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!


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

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


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

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.


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:

Bring the Kids to Glenbrook Square Mall!

Need to do some shopping, but not sure if the kids will enjoy it? Why not look at Glenbrook Square, Fort Wayne’s all-indoor shopping mall?

Glenbrook features many nation-wide mall staples – J.C. Penney, Sears, Macy’s, Christopher and Banks, and Carson’s. There are also restaurants in the mall, like TGI Fridays and Red Robin, to name a couple of the sit-down places. Then there is the food court with Chick-fil-A, Charley’s Grilled Subs, Subway, and wonderful-smelling far-eastern cuisine. Keep wandering the halls and you’ll find Auntie Anne’s pretzels and Orange Julius, too.

But what do the kids get to do, besides munch at the food court?

Check out the Glenbrook Carousel, located near the ground-floor inside entrance near J.C. Penney. This double-decker carousel features all sorts of exotic animal rides – tiger, elephant, rabbit, giraffe, and zebra. There are also a few regular ponies, too – some with jeweled saddles. A few bench seats are mounted on the carousel, in case an adult wants to come along for the ride without climbing atop a prancing triceratops.  The music has that classic, carousel sound – and the ride isn’t so fast that it will scare young riders. Parents can stand beside their children, if the young rider is small enough to need a little support during the trips round about. And the carousel tender is happy to run the carousel even if only a couple of kids show up, wanting a ride – you don’t need to wait for a group. Tokens for the carousel ride can be purchased right there, with the cost at two dollars per token. The more tokens you buy at one time, the cheaper it is in the long run.

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A well-turned rabbit waits for riders at the Carousel in Glenbrook.

Another fun place to explore is the Inside Scoop shop, located on the second floor of the mall, near the food court. This shop has more stuffed toys than you’ll see in many big-box toy emporiums. Inside Scoop has clear drums of jelly beans everywhere. Simply choose the flavor you want and fill a bag, like you do in the produce section of the grocery store. Stuffed toys line the walls. You can find everything from an economically-sized porpoise to a giant penguin, panda or manta ray. Be careful – the toys are stacked on shelves that stretch well up out of normal reach. You may need to get some assistance from a clerk if an especially cute plush animal catches your eye but isn’t quite at your fingertips.

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Look at all the toy animals at Inside Scoop!

If you just need a place to park and rest your feet for a few minutes, check out the Glenbrook fountain, located right outside the first floor inside entrance to the J.C. Penney store. A topiary bear dances in the center of the fountain while cascades of water stream and bubble through a variety of platforms. Wide, low ledges all around the fountain serve as handy seats while kids enjoy throwing change into the water. Don’t worry, the entire fountain is fairly shallow and not too wide, so you can protect little ones from taking a dip in their street clothes.

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Glenbrook Fountain – all change collected in the fountain is donated to Habitat for Humanity

If you’re coming to Fort Wayne and thinking about doing some shopping, check out Glenbrook for a family-friendly experience. There’s a little something there for everyone!



Louisa is a lifelong Fort Wayne resident. A long-time musician and literature aficionado, Louisa likes to explore the classical music offerings that Fort Wayne has to offer. (She also likes to browse the Allen County Public Library's stacks for just the right book!)

Savor Indiana wines at one of Northeast Indiana’s wineries

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Satek Winery is just a short drive away from Fort Wayne. Stop by for a tour to sample their home-grown wines.

What’s better than a glass of wine? A glass shared among friends, of course! If you want to enjoy a glass (or two) in good company, Northeast Indiana is your destination. With at least three wineries within a 60 mile radius of Fort Wayne,  you have plenty of excuses to plan a girls’ weekend away. Here are a few of our favorites:

Country Heritage Winery: Located north of Fort Wayne in the town of LaOtto in DeKalb County, this winery feels homey and welcoming. The owners and staff are always friendly. Enjoy their tasting bar, where you can sample six varieties seven days a week. (Be sure to try the state wine, the Traminette!) Cheese is also available for pairing. You’ll also want to browse the winery’s showroom, which boasts their wine, accessories and other locally made gift items, like jams, jellies and BBQ sauces. Regular summer hours are 11 am to 7 pm Monday-Saturday and 10 am to 6 pm Sunday. Check out their website for events.

Satek Winery: Satek has earned a national reputation for itself, and it’s easy to see why. Over the years the winery has grown from 12 wines to a selection of more than 30. Satek produces international award-winning wine made from locally grown grapes in all categories: red and white, dry and semidry, sweet, dessert and fruit wines. The best-selling wine, “101 Lakes Red,” a blend of grapes grown on-site and purchased, is a tribute to the region’s copious amount of lakes.  Nearly half a million bottles of wine have been sold. They also host several events a year, so you’ll want to plan around those. If you want a more intimate experience, go on one of their tours, held Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30, 2:30 and 3:30.

 Two EE’s: It’s all about attention to detail at Two EE’s Winery, located south of Fort Wayne in Roanoke. The grapes used to make the wine have been hand-selected for their flavor and purity. The aesthetic is equally part of the Two E’s experience. Take in the outdoor patio and rolling landscape while enjoying one of their selections.  The winery regularly hosts artists and musicians, which adds to the charm.



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: