Wells Street Bridge to host RiverDrums
Jun15

Wells Street Bridge to host RiverDrums

It all comes back to our rivers. A celebration about the gateway to Fort Wayne is planned on the historic Wells Street Bridge this Sunday, June 19 from 12 to 9 pm. This free public event hosted by Three Rivers Art Center for Kids (TRACK) will feature artists, performers, speakers, and discussions on history, the rivers, and social issues. The theme of the day will be “we are one world, one people.” RiverDrums will also celebrate two important events: Father’s Day and freedom. June 19 is Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, which celebrates the abolition of slavery. RiverDrums will remember Kekionga, the capital of the Miami tribe, which was the last settlement of Native Americans in the area prior to the founding of Fort Wayne. “I’d like [attendees] to feel inspired,” said Terry Doran, co-organizer of RiverDrums. “We want to demonstrate the best of human nature.” As for “the best of human nature,” Doran sees all kinds of people coming together to freely share in both art and an appreciation for the river. The opening Ceremony will feature the poem “RiverDrums” by Patty Hunter with Cherokee artist Ken Noland on the flute. Abigail King of Save Maumee Grassroots Organization will be “sailing” down the St. Mary’s River. Fernando Zapari, publisher of El Mexicano Newspaper will lead the reflection, “Remembering Kekionga.” The rest of the day’s events are listed below. Performers and speakers Alicia Pyle and Trinell Armour – jazz music performance Ken Noland – flute performance The Chrome Cats – hip-hop performance Jain Young and the Fort Wayne Drum Circle – drumming Blind Uncle Harry – rock performance Fort Wayne Dance Collective – “Pineapple Project” dance performance Indianapolis Chinese Symphony Orchestra – Chinese and Western music performance Ken Noland and Teacher Ka – Native American music performance Kwan Hui – a short demo of traditional Chinese drumming by Shelley Septer – “Backpacks of Hope” discussion (on homelessness) Maleah Heck – “Surviving Child Abuse” discussion Group discussion – “On Being a Dad” Activities for children (and adults) Basche Martial Arts free mini classes Art projects with Peggy Tassler owner, SOZO Art Studio Create a RiverDrums mural with artist Frank Louis Allen Food will be available at the event from Food Not Bombs and King Arthur Trolley Food Truck. For more information, specific times, and updates to the event schedule, go to RiverDrums on Facebook. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blankets, as the weather hopefully will be warm and sunny. RiverDrums is a presentation of Three Rivers Art Center for Kids (TRACK ), whose mission is to present public programs utilizing the power of art and community dialogue to raise awareness on subjects relating to abuse....

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Apr15

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.   Vera Bradley Outlet Sale April 13 – 17               Oh, the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale. It’s once again upon us. Go brave those crowds and get those deals! Night Hike: Frogs and Their Calls Friday, April 15 from 7:30 to 10:30         Fun and educational for the kids, learn about frogs common to the area and their calls. Then go on a hike listening and searching for frogs! What kid doesn’t love frog hunting? Metamorphosis at the Botanical Conservatory Opening April 16, running through July 17         Hundreds of live, exotic butterflies will have their home at the botanical conservatory these next few months. Learn about their lifecycle, their habits, and their homes. You can also purchase a butterfly hatching kit for fun learning at home with the kids! Wooden Nickel Record Store Day Saturday, April 16, all day           14 bands will be performing in free, all ages shows. There will be over $2,000.00 in prizes. 600 FREE goodie bags will be given away. A $5.00 contribution to the Community Harvest Food Bank will be made with the purchase of any Wooden Nickel T-shirt purchased. The North Anthony location will have Sol Kitchen food truck and a beer tent featuring Dogfish Head Beer. Do I have to comment? Conversation on Privilege Saturday, April 16 at 1 pm               Wunderkammer is sponsoring this event, along with Big Brothers Big Sisters, exploring the idea of privilege and how it impacts our world. Earth Day with Save Maumee Sunday, April 17 from 11 am to 4 pm                 A free event focusing on education and conservation for the whole family! Learn how to plant a tree, learn about volunteer opportunities, play games, eat food, and have fun! Philharmonic Family 3 — Fairy Tale Fantasia Sunday, April 17 at 2 pm               A narrator, orchestra, and stage illustrator will bring magical fairy tales to life, right before your eyes. Heartland Sings “Let’s Make a Scene: Act II” Sunday, April 17 at 4 pm               Heartland Vocal Artists will...

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