#FWChalked Chalk Wall

“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior.”

Artlink and Love, Fort Wayne are indeed following Gandhi’s advice and think nothing but positive thoughts in the hopes they will lead to a more loving city and eventually world.

Artlink and Love, Fort Wayne have teamed up to help spread #FWChalked Chalk Wall to our city. Large Chalk Walls are being installed across the city and these community art projects encourage people to share what they love about their neighborhood or downtown.

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Love, Fort Wayne was started by the 2013 class of Leadership Fort Wayne and is being carried on by the 2014 class. They are working to spread a positive image for our city and involve residents  in this process. They have already begun part of this process by capturing video of different residents and community leaders sharing their feelings on the Summit City.

Their partner in this project, Artlink, is a local gallery in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture. Their mission is to provide educational programming for artists and the community of Fort Wayne, and this new project is part of that effort.

This latest campaign has a two-fold purpose. First, it allows Artlink to engage the community in meaningful ways beyond the gallery storefront. Second, it enables Love, Fort Wayne to continue the positive conversations about our city it intends to foster.

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The first wall was installed last week at Wunkerkammer. From its 7,000-square-foot home on Fairfield Avenue, Wunderkammer hosts carefully designed exhibits, educational programs, performances, and special events. The space is intended to be an outlet for contemporary and thought art and often hosts difficult, yet insightful works. Other future sites for the chalk walls include Firefly Coffeehouse, The Arts Campus, and Parkview Field.

Everyone in both organizations is excited to see how the conversation evolves. Head down to Wunderkammer, add your input to the wall, and see what everyone else is saying about why they love our city.

Holley Taylor

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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.

“In the Open Air” Cape Ann paintings at University of St Francis exhibit

The University of Saint Francis 2014 art season will open with a bang this year! The year will kick off on September 6 with the “Presidential Gala: Cape Ann Collection Connections.” Guests may explore the exhibit of historic paintings produced en plein air, or “in the open air.”

The Weatherhead Gallery in the Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communications will host a number of famous works by artists well known for their technique. Among the scenes of Cape Ann depicted in the work, there will be some picturing Gloucester and Rockport, Mass. Featured artists include Emile Gruppe, Aldro Hibbard, and Anthony Thieme.

As part of the exhibit, the Goldfish Gallery will display works by contemporary plein air painters of Cape Ann. Continuing the theme, the Artist Spotlight Gallery is hosting paintings inspired by visits to the Cape Ann region; a couple of Indiana artists will have work featured in this exhibit.

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Rolland Art Center

The Presidential Gala will include food, beverages, and live music in a covered outdoor setting in front of the Rolland Center on Leesburg Road. The event is free of charge, but there will be a cash bar on site for those who are 21 years of age and wish to partake.

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibit, artists and collectors Douglas Runyan and Fred Doloresco will be offering a lecture titled, “Cape Ann Collections: a Closer Look.” The lecture, which will take place on Wednesday, September 10, at 7:30 pm, will address the historical context of the Cape Ann plein air paintings as well as their tremendous influence on the art community and on the contemporary plein air art form.

The event promises to be a great night for anyone who loves art. And, if you can’t make the Presidential Gala, you can still see the exhibit on your own. The exhibit will run through October 5, and the gallery is open Mondays-Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 5;00 pm, and Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Holley Taylor

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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.

Oktobeerfest Supports Regional Brews and Takes Place September 12-13

Attention all beer lovers! Here’s an event you don’t want to miss. It may not be October, but Mad Anthony Brewing Company (a local brewery and restaurant in Fort Wayne, Indiana) will be hosting Mad Anthony Oktobeerfest this year on September 12 and 13.

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In the past this event has brought together more than a dozen Indiana brewers and regional beer enthusiasts to enjoy beer tastings, live entertainment and barbecue. A portion of all profits from Oktobeerfest help fund the Brewers of Indiana Guild, further supporting local and regional business. As many as 1,000 people have attended this festival in the past.

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The 16th annual event takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. each day at Headwaters Park West, located at 333 S. Clinton St., in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana. Tickets are $30 in advance and can be purchased online. Tickets are $35 the day of the event at the gate. For more information call 260-426-ALES or visit the event online.

Past Participating Breweries Included:

  • Rock Bottom Brewery
  • Shoreline Brewery
  • Barley Island Brewing Company
  • Bulldog Brewing
  • Lafayette Brewing Company
  • Chapman’s Brewing Company
  • Cutters Brewing Company
  • Evil Czech Brewery
  • Figure Eight Brewing
  • Flat 12 Bierwerks
  • Half Moon Brewery
  • New Albanian Brewing Co.
  • Triton Brewing
  • Broad Ripple Brewing Company

Insider Tip: Looking for more fun after the event? Take a short drive south of downtown to Mad Anthony Brewing Company. Enjoy another drink at the headquarters of the sponsor brewery. Food is also available to order from the dining side called Munchie Emporium Restaurant.

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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.

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2 Responses to "Oktobeerfest Supports Regional Brews and Takes Place September 12-13"

Kristen
Kristen
August 18th, 2014
We aren't sure, but will let you know if we hear more. If you are referring to Le Tour de Fort, you can learn more about them here: https://www.facebook.com/letourdefort
Laura
August 18th, 2014
Will there be another bike pub crawl this year?

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

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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.