LFW Member Spotlight – Victoria Sarjeant
Jul06

LFW Member Spotlight – Victoria Sarjeant

Have you ever wondered who the people behind Living Fort Wayne are? 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. Today we are spotlighting Living Fort Wayne’s Chair, Victoria Sarjeant! What is your role with Living Fort Wayne and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? My role with Living Fort Wayne is Chair. I decided to volunteer because I was already a blogger and I thought it would easily fit into my current personal activities. I also wanted to get involved with YLNI for a while and this seemed like the perfect area to get my start. I started as a writer in July of 2017 and became Vice Chair in November of 2017. I became Chair in early June 2018. Tell us one thing about your life outside of Living Fort Wayne  I love to stay busy volunteering, blogging, or making crafts. I am active with the Emerging Leaders Alliance and Big Brothers Big Sisters. If I am not working with any of those things, I am probably watching Netflix with my cats, Jacob and Amber. If you could live any other place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? If it was a different country, I would have to say Norway. That fits since most of my heritage is in the Scandinavian countries. If I went to any other city in the US, it would have to be Boston or Seattle. I am obsessed with Revolutionary War era history and Boston is full of it. I love Seattle because I love the scenery around the city and the atmosphere. I also love Maine! 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 Fort Wayne? I would most likely take a visitor out to eat at a local restaurant or bar. Normally I take people to Wine Down, Hoppy Gnome, or JK O’Donnell’s. People don’t come somewhere and expect to go to a chain. I think those are all great examples of the unique places we have to offer. I also have friends that come just to go to DeBrand Fine Chocolate. Growing up in central Indiana, we didn’t really have a place like that...

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Five Patios Not To Miss This Spring and Summer
May17

Five Patios Not To Miss This Spring and Summer

Despite its harsh winters, Fort Wayne’s restaurants are abundant in outdoor seating.  Now that the weather is finally warming up, it’s time to grab your plates and glasses and dine outside.  Here are some of our favorite local patio picks! The Deck Ask anyone in Fort Wayne where they go to eat outside, and the majority will point to The Deck first.  It’s practically a Fort Wayne icon, located just across the river from the Old Fort in the parking lot of Don Hall’s Old Gas House.  If you’re heading there most nights and weekends, you can expect a wait, but they’ve expanded the bar so it’s easy to grab a drink while you do. View this post on Instagram Who is ready for summer to be here?!? #gettothedeck 📷 @downtownfortwayne A post shared by The Deck at the Gas House (@hallsdeck) on Feb 5, 2018 at 7:50am PST  Wine Down and O’Reilley’s Okay, we know there’s two listed here, but these patios are awesome because they both offer incredible views of Parkview Field.  Go to either for drinks or dinner during a home game and watch the TinCaps in action. View this post on Instagram The patio view at our Downtown Fort Wayne location, beautiful! A post shared by O'Reilly's Irish Bar (@oreillysirishbar) on Nov 3, 2017 at 4:41pm PDT Sidecar Want to take a tropical vacation in your own community?  The Sidecar (of Wine Down) is the place to be.  While it’s not quite yet open this season, they’ve been getting us excited about their outdoor tiki bar on social media.  You won’t want to miss it! View this post on Instagram ☀️ Its 🙌 Almost 🌋 That 🌺 Time 🍍 Of 🎋 The 🍌 Year 🗿 A post shared by Sidecar (@sidecarfw) on Apr 21, 2018 at 9:07am PDT Three Rivers Distilling Company One of the newer kids on Fort Wayne’s block, Three Rivers Distilling Company, has an impressive new patio this season.  It’s one of the roomier patios in town, and the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows continue the outdoor feeling even when you’re seated indoors.  Don’t miss their Summer Patio Nights with $5 frozen drinks on Thursdays from 4-9pm. View this post on Instagram We love sharing this spring weather on our outdoor patio with you! #FortWayne A post shared by Three Rivers Distilling Co. (@threeriversdistillingco) on Apr 27, 2018 at 8:56pm PDT Lunch on the Square While not technically a patio, we still wanted to include Lunch on the Square in Freimann Square for its glorified outdoor dining experience.  Local food trucks and music performances vary each week, but the positive energy is always sunny and...

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How to Hygge in Fort Wayne
Jan26

How to Hygge in Fort Wayne

About Hygge What is hygge? Aside from being a little difficult to pronounce (“hoo-guh”), the definition has an extremely easy to understand meaning. It encompasses the overall feeling of contentment, well-being, and being cozy. In our fast paced world, we often ignore these important feelings and practices. Lucky for us, it is very possible to hygge in Fort Wayne.   How to Hygge in Fort Wayne Contentment  Contentment is different for everyone. If you want to feel contentment, you should find something that you really enjoy and act on it. This could be catching a show at Embassy or checking out the latest performance from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Promote Your Personal Well Being  It’s a new year and you have new opportunities to do something for yourself. Help your mind, body, and soul by joining a local gym or taking a yoga class. Coziness  Cozy is in the eye of the beholder. It can be going to an amazing coffee shop like Fortezza, or enjoying time with your friends at a warm and friendly bar like JK O’Donnells.   How to Achieve the Entire Hygge Package Winter Cozy is a hygge themed evening brought to you by Riverfront Fort Wayne. Everything about this speaks hygge. According to Megan Butler, this event will stimulate the senses. She uses Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to create a sense of wonder and connection through the taste, sight, touch, smell, and sound. The goal is to offer an amazing experience while re-defining winter. The event highlights the positives of winter (like a heated tent, cozy furniture, warm cocktails, food for purchase, live music from Ty Causey, sensory games, ice sculptures, and drink luges). The event will feature local ice sculptors and other local vendors like Mutton and Club Soda. Part of promoting your personal well-being and contentment will be highlighted through adult hands-on sensory activities. According to Megan Butler, you should think about sensory activities for autism. You can play with the activities and take them home. Riverfront Fort Wayne is committed to making people more conscious of the rivers. This event is an example of how people can live their lives around the rivers and have fun all year, even in the winter. Event Details Winter Cozy is a part of Winterval Admission is $10 at the door. Event Runs from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. This event is 21+ Sponsored by Alt 99.5, Riverfront Fort Wayne, and Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation. Winterval is a Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation event. Contact Megan Butler for additional...

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LFW Weekly Fun File – New Year’s Edition
Dec29

LFW Weekly Fun File – New Year’s Edition

– (And mostly celebrate the fact that 2016 is OVER.) This isn’t everything that’s happening in Fort Wayne this weekend, but it’s a great sampling of NYE fun for all ages! 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. Let’s Laugh Off 2016 in The Comedy Garage Thursday, December 29 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. 2016 has been a bit rough. Laugh away the year with Let’s Comedy! There’s no cover for this last show, go enjoy yourself at Pedal City! 2. Science Central’s Countdown to Noon Saturday, December 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the price of admission, take your kiddos to a fun, interactive New Year’s Eve party! They can make party hats, noisemakers, or get their faces painted. There will be a soda toast around noon, complete with a countdown. 3. Kids & Family NYE Party!! Saturday, December 31 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you need a family-friendly evening event, stop by teds! There will be games and snacks, kid-friendly beverages (and adult beverages, too) and a “midnight” ball drop (aka 8:30 p.m. ball drop). 4. Fort Wayne’s New Year’s Ball Drop (FREE EVENT) Saturday, December 31 from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. It’s finally here! Music. Fireworks. LED tower. Countdown to 2017. It’s free and open to all ages. Don’t miss it! 5. 2017 NYE Ball at Main St Saturday, December 31 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. This is a 21+ event, and the official indoor partnership with the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast with the price of admission. There will be dancing and a photographer to catch you looking snazzy. 6. Space Out NYE Party! Saturday, December 31 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. This is Wunderkammer’s annual NYE party/fundraiser. If you want to have a great time for a fabulous cause, stop by Wunderkammer for the evening. 7. NYE 90’s Night with live music Saturday, December 31 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. ’90’s night! It’s the best way to ring in the new year. 8. Secret Mezzanine New Year’s Eve Saturday, December 31 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Secret Mezzanine will be at Deer Park, If you’re looking for a little more low-key, still awesome bar experience, enjoy some food and music at Deer Park. 9. New...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
May12

LFW Weekend Fun File

Here’s a quick peek at some of the things we are looking forward to this weekend! 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. 1. Summit City Bicycles & Fitness Ladies’ Night Thursday, May 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.       Ladies! Get information from your favorite local cycling groups and have light snacks and refreshments, as well as exclusive savings on all ladies’ items! Also, you could win a bike! 2. Fort Wayne Music Festival              A few days of musical fun is taking place at Headwaters park! Check it out! 3. Alexandra Hall Spring Art Show Friday, May 13 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.                 Alex Hall has beautiful art! Get out and enjoy the show! King Arthur’s Trolley food truck will be there, and free drinks will be available while they last, or bring your own! 4. Fiber Arts Celebration Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14             Vendors specializing in fiber arts will have lots of great items for sale. Natural fibers including prepared and raw wool, alpaca, silk and cotton will also be available for sale. You can visit with live sheep, alpacas, goats, rabbits, and other farm animals at the petting zoo and then take a wagon ride (I saw pictures of lambs and died). Take the kids and your grandma, they will both love it. 5. Fairytale Fest Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.         This will be so fun! The event featuring so many fairy tales we know and love! A part of Kickstart Fort Wayne, Fairy Tale Fest features four performances by three different organizations on four different stages! 6. Beoir Go Leoir Saturday, May 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.         JK’s annual Beer event focusing on midwest breweries. Check it out and have some fun! 7. Rock N’ Brew Saturday, May 14 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.           You can leave JK’s and hit up Rock N’ Brew for more beer tasting fun! 8. Remake Saturday, May 14 at 7 p.m.         Cinema Center’s annual sale and auction of locally designed movie posters. This year, all the posters are inspired by the long filmography of Bill Murray!   9. Transcend – An Optical Art experience Saturday, May 14 from 6 p.m. to 9...

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