Five Patios Not To Miss This Spring and Summer
May17

Five Patios Not To Miss This Spring and Summer

Despite its harsh winters, Fort Wayne’s restaurants are abundant in outdoor seating.  Now that the weather is finally warming up, it’s time to grab your plates and glasses and dine outside.  Here are some of our favorite local patio picks! The Deck Ask anyone in Fort Wayne where they go to eat outside, and the majority will point to The Deck first.  It’s practically a Fort Wayne icon, located just across the river from the Old Fort in the parking lot of Don Hall’s Old Gas House.  If you’re heading there most nights and weekends, you can expect a wait, but they’ve expanded the bar so it’s easy to grab a drink while you do. View this post on Instagram Who is ready for summer to be here?!? #gettothedeck 📷 @downtownfortwayne A post shared by The Deck at the Gas House (@hallsdeck) on Feb 5, 2018 at 7:50am PST  Wine Down and O’Reilley’s Okay, we know there’s two listed here, but these patios are awesome because they both offer incredible views of Parkview Field.  Go to either for drinks or dinner during a home game and watch the TinCaps in action. View this post on Instagram The patio view at our Downtown Fort Wayne location, beautiful! A post shared by O'Reilly's Irish Bar (@oreillysirishbar) on Nov 3, 2017 at 4:41pm PDT Sidecar Want to take a tropical vacation in your own community?  The Sidecar (of Wine Down) is the place to be.  While it’s not quite yet open this season, they’ve been getting us excited about their outdoor tiki bar on social media.  You won’t want to miss it! View this post on Instagram ☀️ Its 🙌 Almost 🌋 That 🌺 Time 🍍 Of 🎋 The 🍌 Year 🗿 A post shared by Sidecar (@sidecarfw) on Apr 21, 2018 at 9:07am PDT Three Rivers Distilling Company One of the newer kids on Fort Wayne’s block, Three Rivers Distilling Company, has an impressive new patio this season.  It’s one of the roomier patios in town, and the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows continue the outdoor feeling even when you’re seated indoors.  Don’t miss their Summer Patio Nights with $5 frozen drinks on Thursdays from 4-9pm. View this post on Instagram We love sharing this spring weather on our outdoor patio with you! #FortWayne A post shared by Three Rivers Distilling Co. (@3riversdistillingco) on Apr 27, 2018 at 8:56pm PDT Lunch on the Square While not technically a patio, we still wanted to include Lunch on the Square in Freimann Square for its glorified outdoor dining experience.  Local food trucks and music performances vary each week, but the positive energy is always sunny and...

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Live Storytelling Thrives at The Trap Door
Oct16

Live Storytelling Thrives at The Trap Door

Get Directions When you hear someone tell a live story, you form a personal connection with them. Fort Wayne’s Ben Larson says, “you get an understanding of people that is rare these days, with everybody being so attached to social media. You just get a small glimpse of a person [on social media] and we’re so quick to make snap judgments without getting to know someone, where they’ve been, what’s in their mind. Storytelling helps alleviate that; people are now craving that instead of micro-doses of humanity. We’re 3D people with our own lives, our own back-stories.” Background Larson was an English major in college, and he’s always loved a good story. He became interested in storytelling as theatre after discovering podcasts like “The Moth,” “Risk” and “Snap Judgment.” In 2015, he decided to bring the idea to life in Fort Wayne with The Trap Door. It began with a one-off show, but then the concept was shelved for about a year. In the late summer/early fall of 2016, Larson decided to revive the project. When John Cheesebrew and Becca Bell came on board, the project really began to take off. These three have known each other for years. Larson had worked creatively with Cheesebrew before – they used to play together in the black metal band Fodalla. “John is a good sounding board, he’s brutally honest and he has great ideas,” said Larson. “Becca has been a writer forever and she has a stronger organizational aspect than John or [me]. Also, I knew she could contribute to the creative side. So we all had different sets of skills and they combined well.” Format The Trap Door does two different types of shows, alternating each month. There are story slams and showcase shows. The story slam is a contest. Anyone interested in sharing a story will put their name into a hat. Names are draw and each storyteller tells a five to ten minute story. There are two winners: one chosen by the audience, one by the judges. “We’ve been fortunate in that we haven’t had to worry about filling up time. Sometimes ten minutes before the show we’ll only have two names, but by the time the show starts we’ve gotten 15,” said Larson. In contrast, showcase shows are planned out ahead of time. The team will accept pitches in the form of a 100-word synopsis, and then they’ll choose the storytellers. They occasionally reach out to specific people, but that varies depending on the month. Storytellers will prep their stories ahead of time, working with Larson, Bell and Cheesebrew before the show. Then they decide on an...

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Let’s Comedy! Events
Aug11

Let’s Comedy! Events

Looking for a fun night of entertainment? Got to a Let’s Comedy! show right here in Fort Wayne! August 14, 3-6 pm: Let’s Comedy! Open House – Open Mic – Writer’s Room Hokey Pokey August 14, 8 pm: Let’s Comedy! Presents: Dave Waite Live in the Tiger Room August 30, 8-9:30 pm: Kurt Braunohler in Fort Wayne Presented by Let’s Comedy! September 29, 8-10 pm: Jake The Snake Roberts: UnSpOkEn WoRd ToUR...

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Throw a Pi(e) in the Face of Cancer!
Mar08

Throw a Pi(e) in the Face of Cancer!

Locally owned Sweets So Geek and Young Professionals for the American Cancer Society (YPACS) will be hosting a charity art show to help fund cancer research and the Live Bold fund created by the Fort Wayne Small Business Owner’s Association in honor of local entrepreneur Lindsey Hively and other business owners who have left us too soon. On March 12th, the Saturday before Pi Day, Sweets So Geek will be displaying and auctioning pie pans that were passed out to area artists (including the Komets and the Mad Ants) with the instructions to “make art.” This art will both be a celebration of local creativity, a quirky fun celebration of Pi Day, and once sold, will benefit two great causes. An auction will also be held for the right to throw a whipped cream pie in the face of local celebrities! The target will be able to bid against everyone there to avoid taking the pie in the kisser! The show begins at 6:00 pm, and all art will be sold via silent auction ending at 9:00 pm. All proceeds will go directly to the American Cancer Society and the Live Bold fund. The entire community is invited to come out, bid on one of a kind art, and enjoy a fun and unique event. If unable to make it to the event, donations can be made directly to the American Cancer Society through the Relay For Life of Fort Wayne under the YPACS team. Sweets So Geek will also have Pi Day contests, awarding the customer who can recite Pi to the farthest decimal with a full pie and their name engraved in a trophy pie pan, to be displayed permanently at the store. There will also be music entertainment from School of Rock, a cash bar by CS3’s, live art being created, Pi(e) themed desserts, and more! Visit the Facebook event for updates! About Sweets So Geek Sweets So Geek started as a hobby for former pastry chef Chad Seewald and blossomed into a profession. Making a few Star Wars chocolates for friends and family, the hobby moved into an Etsy store, then into a commercial kitchen, and now into a full retail location specializing in custom one-of-a kind cakes, ice cream, gourmet desserts, chocolates, and more that you just can’t find anywhere else. About Young Professionals for the American Cancer Society (YPACS) YPACS is a community-based voluntary organization comprised of young adults dedicated to the American Cancer Society in its mission to eliminate cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. YPACS advances the mission of the American Cancer Society through fundraising, public relations, and promoting cancer awareness...

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LFW Fun File
Nov26

LFW Fun File

1. Tinsley Ellis at C2G Music Hall Friday, November 20th at 8 pm 2. A Christmas Story the Musical at the Civic Theatre, Friday November 20th and Saturday, November 21st at 8 pm and Sunday, November 22nd at 2 pm. 3. Artament -at Artlink Contemporary Gallery and Cinema Center, Saturday, November 21 from 6 til 9 p.m. 4. 20th Annual Turkey Trot 5k at Fox Island 5. Philharmonic Masterworks: Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Saturday November 21st from 7:30 pm til 9:30 pm 6. Great White at C2G Music Hall Saturday, November 21st at 8 pm 7. Junk Ditch Brewing Brunch – Green Frog Inn, Sunday November 22nd from 10 am til 2 pm   8. Let’s Comedy! Presents Kyle Kinane – Calhoun Soups Salads and Spirts, Monday November 23rd at 9 pm 9. Exposure Opening Reception at 3223 Carroll Rd on Tuesday, November 24th from 6 pm til 10 pm 10. Night of Lights in Downtown Fort Wayne, Wednesday, November 25th from 5 pm til 8...

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