“Don’t Let Go” of a Chance to See 38 Special Live in Concert

Here’s your chance to relive the early 1980s. Just close your eyes as you hear hits like “Hold on Loosely” and “Caught Up in You” and you’ll be taken back to a different era. Rock band 38 Special will take you on that journey, as they embark on another tour – which includes Fort Wayne, Indiana on the list of stops.

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The concert takes place Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. at Fort Wayne’s own historic Embassy Theatre. Tickets start at $25 and are available through Ticketmaster outlets, at Ticketmaster.com or direct by calling the theatre’s box office at 260.424.5665.

Experience the explosive power of this band as they give it their all on a 100+ city tour. Having been together now for more than three decades, 38 Special has built up a loyal fan following. Don’t miss a chance to be a part of the celebration in Fort Wayne! The Embassy Theatre is located at 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. in downtown Fort Wayne.

Insider Tip: Grab a bite to eat before dinner. Check out our convenient Downtown Dining Map for some ideas!


Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband, dog Lulu and half a dozen houseplants. Find Holly on Twitter @HFHammers and at http://hollyhammersmith.com.

The Butterfly Effect- 11th Annual Butterfly Exhibit

“A fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought –
But no, a butterfly.”
Arakida Moritake

It’s April, and you know what that means. The butterflies are coming!!

It’s time for the butterflies at the Bontanical Conservatory! The 11th annual butterfly exhibit, “The Butterfly Effect,” opens on April 26 and will run through  July 6.

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Get up close and personal with the butterflies!

If you’ve never experienced this live display, make some time to stop by this summer. It’s great for kids of all ages, because they can get up close and personal with the butterflies, letting them light on their fingers and learning how they transform from caterpillars…it’s like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” come to life! Of course, adults enjoy the event as well. I’ve seen my own mother giggle while having big, beautiful butterflies land on her as we walked through the exhibit.

You’ll walk through gardens with specially-draped netting to contain the butterflies. And, trust me, the butterflies are not shy. You’ll end up with several on  you. Just remember to be gentle. Butterflies are extremely delicate. Guests will also enjoy the beautiful and fragrant flowers in the exhibit.

The magic of live butterflies returns again to the Botanical Conservatory this spring and summer. Enjoy a beautiful array of large exotic species within the display tent, butterflies native to habitats from South America to Africa and Asia. This year, the Conservatory examines “the butterfly effect” concept from chaos theory, that even a small action in one place can significantly affect people and systems far removed. While experiencing all that  butterflies evoke in the human imagination, Conservatory guests are encouraged to consider the ripple effect of their own choices and actions in the unpredictable dimension of their sphere of influence. (botanicalconservatory.org)

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You’ll see lots of different species.

Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday Noon – 4 pm
Closed Mondays

Adults $5
Children (ages 3-17) $3
Age 2 and Under FREE

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun

Insider’s Tip: On Sunday, May 11 from 12 – 4 p.m., the Conservatory will host Mother’s Day in the Garden. This would be a perfect time to bring your mom to see the butterflies as well! Each mom will also receive a special Mother’s Day plant (while supplies last).

Wendy Sack


Born and bred in Alabama, Wendy has lived in Fort Wayne for just over 12 years, calling historic Williams-Woodland Park home. Asked to describe herself, Wendy is quick to throw out the terms grammar geek, voracious reader, Jim Gaffigan nut and Alabama Crimson Tide football fanatic. Often found with a Diet Coke in one hand and a book in the other, Wendy’s true passion is her family. She is a wife, a mother of two and is always looking for new and adventurous things to do in and around Fort Wayne. Wendy finds humor easily in any situation and is a true believer that laughter really does cure anything.

As Summertime Approaches, Enjoy the “Days of Gold” with Country Star Jake Owen

Summertime and country music always seem to go together don’t they? Well, it’s not quite summer yet but you can get a taste of the country music on Thursday, May 1 when country music star Jake Owen comes to the Fort!

Owen, who first hit the country music scene in 2006, will be live in concert for the 7 p.m. show at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, conveniently located near retail shopping and dining options on the city’s north side.
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Owen’s tour will feature many of the hit songs from his fourth studio album, aptly titled “Days of Gold.” Some of Owen’s most popular singles include “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “The One That Got Away.” Owen is known for his personal drive for self-improvement, his desire to experiment with music and the refreshment he brings to the country music scene.

Tickets for the show start at $20 each and are available at Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com. The Coliseum is located at 4000 Parnell Ave.

Insider Tip: With this concert being on a Thursday night, why not make a weekend trip of it? There’s still time to plan a getaway to Fort Wayne. All the resources you need are available at VisitFortWayne.com!


Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband, dog Lulu and half a dozen houseplants. Find Holly on Twitter @HFHammers and at http://hollyhammersmith.com.

She’s a beauty! Feast your eyes on classic bikes at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Ah…bikes. Is there anything more American? If you’re anything like me, bikes are a source of wonder and excitement. Lucky for you, you can get the chance to get up close and personal with classic bikes, this spring.

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Feast your eyes on the 1952 Roadmaster at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art!
Photo courtesy of Bicycle Museum of America

Rims and Fins: The Golden Age of American Bicycles kicked off April 16 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Here you’ll find a collection of classic bicycles of popular during the Boomer generation and chronicles the evolution of this dramatic shift in bicycle design. In other words, you’ll see some pretty groovy design. And the best part: admission is $1 on April 26th!

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Bicycle Museum of America and the Hoosier Antique and Classic Bicycle Club.

While you’re at the museum, be sure to check out their permanent collection, which consists of nearly 1,400 American paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and photographs, each telling stories of American history from the late eighteenth century through today. The museum continues to add to and diversify its collection, taking steps to significantly increase its holdings of photography, glass, and works of diverse media by diverse makers. The gift shop is a must, too. Take home a hand-made gift from a local artist as souvenir.

After an afternoon of taking in the beauty of these fine remnants of Americana, you’ll likely have the urge to bike. You’ve come to the right place, my friend! Fort Wayne has one of the finest trail systems in the Midwest! If you’re looking for a scenic route, I recommend the Rivergreenway. This is a 24-mile long trail that follows the banks of Fort Wayne’s three rivers: the St. Marys, St. Joseph and Maumee Rivers. The Rivergreenway provides a great opportunity for recreation, fitness and conservation, as well as providing an alternative transportation network safely connecting the community.


Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website: www.lcagg.com.

Auer Performance Auditorium

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Outside view of the Rhinehart Music Center, which houses the Auer Performance Auditorium

Welcome to Auer Performance Auditorium, Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne’s biggest stage venue and one of the newest performance halls in Fort Wayne.

If you are planning to attend a show at Auer Auditorium, be prepared for great acoustics and good lighting. The audience area is set up in different levels. The wide, sloped floor space has a number of wheel-chair accessible seats in the front, center and back rows. The raised seats towards the center back of the auditorium are reachable by either the elevator or from twin sets of stairs that spread up from the first floor seating area. And the upper balcony, which is best reached by stairs from either the auditorium or the stairwell behind the auditorium, offers the best view overall.

Whichever seat you choose, you will have a great line of sight for the entire stage. The stage is very open, with no curtains or wings to block your view. Spread out in a graceful clam shell shape, the stage dips into the front seating area, and includes an orchestra pit which is usually covered over and used as more stage space. A double tier of balconies encircles the back of the stage. Depending on the event, sometimes the balconies are used for banner displays but they are also used by the choir, which is able to spread out so that each singer is clearly visible.

For the performer, the stage is a comfortable place to be. The gentle curve of the stage into the seats, and the gradual elevation of chairs make you feel like you’re not that far away from the audience. While the stage lights are bright, having the audience right there and not too far down below gives a more relaxed feeling to the performance.

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From the stage of the Auer Performance Auditorium, looking out towards the three seating areas. Large shades cover the north-facing windows during performances.

Backstage, there is plenty of room for performers to warm up, change, and get ready for their time to shine in the spotlight. A green room is immediately off the stage left, complete with a flat screen television mounted on the wall, so you can see what is happening on the stage. Separate dressing rooms and restrooms are also available, for special events. Two sets of double doors swing out from the stage on either side, so it’s easy to wheel in a load of music stands or chairs, if a large group will be onstage. Or, if props or scenery are needed, those big, double doors provide plenty of room to haul materials in and out. A ramp leads up to the stage on the right, while stairs climb up on the left.

Auer Auditorium has hosted many different events, from the IPFW Omnibus Lecture series to Honors Convocations to Fort Wayne Philharmonic and IPFW Community Orchestra concerts, and even nationally touring artists. Receptions can be held in the hall on the east side of the building and space is available for caterers who need to stash supplies for events. A new parking garage is also on the east side of the building, reachable by a covered sidewalk. The parking garage is equipped with electronic sign boards that tell potential parkers how many spaces are available on each floor – definitely a handy thing to know when it’s crowded!

If you haven’t had a chance to experience the Auer Performance Hall on the IPFW campus, why not stop by and take a look? It’s a great way to experience the finest facility one of Fort Wayne’s best universities has to offer.



Louisa is a lifelong Fort Wayne resident. A long-time musician and literature aficionado, Louisa likes to explore the classical music offerings that Fort Wayne has to offer. (She also likes to browse the Allen County Public Library's stacks for just the right book!)