New Year’s Eve 2015
Dec26

New Year’s Eve 2015

Ahh…New Year’s Eve. A time where the best party food actually consists of snacks and finger-food, drinks are aplenty and it’s socially acceptable to allow children to stay up past their usual bed time (if they can make it that long). Midnight isn’t usually a big deal to us now, but New Year’s seems to be the only time where people make a point of counting down to a new day. Fort Wayne offers many venues to ring in 2015. Science Central’s Countdown to Noon (1950 Clinton St.): For those early birds or little ones who really just can’t stay up until midnight, this is for you. Party hats, noisemakers, face painting, science demonstrations and a giant balloon drop makes this the most kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in town. At noon, there will be a soda toast and at the stroke of 12 p.m., 2,000 balloons will drop from the ceiling. 10a.m.-2 p.m. New Year’s Eve 2015 at Ceruti’s (6325 Illinois Road):  A $30 ticket includes entertainment by Good Night Gracie, hors d’oeuvres, midnight champagne toast, balloon drop, party favors and a cash bar. Those interested can visit here for tickets. VIP New Year’s Eve at The Philmore (2441 Broadway):  Supposedly Fort Wayne’s most exclusive VIP party for the New Year. A $100 VIP ticket includes an open bar from 9-12, a live band, dance DJ, champagne toast at midnight, red carpet/photographer and more. To purchase tickets, call Cyclone Social at (260) 622-8772 or click here. Swingin’ Singin’ New Years Eve at the Grand Wayne Center (120 W. Jefferson Blvd):  the Heartland Jazz vocalists and big band orchestra provides a different atmosphere for a New Year’s Eve celebration. There will be live music with dancing, drinks and food with a midnight champagne toast.  General admission is $60. Deer Park Irish Pub (1530 Leesburg Rd):  No cover, champagne and hors d’oeuvres, party supplies, open jukebox and a contest. The contest: Tell the best three-minute story from 2014 and the winner is January’s customer of the month. As customer of the month, your first beer is on the house every day during January. JK O’Donnell’s (121 W. Wayne): The Mighty McGuiggans will be performing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with original songs and covers from Flogging Molly, the Dubliners, the Pogues, Dropkick Murphys and more. There will be a champagne toast at 7 p.m. for Irish New Year then Rhapsody in Wax takes the stage for Prohibition-era jazz from 10-midnight-thirty with a champagne toast at midnight. Piere’s (5629 St. Joe Rd.): As usual, Piere’s will bust out the breakfast buffet with the likes of Brother Believe Me rocking the place with free...

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Black Canyon
Nov11

Black Canyon

Black Canyon opened recently in the spot where the north Fort Wayne location of the Oyster Bar used to be, in the shopping center at the intersection of Lima and DuPont Roads. It features a variety of cuisine (mostly American-type favorites) and specialty cocktails, wines and bourbons. On their website, the restaurant states: “A tremendous amount of passion, experience and collaboration has yielded a north side dining venue second to none and an experience we believe will set us apart from the crowd.” It does. I live on that end of town, just off Carroll Road. Usually when my boyfriend and I go out to eat, it’s to Buffalo Wild Wings, simply because we both know what we like there and it just makes it easy. This time around, though, we tried something new. I went on a Wednesday evening for dinner around 7 p.m. and it was pretty crowded and waited about 15 minutes to be seated. The restaurant’s website says that reservations aren’t required, but if you know you’re going to be hungry then you should definitely consider just calling ahead. The space is pretty big inside and can seat a lot of people and it was completely full on a Wednesday evening. For pretty good reason… My boyfriend and I both got cocktails; he, a fruity something and I, something sweet. Both were pretty good and decently priced for a specialty cocktail (approx. $8). For entrees, I was recommended the fish tacos by our waitress and they did not disappoint. The fish was flavorful but not seasoned to be overpowering. The cabbage filler was in a chipotle creama with queso fresca, diced tomato and a slice of avocado. The rice and beans as the recommended side was pretty good, too. My boyfriend got the BBQ Chicken that was marinated in oil, garlic and Achiote paste (it’s a spice common in Mexican and Central American dishes) and had an in-house sauce brushed on it and was very flavorful. The sides for the chicken were fries (who could go wrong with fries?) and wokked veggies (which are never terrible, either). I’d heard people raving about the Beeramisu, Black Canyon’s version of a Tirimisu dessert that’s usually made with rum (or when my dad makes it, Kahlua) but in BC’s case, beer. I took it to go because I was so full but needed the sweet stuff for when I got home. It was delicious and the portion may have been too much, but I could not stop eating it. The prices of things are to be expected for a middle to high-end restaurant, but not exorbitantly spendy. For two cocktails,...

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Halloween Events – 2014
Oct29

Halloween Events – 2014

Halloween is on a Friday this year, which is always nice because you don’t have to worry about getting up early or having to get kids off to school early the next day. City of Fort Wayne Trick-or-Treating Hours: The city’s trick-or-treating hours this year are 6pm-8pm. Wild Zoo Halloween: Halloween is the last day for the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo’s Wild Zoo Halloween. The zoo is open from Noon-5pm on the 30th and 31st. On Halloween Day, the Oscar Meyer Wiener-Mobile will be at the zoo, too!  Admission: $5 per person (all ages); Admission + trick-or-treating: $9 per person (all ages); Members have $2 off admission. The Philmore’s 5th Annual Monster Mash: Doors open at 8:30pm, the live show starts at 9pm. There is a costume contest with a cash reward, drinks available for purchase, live music by Influx and a photo booth. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. Zombieland: The all-ages event features 15 of the Midwest’s best techno, trance, house and electro DJs. The event will also have Fort Wayne’s first Undead Beauty Pageant with the winner receiving $100 with additional prizes for the runners-up. The event will be held at the Fort Wayne Indoor and starts at 7 p.m. (formerly The New Republic Skatepark at 3054 E. State Blvd). Truck or Treat: Deer Park Pub is hosting this free event from 5p.m. to midnight with a beer tent, DJ, Scarioke (like Karaoke! Get it?!), a photo booth, food trucks and more!   Haunted things: Green Center Haunted School House: 7-11p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Haunted School House in Albion. Cost is $9/person. Haunted Castle and Black Forest: Thursday through Saturday, 7-11p.m. on Auburn Rd.. The Haunted Hotel: At the haunted Warwick Hotel’s 13th floor in Huntington. Thursday 7-10p.m., Friday and Saturday 7-11p.m. The Haunted Jail: A tour of the jail where Charles Butler was hanged. Through Thursday 7-9p.m., Friday and Saturday 7-11p.m., open through Sunday, Nov. 9. Hysterium Haunted Asylum: Formerly the Haunted Cave. Through Thursday 7-9:30p.m., Friday and Saturday 7p.m.-midnight. Public Ghost Hunt: On Nov. 1, venture through the Canton Laundry buildings with BSR Paranormal. Tours begin at 8 p.m. and depart every 30 minutes at the buildings located at 1014 and 1016 Broadway Street in Fort Wayne. The cost is $10/person.   Have a safe and happy Halloween from everyone at Living Fort Wayne and...

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Fort Wayne Curling Club Begins New Season
Oct08

Fort Wayne Curling Club Begins New Season

The Fort Wayne Curling Club has actually been around for a while. But it’s pretty easy to forget about the sport between Winter Olympiads (no offense to anyone). Around the time of the Sochi Olympics, Living Fort Wayne posted this blog post on our website about a couple who went to a Learn to Curl session. The Curling Club’s season ended in April and they took the time off as an opportunity to renovate their dedicated curling ice. Before, the club shared ice time at The-Rink-Formerly-Known-As-Canlan (SportONE/Parkview Icehouse) but now have their facility just yards away from the rink on Wells Street. The new season brings new tournaments (“Bonspiels”), leagues and Learn to Curl sessions. I went to a Learn to Curl session on Sept. 28 and found that Curling is a lot more difficult than it looks, and realized that it doesn’t even look that easy. The stones weigh about 42 pounds, you’re on a pebbled ice sheet and one of your shoes has a teflon-coated bottom piece (provided by the curling club) to slide easier. Then it’s a matter of coordinating your push off with being able to balance in a lunge position while sliding forward with only a stabilizer on your less dominant hand. Difficult? Yes. Did people fall a lot? Yes. Fun? Absolutely. For those who attend the Learn to Curl sessions and enjoy curling enough to return and continue playing consistently, there are rookie leagues. The rookie leagues are hour-long sessions and goes for six weeks, whereas the other leagues are 12 weeks. A full description of the club’s leagues can be found here. Those interested can sign up for Learn to Curl sessions from the club’s website page here. More information on anything and everything about the Fort Wayne Curling Club can be found on their website. Good curling,...

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Fall Festival Overview
Oct01

Fall Festival Overview

The Johnny Appleseed Festival serves as a good kick-off for fall and its festivities. With pumpkins, apples and various other harvests and its subsequent products (like pies!), there really isn’t anything to dislike about the season… Except the knowledge that winter is coming…But, here are some upcoming events we can all look forward to. Salomon Farm Fall Harvest Festival, Oct. 3-4, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Saturday’s event has a tractor parade, cow milking, butter making and a farmer’s market. Live animals, oat and wheat thrashing, food and concessions, hay rides, and many other things are featured on both days. The farm is located at 817 W Dupont Rd. Wild Zoo Halloween, Oct. 17-19, 23-26, 31, noon-5 p.m.: The event offers adventure, family fun, and tasty treats that are just right for the little ones. Admission + trick or treating is $9 for all ages. For more information, visit the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo website. Pumpkin Zone, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Botanical Conservatory: A variety of pumpkin-related questions will be subjects of various experiments like: Do pumpkins float? and how many seeds do they have? Games will be set up (like pumpkin putt-putt) and kids can color their own pumpkin to take home. Regular conservatory admission applies, but covers the cost of the event. Camp Red Cedar Fall Festival, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: The second annual festival includes hay rides, pumpkin decorating, a costume contest, seasonal shopping, pony rides and more. Admission is free to the public with some of the activities serving as fundraisers. Visit Camp Red Cedar’s website for more information. The Camp is located at 3900 Hursh Road. Fort Wayne Halloween Pet Parade, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Franke Park Pavilion 1: Pet owners are invited to dress up themselves and their pets for the Franke Park event. There will be a contest for best dressed. An entry fee of $20 includes judging, a chance to win a prize, food and a custom color framed picture. For registration information call 260-432-5031 or visit the Pet Parade website. Fright Night, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. – midnight, Downtown: The biggest and best Halloween-themed day of them all!  The Embassy, Conservatory, History Center, Science Central, Library, Community Center, Museum of Art, Parkview Field…and pretty much everywhere downtown will have activities for the family. For a complete rundown of activities, visit the Fright Night website. If you know of any other festivals, please tell us in the...

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