Maker Faire provides a different perspective on STEM

It’s not every day kids are encouraged to ditch their screens in exchange for a few hours of unbridled creativity and exploration.  Maker Faire, an annual festival which encourages families to MAKE, create, learn, invent, CRAFT, recycle, think, play and be inspired by celebrating arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science and technology.

Join fellow inventors and (aspiring ones) September 13-14, 2014 under the Lincoln Pavilion at Headwaters Park East for this 4th annual event that is gaining more and more momentum each year.

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Join local artist Eran Park as he blows glass at Maker Faire 2014.

This event is made possible by TekVenture, a 501(c)(3) public art and technology laboratory seeking a home near downtown. Their goal is to create a public intersect on between imagination, technology, art & community – a space where arts, tinkerers, makers, engineers, inventors, prototypers, craftspeople, and others gather to use tools, share ideas and make things. These “makers” represent a movement happening all across the United States.

In the last few years, similar informal facilities designed to bring groups of people together to use traditional and high-tech tools to solve engineering problems and to create art, technology, and other projects have blossomed worldwide.

While searching for a permanent home, the organizers created this event to serve as a fundraiser and to celebrate and connect these creative people and the things they make. After all, knowledge is best shared. Why not harness the passion from makers around the world through a local event? That philosophy is what drives the organizers every year.

Speaking of making, you can expect to encounter some impressive displays of skill, talent and ingenuity. For example, on this year’s schedule of events are a BMX and rocket launch demonstration. A variety of hands-on activities, like glassblowing, rocket making, and aircraft assembly are planned. This weekend provides a real opportunity to get up close and personal with science.  It’s never too early to introduce your kids to STEM.

Get your tickets in advance and save.  Tickets are available via Eventbrite or buy them at the door with cash or credit card (MasterCard, VISA, Discover.)


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:

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October 22nd, 2014
STEM stands for "science, technology, engineering and math."
September 29th, 2014
I'm curious. What is this STEM mentioned in the title and at the end of the article?

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival guaranteed to keep you busy

We’ve all heard the old adage, “They don’t make ‘em like they used to.” While you may debate the validity of that statement at times, I think we can all agree that as far as cars go, there is no question. Come out to celebrate the art of classic cars at the Auburn-Cord Duesenberg Festival.

The ACD Festival will run from August 28-31. The world’s greatest celebration of classic cars features a car show, a 5k race, a two giant auctions selling hundreds of collector cards, a beer tent, a parade, three outstanding museums, and more! This event offers such a variety of activities there is no shortage of ways to entertain the whole family.

With so many different goings-on, it can be hard to pick which ones to attend. Here is a list of a few must-sees.

Start the weekend off right with a night at the Speakeasy. Step back in time on Friday night, August 29, from 5:00 – 11:00 pm at the Auburn Moose Family Center on 10th and Main. The event is free to attend but food and spirits are additional. This night promises to be a night of fun, great food, music, fellowship, and even better drinks!

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For something a little more family friendly, come out Saturday, August 30. Start out with a visit to the Club Car Show, which is open from 7:00 am – 1:00 pm at Eckhart Park. The cost is only $5 for adults and $3 for children; children 3 and under are free.

Saturday also offers a special treat for the kids. From 9:30 – 11:00 am there will be kids games and fun in Eckhart Park near the Club Car Show. Or, let them go wild at the Ultrazone Activity Area. The play area will include Euro bungee, a rock wall, and a bounce house! Make sure and grab lunch while you are there too from some of the great local food trucks. Trucks will be parked at Courthouse Square from 11:00 am on.

Another must-hit is the Arts and Crafts Show on Sunday. This is a little more laid back, so walk through the vendors and admire the art and shop at your leisure. The fair will run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in downtown Auburn. Nearly 100 vendors will be present from all disciplines including pottery, stained glass, ceramics, wood, and more!

It’s easy to spend the day and even more at the ACD Festival. Head down for some great family fun and a unique experience unlike any other!

Holley Taylor


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.

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 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 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 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


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.