LFW Weekly Fun File
Nov24

LFW Weekly Fun File

It’s Holiday Season! Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Look no further! LFW compiles a list of fun ongoings and events that we’re excited about every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. Festival of Trains Friday, November 25 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, November 26 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, November 27 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Climb aboard! The festival of trains is back. If you or your kiddos are model train enthusiasts, stop by Science Central this weekend! 2. Black Friday Special Adoption Event! Friday, November 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Discounted adoption fees! Give a special someone a forever home for the holiday season. If you plan to adopt bring any children under the age of 5, any dog(s) you currently have at home along with proof of rabies & distemper vaccination(s) and proof of cat rabies/distemper (do not bring your cat, he probably wouldn’t appreciate it). To save time, fill out an adoption profile before you go! 3. Small Business Saturday Saturday, November 26, all day Shop small this weekend! Fort Wayne has TONS of wonderful, awesome, fantabulous small businesses that you can support. Make an effort to shop small and shop local for your Christmas list this year! 4. Christmas In The Park Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27 Free fun! There will be crafts and carriage rides, a walk through Bethlehem and more! 5. Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Saturday, November 26 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Santa will be there from 5 to 6! There will also be raffles to local businesses. Bring a canned good for local charity as well! 6. Holly Trolley 2016 Saturday, November 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. What better way to do Small Business Saturday than on the Holly Trolly? Three different trolly routes have 50 different shops for 100 different shopping opportunities! Get out, support your neighbors and discover some new, cool businesses! 7. Holiday Handprint Event Sunday, November 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 $10 will get your custom painting, and you can add it to an unlimited number of plates and platters (plates and platters are purchased separately that day). These make great gifts for the grandmas in your life. 8. Free Night at Festival of Gingerbread Tuesday, November 29 from 5 p.m. to...

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Dating Your City During The Holidays With Amber Stone…
Dec28

Dating Your City During The Holidays With Amber Stone…

  I couldn’t think of a better topic to write about this month, than THE HOLIDAYS! If you’re a Fort Wayne newbie like me, then you’re in for a treat! I was mesmerized over what an amazing job this city did with the holidays. When you relocate, the holidays can be a bit rough. Traditions you’ve done with family and friends have become a memory. Christmas shopping with the girls is now seen via Facebook or Instagram. Despite all of the changes you will go through this time of year, I can testify that Fort Wayne has done it bigger than any city I’ve lived in. Let’s talk about the massive crowds that showed up to both Jefferson Pointe Tree Lighting, and Christmas on Broadway. Oh, let’s not forget the over 10,000 people at the PNC Santa lighting! If you were feeling blue this holiday season, being around the Christmas spirit in this city should have sprinkled a little cheer in your world.   For me, Christmas hasn’t been the same since I lost my Dad. Sometimes I feel like he was the inspiration behind Clark Griswold, because he always made sure to make the holidays something to remember. The challenging part this year was flipping to an all Christmas music station on Soft Rock 103.9. First thought was “oh Amber, this is going to be the hardest thing you’ve ever done.” Every memory and holiday tradition of mine was attached to the majority of the songs we played. You know what? It actually wasn’t bad at all. We (at Soft Rock) made it all about you and wanted our listeners to be happy and filled with Christmas spirit. There truly was never a dull moment right here in your backyard. Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park, Christmas on the Farm at Salomon Farm, downtown events, plus all our Christmas contests we planned for the station. The legendary Steve Shine, of Shine & Hardin, asked me this… “So Amber, did you think we were on steroids for Christmas around here?” It was an incredible time to see Fort Wayne. I do hope you had a chance to get home and be with family and friends. If not, I’m sure the city tried to make it a special experience for you. Now as we get ready for 2016, and the excitement of a new canvas to paint, take the time to know your new city. Make a list of all the places you would like to explore. There’s never a dull moment in Fort Wayne. Cheers to a New Year, chat soon!   Amber Stone Host of Amber Stone in...

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All We Want For Christmas is Fort Wayne
Dec18

All We Want For Christmas is Fort Wayne

The holidays are upon us and if you are anything like me, you are probably scrambling to get that perfect gift for a special someone. Here at Living Fort Wayne, we love to shop local and promote small businesses right here in the heart of downtown. To continue on with this tradition, we asked our staff what they wanted the most for Christmas. So sit back, relax, read our 2015 edition of All We Want For Christmas is Fort Wayne, and hope you’re not on Santa’s “Naughty” list.   Leslie Snare Well, I’m hoping Santa (or someone equally as cool) gets me a Brewerker membership from Summit City Brewerks. I’d definitely be better equipped to deal with the holiday shopping crowds! Plus, membership includes a t-shirt so that’s an extra special bonus! This membership also includes a SCB logo beer glass, birthday fill, membership card & sticker, and even special invitation-only events. Becca Bell I want a Patagonia pullover from Fort Wayne Outfitters and a year’s supply of weekly bottles from Juice Jar. I’d love for Santa to add to my collection of Susan and Steven Shaikh’s gemstone rings, which are sold at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Paradigm Gallery. Also, mugs from Laura Brandenburg’s Stonewares. Tim Zink I know this is an old standby favorite in Fort Wayne. Since I thoroughly enjoy cookies, I wouldn’t mind having a box of cookies from the Cookie Cottage to replace every meal for a couple days (or to share…I guess). Jasmine Bejar I’ll add anything from Hedgehog Press. I love the unique and Fort Wayne-centric prints and art! I’m specifically itching for some of her wood cut coasters. Some Hedgehog Press products are also sold at Valontine Vintage inside the City Exchange Shops. Jade Kelsey If Santa could bring me a shiny new bike from Human Motor Works, I promise to be good all year! Human Motor Works also sells great running gear, bike accessories, and everything you’ll need for your next triathlon! Lynn Altevogt I just want absolutely everything from Fancy & Staple! But since I don’t expect anyone to spend quite that much money on me, a gift card would do just fine. Honestly, browsing around the shop is half the fun. I usually have to make two or three rounds to look at everything. Here are a few things on my wish list from there:     Travis Bartlett  I would love a bottle of beard oil from Valontine Vintage and some gourmet popcorn from Poptique, both located inside The City Exchange Shops. Some goodies from the Vanilla Bean to satisfy my relentless sweet tooth and I would also...

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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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All We Want for Christmas is Fort Wayne
Dec02

All We Want for Christmas is Fort Wayne

It’s that season again, stockings hung, chestnuts roasting, twinkling lights, and sugar cookies. You know, all the things that make the holidays warm and cheery. Last year we asked some of our volunteers what they wanted for the holidays and we posted it in our first All We Want for Christmas is Fort Wayne. This year we are continuing the tradition with a 2014 edition of a #ShopLocal holiday gift list. Read on to see what local things our volunteers hope to see under their trees. Lynn Altevogt DeBrand Fine Chocolates – DeBrand is Fort Wayne’s favorite chocolate, and I’m not sure there is much they offer that I haven’t tried. I’ve been really craving the Gourmet S’mores Kit, the perfect snack for cold winter nights. Summit City Bikes and Fitness – Have you guys heard of “fat” bikes? They have wider tires, perfect for riding in snow, so that you can bike all year round! They have a ton over at Summit City Bikes that I think I could make room at my place for. Cardinal Tattoo – I am in need of some more ink and I am in love with the work done by the boys at Cardinal Tattoo. They did all our 3RRC tattoos last spring and I’ve been itching to go back ever since. A $50 gift card should be a good start. You know what, let’s just make it an even $100. Affine Food Truck – I downloaded the Dash n’ Dine app on my phone solely so I can figure out if Affine is near me when hunger strikes. It has come in quite handy. But you know what would be even more handy? — a gift card to Affine. Wendy Englehart Smells from Old Fort Soap Company – Any scent will do. Specifically, Coconut and Shea, Carrot and Calendula or Lavendar and Lemongrass. Oh, and a bath bomb so I can relax in some bubbly effervescence. Mahnin – Green Curry please, large size with seafood. Make sure they go heavy on the Thai Basil and Asian eggplant. Ask them to keep it mild, because even the heat from that will knock my socks off. Bottle of Barreja from Two-EE’s – This is a self-explanatory, can’t-go-wrong gift. Tickets to C2G’s Janis Joplin Tribute on Saturday, January 17th – If you aren’t familiar with Come To Go, or the C2G Music Hall, this is an awesome venue for both worship and outstanding acoustics. I’m pretty sure musicians just sound better here. Emily Farmer 1-Month Membership to Studio Seva – I was recently notified that they have a yoga class with a twist…SevAerial Yoga! That’s right. Everyone...

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