Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Tim Zink
May03

Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Tim Zink

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 committee co-chair, Tim Zink. What is your role within LFW and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? I started off just writing for Living Fort Wayne before becoming co-chair. I have always enjoyed the opportunities to talk to people I wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to talk to and to go to places I wouldn’t otherwise get to go to. I’m sure the people who end up talking to me feel the same about having the opportunity to talk with me. Right? (Please say “yes”). Tell us one thing about your life outside of LFW. (Job, Family, pets, hobbies, etc.) I don’t have a life outside LFW – that was one of the requirements – just kidding. But seriously – one of the hobbies I have (but don’t do as much I used to) is just going out with my camera and getting photos around downtown or the old industrial areas. Those areas have a ton of character and have a story to tell. If you could live any other place in the world, beside FW, where would you live and why? Grand Rapids, Michigan – I like cities about the size of Fort Wayne, plus I also like the Great Lakes. Even though it’s not on Lake Michigan, it’s pretty darn close. The only other option for being next a large body of water without moving is manipulating the waterways to reform ancient Lake Maumee, which used to be next to Fort Wayne. I have a feeling people would frown on that, though. 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? This might seem boring to some since it’s not really social (hey, looking at trees is kind of my thing). I grew up around Cedar Creek just north of Fort Wayne – one area I love a lot is around the Devil’s Hollow area. The way the land looks in that area is unlike any other part of this area. If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song...

Read More
LFW Spotlight: Travis Bartlett
Mar23

LFW Spotlight: Travis Bartlett

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 one of our dear writers, Travis Bartlett. What is your role within LFW and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? I am a contributing writer for Living Fort Wayne. I decided to join Living Fort Wayne because I was seeking a creative outlet that also sheds light on the Fort Wayne community. LFW has helped me break out of my routine and meet new people that are impacting Fort Wayne in a great way. Tell us one thing about your life outside of LFW. (Job, family, pets, hobbies, etc.) Besides working my mundane retail job, I am also a photographer. I enjoy working with people on portraits and am currently working on a few projects. I am loving my life living in East Central with my boyfriend and a cat named Buffy. If you could live any other place in the world, besides Fort Wayne, where would you live and why? If I could live anywhere besides Fort Wayne, I would live in my hometown of Kalamazoo, MI! The city is very comparable to Fort Wayne and the brewery scene is also growing. Plus, I’d be closer to my family that I rarely get to see. 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? Usually I take my friends to a variety of Fort Wayne favorites when they visit, but I always make the first stop JK O’Donnell’s. From there I take them to Fort Wayne sights like the MLK bridge or inside the Grand Wayne Center. If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? To the people who have the misfortune of hearing me sing, they would have to listen to “I’ve Got Friends In Low Places” by Garth Brooks about a couple of times throughout the night. Sorry in advance. 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...

Read More
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...

Read More
Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Lynn Altevogt
Jan06

Living Fort Wayne Spotlight: Lynn Altevogt

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. First up is our Editorial Chair, Lynn Altevogt: What is your role within LFW and why did you decide to volunteer for our blog? I am the Editorial Chair for LFW. I originally joined Living Fort Wayne as a writer but I loved it so much I just kept doing more! Tell us one thing about your life outside of LFW. (Job, Family, pets, hobbies, etc). I have a dog named Liddy. She is (allegedly) half Pointer, half American Bulldog. Whatever breed she is, she’s both extremely agile and quite sassy. I have a 6-foot-tall wooden fence around my backyard and she can climb it in about one bound. If you could live any other place in the world, beside FW, where would you live and why? My pie-in-the-sky pick would be Italy. Assisi to be more precise. I went on an art history trip to several cities in Italy when I was in college and I absolutely want to return. It is so beautiful and rich with culture. Assisi is a very unique city – it’s hard to explain. It’s just one of those places you read about but never expect to be as amazing in real life. It is. If I’m being realistic and I had to pick somewhere to actually live other than Fort Wayne, I think I would be happy in Indianapolis. My brother and sister-in-law live there and they have some really cool spots. Plus, I’d really dig running on the Monon Trail every day! 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? Ok, this is totally cheating, but when my cousins and I were kids, every time they’d come to town we’d go to Science Central, the Zoo, and the Botanical Gardens. They would demand it every trip and we would be psyched to go. Every. Single. Time. Honestly, I still get psyched about all three of those places no matter how many times I’ve been! If you were going to karaoke tonight, what song would you sing? Probably something by The Spice Girls. Yep,...

Read More