Monday, April 1, 2019

Orlando's 5th Annual Celebrity Bartender Night

The Center, and Tito's Handmade Vodka presented Orlando's 5th Annual Celebrity Bartender Night was held at SAVOY Orlando (1913 North Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida 32804.) Some of Orlando's most well known local celebrities were serving from behind the bar. Pam Schwartz, the Chief Curator at the Orange County Regional History Center was invited by the Center to be one of the Celebrity bartenders.

While Pam served drinks, I sketched as the crowd filled in at the bar. At several spots along the bar there were illuminated boxes which would act as the stages for dancers. Unfortunately no one was dancing while I sketched. It honestly seemed like a rather slow night at the Savoy.

Of course, on June 12, 2016 the scene at Pulse was much like this one, with people out having a good time. I still check for back entrances and possible escape routes. We live in crazy times, but it is good to see that isn't stopping anyone from getting out and having a good time. All of the celebrity tips went to provide lifesaving health and counseling programs for the LGBTQ community at the Center. It felt good having a drink and a buzz for a good cause.

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

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