Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Screw fireworks, we all need some Santa on July 4th.

Usually on the first Monday of each month, I host Orlando Drink and Draw (ODD). In May, I decided to host the event at Frosty's Christmastime Lounge (50 East Central Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32801). Frosty is a snowman, Frosty is also what you call a cold cocktail or beer. However you interpret it, it is correct. Frosty's wants to give you the feeling of the holidays all year round. Why wait until December?

Located right near the Orange County Regional History Center, Frosty's does sport plenty of Christmas bling, like stockings hung with care under the liquor bottles, to a fat Santa near the entrance and the the sexy leg lamp won in the film "A Christmas Story." Old school large bulb Christmas lights were strung from the rafters and the TVs only played Christmas specials and movies like "Home Alone." The images on the screen have a strange blue electric haze that may or may not have been intentional, but looked like it was a short circuit.

The specialties at Frosty's are the craft snow cones with names like, Porky's Liposuction, Coconuts roasted over an open fire, and the last wurd. I was the only artist around, so I figured it might be a short evening and I ordered a Heineken. Besides myself, there were only 3 people at the far end of the bar. The sketch progressed quickly. Mandi Ilene Schiff stopped by with her fiancé Robert Johnston. Mandi worked up an intricate redesign of the Frosty's logo. They were soon off to another party as I was finishing up my sketch.

Going to Frosty's early on a Monday night wasn't very exciting, but I am sure the place perks up as the evening wears on. I heard that there is snow sometimes, but I didn't witness it myself. I might return as the weather cools down a bit.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at analogartistdigitalworld@gmail.com

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