Feel the love with Love, Fort Wayne

lovefw 300x111 Feel the love with Love, Fort WayneWhether you’ve lived in Fort Wayne your whole life, moved here for one reason or another, or have made our city a destination for you to visit, you have probably discovered that Fort Wayne is a city with a lot to love. This is the idea behind a new collection of short videos created by Fort Wayne locals to encourage and grow an adoration for the place we call home – Love, Fort Wayne.

Love, Fort Wayne was launched in 2013 by the 2013 Leadership Fort Wayne class as a way to get Fort Wayne residents to fall in love with our city all over again. The message was to encourage a love of Fort Wayne while changing perceptions of the city. This was kicked off with a board game giving people an incentive to visit various downtown Fort Wayne dining and retail establishments. The 2014 Leadership Fort Wayne class is carrying on the Love, Fort Wayne message with a revamp of the project – introducing a positive image campaign for our city, captured via video testimonials from Fort Wayne residents and community leaders.

The archive of Love, Fort Wayne videos is composed of fifty-one testimonials from Fort Wayne residents of varying backgrounds, ethnicities, ages and occupations. These Fort Wayne locals volunteered their time to tell their own stories of their love of Fort Wayne. The hope is for the videos to be used by recruiters, government agencies, schools and anyone else interested in spreading the positive messages of what a great city Fort Wayne is to live, work and play in.

The archive of Love, Fort Wayne videos may be utilized by various entities and individuals to help spread the world about what people love most about our city. If you want to share your story, please contact loveftwayne@gmail.com and let them know what you love about Fort Wayne!. If you want to follow along with the project, you can visit the Love, Fort Wayne Facebook and Twitter accounts.

For even more information about the Love, Fort Wayne project, check out their website.

Katie

About

Katie Robinson simply loves Fort Wayne! Born and raised in the Summit City, she returned following graduating from Ball State University with a degree in Public Relations in May of 2013. A former Visit Fort Wayner, Katie currently works for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority as the Marketing and Customer Service Specialist. In her spare time you can find her baking cupcakes, Zumba-ing her heart out and relaxing with her husband, Joe, and their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.

Three Rivers Festival Junk Food Alley Timelapse Video by Anchor Films

The Three Rivers Festival may be over, but there is still plenty of buzz going on! Local film company, Anchor Films, created a fun timelapse video showing all of the traffic and excitement from Junk Food Alley to commemorate the 20313 festival.

Anchor Films is a story-driven, video production company located in Fort Wayne, IN. They recently launched a ‘Timelapse of the Week’ blog series. As part of this series they wanted to capture local events and share them with the community. Junk Food Alley at the Three Rivers Festival was an obvious choice for it’s high energy and popularity. In the video you can see just how many people travel through the Alley in an hour!

New time lapse videos are posted weekly and include everything from beautiful sunsets, to factory happenings. Check out their website to see some of the other awesome things Anchor Films is working on. Enjoy this video and be sure to check out the rest of the series!

Katie

About

Katie Robinson simply loves Fort Wayne! Born and raised in the Summit City, she returned following graduating from Ball State University with a degree in Public Relations in May of 2013. A former Visit Fort Wayner, Katie currently works for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority as the Marketing and Customer Service Specialist. In her spare time you can find her baking cupcakes, Zumba-ing her heart out and relaxing with her husband, Joe, and their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.

See Fort Wayne on TV!

At Visit Fort Wayne, we like to celebrate summer in a big way. Generally, only those who live outside of Fort Wayne in cities in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan see our summer TV spot, but on our Insider Blog, we’re sharing this video with you.

Our ad features attractions that those from around the area, and from Fort Wayne itself, love.

Have you been to a TinCaps game yet this season at Parkview Field? There are still plenty of home games and entertainment during the rest of the season. You can buy tickets for just a part of the season, or get tickets for just the games you can attend. Tickets start at $5 and there are a variety of seating options for all families.

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has an animal or activity for all ages. Every day, take part in Creature Features to learn more about the animals from zookeepers and fly through the air over the African Journey on the Sky Safari.

Summer also means festivals in Fort Wayne! Every weekend, another great festival is happening in town or a surrounding community. If you’ve never been to the Three Rivers Festival, Taste of the Arts, or even Johnny Appleseed, this is the year to attend and take in all they have to offer. Even if you missed some of the fun festivals that have already happened this summer, don’t forget to mark your calendars for next year! Check our website for a full listing of festivals and events.

Have you seen our ad on TV in a nearby community?  What other attractions or events do you think we should have included?  Let us know your favorites in the comments below!

Molly Zweig

About

Molly Zweig is a student at Indiana University Bloomington majoring in International Studies, Spanish, and Portuguese. She’s happy to be back in her hometown for the summer as the Marketing Intern at Visit Fort Wayne. Molly enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, and traveling.

Your Story Made Here: Arts Abound VIDEO

This post is part of a series highlighting the Your Story. Made Here. videos recently produced by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. These videos share the stories of Northeast Indiana, and our many strengths. Click here to view the rest of the series.

When you think of Northeast Indiana what do you think of? For many it’s farming, manufacturing, possibly the Amish community, and maybe beautifully patterned handbags from Vera Bradley. Chances are you don’t think of Northeast Indiana as a cultural hub for the arts. Let’s change that.

When I moved to Fort Wayne from the south suburbs of Chicago, I thought I was moving to just another Midwestern small town. I practically expected cows to be wandering down Main Street. I’m only half kidding. What I found when I moved here was much more culturally diverse than I could have ever dreamed. Within a few months of exploring this great community I found myself telling friends back home that Fort Wayne had everything a much larger city had to offer with better accessibility. I won’t compare us to Chicago or Indianapolis because we’re our own city with our own attributes, but I will say that the opportunities are just as plentiful and are often more affordable and accessible here.

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“The Drinkers” by Fort Wayne artist Terry Ratliff was purchased at Taste of the Arts 2012

Taste of the Arts is one of our favorite events every year. Living downtown, it’s a short walk from home and provides great food, entertainment, and the chance to experience beautiful art. With over 30 restaurants providing delicious food, decadent desserts (I highly recommend the Purple Mountain cheesecake) and wonderful beverages you’ll get a taste of what Fort Wayne’s culinary scene has to offer. More than two dozen fine art vendors, some nationally recognized, participated in 2012 with the hopes of bringing more in for 2013  In addition dozens of art groups perform throughout the day highlighting groups such as the Fort Wayne Ballet, Northeast Indiana P.O.E.T.S, and the Old Crown Brass Band.

While Taste of the Arts only last for one day, Fort Wayne’s love for the arts is showcased throughout the year. The Arts Campus in the Fort Wayne Cultural District (the east side of downtown Fort Wayne) includes Freimann Square Park, Arts United Center, The Auer center, The History Center, the Hall Community Arts Center, the Rankin House, Barr Street Market, and the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. This campus is the realization of a Fort Wayne vision 50 years in the making.  It is devoted to arts and culture and is the artistic foundation for activities throughout the region.

Cultural Arts don’t just exist on the Arts campus. It exists throughout the city on campuses such as IPFW and University of St Francis offering a large variety of cultural exhibits throughout the year.  Galleries such as the Castle Gallery and the Orchard Gallery of Fine Art are also area favorites.  Wunderkammer Company is one of Fort Wayne’s newest spaces to view contemporary art with the mission of “revitalizing communities through contemporary art.”

So the next time you think of Fort Wayne think of the arts and culture available right where you never would have expected it.

Michelle

About

Michelle Merritt moved to Fort Wayne in 2008 and has found it to be one of the most warm and welcoming cities she's ever lived or worked in. She and her husband Jason live and work in downtown Fort Wayne. Together they are blending their big city urban experiences into life in America's biggest small town. Michelle writes and manages The Momish Blog and the Merrfeld Manor Blog. She is also a contributor to Moms Fort Wayne and The Paperblog where she writes about the joys and challenges of step parenting. Michelle also works as a professional career coach and recruiter.

Your Story Made Here: Out of the Park VIDEO

This post is part of a series highlighting the Your Story. Made Here. videos recently produced by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. These videos share the stories of Northeast Indiana, and our many strengths. Click here to view the rest of the series.

The crack of a bat, the cheering crowd, the taste of a ballpark hotdog and an ice-cold beer, it’s all waiting for you!

Locals love Parkview Field because it’s about so much more than baseball. The addition of Parkview Field to the downtown landscape generated a sense of community. Cheering on the TinCaps to their numerous victories has brought a sense of pride and togetherness to the community. The success of the community collaboration that brought Parkview Field to downtown Fort Wayne has continued through such events as Taste of the Arts and Buskerfest.

Opportunities to meet up with friends, network, or simply relax on the lawn are endless.  Whether you’re a young fan or a seasoned armchair pitcher there’s plenty to enjoy at Parkview Field. Young professionals are drawn to Thirsty Thursdays to network with peers, meet up with friends, and enjoy dollar beer night. Fireworks nights are great for a casual yet romantic date night or for families who enjoy looking up at the stars. Suites are available for those looking to entertain large groups or host business colleagues. The Homerun Porch and the Picnic Pavilion make great places to bring your employees for a fun activity away from the office.

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3 Rivers Federal Credit Union Employees enjoying a night off with Johnny TinCap at Parkview Field

Be on the lookout for “theme nights” at the ballpark as well. Love getting dressed up for Halloween? Why not celebrate on May 10 with “Halfway to Halloween” night at Parkview Field. Several “Decade Celebrations” are planned for the 2013 season with nights honoring every decade from the 50’s-90’s. There’s even “Star Wars Night” for you to sport your Darth Vader costume and a “Social Media Night” to give you an excuse to be on your smart phone throughout the game.

Great minor league sports aren’t limited to downtown Fort Wayne. Experience the Mad Ants Basketball, Komets Hockey, and the Derby Girls at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  There’s something for every sports fan throughout the year.

Michelle

About

Michelle Merritt moved to Fort Wayne in 2008 and has found it to be one of the most warm and welcoming cities she's ever lived or worked in. She and her husband Jason live and work in downtown Fort Wayne. Together they are blending their big city urban experiences into life in America's biggest small town. Michelle writes and manages The Momish Blog and the Merrfeld Manor Blog. She is also a contributor to Moms Fort Wayne and The Paperblog where she writes about the joys and challenges of step parenting. Michelle also works as a professional career coach and recruiter.