Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival guaranteed to keep you busy

We’ve all heard the old adage, “They don’t make ‘em like they used to.” While you may debate the validity of that statement at times, I think we can all agree that as far as cars go, there is no question. Come out to celebrate the art of classic cars at the Auburn-Cord Duesenberg Festival.

The ACD Festival will run from August 28-31. The world’s greatest celebration of classic cars features a car show, a 5k race, a two giant auctions selling hundreds of collector cards, a beer tent, a parade, three outstanding museums, and more! This event offers such a variety of activities there is no shortage of ways to entertain the whole family.

With so many different goings-on, it can be hard to pick which ones to attend. Here is a list of a few must-sees.

Start the weekend off right with a night at the Speakeasy. Step back in time on Friday night, August 29, from 5:00 – 11:00 pm at the Auburn Moose Family Center on 10th and Main. The event is free to attend but food and spirits are additional. This night promises to be a night of fun, great food, music, fellowship, and even better drinks!

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For something a little more family friendly, come out Saturday, August 30. Start out with a visit to the Club Car Show, which is open from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm at Eckhart Park. The cost is only $5 for adults and $3 for children; children 3 and under are free.

Saturday also offers a special treat for the kids. From 9:30 – 11:00 am there will be kids games and fun in Eckhart Park near the Club Car Show. Or, let them go wild at the Ultrazone Activity Area. The play area will include Euro bungee, a rock wall, and a bounce house! Make sure and grab lunch while you are there too from some of the great local food trucks. Trucks will be parked at Courthouse Square from 11:00 am on.

Another must-hit is the Arts and Crafts Show on Sunday. This is a little more laid back, so walk through the vendors and admire the art and shop at your leisure. The fair will run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in downtown Auburn. Nearly 100 vendors will be present from all disciplines including pottery, stained glass, ceramics, wood, and more!

It’s easy to spend the day and even more at the ACD Festival. Head down for some great family fun and a unique experience unlike any other!

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.

Art comes alive at these Fort Wayne destinations

If you’re anything like me, you can’t pass up the opportunity to take in art–in all forms. Well lucky for you, Fort Wayne has a vibrant arts  and entertainment scene. Why not plan an art lover’s weekend away? Here are a few ideas to make it happen:

Depending on time you get it on Friday evening, you could check out the FREE  Friday Nites Live Concert from June through early September beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson Pointe. Catch local bands up close and personal in an outdoor setting. It’s family friendly, too. Any movie buffs out there? Carmike Cinema also calls Jefferson Pointe home.

Hugry? You gotta eat! If you’re looking for an upscale dinner, Eddie Merlot’s is the place to go. Finish it off with some chocolate from the world renowned DeBrand’s.

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Don’t miss the Summer of Glass exhibit at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art!

Continue your adventure Saturday by heading downtown.  Just off Main St., Fort Wayne Museum of Art, boasts a great collection of art and special exhibitions.  Insider’s Tip: If you are a member of another museum, be sure to check to see if you have reciprocal membership in Fort Wayne. Can’t get enough art? Check out more local art, head over to Orchard GalleryArtlink, or one of these other local galleries.

Of course nature is the best work of art.  Head to the Fort Wayne Botanical Conservatory to see their exhibit.

As day turns into night, let your hair down a bit at the Rock at the free concert series at Rock the Plaza at 6 p.m. at the Allen County Public Library through the end of August. Or if you prefer a more low-key activity, you can’t go wrong with the Cinema Center. Here you can take in an independent, foreign, documentary, classic, or specialty film at Cinema Center.

Welcome to Fort Wayne: where you can let your artsy side shine!

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.

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

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.

Hyde Brothers, Booksellers – a Bookworm’s Paradise

If you’re a bookworm of the Fort Wayne variety, you’ve no doubt heard of and been to Hyde Brothers, Booksellers. Forget e-Readers, nothing beats the smell of a big, fat, bound book, and that’s exactly what you’ll find at Hyde Bros. Lots and lots of well-used and well-read books. No kidding, whenever I go in, I always stop just inside the front door and inhale all of that bookwormy goodness.

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The Hyde Bros storefront

The self-proclaimed best-loved bookstore in Indiana, Hyde Bros. was in fact voted the Best Bookstore in Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne Newspapers’ and FortWayne.com’s 2012 Reader’s Choice Best of… Awards. And rightly so. The store carries more than 150,000 titles in categories such as history, literature, nature, Indiana, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, horror, sports, religion and science.

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Stairway to Heaven, err, I mean, more books!

Another super-cool fact about Hyde Bros. is that you can sell and trade your own books. Click here to read a list of the types of books they generally accept.  Maybe you have a few books of your own that you’d like to pass on to someone else. Or maybe you’ve inherited a stack or come across a collection at an estate sale. If you don’t quite love them, but you know someone else might, give Hyde Bros. a shot! You never know what you might find in return.

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Seriously, how can this not make you happy?

From a customer: “Hyde Brothers Bookstore is a wonderful place where a person can find great deals! A true book lover can lose themselves for hours upon end within the rows and rows of tightly packed shelves, searching for various literary gems!”

So, if you’ve never been, what are you waiting for? And if you’re new in town or just passing through, you have a major treat in store!

Hyde Bros. is located in the historic Wells Street Corridor, just north of downtown, south of the intersection of Fourth and Wells Streets.

Contact Info:
1428 Wells Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
260-424-0197
1-800-264-6369

Hours:
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

Opal & Ruby Gift Emporium is the place for locally made gifts

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Opal and Ruby Gift Emporium is located at 5215 Illinois Road, Suite 104.

Why head to the mall when you can find a one-of-a-kind gift elsewhere? Opal & Ruby Gift Emporium is THE place to find a treasure for that special person in your life. Nestled in a cozy looking strip of shops and eateries off of Illinois Road, the store welcomes locals and visitors alike.

Upon entering the store, I was greeted by Kelli, one of the sisters/co-owners, who explained the origin of the store’s name. Opal and Ruby, she said, is a nod to her and sister Kristin’s birthstones. The store is the product of their creative collaboration.

And creative is right. Inside the store you’ll find some gems as hand-made jewelry, pillows, picture frames candles, cookies, and bags. A great deal of the products are locally sourced from such vendors as Keepsake Threads, cinda b and Vanilla Bean Unique Cookies and Cupcakes. They have everything you might want as a gift for men, women and children. And their home goods look like something out of a magazine!

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A line of specialty Fort Wayne pillows features Fort Wayne zip codes.

I was most impressed by their selection of bags from cinda b. They carry a variety of patterns and sizes ideal for travel. Kelli told me that they can special order patterns not carried in the store. Their bag sets would be perfect for plane travel because they’re lightweight yet durable.

In short, this store is a testament to the talent Fort Wayne has to offer. And what better way to support local artists/vendors than by buying some of their work? Sure there are other gift shops in town, but none with this concentration of locally produced gifts.

The store is open Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 2pm. For more information, visit their website.

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.