Saturday, February 13, 2016
I followed the 104.1 talk radio station truck into the parking lot of Fairvilla Megastore (1740 North Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida). Two lovely ladies at the entrance gave me a pink wrist band, two drink tickets, and a card that listed all the vendors I should visit during the course of the night. I've never been inside the adult store before, so I was a bit nervous and excited. I explored the store before deciding what to sketch. There were two floors of every imaginable sex toy, lotion, lingerie and leather. Several employees knew about AADW and soon I was being given a tour.
The senses included:
Taste: Complimentary cocktails, sweets and treats.
Touch: Pug Kissing Booth, Presented by Pug Rescue of Florida.
Sight: A performance by Big Bang Boom! Cabaret Hear, and The Poetry Vending Machine
Smell: Pheremone perfumes and massage candles.
Upstairs there was a bed set up with restraints. Couples could try out the restraint system to see if it suited their needs. There was a game called "Pin the cock on the jock" which featured a bold bulls eye right where you would expect it. I decided to sketch the more refined and subtle Poetry Vending Machine. The vending machine is featured at the International Fringe Festival each year. Tod Caviness explained that the poems written at Fringe get most interesting late at night when patrons have been drinking too many beers at the beer tent. They give the poets several words to act as inspiration and late at night all those words become deprived and filthy. That is why the Poetry Vending Machine fit right in at Fairvilla. Some of Orlando's best poets came out for the event. Actually, perhaps all of Orlando's male poets came out for the night. A Haiku was just $2 and a custom poem was $5. At the end of the evening, Todd, who is now a dad, walked away with multiple red whips and eye masks. They were some mighty fine spoils for an evening of writing poetry.