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

About

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.

JA Wine and Beer Festival makes giving back fun!

Junior Achievement’s third annual Wine and Beer Festival is here! On August 8th from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Headwaters Park West, residents and visitors alike can come out to try some of the best breweries and wineries Indiana has to offer.

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All of your favorites and maybe some suppliers you’ve yet to try will be there! Mad Anthony, TAPROOM, Hops and Harvest, Briali’s Winery, Tonne Winery, Country Heritage, and more will be there for the tasting. In addition to the wine and beer, there will be cheese provided by Kroger for attendees to munch on. Bravas and Affine, two of Fort Wayne favorite food trucks, will also be on site.

Jennifer Vanderpool, event organizer, adds, “This is a great event. Easy to get to and a great value for the price of the ticket. On top of that, the money goes back to a great organization. It’s a win-win-win!”

Junior Achievement has made a huge impact not only on our community, but on many others across the area. By taking their message into the schools, JA helps to empower young people to own their future economic success. They teach the tools and attitudes necessary to ensure our youth is prepared for the wider world once they enter it.

With programs like Biz Town and Lincoln Finance Park here in town, JA is able to offer our kids a chance to gain valuable information in fun, outside of the classroom settings.

The Wine and Beer Festival is sure to be a great way to spend a Friday night. Enjoy some fellowship, great music, and even better wine and beer selections. You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity! Tickets can be purchased before the event at any Cap n’ Cork location for $25 and also at the door for $30.

Holley Taylor

About

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.

African/African-American Museum + Harambee Festival = Cultural Fun

This summer I’ve made a conscious effort to learn about cultures around me. In addition to attending the International Village at Three Rivers Festival, I visited the African/African-American Museum on Douglas Street.

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My daughter accompanied me and we were impressed with the interesting exhibits and information the museum director, Dr John Aden, shared with us during the impromptu visit. He has a degree in history and it shows with his vast knowledge about Africa, its history and people.

Although Dr. Aden has a higher degree in education than we do, he presented information about the museum’s African masks, sculptures, and fiber arts exhibits without going over our heads.

He explained that the exhibits came from every part of Africa except the north and that many had been donated to the museum by missionaries to Africa who now live in Fort Wayne. The wooden masks were especially intriguing as they were not simply designed to be worn on a face but carried on top of one’s head. And they were heavy we discovered when he allowed us to hold them! At the end of two hours my daughter and I were amazed at how fast time had flown.

However, Dr Aden’s vision extends beyond the walls of the museum, and one way he is achieving that is by taking the museum to the people!

The African/African-American Museum will have an exhibit at the Harambee Festival on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Weisser Park (802 Eckart Street).

This year will be the 21st year for the Harambee Festival celebrated on Fort Wayne’s southeast side. A ‘Walking in Unity Parade’ starts off the event from Pontiac Street to Hanna Street at 10 am. Groups with children will march from the Pontiac Mall, (1108 E. Pontiac Street), and travel west on Pontiac Street, turn south (left) onto Hanna St. and proceed to Weisser Park.

Following the parade the community is invited to participate in free family-friendly activities including basketball tournament, storytelling, music, poetry and skits.

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Face painting, always a popular event with kids, will be available as well as games with prizes like a ring toss, duck pond, candy wheel and fish pond. Food vendors will be on site. The festival continues until 7 pm.

So what does the word “Harambee” mean? According to a spokesperson at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, the word “Harambee” is a Swahili phrase for “let’s all pull together.”

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I like that this festival is named for a concept that commemorates unity within the community and is held to inform, educate and entertain the community.

I plan to attend and look for Dr. Aden’s exhibits from the African/African-American Museum.

The Harambee Festival is sponsored by the Harambee Festival Committee and the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department.

African/African-American Museum
436 E. Douglas Ave.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 420-0765
www.AAAHMuseum.org

Hours:Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, 10 am – 2 pm
Cost: Adults $7, Children $5

www.fortwayneparks.org/
www.facebook.com/fortwayneparks

About

Kayleen Reusser has written children’s books and had stories in Chicken Soup books. She writes features for the News-Sentinel newspaper and profiles for the Ossian Sun Riser. She loves to travel and write about her experiences at her website: www.KayleenR.com

Foodstock is back!

Meals on wheels are the way of the future! Fort Wayne’s food trucks are not your stereotypical truck turning out sketchy mystery meat. Instead, they are delivering mouthwatering fare of all kinds for Fort Wayne residents and visitors alike to enjoy. If you haven’t tried all the different trucks yet, don’t panic! Foodstock 2014 is your opportunity to sample them!

All day Saturday, July 26, from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. the food trucks will be parked at One Summit Square in downtown Fort Wayne. Grab something for lunch, then find a spot to enjoy the live music. For the 21+ crowd there will also be beer gardens as well to enjoy with your food truck fare. You won’t want to miss this once a season gathering.

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Check out our comprehensive list of the food trucks and start planning your meals.

  • Jumby’s Joint is serving up some traditional American food. The menu vaires from day to day but features burgers, hot dogs, cold cut sandwiches, pork, and more!
  • For some of the best authentic Italian Ice in the city, hit up Wise Guys Ice. It makes a great addition to any meal and is the perfect summertime snack! Try one of their unique flavors, or get your favorite traditional flavor. 
  • PizzaBomba is delivering gourmet pizza that you won’t believe is from a food truck until you see it! This New York style pizza is sure to satisfy and leave you wanting to come back for more.
  • Using seasonal produce and locally supplied meats, Spicer’s Food Truck is turning out some of the best burgers in town. Their menu changes daily, but you can always be sure to find fresh burgers on the list.
  • Craving Italian? Look no further than Rig-a-Tony’s Italian Food Truck. Dishing out breakfast, pastas, sandwiches, and more, this is a food truck you won’t want to miss!
  • For a little taste of New Orleans, check out Ragin’ Cajun. This truck is serving up some true Bayou fare with unique seafood recipes that won’t disappoint! 
  • Sol Kitchen is delivering some great and unique taco recipes with fresh ingredients and international flare. Their ever-evolving menu features a variety of foods from different nations and promises to be good eats!
  • Grab something sweet at Whip and Chill. They offer ice cream cones, sundaes, floats, and Hawaiian Shave Ice. 
  • Grab some mouthwatering BBQ at Jimmy Ray’s bar-b-que truck. They are serving it up right here with all the favorite BBQ meats and a wide array of unique sides including the traditional baked beans and loaded potato skins. 
  • One of the locals’ favorites, Bravas Hot Dogs, turns out crazy good hot dog creations. Try the famous Patatas Bravas topped with brava sauce and garlic aioli for a special treat!
  • You won’t want to miss Affine, either. The menu changes slightly, but always features some mouthwatering tacos with locally sourced chicken, pork, or duck. Try one of the unique combinations and you won’t be disappointed!

Bring the whole family down to this annual event. Help to support the local food trucks, enjoy a fun afternoon, and maybe even check out some of the downtown sights while you are there! Foodstock 2014 is sure to be a great time with great food and fellowship!

Holley Taylor

About

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.

Fort Wayne Pride Fest back for its 18th year

Pride has been celebrated in Fort Wayne for decades, but the festival we know today was born in 1997. Since then, Pride Fest has grown in size and popularity. This year, there is even more to enjoy with a week of events! Pride Fest will host events from July 23 – July 28.

Stop by Snickerz Comedy Club on Wednesday night, July 23,  for Pride night. Headliner Kristen Key is sure to keep the audience in stitches. Best known for being a fan favorite on season four of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Key employs music, scripted comedy, and her spontaneous sense of humor to make each one of her shows unique and staggeringly funny. There will also be a silent auction taking place at the comedy show to benefit Fort Wayne Pride’s year-round youth programming.

Then, on Friday, July 25, the real festivities begin. The Kick-off party will start at 7:00 p.m. at Headwaters Park. Admission is just $3 and that earns you entrance to a night long concert, which includes performances by two local bands and a DJ dance party at the end of the night. There will also be food available, vendors’ booths, and a beer tent on site.

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Make sure not to party too hard, though, because the fun begins again bright and early Saturday, July 26.  Beginning at 11:30 a.m. the Pride March will take over the streets of downtown Fort Wayne. The march is open to people of all ages and is free to join; supporters will walk through the streets of downtown and end back at Headwaters in time for the beginning of the festival fun.

Saturday is the day you won’t want to miss. There will be vendors set up from noon – 6:00 p.m., a food and beer tent, a cornhole tournament from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., and a free KidSpace for children under 12 from noon – 5:00 p.m. The KidSpace will include games, prizes, a moonwalk, and crafts. There will be live entertainment all day with a little something for everyone. Check out some of the best local, regional, and national bands/singers. Saturday night will conclude with Fort Wayne’s finest drag show. Many people’s favorite part of the festival, this show is the largest in Fort Wayne and features some of the area’s best kings and queens. It promises to be a great show and a fun and memorable experience.

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The fun doesn’t stop there, either. Come out to the Fort Wayne TinCaps game on Monday, July 28, for Pride Night. Wear Red and look for the Pride section. You can even purchase your tickets during the festival the weekend before.

Come out to any or all of the Pride Fest activities and help to promote tolerance and equality. Check out Fort Wayne Pride’s webpage for more details about their other events and their organization.

Holley Taylor

About

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.