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PLUS, gas prices are the highest they've been since 2014, new art on I-4, and your first concerts.

By Katie Johnston

Well, that was a fun weekend. From Come Out with Pride to Startup Weekend to the fall festivals and Oktoberfest happenings, I lived vicariously through your tags on Instagram and Facebook check-ins.

Thanks for that by the way. I like seeing Orlando through your eyes, and I want all Pulptown readers to see it too. That’s why we reserve this space right below for the Instagram of the Day, as tagged by you. (Hint, hint.) 😉

Biking through town? Capturing sunrises and sunsets? Cooking virtually with friends? Doing yoga with goats? I wanna see it all. Show me your Orlando by tagging Pulptown on Instagram either via our hashtag or by @-ing us.

Pride in Orlando, in all the ways. (📸: @creativevillagedevelopment) | Wanna see your photo here? Tag either #pulptown or @pulptown on Instagram to be featured as our IG of the Day!

Yesterday was Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a day celebrating the Indigenous peoples of America. It takes place on the second Monday in October and is observed on the same day as Columbus Day.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day became a national holiday this year when President Biden honored the occasion with a proclamation:

“For generations, Federal policies systematically sought to assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native cultures. Today, we recognize Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive impact that they have made on every aspect of American society. We also recommit to supporting a new, brighter future of promise and equity for Tribal Nations — a future grounded in Tribal sovereignty and respect for the human rights of Indigenous people in the Americas and around the world.”

Biden issued a separate Columbus Day proclamation and called for a celebration of Italian Americans’ contributions to America, but then referenced Columbus’ actions and legacy of harm to Indigenous people.

More than 100 cities have replaced Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but not without controversy. Disagreement over Christopher Columbus’ legacy persists even here in the Sunshine State as seen in yesterday’s Twitter posts. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a pro-Columbus proclamation while Congressman Charlie Crist and Commissioner Nikki Fried celebrated Florida’s indigenous communities. 

In other news…

✈️ The fallout from Southwest Airlines’ rash of flight cancellations was felt across Central Florida this weekend. The airline canceled nearly 2,000 flights in the last three days, leaving some travelers stranded in the Sunshine State longer than they’d intended (and your editor here holed up in a hotel in Birmingham, AL Sunday night). (Fox 35)

Transportation isn’t looking much prettier on the ground either. As anyone who’s had to gas up recently could tell you, gas is expensive right now. Florida's prices are the highest they’ve been in nearly a decade. According to numbers crunched by the American Automobile Association, last week’s state average of $3.17 per gallon is the highest price we've seen since October 2014. (WFTV)

🔎 Several Orlando institutions may be receiving a steep fine from the Florida Department of Health. Documents published yesterday show that the agency is investigating more than 100 violations of the state law prohibiting so-called vaccine passports. In addition to big names like Live Nation and Starbucks, regional entities like AdventHealth and several Central Florida concert venues such as the Dr. Phillips Center and Amway Center, are also under scrutiny. (Forbes / Orlando Sentinel)

🎨 There's some new eye-catching art on the side of I-4. It's a bright and colorful large-scale piece that was constructed by RLF Architects for the city of Winter Park as part of the I-4 Ultimate Art Endowment Program. You can see the beaut for yourself at the corner of West Fairbanks and I-4. (Bungalower)

🐀 Does Orlando have a rodent problem? A recent report from Terminix points to maybe so. The City Beautiful recently ranked No. 15 for the most rat reports placed in the country and No. 2 as the most-infested city in the state. (Orlando Weekly)

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Today

🎉 Ring in five years with paella and sangria at Bulla Gastrobar all day long (Winter Park)

Tomorrow

🍷 Treat yo self at the annual Winter Park Wine and Dine event happening tonight at the WP Farmers Market (Winter Park)

🍦 Celebrate Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream's 4th anniversary of the Fern Creek location with BOGO scoops (SoDo)

🎉 Mix up your Wednesday nights for the next eight weeks and join the LGBTQ+ Cornhole League at Island Time (Thornton Park)

☮️ Start your morning off in downward dog in the beautiful Mead Botanical Garden weekly (Winter Park)

Thursday

💃 Join performance artist Banks to talk/listen politics/religion and when it gets intense, dance it off (Winter Park)

🗣Join Samaritan Village in their plight to help victims of sex trafficking recover and live free from exploitation (Online)

🍹 Explore the SoDo district's eats and drinks at this annual cocktail party (SoDo)

Friday

🎟 Don't miss your chance to experience this year's IMMERSE fest Friday through Sunday (Downtown)

🎉 Grub on delicious BBQ and jam to local live music at the annual Pig on the Pond fest Friday thru Sunday (Clermont)

🍺 Return to Joyland at this annual fest of the same name happening at Ivanhoe Park Brewing this weekend Friday thru Sunday (Ivanhoe)

🇩🇪 Raise a glass to the 7th Annual Oktoberfest at Crooked Can Brewing Company Friday thru Sunday (Winter Garden)

Saturday

✈️ Check out the return of the Central Florida Air & Space Show Saturday and Sunday (Sanford)

🎶 Rock out with the whole fam to Midnight Mayhem at this free concert happening outdoors at Apopka Amphitheater (Apopka)

🎨 Register ahead of time for this breast cancer survivor weekend art workshop happening at the Orlando Museum of Art (Loch Haven Park)

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One more thing

On Friday, I gave you a heads up that NKOTB tickets were going on sale which prompted my walk down memory lane where I shared that the popular boy band was my first ever concert back in 1991. I then asked you to share yours with me, and boy, did you deliver. 

“My first concert was Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn at the old arena in the early ‘90s as a small child. It was absolutely as epic as you would expect it to be.” — Jacqueline C. 

“My first concert was A-ha in Miami when I was in elementary school.” — Meghan W. 

“Mine was NKOTB, too! It would have been around '89 or '90. That was here at the ‘Orlando Arena’ (RIP) before it jumped on the corporate sponsor bandwagon. Fun fact: I was 100% convinced that Danny Wood would spy my little 12/13-year-old self up in the dark of the nose-bleeds and invite me to come on stage. In preparation for my big debut, I stuffed my bra! Thank you for reminding me of that memory; I'll be giggling all day!” — Kristy W. 

“My first concert was New Kids on the Block as well, circa the ‘90s, in Lake Placid, NY. The best part was Jordan Knight, who was my favorite then, was rollerblading in the parking lot of my little private school in my super small town. He met the whole 6th-grade class (all eight kids), and my teacher took me down too, even though I was only in 3rd grade, cause she knew what a fan I was. Got his autograph and everything! I put it in my shoe on the bus ride home so I would not lose it. My mom laminated it, and I still have it to this day.” — Tosha W. 

Thanks for always indulging me. You had me grinning ear to ear in the airport on Friday. Let’s do this again tomorrow, shall we?

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

P.S. Fun fact for ya: Actor William Shatner is blasting off into space today, courtesy of Jeff Bezos’ space travel company, Blue Origin. Shatner will make history as the oldest person in space — he’s 90. Hey, they say it’s never too late to be what you might’ve been. 

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