Fort Wayne Museum of Art: Seasonal Parties

I could wax poetic about how the seasons inspire some sort of existential awakening. How our connection with earth, time, and pumpkin spiced things all blends wildly into a kaleidoscope of nostalgia and restaurant menus. How the equinoxes evoke a sense of our own mortality while a menagerie of plastic yard decorations remind us there is a season for every time. But quite honestly I’m mostly in it for the parties. Give me a solid Halloween shin-dig and you’ve got yourself a happy camper. Mardi Gras? You better Beignet it! (I’m so sorry).

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The Fort Wayne Museum of Art offers just such an experience with their quarterly Seasonal Parties. Coinciding with the arrival of newly opened exhibitions, the festivities allow the Museum of Art to engage a broad, diverse public. The Seasonal Party series grants visitors an opportunity to view current exhibitions, dance to live music, and partake of local food all within an atmosphere that emphasizes a very social and public museum experience. Specially designed decor and menus are selected for every party, creating entirely unique occasions with every season.

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Last season’s “Summer Party” hosted photographer Al Satterwhite who provided autographs of his latest publication “The Cozumel Diary …. running amuck with the King of Gonzo, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, in Mexico and other weird tales”. The collection is a cheekily described “diary” featuring photographs taken during Thompson’s 1974 Playboy Magazine interview. Dutch glass sculptor Peter Bremers mingled with the crowd and discussed his process for creating some impressive pieces that challenge what you think is geometrically possible with glass. Also in attendance was Indiana native Robert Pulley, whose sculptures may be viewed in the museum’s sculpture court until the mid November. Drawing from his personal experience with Indiana’s natural landscape the pieces are both visions of natural forms and a demonstration of how time and material work on our memories.

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Local events venue and gastronomic caterer Empyrean was on hand treating guests to  “Bites of an American Summer”. The menu included nontraditional takes on some old favorites including panzanella salads, “Chicago Dogs”, a deconstructed potato salad, pie lollipops, and more. All was washed down with an assortment of craft beer, wine, and a ”Sip of Summer”, a custom created cocktail featuring hibiscus syrup that provided just the right amount of sweet and floral.

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Guests could kick their off their shoes and dance to Fernando Tarango & The Wickersham Brothers after pursuing the galleries.

The upcoming “Fall Party” on October 10th offers a chance to check out some of the Museum of Art’s latest exhibitions including the return of Mark di Suervo’s “Helmholtz” sculpture. Located in the nearby Freimann Square, the statue suffered damage last year and has only very recently returned. A full gallery within the museum is dedicated to the piece’s history and its restoration. Also of note is the return of the invitational and juried “Contemporary Realism Biennial” which collects some exemplary pieces of current trends in American and international realism. “Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft” will exhibit works from the Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Guests can also expect live music from local band Freak Brothers and catered food from Main Street Bistro. On a scale of 0 to 10, 0 being the town in Footloose before Kevin Bacon and 10 being the town in Footloose post-Bacon, I would say the likelihood of dancing is a 9.5.

The “Fall Party” will run from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Friday October 10th. Tickets for the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art Seasonal Parties can be purchased on the museum’s website. And don’t forget, you’ll be downtown so take a walk around and checkout some of the other night spots the city has to offer!

Andy Helmkamp


Andy is a recent arrival from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he studied film theory and cultural criticism and spent time working with the Milwaukee Film Festival. There was also a lot of roasting and buying coffee thrown in there for good measure. Currently working for the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art and the Allen County Public Library, he's looking forward to exploring all the Fort has to offer. Chances are you'll find him at the Cinema Center, biking, writing, and running (from nothing in particular...weird right?), and pretending to know way more about craft beer than what he actually does.

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!

Josh Serving Sundaes at AR 300x165 Nothing says romance like a weekend in the Fort No great meal is complete without dessert! We suggest popping into one of DeBrand’s stores to share one of their desserts. I recommend the chocolate lover’s cheesecake–a double layer of silky chocolate cheesecake with a chocolate cookie crust, garnished with chocolate curls and dark chocolate. Yum!

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:

Discover Fort Wayne’s kid friendly side

Some cities boost a great nightlife–ideal for adults. The downside is that those with kids scramble for family-friendly activities. Luckily Fort Wayne is not lacking in that department. Come see for yourself why Fort Wayne has been named among the 100 best places to raise a family.Whether you’re coming in for a day, or a whole week, there is plenty to see, taste and do. Here’s a start:

There’s nothing like a day at the zoo on an Indian summer day. The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has been consistently ranked one of the best children’s zoos, and it’s easy to see why. The range of animal life is impressive–they have everything from giraffes to wallabies! There is also a good amount of hands-on activities, perfect for curious minds. I recommend you have a picnic before or after in nearby Franke Park. There is plenty of greenspace to enjoy!

If the weather isn’t cooperating, there is plenty of fun (and learning) to be had indoors at one of Fort Wayne’s many quality museums. Inspire budding scientists at Science Central, a museum dedicated to teaching kids about the wonders of sciences. Expect plenty of hands-on activities here.

Do you have a nature lover on your hands? The Botanical Conservatory is a must! They have an impressive permanent exhibit. (Cactuses, anyone?)  Their seasonal exhibits–like endangered butterflies– are not to be missed. If the kids are thirsty there is an on-site cafe.

fwmoa 300x127 Discover Fort Waynes kid friendly sideMaybe you have an aspiring Picasso in the family? Well then the Fort Wayne Museum of Art is a no-brainer.  Their Early Learning Center is designed to expose young minds to the world of art. Remember it’s never too early to inspire!

Maybe your kids have a lot of energy they need to get out of their system. What better place to do that than in the great outdoors? Fort Wayne and Allen County offers over 81 miles of biking, hiking, and even kayaking trails. The network of trails offers safe, fun places to get outdoors with the family – and our trails connect you to our parks, attractions, downtown and more!

Here’s to yours days ahead in Fort Wayne filled with laughter, fun and memories!


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!

More Info

Click here for more upcoming events at The Embassy.

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.

Meet the creative genius behind Disney’s Frozen

If you haven’t seen the movie Frozen, you likely know a kid or two who has. The 2013 Disney film is the highest grossing animated film and number-five movie of all time. Crazy!

It’s clear the Frozen fever hasn’t thawed. (Pardon the pun.) Little girls everywhere seem to own a princess costume or two. And the soundtrack has gained a lot of attention, too. IMG 1715 v01Chris Buck 200x300 Meet the creative genius behind Disneys FrozenIf you’re looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate this Disney hit, mark your calendar for October 4-5.

University of Saint Francis and Cinema Center are partnering to present a weekend of events with Disney’s Academy Award-winning director, Chris Buck.   The public is invited to a Frozen screening that evening at 7 p.m., Here’s the best part: Director Chris Buck will engage in a sing-along immediately following the film. Get ready to sing your lungs out! 

And for parents interested in hearing about what went into creating such a hit, there is a lecture following the Saturday screening. Then Sunday at 1 pm is another chance to get up close and personal with this creative genius, at another lecture.  The lecture is designed for high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in animation, film, and computer arts.  This lecture is free and open to the public. The USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center is located at 431 W. Berry St. in Fort Wayne. Complimentary parking is available across Berry Street from the center.

Although the events do not take place at Cinema Center proper, it is worth mentioning this great arts organization. This 30-some year old independent movie house located in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne shows films shows a variety of programming you can’t find anywhere else in this area. Films range from artsy to intelligent, and sometimes just downright funny. You can also catch a good foreign film there, too.  Put simply, there is something for everyone. Check out their weekly schedule to see what’s playing. In addition to films, the theater also offers regular events and educational opportunities throughout the year to engage the community. Check out their website for more information.


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: