Yoga at the Barr Street Market

Yoga is said to have a number of healing benefits for both the mind and the body. Its popularity has been rising steadily over the last few years. From anxiety and arthritis to asthma and back pain, yoga has helped a lot of people move onto the path of healing. Now one studio in Fort Wayne aims to make that healing power available to everyone.

Fort Wayne’s Pranayoga Institue  will be hosting a series of no-cost, outside classes, All Levels Yoga at the Barr St. Market. Whether you are an experienced yogi or just want to see if yoga is for you, this event promises to be a great time. From 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Pranayoga will offer a Vinyasa class. The event is free, but donations are welcome and will benefit the Pranayoga Foundation.

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Dani McGuire

Fort Wayne native, Dani McGuire founded the Pranayoga Foundation in 2009 in order to bring yoga therapy to those with cancer and chronic pain. “We began with just one free class per week and private yoga therapy sessions, donated by myself, to people who couldn’t afford yoga because of expensive medical bills and treatments that come along with cancer and chronic illness,” said McGuire. The Foundation now offers free classes three times a week as well as a Monday evening class at Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana and three classes on Tuesdays at the Little Red Door Cancer Agency in Indianapolis.

The Pranayoga Institute, which has two locations here in town -downtown and Illinois road Southwest- was founded in 2010 to help fund the Foundation and provide a space to train others in their holistic approach to yoga, wellness, and yoga therapy. The Institute offers a variety of different classes for all interests and skill levels. “There are so many differences between yoga classes, teachers, and styles, which is why now that doctors are recommending yoga, we have to be careful to educate individuals on what is going to be best for them,” McGuire shared. ” There is adaptive yoga which takes place in a chair, and heated power yoga which is a  serious workout, and everything in between. It is best to call first and talk with one of our support managers or join the Yoga 101 classes we developed to find out what is best for you.”

The free Saturday class at the Barr Street Market will be a Vinyasa class. McGuire elaborates, “Vinyasa means to ‘place with purpose’ but in our culture those are usually the faster paced classes that link breath with movement and give people the ‘runners high.’” She assures that since Pranayoga focuses on the holistic approach, teachers are great at suggesting modifications and meeting students where they are.

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“The outdoor classes help spread awareness of yoga, health, and our wonderfully supportive community,” said McGuire. Pranayoga is excited to be partnering with YLNI for the outdoor Barr St. Market classes this year. The All Levels Yoga at Barr St. Market promises to be a great expereince. All you need is a mat and smile, says McGuire. As far as what to expect at the class, McGuire says, “Some laughs, maybe more of a challenge then [you] thought from yoga, and community fun!”

All Levels Yoga at the Barr Street Market will be offered from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. July 12, August 9, and September 13. The classes will take place rain or shine and will move into the History Center if weather requires. So come out and enjoy the healing benefits of yoga with the community for an experience to remember!

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.

Dive into One of Fort Wayne’s Public Pools

Summer is upon us in Fort Wayne, and with it comes the sticky, drippy heat of the season. Not that I’m complaining after the winter we just had! If you’re lucky enough to have a pool of your own to jump into, great! But if you’re like most of us, and you’re looking for some place to take the family for an afternoon of splish-splashing fun, take heart. Grab your beach towels, goggles, coolers and kids (don’t forget the sunscreen!) and head out to one of Fort Wayne’s public pools.

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My son enjoying our first day at Northside Pool this year

Northside Pool

Northside Pool is located behind Northside High School at 705 E. State Blvd. and Parnell Ave. This is where my family usually goes. We started going there years ago when my kids took their first swimming lessons there. The pool is located inside Bob Arnold Northside Park, across from the playground. There’s a pool on one side with fountains and water toys for kids under seven, two really cool water slides and a spacious pool for bigger kids and adults.

Northside Pool is open daily:
12:30p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays:
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 pm

Adult Swims and water aerobics:
Tuesdays and Thursdays
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ages 2 and under: Free
Ages 2-17: $3.50 Afternoon;$1.50 Evening
Ages 17 and over: $4.50 Afternoon; $2.00 Evening

Insider ‘s Tip: Northside has plenty of umbrellas, but does not offer lounge chairs. If you don’t want to lie on your towel, bring your own chair.


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McMillen Pool has great slides!

McMillen Pool

McMillen Pool is on the city’s southeast side at 3900 Hessen Cassel and Oxford. It’s located inside McMillen Park, where you can also find a playground, driving range and really nice golf course. This pool is known for its water slides and bonus for swimming early in the season: heated water!

The pool is open daily:
1:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ages 2 and under: Free
Ages 2-17: $2.25
Ages 17 and over: $2.75

Insider’s Tip: Kids ages 8 – 18 can take swimming lessons FOR FREE at McMillen Pool from June 11 through July 25 as a part of the Lifetime Sports Academy.


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Memorial Pool

Memorial Pool

Memorial Pool is located east of downtown on Washington Blvd and Maumee Ave., with access off of Glasgow. It’s a part of Memorial Park, which is dedicated to the men and women of Fort Wayne who lost their lives in World War I. In addition to baseball diamonds and basketball courts, the park has many beautiful monuments and sculptures.

The pool is open daily:
12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Adult Swims:
Saturdays and Sundays
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Ages 2 and under: Free
Ages 2-17: $2.25
Ages 17 and over: $2.25

Insider’s Tip: After your swim, take the kids through the park to see the monument to Fort Wayne resident Art Smith. Mr. Smith, an aviation pioneer, was the originator of skywriting, and Smith Field Airport is named in his honor.

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Buckner Park Splash Pad

Area Splash Pads

Don’t want to go the pool, but still want to some relief from the heat? Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation operates seven splash pads throughout the city.

Open daily:
9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


  • Buckner Park – 6114 Bass Road
  • McCormick Park – 2300 Raymond & Holly
  • Memorial Park – 2301 Maumee & Glasgow
  • Robert E. Meyers Park (When Parkview Field doesn’t have a scheduled event.) – Inside North Gate of Parkview Field on Jefferson Blvd.
  • Shoaff Park – 6401 St. Joe Rd.
  • Kreager Park (Taylor’s Dream) – 7225 North River Road
  • Waynedale Park – 2900 Koons & Elzey

Insider’s Tip: Two additional splash pads to try are Headwaters Park downtown and Lutheran Park and Gardens just south of downtown on Fairfield Avenue.


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Jury Pool in New Haven

Bonus Pool! Though not technically in Fort Wayne, I have to give a shout out to Jury Pool in New Haven. This pool is operated by the city of New Haven Parks & Recreation and is definitely worth the fifteen-minute drive if you’re out that way.


As you can see, there are plenty of places for cooling off and some good old-fashioned water shenanigans in the Fort. Pick your location and have a blast!

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.

Beat the heat with Fort Wayne’s indoor activities

The thermostat says 90 degrees. Spending any significant amount of time outside is such heat doesn’t sound like much fun. What to do? Luckily, for you, Fort Wayne offers many activities and attractions to beat the heat, and kill boredom to boot. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Get artsy: Wine and Canvas is a mobile business that brings the party to your favorite venues, corporate events or living room! they even have a local studio, now open in Covington Plaza! And of course, wine is a part of the experience and creative process. Artists instruct customers with step-by-step instructions through re-creating the featured painting of the day. At the end of the event you get to take home a work of art that you’ve created! The price is $35. Make sure to check their calendar for venue details. Bisque It Pottery Painting Studio is another great way to channel your inner artist. From vases to figures to piggy banks, they have it all! Items range from functional to just plain fun. The studio fee is $5 for the first piece and$3 for each additional one. (The studio fee is in addition to the price of the piece of pottery.)  Be sure to check out their various classes. Note: The piece can take seven to ten days to be fired, depending on the current demand. You might need to make arrangements for pick-up. Artlink offers various classes and workshops for children and adults.  The workshops have various skill levels from novice to advanced.  Figure drawing sessions with nude model are offered Monday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30 pm. The sessions are open to all serious artists over 18 for a nominal fee of $3 an hour. Visit their classes & workshop page to learn more.
  • Get down: Are you an aspiring musician? The Sweetwater Academy of Music is the go-to for music instruction.So, what can visitors expect? They offer “a complete musical learning experience.” That means lessons and classes for guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, voice, and recording. Whether you’re just starting out or taking your skills to the next level, staff can match you with the right instructor for your playing style, personality, and creative goals.
  • Get some exercise: Kids have a lot of energy to burn off. Why not take them to a place where they can let loose  Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park is huge arena is filled with a variety of walled trampoline courts.

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    Dive deep into your family history today at the Downtown Library!

  • Get educated: The Allen County Public Library’s Genealogy Center is the largest public genealogy collection in the country and boasts a collection of more than 350,000 printed volumes and 513,000 items of microfilm and microfiche. Visitors to the department also have access to major online databases that can be costly to individuals. Family records can literally be at your fingertips in a matter of minutes! Why no discover your roots today?


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:

Chicago Live – A Hard Habit to Break

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Chicago will perform at the Foellinger Theatre on August 27

I’m a music guy. I have been as long as I can remember, and it predates all my other obsessions, of which there are many. Because of that, so many of my memories are tied to it. This is how, I think, I developed my “seasonal” affinity for music. And I don’t mean, “Hey, it’s December – time to bust out ‘Wonderful Christmastime!’” Which I do, by the way. I mean, there are certain bands that I, for various reasons, associate with particular seasons. For instance, They Might Be Giants and Blondie are “winter” bands to me the same way that Guster and Barenaked Ladies are “fall” bands. Sometimes that’s because I discovered that band at that time of year, or that’s when I saw them live, or their music is reminds me of some non-music-related event in my life. That’s not to say that’s the only time I listen to those bands, but a lot of times, even when one of my favorite songs plays on the radio or pops up on my iPod, I don’t always listen to it. I have to be in the mood. I do have, however, a “no turnover” list: those songs that I listen to no matter what. Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend” is one of those songs. So is Chicago’s “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” That song is one of the reasons why I’m so excited that Chicago is headlining the Foellinger Theatre’s 2013 summer concert series, “A Summer Like No Other,” on Tuesday, August 27, here in Fort Wayne.

In planning an upcoming trip to Chicago, my wife ordered train passes from the Chicago Transit Authority (Chicago’s name before a threatened legal action forced them to shorten it). When we received them in the mail, I joked that Peter Cetera[1] and his bandmates had sent us something. She didn’t think it was funny. I did. That happens a lot. Anyway…Chicago is one of those bands that seems ever-present to me, with hits in the early 1970s (their first album came out in the spring of 1969) through the late 1980s. With hits like “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday in the Park,” “If You Leave Me Now,” and “Look Away,” I can’t imagine ever turning on a Top 40 or classic hits radio station and not hearing them, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So let Chicago become one of your “summer” bands – see them live at the Foellinger Theatre this August! Reserved seats are already sold out, but bleacher seats are still available for $36. Check out, call (260) 427-6000, or visit the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department office at 705 East State Boulevard for more information.

[1] Even though Peter Cetera left the band years ago, he’s probably the only band member, former or otherwise, that most casual fans can name.



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.

Three Rivers Festival – One Blogger’s Look Back

threerivers 300x218 Three Rivers Festival   One Bloggers Look BackThis is the third year I’ve blogged about the Three Rivers Festival, the largest of Fort Wayne’s annual festivals. I’ve written about Art in the Park, the Chalk Walk, and Food Alley, events which draw me downtown every year. But this year I wanted to take a step back and look at the Festival not only as a place to buy a new painting or eat an elephant ear, but also as a place to celebrate the summer, run into old friends, and most importantly, make memories. Yes, this post is nostalgic. So sue me.

Fort Wayne natives may remember the old Three Rivers Festival commercial and theme song. I did some cursory YouTubing and Googling to find an old VHS clip, but alas, I found only cats. Lots of cats. Anyway, a sample of the lyrics:

“So get in on the fun, show us your style. Hundreds of events that’ll make you smile. Aren’t you glad it’s Three Rivers Festival time?”

I’m pretty sure I got those right (thanks, brain, for remembering such weird stuff). Here’s the thing – I am glad it’s Three Rivers Festival time. Some of my best summer memories are Festival memories. I remember the flea market beneath the railroad tracks (its most recent iteration can be found in Lawton Park) where I bought Uncanny X-Men #266, the first appearance of Gambit, at the Broadway Comics booth. I remember watching the fireworks from Freimann Square. I remember seeing David Lee Roth at Headwaters Park. I remember walking back to my car, watercolor painting in one hand, elephant ear in the other (okay, so I couldn’t resist mentioning the elephant ears). These are memories I made with my parents, my wife, my friends. These are memories that, linked together, form a tradition.

If you’ve been before, come again and keep the tradition alive; if you’re new to town or happen to be passing through this July, start a new one. In 2013 the Festival runs from Friday, July 12 through Saturday, July 20. For more information, including a list of events and their locations, please visit or



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.