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?

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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.

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 www.fortwayneparks.org, 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.

Mike

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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 www.threeriversfestival.org or www.visitfortwayne.com.

Mike

About

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.

Vote in the Hot Summer. Cool City. Photo Contest

This post is part of our Hot Summer. Cool City. series, where you can discover great family getaways and even WIN a Fort Wayne Getaway in our Photo Contest. To participate in our photo contest (where you can win $500) click here!

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When you’re out exploring and having fun in Fort Wayne, we are sure you are taking lots of pictures. Whether it’s at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Science Central, or the park, these great photos show what you love about Fort Wayne. Now, you can help a lucky photographer win big.

Here’s how it works: In June, visitors submitted photos of what they loved in Fort Wayne. Now, it’s time to vote! Photographers will be getting their friends, family, coworkers, and anyone they know to vote for them. Even if you didn’t submit a photo, take a look at the cool entries and vote for ones you like! The photo with the most votes will win a $500 VISA gift card. Second and third place participants will receive a $250 and $100 VISA gift card, respectively. You can vote for your photo one time per day.

We have so many excellent photo submissions that we couldn’t help but share them here!

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Molly Zweig

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Molly Zweig is a student at Indiana University Bloomington majoring in International Studies, Spanish, and Portuguese. She’s happy to be back in her hometown for the summer as the Marketing Intern at Visit Fort Wayne. Molly enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, and traveling.

Hot Summer. Cool City: TinCaps and Parkview Field

This post is part of our Hot Summer. Cool City. series, where you can discover great family getaways and even WIN a getaway for your family in our Fort Wayne Photo Contest. Learn more here.

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There’s no better place to find hot activities and cool fun than Parkview Field.  Whether you’re taking in a TinCaps game, watching fireworks, sampling great food, or taking a dip in the splash pad, this downtown attraction has lots going on for all ages.  Here’s a tour of Parkview Field and everything the TinCaps have to offer with Fort Wayne’s #1 Fan, Conner.

Tickets for TinCaps games start at just $5, and there are plenty of great seating options for families and visitors of all ages.  Be sure to try some of the delicious food, including many apple-flavored and other great ballpark options.  Smaller children can play in a themed play area while the rest of the family cheers on the TinCaps.  During Thursday games, get in on $1 beers as part of Parkview Field’s Thirsty Thursday promotion.  Many games have themes, so be sure to check the TinCaps website to see all is going on and what kind of dress is encouraged.  There is other great entertainment and fireworks all summer long, too.  When there isn’t a game, stop by to run through the splash pad to cool off.

And when you’re at a TinCaps game, do not miss the Bad Apple Dancers!  This act is a crowd favorite and definitely a hot addition to a cool summer.

Molly Zweig

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Molly Zweig is a student at Indiana University Bloomington majoring in International Studies, Spanish, and Portuguese. She’s happy to be back in her hometown for the summer as the Marketing Intern at Visit Fort Wayne. Molly enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, and traveling.