Cher in Fort Wayne!

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Better known as simply, “Cher,” the contralto is on her 49-city D2K [Dressed to Kill] tour, and will grace the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum’s stage at 7:30 p.m. on October 27, 2014.  Two popular special guests will perform with her – mezzo-soprano and four-time Grammy Award-winner Pat Benatar and her songwriter / guitarist husband Neil Giraldo.

Cher first made her mark in the folk-rock scene in 1965 when she was known as half of the popular Sonny & Cher duo.   She subsequently shone in TV, film, music and acting by constantly re-inventing herself.

She has taken a plethora of honors, including Best Actress Academy Awards, Best Musical or Comedy Actress Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, and many more.  One of her many hits – recorded with Rod Stewart – was “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” and she has sold more than 100 million solo albums, earning her the designation of one of the best-selling music artists of all time.  Her most recent album “Closer to the Truth,” came out last year and was her highest-charting solo album in the US thus far.  This tour includes the No. 1 catchy hit, “Woman’s World,” and was described by the Houston Chronicle as, “a stunning vocal showcase; an eye-popping extravaganza.”

Lady Gaga, Madonna, Marianne Faithful and Nancy Sinatra are just a few of the many singers who have been inspired by Cher, and movie buffs may remember some of her abundant films including “Silkwood,” “The Witches of Eastwick,” and “Mask.”

Cher is the only artist thus far to have a No. 1 single on a Billboard chart in each of the past six decades.  Currently, a Broadway musical of her life is in development, and she may play herself when the script is completed.

Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster (1.800.745.3000; or at the Coliseum box office (4000 Parnell Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46805; 260.483.1111).  Reserved tickets are $127; $77; and $41.50.  Parking is $5 at the main lot, and $8 at the preferred lot.



Barb Sieminski is a freelance writer and photographer for several magazines and newspapers. She received her B.A. and M.S. in art and English, from the University of St. Francis. When not chained to the computer, she follows her passion of fishing, believing that all good things come to she who baits . . .

Country Fest ’14 brings exciting headliners

This year’s Country Fest is stacked with talented musicians guaranteed to please. The seventh annual K105 Country Fest will take place on Saturday, September 20. Doors will open at 1:00 pm and the first singer will take the stage at 3:00 pm. For the second year in a row, Parkview Field in the heart of downtown will play host to this music festival.

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Billy Currington

Headlining the concert this year is none other than Billy Currington. Singer of the number one hit released last year, “We Are Tonight,” Currington hit the music scene in 2003 with a bang. He won a CMT Award in 2006 and was nominated for a Grammy and Academy of Country Music Award in 2010.

This year features a few up and coming artists in the genre as well, and will bring to the table a host of different sounds and styles for your listening pleasure. Also performing in the concert this year are The Swon Brothers, Brett Eldredge, Parmalee, Craig Campbell, and Kelleigh Bannen.

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Kelleigh Brannen

Tickets are on sale for the concert now. While there’s not a bad seat in the house, if you’re looking for the VIP treatment, there are still some Harrison College Pre Show VIP Experience Tickets for sale. For just a little more, enjoy a special beer tasting at the Tree Tops at Parkview Field beginning at 11:00 am. You will also be served lunch and receive a commemorative as well as early admission to the show.

The stage will be set up on center field to ensure the best viewing area for those in attendance. Pick your seat, whether its up in the stands or down on the lawn, and get your ticket while you still can!

Make a day of it, and head out to some of the great downtown restaurants and bars after to keep the party going! Check out all Fort Wayne has to offer at Visit Fort Wayne.

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.

Sesame Street Live – Make a New Friend in Fort Wayne!

“How do they do it?”

To see Ernie, Bert, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and – especially – Oscar the Grouch up on stage, well, that was something. Yes, I knew that these were puppets dancing and singing in front of the thronged masses. But I was still intrigued. These characters sounded so real – how did it happen? And could I see more of it?

Fast forward to the present. Sesame Street Live is coming back to Fort Wayne with its new show, “Make a New Friend.” In this presentation, Grover’s friend, Chamki, will be visiting from the country of India. Popular Sesame characters like Abby Cadabby and Elmo will also be there, to see how everyone can become friends through shared cultural habits.

What I truly enjoy about these events at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is the atmosphere. Suddenly, the whole place is a wonderland filled with souvenirs, popcorn, excited kids, happy parents, and flashing cameras. The wide hallways are clean and easy to navigate, and ushers are everywhere to help.

Stands filled with stuffed toys, t-shirts, coloring books, hats, magic wands, and all sorts of other memorabilia are crowded. Kids with parents in tow hike up to the table and point out what they want. The clerks are harried but cheerful, making sure they reach down just the right toy. The program books hawked in the entrances are kind of expensive, so if you’re willing to just watch and go with the flow, you can still enjoy the show for a little less money.

The salty tang of stadium food mixes with the sweet whiff of cotton candy, which is sold in the stadium seats during breaks. Every so often, usually before and after the Sesame show, vendors walk among the aisles with snacks and souvenirs. Blinking LED’s dance from the seats and aisles as kids and vendors wave souvenirs.

The Coliseum, which can seat 13,000 people, is shaped like a giant oval. The center stage, for special events like Sesame Street or Disney on Ice, is divided in half, so the audience only sits around part of the arena. Through the shimmering drapes come the characters, and any seat is a good one if you want to see all the action. Exits are handy, if you need to answer the phone or take someone out for a quick cleanup. And before the show, if you want to find some activity sheets for your kids with $3 discounts on tickets for you, click on the Coliseum’s info page here.

Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend looks like it will be a lot of fun. Show dates for Fort Wayne are August 27 and 28, and tickets are available either at the Coliseum or online, through Ticketmaster. Why not come out to Fort Wayne’s own Sesame Street and experience the fun?

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Favorite Sesame Street Characters will be onstage at Fort Wayne’s Coliseum on August 27-28.

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Elmo and Abby Cadabby will be in Fort Wayne, too!



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!)

Art comes alive at these Fort Wayne destinations

If you’re anything like me, you can’t pass up the opportunity to take in art–in all forms. Well lucky for you, Fort Wayne has a vibrant arts  and entertainment scene. Why not plan an art lover’s weekend away? Here are a few ideas to make it happen:

Depending on time you get it on Friday evening, you could check out the FREE  Friday Nites Live Concert from June through early September beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson Pointe. Catch local bands up close and personal in an outdoor setting. It’s family friendly, too. Any movie buffs out there? Carmike Cinema also calls Jefferson Pointe home.

Hugry? You gotta eat! If you’re looking for an upscale dinner, Eddie Merlot’s is the place to go. Finish it off with some chocolate from the world renowned DeBrand’s.

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Don’t miss the Summer of Glass exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art!

Continue your adventure Saturday by heading downtown.  Just off Main St., Fort Wayne Museum of Art, boasts a great collection of art and special exhibitions.  Insider’s Tip: If you are a member of another museum, be sure to check to see if you have reciprocal membership in Fort Wayne. Can’t get enough art? Check out more local art, head over to Orchard GalleryArtlink, or one of these other local galleries.

Of course nature is the best work of art.  Head to the Fort Wayne Botanical Conservatory to see their exhibit.

As day turns into night, let your hair down a bit at the Rock at the free concert series at Rock the Plaza at 6 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library through the end of August. Or if you prefer a more low-key activity, you can’t go wrong with the Cinema Center. Here you can take in an independent, foreign, documentary, classic, or specialty film at Cinema Center.

Welcome to Fort Wayne: where you can let your artsy side shine!


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:

Lefthanders rejoice! LeftFest a celebration of the southpaw

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Come celebrate International Lefthanders Day on August 13 with Fort Wayne’s Leftfest! At 4005 South Wayne Ave. there will be fun and festivities all day from 1:00 – 7: 00 p.m. The event is meant to celebrate southpaws and raise awareness of the challenges they face adapting to a world designed for right-handed people.

This is the second annual Leftfest. The event is for all people, regardless of dominant hand! It’s also a great event for parents of southpaws to learn different ways to accommodate their lefthanders, for instance, they will learn how to teach lefthanders to tie their shoes.

The festivities include food prepared by Matt and Dan, the two southpaw chefs at the Friendly Fox. Food trucks will be just down the block at Redeemer Lutheran Church from 3:00 – 8:00 pm as well to help satiate hunger southpaws and their friends. There will also be a 13% off sale and left-hand cookies at Born Again Quilts. Check out glass-blower Eran Park and Barber Joe’s featuring Tim, a southpaw, while you are on the block.

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Hubie Ashcraft

The event will kick off with the reading of the Bill of Lefts. During the day there will be a trivia contest, a talent show, a corn hole tournament, and a presentation. The day will conclude with a performance by Hubie Ashcraft, during which he will honor leftys by signing songs composed or played by southpaws.

Don’t worry about parking, either! First Missionary Church has agreed to open their lots to those attending the festival! This event is sure to be a great time! Come out and help Fort Wayne celebrate everything lefty!


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.