Plus, farewell to the Frontyard Festival and hello to Deadwords Brewing.
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✅ What’s on your 2022 must-do in Orlando bucket list?

Plus, farewell to the Frontyard Festival and hello to Deadwords Brewing.

By Katie Johnston

You made it — it’s Friday!

To start off, we have a question for you:

What’s on your 2022 must-do in Orlando bucket list?

Are you buying a house in Curry Ford West? Finally paying off your UCF debt? Eating your way through the Pig Floyds menu? Never missing Immerse Fest again? Visiting all 175 state parks? Don’t hold back — tell us what big plans you have for the year ahead. Just surviving is an answer too. 🙃 

Reply to this email with anything and everything you’re hoping to do in the city in 2022, and we’ll put all your answers together and share them in the newsletter at the beginning of next year! 

But before you get started on all those must-dos, let’s cross today’s headlines off your list.


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What Orlando is talking about

🏡 One local company is offering free homes to incentivize its workers. Jason James, the president and CEO of Altamonte Springs-based air conditioning and plumbing company Mechanical One, decided that while bonuses and vacations are nice, what he really wanted was for his employees to enjoy their own homes. He’s purchased two lots for three-bedroom, two-bath homes and has set aside a $500,000 budget to raffle off two brand new, mortgage-free homes to his workers in December 2022. (WKMG

🎄 Get in the holiday spirit this weekend and check off your things-to-do list by peeking this seasonal roundup by Orlando Weekly. The list has the deets on how to celebrate the holidays in Orlando, including everything from Santa villages to Christmas tree farms and ice rinks around town. (Orlando Weekly)

🎟 In not-so-feel-good news, the Frontyard Festival at the Dr. Phillips Center is no more. The outdoor arts program was arguably the highlight of an otherwise turbulent last year. Between free concerts from big names like The Wailers to Sunday night movies and weekday yoga sessions on the lawn, the performing arts center offered a safe space and a fun atmosphere; we were lucky to enjoy it for as long as we did. Here’s to hoping they’ll continue to think about outside-of-the-box outdoor offerings. (Orlando Weekly)   

🖼 Orange County is looking to create an “Arts and Culture Master Plan” for the region, so says this writeup from our buds at Bungalower. What started as a conversation in 2019 between Director of Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Terry Olsen, the City of Orlando, and the Community Redevelopment Agency is now a bonafide action plan. It calls for collaboration and cost-sharing future arts efforts by both the county and city in order to foster culture in the Orlando area. The purpose is to ensure that future arts efforts are coordinated and provide for a balanced array of artistic offerings rather than a piecemeal or reactionary approach. (Bungalower)

🍻 Deadwords Brewing will officially open for business at 4 p.m. today. The Parramore-based brewery has been in the works for a few years now in the former Al’s Army Store on Orange Blossom Trail. It’ll be open Wednesday through Sunday.  Head to the link to read about its history and how it got its name. 👉 (Bungalower

📅 Let me plan your weekend


Today our Pulptown+ members are getting a weekend guide specially curated by us! 

If you like our “Things to do” section then you’ll really like our curated weekend guides we give exclusively to our Pulptown+ members. Every Friday we share suggestions on something to watch, listen to, read, drive for, eat, drink, don't miss, etc. Want in on the next guide and other exclusive content including Orlando-themed trivia and rounds of I Spy? Become a member today!

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🍿Watch the resident grump of Whoville outdoors on the big screen outside of Ivanhoe Park Brewing and enjoy local brews and shop local vendors while you're at it (Ivanhoe)

🎄 Don't miss this absurdly ugly Christmas sweater party and contest going down at Rockpit Brewing (SoDo)

🎶 Dart over to Tuffy's Music Box for The Revue, a holiday musical performance making its way across town (Sanford)

🎁 Enjoy a live production of the holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol", at Orlando Shakes thru Dec. 24 (Loch Haven Park)


🍻 Saddle up for an afternoon filled with ugly sweater contests, a round of white elephant gift exchange, and holiday music with your local vegan community (South Eola)

🛍 Shop all things local at the next Orlando Local Makers Holiday Makers Market at The House on Lang (Mills 50)

🌱 Celebrate the holidays with vegan food, an ugly sweater contest, and a round of White Elephant with the Orlando vegan community at Persimmon Hollow (Lake Eola)

☮️ Find your calm before the crazy and settle in for some yoga in the garden (Winter Park)

🚲 Join Fleet Farming for a swarm ride to plant gardens in neighbors' yards (Audubon Park)


🛍 Shop 'til you drop at the Milk Mart Holiday Market (Milk District)

🛍 Head to Ace Cafe and peruse the monthly vintage market (Downtown)

🎄 Santa has arrived at Wall Crawl and he wants to take holiday pictures with you and there are only three days left to do so (Parramore)

🎶 Make your way to Boxi Park for The Revue, a holiday musical performance making its way across town (Lake Nona)

🎄 Hop on your bikes and spread some holiday cheer to our neighbors experiencing homelessness for this annual Elves on Wheels bike ride (Downtown)

One more thing…


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Don’t forget to vote! 

Who’s the cutest Orlando pet? Will it be Milo the cat? Luna the Boxer? Emmy and Oliver the Bostons? That’s what we want to know — cast your vote here to determine Orlando’s cuddliest companion for the holiday season in our Happy Paw-lidays Pet Pageant. The winner will receive a $50 gift card to Eola Pets and a dozen homemade treats. Voting ends Tuesday, Dec. 21.

Alright, au revoir until I see you again on Tuesday unless of course, you’re one of those super special readers who also tunes into the 15 Minutes in Pulptown podcast every Monday. 😉

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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