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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Planning a Wedding in 2016?…Me Too! (Part 2)
Feb24

Planning a Wedding in 2016?…Me Too! (Part 2)

Now that Valentine’s Day is behind us, I’m sure there are a few more newly-engaged couples to join in on the wedding planning conversation. Congrats, by the way!! Before we venture into more options for your upcoming nuptials, let’s quickly recap my original “Planning a Wedding” post: 1) Andy and I are finally “taking the plunge” this year; 2) our guest list was over 400 people; 3) I shared my favorite findings regarding where to purchase a dress, rent tuxedos, and amazing bakeries for that perfect cake; and finally 4) for those who have an extensive guest list (such as mine), I shared some great venue options that can accommodate very large gatherings. Yes, yes…I am sure that most of you reading this blog are waiting for me to explain what I meant by saying “our guest list was over 400 people.” The key word is “was.” After all these years of planning our big day around trying to make everyone else happy, Andy and I have decided to compromise – a lot. It was a difficult decision, but all-in-all we just want to finally get married. We have ultimately decided to cut the list down to simply our kids, parents, grandparents, and brothers and sisters. In total we have narrowed the count down to 25 people from over 400. Now that I have explained our new guest count, let’s look into other venue options for those who have a smaller guest list: SMALL-MID SIZE WEDDING VENUES Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation has a plethora of relatively inexpensive venues! One of my favorites is the ever-so-popular Botanical Conservatory in downtown Fort Wayne. This venue is a beautiful setting for intimate weddings, and they can also host your reception. A few of my other favorite gorgeous venues with Fort Wayne Parks & Rec include: Lakeside Rose Gardens, the Bridal Glen at Foster Park, and the Wells Street Bridge. The Auburn Cord Duesenberg (ACD) Museum in Auburn is a romantic destination with a classic feel! Besides a great indoor venue, you can choose to share your nuptials on the grand staircase if desired! Baker Street Station offers an amazing historic background and detailed scenery for your big day! This former rail station is located in downtown Fort Wayne. MUSIC I am going to take the chance to brag on the musicians that we have booked for our “big day.” Ken Preston plays guitar and Linda Kummernuss plays the violin. This magical duo from Auburn plays all original music in harmony together. Just a couple weeks ago they came to our home and played for us in person, and I had tears in...

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Looking for a new kind of yoga class? Go outdoors!
Aug12

Looking for a new kind of yoga class? Go outdoors!

For me, yoga and exercise classes are some of my favorite ways to relax, unwind and recharge. In the summertime, I also crave sunshine and fresh air, especially after sitting inside at a desk for eight hours. Running and kayaking help me bring my exercise routine outside. But when my legs need a rest and paddling doesn’t fit into the schedule, I’ve found several outdoor yoga or yoga-inspired exercise classes that leave me feeling refreshed – and give me my daily dose of vitamin D and fresh air. If you’re looking to unwind, there’s nothing quite as energizing as the combination of sunshine, warm breezes and yoga! Here are some of my favorite outdoor yoga and exercise offerings:   Evolve Boot Camp Where: Wells Street Bridge (Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot) When: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm (Weather permitting; class moves indoors in October) Cost: $15 drop-in for a single class, or $10/week monthly rate ($40 or $50 per month) Bring: Gym shoes, a water bottle, comfortable clothing Visit the Evolve Personal Fitness website or Facebook page for more info or to check for cancellations. This isn’t a yoga class, per se, but it is a circuit-training class that combines challenging, playful movements with dynamic yoga-inspired stretching and poses. Jina Lauer, founder of Evolve Personal Fitness, created the class to help people build functional, overall strength and learn how to move their bodies in new ways. The class combines strength, flexibility, agility, cardio, and core stabilization exercises. Jina is a Certified Personal Trainer, a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher and a Certified Primary Nutrition Coach. She teaches yoga classes at Studio Seva, provides private yoga and personal training, and teaches similar Boot Camp classes indoors during the winter months (October through April). Jina hopes the class lets people build confidence and rediscover the mobility and joy they’ve lost in their adult lives. “Most of us grew up moving around and playing,” she says. “Then we grew up, sat down, and started working. This class allows you to bring mobility back to your body. It allows you to gain an awareness to truly understand what your body is capable of. Longevity in movement and daily energy is the sustainable goal. It gives you a renewed sense of energy and is completely worth it!”   Yoga on the Bridge with Gretchen Where: Wells Street Bridge (Fort Wayne Outfitters & Bike Depot) When: Wednesdays, 6-7 pm (May through September; weather permitting) Cost: $10 drop-in Bring: A yoga mat, a block and strap (if you have one, limited extras provided) Visit the Gretchen Fruchey Yoga website or Facebook page for more info or to check for cancellations....

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