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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LFW Weekly Fun File
Jul21

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Look no further! LFW compiles a list of 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. YLNI Hot Spot Thursday, July 21 at 5:30 Make some friends at Pedal City! 2. Let’s Comedy! Presents: Follow Friday 5: Meltdown in Downtown July 22 at 8 p.m. A night of fun with a variety of funny folks! 3. Java Mama Open House Saturday, July 23 at 11 a.m. Do crafts, have fun with legos, and get the kiddo’s face painted! There will be live acoustic music featuring Jen Fisher, Pop n Fresh, Plumdingo and Sarah Brown. And it’s all free! I love Java Mama, come check out this wonderful place! 4. Pokemon GO! Neighborhood Tours Saturday, July 23 at 4 p.m. Tour all the PokeStops in the area and learn some neat tips and tricks for this game that’s taking the world by storm. 5. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Saturday, July 23 through August 7, times vary This will be an amazing show! Don’t miss it! 6. Fort Wayne Pride July 22 and 23, Time varies There will be a variety of activities throughout the weekend, including the Pride March! 7. K105 Countryfest Saturday, July 23 at 1 p.m. Lee Brice, Jon Pardi, Clare Dunn, Drew Baldridge, LANco and Jordan Rager, should be a fun time! 8. Sweets So Geek Free Outdoor Movie: Labyrinth Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m. Also a David Bowie appreciation night (that’s reason enough to go, right there). Vietnummy will be there and the charity for the evening is SCAN. Don’t miss it! 9. 98.9 The Bear’s Birthday Bash Sunday, July 24 at 3:30 p.m. Featuring Shinedown, Halestorm, Red Sun Rising and Devour the Day. 10. Allen County Fair July 26-31, times vary It’s fair time! Who doesn’t love the Allen County Fair?! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Check out our events calendar, and get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our city!...

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Photographing Miranda: Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour – from the lens of a novice turned expert
Oct21

Photographing Miranda: Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour – from the lens of a novice turned expert

A pretty unique opportunity was offered to me last week. Or, I should say, the opportunity was offered to Living Fort Wayne and I humbly accepted it on behalf of the team. The Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour was rolling through Fort Wayne on one of its last stops and we were asked if we’d like to cover the show. The concert was promoted as a “girls night out” and featured Courtney Cole, Clare Dunn, Raelynn (of The Voice fame), and Miranda Lambert. A little backstory: during my senior year of college, I was a marketing intern at Sweetwater Sound and was able to attend a Miranda Lambert concert with the owner of Wechter Guitars (a division of Sweetwater). We got backstage passes to meet her and give her a custom-made Wechter guitar. Also, my college roommate listened to her all the time and she eventually grew on me, so I have a soft spot for Miranda Lambert and I likely always will. I was very excited for the concert and then I found out that our tickets were to come with a press pass. The press passes were specifically for one photographer to take photos for the first three songs of each artist. After those three songs were finished, said photographer was to leave his or her camera with personnel. That was completely reasonable, except for the fact that I don’t necessarily consider myself a professional photographer. I suppose technically, legally, and logistically speaking I am considered a professional photographer because I do photography at my real job and have done freelance photography for which I’ve been compensated. With most roles I fill in my life, I tend to do a lot of different types of tasks (like a real renaissance woman.) So I wasn’t scared to take photos of Miranda Lambert… Just kidding, I was pretty terrified, but I didn’t want that to stop me. I decided to just pretend that I knew exactly what I was doing. My friend Ashley and I showed up at the Coliseum just after 7:30 and went up to the will call window. They gave me the press pass and tickets in an envelope with my name actually printed on it (with my last name spelled correctly) which I was much more excited about than it really warranted. We went up the escalator and met Nathan, the Vice President of Sales for the Coliseum. He was extremely friendly and helpful and told us exactly how everything would work for the evening and where I would be able to go to take photos. Pretty soon, it was time for me to head out into the concert. I’m going...

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Three Rivers Festival Opening Weekend
Jul10

Three Rivers Festival Opening Weekend

That time of year we have all been waiting for has finally arrived. A summer favorite, the Three Rivers Festival starts today. If you’re from the Fort, you’re familiar with it all – the parade, the concerts and, of course, Junk Food Alley. Without fail, I always make sure to get my fill of lemon shake-ups and funnel cake, but there is plenty going on to keep busy, even after you satisfy your sweet tooth. The festival starts today and runs through Saturday, July 18th. Here is a quick guide on what you can expect at the Three Rivers Festival this weekend. Opening Day: Friday, July 10 The festival begins with a variety of downtown displays, shows and activities, with the Midway and Junk Food Alley running from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. The evening’s events include a concert featuring Loverboy, Coolidge, and James & the Drifters, and a TinCaps game at Parkview Field. Doors for the concert open at 5 p.m. and the TinCaps game begins at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, July 11 The Runners on Parade race, in its 21st year, kicks off the Three Rivers Parade at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. The race starts off at Headwaters Park Pavilion and makes its way through downtown. This is one of the largest summer 5Ks in northeast Indiana, with over 1,000 participants and $1,000 in total prize money. When I asked Race Director Craig Bobay what his favorite thing about the race is, he said, “Having the chance to run the streets of beautiful downtown Fort Wayne without worrying about traffic is cool. But the best part really is the opportunity to run, jog or walk in front of the thousands of spectators who line the streets of the course before the famous Three Rivers Festival Parade begins.” Race sponsors include the Fort Wayne Track Club, Fort Wayne Orthopedics and Three Rivers Running Company. Online registration is closed, but you can still register in person today, at Three Rivers Running Company from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., during packet pick-up hours. Late registration is $30. Learn more about Runners on Parade at runnersonparade.com. The Parade begins at 9:45 on Saturday, and if you’ve never been, it really is a blast, and it’s a great way to kick off the weekend. Several local businesses and organizations participate in the parade, which is complete with floats, music, and follows a two mile route through the streets of downtown. I highly recommend going at least once to experience this Fort Wayne staple. Some other exciting things happening during the festival on Saturday include the Chalkwalk on Main Street, Lawton Park Flea Market, Crafters Market in Headwaters Park, Barr Street Market, Summerland...

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The Classical College Music Scene
Feb04

The Classical College Music Scene

Do you like acoustical guitar? Perhaps a flute concert? Maybe a good brass ensemble or an orchestra would sound good right now. Well, stop and check out some of the collegiate sounds that Fort Wayne has to offer. First of all, be sure to keep a weather eye open for visiting college groups. An example would be the St. Olaf Choir, from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. This group, which features 75 voices, will perform at First Presbyterian Church on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. If this choir is anything like their television Christmas specials, you won’t want to miss this event! Fort Wayne, home to a variety of universities and colleges, is also the place to experience a good amount of quality music – especially when it comes as the result of university-level instruction. Both students and instructors perform routinely throughout the school year, giving solo, ensemble, and full-out formal concerts that members of the Fort Wayne community are welcome to enjoy. Many of the musical offerings come from the Rhinehart Music Center at Indiana University-Purdue University. Large concerts are held in the Auer Performance Hall, a beautiful stage space that can hold around 1,500 audience members. A smaller performance area, the Rhinehart Recital Hall, is a more intimate setting for solo recitals and ancient music performances. Coming up on February 23, (Monday at 7:30 p.m.), the IPFW/Fort Wayne Community Orchestra will present a concerto and aria concert, featuring recent winners of the University’s concerto/aria competition. Music will include Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat, three opera solos, and a trombone concerto by the British composer Bourgeoise. If you want to see something on a Thursday night, try out the Wind Ensemble Concert, March 5 at 7:30. It’s always a glittering sight, seeing all those flutes and trumpets lined up in rows before the podium. If quieter, smaller ensembles are more to your taste, then you might want to listen to a guitar studio showcase. IPFW is holding a variety of guitar concerts and recitals – as is the University of Saint Francis. USF will be holding their guitar concert on April 21, at 7 p.m. This concert will be held at their North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring Street. IPFW’s guitars will make several performances, including Saturday, March 28 (the Canadian Guitar Quartet, 7:30 p.m.) and the Guitar Ensemble Recital (April 15, 7:30 p.m.). And don’t forget about quality piano music. Maybe you want to sample some of the Summit City’s best piano work – well, look no further. Several piano events are happening this semester at IPFW, including an alumni recital with Jason Simon, (Feb....

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