Earlier in the summer, we asked you to join in on our SunRail Challenge. We offered to pay for your trip, to even pick up the bill for lunch a few times on your journey, all for an exchange of you giving us the low-down on your experience, the good, the bad, the confusing, the surprising, the ugly.
This week, we’ll be following along as three riders take on the SunRail challenge, all three for the first time. One such rider just moved here from Colorado in January, a place where he used public transportation to go everywhere. Another is tired of traffic on I-4, carrying her son from the Millenia area to Hunter’s Creek and then on to Winter Park for work. And another is seeking to save some gas money on the run from Maitland to Downtown Orlando every day.
So, this week, all three will chronicle their journeys and experiences for us to share. Join in on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and right here in your daily newsletter. We’re also asking for your recommendations on where they should lunch, what they should check out on their trip, and any advice you have for first-timers.
Our August playlist is primed for your morning commute. It’ll get you going and will keep you grooving all day long. Check it out here.
Kaepernick cut … again. The Orlando-based gaming company, Electronic Arts, better known as EA, is taking some heat for editing Colin Kaepernick’s name from a song on the soundtrack for Madden NFL ’19. EA issued a statement last week that they had made a mistake, and while they did not have the rights to use Colin Kaepernick in the game, they could use his name in the song. Kaepernick’s name will be restored to the song as of Monday, EA said. (ESPN)
Marching Orders. A new Netflix series dedicated to the marching band of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach debuted on Friday. It’s 12 episodes of unscripted footage sharing an inside look of what goes into the rigorous auditions of the marching band culture at historically black colleges. (Orlando Weekly)
Soccer fans and Orlando lovers unite. Next year, the MLS All-Star Game will be played here in The City Beautiful. An official announcement is still to come, but plans for the event are underway and the game will make good on a promise the league made to Orlando City when the club joined MLS in 2015. (Orlando Sentinel)
Local effects of the global trade war. Orlando businesses are starting to feel the effects of the U.S. tariffs, specifically those in the manufacturing and construction industries. One way you might feel it? Increased construction costs may be jacking up your housing costs in those new high-rises. While tourism numbers are still healthy now, rising costs of the trade war could discourage consumers from vacationing too. (Orlando Business Journal)
Study up for your civic duty. The League of Women Voters released their election guide last week. It’s a great place to start if you want to study up on candidates running for office, also where to vote, and when to vote. With only 22 days left until the primary elections, now would be a good time as any to educate yourself more. (BeReadytoVote.com)
🌍 Enjoy some Swahili-flavored music (Mills/50)
🎬 Last chance to relive your child with Mr. Rogers (Winter Park)
🍽 Grab some Main Street eats (All Over)
🗣 Hear Mayor Buddy Dyer give the State of the City (Downtown)
🎉 Then celebrate with Mayor Buddy Dyer at his 60th birthday party (Downtown)
❓ Star Wars nerd? Prove it at trivia (Downtown)
👟 Runner? Learn self-defense (College Park)
❓ Test your Parks and Rec knowledge (I-Drive)
👟 Run your heart out (Sanford)
🇵🇪 Eat away at this pop up Peruvian dinner (Winter Park)
🎵 This music is Stranger than Fiction (Mills/50)
🤝 Network with other Orlandoans (College Park)
🍻 It’s Moms Night Out at Deviant Wolf (Sanford)
🎬 Catch Finding Nemo…under the stars (Winter Park)
🖼 Mingle at this art gallery opening (Mills/50)
❓ How well do you know your boy bands? (International Drive)
🐶 Get some snaps of your pup at this photo shoot fundraiser (SODO)
🤓 Celebrate Throwback Thursday at this month’s Nerd Nite (Audubon Park)
🍷 Stomp on grapes to make some wine (Clermont)
🍻 Girls pint out (Sanford)
🏈 Knights take over Wall Street (Downtown)
🎉 Warning, this party is gonna be weird (International Drive)
🎟 Saved by the…ball, charity event (Lakeland)
🎮 It’s a Mario party (Winter Park)
☕️ Add some handmade mugs to your coffee routine (Winter Park)
🛶 The darkest night of the month calls for a bioluminescence tour (Colonialtown)
🍗 This pop-up is good for the soul, and the belly (Mills 50)
💜 Cheer on the Pride as they take on the Portland Thorns (Parramore)
🌈 Rock your colors at this pride ride (Winter Park)
⛲️ Go pick out an Orlando shirt (College Park)
🍳 Experience various pop-ups and live music at brunch at Tuffys every Sunday. (Sanford)
🎟 Take the kids to Family Funday at the Mennello (Loch Haven)
🍳 Remember the 90s over this rockin’ brunch (I-Drive)
🎬 It’s time for the monthly film-slam (Maitland)
Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to email@example.com or tag #pulptown on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with a Pulptown membership.
Wanna play tourist for the day? We’ve got you. Icon Orlando (a.k.a. The Orlando Eye) is offering 25% discounts on tickets for the month of August.
See you tomorrow!