Have an Artful Experience at Artlink!

artlink Have an Artful Experience at Artlink!    If you’re an art lover and find yourself in the downtown Arts District, make Artlink a must-do during your stay in Fort Wayne!

This art museum is situated in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture building with Pembroke Bakery & Café and the Fort Wayne Ballet, across the street from the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre.  The spacious gallery features visual artwork from local, regional and national artists.  (I recognized some high school acquaintances’ names in the gallery.)

I stopped into Artlink one gray, rainy day for a pick-me-up; I thought bright colors and new exhibits would cheer my spirits.  And they did!  I had so much fun looking at the Miniatures Collection, analyzing the huge, acrylic canvases of abstract art, and studying mixed media works – my favorite art form!

One of the Artlink employees, an artist herself, took time to explain one artist’s complex process for the photography exhibition.  She also showed me some locally-made handicrafts in the glass display case.  I bought a pair of mismatched earrings to match my personal, Bohemian fashion style!

She gave me information on the current exhibition, featuring an annual postcard show, a local artists’ sketchbook display, and a collection of artists’ interpretations of a carnival theme. (Click here for more details about past, present and upcoming art exhibitions.)  As I left, I heard her informing a group of college women about the diverse classes and parties that Artlink offers students and adults.

I had an enjoyable time perusing Artlink for the first time, and the staff really does go out of their way to inform you about what’s happening there.  So, if you need a bit of inspiration for you and your family and friends, I recommend checking out the art diversity that Artlink has to offer!

Visit Artlink in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture building at 300 E. Main St., on Facebook here, or on the website.



Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed Monday

Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Amanda Reusser


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.

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Amanda Reusser
Amanda Reusser
April 2nd, 2014
You're welcome! :)
Suzanne Galazka
April 2nd, 2014
Thanks for the kind words about Artlink!

Kick off the Snow Boots and Get Outside – Spring is Coming!

It’s no secret that we here in Fort Wayne have endured a long and arduous winter. Piles upon piles of snow, too many school delays and closures to count and, if you’re like me, you have kids (and moms!) who are sick of being indoors!  Not to worry, spring is slowly beginning to arrive, and with it, many excellent outdoor adventures await. Below are just a few that are on my family’s list.


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Parkview Field

Fort Wayne Tin Caps games are fun for the whole family. In fact, whenever I have friends and family visiting from out of town this time of year, a Tin Caps game is always on the agenda. Parkview Field is jam-packed with kid-friendly activities, not to mention the great baseball team! Tickets start at just $5, and there are many different choices when it comes to food and drink. Bring some blankets and relax on the lawn, grab a traditonal seat or lounge around in one of the many other spacious areas.

Opening Night:  The Tin Caps kick off their 2014 season on Thursday, April 3, 2014

Parkview Field is located at 1301 Ewing St, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46802

Call: (260) 482-6400


The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

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Bill the Lion is a favorite at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

This one is a given, no matter what. Opening day is Saturday, April 26, 2014. The zoo is a local and regional favorite, voted Indiana’s #1 summer attraction in 2012. It is spacious, green and lush, with 38 acres of fun. You can feed the giraffes, take a ride over the African Safari and, my personal favorite, hang out with the orangutans in the Indonesian Rainforest.  A special activity the very next day, Sunday, April 27th,  is the Party for the Planet, where kids can take part in various earth-friendly activities from noon until 3:00 p.m. The zoo has plenty of vendors throughout to ensure that you can spend the whole day there without a care in the world. If you’ve never been, what are you waiting for??

Plan your trip to the zoo by visiting here.

Date: Opens for the season on Saturday, April 26, 2014

Place: 3411 Sherman Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN   46808

Call: (260) 427-6800

Cost: $14.00 Adults/ $10.50 Seniors 60+/ $9.00 Children (2-18)/  Babies age 1 & under free


Earth Day Fort Wayne at Eagle Marsh

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Eagle Marsh is a part of the Little River Wetlands Project

My kids and I checked this out for the first time last year, and it was a major hit! This family-friendly event features displays by local conservation and nature groups, educational activities at stations along a trail through the Marsh, conservation presentations,  planting of native plants, a farmers’ market and best of all, hawks and owls from the Soarin’ Hawk Raptor Rescue.

Eagle Marsh, a part of the Little River Wetlands Project,  is a 716-acre wetland preserve located on the southwest border of the city. Eight miles of trails allow hikers to access the preserve’s varied habitats of shallow-water wetland,with almost 200 kinds of birds and numerous other wild creatures including bald eagles.

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00p.m.

Place: Eagle Marsh, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne, IN   46804

Cost: Free


The 3rd Annual Fort 4 Fitness Spring Cycle

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Get your cylce on!

Bring the bikes out of the garage, basement, or wherever they have been gathering dust this winter, and get ready for some healthy fun for everyone! The Spring Cycle is for the whole family and is the perfect way to kickstart an active season.

Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014

Time: Begins at 9:30 a.m

Place: 300 E. Main at Arts United campus

Choose from Three Tours:  Short – 18 miles; Medium  - 33 miles; Long – 43 miles

Register: March 1, 2014 – May 14, 2014

Cost: Ages 17 & over – $20/  Ages 12-16 – $10/ Ages 11 and under – Free


Foster Park

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Foster Park in the springtime

And, finally, the place where my family seems to end up on most spring days- Foster Park. Foster Park is located just southwest of downtown, at 3900 Old Mill Road. Its 255 acres include a golf course, walking trails, tennis and basketball courts, pavilions and a playground. Around April, the park comes alive with brilliant swaths of color as the tulips, daffodils and other flowers begin to bloom. Foster Park is truly an oasis!

For even more springy ideas, check out suggestions from Visit Fort Wayne here!

Wendy Sack


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.

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Wendy Sack
Wendy Sack
March 28th, 2014
Love Eagle Marsh! The kids really enjoy going and seeing how many different animals they can spot.
Susan Stahl
March 27th, 2014
Thanks for including Eagle Marsh on this list. It's truly a gem in the Fort is is often overlooked. I mean seriously, we have a nesting pair of Bald Eagles in Ft. Wayne! How magical is that?

Learn ‘How to Do Everything’ with Red Green at the Embassy

Red Green knows how to do everything, and he’s here to teach you how. With the help of a little duct tape, of course! The star of the famous Canadian television comedy “The Red Green Show” that aired from 1991 to 2006 will be here in person in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on April 14, 2014.

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Get your tickets now for the “How to Do Everything Tour” starring the comedic mastermind himself. Tickets are $47.50 via Ticketmaster.com for this show and applicable fees apply. Buy now to secure your spot along with an evening of belly laughs.

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The show begins at 7 p.m. and is conveniently located in downtown Fort Wayne at the Embassy Theatre, at 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. Please note that tickets can also be purchased in person at the Embassy Theatre Box Office between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday or via phone at 800.745.3000.

Insider Tip: Enjoy dinner and drinks downtown at one of Fort Wayne’s many lovely dining venues before the show. For a listing of restaurants in the area, be sure to visit our online dining guide.


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.

Kick Off Spring in the Fort at the Beer, Bourbon and Bacon Festival!

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Mixing two things that Fort Wayne does well – meat and beer – local breweries and restaurants are coming together to create a savory evening of fun for the 21 and older crowd.  Some popular local breweries are Mad Anthony and Summit City Brewerks.  Other national brewing companies will be featured, too, like Flat 12 and the Lexington Brewing Co.  There will be over 60 beer samples for you to try, so you might discover a new favorite drink.

I love trying new foods, and I think this festival is a great way to sample a variety of bacon-themed items and support local restaurants at the same time.  Restaurants include:  Trolley Steaks and Seafood, Main Street Bistro & Martini Lounge, Chops, Eddie Merlot’s, and my personal favorite – Shigs in Pit!  These are all popular restaurants with the locals, so you know you’ll be getting quality and delicious food!

So, if you’re still making plans for an upcoming Saturday night, head on over to the Conservatory and savor Fort Wayne’s finest foods and drinks.

When:  Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Where:  Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Tickets are $35 for General Admission.  Click here for more information and tickets.

Amanda Reusser


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.

Get Away to Fort Wayne this Spring Break!

springbreak 300x221 Get Away to Fort Wayne this Spring Break!When one thinks of great Spring Break destinations, Fort Wayne, Indiana probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind. Unfortunately, sometimes the big trip just isn’t in the cards – but don’t let that keep you from doing something fun! If sun and sand aren’t in your plans this Spring Break, why not plan a nearby getaway to a place nearby provides the joy of leaving town, without the hassle and expenses of travel – Fort Wayne! Whether you live in town or in the surrounding communities, or are looking a getaway that doesn’t require long hours in the car, there is no reason your Spring Break can’t be something great!

This Spring Break season, Fort Wayne has a variety of fun events and activities that are sure to pique the interest of everyone in your family! From sporting events, to Broadway shows, you’ll be able to keep your whole group happy. To make it even easier to plan your trip, we’ve created some itinerary ideas to get you started!


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Got to a Broadway show for less! Beauty and the Beast comes to the Embassy Theatre on March 31st.

The end of March brings an abundance of arts to Fort Wayne. The only problem is going to be choosing which shows you want to see! Combine a great show with a trip to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, or our other great museums, and your arts trip is complete! You can’t go wrong with a can’t-miss show or festival! Here are just a few of your options:

  • The Fort Wayne Philharmonic brings Bizet’s Carmen to life on the Embassy stage.

Combine these with outstanding dining and overnight packages and you are on your way to making lasting memories together!

Spring Break Sports Getaway
April 4-6

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The TinCaps open their season on April 3rd!

The weekend of April 4th-6th is a crazy sports weekend in Fort Wayne! All three of our major minor league teams will be in action at Parkview Field and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum!

Thursday, April 3rd,  kicks off the season for TinCaps Baseball and will see them in action on Friday, April 4th, and Saturday, April 5th as well!  Enjoy a little March Madness with Mad Ants Basketball at the Memorial Coliseum on the on the 3rd and 4th.  Saturday and Sunday give you a chance to see the Komet Hockey team hit the ice!

If a little friendly competition amongst yourselves is what you’re after, get active at Crazy Pinz, Lazer X, or Ultrazone! If you want to do something fun that may not require a little friendly trash talk, check out indoor trampoline park, SkyZone, or open skates at Canlan Ice Rink.

You’ll also want to hit the MyPlate and Beyond and Science on a Sphere exhibits at  Science Central, as well as the High Spaces, Hidden Places exhibit at the Botanical Conservatory to add a little hands-on education to the mix!


Girlfriend Getaway to the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale
Week of April 8

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Grab your friends and shop the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale from April 9th-13th!

Why not take a little “me” time and go on a girlfriend getaway? Fort Wayne is the perfect place to bring your friends and enjoy some time together! Whether you’re looking for great places to shop, or just want to kick back and relax, you’re sure to find it here.

April 9-13 is the world-renowned Vera Bradley Outlet Sale, offering 40%-60% off retail prices. The sale is a “bucket list” experience for any Vera Bradley fan, and her girlfriends!

You won’t want to miss a trip to one of our DeBrand Fine Chocolates locations. This world-renowned chocolatier offers small bites, decadent desserts, and a tour complete with samples at the Auburn Road headquarters.

Of course, no Girlfriend Getaway would be complete without a healthy dose of retail therapy. You won’t want to miss Jefferson Pointe and Glenbrook Square, for starters. Jefferson Pointe is a lifestyle shopping center with upscale stores such as Williams Sonoma, Ann Taylor and Vera Bradley. Come shop till you drop in a beautiful and relaxing setting. Jefferson Pointe is located at 4110 West Jefferson Blvd. Glenbrook Square is the largest shopping mall in the state of Indiana. Come shop till you drop at Macy’s, Banana Republic, Build-A-Bear, and so much more. Glenbrook Square is located at 4201 Coldwater Rd.

Add a visit to a fabulous spa, unique boutique, or perhaps a live performance. Top your evening off with a great dinner with the girls, and a comfortable overnight stay in one of our great (and affordable!) hotels.

So go ahead, pick what interests you most and plan your trip to Fort Wayne! If you need additional help and information, give our friendly staff a call at 1-800-767-7752, or check out more options in our Spring Break section on the Visit Fort Wayne website.



Katie Robinson joined the Visit Fort Wayne staff in March 2013 as a Marketing Assistant. She recently graduated from Ball State University with a degree in public relations. Katie is a Fort Wayne native and enjoys exploring the city when she can. She is a coffee junkie and is often found with her coffee cup in hand. She enjoys baking, and is especially fond of cupcakes. In her spare time Katie enjoys shopping, curling up with a good book, spending time with friends and family, relaxing with her husband Joseph, and playing with their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.