2 Toms Brewing Company
Jul20

2 Toms Brewing Company

  When you walk in to 2 Toms Brewing Company, you’ll be immediately immersed. The aesthetic and the open concept space are as carefully crafted as the beer in the brew tanks. The polished concrete floor gleams with the reflection of the Edison-style light bulbs, which are encased in glass balls and suspended from black iron industrial light fixtures. As you soak in the mid-century/industrial design, you’ll start to pick up on another theme: repurpose. All the furniture has a story here. You’ll see counter height tables that are made of old bowling alley lanes and reclaimed steel I-beams. There are stools from an old science lab. Jim Beam barrels have been given new life as cocktail tables. The end of an old cable spool is now a rustic coffee table. Even the dining chairs have a story – they’ve been salvaged from a church and refinished. But despite all this attention to creative design, you won’t be able to deny that the brew tanks are the real focal point of the room. They’re showcased behind glass and a ledge with tall low-backed chairs offers you a front row seat for dreaming about the grain fermenting inside. The Story of 2 Toms The story of 2 Toms Brewing Company began when Tom Carpenter’s wife Stacie bought him a 1-gallon home brew kit for this birthday three years ago. “It came with a glass jug, hops, yeast – everything you’d need to make beer on the stove,” he told me. Tom says he’s always liked craft beer and it was fun to do on a small scale. “Getting to travel around to different breweries and taprooms, seeing the creative brewing styles coming out, talking to owners and brewers, I really enjoyed it.”The name came about because Stacie joked that Tom was so busy he needed to clone himself so they could have ‘two Toms’. “As far as the brand, right out of the gate I acted like a brewery. I have a business background and a creative and engineering mind. I created an Untappd.com account and printed up some Avery labels for my brews.” Tom is part of a local group called Pour Misfits, a craft beer group that meets to share and trade different beers and talk hops and malt. Pour Misfits is now worldwide, with members numbering over 3000. “I really respected their pallets, so I brought them my homebrew. They liked it and my beer developed a following. Eventually, people were begged us to open a business so they could get access to my beer full-time – and here we are,” he explained, pushing his cap back...

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National Hot Dog Day at Coney Island
Jul17

National Hot Dog Day at Coney Island

                      National Hot Dog Day is Wednesday, July 18 and we stopped by Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island to celebrate. They have been serving up coney dogs since 1914 in downtown Fort Wayne, and not much has changed. That’s exactly what makes them so special. Located at 131 W. Main Street, they are easily accessible and a local favorite. During the holidays, Coney Island has become a Fort Wayne tradition with lines around the corner. When natives return, one of the things at the top of their list is often a coney dog and a cold Coca-Cola. When you’re at Coney Island, you’re not just another person; you’re part of the family. The reason why family is important is because this business has been family-owned from the beginning and passed down through generations. They love the Fort Wayne community. When many businesses deserted downtown for the suburbs and malls, Coney Island never left. They’ve earned their success with each hot dog, each smile, and each passing year. Whether you have been enjoying Coney Island for years, or you are new to Fort Wayne, this is one place to build a tradition that never gets old. Each bite is filled with not only that Fort Wayne famous coney sauce, but it’s packed with love. The great thing about Coney Island is that even though the world has changed drastically in the last century, they have managed to keep their menu the same. It’s delicious, it’s reliable, and it’s there for us, seven days a week. Happy National Hot Dog Day! Pull up a seat at Coney Island. There’s a coney dog, or two (or four) waiting for...

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Three River’s Festival Reaches Golden Year
Jul12

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...

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Free Movie Thursday at the Foellinger
Jul09

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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LFW Member Spotlight – Victoria Sarjeant
Jul06

LFW Member Spotlight – Victoria Sarjeant

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city. In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Today we are spotlighting Living Fort Wayne’s Chair, Victoria Sarjeant! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? My role with Living Fort Wayne is Chair. I decided to volunteer because I was already a blogger and I thought it would easily fit into my current personal activities. I also wanted to get involved with YLNI for a while and this seemed like the perfect area to get my start. I started as a writer in July of 2017 and became Vice Chair in November of 2017. I became Chair in early June 2018. Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne  I love to stay busy volunteering, blogging, or making crafts. I am active with the Emerging Leaders Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters. If I am not working with any of those things, I am probably watching Netflix with my cats, Jacob and Amber. If you could live any other place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? If it was a different country, I would have to say Norway. That fits since most of my heritage is in the Scandinavian countries. If I went to any other city in the US, it would have to be Boston or Seattle. I am obsessed with Revolutionary War era history and Boston is full of it. I love Seattle because I love the scenery around the city and the atmosphere. I also love Maine! If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in Fort Wayne? I would most likely take a visitor out to eat at a local restaurant or bar. Normally I take people to Wine Down, Hoppy Gnome, or JK O’Donnell’s. People don’t come somewhere and expect to go to a chain. I think those are all great examples of the unique places we have to offer. I also have friends that come just to go to DeBrand Fine Chocolate. Growing up in central Indiana, we didn’t really have a place like that...

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What in the world is Buskerfest?
Jul05

What in the world is Buskerfest?

What is Buskerfest? It’s the name of a traveling festivals of buskers which are street performers. Buskers in the festivals visit a series of host cities each summer. Host cities often shut down one of more blocks of a prominent downtown street for the festival. By definition, a busker is a person who performs music or other entertainment in the street or another public place for monetary donations. While you don’t have to pay these entertainers, the entertainment they provide is worth more than the few dollars or scents that someone would normally throw their way if they were just on the street. Fantastic Patrick What’s a street festival without a unicycle? Traveling all the way for Los Angeles, Fantastic Patrick showed a large crowd what it’s like to be great at his talent! If it wasn’t for the help from his trusty Fort Wayne assistants, Greg, John, and Craig, Patrick wouldn’t have made it onto the unicycle. From comedy to magic even to juggling a battle ax while on fire, Patrick amused the crowd off all ages! From what it seems, Patrick loves visiting Fort Wayne because who wouldn’t love this amazing city! What was your dream job growing up? My dream job growing up was a lot of different things at different times. I remember wanting to just travel on a motorcycle across the USA like my Uncle. I think I wanted to be a priest at one point then finally settled on just being an actor haha. Where is your next show? My next show is at Comic Con in San Diego! super excited about this one. It’s my first time working that convention and should be very interesting to say the least. What’s the best city to Busk in? The best city to busk in in the USA is a toss up between Boulder, CO and Boston, MA. Both have there advantages and disadvantages. Do you plan on coming back next year? I really hope I can come beak next year. I have to say Fort Wayne has some of the best crowds I have ever worked for. I am not just saying that either you guys are super nice and are just down to play along. Who is your biggest idol? My biggest idol is Trey, the front man of the band Phish. Reason being is they created a devoted fan base without going into the main stream and remain very true to their art. Always elevating the crowd to new levels. very cool stuff indeed! If you could busk with one celebrity who would it be and why? I would busk with Steve Martin...

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