LFW Weekend Fun File
May26

LFW Weekend Fun File

It’s Memorial Day weekend! If you’re not going to the Indy 500 or the lake, check out the awesome things happening in our city! 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 Weekend 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! 1. Grand Opening Chapman’s Brewing tap room at Fortezza Coffee Shop Thursday, May 26 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Per the Facebook Page: “Fortezza Coffee Shop owners Sean and Melody Wang have partnered with Chapman’s Brewing Founder, Scott Fergusson to open a tap room in downtown Fort Wayne. Fortezza / Chapmans Tap Room, at 819 South Calhoun Street in Fort Wayne. They will open with 10 taps of Chapman’s beer, and with their Indiana small brewer’s permit they can offer growlers fills, pints, kegs, and cold carryout.” — This will be awesome. Be some of the first to check it out! 2. 2016 Heritage Jazz Tour Thursday, May 26 at 8 p.m. A great concert at the Philmore on Broadway. Tickets are $30 in advance. 3. REO Speedwagon Concert Friday, May 27, 2016 at 8 p.m. As part of the Foellinger Theater Concert Series, REO Speedwagon is coming! Tickets are from $49-$99 and the show should be great! 4. YLNI Farmer’s Market Saturday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Formerly known as Barr Street Market, it’s the same summer market we all know and love. It opened last week and is open through the summer. Come check it out! There’s something for everyone! 5. Free Showing of the Guardians of the Galaxy at Sweets So Geek Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m.     The movie begins a few minutes after sundown. These are always fun! There will be games and activities, and I heard maybe even a dance off. 6. Botanical Conservatory Spring Discount Day/Iris Flower Show Sunday, May 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Tickets for adults are $3 and for children $2. The Botanical Conservatory is so fun, and it might be raining this weekend, so this is definitely something wonderful to do, especially with the kiddos! 7. Bees, Wasps, and Hornets at Fox Island Sunday, May 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. My daughter is terrified of bees. I love bees. They’re important (especially honey bees). You can see the indoor beehive and maybe even the queen bee if you can find her (no, not Beyonce). 8. Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony Monday, May 30 at 11...

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Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Jade Kelsey
Feb17

Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Jade Kelsey

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne were? Or maybe you’re curious about the different things our team does every day that make Living Fort Wayne the go-to destination for all the great things happening in our city.  In this new spotlight series, we’ll be featuring a few of our amazing volunteers who will share a bit about their contributions to Living Fort Wayne and what they do outside of their volunteer work with us. Next in our series is our Partnership Development Co-Chair, Jade Kelsey. What is your role within LFW and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? I love Fort Wayne, and wanted to be a part of a group that showcases all of the cool things there are to see and do in my city. So, my role in Partnership Development is a perfect fit. Jasmine is my Co-Chair, and she is so great to work with. You can usually find us at Fortezza, our unofficial office space. Our job is the most fun! We get to talk to all kinds of people about their events, activities and plans for the future and then bring them back to our LFW team to write, promote and showcase. Tell us one thing about your life outside of LFW. (Job, Family, pets, hobbies, etc). I’ve recently fallen in love with my bicycle, to the point that I’ve joined an advocacy group – Bicycle Friendly Fort Wayne. I commute to work, zip around my neighborhood, explore our greenways and even run errands. If you could live any other place in the world, beside FW, where would you live and why? My parents recently re-located to Memphis, Tennessee, and I miss them very much. My fiancé and I enjoyed visiting some historical sites, museums and great restaurants on our last trip. Plus, you can’t beat Beale Street for drinks and jazz. If you had a friend coming in from out of town, what is the one can’t miss thing you would show them or do with them in FW? Oh man, that’s tough. One thing? Probably Wunderkammer, because whatever they have going on will be perfectly local and fantastic. And then we can sneak over to Bravas for patatas. If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? Bohemian Rhapsody, because the crowd would sing along! Stay tuned next month for another glimpse into one of Living Fort Wayne’s volunteers. If you’d like to learn more about opportunities to help out with our blog, send us an email (info@livingfortwayne.com) or reach out to us on Social Media: @LivingFortWayne facebook.com/LivingFortWayne We’re always interested...

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LFW’s Top Picks for Best Coffee Shops
Jan04

LFW’s Top Picks for Best Coffee Shops

It’s a Monday morning and you woke up late for work. As you’re scrambling to get your stuff prepared for the day ahead, you realize your hot water isn’t working. You do as much as you can to your hair and decide that today is a “Messy Bun Day”. You look at the clock and see that if you leave now, you’ll have just enough time to grab that quick cup of coffee on your way to work. Living Fort Wayne knows Mondays well. More importantly, we know where to get the best coffee in town to kickstart your week. So for your convenience, here’s our list of Best Coffee Shops.   Jade Kelsey picks… The Friendly Fox (photo by Nicholas Weaver) This cozy neighborhood joint feels like stepping into a friend’s house, so it’s no surprise that they are family owned and operated. The Friendly Fox serves Utopian Coffee, which pairs perfectly with their Saturday morning special, Malted Milk Waffles. Hungry yet? The Fox also offers a full menu of lunch and dinner specials, including a flatbread for every taste, Korean BBQ, wraps, paninis, salad, and more. If you’re in the mood for some dessert, the Fox also has homemade cheesecake, handmade milkshakes, floats, and sundaes for your relentless sweet tooth. Perhaps just a few macaroons while you sip a cuppa joe.   Becca Bell picks… Old Crown Coffee Roasters It was the first (and only) coffee roaster in Fort Wayne for many years. For more than 15 years, Old Crown has taken the “purist” approach to everything—coffee is roasted in-house, chocolate and caramel sauces are 100% from scratch, veggies and herbs are grown in their backyard, and iced drinks use slow-processed, cold extracted espresso. Not to mention that they have craft cocktails made with fresh juice and house-made syrups and infusions. Since moving into their new location in November of 2009, owners Mike and Jennifer have added a seasonally-inspired dinner menu. For both regular customers and longtime employees, like me, the OC is much more than a coffee shop. It is a FAMILY.   Leslie Snare picks… Dash-In For a mid-day coffee run (and we all need those sometimes, right?) will always be the Dash-In. They feature Old Crown coffee and sometimes you just need a solid cup of joe to make it through the workday. The Dash-In also has some amazing lunch specials! I would recommend their famous tomato bisque along with a strong cup of coffee to warm up during your lunch hour.   Travis Bartlett picks… Mocha Lounge When I lived out in Southwest Fort Wayne, this was my go-to spot for coffee. Super friendly...

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LFW’s Top Picks for Fall Activities
Oct20

LFW’s Top Picks for Fall Activities

The team here at Living Fort Wayne considers ourselves a pretty hip bunch. But we will jump right in on the fall-lovin’, pumpkin-spice-latte-drinkin’, sweater-wearin’ bandwagon when the leaves start to change and there’s a bit of a chill in the air. So here are our top picks for all things fall in Fort Wayne. Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments! Leslie Snare – Director at Large My vote is for the Amazing Fall Fun corn maze and farm. It is such a great family activity and not too far outside of the city. They have a 12-acre corn maze as well as one of the largest and most unique pumpkin patches in Indiana! Becca Bell – Editorial Contributor I’m not a big autumn fan, but I do enjoy the River City Rat Race, gourmet giant caramel apples from DeBrand’s Fine Chocolates, and kayaking anywhere with colorful foliage. Sarah Pine – Social Media Contributor One of my favorite fall activities is going to Advanced Tree Technology in New Haven! It’s a great place to go with family or friends to pick delicious apples from their rows and rows of beautiful apple trees, pick out some pumpkins and get some apple cider. Lynn Altevogt – Editorial Chair I am really looking forward to checking out the Haunted History: The Darker Side of West Central put on by ARCH. I am not usually one for scary tours, but I am a bit of a history buff. Plus, my boyfriend used to live in the one of the featured “haunted” buildings, so I’m very curious to see what secrets may lie within its walls. The tour will take off from the USF Performing Arts Building (formerly the Scottish Rite) and is only $10. Click the link above for more details. Wendy Englehart – Committee Co-Chair Watch a football game! And I’m not talking about from your couch. As a proud 05’er, I can hear Northside’s marching band, the national anthem and every touchdown cheer on Friday nights. There’s something very “fall” about school pride and cold bleacher seats. My vote this fall is to grab some coffee, or a giant hot dog, and watch some football the old school way. Jade Haag – Calendar and Events Chair I love biking and running at the New Haven Rivergreenway! Fall is the time to get in some exercise and breathe in the crisp, cool air. YLNI’s Winter Farmer’s Market is a nice change of pace from the heavy meals and desserts that come with the fall and wintertime. And last but not least, Fortezza, Old Crown or Firefly are the places to go for...

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Living Fort Wayne’s Top Picks for First Date Activities
Oct05

Living Fort Wayne’s Top Picks for First Date Activities

Living Fort Wayne is here for you, and we are planning to show you that with our new series: LFW’s Top Picks. We will be bringing you our top picks of everything in the great city of Fort Wayne from restaurants to sledding spots. And in our first installment, we bring you the best first date activities. We can guarantee you approximately an 85% success rate in garnering a second date if you use any of these ideas on your first date. If you use everything on this list…you might as well propose on the spot. Wendy Englehart – Committee Co-Chair Catch some live music and great coffee at The Friendly Fox. Then head to DeBrand Fine Chocolates for some truly decadent desserts and chocolate. Lynn Altevogt – Editorial Chair Take your date to a Let’s Comedy show. The group is constantly bringing amazing comedians to FW; this is a great test to see if you two have a similar sense of humor. After the show, you can meander up to the bar at CS3 for drinks. Jade Kelsey – Partnership Development Co-Chair Rent kayaks from Fort Wayne Outfitters, and spend a couple of hours exploring the rivers. Use that calorie deficit to indulge in a dessert at Sweets So Geek. Tim Zink – Committee Co-Chair Head to Hyde Brothers Booksellers – two stories of countless books where quieter types can explore shared interests together. Follow this with a stroll down Wells Street. For lunch, head around the corner to Caliente Cuban Cafe – not the biggest place in town, but if you like Cuban sandwiches and small, locally-owned establishments with character, this place rocks! Spend the afternoon at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo – a Fort Wayne favorite since 1965, who knows how many dates have happened here. Even the monkeys have love in the air. Leslie Snare – Director at Large Meet at Fortezza for coffee and then catch an independent flick at the Cinema Center. After the film, head to Summit City Brewerks for beer flights and snacks. Jade Haag – Calendar and Events Chair Check out the production of Anything Goes at IPFW, then head to Old Crown for some delicious food and drinks or freshly brewed coffee, whichever your proclivity. Courtney Bell – Technology Chair Take an afternoon stroll on the Pufferbelly Trail followed by a visit to Two EE’s Winery for a tasting and some wine slushies. Becca Bell – Contributing Writer Browse Fancy & Staple and Antiques on Broadway together. Then get a Bloody Mary at the Brass Rail, which is basically like a meal inside a drink. After that, you can...

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