My Favorite Places to Run – Kreager Park

This year’s Fort4Fitness has come and gone, and I feel pretty good about the result – I finished more than six minutes under the time I had set as a goal. But with more races to run – and fall weather to enjoy – I wanted to get back out on the trails. However, a busy schedule and lousy weather weren’t making that easy. This past week, though, I braved the rain to take to the fitness loop at Kreager Park, and with a little bit of runner’s luck, I got the full loop in between showers.

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Kreager Park, located off North River Road, is Fort Wayne’s most rural park, which makes sense, considering the park is built on what was once farmland. It feels rural too. Shoaff Park’s loops, which I wrote about in my last “Favorite Places to Run” post, have some pretty isolated stretches, but you never feel like you’re outside of the city. There is a lot of open space here, which I enjoyed. Like Shoaff Park, there are multiple smaller loops – three, in fact – each a little less than a mile in length. If you run the perimeter of the park as I did, you’ll get in about two miles. Also like Shoaff Park, you’ll find a stretch of the Rivergreenway here, and if you’re heading east on the trail, you’ll reach the end of the Maumee Pathway at Moser Park in New Haven. I’ll be honest: often my “runs” devolve into brisk walks, but I managed a solid run at Kreager and felt really good when I finished.

If you want to learn more about Kreager Park, especially Taylor’s Dream Boundless Playground, or the Rivergreenway, please visit previous blog posts or



Apart from spending his college years in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Dayton, Ohio, Mike Flohr is a lifetime resident of the Summit City. Today he divides his time among his wife, Megan, his job as a college librarian, and his many geek obsessions.

Mark Your Calendar for Fort Wayne Outlet Sales This November

‘Tis the season to be shopping – for deals! November brings several outstanding Outlet Sales to Fort Wayne that are a must for any bargain shopper.

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Peg Perego Outlet Sale
November 20-22, 2014

Since 1949, Peg Perego has manufactured ride-on vehicles, baby items, and more! Their annual sale will offer great deals on ride on toys as well as our baby items.

November 20-21 from 8am to 7pm
November 22 from 9am -1pm

3625 Independence Drive – Fort Wayne, IN


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Cinda B Factory Outlet Sale
November 6 – 8, 2014

cinda b, the nation’s fastest growing handbag, travel bag, and tote company is holding their Factory Outlet Sale this month. The Factory Outlet Sale will consist of factory seconds and retired styles & colors at deeply discounted prices. Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

Thursday, November 6, 2 – 7 pm
Friday, November 7, 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday, November 8, 9 am – 12 pm

1530 Progress Road – Fort Wayne, IN


And while you are shopping, check out these great new outlet stores in Fort Wayne:

Darlington Christmas Warehouse: Now with a location north on Coliseum Blvd, and south near the airport, this Christmas-lovers paradise offers Christmas decor and gifts, all at $1.69!

Gap Outlet: A new Gap Outlet has located in the Apple Glen shopping center, at 1722 Apple Glen Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46804



Come see Stephanie and Megan in the Fort Wayne-Allen County Visitors Center located at 927 S. Harrison Street. They are passionate about all that Fort Wayne offers and love to give personalized information regarding restaurants, hotels, attractions, festivals, and more. You can also get maps, brochures, and a Visitors Guide. Fort Wayne merchandise and souvenirs are also available for purchase.

ENJOY the corn in Indiana!

Driving down the country roads coming into Fort Wayne from almost any direction, you’ll run into your fair share of corn fields. The thick green stalks swaying gently in the wind, their leaves rustling crisply – corn fields bring to mind great summer memories, Field of Dreams visions of peaceful farms, and maybe even a ripple of fear if you’ve seen Children of the Corn. Still, corn is a symbol of summer in America and holds a prominent place in many households.

There is still a decent amount of corn season left to take advantage of! So, if you are looking to live it up to the fullest and get your fair share of the corn, check out these fun ways to enjoy corn!

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1. Corn Mazes

Fort Wayne is home to a number of different corn mazes. This is a great way for the whole family to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Check out all the great activities like the maze, cornhole tournaments, and corn play pits.

Kuehnert Dairy Farm and Fall Festival
6532 W. Cook Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818
Weekends through October 26. Fridays 6:00-10:00pm; Saturdays 10:00am-10:00pm; Sundays Noon to 5:00pm on Sunday

Amazing Fall Fun
3150 County Road 43, Waterloo IN, 46793
Weekends through November 2. Fridays 6:00-10:00pm, Saturdays noon-10:00pm, Sundays noon-6:00pm

Ridenour Acres
2935 E 20 N. Angola, IN 46703
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

2. Buying Corn
There are some fun ways to get your corn in Fort Wayne. The first is at local Farmers Markets. The corn at the these markets is always guaranteed to be at the peak of freshness and it’s locally grown! Also, be sure to check out Cedar Creek Produce. Cedar Creek Produce is a family-run business that offers farm fresh produce year round to our local community.  While you are there, make sure to check out the fun fall activities they have! Either way, picking out corn can be a great activity for the whole family.
3. Corn Feasts!
Of course, there is always the question of what to do with the corn once you get it home. The options are nearly endless, but here’s a few of my favorites.
Grilled Corn-on-the-cob
It may seem pretty simple, but this is a sure winner even the pickiest of eaters will love. Just remove the husks and make sure to get all those pesky hairs, too. Then, coat the corn with a little melted butter, garlic, and salt. After that, grill to perfection; the kernels should just be starting to get a little bit brown. This is the perfect addition to any meal and will leave your guests wanting more.
This is a bit of a different take on the traditional corn bread, but just as good! While the recipe does call for canned corn, you can use fresh sweet corn scrapped off the cob just as easily!
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Sweet Corn Spoonbread

Perfect for warming the insides on a brisk fall day, this soup will not disappoint. Again, for this one the recipe calls for thawed frozen corn, but it will be even better with fresh corn.
What are your favorite ways to celebrate corn?
Holley Taylor


Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Everything “man” at 9th Annual Men’s Expo

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Saturday, November 8 is the perfect opportunity for men to embrace their testosterone and experience something masculine. The Memorial Coliseum is hosting the 9th Annual Men’s Expo, sponsored by 98.9 The Bear and 106.7FM/1380AM The Fan. The event promises a day of “everything MAN!”

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the public is invited to attend this free event, which includes featured local businesses like ACE Game Room Gallery, Tilted Kilt, Berry’s Welding, Penn Station East Coast Subs, and many more.

The Fort Wayne Men’s Expo has grown so much in popularity over the past eight years that the venue keeps growing in size. Last year nearly 3,000 men came out to enjoy the food sampling, entertainment, beer, and thousands of dollars in giveaways.

For a man who loves sports, there’s the Game Day Lounge where you can kick back, grab a beer and watch the best of college football, as well as enter for a chance to win tickets to the see the Colts and Patriots battle it out in Indianapolis. And for the true athletes, there’s a basketball competition with a grand prize of two tickets to an Indiana Pacers home game.

If motorcycles are more your thing, come pop a wheelie on the House of Yamaha Wheelie Machine and see what it feels like. Or if you’re really feeling adventurous, guys can see how long they last on the Rusty Spur mechanical bull.

Aside from all the man fun to be had in the aisles of the Men’s Expo, there’s also a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament. While all 150 spots are already reserved, interested parties can still register for alternate spots in the tournament.

So grab some buddies, leave the ladies at home, and experience everything “man” that Fort Wayne has to offer at the 2014 Men’s Expo.

2014 9th Annual Men’s Expo
Saturday, November 8th
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Memorial Coliseum
4000 Parnell Avenue
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805

Admission: Free

Learn more here.

Natalie Trout


Natalie A. Trout, a Journalism graduate from Indiana University, moved to Fort Wayne in 2006. Although born and raised in Ohio, she has been a Hoosier at heart her entire life. She loves doing international mission work, but is always eager to return home to Fort Wayne to volunteer, spend time with family and friends, eat sushi, and to cheer on her favorite sports teams. She blogs about life in her 30's at

First comes love, then comes marriage…but first a proposal to remember!

As a recently married gal, weddings are still constantly on my mind – especially as many of my friends are getting ready to tie the knot! While the wedding is what many look forward to (and they should!), let’s not forget the moment that starts it all – the proposal! A wedding proposal can be nerve racking and there are many factors such as the date, the ring, the time, etc…. And while those are all very important, let’s not forget the location! Different proposals speak to different couples and each one is special and unique in their own way. Fort Wayne has many great places for a proposal to remember. Whether you’re thinking something traditional, or maybe a little more out of the box, you don’t have to go far to create something memorable!

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Lakeside Park and Rose Garden is just one of the picture perfect parks in Fort Wayne that would be perfect for a proposal.

For the Park Lover
Fort Wayne has many wonderful parks, but two of my favorites are Foster Park and Lakeside Park and Rose Garden. These parks are simply gorgeous and looking at them you’d think they were specially designed for weddings and proposals alone! Foster Park has two areas offering picturesque proposal spots, The Bridal Glen and the Floral Area. The Bridal Glen is a beautiful area with an archway, flowers, walkways and other pretty delights! It’s such a beautiful and romantic area of Foster Park that there are weddings there all through the summer months. The Floral Area is full of picturesque blooms, perfect for a picture perfect proposal! Lakeside Rose Gardens is well known as one of the best places to have an outdoor wedding in Fort Wayne, and makes a great place to get engaged! From the gorgeous rose garden, to the dreamy terrace walkway and reflective pools, a picnic followed by a stroll through the park is a proposal you can’t say no to!

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Take your wedding proposal on the river and take in Fort Wayne from a different angle.

For the Outdoorsy Type
If you and your significant other enjoy the outdoors, why not propose on the trails or the river? Fort Wayne has a number of great trails all around the city including the Rivergreenway and the Pufferbelly Trail where you can walk, bike or run. You can even get out on our rivers and see the city from a different point of view. Start the day at Fort Wayne Outfitters where you can rent bikes, kayaks, canoes and more, and take off for a day of fun, adventure and future wedded bliss. If you really love exploring, plan a day at Fox Island, or the Hurshtown Reservoir where you can hike, swim, fish and more. It may sound a little odd, but if you and your future Mr. or Mrs. really love spending time outdoors, why not pop the question doing something fun and that you love!

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Empyrean offers a romantic, sophisticated backdrop to your wedding proposal, while also showing off some amazing views of the city.

For the Romantic
Beautiful view? Check! Nice dinner? Check! Dressed up and looking great? Check! If you’re someone that likes to pull out all of the stops when it comes to romance, Empyrean Events and Catering and Lincoln Tower may be perfect spots for your proposal! Empyrean is a beautiful new event space in downtown Fort Wayne in one of the top floors of the PNC Building. The space is composed of two floors, and various rooms giving amazing views of the Summit City all around! The Lincoln Tower observation deck is another spot where you can experience our beautiful city landscape from up above. While the observation deck is usually closed to the public, there have been instances where the “powers that be” have worked something out in the name of romance! If you need ideas for a romantic and celebratory dinner before or after the big question is asked, I’d suggest Club Soda, BakerStreet or Eddie Merlot’s.

These are just to get you started! Use your imagination – Fort Wayne is filled with both obvious and a little more off the beaten path places to pull out a diamond ring. And, as a gal whose proposal was a little more off the wall and spur of the moment, I can tell you that in the end the proposal is a small part of a much bigger, and more important picture!



Katie Robinson simply loves Fort Wayne! Born and raised in the Summit City, she returned following graduating from Ball State University with a degree in Public Relations in May of 2013. A former Visit Fort Wayner, Katie currently works for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority as the Marketing and Customer Service Specialist. In her spare time you can find her baking cupcakes, Zumba-ing her heart out and relaxing with her husband, Joe, and their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.