Nothing says romance like a weekend in the Fort

Nothing says romance like a weekend in the Fort.  Why? With so many options for fine dining and art, it’s hard not to fall in love again. Maybe it’s a special anniversary. Or maybe it’s “just because.” Either way, there are plenty of ways to celebrate your love in Fort Wayne. Here are a few of my favorite.

Start with a fine meal. Paula’s on Main has the best seafood I’ve had in this town. You can’t come wrong with splitting an order of their crabcakes as an appetizer. I recommend the fish tacos for the entree. And be sure to ask to sit in Karen’s section. She’ll take care of you. Reservations are recommended on the weekend.

Baker Street always knocks it out of the park. Their menu is impressive, with a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options. You’ll die for their pretzel bread, too!

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Complement your meal with some art. After you’ve satisfied your palate, it’s time to cater to your artistic side. If you and your partner are Broadway junkies, you’ve come to the right place. You can catch a total of six Broadway productions at our historic Embassy Theatre.

If musicals aren’t your thing, don’t worry. There is plenty else to do to satisfy your artistic itch. The Fort Wayne Civic Theatre never fails to impress.  Presenting a variety of comedies, dramas and Broadway musicals each season, the Civic Theatre showcases outstanding volunteer talent on and off stage.

Any classical music fans out there? The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is a first-class organization. With about 300 performances a year, you’re sure to catch one.

So go ahead…fall in love with each other all over again as you fall in love with our fair city!


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:

Jerry Seinfeld Live at Fort Wayne’s Historic Embassy Theatre!

Bust out the puffy shirts, folks, because the cat – meowwwwwww! – is out of the bag! Jerry Seinfeld will be performing live at Fort Wayne’s Historic Embassy Theatre on Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m.

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Seinfeld to perform in the Fort on November 6

Tickets are on sale NOW, so if you want to see him, you need to act fast! You can get tickets at the Embassy’s box office, online via Ticketmaster or by calling 800.745.3000. Ticket prices range from $125 (gold circle) – $81 – $65 – $48.

I think most of us were addicts of Seinfeld’s hit TV show, either in real-time or syndication. For me, it was real time during college. Nothing  could tear me away from watching him on Thursday nights. Not going out with friends, dates or studying (shh!).  The end of that show was literally the end of an era. My college friends and I still “speak Seinfeld” on a regular basis.

Man Hands, the Sidler, the Close-Talker, Festivus, “These pretzels are making me thirsty!” and on and on….let’s just say I’ve been known to break out into the Elaine dance from time to time.

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Jerry talks with Louis C.K. in “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

For even more Seinfeld goodness, be sure to check out his current hit web series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” New episodes are available on Thursdays at 12 p.m., but be sure to watch all of the previous episodes as well!

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The Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne at 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Insider’s Tip: Plan to get to the show early to avoid the 6:45 crowds. Great options for a pre-show early dinner or post-show late one are JK O’Donnell’s Irish Ale House, Champion’s Restaurant and Sports Bar or The Phoenix.

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.

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



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.

Los Lobos Howls into Fort Wayne

The wolves are coming!

Or, if you prefer, in Spanish, Los Lobos will be on the prowl at the Foellinger Theatre Summer Concert / Movie Series at 8 p.m. Saturday, September 27, 2014.

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The Chicano band, begun in 1973 in East Los Angeles, CA, has won multiple Grammy Awards and has produced several albums, compilations, DVDs, singles, and featured singles. Their music is a fusion of rock, country, R & B, cowpunk and time-honored Latin and Mexican boleros, norteños and cumbia, with some music being performed bi-lingually.

Their band lineup consists of David Hidalgo (vocals, guitar, accordion, fiddle), Louie P Pérez (vocals, guitar, drums, chordophone), Cesar Rosas (vocals, guitar, baja sexto), Conrad Lozano (vocals, bass, guitarrón mexicano), Steve Berlin (keyboards, horns), and Enrique Gonzalez (drums, percussion).

One of the group’s most famous albums was “La Bamba,” which in 1987 garnered 2 Platinums in the United States. Their fans may also remember their music from “Desperado” (1995), “The Sopranos: Music from the HBO Original Series” (1999), and a featured single, “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights,” performed in 2010 with Rick Trevino.

In 2007, they performed “Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino” and in 2011 they collaborated with other artists for “Use Me” in “The Long Goodbye” with David Bromberg.

Prior to playing at the White House in 2009 Los Lobos toured all over globally, opening for Bob Dylan, U2 and Grateful Dead. Some of their record labels include Mammoth, Warner Brothers and 429 Records.

Tickets are $23 and $30 at the box office at 260-427-6715. The Foellinger Theatre is located at 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park near the Children’s Zoo.



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 . . .

B.B. King and Lucille Come to the Fort!

 Blues guitar great B.B. King will bring his music to the Embassy Theatre on October 4, 2014.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician was ranked # 6 on the 2011 Rolling Stone magazine list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time and # 16 in Gibson’s “Top 50 Guitarists of All Time.”

 B.B. King and Lucille Come to the Fort!

He was also inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980 and won at least 15 Grammy Awards, including one for what is arguably still his most recognized song, “The Thrill is Gone.”

The King of Blues, now in his late 80s, continues to perform several hundred concerts a year with his beloved Gibson ES-355 B.B. King Signature guitar “Lucille.”  Speaking of which, the Gibson Guitar Corporation is offering Lucille instruments to the public for $3,799, on its website and in certain stores.  King’s own custom Lucille is far more tricked out and likely cost near $10,000.  (As a longtime ES-335 guitar owner and instructor myself, I was intrigued to learn that King’s ebony with-gold -hardware guitar was customized to omit the f-holes.  I’m not sure why but I’ve yet to play an ES-355, so don’t know if it makes a difference in the sound or not)

The talented guitar improviser has guest-appeared in several TV shows and also recorded several dozen studio albums over the years.  He has performed worldwide with artists Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Gladys Knight, Bo Diddley and many more. Literally, hundreds of awards have graced King’s performances such as the Kennedy Center Honors, Polar Music Prize (from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music), Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush, and been named one of the 10 best electric guitarist of all time by TIME Magazine, to list only a few.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Embassy Theatre box office (260.424.5665; 125 West Jefferson Blvd Fort Wayne, IN 46802) or Ticketmaster (1.800.745.3000;  Tickets range from $46.65-86.05 with orchestra pit, main floor seat and balcony seating.

Come to the Embassy on October 4, and be prepared to touch greatness.



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 . . .