“Be Tourist in Your Own Hometown” with Visit Fort Wayne
Aug27

“Be Tourist in Your Own Hometown” with Visit Fort Wayne

From Visit Fort Wayne The Passports Are Out! Pick up your free passport at any Fort Wayne Kroger or Old National Bank location and “Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown” on Sunday, September 9 from 12:00 -5:00 p.m. Passports provide admission to 16 of Fort Wayne’s museums and attractions for free. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the event and many amazing celebrations are in store. For more information, visit VisitFortWayne.com/BeATourist. Participating locations (subject to change) African/African-American Historical Museum Allen County Courthouse Allen County Public Library Artlink Contemporary Gallery Cathedral Museum Embassy Theatre Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory The History Center Karpeles Manuscript Museum – Fairfield Hall The Landing Lincoln Tower The Old Fort Parkview Field Riverfront Fort Wayne Science Central Visitors Center...

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Discover Northeast Indiana This Summer
May04

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...

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The Spirit of Christmas
Dec17

The Spirit of Christmas

Article submitted by Rachelle Reinking of Heartland Sings In Fort Wayne, we’re lucky to have so many ways to celebrate the holidays. Long-standing events such as the Night of Lights and the Festival of Trees are a must-see every year. If you want to add something new to your list of seasonal activities, check out The Spirit of Christmas at the Allen County Courthouse! Heartland Sings presents this 2nd annual concert as a chance for you to see the courthouse like you’ve never seen it before. From under the rotunda, twenty-four Heartland singers perform a cappella arrangements of classic and contemporary holiday songs. Here is what’s unique about this concert – there aren’t any microphones. The architecture of the courthouse creates the perfect natural acoustics. No matter where you are in the building, the sound resonates in your ears as if you had a front row seat. Mezzo-soprano Ashlee Bickley says, “In drier spaces, singers almost push to project the sound. But in the courthouse, your voice just speaks easily and the harmonies envelop you.” This musical presence captures the magical feeling of Christmas along with the beauty of the building itself. Built in 1902, the Allen County Courthouse features gorgeous Beaux-Arts style architecture with murals, sculptures, marbling, and stained glass. The Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust hosts the event and is proud to open up the historic landmark to the community for The Spirit of Christmas. During the week the local government and court occupy the building, but this weekend is a great opportunity to experience the acoustics and architecture for yourself. Start a new holiday tradition with The Spirit of Christmas. Performances will take place on Dec. 19th and 20th at 2:00pm and 5:00pm each day. Tickets are $20 General Admission and $10 for Students. Purchase online at www.heartlandsings.org or by phone at...

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Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown!
Sep09

Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown!

It can’t be that time of the year already, can it? Summer is winding down, the weather is swiftly turning, everyone’s back in school, and… it’s almost time for another Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown (BAT) event! Make that the 17th annual BAT, that is. For 17 years now, this event (put on by Visit Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne’s Convention and Visitors Bureau) has been giving locals the opportunity to experience some of the best attractions our city has to offer–for FREE. Here’s how the program works: 1. Pick up a passport at any Fort Wayne Kroger or Old National Bank location or download a printable one-page Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown Passport online. 2. On Sunday, September 13th from noon – 5 p.m., you and your friends and family will be able to visit 12 of Fort Wayne’s participating attractions and museums for FREE. Just use your passport to gain free admission to all attractions. (You only need one passport for your entire party). Here is the list of attractions and museums participating: African/African-American History Museum The African/African American Historical Museum holds exhibits on Africa, African-American inventors, musicians, and local entrepreneurs, as well as pioneers in business, education, social work, and health. Exhibits also feature general local history, the Underground Railroad, and a sports archive featuring athletes who started their sports careers right here in the Fort. Allen County Courthouse This is the only time during the year you’re allowed to take a camera into the Courthouse! Visit this National Historic Landmark and learn about its cultural legacy. This building is a premier example of Beaux Arts architecture and is one of the largest and most elegant courthouses in the nation. Artlink Contemporary Gallery Artlink is more than just an art gallery, it’s an organization that connects artists with the community and the community with the arts. Artlink hosts 28 exhibits each year and has a robust education programming schedule for both kids and adults. The gallery will feature “Maurice Papier: A Retrospective” during BAT. Cathedral Museum Located on the lower level of Archbishop Noll Catholic Center, the Cathedral Museum houses religious artifacts dating back to the times of Jesus Christ and Abraham. The Cathedral Bookstore, located on the first floor, carries a large selection of books, gifts, religious articles, and church supplies. Embassy Theatre Built in 1928, the historic Embassy Theatre features Broadway productions, headliner concerts, educational programming, community events, and cinema. Experience a self-guided tour of the Embassy and Indiana Hotel Lobby and listen to the famous sounds of the Grande Page Organ. Plan extra time for an all-ages scavenger hunt activity, too....

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