Lions, Tigers, Bears & More: Summer Fest at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary
Jul27

Lions, Tigers, Bears & More: Summer Fest at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary

As the weather warms up, the animals come out to play. A yearly pilgrimage to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is a tried and true summer ritual for families all across northeast Indiana. But for animal-lovers seeking a different environment to experience their favorite wild animals, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary will hold their annual Summer Fest event on Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In place of the usual guided tours of the over 250 animals that call Black Pine home, the sanctuary will offer a day full of keeper presentations and other animal enrichment activities. Summer Fest will also feature food trucks and several vendors selling handmade crafts. Located 45 minutes northwest of Fort Wayne in the small town of Albion, Indiana, Black Pine Animal Sanctuary has provided abused and exploited animals with safe habitats since 2000. Black Pine is home to cats, canines, bears, primates, birds, reptiles and more. According to Lori Gagen, executive director of the non-profit, “Black Pine Animal Sanctuary exists to provide refuge to displaced, captive-raised exotic animals for the rest of their lives and to educate people about responsible animal care and conservation.” View this post on Instagram Happy Caturday! Love, Luna A post shared by Black Pine Animal Sanctuary (@bpsanctuary) on Jan 16, 2016 at 12:46pm PST While Black Pine appears similar to traditional animal attractions, its underlying ethos sets it apart from the zoos and aquariums to which most visitors are accustomed. Rather than breeding animals in captivity and emphasizing profits, Black Pine’s focus is on animals in need. “A true sanctuary does not buy, sell, breed, trade nor seek out animals. While we do allow visitors into the animals’ home so that we can educate them…our educational messages are typically different than a zoo or aquarium,” explains Gagen. Black Pine Animal Sanctuary’s mission is to protect and respect animals rather than profit off of them–it is supported solely by program fees, fundraising, volunteers and a small paid staff. For those who feel conflicted about the treatment of animals in zoos or are looking for more educational enrichment, Black Pine is a perfect summer outing. Gagen notes that the sanctuary teaches the public about the plights of exploiting exotic animals as pets, performers or entertainment. “[The animals’] will to live–and thrive–is inspiring, as is the dedication of their caregivers and our supporters to make it possible.” Summer Fest will allow newcomers and regulars alike to experience the inspirational animals and staff that Black Pine Animal Sanctuary has to offer. View this post on Instagram Buster and company are enjoying their new home, the Richard J. Hoffman Avian Building!...

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2 Toms Brewing Company
Jul20

2 Toms Brewing Company

  When you walk in to 2 Toms Brewing Company, you’ll be immediately immersed. The aesthetic and the open concept space are as carefully crafted as the beer in the brew tanks. The polished concrete floor gleams with the reflection of the Edison-style light bulbs, which are encased in glass balls and suspended from black iron industrial light fixtures. As you soak in the mid-century/industrial design, you’ll start to pick up on another theme: repurpose. All the furniture has a story here. You’ll see counter height tables that are made of old bowling alley lanes and reclaimed steel I-beams. There are stools from an old science lab. Jim Beam barrels have been given new life as cocktail tables. The end of an old cable spool is now a rustic coffee table. Even the dining chairs have a story – they’ve been salvaged from a church and refinished. But despite all this attention to creative design, you won’t be able to deny that the brew tanks are the real focal point of the room. They’re showcased behind glass and a ledge with tall low-backed chairs offers you a front row seat for dreaming about the grain fermenting inside. The Story of 2 Toms The story of 2 Toms Brewing Company began when Tom Carpenter’s wife Stacie bought him a 1-gallon home brew kit for this birthday three years ago. “It came with a glass jug, hops, yeast – everything you’d need to make beer on the stove,” he told me. Tom says he’s always liked craft beer and it was fun to do on a small scale. “Getting to travel around to different breweries and taprooms, seeing the creative brewing styles coming out, talking to owners and brewers, I really enjoyed it.”The name came about because Stacie joked that Tom was so busy he needed to clone himself so they could have ‘two Toms’. “As far as the brand, right out of the gate I acted like a brewery. I have a business background and a creative and engineering mind. I created an Untappd.com account and printed up some Avery labels for my brews.” Tom is part of a local group called Pour Misfits, a craft beer group that meets to share and trade different beers and talk hops and malt. Pour Misfits is now worldwide, with members numbering over 3000. “I really respected their pallets, so I brought them my homebrew. They liked it and my beer developed a following. Eventually, people were begged us to open a business so they could get access to my beer full-time – and here we are,” he explained, pushing his cap back...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Oct12

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening 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 submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Wild Zoo Halloween Weekends through the end of October The zoo is closed for the season, but we still have a chance at some animal-surrounded fun! Dress up the kiddos and head to the zoo for one of these Halloweekends! Brightpoint Tiny House Showcase Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15 Check out some neat tiny houses the weekend at this Brightpoint Event. For more information, take a look at this LFW article. Feline Fall Festival Saturday, October 14 at 10 a.m. Help build outdoor community cat shelters for your friendly neighborhood pal! Foodstock Saturday, October 14 at 11 a.m. Foodstock is HERE! Find all your favorite trucks in one place! Pitbull of Chili Saturday, October 14 at 12 p.m. It’s a chili cookoff to benefit pit bulls. What more could you want? Oktoberfest Saturday, October 14 at 1 p.m. This Oktoberfest event is family-friendly! Stop out for some Saturday afternoon fun! The Mersey Beatles with special guest, author Julia Baird Saturday, October 14 at 7 p.m.   The Mersey Beatles are one of the BEST Beatles cover bands. Hands down. Don’t miss the show! Handmade Homemade Sale Sunday, October 15 at 12 p.m. One-of-a-kind, locally made items for sale! Trees, Bushes, Plants and Leaves Sunday, October 15 at 1 p.m.   Hike the trails and learn something, too, this weekend at Fox Island! HOTC: POW WOW: Brittany Nicole Howard Sunday, October 15 at 4 p.m.   This is a free special effects makeup demo by a very talented artist. Bring your own makeup and a friend to practice on! They’ll be collecting donations for hurricane relief, as well. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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Event: Lions, Tigers & Beer Black Pine!
Sep30

Event: Lions, Tigers & Beer Black Pine!

Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion provides a home for nearly 100 displaced exotic animals who, since captive-raised, cannot be released into the wild. Therefore, the sanctuary provides a place for these animals for the rest of the animals’ lives. On Saturday, Oct. 4, the sanctuary is putting on their 8th annual Lions, Tigers and Beer, Black Pine! event from 6 – 9 p.m. The event will feature a beer tasting, dinner, sanctuary tours, music, silent auction and fall fun among the animals. Souvenirs and Park Pal memberships will also be for sale at the main attendance gate. Registration is $25 in advanced and $30 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased here. Check, Visa and Mastercard are all acceptable forms of payment for the silent auction. Senior animal keepers, members of the Board of Directors, paid staff and other supporters of the sanctuary will also be on hand to meet with guests. Black Pine provides a home for animals such as big and small cats, canines, bears, primates, birds, reptiles and many others. Over 50 species are represented in the park’s animal population. Their mission is “to provide permanent refuge to these animals and to educate people about responsible pet ownership.” Sanctuary founder Karen Hoag and her husband and daughter basically started the roots of the sanctuary in the late 1980s by utilizing their vacant farm land to take in and care for exotic animals. At first, that started with ostriches, potbelly pigs, llamas and black Welsh mountain sheep. They adopted a pair of mountain lions and two Siberian tigers who were retired from the circus. In 1995, Karen sold her hair salon to work with her animals full-time and by 2003, Black Pine grew with educational programs, volunteer programs and more animals. In 2004, Karen turned the sanctuary into a non-profit organization. Since then, a Board of Directors has taken steps to ensure the best possible care of the animals that come to the sanctuary. The sanctuary is primarily funded by visitor fees and merchandise and membership sales.  This weekend’s event raises money to offset the care of the animals throughout the winter months. Habitat sponsorships, individual, business and in-kind donations are also ways Black Pine offsets the costs of caring for the animals they take in. No taxpayer dollars are received and in addition to the small paid staff, Black Pine is also supported by many volunteers. For more information about the events and the sanctuary, visit their website....

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Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo to Open Soon!
Apr24

Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo to Open Soon!

Named one of the top 10 zoos in the nation, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is a must see! More than 500,00 people visit the zoo each year, there is just so much to do and see! Plan your trip ahead of time or just walk around and enjoy. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo ‘connects kids to animals, brings families together and inspires people to care’. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo started as a nature preserve in 1952, grew to a full-fledged zoo in 1963 and continues to grow! In October 2013, potential for new building construction was published through a notice in the Fort Wayne newspapers. Announced on April 22, the zoo will begin two new projects in the Australian Adventure and another in the African Journey area. They will be remodeling the concession stand and adding a new restroom in the Australian Adventure area and building two new pavilions in the African Journey area. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is home to many types of animals from around the world. The zoo has lions and leopards from Africa, Blacktip reef sharks and kangaroos from Australia, a Komodo dragon from Indonesia and much more. While enjoying all the varieties of animals, the zoo also offers free fun and exciting (affordable) rides! Don’t forget to visit the zoo’s gift shop on your way out. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is open daily from 9 am – 5 pm and comes at a very low-cost. Admission ranges anywhere from free to $14 per visit, or just purchase a membership and visit the zoo multiple times. VIP experiences are also available at the zoo. Can’t get enough of the zoo? Programs and events are offered all season long from celebrating Earth Day to ‘Wild Wednesdays’ for Zoo Members. Visit the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo starting April...

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