A Fall Farewell to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

The shortening summer days blend into autumn so quickly – where did the summer go?

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Twin fountains in the Zoo’s pond sparkle in the autumn sunlight.

Fortunately, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is open until October 12, so there is plenty of time to enjoy the changing seasons in the crisp outdoors.

The nice thing about visiting the Zoo in October is that it’s a little more relaxed. Strollers crunch through piles of crisp leaves. Jackets are tossed casually around shoulders, and the popcorn stand is a little more popular than ice cream cone venders. The animals are active, enjoying the cooler temperatures and softer, less direct sunlight.

And, when you visit the Zoo in mid-October, you’ll see tons of pumpkins and gourds decorating the walkways and animal habitats. If you’re a pumpkin fan, you’ll love seeing all the different types here – green, white, orange, knobby, smooth, tiny and large. Slowly, a peacock will strut behind the bushes, craftily eyeing the pedestrians. Then, with a lo-o-ng reach of his emerald neck, the bird pecks a large chunk out of a gourd and retreats to the hidden safety of another bush. Yes, the pumpkins are popular.

In the Indonesian Rain Forest, the Prevost’s Squirrel – so cute with his multi-colored fur – hops onto a branch and samples a fresh food tray of fruit. With his fluffy coat and capacious jaws, he seems to be storing up for the winter.

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See the zebras? Cooler weather and golden leaves bring out the best in the animals at the zoo.

Strolling through the African Journey is so pleasant. The tall grasses have turned to gold. Some of the flowers – mums especially – are blooming in spicy glory. And the meandering streams wander gently around the sidewalks. The zebras are placid, eyeing visitors as though this is really nothing new. And the giraffes blend in with the changing deciduous leaves. It’s almost as if they are having a fashion show in gold, yellow and tan!

Riding the Australian log boats is fun. When your ride slips through the tunnels of leafy branches, everything is tinged with a musty sweetness. The kangaroos in their tasteful coats look like they’re preparing for cooler weather.

The great big pond in the center of the zoo has Mother Goose perched there, in a ruffled bonnet. Gazing out over the pond, you see the shimmering twin fountains and happy ducks, waddling towards the duck feed vending machines. Tinged-yellow leaves float on the water, lapping gently at the shore. A pumpkin or two has rolled down the slopes. Over at the petting zoo, goats crowd about and nibble at tasty handouts. The smell of wood smoke tinges the air, lending a tang of colder temperatures to the sunshine.

By mid-October, the weather is in a changing way. Some weekends will be nippy and rainy, while others are gloriously sunny and warm. The last weekend the Zoo is open is usually filled with sunshine and cool, light-jacket weather. You might want to bring a light sweater if you’re there in the morning but by afternoon, the Zoo has become comfortable and warm. It’s a great way to experience some of autumn’s finest offerings in one of Fort Wayne’s friendliest places.

Louisa

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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!)

#FortWayneMoment – The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Colobus Monkey enjoys a #FortWayneMoment

A #FortWayneMoment is a snapshot of life in the Summit City. It could be big and important, or it could be fleeting and trivial. It could happen at a place you’ve never been or at a place you’ve been a thousand times before. It becomes a memory that says, “That’s Fort Wayne” or “That’s my home.” There’s a #FortWayneMoment happening right now.

My wife and I spent a lovely summer morning at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo a couple weeks ago, a place where #FortWayneMoments happen all the time.

Once of the great things about the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is the level of interactivity between visitors and animals, one of the best examples of that being the giraffe feeding platform. There were all sorts of folks milling about that morning, but one adorable little girl – maybe three or four years old, wearing tiny eyeglasses, a single pant leg rolled to her knee – tottered over to a giraffe with a giant lettuce leaf in her hand. The giraffe greedily grabbed the leaf from the young girl, who was mesmerized by the giant creature. I’m sure that little girl left the zoo with a memory of her #FortWayneMoment; we had one just watching her.

We were also lucky enough that day to stumble across some colobus monkey family time. Both of the zoo’s colobus monkey females gave birth in January, and it was quite entertaining to watch mom, dad, and baby all playing together (although I use the term “playing together” rather loosely since the male really wanted to be left alone and ended up being, quite literally, just a set of monkey bars). Human families bonding over a monkey family’s bonding? That’s a #FortWayneMoment.

What is your favorite #FortWayneMoment?

Mike

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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.

Ben Folds Live With the Fort Wayne Philharmonic

I can trace my first musical memory back to 1981 when I heard what would become my first favorite song – The J. Geils Band’s “Centerfold.” Yes, when I was four years old, my favorite song was “Centerfold.” Now don’t worry, it would be a few years before I actually knew what the song was about, but what I did know instantly – what I felt instantly – was the power of music. It was the first in a series of thousands of moments: middle school musicals, high school dances, late nights alone with my headphones on, live performances, and everything in between. One of the artists of whom I have many musical memories, Ben Folds, returns to the Summit City to perform with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic on October 17, 2014, at the Historic Embassy Theatre.

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I first saw Ben Folds Five (Ben plus bandmates Darren Jessee and Robert Sledge) in 1997; this October, I’ll be seeing him for what is, I think, the fourteenth time. Ben Folds is best known for the 1998 hit single “Brick,” a great pop song infused with genuine melancholy. It’s the infusion of emotion – regret, longing, love – that makes Folds such a dynamic singer-songwriter, one whose closest pop analogue is Elton John. And like Elton John, there is a playfulness to his music as well, a playfulness that finds its way into his live performances, where there are multi-part sing-alongs, music theory lessons, and gangsta rap covers. He is one of the few artists I’ve seen who has the ability to captivate an audience whether alone on stage or backed by an entire orchestra.

It’s time to make some new musical memories, folks. Whether this is your first or fourteenth time seeing Ben Folds, you’ll have an amazing time. Tickets are still available and range from $32 to $70 (certain fees may apply). Purchase your tickets at the Embassy Theatre box office or online at https://tickets.artstix.org.

Mike

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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.

There’s Something Delicious For Everyone at Our Daily Brew

If you’re a tea or coffee lover, or know someone who is, then you should make a stop at Our Daily Brew!

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What time is it? Time for coffee and tea!

This quaint coffee and tea shop has been in Fort Wayne for over 30 years.  It is located in Times Corners on Jefferson Blvd, making it easy for employees at the nearby businesses to pop in and grab a drink throughout the day.

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Each time I walk through the door, I instantly feel better!  The scents of the various coffees and teas and the beautiful décor have lifted my spirits each time.

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During my past few visits, several customers stopped by on their way to and from doing some shopping at Jefferson Pointe, the shopping center just down the street.

I was impressed by the wide varieties of teas and coffees. 

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Our Daily Brew offers all types of international tea flavors and coffee grounds, and the store even lets customers sample teas before purchasing them.

When I purchased a hot drink, I signed up for the store’s mailing list.  In return, I received an offer for a free drink on my next visit. Clearly, Our Daily Brew understands hospitality!

This is an ideal place to purchase gifts, too.

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I like trying international foods and drinks, so I think these books would be interesting!

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For your own pleasurable experience, visit Our Daily Brew.

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Stop in at 5906 W. Jefferson Blvd., online here, or go to its Facebook page.

260-434-0520

Amanda Reusser

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Amanda Reusser is a 2006 graduate from Taylor University-Upland. She has spent the past 6 years living and teaching Drama, English and ESOL in Florida, Indonesia and Austria. While it was fun and insightful, she is very glad to be back home in Indiana. Amanda loves traveling, trying new foods, and learning cultural dances. She enjoys getting to know new people, teaching teenagers, and being involved with her home church.

Take flight to Philadelphia and Charlotte at Fort Wayne International Airport

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Non-stop service to Philadelphia and Charlotte starts October 2nd!

Beginning October 2nd, Fort Wayne International Airport will begin two new routes of non-stop service – one to Philadelphia, PA and the other to Charlotte, NC!

Here at the airport we are thrilled to be able to bring these services to our customers, and can’t wait to get them off the ground…so to speak.

The best part about our new direct flights is that they appeal to a variety of different travelers. Whether you’re heading to Philly for business, or Charlotte sounds like a great vacation spot, we hope that travelers of all kinds take advantage!

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There will be 2 flights per day to Philly!

Traveling to Philadelphia? The “City of Brotherly Love” is a great place for both business and leisure travelers. After a long day of meetings, relax while getting a bite to eat at one of Philadelphia’s delicious restaurants. You’ll find everything from sports bars, to five-star dining – perfect for entertaining clients, or winding down at the end of the day before heading back to the hotel. Have a little downtime during your business trip? There are a variety of museums, attractions and parks to fill in your time. If you’re heading to Philly for a vacation, there is plenty to do to keep you occupied! Explore Philly and dig deep into America’s storied history with a visit to the Liberty Bell or Independence Hall, shop ’til you drop in one of the city’s many shopping districts, take in a sporting event – and more! Not to mention the chance to indulge in a famous Philly Cheesesteak! You won’t be bored in Philadelphia! For more information on things to do during your stay and to plan a trip, check out Visit Philadelphia.

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Travel to Charlotte with 1 flight per day out of FWA!

Does a vacation to the rolling hills of North Carolina sound more your speed? Charlotte is the place for you! Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly getaway, or want to be a little more adventurous, Charlotte has something for you. With a storied history in auto racing, Charlotte is home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and Charlotte Motor Speedway – perfect spots to visit for racing fans. Take the kids to Discovery Place for hands-on science learning and fun, enjoy a private safari at Lazy 5 Ranch, or ride the coasters at Carowinds Amusement Park! If you’re looking for adventure and the outdoors you can enjoy water-sports on Lake Norman, go for a hike in one of Charlotte and the surrounding area’s 210 parks, or tackle the current whitewater rafting! To plan your trip to Charlotte, check out Charlotte Travel and Tourism.

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Come visit us in Fort Wayne!

Some of you may be reading from afar and wondering if you can take advantage of these flights as well, and you can! While we are promoting the direct services TO these locations, that also means we will have flights back to Fort Wayne as well. So, if you live around Philadelphia or Charlotte and are interested in visiting our wonderful city, now is the time! Take that trip home to see family, book a hassle free business trip, or just come see what Fort Wayne, Indiana is all about! Start planning your trip today with itinerary suggestions, dining guides and a jam-packed calendar of events!

For more information on these exciting new services, visit the airport online. To book your tickets, go to the American Airlines, or US Airways websites! Happy flying!

Fort Wayne Airport

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Northeast Indiana's favorite airport known for Hoosier Hospitality and a fresh cookie upon arrival. Fort Wayne International Airport currently has 4 airlines serving 12 non-stop markets: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Detroit, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, Phoenix/Mesa, Fort Myers/Punta Gorda, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Philadelphia and Charlotte. Most markets, both domestic and international, may be reached from FWA through convenient one stop connections via the airlines individual hubs. We’re taking our commitment to improving your travel experience to a whole new altitude!