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!

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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.

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.

Laugh til It Hurts! Jim Gaffigan Coming to the Embassy.

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Jim Gaffigan’s “White Bread Tour” comes to the Embassy on March 23rd.

Have you ever laughed so hard that you couldn’t breathe? I mean, literally, you couldn’t stop laughing long enough to even inhale? Few things in life are that funny. One of them is Jim Gaffigan!

I first heard Jim Gaffigan on “The Bob & Tom Show” several years ago. Since then, I’ve bought and listened to all of his comedy CDs, watched all of his stand-up specials and this Christmas received his book, “Dad is Fat.” Yes, you could say I’m a bit of a Jim Gaffigan nut. But, to me, laughter is indeed the best medicine. Having a bad day? Pop in your ear buds and listen to Gaffigan expound on topics such as Hot Pockets, whales and the circus that is his family of seven. I’m telling you, you’ll be laughing and pretty soon forget what put you in that funk to begin with.

Jim Gaffigan’s “White Bread Tour” is coming to the Embassy!

  • Catch him Sunday, March 23rd at 6:00pm or 8:30pm.
  • Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

One thing that sets Gaffigan apart is that his act is clean, meaning don’t expect much profanity, if any. It’s refreshing to be entertained by his observations on everyday life, family, food and, sometimes, animals. I don’t know anyone else who could make me laugh so hard about a manatee!

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One of Gaffigan’s biggest jokes is his color…or lack thereof.

If you can’t make it to one of the shows, or if you want to listen to some of his stuff before you go, I highly recommend checking out Gaffigan’s thoughts on:

Camping

Cake

Hot Pockets

Whales

Make a whole night of it by grabbing dinner after the show at JK O’Donnell’s, The Oyster Bar or one of the many other great options for downtown dining.

For more information on Jim Gaffigan’s “White Bread Tour” Fort Wayne stop, check out Visit Fort Wayne or the Embassy Theatre website.

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.

Beauty and the Beast at the Embassy: A Tale as Old as Time

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Beauty and the Beast will grace the stage at the Embassy Theatre on March 31.

  For an exquisite night on the town, bring your family to the Embassy Theatre to enjoy one of Disney’s finest musicals – Beauty and the Beast!

The historic Embassy Theatre is THE ideal venue for a musical of this magnitude.  The building’s breathtaking décor and historic flair always create a regal feel for the theatre’s year-round activities.  It also sets the stage perfectly for a performance like Beauty and the Beast.

As a drama teacher, one of the reasons why I personally love watching performances at the Embassy is because I know the quality of the acting will be superb and I will be talking about it for months with my students.  I’m a theater nut, so I also enjoy the other creative aspects that are involved in shows at the Embassy, like special effects and analyzing how each actor brings his or her character to life.

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Experience the magic of Broadway with Belle and all of her friends!

 Beauty and the Beast is no exception.  With a cast of characters rangingfrom human beings to dishware and furniture, and with Belle’s enchanting wardrobe, the beautiful, whimsical costumes are bound to leave you spellbound!

This is a family-friendly show, so children of all ages are welcome.  Or, make it a date night.  Whatever the occasion, the cast of Beauty and the Beast will gladly welcome your presence.  As the song goes, come be our guest!

When:  Monday, March 31, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Where:  Embassy Theatre, 125 West Jefferson Blvd.

You can visit the Fort Wayne Theater website here for ticket information and other reviews, or call 1-800-430-8903 to order tickets. You can also go to the Visit Fort Wayne page for additional information.

Amanda Reusser

About

Amanda Reusser is a 2006 graduate from Taylor University-Upland. She has spent the past 6 years living and teaching Drama, English and ESOL in Florida, Indonesia and Austria. While it was fun and insightful, she is very glad to be back home in Indiana. Amanda loves traveling, trying new foods, and learning cultural dances. She enjoys getting to know new people, teaching teenagers, and being involved with her home church.