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.

FAME Festival Features Arts and Music by and for Children

How would you like to help touch the lives of 150,000 school children and their families? And what if you could enjoy an amazing display of talent including choirs, dance troupes and instrumental bands?

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Then stop by the FAME Festival March 15 and 16 for hands-on fun for your entire family. This Fort Wayne, Indiana event is a celebration of the arts in conduction with National Youth Art Month and Music in Our Schools Month.

Children in grades K-8 will participate in live performances at FAME Festival. The FAME program, which stands for Foundation for Art and Music in Education, is a professional organization for the arts, music, dance and drama teachers and principals in Northern Indiana. Most FAME programs are for elementary age children.

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The FAME Festival takes place at the Grand Wayne Convention Center located downtown at 120 W. Jefferson Blvd. Admission is $4 for adults. Those 18 years old and younger are admitted for free. The festival is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 15 and from noon to 5 p.m. on March 16. For more information on this year’s event visit the FAME Festival online. FAME Festival is also on Facebook too!

Insider Tip: Don’t stop at FAME. Check out our other blog posts for more family filled ideas for fun in the Fort.

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.

The Philmore on Broadway- the Finest Jazz in the City

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“The Philmore is a beautiful, classy and fun venue to see any show. The food by Affine is great as is the service and the staff. If you haven’t visited, you’re missing out on a great Fort Wayne experience,” says one Fort Wayne resident.

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The famous Philmore marquee

In the 1920s, Broadway Street was a happening place. Today, it is seeing a resurgence as part of the rebirth of Downtown Fort Wayne. Sitting proudly between Scott and Heustis Avenues is the Philmore on Broadway, arguably the heart of the area, pre-dating both the Realto on South Calhoun and the Embassy on West Jefferson downtown.

The Philmore was built in 1923, one of five neighborhood theaters in Fort Wayne. As is the case with a lot of historical buildings around town, the Philmore has a rich and colorful history. Changing names, but staying true to its theatrical beginnings, it ran successfully for almost 60 years. When the theater left the building in the early 1980s, and several proprietors failed to take off in the space, the doors were closed and the grand old theater was left vacant in 1985.

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The Philmore’s patio is an excellent place for those warm summer nights.

After 12 long and lonely years, several Fort Wayne area businessmen financed the theater’s restoration and renovation.  Great care was taken to preserve and restore the original and historic features and charm of the 8,800 square foot building. The theater reopened as Catablu Gourmet American Grille in 1998 and ran successfully for 11 years.

In 2010, after more extensive renovations and much anticipation, almost 30 years after it housed its last performance, the theater was revived as The Philmore on Broadway.

Today, the Philmore is Fort Wayne’s finest jazz club, hosting many local, regional and national acts. It is elegant, unique, cozy and overflowing with 1920s charm.

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The Philmore’s main stage and ballroom

In addition to jazz musicians, the Philmore hosts a variety of themed parties and events throughout the year. Check out their Event Calendar to learn more.

The theater can also accommodate ceremonies, receptions, private parties and corporate functions. The Philmore on Broadway’s motto is “to exceed expectations for all events,” and it certainly does just that.

Find out more!
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Address:

2441 Broadway Street

Fort Wayne, Indiana 46807

Phone

260.745.1000

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.