LFW Weekly Fun File
Jul07

LFW Weekly Fun File

It’s Three Rivers time, everyone! 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. Kids Craft Day Friday, July 8, anytime during cafe hours Come in with your kiddos any time during the day and they get a free craft with your drink purchase! 2. Justin Lim Art Opening Friday, July 8 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Justin Lim, aka Old 5 and Dime Sign Company, will be featuring his newest artwork. Tacos Bravas will be doing a pop up, there will be music, drinks from CS3, and a giveaway! So much fun! 3. HAIR July 8, 9, 15, 16 at 8 p.m. and July 9, 10, 16, 17 at 2 p.m. This rock musical broke all kinds of new ground in theatre. Set in the 1960s, it tackles some tough topics, and the Three Rivers Music Theatre crew is putting on an awesome show (as previewed last week). Don’t miss it! 4. Summer Music Theatre’s Beauty and the Beast July 8 – July 17, times vary Who doesn’t love this classic? While “Hair” might be a bit mature for your kids, “Beauty and the Beast” is something the whole family can enjoy! 5. Three Rivers Festival July 8 – 16, times vary The parade, the chalk walk, the food, the fun! I could have filled this whole list with amazing things associated with Three Rivers. This is what summer is all about! 6. Ventures in Creativity Saturday, July 9 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Fort Wayne Artists Guild’s “Ventures in Creativity” reception is Saturday at the University of Saint Francis. It’s free, and the art will be amazing. The reception begins at 7 p.m., with the awards beginning at 8 p.m. 7. Historic Old Fort: Camp Allen Muster 1861-1865 Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Watch the soldiers complete their drills, speak with them and their families, and participate in fun activities throughout the day. 8. Daylily Flower Show Saturday, July 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy the daylily display at the Botanical Conservatory! You can also speak with experienced gardeners about growing daylilies in your own yard, and...

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A Grand Landmark Returns to Glory
Mar30

A Grand Landmark Returns to Glory

My love for old buildings started at a young age. One of my earliest real estate crushes was the Indiana Hotel building, attached to the Embassy Theatre downtown. Looking up into the rows of windows framed by limestone façade, I imaged the grand guests who once stayed inside. I envisioned glamorous ladies dressing for dinner – styling their hair, adorning themselves with sparkling baubles, and gracefully sashaying down the halls. I imagined what it would’ve been like to sleep there in the hotel’s heyday. How did they heat the rooms? Did they share bathrooms? Did any famous people spend the night? A few years later, I got to know the building even better. I had the privilege to perform on the Embassy stage dozens of times. Back then, the backstage hallways were painted with murals and covered with autographs and fading head shots from past performers. The cramped dressing rooms had faded carpet and peeling paint. But backstage passageways offered plenty to explore and imagine. As we waited for our turn at recitals and dress rehearsals, we’d play hide-and-seek down the halls and tell ghost stories in the Embassy’s ornate, expansive bathrooms. My attachment for the Embassy and Indiana Hotel building was partially inherited. In the ’70s, my dad and uncle donated their time and professional skills to return the Embassy to its former glory. My dad would point out the decorative molding and ceiling designs. “You see that,” he’d say. “That’s gold leaf paint. It has tiny bits of actual gold in it.” (My dad has always known EXACTLY what kind of information would thrill me.) As a kid, it was hard for me to imagine that such a captivating architectural treasure – the Indiana Hotel – sat empty, collecting cobwebs instead of hosting guests. I told myself that someday, I wanted to buy it and turn it back into a posh hotel, a quirky shopping mall or a complex of studio apartments. Back then I didn’t grasp the kind of expenses such an endeavor would entail. But happily, I don’t have to worry about what will become of the historic structure. Today, the Embassy will unveil recently completed renovations to the Indiana Hotel. The two-year renovation project included the addition of a rooftop patio, a two-story ballroom, rehearsal and classroom spaces and new administrative offices. The $10-million project included the removal of a wall separating the Embassy Theatre and Indiana Hotel spaces, and made way for a mezzanine lounge, theater bars, concessions, new dressing rooms, an updated box office and a heritage center. The project started with the construction of the downtown Courtyard Marriot, says Barb Richards, Marketing Director at the Embassy Theatre. “[They] wanted to build in downtown Fort Wayne...

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