LFW’s Top Picks for Fall Activities
Oct20

LFW’s Top Picks for Fall Activities

The team here at Living Fort Wayne considers ourselves a pretty hip bunch. But we will jump right in on the fall-lovin’, pumpkin-spice-latte-drinkin’, sweater-wearin’ bandwagon when the leaves start to change and there’s a bit of a chill in the air. So here are our top picks for all things fall in Fort Wayne. Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments! Leslie Snare – Director at Large My vote is for the Amazing Fall Fun corn maze and farm. It is such a great family activity and not too far outside of the city. They have a 12-acre corn maze as well as one of the largest and most unique pumpkin patches in Indiana! Becca Bell – Editorial Contributor I’m not a big autumn fan, but I do enjoy the River City Rat Race, gourmet giant caramel apples from DeBrand’s Fine Chocolates, and kayaking anywhere with colorful foliage. Sarah Pine – Social Media Contributor One of my favorite fall activities is going to Advanced Tree Technology in New Haven! It’s a great place to go with family or friends to pick delicious apples from their rows and rows of beautiful apple trees, pick out some pumpkins and get some apple cider. Lynn Altevogt – Editorial Chair I am really looking forward to checking out the Haunted History: The Darker Side of West Central put on by ARCH. I am not usually one for scary tours, but I am a bit of a history buff. Plus, my boyfriend used to live in the one of the featured “haunted” buildings, so I’m very curious to see what secrets may lie within its walls. The tour will take off from the USF Performing Arts Building (formerly the Scottish Rite) and is only $10. Click the link above for more details. Wendy Englehart – Committee Co-Chair Watch a football game! And I’m not talking about from your couch. As a proud 05’er, I can hear Northside’s marching band, the national anthem and every touchdown cheer on Friday nights. There’s something very “fall” about school pride and cold bleacher seats. My vote this fall is to grab some coffee, or a giant hot dog, and watch some football the old school way. Jade Haag – Calendar and Events Chair I love biking and running at the New Haven Rivergreenway! Fall is the time to get in some exercise and breathe in the crisp, cool air. YLNI’s Winter Farmer’s Market is a nice change of pace from the heavy meals and desserts that come with the fall and wintertime. And last but not least, Fortezza, Old Crown or Firefly are the places to go for...

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Show Us Your Neighborhood: West Central
Apr03

Show Us Your Neighborhood: West Central

I’ve lived in Fort Wayne my entire life and have moved from neighborhood to neighborhood since I was a kid. I enjoyed my childhood near Foster Park, spent most of my school years near Covington and Homestead, and ended up at Dupont for the first half of my twenties. I then migrated downtown eventually settling into my home in the West Central Neighborhood. I can truly say that West Central is home not only physically but also mentally and emotionally for me. It’s this neighborhood that represents my values, offers random acts of kindness, and gives me the greatest sense of community that I have ever experienced in Fort Wayne. My fiancé and I recently sat down to talk about our future. Do we buy a home? Do we keep renting? We made lists of pros and cons. The one thing that we both were able to decide on without doubt was that we wanted to stay in West Central. The closet space might be small and the yards may not be large, but nothing compares to what we get in return from the people that surround us block after block. During the last snow storm, a neighbor from four houses down that I had never met saw me struggling to dig my car out from a mountain of snow. He grabbed a shovel and helped me for 30 minutes until I could get my vehicle out. When we moved into the neighborhood, we were immediately invited to wine parties and outdoor cookouts. We ended up spending Thanksgiving that year with one of our neighbors that became part of our extended family. We cut each others lawns, we smile at strangers on the sidewalk, and every year, we take great pride in the annual West Central Home and Garden Tour. I love jogging through the streets of Jefferson, Washington, and Wayne during the summer and taking in the unique look of each house. The streets are lined with single family homes, new construction, apartments, triplexes, and every kind of demographic. Everyone looks out for the people around them and compared to other areas of Fort Wayne that I have lived in, I know all of my neighbors by name and we stop and talk when we see each other. Aside from that, the Embassy, Parkview Field, and a long list of restaurants are all within walking distance. If you are looking for a unique neighborhood that will give you a sense of community and embrace you immediately as part of the extended downtown family, look no further than West...

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