Valentine’s Ideas in the Fort
Feb07

Valentine’s Ideas in the Fort

Valentine’s Day in Fort Wayne 2018   Ah Valentine’s Day.  Whether you’ve been dating for a few weeks or a few decades, the pressure and rewards of Valentine’s can be hard on any relationship. Cut out the stress and the awkward silence at one of these fun events around Fort Wayne this season. Rather than a classic dinner for two, how about one of these fun and different activities? Dinner? Movie? Both? Neither? Try out these six ideas around Fort Wayne for a different Valentine’s Day.     Science Central- My Cold Hearted Valentine We all know that Fort Wayne is a great place to raise a family, especially with such local treasures as the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo or Science Central. Lately, the Adult Only events have been gaining popularity and should be recognized for their creativity. On Friday, February 9, you could be dressed in Classic Clue Attire solving a Cold Hearted Mystery. One hand can hold a cocktail while the other gets to explore evidence. When: Feb 9, 6-10 PM Where: Science Central, | 1950 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, IN  46805 See more:http://sciencecentral.org/programs-on-site/for-familes-2/current-adult-programs   Price:$20-25 for individuals or $35-45 for couples.    IvyLiving – Valentine’s Day Night  Are you a foodie or an amateur chef? Rather than surprising your honey with a meal, make one together with IvyLiving at Ivy Tech Community College. Learn how to cook surf & turf plus dessert. This is a great activity to do with a date or with a friend. Must register by Feb 5.  When: Feb. 12    5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Where: Ivy Tech’s Fort Wayne Campus Coliseum Campus Room CC1696 3800 N. Anthony Blvd. Fort Wayne, IN 46805 See more and register: https://www.ivytech.edu/northeast/living/ Price: $200/couple, $125/single Funny Honey Valentines Event Couples who laugh together, stay together, right? Be My Funny Honey Valentines Event – Join Indy’s comics Tennah McDonald, Dan Alten, and Ray Hensley at Belgian Horse Winery to enjoy some laughter with your love, or at least be at a place where others love to laugh. I know this event is a little far from home, so that’s why your date will be so impressed, right? When: Wednesday, Feb 14 – 7PM – 9PM Where: Belgian Horse Winery 7200 West County Road 625 North  Middletown, IN 47356 See more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-my-funny-honey-valentines-event-tickets-41891460486?aff=es2 Price: $10 A Bazaar Evening on the Maumee  Ready for something strange or bizarre? Sample a variety of events while fundraising for clean water. Bring your kids, your friend, or your date to A Bazaar Evening on the Maumee.  Enjoy headliner , The Be Colony and special musical appearances by The Vision Machine, U.R.B., Wil Brown, The Last Word, Venus in...

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A Twist on a Valentine’s Day Chocolate for Your Sweetie
Feb13

A Twist on a Valentine’s Day Chocolate for Your Sweetie

Valentine’s Day is coming. What are you going to get your sweetie? Some Hershey’s Kisses and a dozen roses? Fine, do that, but if he or she happens to appreciate good beer, maybe take a look at this list and pick up one (or some) of these. I know, I know, this will be a stirring subject. People are very sensitive about craft beer. If you’re going to get all worked up because there’s commercial “Big Beer”-owned beer on here then maybe just skip over those. And I’m a pretty positive guy, so while you may think some of the beers on here are putrid, an opinion you’re more than welcome to have, I didn’t have a problem with any of them. And I’m not a paid critic, so there’s no need for negativity here! This list includes a variety of beer styles from a mix of national and obscure breweries. I’m not a homebrewer, but am a pretty avid craft beer (and good beer, in general) drinker. So, while this isn’t written by Geoff the Beer Snob (no offense to any Geoffs reading this), it’s authentic – and by that I mean I’ve tried all of these. I’m not going to get into mouthfeels and head, that’s another list altogether. If you want that kind of beer review you should check out Beer Advocate. And yes, I know that technically just about any robust porter or sweet stout could qualify here, but this list is specific to beers that actually say chocolate is in them – hence the tie to Valentine’s Day. 1. Shake Chocolate Porter from Boulder Beer One of the first “chocolate beers” I ever tried and I still love it. In fact, I’m drinking one right now. This is a very flavorful robust porter that includes chocolate wheat, chocolate malt (and others) and cacao nibs – these guys in Colorado have mastered their craft. I’ve never been to a truly respectable beer contest, but Boulder Brewing has, and this beer has some bling to show for it. Reasonably-priced and pretty widely available, this one tops my list of favorite beers, not just favorite chocolate beers. The nice thing about porters is that they typically have a distinctive enough touch of hops to add unique flavor, but are also roasty and malty without feeling like you’re drinking a milkshake. Remember Choc-Ola? This is kind of like that, but beer. 2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter from Horny Goat Brewing Company This one should be pretty easy to replicate, really. Just melt a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, throw it in a blender, dump in your favorite American porter, put the lid on,...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Feb09

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? We compile a list of events and activities every week! 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. My Cold Hearted Valentine: Season 3 Friday, February 10 at 6 p.m. A night of mystery and mingling. Find out who the murderer is! There will be food and drinks available for purchase. Such a fun, off-beat date night idea! 2. 97.3 WMEE Baby Fair & Family Expo Saturday, February 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Products, prizes and babies! There will also be activities available for the whole family! 3. 2017 Weather the Fort Saturday, February 11 at 4 p.m. This annual winter festival is a 21+ event. Enjoy food, drinks and fun! 4. Galentine’s Day Brunch at Trubble Saturday, February 11 at 11 a.m. Regular menu (already delicious) plus waffles (yum) and girly drinks. 5. Heartland Sings: Let’s Fall in Love Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m. Romantic ballads and upbeat love songs at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Complimentary champagne will be served! 6. Turnstone Mile Saturday, February 11 at 7 a.m. Whether it’s your first mile of your life, of your season, or of a new beginning … run it on Saturday with Turnstone! This is for all ages and all abilities. 7. Fort Wayne Polar Plunge Saturday, February 11 at 10 a.m. All funds raised benefit the Special Olympics Indiana. Don’t miss your chance to jump in a cold lake to benefit a great cause. 8. Fairytale Brunch Sunday, February 12 at 12 p.m. Princesses will make an appearance. There will be singing and face painting. This would be a wonderful Valentine’s day date with your little princess lover. 9. Family Valentines Day Singalong Sunday, February 12 at 3 p.m. Grab pizza with the kids and let them sing while you relax. Bring a kid, an instrument, and an appetite. 10. Educational Series: History of Our Rivers Monday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. The next in this free educational series, the topic will be the History of Our Rivers. Check it out! Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Feb02

LFW Weekly Fun File

It’s Super Bowl weekend, but besides killer commercials and tasty apps, what else is going on? Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? We compile a list of events and activities every week! 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. World Wetlands Day Walk Thursday, February 2 at 10 a.m. Who couldn’t use a fun walk around Fox Island to celebrate world wetlands day? 2. Fort Wayne RV and Camping Show Thursday February 2 – Sunday, February 5 RV’s have come a long way since I was little and going camping with my family. Whether you’re a die-hard tent-goer or like the luxury of an RV, this show will have something for you. 3. Cocktails & Sweet Deals Saturday, February 4 at 11 a.m. Shopping and cocktails. It’s a perfect way to spend a Saturday. 4. 31st Annual Fanny Freezer Saturday, February 4 at 2 p.m. It’s the first official points series event of the year! Dress warm! 5. Arena Dinner Theatre – Failure, A Love Story Friday and Saturday, February 3 and February 4 This is a great show! It’s all about the power of love … perfect for an early Valentine’s date. 6. Riverfront Fort Wayne: Birdwatching on the Trails Sunday, February 5 at 8 a.m. If you’ve never been birdwatching, give it a try! It’s a wonderful, peaceful way to begin your day.  7. Fort Wayne Mad Ants Tuesday, February 7 at 7 p.m. Check out our favorite local basketball team this week. You won’t be sorry you did! 8. Eat, Paint & Be Merry – Valentine’s Glass Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments, prizes, and fun! Choose between the “Love It” hearts glass or the “Hate It” Grumpy Cat glass. Both glasses feature a chalkboard and come with a piece of chalk. 9. Northeast Indiana Go Red For Women Luncheon Wednesday, February 8 at 10:30 a.m. Wear your RED and enjoy a wonderful lunch, inspirational stories, a purse auction, red lipstick touch-ups courtesy of Macy’s,  and health and wellness screenings! Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. 10. Brews & Browse: Guys Night Out Valentine’s Day Shopping Wednesday, February 8 at 5:30 p.m. Attention, guys! Have no idea what to get your girl for Valentines Day? Are you terrible at wrapping? Shop and drink at Idlehour Boutique and throw your Valentine’s Day worries...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Feb11

LFW Weekend Fun File

This weekend is Valentine’s weekend, and I have PLENTY of date ideas for you. You can add these to your typical dinner and flowers and a box of chocolate, or you can make it a totally off-beat date weekend and try all the quirky (but fun) things going on in our city! This isn’t all there is (believe me – I had a terrible time trying to narrow things down) so make sure you check out our calendar for a more comprehensive list! 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. How Sweet it is Wine Tasting Thursday, Jan 11 from 5p – 8p     A delicious evening of wine & chocolate samplings from around the world! 2. Tumbledown at Cinema Center Thursday, February 11, Pre-Show at 7:00 Feature at 7:30             As part of the NY Film Critic Series, there will be an interview with Jason Sudeikis, Rebecca Hall, & Blythe Danner after the showing. Don’t miss! 3. My Cold Hearted Valentine Friday, January 12 at 7p                 Kick off your Valentine’s Day weekend with a night of mystery and mingling. Explore the museum, drink in hand. Interview suspects, and in true Science Central fashion, get “hands-on” while examining the evidence. Drinks and food provided by Hoppy Gnome and JK’s, and dessert is provided by Sweets So Geek. Ah! What a fun, off-beat Valentine’s date night! 4. George Gardner (Void Reunion) Friday, February 12 at 8:30p to 11p         Join a Soirée favorite, George Gardner from Void Reunion, for a night of friendly hangs at the offices of One Lucky Guitar. BYO and support local musicians! 5. YLNI Farmer’s Market Saturday, February 13 at 9a – 1p           The usual: good eats, great buys, support your local businesses. Not only do I look forward to these Saturdays, but the kids love going as well! 6. Cupid’s Chocolate Chase Saturday, February 13 at 8:45 am           You can run (or walk if you’re me) in support of the ALS association. At the end of the run, you get chocolate. I might get into running if someone gave me chocolate every time. Our resident runner wrote a piece about the event, check it out! 7. Fun at the City Exchange Shops                 There’s a Matilda Jane pop-up in collaboration with The Good Ones (dying — my daughter has so many Matilda Jane clothes it’s...

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