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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The Spirit of Christmas
Dec17

The Spirit of Christmas

Article submitted by Rachelle Reinking of Heartland Sings In Fort Wayne, we’re lucky to have so many ways to celebrate the holidays. Long-standing events such as the Night of Lights and the Festival of Trees are a must-see every year. If you want to add something new to your list of seasonal activities, check out The Spirit of Christmas at the Allen County Courthouse! Heartland Sings presents this 2nd annual concert as a chance for you to see the courthouse like you’ve never seen it before. From under the rotunda, twenty-four Heartland singers perform a cappella arrangements of classic and contemporary holiday songs. Here is what’s unique about this concert – there aren’t any microphones. The architecture of the courthouse creates the perfect natural acoustics. No matter where you are in the building, the sound resonates in your ears as if you had a front row seat. Mezzo-soprano Ashlee Bickley says, “In drier spaces, singers almost push to project the sound. But in the courthouse, your voice just speaks easily and the harmonies envelop you.” This musical presence captures the magical feeling of Christmas along with the beauty of the building itself. Built in 1902, the Allen County Courthouse features gorgeous Beaux-Arts style architecture with murals, sculptures, marbling, and stained glass. The Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust hosts the event and is proud to open up the historic landmark to the community for The Spirit of Christmas. During the week the local government and court occupy the building, but this weekend is a great opportunity to experience the acoustics and architecture for yourself. Start a new holiday tradition with The Spirit of Christmas. Performances will take place on Dec. 19th and 20th at 2:00pm and 5:00pm each day. Tickets are $20 General Admission and $10 for Students. Purchase online at www.heartlandsings.org or by phone at...

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Soul35 Presents: Art and Soul
Dec16

Soul35 Presents: Art and Soul

Information provided by Soul 35 A Better Fort and Soul35 are excited to announce “Art and Soul” Friday December 18th. A soulful blend of live music and art will be fused together at the Philmore on Broadway. (2441 Broadway Street Fort Wayne, IN 46807) Two bands will be performing throughout the night, as well as Local Artist, Jared Applegate creating art inspired by the evening’s music. The two local bands are the Alicia Pyle Quartet and Soul35. This event will also dual as an art exhibition for Applegate, as he will have art of soulful music icons on display and for purchase throughout the venue. Art and Soul will begin at 8 PM and continue till midnight. Tickets are $25 and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, by Club Soda. A Better Fort (ABF) will be in powering the volunteer efforts of Art and Soul. ABF puts Art and Soul in great hands with dedicated volunteers that show their love for events coming to the downtown Fort Wayne area. This year we are “adopting a family” for Christmas and will be providing them with gifts for the Holiday season. This event is a great way to raise the funds for these gifts. To find out more info, you can visit Soul35 on Facebook at:...

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LFW Top Picks for Non-Traditional Holiday Traditions
Nov24

LFW Top Picks for Non-Traditional Holiday Traditions

Here’s a list of Living Fort Wayne’s Top Picks for Non-Traditional Holiday Traditions! Enjoy! Jade Kelsey – Partnership Development Co-Chair Last year, I joined some friends who had established a tradition of a nighttime downtown run (3ish miles), to end precisely in front of the Santa during the lighting ceremony. I thought it was very cool (and a little cold 🙂 ) Lynn Altevogt – Editorial Chair For the past few years, my friends and I have gathered everyone together for a weekend in November for a festivity that we have affectionately dubbed “Friendsgiving.” We try to plan it out in advance so that our friends that live out of town can join in on the fun. Basically, we just divvy up all of the responsibilities so that everyone brings a dish or a drink and then we share everything! It’s a fun way to celebrate a holiday that’s typically reserved for family with all of our friends. We eat way too much food, have a little (or a lot of) wine, play games, and revel in the fact that we can successfully cook a turkey. Becca Bell – Contributing Writer I live in less square footage than is appropriate for hosting gatherings. Luckily, I have cool friends — and my favorite traditions are my friends’ holiday parties. Unlike other (obligatory) seasonal shindigs, these events don’t require biting my tongue through a political discussion or trying to remember everyone’s spouses’ names. To help us all unwind after hours of “quality family time,” I have a friend who hosts a “PTSD” gathering (an appropriate acronym for Post-Turkey Superfluous Drinking). This year, a few other friends are hosting a Boxing Day Brunch carry-in — with a strict pajamas-only uniform. (Because honestly, who wants to wear real clothes on Dec. 26th?) Beside the non-traditional gatherings, I also love the festive December races. The Ugly Sweater Run lets you wear your holiday worst for a fun, uncompetitive jog downtown. For more “serious” runners, the Gingerbread Pursuit lets you make fresh tracks in a lovely morning snowfall (usually), and includes a freshly baked gingerbread cookie at the finish. Emily Farmer – Street Team Chair With 3 young kids who pick and choose what foods they like/don’t like on a daily basis, Thanksgiving can be stressful… especially after spending hours in the kitchen only to have the kids eat a peanut butter sandwich. Oddly enough, after all these years of cooking and entertaining, both my Mom and Mother-In-Law opted for a low-stress and no-mess Thanksgiving last year. So now our new annual “non-traditional” Thanksgiving consists of our families meeting at Cracker Barrel for lunch (where the kids can...

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