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June Summer Festival Guide

Posted by on June 16, 2018 | 0 comments

June Summer Festival Guide

Summer in Fort Wayne means every weekend Headwaters Park is packed with great festivals and entertainment. Here is a quick run down on what to expect for the first part of summer in northeast Indiana. Check out these highlights from our partners with Current Fort Wayne. Special thanks to Current Fort Wayne for being festival central! Greekfest (Click for more info) Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, June 24 A post shared by Fort Wayne Greek Festival (@fwgreekfest) on Jun 14, 2018 at 6:37pm PDT GearFest at Sweetwater  (Click for more info) Friday, June 22 – Saturday, June 23 A post shared by Sweetwater Sound (@sweetwatersound) on May 31, 2018 at 1:00pm PDT BuskerFest (Click for more info) Saturday, June 30 A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Jun 24, 2017 at 6:52pm PDT Freedom Festival Artisan Market (Click for more info) Saturday, June 30 Stay tuned for July and August festivals coming...

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2018 Middle Waves Lineup is Announced

Posted by on May 31, 2018 | Comments Off on 2018 Middle Waves Lineup is Announced

2018 Middle Waves Lineup is Announced

Press release from Middle Waves Today, Middle Waves Music Festival announced the initial lineup for the 2018 festival, happening at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne on September 14 and 15. Volunteer opportunities are also now available and listed on the website. The festival will be headlined by indie rock band, Dr. Dog. Philadelphia six-piece Dr. Dog have released ten critically acclaimed studio albums, but it’s their live shows—which Rolling Stone calls “full of electric enthusiasm and sharp proficiency…swaggering and giddy”—where they’ve made their reputation and built their “jam-band-like cult following.” Wave One performers include: Friday, September 14 GoldLink (hip-hop, Washington, D.C.) Betty Who (synth-pop, Sydney, Australia) Chives (rock, Indianapolis, IN) The Bergamot (indie folk, Fort Wayne, IN) Lightlow (rock, Fort Wayne, IN) Saturday, September 15 Dr. Dog (rock, Philadelphia, PA) Lizzo (hip-hop, Minneapolis, MN) Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks (indie rock, Portland, OR) IDLES (punk rock, Bristol, England) Flint Eastwood (dance-pop, Detroit, MI) David Wax Museum (American and Mexican folk, Charlottesville, VA) Tunde Olaniran (pop, Flint, MI) Unlikely Alibi (reggae-rock, Fort Wayne, IN) Best Sleep (rock, Fort Wayne, IN) T-Zank (rap, Fort Wayne, IN) Lalo Cura (latino rock, Goshen, IN) The Snarks (rock, Fort Wayne, IN) Wave Two performers will be announced at a later date. About Middle Waves In its third year, Middle Waves is a two-day destination music festival in downtown Fort Wayne, IN. Held in Headwaters Park, along the St. Marys River, the festival features three stages and an eclectic mix of 25+ performers on three stages. With food trucks, beverages, music, interactive art installations, events, fun and games around every corner—people of all ages, all backgrounds and all music preferences are bound to have the time of their lives. Tickets can be purchased at MiddleWaves.com. Middle Waves, LLC is a volunteer-run, non-profit community event (part of Cultural Advancement Projects, LLC) that operates with Arts United’s 501(c)(3) and relies on the financial support of local businesses. The 2018 festival is sponsored by Sweetwater, Parkview Health, Lincoln Financial Group, NIPSCO, Steel Dynamics Inc., Strahm Building Solutions, Fort Wayne Metals, WANE TV and United State of Indiana. Sponsorships are still available. More information is available by contacting sponsorships@middlewaves.com. The festival’s steering committee is: Katy Silliman, GeneAlign, Festival Chair, Sponsorship Chair, Operations Co-Chair Ryan Holquist, Sweetwater Sound, Logistics Chair Beth McAvoy, One Lucky Guitar, Volunteer Chair Corey Rader, The Brass Rail, Booking Chair Jasmine Bejar, One Lucky Guitar, Marketing Chair Alec Johnson, Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Dan Ross, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, Cultural Advancement Projects, LLC Brad Hartman, Ash Brokerage, Ticketing Chair Sanee Lombardi, Finance Chair Melissa Twitchell, Hospitality Chair Nicholas Weaver, Sweetwater Sound, Operations Co-Chair For more information on this year’s festival, contact info@middlewaves.com or visit MiddleWaves.com. Be sure to follow Middle Waves on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram....

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How to Celebrate National Wine Day

Posted by on May 23, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Celebrate National Wine Day

How to Celebrate National Wine Day

Merlot? Wine not. We all know that Memorial Day weekend is around the corner, but did you know that Friday, May 25th is National Wine day? What better way to kick off the start of the summer season than with a full glass of wine? Well, I have a few ideas to help you celebrate this delightful occasion right here in northeast Indiana. Satek Winery If April showers bring May flowers, what do frozen showers bring, cacti? #OhMy #CaseOfTheMondays #🌧💐❄️🌵 A post shared by Satek Winery (@satekwinery) on Apr 9, 2018 at 6:47am PDT This winery is located in Fremont, Indiana and offers over 40 varieties of wine. If you can’t celebrate on Friday, stop in on Saturday for a tour and a tasting. Tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m.   Two EE’s Winery Happy Daylight Savings! Savor that extra hour of sunshine on our patio with a glass of your favorite ☀️#daylightsavings A post shared by Two-EE's Winery (@twoeeswinery) on Mar 11, 2018 at 9:36am PDT Located less than 20 miles from downtown Fort Wayne in Huntington, Indiana, Two EE’s offers a variety of fruity wines with a beautiful scenery. On Friday, you can enjoy your wine while listening to The Colin Boyd Trio live, and grab a bite from one of the food trucks on-site. Check out their Facebook Event for more details.   Country Heritage Winery It’s a great day for a CH Wine Slushie! #wineslushies #chwinery A post shared by Country Heritage Winery (@countryheritagewinery) on May 16, 2018 at 11:05am PDT   Also under 20 miles from downtown Fort Wayne, Country Heritage is located in Laotto, Indiana. Taste some of their award-winning wine on Friday from 6-9 p.m., enjoy live music from Acme Blues Band and satisfy your hunger with food from Sol Kitchen.   Wine Down Tables are set and couches are fluffed. We're ready for you. 🍹🍸🍷 #downtown #indiana #dtfw #fortwayne #myfortwayne #bar #bars #cocktails #craftcocktails #craftcocktailsbro #resturant #bartenderlife #serverlife #hongkong #barstuff #cocktailporn #foodporn #equipment #vape #restaurants #winedownfw A post shared by Wine Down (@winedownfw) on Jun 23, 2016 at 2:34pm PDT   If you’re feeling the downtown vibe, try Wine Down located in the heart of Fort Wayne off of Jefferson Boulevard. Split some tapas with your friends while enjoying a glass of chardonnay.   Nick’s Wine & Martini Bar It's a beautiful day to come enjoy our patio! Not to mention we have karaoke starting now!! #nofilter #patiolife #beautifulweather #nicksmwbar #liveinthe05 #dtfw #winebar #sunshine #martinibar A post shared by Nick's Martini & Wine Bar (@nicksmwbar) on May 19, 2016 at 5:04pm PDT   Nick’s Wine & Martini Bar is a great spot to grab a glass of wine (or a martini), hang out with friends and share some appetizers. Its convenient location on East State is so cozy and comfortable, you’ll forget you’re not at home. Live music is a regular staple here too. 6. Chops Wine Bar  That wine pour 👌🏼 . . . . . . . #chops #chopswinebar #bar #wine #fortwayne #local #drink #drinklocal #vino #vine #red #glass #pour #wednesday A post shared by @ chopswinebar on Mar 1, 2017 at 6:57am PST   Chops Wine Bar features an assortment of wines. Enjoy a bottle, a glass or try a few selections with...

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About The Legendary Trainhoppers

Posted by on May 11, 2018 | Comments Off on About The Legendary Trainhoppers

About The Legendary Trainhoppers

UPDATE – Tonight’s Living Fort Wayne Concert Series at Headwaters Park has been cancelled due to the threat of severe weather. Safety is always our primary concern. Mark your calendars for the next Living Fort Wayne concert on June 27. https://bit.ly/1WmUCpn The Legendary Trainhoppers with opening act swimming[into]view are performing at the 2018 Living Fort Wayne Concert Series at Headwaters Park West on Wednesday, May 30 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Living Fort Wayne recently caught up with the Legendary Trainhoppers’ Matt Kelley to get his thoughts on what the Trainhoppers are all about! Tell us about The Legendary Trainhoppers The Legendary Trainhoppers are a six-piece Americana band based in Fort Wayne, IN. The band was originally active 2005–7, and re-formed in late-2015. The Trainhoppers have recorded three albums of original songs, and have performed at Middle Waves Music Festival, Down the Line (twice), the Living Fort Wayne Concert Series (twice) and more, and have opened for The Avett Brothers, The Cactus Blossoms, Marah, Rorey Carroll and Ike Reilly. Their most-recent album, LET IT BREATHE, was released in June 2017. Current Lineup for The Legendary Trainhoppers Colin Boyd – drums Chris Dodds – vocals, guitars, keys, harp Matt Kelley – mandolin, guitar Phil Potts – vocals, guitar Dan Smyth – vocals, guitar Casey Stansifer – bass “Rays of Light Shine” Short Film from Brad Bores Films on Vimeo. Describe your approach to Americana, roots-rock, alt-country? Well, we keep it loose, especially in live performance—we always get a little anxious if we’re feeling TOO rehearsed! We like to feel like the train could come off the tracks at any minute. The music we make is really just rock and roll, with some winks and nods to roots through some of our particular instrumentation, and of course lots of three-part harmony vocals. How did your band get its name? Thanks for asking—over time, the “legendary” thing is a bit smug, yeah? But, it’s kinda true. Basically, our band formed after my aunt presented me with a photo of my great-grandpa’s band, circa 1905. They had crooked hats, string instruments, and looked like they had just hopped off (or robbed) a train. It was 2005, and we just sat there staring at that photo and wondering, “What would they sound like today?” And then we decided to re-form the band, and find out. The band was originally a project to write songs that sounded like that photo looked. Soon enough, we had so much fun, we couldn’t resist making it a serious part of our lives. Which songs do you perform most frequently? Well, the repertoire is pretty large. We play 80 percent originals, and then covers that fit our vibe. We never play the same set twice, and are able to tailor the performance to the venue. This show, a big, outdoor, all ages affair, will be rock and roll. Other times, we’ll play a venue like The B-Side, and then we do the quiet, more introspective songs. What is the most memorable performance you’ve had? Well, we try to make everything really, really special, because we know it is a privilege to even get to do this. Recently, our album release/film screening at ArtsLab was awesome, and our GRACELAND (Paul Simon’s album in its entirety) performance at The Philmore was amazing...

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About swimming[into]view

Posted by on May 11, 2018 | Comments Off on About swimming[into]view

About swimming[into]view

UPDATE – Tonight’s Living Fort Wayne Concert Series at Headwaters Park has been cancelled due to the threat of severe weather. Safety is always our primary concern. Mark your calendars for the next Living Fort Wayne concert on June 27. https://bit.ly/1WmUCpn swimming[into]view opens for The Legendary Trainhoppers at the 2018 Living Fort Wayne Concert Series at Headwaters Park West on Wednesday, May 30 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Living Fort Wayne recently caught up with [sv] to learn more about this up-and-coming alternative group. About swimming[into]view From swimming[into]view’s website: Formed in 2005, swimming[into]view got its start in the childhood basement of bassist Kullen Quinlan. Early rehearsals showed promise from day one. All four members have very different musical backgrounds. John Felts (drums) has a love for jazz and hip-hop. He is the most experienced performer of the group, including jazz and swing choir band. His beats are driving force behind all [sv] tunes. Drew Feipel (vocals) was a vocal lead in show choir, but has his heart in rock and alternative music. He is an equally experienced performer as John and is very comfortable taking lead on stage. Josh Cross (guitar) started playing at 15 and has jumped around from many different types of music. He played in punk, rock, acoustic, pop and alternative acts over the years. Kullen Quinlan (bass) started playing bass the day the band rehearsed the first time. He has a background in punk, pop and rock music. He picked up his instrument quickly and has become a major part of [sv]’s sound. [sv] wrote and recorded two albums in their first three years of playing together. Shows were abundant around the Fort Wayne area including Cincinnati, West Lafayette and Bloomington. Playing everything from bars/house parties to Relay For Life events, [sv] grew its fanbase at each show. In 2009, [sv] started writing songs for its third release. Before the album could be completed, three members moved to various parts of the country and plans for the band were put on hold. In 2013, the band started rehearsing again after all 4 members moved back to Fort Wayne. After years of practicing and writing new songs, [sv] played its first live show since 2010 in March 2016.   How did your band get its name? Randomly chosen from a Third Eye Blind lyric Musical influences? Quite a few! We all have different tastes in music. What year did your band form and how did you all get started? 2005 – Kullen started it all. Asked us to all come jam at a friend’s house and next thing you know we are still playing together 13 years later. Which songs do you perform most frequently? We have a few originals that make every set list – “All My Friends,” “Ghostbuster,” “Lazy on Sunday” and “Come Off the Bridge.” It’s hard to see us live and not hear those tunes. We have recently been playing a trio of Tom Petty tunes as well. Our oldest ‘cover’ is “Wonderwall” by Oasis. That makes just about every set list as well. What is the most memorable performance you’ve had? Wow… well, the first year we played in the Columbia Street West battle of the bands was crazy. First time the crowd singing back and cheering to our own songs was louder than us...

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Discover Northeast Indiana This Summer

Posted by on May 4, 2018 | Comments Off on Discover Northeast Indiana This Summer

Discover Northeast Indiana This Summer

It’s finally starting to get warm in northeast Indiana after the first “real” winter we’ve had in the past few years. Flowers are blooming, trees are budding and new businesses are opening all around the area. And even though it’s only May, it’s close enough to summer to get out and enjoy the area. Grab your camera (or your darn smart phone) and take in all this region has to offer! Our Living Fort Wayne team will be right there you documenting what’s great about living, working and playing in Fort Wayne (and the surrounding area, too)! If you have great photos to share about your life in northeast Indiana this spring and summer, tag us on Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtag #LivingFortWayne. Here’s some of what we’ll be documenting this year: Your Favorite Familiar Sites How many different ways can a community photograph the Allen County Courthouse? It seems like every year photographers from the area put their own twist on capturing one of Fort Wayne’s most beautiful buildings. I’m sure we’ll have our own spin on this community landmark again this year! New Places, Too! From new places to grab a quick lunch to fine dining establishments in the heart of the city, Fort Wayne is seeing its share of new food and drink options all around town. Neighborhood Character We love downtown, and we love our neighborhoods, too. Fort Wayne has more than 110 square miles of land. Let’s see how much of it we can see! The Area’s Many Festivals It’s great to follow along online with all of the happenings going on in our city, but it’s even better to get out with the community to experience everything our city has to offer. From old family favorites like the Three Rivers Festival and Johnny Appleseed Festival to newer features like Middle Waves Music Festival and Hobnobben Film Festival, northeast Indiana seems like it has a festival going on almost every weekend. Country Life Don’t forget to leave the city limits! As the old familiar Indiana Beach commercial says, “there’s more than corn in Indiana.” Go out and take a look for yourself! Enjoy the farmland or take in one of the area’s county and state parks and land trusts. And Our Surrounding Communities Northeast Indiana wouldn’t be northeast Indiana without all of the small-to-mid-size communities located across our region. Head out to Huntington or Garrett for a drive-in movie or visit one of the automobile museums just up the road in Auburn. There’s plenty to do in an hour’s drive right here in northeast Indiana. Stay in touch for more from Living Fort Wayne throughout the summer and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. There is way more than what we have listed here going on in Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana. From concerts in Headwaters Park to farmer’s markets in the city, there’s always something going on in our area. To see what’s happening soon, go to the Current Fort Wayne...

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InstaQuick Hit – Clyde Theatre Sign Is Up!

Posted by on May 2, 2018 | Comments Off on InstaQuick Hit – Clyde Theatre Sign Is Up!

InstaQuick Hit – Clyde Theatre Sign Is Up!

Hello, @theclydetheatre! Looking sharp, today. #FortWayne A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on May 2, 2018 at 12:12pm PDT For more information on the Clyde Theatre, go...

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Chuck & Lisa Surack & Sweetwater sponsor month at Science Central

Posted by on May 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Chuck & Lisa Surack & Sweetwater sponsor month at Science Central

Chuck & Lisa Surack & Sweetwater sponsor month at Science Central

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Chuck & Lisa Surack & Sweetwater sponsor month at Science Central FORT WAYNE, Ind. (May 1, 2018) – Science Central thanks Chuck and Lisa Surack and Sweetwater for their sponsorship during the month of May! “Science and technology, music technology in particular, have been a lifelong interest,” said Chuck Surack, founder and president of Sweetwater. “That’s one of several reasons why I’m very pleased to support Science Central. It is one of the educational and cultural gems of northeast Indiana, important to our quality of life, and essential to the economic development of our community.” Support from Chuck and Lisa Surack and Sweetwater helps Science Central continue providing quality, hands-on science education for all people of all ages. This month-long sponsorship is one of many contributions they have made to Science Central. More information about sponsorship opportunities at Science Central can be found on our website. About Sweetwater Sound: Sweetwater Sound Founded in 1979, Sweetwater is the No. 1 online retailer of music instruments and audio gear in the U. S. The company is respected as the nation’s leading retailer serving musicians, recording studios, broadcast, education, and houses of worship. Sweetwater’s customers can be found everywhere music is heard and audio is played, broadcast, or recorded, including recording, film, and broadcast studios in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami; in hundreds of thousands of home recording studios; and in schools and churches nationwide. Sweetwater’s founding and meteoric growth are built on a knowledgeable and experienced staff, outstanding selection and pricing, and, above all, an unwavering commitment to customer service excellence in every situation. For further information, visit Sweetwater.com. About Science Central: Science Central, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, has provided a hands-on fun learning environment for more than 20 years. Through our 200+ exhibits, school tours, distance learning programs and weekend public events, we bring the excitement of science and technology to about 140,000 children and adults annually. Science Central is located at 1950 N. Clinton Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46805. For more information, contact Science Central at 260-424-2400 or visit...

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SPRING CYCLE OF AMPLIFY ART! DEPENDS ON COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Posted by on May 1, 2018 | Comments Off on SPRING CYCLE OF AMPLIFY ART! DEPENDS ON COMMUNITY SUPPORT

SPRING CYCLE OF AMPLIFY ART! DEPENDS ON COMMUNITY SUPPORT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2018 SPRING CYCLE OF AMPLIFY ART! DEPENDS ON COMMUNITY SUPPORT FORT WAYNE, IN – Arts United is pleased to present three projects selected for the 2018 Spring Cycle of Amplify Art!, a crowdfunding campaign platform designed to support arts and culture projects in northeast Indiana. Amplify Art! relies on support from the community through social media advocacy and small contributions from a large number of donors. The projects are: • Blocknobben Block Party Blocknobben is Hobnobben Film Festival’s free and family-friendly block party at the Arts United Center Plaza. Cinema Center brings film, food, artists, vendors and music together as a public celebration of film and Fort Wayne. Blocknobben will kick off the 2018 Hobnobben Festival in June. • Theatre Arts Day Fort Wayne Civic Theatre will host a full-day workshop for anyone 14 and older who wants to learn more about theatre. Break-out sessions include auditioning, dance, costuming, scenic building, and backstage work. The day concludes with a panel discussion and Q&A with a NYC-based professional actor. • Fort Wayne Children’s Choir Clinician and Composition Fort Wayne Children’s Choir will commission James Mulholland, composer and Professor of Music at Butler University, to write a new piece of music for five area high school and university choirs to perform at the Three Rivers Choral Festival. He will work with each choir individually before the performance this fall. Amplify Art! is a crowdfunding program that mobilizes community support for and awareness of diverse creative projects. Each Amplify Art! campaign takes place over one month; this month’s campaign will run from May 1-31. Donations can be made at www.artsunited.org/amplify. Each project is seeded with $1,000 from Arts United. Donations from community members to each project are matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $1,500 by 3Rivers Federal Credit Union. “3Rivers is thrilled to partner with Arts United to mobilize community support and visibility for these incredible arts projects. We’re proud to support our thriving and vibrant arts community.” said Melissa Shaw, Marketing Director at 3Rivers Federal Credit Union. Through the Amplify Art! program, Arts United proactively increases the community’s access to diverse, innovative, and compelling creative experiences. Arts United provides the fundraising technology and promotional support to help make these projects a reality. Please contact the respective representatives to learn more about each project: Blocknobben Block Party Margaret Reeder Cinema Center mreeder@cinemacenter.org Theatre Arts Day Elise Ramel Fort Wayne Civic Theatre eramel@fwcivic.org Fort Wayne Children’s Choir Clinician and Composition Jonathan Busarow Fort Wayne Children’s Choir jbusarow@fwcchoir.org Amplify Art! is made possible with support from the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and 3River Federal Credit Union. To learn more about the Amplify Art! selection process and this session’s projects or to donate, visit www.artsunited.org/amplify. Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc. is a non-profit united arts fund and local arts agency that serves the communities of northeast Indiana by fueling the momentum of more than 70 arts, culture and quality of life initiatives each year. Arts United’s strategic investments position arts and culture organizations to achieve higher levels of excellence and quality, to improve access to the arts for all community members and to support regional priorities for growth and development. ### CONTACT Dan Ross Vice President of Community Development 260 424-0646 ext 2005...

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Coming Soon – Middle Waves Lineup Announcement Event

Posted by on April 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Coming Soon – Middle Waves Lineup Announcement Event

Coming Soon – Middle Waves Lineup Announcement Event

Press release from Middle Waves Music Festival Middle Waves Music Festival will reveal the 2018 lineup at an event on Thursday, May 31 at 5:30 PM at Hop River Brewing Company, 1515 N Harrison Street. Tickets also resume sales today. The Lineup Announcement event is a free and all-ages event, with doors opening at 5:30 PM and announcement beginning at 6 PM. The announcement will unveil the performers at the 2018 Middle Waves Music Festival, held in Headwaters Park along the St. Marys River on September 14-15. Tickets resume sale today and continue throughout the rest of the summer. Weekend Passes are available at $75 for GA and $155 for VVIP, with prices increasing periodically throughout the summer. Tickets can be purchased at MiddleWaves.com. In its third year, Middle Waves is a two-day destination music festival in downtown Fort Wayne, IN. Held in Headwaters Park, along the St. Marys River, the festival features an eclectic mix of 25+ performers on three stages. With food trucks, beverages, music, interactive art installations, events, fun and games around every corner—people of all ages, all backgrounds and all music preferences are bound to have the time of their lives. Middle Waves, LLC is a volunteer-run, non-profit community event (part of Cultural Advancement Projects LLC) that operates with Arts United’s 501(c)(3) and relies on the financial support of local businesses. For more information on this year’s festival, contact info@middlewaves.com or visit...

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