Arts & Entertainment

43rd Annual Nappanee Apple Festival

Posted by on August 8, 2018 | Comments Off on 43rd Annual Nappanee Apple Festival

43rd Annual Nappanee Apple Festival

It’s a big celebration and historic Nappanee continues its tradition of being one of Indiana’s top fall festivals when its annual Apple Festival opens September, 13-16. Beginning in 1975 as a one-block festival, this community of 7000 offers up great Hoosier Hospitality as it welcomes over 80,000 people to the three and a half day event. Kicking off on September 8 is the tractor and truck pull, drawing in competition from the Midwest area. The popularity and participation of the event has grown annually with nine classes of pulls including modified tractors. Gates open at 12 noon; the pull gets underway at 2 pm. Admission is $5.00. Children 10 and under are admitted free and food concessions are available. In 2016 and 2013 the Nappanee Apple Festival was chosen as #1 in the State of Indiana in the Top Ten Fall Festival Signature Food Items for its 7 foot apple pie! Over 800 slices of pie is served to visitors from around the United States who travel to Nappanee to savor their annual piece of pie. The festival showcases two stages of entertainment, over 150 exhibitors, carnival rides, parade with signature military aircraft fly-over, Miss Apple Blossom scholarship pageant, Power From the Past Antique Tractor & Engine Show (Thurs – Sat. all day), cornhole tournament, 5K road run, apple baking contest, garden tractor pull, kids and adult pedal pull contests, wings and wheels show at airport, apple peeling and pie-eating contests, and many more activities throughout the event. Headlining the entertainment will be Extreme XPOGO, an exhibition of hard-to-fathom tricks, jumps, leaps and flips, several as much as 9 to 10 feet off the ground. The athletes will demonstrate the bounds to which pogoers have just begun to go in the 15 years since the modern, compressed air pogo stick went into production. Two free entertainment stages offer music genres ranging from rock & roll to classic rock, folk, bluegrass, country, gospel and variety. Kid’s favorites include Mike Hemmelgarn, comedy juggler & ventriloquist, Silly Safaris and the Granpa Crachet Kids Show and Puppets. There’s plenty of apple favorites: pie, fritters, dumplings, turnovers, fry pies, bread, applesauce, cider and butter to devour during the festival or take home to enjoy later. Experience a truly unique hometown festival that leaves you marking your calendar for a return trip the following year. A complete list of entertainment, events and map can be downloaded from the 2018 Apple Festival Events brochure. Go to: www.nappaneeapplefestival.org. Visit us on Facebook. The festival is made possible through the financial support of local and area retail and corporate businesses, City of Nappanee employees, Nappanee Area Chamber of Commerce and a dedicated group of volunteers. Principal sponsors are Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kountry Cabinets and Home Furnishings, CommunityFiber, Martin’s Supermarket,...

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Join Science Central for the next AWS Special Abilities Day

Posted by on August 8, 2018 | Comments Off on Join Science Central for the next AWS Special Abilities Day

Join Science Central for the next AWS Special Abilities Day

Science Central is excited to offer the next Special Abilities Day on Saturday, Aug. 18! Through the generous support of the AWS Foundation, this program is free to members of the community with special abilities.with pre-registration. Science Central will be open to the general public on Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special STEAM activities at this AWS Special Abilities Day will relate to Solar Science, and are made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission, Arts United, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. In order to be inclusive of everyone in our community, Science Central makes the following modifications to exhibits and programming on Special Abilities Days: • Lower ambient sound levels • Increased light in areas that are usually dark • Access to listening devices • Less crowded environment • Extra staff on hand • Additional demonstrations with extra tactile stimulation • Access to a private changing table • Access to a quiet room For more information about AWS Special Abilities Days or to register, visit Science Central’s...

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Three River’s Festival Reaches Golden Year

Posted by on July 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Three River’s Festival Reaches Golden Year

Three River’s Festival Reaches Golden Year

The Three River’s Festival is always a great summer destination, but THIS year marks a special milestone that will make the occasion a bit sweeter and definitely more emotional for those working behind the scenes. The theme for the 2018 Three River’s Festival is a “Golden Celebration- 50 years of Fun!” This includes cheering on a pair of honorary Grand Marshalls in the annual parade who have watched the festivities expand every year. Dave Auman has been a volunteer and  board member since the first festival, and Tommi Manny was on the first ever Three Rivers Festival committee, dating back to 1969. Our 2018 Grand Marshalls are The Voice’s own Addison Agen and Christiana Danielle. The festival begins July 13th and runs through July 21st. There is SO much to do, see, enjoy and eat every year, it can be a challenge to keep track of every happening during the 9 day celebration. I want to mention a few can’t-miss events, some may sound familiar while others may be lesser known. Be sure to check out the official website, Facebook page or pick up an event guide to check out dates and times of the following events! Annual Parade: Wheather you are grabbing a seat on the parade route or plan to watch from home, don’t miss the 2018 Lutheran Health Network parade- this is the official kickoff to the festivities! July 14thstart time 9:45 a.m. Junk Food Alley: Elephant ears, buckets of fries, spiral spuds, lemon shake-ups…need I say more?  Don’t forget about Two Dollar Tuesdays, where select food vendors have $2 deals! July 13th-21st, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Art in the Park/Chalk Walk: The Chalk Walk is one of the best photo-ops of the festival! Enjoy artwork beautifully created  in front of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. You can also walk Main Street and purchase handmade items and artwork from various local artists. July 14th and 15th starting at 11 a.m. Downtown Midway: Nestled in Headwaters Park, bring the family out for carnival food, rides and games! July 12th-21st. Concerts: Three Rivers Festival is full of  diverse entertainment and their concerts sure don’t disappoint! Brother, Gin Blossoms, Morris Day and the Time, Here Come the Mummies, Candlebox, Orange Opera, The Funk Thang and Duke Tomatoe are a few of the many musical appearances you can see throughout the festival. Bed Race: Another popular event is the bed races. Watch contestants race beds downtown to receive awards for the fastest and most creative. July 18th, 6 p.m. Lawton Park Car Show: Multiple classic vehicles will be on display for your viewing pleasure. July 21st, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fireworks Finale: To end the festival, be sure to find a nice spot downtown to sit and enjoy the fireworks. Live music will follow the show at Headwaters Park. July 21st, 10 p.m. Pie Eating Contest Finals: The waiter/waitress contest is a VERY popular event to watch, but did you know there is a pie eating contest right afterwards? Both mentioned events will be at the Ruoff Festival Plaza, in Headwater’s East Pavilion. July 16th, 6:30 p.m. for waiter/waitress, 8:30 p.m. for pie eating. International Village: Enjoy food and drinks from different cultures, listen to songs and storytelling and appreciate numerous cultural backgrounds. Located in the Club Soda parking lot, admission is free but food, drinks and other items...

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Free Movie Thursday at the Foellinger

Posted by on July 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Free Movie Thursday at the Foellinger

Free Movie Thursday at the Foellinger

Looking for something to do with the family before the weekend hits? Foellinger theater is showing free movies on Thursday evenings, starting at 8 p.m. Come as you are and enjoy an outdoor movie night! Keep in mind that food and beverages are not allowed inside, but there will be concessions open to purchase snacks when you arrive. A BIG thank you to Fort Wayne’s NBC and 97.3 WMEE for helping  make this program possible! C Check out the free movie line up for the summer: July 12th: Despicable Me 2 July 19th: Despicable Me 3 July 26th: Minions August 2nd: Finding Nemo August 9th: Finding Dory...

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Lunch on the Square- The Place to be for Lunch!

Posted by on July 4, 2018 | Comments Off on Lunch on the Square- The Place to be for Lunch!

Lunch on the Square- The Place to be for Lunch!

There are so many cool things going on downtown this summer! The Three River’s Festival is coming up, the farmer’s market is a great place to make purchases, and TinCaps baseball is in full swing. If you get a chance, try to make Lunch on the Square to one of your downtown destinations. You can grab a great lunch there every Thursday from 11:30AM-1:30PM now through August at Freimann Square. This should be a must for anyone who has a free day, or who works nearby and can allow time on their lunch breaks to eat. Unfortunately, I work too far away to personally check it out, so I reached out to a few locals to get their opinions on the event. Amber Ruiz, her husband, and their son attended the very first Thursday of the season. Daniel and TJ Musser (ages 9 and 12) try to make it out a couple times a year with their family. Let’s see what they have to say about the event! What is your favorite thing to eat? Daniel: The Snooooop Dog is my favorite thing at Bravas. TJ: Bravas hot dogs because they are very good. I probably like the Snooooop Dog the best. (the Snooooop dog is a vienna beef frank, smoked bacon, smoked gouda, and aioli. You can have this on a burger, also!) Amber: My family and I tried the Ragin’ Cajun Food Truck-it was completely delicious!  We tried the tacos and jambalaya. No way you could go wrong!   What’s the crowd like? Daniel: It depends on the day. If it’s all droopy and rainy there is not much but if it’s sunny and nice there’s a lot more. TJ: It’s usually busy. There is a lot of people in line for the food trucks. Amber: We went to lunch on the square the first day- Thursday, June 7th. There was a considerable amount of people coming and going, enjoying the lunch trucks and free music, entertainment, and visiting stations/centers of local Fort Wayne vendors.   Is there other entertainment there? Daniel: There is music every week, but sometimes there are street performers there too. TJ: There’s shops and people playing music. There are stands you can get sunglasses from. (Local radio stations and other agencies have giveaway booths at the Square also!) Amber: The day my family and I went to Lunch on the Square, we were entertained by Alicia Pyle Quartet and a student From Covington Elementary- Addison Stout. Both put on a great performance, and allowed my family time to sit down and enjoy downtown Fort Wayne.   The Downtown Improvement District made Freimann Square THE place to be this summer for lunch. It definitely sounds like there are things to keep you entertained while eating- street performers, live music, and local giveaways to include a few. Also, check out the list below for some of the upcoming music groups that will be featured this...

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Living Fort Wayne Concert Series

Posted by on June 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Living Fort Wayne Concert Series

Living Fort Wayne Concert Series

The Living Fort Wayne Concert Series returns to Headwaters Park on Wednesday, June 27 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Enjoy the music of Unlikely Alibi (organ and guitar driven power pop with a twist of reggae, ska and soul) and HazenSol (a fusion of classic and modern rock guitar riffs, a driving powerful bass line, a jazz drummer and powerful thought inducing lyrics.) Arrive early and sign up for the fantastic giveaways including one pair of Cubs tickets and a family four-pack of Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo tickets. Winners must be present to claim a prize. If you haven’t attended the Living Fort Wayne Concert Series yet, this is a relaxing getaway in the middle of the week. Located in the heart of Headwaters Parks, locals can enjoy the shade of the trees right next to the St. Marys River. Music will play throughout the park while you enjoy something delicious from a local food truck or a nice cold drink. As we head into the summer months, these concerts have become a staple for family-friendly entertainment that is free and enjoyable for everyone. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and claim a spot under the blue skies of downtown Fort Wayne. Over the years, thousands have attended with accessible parking located in the surrounding parking areas near Harrison Street and Headwaters Park. Don’t forget to leave a little early due to riverfront construction and road updates in the area. Bring your friends and family for an adventure downtown. Follow the Living Fort Wayne Facebook page for any weather updates that day regarding the concert. Don’t forget to save the date for Wednesday, August 1! More information is available on our website....

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June Summer Festival Guide

Posted by on June 16, 2018 | Comments Off on June Summer Festival Guide

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 View this post on Instagram 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 View this post on Instagram 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 View this post on Instagram 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   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 View this post on Instagram 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  View this post on Instagram 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 wine flights. It’s the perfect setting for a low-key meet up with a friend or two. Stop in and share some appetizers...

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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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