)


♻️ Spend your Saturday cleaning up the neighborhood (Ivanhoe)

🌱 Bring the fam to the annual Art & Foliage Fest for a day filled with arts and crafts, plants, and live music (Apopka)

🍻 Go pint for pint and donate blood for a free brew from Persimmon Hollow (Lake Eola)

🦁 Walk on the wild side and spend the day visiting sanctuary animals at the Care Foundation for Earth Day through Sunday (Apopka)

👟 Go for a walk at Cranes Roost or at home in support of those in our community struggling with mental health issues (Altamonte Springs/Online)

🌳 If you're a Maitland resident, get a free tree from the city for Earth Day and Arbor Day (Maitland)

🌱 Join OCLS and local green thumb orgs for workshops on what to plant in your front yard (Online)

🎶 Make your way to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra's presentation of Mahler’s ‘Titan’ (Orlando)


🛍 Shop local vintage at this pop-up market outside of Ace Cafe (Downtown)

☮️ Namaste at this year's It's Just Yoga Fest at Lake Eola Park (Lake Eola)

🎶 Jam out to local musicians at Southern Fried Sundays outdoors at Carlotta's Culture Park (Mills 50)

♻️ Learn more about the folks working to make Central Florida a more sustainable place to live at the annual Earth Day fest (Lake Eola)

🍻 Head to Celery City Craft for a good ol' seafood boil with live music and local craft beers (Sanford)

🎶 Jam out to Hannah Barber and Thomas Wynn over a tasty outdoor brunch (Downtown)

One more thing

I'm an avid American Idol fan this year. You can imagine my surprise when I saw a firefighter from Apopka in the tryouts for the show earlier in the year. I still don't know how Jeremiah "Mias" Williams didn't make it past the first round, but my hope is he'll do as Lionel Richie said and come back next year. Anyway, I just learned that Williams' family's home burned and the community has rallied to start a GoFundMe to help them rebuild. So far, they've raised just shy of $14,000 of a $40,000 goal. Read their story, watch this interview, and then head here to make a donation.

Stay kind to each other out there. I'll see you back here on Tuesday if I don't see you in your earbuds first on Monday. 😉

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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