Ring in the New Year – Summit City style

Are you planning to be in Fort Wayne on New Year’s Eve? You’re in for a treat. There is plenty to do and see! Here are a few ideas:

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Make sure you try one of Club Soda’s famous martinis!

For party animals: I always enjoy spending New Year’s at Club Soda. There is always live entertainment, good company–and of course plenty of drinks. If you’re looking to go out but not hit the club, this is a great compromise.

For the kids (or kids at heart): Spend the last day of the year learning about science. Fort Wayne’s own science museum offers an annual family friendly event: Countdown to Noon. Join them for activities and demonstrations, from 10 am to 2 pm,  all centered around New Year’s Eve!

For sports fans: Fort Wayners go crazy for Komets hockey, and it’s easy to see why.  There is always more than enough excitement! Join the Jungle and cheer on the home team as they make another run for a championship.  Come see Icy D. Eagle and the rest of the Komets when they hit the ice for the 2014/15 season at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

For the romantic types: Looking for a romantic getaway with your beloved? We’ve got you covered. Did you know Fort Wayne has a bed and breakfast/spa in the heart of downtown? Yes,  a couple operates three buildings: the Thomas Snook the Sion Bass House Spa, and the LaSalle house. Each has something different to offer, but we guarantee you’ll feel at home in all of them. Insider’s Tip: If you stay in the Snook House, ask for the Paris room. It’s oh-so-romantic!

For the cultured: Join Fort Wayne’s Heartland Sings for a New Year’s Eve event unlike any other. Heartland’s “Swingin’ Singin’ New Year’s Eve,”  will feature the Heartland jazz vocalists and orchestra. Expect a dynamic, live musical show with dancing, drinks, food and a champagne toast at midnight.  General admission tickets are $60 a person and include admission to the show at the Grand Wayne Center from 9 pm-1 am on New Year’s Eve, as well as hors d’oeurves throughout the evening, one free drink ticket, and a champagne toast at midnight.

Here’s to a happy and safe new year!

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.

Come See a Fairy Tale Classic

One of the joys of watching the Fort Wayne Youtheatre is seeing how the kids work together to present a complete story. Actions and costumes are part of it, but the magic really happens when the stage becomes a window into a new world.

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Artist-in-Residence Harvey Cocks is one of the reasons this stage wizardry happens, and when he is in charge of making a box of children’s plaything come to life, you can bet it will be a quality production.

“The Steadfast Tin Soldier” is a play that will be presented this coming holiday season in the Black Box Theatre, inside the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St. This touching fairy tale was originally written by Hans Christian Andersen, the man famous for making other tales, like the Little Mermaid and the Ugly Duckling well-known.

In the tale of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier,” a small toy military member tries to convince a pretty ballerina of his affection. In the original story, a host of trials follows the soldier as he at first attempts to convince, and then, tries to protect the dancer from harm.

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Kids in costume are rehearsing for the Steadfast Tin Soldier play

The Fort Wayne Youtheatre will focus on lending this story a Christmas flavor. There will be holiday carols as well as dancing and plenty of toys to see. With all the music and fun on stage, it will turn the ‘box’ theatre into a living display of playthings. A special dance choreographed by the Fort Wayne Ballet will be a part of the presentation, as will an army of tin soldiers – portrayed by a number of young actors in uniform. On the Sunday performance (2 p.m.), the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir Chamber Singers will also make an appearance.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier was originally presented as the very first play by the Fort Wayne Youtheatre in 1934. Harvey Cocks has revived the play for the Youtheatre’s 80th anniversary and will also be serving as the director. Fear not – the dialogue used for this play will be thoroughly modern, and viewers will have no trouble understanding the plot.

Guests are invited to attend any of the four performances that will take place on December 19 (7 p.m), 20 (11 a.m. and 2 p.m.), and 21 (2 p.m.). Those attending the performance on the 19th are also invited to attend the pre-play party (6 p.m. at Artlink). To learn more about ticket pricing, show times, or to learn more about the play, visit the Fort Wayne Youtheatre webpage and scroll down to “The Steadfast Tin Soldier.”

Louisa

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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!)

Have an Afternoon of Winter Fun with the Fort Wayne Dance Collective!

What do belly dancing, taiko drumming, and musical numbers about cold weather have in common?  They’re all featured in the Fort Wayne Dance Collective’s winter show, Nuts and Crackers!

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In December, the Dance Collective will give a holiday performance at South Side High School that showcases various dance and musical styles, all with a winter theme.  In addition to the belly dancing and taiko drumming, some other highlights will include modern dance, hip hop and jazz dancing, and creative movement.

I personally am very excited about this event because I’ve seen past Dance Collective performances, and they’ve been very professionally done.  Also, I think the talent of young dancers and musicians in the Fort Wayne community is impressive.  Every year at the summertime event Taste of the Arts, the Dance Collective encourages youngsters to join their classes by giving sample performances.  They’re a combination of education plus genuine fun for both the performers and the audience.

So, if you’re looking for a creative way to support the community and get into the Christmas spirit this season, what better way than to come to this show?  I guarantee you’ll be entertained!

Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for children 12 years old and younger.  You can purchase tickets by calling the Fort Wayne Dance Collective at 260-424-6574.  You can also visit the website here or visit the Facebook page here.

When:  Sunday, December 14, 2014

Where:  South Side High School Auditorium, 3601 S. Calhoun St.

Time:  2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

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.

Shrek the Musical Will Be Quality Fun for Your Family!

Everyone’s favorite green ogre is coming to life in Shrek the Musical at Fort Wayne’s Civic Theatre in just a few weeks, and this is a family-friendly event you won’t want to miss!

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Shrek the Musical is a comical story about an ogre named Shrek who sets out to rescue Princess Fiona.  However, Fiona’s parents and loyal attendants expect a prince – not an ogre – to rescue her, and hilarious chaos ensues.  Other character favorites from the Dreamworks movies, like Donkey and The Gingerbread Man, are sure to make Shrek the Musical an entertaining and memorable experience.

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The actors and stage crew have been working hard but having fun at rehearsals.  Says director Doug King, “Every time we work through sections of the show, it seems like the scene we are working on is my new favorite part.  Until we get to the next scene and that one becomes my favorite!  I hope are audiences are challenged with my same burdensome problem.”

I’m a personal fan of both the Shrek movies and the Civic Theatre, so I can guarantee quality performances that will be engaging and fun!

Performances:

Saturday, Nov 8  2:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 8  8:00 PM
Sunday, Nov 9  2:00 PM

Friday, Nov 14  8:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 15  8:00 PM
Sunday, Nov 16  2:00 PM

Friday, Nov 21  8:00 PM
Saturday, Nov 22  8:00 PM
Sunday, Nov 23  2:00 PM

The Civic Theatre is located in the Arts United building at 303 E. Main St. in downtown Fort Wayne.  Click here for the Civic Theatre’s homepage and here for ticket information.  You can also visit the ArtsTix Community Box Office at 300 E. Main St. for tickets.

260-424-5220

Hours:

Monday – Friday, 12:00 noon – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m.

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.

Enjoy “Merry, Not Scary” Wild Zoo Halloween

What’s better than the zoo during a nice day in the summer? Give up? A one-of-a-kind experience in the fall! Enter Wild Zoo Halloween at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo!

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Of course they’ll be time to see and interact with the animals. All activities are located in the Central Zoo and portions of the Australian Adventure. The African Journey and Indonesian Rain Forest will not be open during the Wild Zoo Halloween.

And be sure to mark your calendar for some special events:

  • October 17  Guessing Games – How much candy is in the jar?
  • October 18  Princess Day – Meet & greet our real Princesses 2-4 PM
  • October 19  Mascot Day – Meet & greet local Mascots 2-4 PM
  • October 23  Free Train Rides – Ride the train free  12-5 PM
  • October 24  Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp – Animals get pumpkins to eat and play with.
  • October 25  Hero Day – Meet & greet Police, Fire, and Military representatives 2-4 PM
  • October 26  Magic Day – Amazing Magic Shows
  • October 30  Free Train Rides – Ride the train free 12-5 PM
  • October 31  Pumpkin Decorating Workshop – Create a pumpkin masterpiece to take home

If nothing else, this is a great time to experience why the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has been consistently rated as one of the best children’s zoos in the country. If you can’t make it to Wild Zoo, the zoo re-opens in April.

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.