Weeklong Three Rivers Festival Concert Series Features National Acts

Outdoor concerts simply embody summer, don’t they? At the annual Three Rivers Festival in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana they are a staple. Three Rivers Festival is Fort Wayne’s favorite summer party since 1969! Concerts this year take place July 12 through 19 so save the date now!

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The concerts all take place at Headwaters Park, conveniently located downtown, and around the city. For details on specific shows and locations visit Three Rivers Festival online today. Tickets for each show can be purchased online or at the door. They can also be purchased at the Three Rivers Office, at 102 Three Rivers North, or the Embassy Box Office, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., during regular business hours.

2014 Three Rivers Festival Concert Series Lineup

  • July 11: Cheap Trick
  • July 12: Under the Sun Tour featuring Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth & Uncle Kracker
  • July 13: For King & Country, Love & The Outcome
  • July 14: The Rescue Plan
  • July 15: Brother (featuring $2 food and beer specials!)
  • July 16: The Tim Harrington Band, The Jug Huffers & The Atomic Sharks
  • July 17: American Young
  • July 18: Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band
  • July 19: Urban Legend

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Insider Tip: For only $45 you can gain access to all nine shows this summer! Coined the Mega Pass, this pass is the ultimate Three Rivers Festival concert experience. Learn more by visiting the festival online.

About

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.

Mockingbird Kitchens is your place for honest-to-goodness lunches

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It doesn’t get much fresher than this!

Mockingbird Kitchens is proof that locally sourced, sustainable food doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. The cafe, which recently opened in the Cottage Flowers building, serves fresh, made-to-order lunch options.

I had the pleasure of dining here with a friend recently. The first thing I noted about my experience at Mockingbird was the friendliness of the staff. They were very accommodating and knowledgeable. For example, I wanted to special order a sandwich and they happily met my request. Speaking of a sandwich, Mockingbird offers quite the variety when it comes to their freshly made creations. The menu boasts everything from a Cuban sandwich, to a roasted beet sandwich to a shrimp Cobb salad. Their soups are made from scratch and change often.

If you can’t make up your mind, you can’t go wrong with their lunch combos. I ordered a shrimp salad sandwich and a Ceasar side salad. I especially enjoyed their freshly brewed berry tea as a pick-me-up. All the ingredients tasted like they were right from the farm. And it’s no wonder because they pretty much are! Their commitment to featuring locally sourced and seasonally available food is unusual in Indiana. And those with children will be happy to know they have a kid’s menu! The affordability is impressive. My lunch was about $10, including a drink. It’s hard to beat that price when you know you’re getting honest-to-goodness food!

You might be wondering about that name. It’s a nod to this bird who’s known for its uncanny ability to mimic sounds. Their mission is to harken back to the culinary songs of yesteryear, one meal at a time. They are taking back lunch with fresh food you can feel good about.

Do yourself (and your body) a favor and check this place out. There is ample seating inside for the lunch crowd. You can also take advantage of their limited outdoor seating.

Check out their full menu here.

About

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.

BuskerFest: A Celebration of the Street Performer

balloon artist1 300x300 BuskerFest: A Celebration of the Street PerformerIn case you didn’t already know, Last Saturdays are one of the best ways to enjoy free entertainment in the Fort.  However, June’s Last Saturday will feature one of my favorite free events that Fort Wayne has to offer.   Get ready, because BuskerFest is almost here!

This marks the 5th year that BuskerFest has made it’s way downtown and it promises to be a “festival of the unexpected.”  If this year’s event is anything like BuskerFest 2013, it will most definitely live up to those claims!

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Though the festival is in celebration of street performers, there are other things that are sure to catch your attention.  At the center of all the fun, there will be an art market featuring unique art, crafts, and other creations available for purchase.  Your favorite food trucks will also be near by to serve food at BuskerFest while JK O’Donnell’s will be hosting a beer tent for your enjoyment.

Make sure not to miss this one-night-a-year festival of action-packed fun!  Bring your friends, family, kids, neighbors, and co-workers because men and women of all ages are guaranteed to enjoy a night they won’t soon forget! greenman 225x300 BuskerFest: A Celebration of the Street Performer

For a full schedule of events during Fort Wayne’s 5th  Annual BuskerFest, visit the Downtown Improvement District’s website

 

Mallory Carter

About

Mallory Carter is a Middle Tennessee State University graduate with a degree in Organizational Leadership. In 2011, she and her husband made the move to Fort Wayne all the way from Nashville, Tennessee. Mallory is a newlywed, advocate for chronically ill patients, member of the Junior League of Fort Wayne, volunteer, Mad Ants fan, and lover of all things Fort Wayne. By day, she can be found working as an administrator turned marketing professional at Three Rivers Dermatology. In her spare time Mallory enjoys exploring the city and trying new restaurants with her husband, setting and achieving new fitness goals, writing, and cuddling with her sweet Chihuahua, Ellie. You can read more of her musings at www.chronically-inspired.com.

Fort Wayne Summer Spots – Great Places to Go that Not a Lot of People Know

Fort Wayne has no shortage of kid-friendly summer activities. There are parks, festivals and camps out the wazoo! But what if you want to go somewhere a little off the beaten path? Where the kids (and you) can spend a lazy afternoon without all of the crowds? There are places you can go, if you know where to look. I’m going to share three of my favorites to get you started.

 

1. Lutheran Park and Gardens

Just south of downtown, nestled between Fairfield, S. Wayne, Kinnard and Home Avenues, Lutheran Park and Gardens is acres of rolling green lawn and lush landscaping, an anchor for many south central neighborhoods.  Lutheran Hospital began at this site, and when its original building was razed in 1995, the Park was the end result of the transformation. The Park is overwhelmingly green, in a good way, with most of the trees around the perimeter and wide-open space in between.

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Lutheran Park and Gardens on Fairfield

Marked at its four corners with plaques memorializing Lutheran Hospital’s history, the Park features a meditation garden with a Healing Christ statue, walking paths and my favorite, a splash pad. “What’s so great about a splash pad?” you might ask. Well, I’ll tell you. This splash pad isn’t fancy; it doesn’t have the bells and whistles that some others around town do. What makes it special is that it sits in the middle of a peaceful oasis. It’s the perfect ending to a long summer bike ride.

 

2. Lawton Park

I’ve never been able to understand why this park is not jam-packed all summer long. It’s in a central location, just north of Headwaters Park and just south of Science Central. It is hiding in plain sight! Maybe it’s because it sits between two very busy one-way streets, with two entrances that aren’t very noticeable . (You turn left on Spy Run, or left on South Clinton, onto Fourth Avenue).

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Lawton Park is perfect for birthday parties!

Trust me, it is worth the time to find! The park’s almost 40 acres include baseball diamonds, a skateboard park, a huge open area for picnics or kite flying and the Kids Crossing Playground. The playground itself is unique in that it is a scaled replica of the Old Fort. Did I mention that the Old Fort is just a short walk from the playground?

My kids are nuts about Lawton Park. In fact, we just had my son’s tenth birthday party there not long ago.

 

3. The Stand

You know what’s good after playing baseball or a day at the pool? Coneys and ice cream! And one of the best places around town to get them is The Stand in Waynedale – just enough outside of ‘town’ to be on the less-crowded side.

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The Southwest Dog from The Stand

The Stand is located at 5200 Bluffton Road, right next door to Bobick’s Driving Range. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., The Stand has a drive-thru and offers delivery service. The best, though, is the outdoor seating area. There are several tables where you can sit back and really enjoy your dog or your cone.

The Stand features a variety of specials, including the dog of the day, frozen yogurt of the week and lots of different dipped ice cream flavors. Think strawberry, cotton candy, cake batter…mmmm…

 

So there you have it. Three of my go-to spots for relaxed summer fun. I’d love to hear yours!

Wendy Sack

About

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.

34th Annual Greek Festival – Greekfest 2014 – Hits Headwaters Park June 26-29

Yiasou and Kalos Orisate! (Hello and Welcome!) to Fort Wayne’s 34th annual Greek Festival!

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Greek Fest 2014 is June 25-29

Festival season is upon us in the Fort, and one of the best, Greekfest, will open at Headwaters Park on Thursday, June 26. Running through Sunday, June 29, this year’s Greekfest is the city’s  34th annual, and it just gets better with age.

Special events include:

Entertainment

Live music throughout the festival by LAZAROS. The crowd favorite Triada Dancers are back and will present OMEGA. Performance times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

In addition, Kala Paidia, Doxa, Asteria and Merakliddes will perform daily at 12:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. There will be a special performance at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Also available throughout the festival are the Plaka West Boutique and Kids Korner, featuring amusement rides and games for younger attendees.

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The OMEGA Dancers

Raffle

Drawing on Sunday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are only $1, and you don’t have to be present to win!

  • 1st Prize – $1,000 Cash
  • 2nd Prize – $500 Cash
  • 3rd Prize – $250 Cash

 

5K Run / Walk

Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 10:00 am begining in Headwaters Park.

See the Route Map for more information and click here to register.  On-site registration will be at Headwaters Park from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28. The entry fee for the 5K includes a race t-shirt and a voucher for a Gyro sandwich for the first 150 to register.

Award Categories:  0-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60+. To be given for each age range at 11:00 a.m. at Headwaters:  Male and Female 1st, 2nd, 3rd; Masters Male/Female and Overall Male/Female.

 

And the best part: the food! Click here to see a list of pastries and here for a full menu of traditional Greek foods that will be available for purchase.

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Kataifi filo with butter, chopped walnuts, cinnamon and cloves, topped with honey syrup

Festival Hours

Thursday, Friday and Saturday
11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Admission

Thursday, Friday and Saturday
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – FREE

All Day Sunday – FREE

Thursday, Friday and Saturday
4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – $3
(Under 16 years old FREE)

Wendy Sack

About

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.