Fort Wayne, Come On Over for Dinner! Arena Dinner Theatre Presents: COMPANY, June 13-28

Summer weather may be unpredictable, but the Fort Wayne theatre scene is hot, hot, hot! With dozens of performances from a variety of theatres, there’s sure to be something for everyone in the family. Fort Wayne Youtheatre certainly started the summer season strong by hosting the first-ever “Fairy Tale Fest,” appealing to children both young and old. So what’s next to hit a local mainstage?

“No strings, good times, just chums, COMPANY!

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From left to right: Pam Good, Brad Davis, Suzan Moriarty, Jim Matusik, Emily O’Rourke, Chris Rasor, Todd Frymier, Emilie Murphy, Jake Wilhelm, Lindsay Hoops, Jimmy Mitchell

Arena Dinner Theatre will bring this Fort Wayne favorite back to their stage for the first time since 1984. Brought to life by the collaborators Christopher J. Murphy (Director), Leslie Beauchamp (Choreographer), and Ben Wedler (Music Director), COMPANY tells the story of a single man named Robert. On the night of his 35th birthday, “Bobby” reflects on and contemplates his unmarried state through a series of hilarious vignettes. In the end, he realizes being alone is “alone, not alive.” The show is an honest, witty, sophisticated look at relationships and is as contemporary and relevant as ever.

Jaws will drop and hearts will be warmed by 14 amazingly talented actors, including several award winning performers, including audience favorite, Todd Frymier. Some may remember Frymier as Jean Valjean, or perhaps Willy Wonka himself; however, he returns to the stage as not only the leading character, but the inspiration behind the upcoming performance of COMPANY. In fact, Murphy did not audition actors for the role of Bobby because he was inspired to do the show- in part- for his friend, Frymier.

The cast of COMPANY is dripping not only with talent, but with a familiar, family feel that only local performers can produce. For example, names like Suzan Moriarty, Jim Matusik, Emilie Henry-Murphy, and Megan Meyer have been part of our Fort Wayne theatre family for as long as we can remember. And, as with all families, some people tend to come and go. Pam Good portrayed the role of April in Arena’s 1984 production of COMPANY and has returned from an 11-year hiatus to toast “The Ladies Who Lunch” as the memorable Joanne.

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Pam Good and Brad Davis

Tick-Tock! Time is running out to secure your seat for what’s sure to be one of this summer’s hottest hits. Performances are: June 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28 @ 8:00 PM, June 12 (Senior Night), and June 19 (Comp. Night). Visit www.arenadinnertheatre.org or call the Box Office at (260) 424-5622 to reserve your ticket today.

Heather Closson

About

Heather Closson is a recent graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Dance Performance, but is thrilled to make her return to Fort Wayne. She currently performs with dAnce.Kontemporary, teaches at a local dance studio, and choreographs for schools and theatres throughout the state. Outside of the "dance world," Heather is an experienced event coordinator, content writer, public speaker, and a social media/digital marketing enthusiast. Likes: coffee, traveling, politics, grilled cheese, nonprofit organizations, hiking, and cats- even though she doesn't have one.

8th Annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival

The 8th Annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on Sunday, May 18, at the main branch of the Allen County Public Library. The festival is a celebration of all things Japanese in northeast Indiana, including Fort Wayne’s Sister City relationship with Takaoka, Japan.
 

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The festival runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fort Wayne  Taiko, with the festival since its first year, will kick off the day at 12 noon in the Library Plaza, with opening ceremonies following at 12:15 p.m., during which the Suzuki String Orchestra of Fort Wayne will perform.
 
Below are more featured artists and events for this year:

  • “Duo Yumeno” – dynamic duo of Hikaru Tamaki, cello and Yoko Reikano Kimura, koto/shamisen/voice (New York)
  • Japanese Classical Dance- will perform beautiful dances in classic tradition with elaborate, quick costume changes (Chicago)
  • Minyo Dancers will perform traditional Japanese folk-style dancing in colorful kimonos (Indianapolis)
  • Indiana Guitar Trio, led by Dr. Daniel Quinn, will perform Japanese guitar music.
  • The “Dueling Divas,” Janice Furtner and Dorothy Kittaka, sopranos, will sing Japanese vocal music duets with Irene Ator, pianist.
  • Farrell Vernon, saxophone, will perform music of Japanese composers.
  • Shie Otani, an expert in Japanese Tea Ceremonies, will again grace the festival with a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with participation of audience members.
  • Takaoka, Japan artwork (65 pieces)  by elementary and middle school students who participated in FAME’s Fusion of Concert Colors will be exhibited.
  • Karaoke, the public
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    Fort Wayne Taiko

Other highlights of the festival include the Arts and Crafts of Japan Marketplace, martial arts demonstrations, Taste of Japan food court and hands-on demonstrations of Japanese activities like:

  • Bonsai by the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club
  • Japanese Goldfish Catch
  • Japanese-themed “Make and Take”at ACPL Children’s Services
  • Origami demonstration and hands-on sessions, led by Mike Schmid, Art educator/artist and Janice Furtner, artist/musician
  • Japanese-influenced face painting by Tag Company

 Don’t forget the on-site contests!

  • Anime Art! Draw a famous anime character or your own original character for prizes.
  • Can You Haiku?  Students will submit work prior to the festival.  Finalists from the schools will have their haiku displayed and will be invited to read their haiku at the festival. The public may also compose haiku at the festival for prizes.
  • CosPlay Competition!  Wear costumes depicting your favorite anime character for prizes.

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    Minyo Dancers performing traditional dances

Details

Date: Sunday, May 18
Time: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Main Branch ACPL- 900 Library Plaza
Admission:  Free

Donations will be accepted. Refreshments, books, textiles and a variety of hand-made items will be available for purchase in the festival marketplace.

Sponsors:  Fort Wayne Sister Cities International, Japanese American Association of Indiana, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Allen County Public Library

Click here for this year’s festival brochure!

Wendy Sack

About

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.

Green Day’s Groundbreaking Rock Opera Musical Comes to Fort Wayne – and You Can WIN TICKETS!

Calling all Green Day fans – this is an event you will not want to miss. Not local to Fort Wayne, Indiana? Begin planning your trip and an overnight stay today for this April event!

On April 22, Fort Wayne’s own Embassy Theatre will host a production of American Idiot, a rock opera based on Green Day’s rock opera album of the same name. This musical includes famous Green Day hits including “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Holiday” and “21 Guns.” The musical tells the story of three friends who must pick between the safety of suburban life and pursuing their dreams.

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The Embassy Theatre is conveniently located in downtown Fort Wayne and within walking distance of both the Courtyard by Marriott and the Fort Wayne Hilton, two local hotels. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are available via Ticketmaster.com, in person at the theatre box office between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or by phone at 800.745.3000.

A review in The New York Times described American Idiot as “thrilling and emotionally charged, as moving as anything on Broadway!” Don’t miss it!

Insider Tip: This show contains adult content and strong language. Make this event a night out for adults, not children.

YOU CAN WIN TICKETS TOO! Simply visit the American Idiot contest page on Visit Fort Wayne, and enter for your chance to win an overnight hotel stay, 2 tickets to the show – plus much more!

About

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.

Get Away to Fort Wayne this Spring Break!

springbreak 300x221 Get Away to Fort Wayne this Spring Break!When one thinks of great Spring Break destinations, Fort Wayne, Indiana probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. Unfortunately, sometimes the big trip just isn’t in the cards – but don’t let that keep you from doing something fun! If sun and sand aren’t in your plans this Spring Break, why not plan a nearby getaway to a place nearby provides the joy of leaving town, without the hassle and expenses of travel – Fort Wayne! Whether you live in town or in the surrounding communities, or are looking a getaway that doesn’t require long hours in the car, there is no reason your Spring Break can’t be something great!

This Spring Break season, Fort Wayne has a variety of fun events and activities that are sure to pique the interest of everyone in your family! From sporting events, to Broadway shows, you’ll be able to keep your whole group happy. To make it even easier to plan your trip, we’ve created some itinerary ideas to get you started!

 

ABUNDANCE OF ARTS GETAWAY
March 28-30

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Got to a Broadway show for less! Beauty and the Beast comes to the Embassy Theatre on March 31st.

The end of March brings an abundance of arts to Fort Wayne. The only problem is going to be choosing which shows you want to see! Combine a great show with a trip to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, or our other great museums, and your arts trip is complete! You can’t go wrong with a can’t-miss show or festival! Here are just a few of your options:

  • The Fort Wayne Philharmonic brings Bizet’s Carmen to life on the Embassy stage.

Combine these with outstanding dining and overnight packages and you are on your way to making lasting memories together!


Spring Break Sports Getaway
April 4-6

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The TinCaps open their season on April 3rd!

The weekend of April 4th-6th is a crazy sports weekend in Fort Wayne! All three of our major minor league teams will be in action at Parkview Field and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum!

Thursday, April 3rd,  kicks off the season for TinCaps Baseball and will see them in action on Friday, April 4th, and Saturday, April 5th as well!  Enjoy a little March Madness with Mad Ants Basketball at the Memorial Coliseum on the on the 3rd and 4th.  Saturday and Sunday give you a chance to see the Komet Hockey team hit the ice!

If a little friendly competition amongst yourselves is what you’re after, get active at Crazy Pinz, Lazer X, or Ultrazone! If you want to do something fun that may not require a little friendly trash talk, check out indoor trampoline park, SkyZone, or open skates at Canlan Ice Rink.

You’ll also want to hit the MyPlate and Beyond and Science on a Sphere exhibits at  Science Central, as well as the High Spaces, Hidden Places exhibit at the Botanical Conservatory to add a little hands-on education to the mix!

 

GIRLFRIEND GETAWAY
Girlfriend Getaway to the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale
Week of April 8

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Grab your friends and shop the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale from April 9th-13th!

Why not take a little “me” time and go on a girlfriend getaway? Fort Wayne is the perfect place to bring your friends and enjoy some time together! Whether you’re looking for great places to shop, or just want to kick back and relax, you’re sure to find it here.

April 9-13 is the world-renowned Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, offering 40%-60% off retail prices. The sale is a “bucket list” experience for any Vera Bradley fan, and her girlfriends!

You won’t want to miss a trip to one of our DeBrand Fine Chocolates locations. This world-renowned chocolatier offers small bites, decadent desserts, and a tour complete with samples at the Auburn Road headquarters.

Of course, no Girlfriend Getaway would be complete without a healthy dose of retail therapy. You won’t want to miss Jefferson Pointe and Glenbrook Square, for starters. Jefferson Pointe is a lifestyle shopping center with upscale stores such as Williams Sonoma, Ann Taylor and Vera Bradley. Come shop till you drop in a beautiful and relaxing setting. Jefferson Pointe is located at 4110 West Jefferson Blvd. Glenbrook Square is the largest shopping mall in the state of Indiana. Come shop till you drop at Macy’s, Banana Republic, Build-A-Bear, and so much more. Glenbrook Square is located at 4201 Coldwater Rd.

Add a visit to a fabulous spa, unique boutique, or perhaps a live performance. Top your evening off with a great dinner with the girls, and a comfortable overnight stay in one of our great (and affordable!) hotels.

So go ahead, pick what interests you most and plan your trip to Fort Wayne! If you need additional help and information, give our friendly staff a call at 1-800-767-7752, or check out more options in our Spring Break section on the Visit Fort Wayne website.

Katie

About

Katie Robinson simply loves Fort Wayne! Born and raised in the Summit City, she returned following graduating from Ball State University with a degree in Public Relations in May of 2013. A former Visit Fort Wayner, Katie currently works for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority as the Marketing and Customer Service Specialist. In her spare time you can find her baking cupcakes, Zumba-ing her heart out and relaxing with her husband, Joe, and their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.

There’s more to discover at the Main Library than books!

If you haven’t been to the Main branch of the Allen County Public Library, you’re in for a real treat.  This all-ages destination is a great place to spend a lazy afternoon. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • The Main Library’s Jeffrey R. Krull Gallery is located directly inside the library’s West entranceThe 3100 sq. ft. gallery is ideal for opening receptions and music performances. In addition to art, the gallery’s design accommodates large scale traveling exhibits.
  • Cafe: Have a coffee while taking in a good book or conversation.  The Twice Sold Tales shop offers used books for bargain hunters.
  • Meeting space: The Allen County Public Library welcomes the public use of its facilities and meeting rooms for meetings and events which serve the community’s needs for education, information, and cultural enrichment.

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    Rock the Plaza is a summer all-ages concert series.

  • Genealogy Center: If you want to discover or rediscover your family’s roots, this is the place! An experienced staff provides services to a full range of patrons, from children to senior citizens and from beginners to experienced researchers. To support these efforts, the Center has gathered an extensive collection of 350,000 printed volumes and more than 513,000 items of microfilm and microfiche.
  • Theater: A 280-seat Auditorium, Stage, and Lobby are located in a new high-ceiling space under the Great Hall. This space is suitable for lectures, films, theatrical and dance performances. I’ve actually performed here and have seen a few shows in this venue. It’s definitely under-appreciated!
  • Children’s Services: We can’t forget little people!  The Main branch hosts a variety of educational and cultural activities to appeal to children of all ages.  All activities are free and open to the public! Groups should call ahead at at 260-421-1220 if you plan to attend.
  • Music: In the summer months, the library hosts an outdoor concert series known as Rock the Plaza. This is a great way to see what the Fort Wayne music scene has to offer.

As you can see, the library is a destination for more than just book lovers. Make it a part of your itinerary and you won’t be disappointed.

For more information on the Allen County Public Library visit the library’s page on the Visit Fort Wayne website, or learn more about everything the library has to offer by checking out the ACPL online.

About

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.