How to Celebrate National Wine Day
May23

How to Celebrate National Wine Day

Merlot? Wine not. We all know that Memorial Day weekend is around the corner, but did you know that Friday, May 25th is National Wine day? What better way to kick off the start of the summer season than with a full glass of wine? Well, I have a few ideas to help you celebrate this delightful occasion right here in northeast Indiana. Satek Winery View this post on Instagram If April showers bring May flowers, what do frozen showers bring, cacti? #OhMy #CaseOfTheMondays #🌧💐❄️🌵 A post shared by Satek Winery (@satekwinery) on Apr 9, 2018 at 6:47am PDT This winery is located in Fremont, Indiana and offers over 40 varieties of wine. If you can’t celebrate on Friday, stop in on Saturday for a tour and a tasting. Tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m.   Two EE’s Winery View this post on Instagram Happy Daylight Savings! Savor that extra hour of sunshine on our patio with a glass of your favorite ☀️#daylightsavings A post shared by Two-EE's Winery (@twoeeswinery) on Mar 11, 2018 at 9:36am PDT Located less than 20 miles from downtown Fort Wayne in Huntington, Indiana, Two EE’s offers a variety of fruity wines with a beautiful scenery. On Friday, you can enjoy your wine while listening to The Colin Boyd Trio live, and grab a bite from one of the food trucks on-site. Check out their Facebook Event for more details.   Country Heritage Winery View this post on Instagram It’s a great day for a CH Wine Slushie! #wineslushies #chwinery A post shared by Country Heritage Winery (@countryheritagewinery) on May 16, 2018 at 11:05am PDT   Also under 20 miles from downtown Fort Wayne, Country Heritage is located in Laotto, Indiana. Taste some of their award-winning wine on Friday from 6-9 p.m., enjoy live music from Acme Blues Band and satisfy your hunger with food from Sol Kitchen.   Wine Down   If you’re feeling the downtown vibe, try Wine Down located in the heart of Fort Wayne off of Jefferson Boulevard. Split some tapas with your friends while enjoying a glass of chardonnay.   Nick’s Wine & Martini Bar View this post on Instagram It's a beautiful day to come enjoy our patio! Not to mention we have karaoke starting now!! #nofilter #patiolife #beautifulweather #nicksmwbar #liveinthe05 #dtfw #winebar #sunshine #martinibar A post shared by Nick's Martini & Wine Bar (@nicksmwbar) on May 19, 2016 at 5:04pm PDT   Nick’s Wine & Martini Bar is a great spot to grab a glass of wine (or a martini), hang out with friends and share some appetizers. Its convenient location on...

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Celebrate Día de los Muertos with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art
Oct23

Celebrate Día de los Muertos with the Fort Wayne Museum of Art

This is not a Halloween event – it’s a celebration of life that is important to many people in Mexico, other areas of Latin America and the United States. Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is being celebrated in many places, including right here in northeast Indiana at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. “Día de los Muertos is the biggest festival we have in Mexico,” said Fernando Zapari, editor and publisher of Fort Wayne’s locally-owned El Mexicano Newspaper. During Día de los Muertos celebrations in Mexico, the lives of loved ones are celebrated by families and friends who decorate their grave sites with cempasúchil (marigold-like flowers), food, mementos and other favorite things from their lives. “I love celebrating Día de los Muertos and remembering my loved ones,” said Zapari, who is remembering his own brother this year at this year’s celebration. “It’s important to keep the tradition alive in our own community.” The festival is a national holiday in Mexico and traces its roots to the pre-Colombian era before Spanish colonization. It has been misunderstood at times outside of Mexican culture and is not Mexico’s version of Halloween but a day a remembrance of loved ones. “When I grew up in Mexico, I used to go to the cemetery, clean the graves and just have a day there,” said Palermo Galindo, community liaison for the mayor’s office of the City of Fort Wayne. “There were so many colors of flowers and smells of incense.” Here in Fort Wayne the gallery of the art museum is filled with alter displays remembering deceased loved ones or groups of people who have died for a cause or due to persecution or injustice. Many of these displays feature traditional symbols like sugar skulls, dancing skeletons and other remembrances created by artists, families and community groups in northeast Indiana. “I’m really happy that the Fort Wayne Museum of Art has provided this opportunity to celebrate this important holiday,” Galindo said. Not only does the celebration provide learning opportunities for people unfamiliar with Mexican culture, it also provides a chance for younger Mexican-Americans to reconnect with the culture of their ancestors. “What I’ve personally seen are grandparents or parents bring the young generations and really explain, ‘oh, we used to do this back home,'” Galindo said. “It’s a connection that maybe was missing.” The Fort Wayne celebration is getting bigger and better every year according to Zapari. This year’s family celebration features traditional music, dancing, costumed characters, food and children’s activities. The celebration is from 2:00 to 6:00 pm on Sunday, October 29, 2017. In addition to the one-day celebration, “The Days of the...

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Dating Your City During The Holidays With Amber Stone…
Dec28

Dating Your City During The Holidays With Amber Stone…

  I couldn’t think of a better topic to write about this month, than THE HOLIDAYS! If you’re a Fort Wayne newbie like me, then you’re in for a treat! I was mesmerized over what an amazing job this city did with the holidays. When you relocate, the holidays can be a bit rough. Traditions you’ve done with family and friends have become a memory. Christmas shopping with the girls is now seen via Facebook or Instagram. Despite all of the changes you will go through this time of year, I can testify that Fort Wayne has done it bigger than any city I’ve lived in. Let’s talk about the massive crowds that showed up to both Jefferson Pointe Tree Lighting, and Christmas on Broadway. Oh, let’s not forget the over 10,000 people at the PNC Santa lighting! If you were feeling blue this holiday season, being around the Christmas spirit in this city should have sprinkled a little cheer in your world.   For me, Christmas hasn’t been the same since I lost my Dad. Sometimes I feel like he was the inspiration behind Clark Griswold, because he always made sure to make the holidays something to remember. The challenging part this year was flipping to an all Christmas music station on Soft Rock 103.9. First thought was “oh Amber, this is going to be the hardest thing you’ve ever done.” Every memory and holiday tradition of mine was attached to the majority of the songs we played. You know what? It actually wasn’t bad at all. We (at Soft Rock) made it all about you and wanted our listeners to be happy and filled with Christmas spirit. There truly was never a dull moment right here in your backyard. Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park, Christmas on the Farm at Salomon Farm, downtown events, plus all our Christmas contests we planned for the station. The legendary Steve Shine, of Shine & Hardin, asked me this… “So Amber, did you think we were on steroids for Christmas around here?” It was an incredible time to see Fort Wayne. I do hope you had a chance to get home and be with family and friends. If not, I’m sure the city tried to make it a special experience for you. Now as we get ready for 2016, and the excitement of a new canvas to paint, take the time to know your new city. Make a list of all the places you would like to explore. There’s never a dull moment in Fort Wayne. Cheers to a New Year, chat soon!   Amber Stone Host of Amber Stone in...

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HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!
Jul02

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!! Looking for some fun this Saturday!? We have 10 events for all ages and hobbies! 1. Ft. Wayne Farmer’s July 4th Market 9:00 am – 1:00pm Barr Street/Wayne Street This market offers a variety of producer-only vendors – Farm and Garden, Home-based Food, Natural Products and Crafters. The FWFM is proud to offer fresh produce and foods that are grown or made in our region. Including selections for those with special dietary needs or restrictions including vegetarian, vegan, paleo, sugar-free and gluten-free. “Buy Local, Buy Fresh” for all the parties happening later in the afternoon. https://www.facebook.com/ftwaynesfm 2. YLNI Barr Street Market 9:00 am – 1:00pm 302 East Berry Street This market we’ve talked about before but just in case you forgot, every vendor is local, coming from Allen or surrounding counties! The YLNI Barr Street Market is run entirely by volunteers. FREE parking is available in the History Center lot along Berry Street and on the streets in the surrounding blocks, with ample opportunities to lock up a bicycle as well. Admission to the History Center is FREE during market hours. (YES, this market is different than the one mentioned above.) 3. Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo 9:00 am – 6:00pm 3411 Sherman Blvd. See how the wild bunch live on the 4th of July. Our Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is ranked one of the highest in the country! 4. 4th of July All Levels Yoga 10:00am – 11:30am Please join the downtown Prana Yoga location for the celebration of Independence Day. All regular classes at both locations will be cancelled. If you want to give back this Saturday, donations will go to The Pranayoga Foundation dedicated to providing wellness and healing for people on the cancer journey and living with chronic pain. Visit http://www.pranayogafoundation.org/ for more information. See you there! 5. Earphorik Live at Rock Plaza 6:00 pm 900 Library Plaza Earphorik joins Fort Wayne’s Grateful Groove and more to celebrate July 4 with a Dead night! At the the Allen County Library Downtown. 6. Above The Rest LLC Fourth Of July Holiday Spectacular 7:00 pm Baer Field Speedway There will be a Fireworks as well as the band, Marshal Law performing Live and there will also be 25 cent Beer & FREE Food during the Party After the Races. (NOTE: Schedule Subject to Change at the Discretion of Baer Field Speedway Officials) Baer Field Speedway is located at 4331 Winters Road in Fort Wayne, Indiana. For more information about the rest of the 2015 racing season at the historic Summit City speed plant, the track website is available and located at: www.baerfieldspeedwayin.com The track’s Facebook page...

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All We Want for Christmas is Fort Wayne
Dec02

All We Want for Christmas is Fort Wayne

It’s that season again, stockings hung, chestnuts roasting, twinkling lights, and sugar cookies. You know, all the things that make the holidays warm and cheery. Last year we asked some of our volunteers what they wanted for the holidays and we posted it in our first All We Want for Christmas is Fort Wayne. This year we are continuing the tradition with a 2014 edition of a #ShopLocal holiday gift list. Read on to see what local things our volunteers hope to see under their trees. Lynn Altevogt DeBrand Fine Chocolates – DeBrand is Fort Wayne’s favorite chocolate, and I’m not sure there is much they offer that I haven’t tried. I’ve been really craving the Gourmet S’mores Kit, the perfect snack for cold winter nights. Summit City Bikes and Fitness – Have you guys heard of “fat” bikes? They have wider tires, perfect for riding in snow, so that you can bike all year round! They have a ton over at Summit City Bikes that I think I could make room at my place for. Cardinal Tattoo – I am in need of some more ink and I am in love with the work done by the boys at Cardinal Tattoo. They did all our 3RRC tattoos last spring and I’ve been itching to go back ever since. A $50 gift card should be a good start. You know what, let’s just make it an even $100. Affine Food Truck – I downloaded the Dash n’ Dine app on my phone solely so I can figure out if Affine is near me when hunger strikes. It has come in quite handy. But you know what would be even more handy? — a gift card to Affine. Wendy Englehart Smells from Old Fort Soap Company – Any scent will do. Specifically, Coconut and Shea, Carrot and Calendula or Lavendar and Lemongrass. Oh, and a bath bomb so I can relax in some bubbly effervescence. Mahnin – Green Curry please, large size with seafood. Make sure they go heavy on the Thai Basil and Asian eggplant. Ask them to keep it mild, because even the heat from that will knock my socks off. Bottle of Barreja from Two-EE’s – This is a self-explanatory, can’t-go-wrong gift. Tickets to C2G’s Janis Joplin Tribute on Saturday, January 17th – If you aren’t familiar with Come To Go, or the C2G Music Hall, this is an awesome venue for both worship and outstanding acoustics. I’m pretty sure musicians just sound better here. Emily Farmer 1-Month Membership to Studio Seva – I was recently notified that they have a yoga class with a twist…SevAerial Yoga! That’s right. Everyone...

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