BuskerFest: A Celebration of the Street Performer

balloon artist1 300x300 BuskerFest: A Celebration of the Street PerformerIn case you didn’t already know, Last Saturdays are one of the best ways to enjoy free entertainment in the Fort.  However, June’s Last Saturday will feature one of my favorite free events that Fort Wayne has to offer.   Get ready, because BuskerFest is almost here!

This marks the 5th year that BuskerFest has made it’s way downtown and it promises to be a “festival of the unexpected.”  If this year’s event is anything like BuskerFest 2013, it will most definitely live up to those claims!

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Though the festival is in celebration of street performers, there are other things that are sure to catch your attention.  At the center of all the fun, there will be an art market featuring unique art, crafts, and other creations available for purchase.  Your favorite food trucks will also be near by to serve food at BuskerFest while JK O’Donnell’s will be hosting a beer tent for your enjoyment.

Make sure not to miss this one-night-a-year festival of action-packed fun!  Bring your friends, family, kids, neighbors, and co-workers because men and women of all ages are guaranteed to enjoy a night they won’t soon forget! greenman 225x300 BuskerFest: A Celebration of the Street Performer

For a full schedule of events during Fort Wayne’s 5th  Annual BuskerFest, visit the Downtown Improvement District’s website

 

Mallory Carter

About

Mallory Carter is a Middle Tennessee State University graduate with a degree in Organizational Leadership. In 2011, she and her husband made the move to Fort Wayne all the way from Nashville, Tennessee. Mallory is a newlywed, advocate for chronically ill patients, member of the Junior League of Fort Wayne, volunteer, Mad Ants fan, and lover of all things Fort Wayne. By day, she can be found working as an administrator turned marketing professional at Three Rivers Dermatology. In her spare time Mallory enjoys exploring the city and trying new restaurants with her husband, setting and achieving new fitness goals, writing, and cuddling with her sweet Chihuahua, Ellie. You can read more of her musings at www.chronically-inspired.com.

Covington Art Fair promises quality pieces and a fun time for all!

covington art fair Covington Art Fair promises quality pieces and a fun time for all!One of the key components to the human condition is art; it allows us to see the world in a new way and to express our feelings and our beliefs. It provides an escape and invites us to explore the deep reaches of our mind and our society. Georgia O’Keefe once said of art, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” It is indeed an integral part of our human experience. Luckily for us, Fort Wayne offers a unique glimpse into the art world. Not only do we have countless galleries, but we are also home to many different art festivals, which allow visitors to see a variety of works and artists with ease.

One of the long standing art festivals in town, the Covington Art Fair, will be celebrating its 22nd year here in town when it kicks off June 21st and 22nd. This weekend long art fair, located at 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd., provides visitors with the chance to see work from over 75 different artists from around the country. Artists will have a variety of work on sale from jewelry, glass, photography, and pottery to oils, textiles, sculptures, and more. The fair is open Saturday from 10 am – 5pm and Sunday from 11 am – 4 pm and has a lot more to offer guests than just art. There will be live jazz music throughout the fair; Covington Plaza is also home to many different restaurants, which will be open to serve fair-goers. Covington Bar and Grill or Chappell’s would be great for an evening meal or just a quick drink to shake off the heat. Or, if you are looking for something a little lighter Honey Baked Ham or Catablu Grille would fit the bill. With so many options to chose from, it is easy to make vising the fair an all day event.

Another unique feature about the Covington Art Fair is its selection process. Artists must apply to have a booth at the fair. Artists are required to send in photographs of their work that they think speak to the overall theme, quality, and style of their work. A panel of judges then decide which artists will be lucky enough to snag a booth at this year’s fair. This ensures that only high quality art is displayed for viewers at the fair.

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Visitors checking out the booths at last year’s fair

The Covington Art Fair grows bigger and better every year, improving the quality and the quantity of its booths. It promises a variety of impressive art of all kinds, guaranteeing there will be a little something for everyone. So let out your inner art-enthusiast and bring the whole family, some sun block, and an eye for art for a great day of fun, exploration, and adventure.

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.

Covington Art Fair June 21-22 Features Local, Regional and National Artists

A staple in Fort Wayne, Indiana since 1992, the annual Covington Art Fair returns this year June 21 and 22 to the Covington Plaza on the city’s southwest side.

art fair logo Covington Art Fair June 21 22 Features Local, Regional and National ArtistsThis juried art show features more than 75 local, regional and national artist. Participating artists include painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, fiber artists and more. Live jazz music will play throughout the fair and plaza restaurants during the two-day event.

Covington Plaza is located at 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd., just southwest of downtown Fort Wayne. The art fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 22.

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Insider Tip: Stay up-to-date on announcements regarding the art fair by following the event on Facebook. Directions and a list of shops at the plaza are also available online by clicking here. Consider enjoying visiting the plaza shops or eating at a nearby restaurant during your visit to the art fair!

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.

Sweetwater GearFest 2014

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It doesn’t take long to figure out that Fort Wayne has a lot of festivals and trade shows to enjoy.  In fact, I’ve had the pleasure of attending most of them in the short three years that I’ve called Fort Wayne my home. However, did you know that one of the largest pro-audio and music events takes place (for FREE) right here in our city?

Until my husband took a job at Sweetwater Sound back in 2011, I didn’t even know the company existed. Little did I know that Sweetwater is a worldwide phenomenon!  The company provides outstanding customer service and technical support to match its reputation for high quality products.  On top of that, they take great care of their employees, give back to our community, and also host an amazing event called GearFest each year. GearFest 2014  is this weekend (June 6th and 7th to be exact)! There you can join music enthusiasts both from our area and all over the country at what promises to be an action-packed, hands-on, educational, and fun weekend!

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They’re already setting up for next weekend!

If you’re looking for an opportunity to expand your music and audio knowledge, GearFest has you covered! There will be instrumental, songwriting, software, live sound, studio, and many other types of workshops led by top notch musicians, engineers, and producers.  For a full listing and schedule of workshops available, check out the Sweetwater website.

One of the great things about attending such a large event with visitors coming from all over the country is the opportunity to network.  While at GearFest 2014, you’ll have the chance to meet and network with artists, musicians, producers, and engineers.   Manufacturers will also be present to show you the latest and greatest gear on the market while spending one-on-one time answering questions about their products.

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Stop by for lunch any time!

I’ve been told there will be “insane deals” all next weekend, but there will also be a musicians’ flea market for those of you who have been searching for the right piece of used equipment!

If the gear mania isn’t enough for you, there are a few other things that may pique your interest. While attending workshops, you might just catch a few musicians using their vocal and instrumental talents to put new gear to the test (Private concert? Yes, please)! You can also get your hands on the newest gear for a test drive and bring in your favorite guitar for a free restringing. Just make sure you don’t miss the hourly giveaways that are worth a collective $72,000!

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Josh, Sweetwater Sales Engineer, let me take his picture on the slide today

Maybe music isn’t your thing. That’s ok! Sweetwater is open to the community for tours, shopping, and lunch at the DownBeat Diner on a regular basis. Also, Sweetwater employees are raving about their new slide at the office… maybe you should stop by sometime to try it out yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mallory Carter

About

Mallory Carter is a Middle Tennessee State University graduate with a degree in Organizational Leadership. In 2011, she and her husband made the move to Fort Wayne all the way from Nashville, Tennessee. Mallory is a newlywed, advocate for chronically ill patients, member of the Junior League of Fort Wayne, volunteer, Mad Ants fan, and lover of all things Fort Wayne. By day, she can be found working as an administrator turned marketing professional at Three Rivers Dermatology. In her spare time Mallory enjoys exploring the city and trying new restaurants with her husband, setting and achieving new fitness goals, writing, and cuddling with her sweet Chihuahua, Ellie. You can read more of her musings at www.chronically-inspired.com.

Tamurai Tea is your place for fine tea and more in Fort Wayne

When was the last time you had a good cup of tea? In a java powered world, tea often takes a backseat to coffee concoctions. But the folks at Tamurai Tea want to change the way people approach tea through a more spiritual and intentional approach.

The facility is more than just a retail outfit. In addition to being a purveyor of fine organic teas, Tamurai offers meditation classes as well as educational information. The owner, Tom, has been a practitioner of meditation for more than 40 years. His vision behind Tamurai is to provide a place for tea lovers and have their spiritual needs fulfilled, all under one roof.

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The staff at Tamurai Tea believe tea can promote health and well being.

Speaking of tea, you can find Rishi and Organic India Teas, and Organic Eden Foods. They also carry a variety of tea accessories, including teapots, tea brewers, infusers, Matcha whisks and bowls, loose leaf jars, and canisters. Supplements are also available for purchase. Insider’s Tip: As this is high quality tea, don’t expect to pay supermarket prices. 

The Matcha tea has a particular significance, as it served as an inspiration for the shop’s namesake.  Used by samurais in Japan 700 years ago in preparation for battle, they were receptive to the highest form of prayer, affirmation, and intention. It’s easy to see why Tom has a fascination with this potent tea. He found it fitting to name the shop Tamurai, as a nod to the power of tea in energizing and invigorating drinkers.

Just as the tea fuels the body, Tom wants the meditation classes to cater to one’s mental needs. People of faiths are welcome to attend the sessions. Private, semi-private, special group, and/or corporate sessions available anytime by appointment. Group classes are available every Monday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. for $7.50. per session.

The shop is located at 9187 Lima Road, in the White Swan Plaza. Hours are 7 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday and 10 am to 2 pm on weekends.

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.