Mad Ants & Heartland Sings Celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial
Dec02

Mad Ants & Heartland Sings Celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial

There are so many reasons why I love to call Indiana my home. The people, the opportunities, the entertainment – I could go on. As a Fort Wayne native, I’ve grown up to see the amazing progress the city has made over my lifetime. What’s crazy to think about is the changes made even before the start of my lifetime. December 11th marks 200 years of Indiana’s statehood. The Allen County Task Force has put together several events to honor this important year. One of these includes a collaboration by the Mad Ants, Fort Wayne’s minor league basketball team, and Heartland Sings, a company of professional vocal artists and ensembles based in Fort Wayne. To celebrate the bicentennial, the Mad Ants and Heartland Sings present a community event that’s fun for all ages. On December 10th during half-time at the Mad Ants basketball game, the vocalists of Heartland Sings will lead everyone in singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” on a live radio broadcast! The idea behind the collaboration is to bring everyone together, music lovers and sports fans alike, in a last hoorah of the bicentennial festivities. Don’t know the words? No sweat. The lyrics will be projected so everyone can participate. Not a singer? No one expects you to be. Just have fun with it! After rooting on the team for the second half of the game, stay for a show featuring the vocalists of Heartland Sings! They’ll be performing music originally by Indiana musicians and composers like Michael Jackson and Hoagy Carmichael and holiday tunes to get you in the mood for the season. The concert will last about a half-hour, so kiddos in attendance can still get to bed at a reasonable time after the fun. To join in on the celebration and attend the concert, you must have admittance to the game. Tip off is at 7:00pm at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Buy your Mad Ants tickets online here for $5. Group discount rates are available by contacting the Mad Ants directly at (260) 469-HOOP.  Also, make sure to check out Heartland Sings on Facebook, Instagram, and their website and the Mad Ants on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram....

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Learning to Curl – In Fort Wayne
Feb19

Learning to Curl – In Fort Wayne

My fiancee and I decided to attend a ‘Learn to Curl’ class after gaining an interest through the Olympics. We had been interested in giving it a try at least once. I had known of a few people who attended a class last year, before the Fort Wayne Curling Club (FWCC) had their own facility and they had a good time. So we took the plunge, knowing that the FWCC now had their own ice and decided to attend a class. The session was broken into two phases. The first part was pesudo-classroom work that involved learning the history of the game, basic rules and strategies. I was surprised just how much ‘culture’ was involved here. There’s a great history in curling of sportsmanship which I found helped make learning the game more fun and friendly. The class also covered terminology and some information of how to handle yourself on the ice. This part of the learning session was fairly quick because, as most things in life, it’s better to learn by doing. This means it was time to get on the ice. The second phase was on the ice. We started by choosing a broom and then we were broken into teams of four. After that, our team began working with a coach, learning the basics of handling a stone. Our first task was to just slide the rock between the team members. Sweeping was next, and I was overwhelmed with the speed of the stone. Surprising, to say the least, it took me a while to get into a rhythm. Next was attempting to shoot a stone and curl a shot. I should mention we had an slider assist that helped first-timers like myself be able to actually slide and curl. Taking a shot was a lot of fun but it was mentally challenging. Thankfully, we had the assistance and input from our team coaches the entire time. I compare it to hitting a baseball but doing it while working with three other people. Through this session, these lessons quickly turned into playing actual games. One second you’re practicing just getting a rock into the house. Then, like it’s been said, the best way to learn is by doing. Their help meant that our teams weren’t just chucking rocks down the ice but actually playing against one another and learning the sport. Our time was quickly over as the curling club was scheduled to have some ice time that night. However we were invited to stay and learn, interact with the club members and just enjoy the evening. Curling is one of those games that is fairly easy...

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