🦃 Pulptown's guide to a safe and happy Thanksgiving

🦃 Pulptown's guide to a safe and happy Thanksgiving

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What Orlando is talking about

Okay, okay, we agree that it’s time: You can put up your Christmas tree now.  If you’re hoping to use the local tree delivery service Treedrop App, well, you better act fast. The couple behind it said this year marks the first time they’ve sold out of particular sizes prior to the holiday. (ClickOrlando)

The Courtesy Bar in downtown Orlando will once again transform into the annual holiday pop-up Miracle on Orange on Tuesday. The drink menu changes almost as much as the atmosphere does  — it’s like walking into a Hallmark Christmas movie. (Orlando Weekly)

Local plant paradise The Heavy is offering its space for styled photoshoots this weekend with local photographers @iamdavidlawrence and @sufiahuqportraits. The folks there have even built out these ridiculously gorgeous botanical backdrops, including a see-through greenhouse — it’s the perfect backdrop for your holiday gift cards. The sessions are 30-minutes and slots are being booked fast. (Instagram)

In COVID-19 news… 

The state reported another 9,000+ day of new positive cases yesterday, 9,085 new cases to be exact. There are currently 3,383 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Florida, and 81 deaths were reported yesterday. (ClickOrlando)

AdventHealth will be one of the first Florida hospitals to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once it’s approved. The other four hospitals on the list are Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Tampa General Hospital, and UF Health Jacksonville. (ClickOrlando)

(📸: @pulptown)

⏯ Looks like we stumped you

Pulptown members get access to exclusive giveaways and content. And they get to play fun games like I Spy, where we challenge your knowledge of Orlando landmarks. This week’s challenge was apparently a hard one since only two people guessed the right answer. It’s possible that we stumped them by zooming in on only one heart of the bigger picture. 🧐

The question: Where can you find the hearts seen in the picture above?

The answer: As part of the larger Diversity Mural on the Lamp Shade Fair building in Mills 50, in the parking lot of Pig Floyd’s.

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P.S. It’s your last chance to see Creative City Project’s Bright Young Things this weekend. The show follows troupes of performers through downtown as they take you back to the prohibition era. You can choose which group to follow, leading you on a choose-your-own-adventure style night. Our readers get 20 percent off — just use the code Pulptown at checkout.

Read on for our tips on how to have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Pulptown's guide to playing it safe for Thanksgiving

Alright, we’re less than a week away from Thanksgiving, a day many Americans traditionally spend around the dinner table with their families while gorging themselves on turkey, sweet potato casserole, and memories of years’ past.

And for most, it’s set to be a day of much-needed love and companionship after what has been a hellacious eight months. But, like everything else, this year’s togetherness is going to look a little bit different. For those of us heeding the advice of the CDC and staying away from everyone you love most in hopes of not spreading or catching the contagious coronavirus, there will be no sitting at the kids’ table in your childhood home or reminiscing on good times past.

As depressing as that sounds, there are ways to still spend the holiday with your loved ones: We’ve got suggestions on how to do so below along with safety tips and a few roundups of local restaurants and chefs offering Thanksgiving meals to-go.

😷 Local health experts have said that there is no need to cancel Thanksgiving this year. Lord knows we all need human interaction, but they’ve recommended that you stay home and don’t travel outside of your “pod”. But if you must, take a test before you go, keep celebrations outdoors, and stay away from confined spaces. Here’s a full list of the CDC’s recommendations.

So how can you celebrate with your family and still “stay home”? 

💻 Call ’em. Zoom —  arguably the most popular app of these very weird times — is here to save the day for Thanksgiving and is lifting its 40-minute time limit on free video calls, allowing you to talk to your fam for as long as you want or need.

🌳 Make it an outdoor Thanksgiving. Get outside, whether for a hike or a Turkey Trot 5K (if you’re one of those). If you want to eat together, set up a dinner table outside, and give everyone space.

🚙 Do a drive-by dinner crawl. If your f(r)amily is local, make your usual dish, plate it separately, and drop it off in exchange for a separate dish from your loved ones. At the end of it, you’ll each have a feast.

This is depressing. The last thing you want to do is cook — what is one to do? 

🥡 Leave it up to the experts and order a meal to-go. Orlando Date Night Guide rounded up the restaurants offering Thanksgiving meals-to-go: Order a full spread from 4 Rivers or a dessert tray and coquito from Donevette’s Confections. Local food blogger Tasty Chomps put together this mega list, menus included. (The list is extensive, but it’ll have you hungry in no time.) And then Bungalower broke it down for ya by needs, like where to get all the fixings (The New Standard), where to get everything vegan (Drunken Monkey), and where to go for Smooth Pumpkin Cheesecake (The Glass Knife).

And if you usually volunteer for Thanksgiving or maybe you need the assist this year, then:

🙏 Here’s a list of local organizations working to make sure no one goes hungry this Thanksgiving. Which reminds us, if you aren’t in need but want to help those who are, these organizations will most likely be able to point you in the right direction.

Need some tradition?

🎈 Here’s some comforting news: the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is still on! Sure, it’ll look a little different this year, but hey, this world could definitely use some sweet nostalgia today, amirite?

Wanna share your Thanksgiving amidst a pandemic plan with us? We wanna hear about it. Email [email protected], subject line: Thankful for Thanksgiving.


☮️ Wind down from the week with a yoga practice (and some brews) under the stars (SoDo)

🎶 EDC may be cancelled this year, but you're still invited to get your rave on (Online)

🛍 Through Sunday Grab a mask, some cash and a shopping bag and head to Renninger's Antique Extravaganza (Mount Dora)

🖼 Get cultured over lunch while learning about art at the Mennello Museum (Online)


🎄 Through Dec. 13 Cut your own Christmas tree and make a day out of it with hayrides and other fall festivities (Eustis)

⚽️ Cheer on Orlando City to a W in its first MLS Cups Playoff match against the NYCFC Pigeons (Parramore)

♻️ Kick off the weekend by doing some good and cleaning up the 'hood (Ivanhoe)


🍺 Enjoy a family day outdoors at Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. (Ivanhoe)

☮️ Take a yoga class at Mead Botanical Garden then learn how you can help protect the gopher tortoise and the sandhill (Winter Park)

🛍 Shop local vendors at the East Orlando Farmers Market (Waterford Lakes)


🍹 Take an outdoor fall cocktail-making class and make new friends with seven other Orlandoans (Milk District)

One last thing...

Don’t forget that this weekend is a big deal for Orlando City Soccer Club. On Saturday, The Lions are playing in their first-ever MLS Cup Playoff match against the New York City FC Pigeons at 12 p.m. at Exploria Stadium.

You can watch the game online or listen in by tuning in to UniMas, FOX 35 Plus, and TUDN. Alternatively, you can cheer the guys on in person. Both OCSC and Exploria officials have done a good job of enforcing social distancing at the matches, and parties are placed with rows and rows of seats between them.

And if you’ve got a purple bulb, don’t forget to light it up!

‘Til Tuesday, friends!

– ✌️ Katie at Pulptown

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