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Gallery: BuskerFest celebrates street performances, music and art

Posted by on June 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Gallery: BuskerFest celebrates street performances, music and art

Gallery: BuskerFest celebrates street performances, music and art

Each summer, Fort Wayne gathers downtown to celebrate busking (or street performing) with a lineup of performers from across the country. This is event is hosted by Fort Wayne’s Downtown Improvement District. Check out this gallery of this year’s successful event! Juggling, poetry, stilt walkers and more take up Calhoun Street in downtown Fort Wayne. A living statue performs at BuskerFest 2019 much to the delight of kids and adults of all ages. Allez-OOPS! featuring Rob and Miss Jane performed at BuskerFest 2019 with an eclectic blend of comedy, circus, and tricks! The popular fire spinners from Pyroscope closed another successful BuskerFest event in downtown Fort Wayne. For more information on this and other exciting downtown events, visit...

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Wet Paint: Stain and Stencil

Posted by on September 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Wet Paint: Stain and Stencil

Wet Paint: Stain and Stencil

One of the hottest trends in home decor is signage. Whether it’s a quote, a simple word or a personalized motto, signs are what people are looking for to tell their guests more about them and maybe as a reminder to themselves. Another trend is the DIY movement. People are trying all sorts of new crafts and having a great time. Whether it’s an evening with their friends or family or even alone, trying something new and getting creative is fun and relaxing. Stain and Stencil combines both of those trends into one. Their DIY sign workshops are perfect for new and pro crafters alike! You walk in and owner, Rachelle Harkenrider, and staff take care of you every step of the way. They’ll transform you from newbie to pro in just one sign! Once you’re in the shop, you’ll get to pick all of your color and stain options. The staff will teach you how to apply stain or paint and distress your board. Then, you’ll apply your stencil. The staff has lots of tips and guides for making sure you get it on just right. Then, you’ll paint in the stencil with the colors of your choice. Depending on your piece, you may or may not have a few more steps to finish. Rachelle and her team work hard to make sure you’re happy with your piece. To sign up for a workshop, simply go to their website (www.stainandstencil.com) look through their gallery and find a sign you’d like to create. Then find their calendar and an open workshop. If you’d like any customization, you can let them know in the registration process.  Have an event or a group you want to create with? Stain and Stencil will set up a private event with your group. As a unique small business owner in town, Rachelle has been eager to help and collaborate with other small businesses wherever possible. From sign projects, to cupcakes for customers, to the wine slushees she includes in your workshop, Rachelle is sharing the business wealth and helping other businesses grow along with hers. You can find Stain and Stencil on Facebook, Instagram and at their website, www.stainandstencil.com. Check out their social media what others have done with their signs, for specials, and upcoming...

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Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Fall Farm Fun – Living Fort Wayne

Posted by on September 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Fall Farm Fun – Living Fort Wayne

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Fall Farm Fun – Living Fort Wayne

Newly updated for 2018! What is fall without a trip to one of the local pumpkin patches, complete with an apple orchard and corn maze? NOTHING! That’s what! Luckily, northeast Indiana has plenty of opportunities to take advantage of the fall weather, pick pumpkins and apples, and get lost in corn mazes. Johnny Appleseed Festival – 1500 N. Harry Baals Drive, Fort Wayne Saturday, Sept. 15 – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Did you know the Johnny Appleseed Festival started way back in 1974? When you head out to the festival today you’ll see more than 100 craft booths, numerous food booths, tinsmiths, apple pressers, blacksmiths, trappers, traders and more. Kuehnert Dairy Farm Fall Festival – 6532 Cook Road, Fort Wayne Friday, Sept. 14  – Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 Friday: 6 p.m. -10 p.m.Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.Sunday: Noon-5 p.m. This 6th generation family farm has opened for its sixth annual fall festival. The farm features a LEGO-themed corn maze, straw mountain, the corn pit, farm tours, tetherball and more. Admission is $8 per person. Children 2 years old and under are free. Military members, both active or veteran, are free. There is also $1 off admission of for service personnel and Boy/Girl Scouts. Season passes are $15 per person. Amazing Fall Fun – 3150 C.R. 43, Waterloo Friday, Sept. 14 – Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 Friday: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday: Noon – 10 p.m.Sunday: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Amazing Fall Fun features what’s billed as “Indiana’s Largest Corn Maze.” There is also a pumpkin patch featuring a variety of pumpkins and gourds. Other activities include a jumbo jumping pillow, the barrel roll, straw mountain, duck races, the corn box, farmer foosball and much, much more.  You won’t want to wait! Tickets are $8 for ages 3 and up with additional pricing options for small and large groups. Cedar Creek Produce – 11709 Clay St., Leo-Cedarville Open seven days a week! Cedar Creek has a variety of produce year-round but since fall is in full-swing, they have pumpkins, gourds and plenty of corn. Ridenour Acres – 2935 E. 20 N., Angola Saturday, Sept. 15 – Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018 Friday (only in October): Open 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.Saturday: Noon – 6 p.m.Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m. This farm includes a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and other activities for the whole family! New for 2017 is the Trick or Treat Trail. Admission is $7 per person ($1 off for groups of 15 or more) and children 3 and under are admitted free. Salomon Farm Fall Harvest Festival – 817 Dupont Road, Fort Wayne Friday, Sept. 14 and Saturday, Sept. 15 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Don’t let road constructions deter you! Salomon Farm Park is celebrating the American farm once again this year. There will be corn husking and shredding, live animals, threshing, concessions, hay rides, antique farm equipment, cow milking and more. “Fall Family Fun” at Hilger Family Farm – 5534 Butt Road, Fort Wayne Saturday, Sept. 29 to Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 Monday to Saturday – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday – 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. There’s always a ton of “fall family fun” at Hilger Family Farm. Be sure to also checkout their hayrides on Friday evenings and all day...

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Exploring Gen Con and Defeating Harry (Finally)

Posted by on September 11, 2018 | Comments Off on Exploring Gen Con and Defeating Harry (Finally)

Exploring Gen Con and Defeating Harry (Finally)

I spent the first week of August among my people. Over 60,000 tabletop game lovers descended on the Indianapolis convention center. We wandered the halls, stood in the lines, and played all of the games at Gen Con, the largest and longest-running game convention in North America. As always, it felt glorious. Gen Con exhibit hall So much to see This year, more than 520 game companies showed their products in the massive exhibit hall. Over 600 new games of all kinds premiered at the show. Special fundraising events to support this year’s two official charities, The Jack Vasel Memorial Fund and Second Helpings, raised more than $50,000. The convention’s 17,000+ ticketed events ran constantly — 24 hours a day — from Wednesday evening, August 1, through Sunday night, August 5. I can personally vouch for that. My son and I wandered back to our hotel sometime around 1:00 a.m. on Saturday night after finishing an amazing 500-person cooperative roleplaying event for Paizo’s Starfinder game. Such are moments that make memories to last a lifetime. In the coming months, we’ll have plenty of time to talk about the new games we discovered at the convention. For today, I want to reflect on some dadly joy — namely, the incredible experience of sharing these moments with my teenage son. “open gaming” space in the Indianapolis Convention Center late at night… and still hoppin The son grows up The Wonder (his nickname since he was tiny), turned 14 in May. He gained too many inches in height, spawned a slew of fresh brain cells containing all kinds of opinions, and matured into someone with a fascinating intellect and amazing personality. He attended this year’s convention carrying his first official “game reviewer” business cards. After a couple of practice runs with game industry friends, he confidently put the cards to work. He introduced himself to vendors, discussed game release dates and prices, and carefully took notes about games he wanted to check out. It was a proud geeky father moment. My somewhat introverted little guy didn’t just get taller, he grew up. I got to watch him step out, coach him on the details, and celebrate his victories. My youngest son mapped his way toward manhood on the exhibit floor of Gen Con, looking resplendent in a blue velvet fez emblazoned with a neon green kraken (which, I’ve been told repeatedly, “is not a squid”). Gen Con exhibit hall Harry scares me As all of this happened for my son, though, something happened for me as well: I finally felt a victory over my long-time nemesis, Harry Chapin, and his song “Cats in the Cradle.” As a teen and 20-something, I loved that song. As a father, the tune haunted me every time I heard it. No matter what I accomplished or how connected I felt with my kids, Harry’s song filled my heart with fear and sent doubts screaming through my brain. Was I paying attention and doing the right things with my kids? Do they have a balance of freedom and protection? Or was I destined to be the father in the song, alone in his old age, aghast at the opportunities he missed, and ashamed that his failures would live on through his son? Dad for the win This...

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Three River’s Festival Reaches Golden Year

Posted by on July 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Three River’s Festival Reaches Golden Year

Three River’s Festival Reaches Golden Year

The Three River’s Festival is always a great summer destination, but THIS year marks a special milestone that will make the occasion a bit sweeter and definitely more emotional for those working behind the scenes. The theme for the 2018 Three River’s Festival is a “Golden Celebration- 50 years of Fun!” This includes cheering on a pair of honorary Grand Marshalls in the annual parade who have watched the festivities expand every year. Dave Auman has been a volunteer and  board member since the first festival, and Tommi Manny was on the first ever Three Rivers Festival committee, dating back to 1969. Our 2018 Grand Marshalls are The Voice’s own Addison Agen and Christiana Danielle. The festival begins July 13th and runs through July 21st. There is SO much to do, see, enjoy and eat every year, it can be a challenge to keep track of every happening during the 9 day celebration. I want to mention a few can’t-miss events, some may sound familiar while others may be lesser known. Be sure to check out the official website, Facebook page or pick up an event guide to check out dates and times of the following events! Annual Parade: Wheather you are grabbing a seat on the parade route or plan to watch from home, don’t miss the 2018 Lutheran Health Network parade- this is the official kickoff to the festivities! July 14thstart time 9:45 a.m. Junk Food Alley: Elephant ears, buckets of fries, spiral spuds, lemon shake-ups…need I say more?  Don’t forget about Two Dollar Tuesdays, where select food vendors have $2 deals! July 13th-21st, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Art in the Park/Chalk Walk: The Chalk Walk is one of the best photo-ops of the festival! Enjoy artwork beautifully created  in front of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. You can also walk Main Street and purchase handmade items and artwork from various local artists. July 14th and 15th starting at 11 a.m. Downtown Midway: Nestled in Headwaters Park, bring the family out for carnival food, rides and games! July 12th-21st. Concerts: Three Rivers Festival is full of  diverse entertainment and their concerts sure don’t disappoint! Brother, Gin Blossoms, Morris Day and the Time, Here Come the Mummies, Candlebox, Orange Opera, The Funk Thang and Duke Tomatoe are a few of the many musical appearances you can see throughout the festival. Bed Race: Another popular event is the bed races. Watch contestants race beds downtown to receive awards for the fastest and most creative. July 18th, 6 p.m. Lawton Park Car Show: Multiple classic vehicles will be on display for your viewing pleasure. July 21st, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fireworks Finale: To end the festival, be sure to find a nice spot downtown to sit and enjoy the fireworks. Live music will follow the show at Headwaters Park. July 21st, 10 p.m. Pie Eating Contest Finals: The waiter/waitress contest is a VERY popular event to watch, but did you know there is a pie eating contest right afterwards? Both mentioned events will be at the Ruoff Festival Plaza, in Headwater’s East Pavilion. July 16th, 6:30 p.m. for waiter/waitress, 8:30 p.m. for pie eating. International Village: Enjoy food and drinks from different cultures, listen to songs and storytelling and appreciate numerous cultural backgrounds. Located in the Club Soda parking lot, admission is free but food, drinks and other items...

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Free Movie Thursday at the Foellinger

Posted by on July 9, 2018 | Comments Off on Free Movie Thursday at the Foellinger

Free Movie Thursday at the Foellinger

Looking for something to do with the family before the weekend hits? Foellinger theater is showing free movies on Thursday evenings, starting at 8 p.m. Come as you are and enjoy an outdoor movie night! Keep in mind that food and beverages are not allowed inside, but there will be concessions open to purchase snacks when you arrive. A BIG thank you to Fort Wayne’s NBC and 97.3 WMEE for helping  make this program possible! C Check out the free movie line up for the summer: July 12th: Despicable Me 2 July 19th: Despicable Me 3 July 26th: Minions August 2nd: Finding Nemo August 9th: Finding Dory...

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Lunch on the Square- The Place to be for Lunch!

Posted by on July 4, 2018 | Comments Off on Lunch on the Square- The Place to be for Lunch!

Lunch on the Square- The Place to be for Lunch!

There are so many cool things going on downtown this summer! The Three River’s Festival is coming up, the farmer’s market is a great place to make purchases, and TinCaps baseball is in full swing. If you get a chance, try to make Lunch on the Square to one of your downtown destinations. You can grab a great lunch there every Thursday from 11:30AM-1:30PM now through August at Freimann Square. This should be a must for anyone who has a free day, or who works nearby and can allow time on their lunch breaks to eat. Unfortunately, I work too far away to personally check it out, so I reached out to a few locals to get their opinions on the event. Amber Ruiz, her husband, and their son attended the very first Thursday of the season. Daniel and TJ Musser (ages 9 and 12) try to make it out a couple times a year with their family. Let’s see what they have to say about the event! What is your favorite thing to eat? Daniel: The Snooooop Dog is my favorite thing at Bravas. TJ: Bravas hot dogs because they are very good. I probably like the Snooooop Dog the best. (the Snooooop dog is a vienna beef frank, smoked bacon, smoked gouda, and aioli. You can have this on a burger, also!) Amber: My family and I tried the Ragin’ Cajun Food Truck-it was completely delicious!  We tried the tacos and jambalaya. No way you could go wrong!   What’s the crowd like? Daniel: It depends on the day. If it’s all droopy and rainy there is not much but if it’s sunny and nice there’s a lot more. TJ: It’s usually busy. There is a lot of people in line for the food trucks. Amber: We went to lunch on the square the first day- Thursday, June 7th. There was a considerable amount of people coming and going, enjoying the lunch trucks and free music, entertainment, and visiting stations/centers of local Fort Wayne vendors.   Is there other entertainment there? Daniel: There is music every week, but sometimes there are street performers there too. TJ: There’s shops and people playing music. There are stands you can get sunglasses from. (Local radio stations and other agencies have giveaway booths at the Square also!) Amber: The day my family and I went to Lunch on the Square, we were entertained by Alicia Pyle Quartet and a student From Covington Elementary- Addison Stout. Both put on a great performance, and allowed my family time to sit down and enjoy downtown Fort Wayne.   The Downtown Improvement District made Freimann Square THE place to be this summer for lunch. It definitely sounds like there are things to keep you entertained while eating- street performers, live music, and local giveaways to include a few. Also, check out the list below for some of the upcoming music groups that will be featured this...

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Living Fort Wayne Concert Series

Posted by on June 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Living Fort Wayne Concert Series

Living Fort Wayne Concert Series

The Living Fort Wayne Concert Series returns to Headwaters Park on Wednesday, June 27 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Enjoy the music of Unlikely Alibi (organ and guitar driven power pop with a twist of reggae, ska and soul) and HazenSol (a fusion of classic and modern rock guitar riffs, a driving powerful bass line, a jazz drummer and powerful thought inducing lyrics.) Arrive early and sign up for the fantastic giveaways including one pair of Cubs tickets and a family four-pack of Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo tickets. Winners must be present to claim a prize. If you haven’t attended the Living Fort Wayne Concert Series yet, this is a relaxing getaway in the middle of the week. Located in the heart of Headwaters Parks, locals can enjoy the shade of the trees right next to the St. Marys River. Music will play throughout the park while you enjoy something delicious from a local food truck or a nice cold drink. As we head into the summer months, these concerts have become a staple for family-friendly entertainment that is free and enjoyable for everyone. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and claim a spot under the blue skies of downtown Fort Wayne. Over the years, thousands have attended with accessible parking located in the surrounding parking areas near Harrison Street and Headwaters Park. Don’t forget to leave a little early due to riverfront construction and road updates in the area. Bring your friends and family for an adventure downtown. Follow the Living Fort Wayne Facebook page for any weather updates that day regarding the concert. Don’t forget to save the date for Wednesday, August 1! More information is available on our website....

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June Summer Festival Guide

Posted by on June 16, 2018 | Comments Off on June Summer Festival Guide

June Summer Festival Guide

Summer in Fort Wayne means every weekend Headwaters Park is packed with great festivals and entertainment. Here is a quick run down on what to expect for the first part of summer in northeast Indiana. Check out these highlights from our partners with Current Fort Wayne. Special thanks to Current Fort Wayne for being festival central! Greekfest (Click for more info) Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, June 24 A post shared by Fort Wayne Greek Festival (@fwgreekfest) on Jun 14, 2018 at 6:37pm PDT GearFest at Sweetwater  (Click for more info) Friday, June 22 – Saturday, June 23 A post shared by Sweetwater Sound (@sweetwatersound) on May 31, 2018 at 1:00pm PDT BuskerFest (Click for more info) Saturday, June 30 A post shared by Living Fort Wayne (@livingfortwayne) on Jun 24, 2017 at 6:52pm PDT Freedom Festival Artisan Market (Click for more info) Saturday, June 30 Stay tuned for July and August festivals coming...

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How to Celebrate National Wine Day

Posted by on May 23, 2018 | Comments Off on How to Celebrate National Wine Day

How to Celebrate National Wine Day

Merlot? Wine not. We all know that Memorial Day weekend is around the corner, but did you know that Friday, May 25th is National Wine day? What better way to kick off the start of the summer season than with a full glass of wine? Well, I have a few ideas to help you celebrate this delightful occasion right here in northeast Indiana. Satek Winery View this post on Instagram A post shared by Satek Winery (@satekwinery) This winery is located in Fremont, Indiana and offers over 40 varieties of wine. If you can’t celebrate on Friday, stop in on Saturday for a tour and a tasting. Tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30, 2:30, and 3:30 p.m.   Two EE’s Winery View this post on Instagram A post shared by Two-EE's Winery (@twoeeswinery) Located less than 20 miles from downtown Fort Wayne in Huntington, Indiana, Two EE’s offers a variety of fruity wines with a beautiful scenery. On Friday, you can enjoy your wine while listening to The Colin Boyd Trio live, and grab a bite from one of the food trucks on-site. Check out their Facebook Event for more details.   Country Heritage Winery View this post on Instagram A post shared by Country Heritage Winery (@countryheritagewinery)   Also under 20 miles from downtown Fort Wayne, Country Heritage is located in Laotto, Indiana. Taste some of their award-winning wine on Friday from 6-9 p.m., enjoy live music from Acme Blues Band and satisfy your hunger with food from Sol Kitchen.   Wine Down https://www.instagram.com/p/BHAyIRkxu6H/?taken-by=winedownfw   If you’re feeling the downtown vibe, try Wine Down located in the heart of Fort Wayne off of Jefferson Boulevard. Split some tapas with your friends while enjoying a glass of chardonnay.   Nick’s Wine & Martini Bar View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nick's Martini & Wine Bar (@nicksmwbar)   Nick’s Wine & Martini Bar is a great spot to grab a glass of wine (or a martini), hang out with friends and share some appetizers. Its convenient location on East State is so cozy and comfortable, you’ll forget you’re not at home. Live music is a regular staple here too. 6. Chops Wine Bar  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chop’s Wine Bar (@chopswinebar)   Chops Wine Bar features an assortment of wines. Enjoy a bottle, a glass or try a few selections with wine flights. It’s the perfect setting for a low-key meet up with a friend or two. Stop in and share some appetizers and a bottle (or two). Bonus: the Crab Cakes are delightfully satisfying. Chops is located on the southwest end of Fort Wayne, off of Jefferson Boulevard, in The Village at Times Corners shopping plaza.   Whether you’re drinking white, red or blush wine, remember to drink safely and responsibly. Happy...

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