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!

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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: A Place for Memories 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.

My mom loves giraffes. You can entertain my mom by taking her to any zoo around the country, and she’s been to several. She’s a little bit of a zoo expert, so when she comes to visit we always take a trip to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. What does she love about our zoo and why is it a must see when she visits?  “I have to go feed my giraffes,” was her answer. Feeding the giraffes is a fan favorite at our zoo. You can literally feed them right from your hand. It’s an experience she’s not had at any other zoos. She also loves the variety, the walkability of the zoo, the cleanliness, and how well maintained the zoo is.

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Susie Wayne stops by the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo to feed the giraffes every time she visits Fort Wayne.

When the zoo opened in 1965 it was one of the few self-supporting zoos, earning all of its revenue from admissions, rides, and concessions. In 1966, the Fort Wayne Zoological Society was established as a nonprofit organization to assist in the development and growth of the zoo. The zoo credits strong community support for being an integral to their success and ability to grow into the world-class zoological facility they are today.

The Children’s Zoo is credited for bringing a large amount of national attention to Fort Wayne. It’s 2009 grand opening of the African Journey exhibit prompted Parents magazine to name it “One of the Top 10 Zoos for Kids.” The zoo has also been recognized in the national media thanks to The New York Times, Child Magazine, and ABC’s Good Morning America.

The zoo is really for kids of all ages. Whether you’re 6 or 60, you’ll enjoy the zoo. As you heard in the video, the zoo is for more than just families with small children. People of all ages go to the zoo to enjoy the outdoors, get up close with the animals, and learn a little something along the way.  Singles, couples, and families alike enjoy this treasure. In fact, my parents met my then boyfriend (now husband) for the first time during one of our family zoo outings.  A fun outing at the zoo seemed like the perfect way to keep conversation going and keep him from feeling like he was being interrogated by my parents. It worked and we had a great day! While he didn’t propose at the zoo, like so many have, it holds a special place in our hearts.

While feeding the giraffes is a family favorite of ours there are many other highlights you’ll want to check out while you’re there. The Walkabout Aviary, the California Sea Lions, and the world class African Journey are some local favorites. There are some traditional pics you’ll want to snap while your there too such as sitting on top of the zoo sign at the entrance, as a passenger on the train, drinking from the lion’s mouth water fountain, riding on the sky safari, and sitting with orangutan statue.

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The classic Children’s Zoo pic with the orangutan statue

The zoo will open for the season on April 20, 2013 with a $13.50 admission fee for adults, $8.50 for children ages 2-14, and $10.50 for seniors.  You might also want to consider becoming a zoo member.  Your membership will not only be a great value to you as a frequent visitor but will allow you admission to more than 140 zoos throughout North America.

Michelle

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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.