Fort Wayne Basketball Quiz
Mar15

Fort Wayne Basketball Quiz

It’s March Madness time and this season we’re serving up another quiz to test your Fort Wayne knowledge! From the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Fort Wayne Mastodons of today to the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons and Fort Wayne Fury of yesteryear, our city has had a long history with “Indiana’s game.” This quiz isn’t limited to just college hoops, so give it a try (and let us know how you...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Feb02

LFW Weekly Fun File

It’s Super Bowl weekend, but besides killer commercials and tasty apps, what else is going on? Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? We compile a list of events and activities 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. World Wetlands Day Walk Thursday, February 2 at 10 a.m. Who couldn’t use a fun walk around Fox Island to celebrate world wetlands day? 2. Fort Wayne RV and Camping Show Thursday February 2 – Sunday, February 5 RV’s have come a long way since I was little and going camping with my family. Whether you’re a die-hard tent-goer or like the luxury of an RV, this show will have something for you. 3. Cocktails & Sweet Deals Saturday, February 4 at 11 a.m. Shopping and cocktails. It’s a perfect way to spend a Saturday. 4. 31st Annual Fanny Freezer Saturday, February 4 at 2 p.m. It’s the first official points series event of the year! Dress warm! 5. Arena Dinner Theatre – Failure, A Love Story Friday and Saturday, February 3 and February 4 This is a great show! It’s all about the power of love … perfect for an early Valentine’s date. 6. Riverfront Fort Wayne: Birdwatching on the Trails Sunday, February 5 at 8 a.m. If you’ve never been birdwatching, give it a try! It’s a wonderful, peaceful way to begin your day.  7. Fort Wayne Mad Ants Tuesday, February 7 at 7 p.m. Check out our favorite local basketball team this week. You won’t be sorry you did! 8. Eat, Paint & Be Merry – Valentine’s Glass Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments, prizes, and fun! Choose between the “Love It” hearts glass or the “Hate It” Grumpy Cat glass. Both glasses feature a chalkboard and come with a piece of chalk. 9. Northeast Indiana Go Red For Women Luncheon Wednesday, February 8 at 10:30 a.m. Wear your RED and enjoy a wonderful lunch, inspirational stories, a purse auction, red lipstick touch-ups courtesy of Macy’s,  and health and wellness screenings! Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. 10. Brews & Browse: Guys Night Out Valentine’s Day Shopping Wednesday, February 8 at 5:30 p.m. Attention, guys! Have no idea what to get your girl for Valentines Day? Are you terrible at wrapping? Shop and drink at Idlehour Boutique and throw your Valentine’s Day worries...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Dec22

LFW Weekly Fun File

Happy Holidays! 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. Holiday Wine Glasses! Paint 2 Beautiful Wine Glasses Thursday, December 22 at 6 pm Relieve some holiday shopping stress by taking an evening to paint some festive wine glasses. 2. Last Minute Pop-Up Market Friday, December 23 from 10 am to 7 pm You guys. I haven’t done any shopping, true story. You can bet I will be visiting this last minute pop-up. It supports local small businesses. Stop by and check it out! 3. It’s a Wonderful Life Celebration Friday, December 23 from 6:30 pm to 10 pm My dad’s all-time favorite movie is “It’s a Wonderful Life” and we watch it every Christmas. It will be so fun to pay homage to the 70th anniversary of this special film at the Cinema Center! There will be free hot cocoa and a cash bar, and you can bring winter gear to donate … what could be better? 4. 2nd Annual Festivus Celebration Friday December 23 beginning at 4 pm Air your grievances. Wear festive outfits. Stein-Hoisting competition. It’s a fun way to begin the weekend! 5. Smoke and Mirrors LAST SHOW, Pink Balloon Band, and Dear Darla Friday, December 23 at 8 pm It’s Smoke and Mirror’s last show, and they’re playing with Pink Balloon Band and Dear Darla. It should be a great time. 6. Luau Week December 26 through December 30 So much fun is happening at Crazy Pinz this week! The kiddos are on Christmas break, take them for some fun, and have some fun yourself! Check out the link for a full list of activities. 7. Soirée Pres: Coria (Fair Fjola), Otitis Media, My Dog Junior Monday, December 26 at 8 pm It’s a $5 cover at the Brass Rail if you’re looking for something to fill your Monday night. 8. Bath Fizzy Workshop Tuesday, December 27 from 2 pm to 4 pm Our friends over at The Narwhal and the Manatee (you can check out their entrepreneurship spotlight here) are hosting a bath fizzy workshop! All ages are welcome, come make bath products that look like dessert! (Full disclosure: my 3-year-old totally tried to...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Dec01

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. “Christmas at Home” with the Swinney Sisters Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3 Celebrate the holidays in true victorian fashion at the Swinney homestead. The house will be decked in beautiful victorian decorations and light refreshments will be provided. 2. Fort Wayne Ballet: The Nutcracker Friday, December 2 through Sunday, December 11, Time varies This beautiful holiday tradition is finally here! 3. The Polar Express Pajama Party Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m. The annual Polar Express Storytime! Activities, coloring, and letters to Santa. 4. Midnight Sale Friday, December 2 from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Hyde Brothers at night! There will be sales! If you wear something festive, you get a free book, so fun! 5. Santa Train Times and days vary, check their website for details. This train ride with Santa is so fun. The first round of tickets is sold out, but they are adding dates/times and more tickets will go on sale shortly! Your kids will have a blast, especially if they like trains. 6. Christmas on the Farm Saturday, December 3 at 1 p.m. Horse drawn wagon rides, Father Christmas, holiday vendors selling 100% homemade items, and more!   7. Mad Ants Vs. Windy City Bulls December 3 at 7 p.m. Check out the Mad Ants this weekend! For more information about the team, have a look at our latest article. 8. Bravas Presents: WTF Sundaze Saunday, December 4 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. If it’s not breakfast, lunch, or brunch, then what is it? The only way to find out what’s on the menu is by attending! 9. Holiday Open House and Sensitive Santa Visit December 4 at 2 p.m. This is awesome. If you have a child with sensory issues, this is an opportunity to take them to see Santa and get their picture taken. There will be a hot chocolate bar, christmas cookies, and lots of fun! 10. Moscow Ballet Presents: Great Russian Nutcracker Wednesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. This should be a wonderful, classic, traditional holiday show. 11. Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance Ceremony Wednesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. This...

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Fort Wayne Mad Ants 10th Anniversary Season
Nov21

Fort Wayne Mad Ants 10th Anniversary Season

Can you believe the Mad Ants have been in Fort Wayne for ten years already? John Zeglis and Jeff Potter started the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in 2007 and sold it to the Indiana Pacers this year as part of the NBA Development League in affiliation with the Indiana Pacers. It is now run by Timothy Bawman, President of the Mad Ants franchise. I had the pleasure of speaking with Bawman about the Mad Ants 10th season anniversary. This season, we are going to see more of the influence of the Indiana Pacers over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants as well as plenty of “Ant”-ertainment for everyone to enjoy! The name “Mad Ants” came from “Mad” Anthony Wayne, the namesake of Fort Wayne. The Fort Wayne Mad Ants play in the NBA Development League (D-League), which is the highest level of minor league basketball in the United States. Players can be playing for the Indiana Pacers one day and the next be playing for the Mad Ants. One of these players is Rakeem Christmas. Some alumni of the Mad Ants are Ron Howard (Mr. Mad Ant), CJ Fair of the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers, and Dahntay Jones of the Los Angeles Clippers. Some players to look out for this season are two former Indiana University basketball players: Christian Watford, who scored the winning shot against the University of Kentucky in 2011 and Nick Zeisloft. Allen County War Memorial Coliseum houses the the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and has been upgraded for the upcoming season. The franchise has changed the experience of going to a game at the Coliseum with more intimate seating arrangements in the arena and Kid Zone. They have also added a Drum Line and plenty of giveaways! What is “Ant”-ertainment? Face-painting, games, and half-time shows are just a few of what the Mad Ants has in store for this season for the whole family. For someone who’s never been to a game, be aware that there will be plenty of Mad Ants swag such as bobbleheads, replica championship rings, hats, and t-shirts! “You don’t have to be a basketball fan to enjoy the Mad Ants,” Bawman said. “We have plenty of Ant-ertainment for the whole family.” The Mad Ants has been in Fort Wayne since 2007 and have been very active in the community. Being a title sponsor of the Urban League, they have also sponsored Empowering Men and Brilliant Girls of the Boys and Girls club and several reading initiatives within the area and they don’t plan on stopping. “There will be plenty of that [community involvement] as time goes on,” Bawman said. The Mad Ants feel...

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