The Moody Blues Come to Town

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The Moody Blues will take the Embassy stage on August 22nd.

Prepare to be invaded by the English in August when the Moody Blues waltz into the Embassy Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2014.

The guys who made that gorgeous single, “Nights in White Satin” famous, were known for their fusion of classical music with rock, and have sold more than 55 million albums to date.  Their awards and honors include the NARM Number One World Group Award 1972, 18 platinum records, The Playboy Vocal Group of the Year Award and the Golden Ticket Award for the sale of 100,000 tickets at Madison Square Garden, ASCAP and Performance Awards, Platinum Sales Award (2000) and the Ivor Novello Statue (1984 Outstanding Contribution to British Music).

Some of the Moodies’ most popular songs include “I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock ‘n Roll Band),” “Never Comes the Day,” “Voices in the Sky,” and “Ride My See-Saw.”

They have made videos, CDs, DVDs and television appearances as well as their prolific concert tours worldwide. The harmony and charisma of the group has inspired writers and columnists of many publications to wing continual kudos to the musicians.

The Dallas Morning News, for example, wrote:  “The band showed in its performance why it has endured almost half a century…the harmonies between John Lodge and the band front man Justin Hayward created soaring drama punctuated by the interplay between smoke and light ray.”

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, “It all came down to the melodies, which ranged from gorgeously seductive to simply catchy and punchy….the Moodies depend on nostalgic memories of their fans’ youth, but they also know that in the present, these songs can still move the listener.”

Come to the Fort August 22 and let your three favorite English guys – Justin Hayward, Graeme Edge and John Lodge – take you away with their songs of loveliness.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Embassy Theatre box office (260.424.5665; 125 West Jefferson Blvd Fort Wayne, IN 46802) or Ticketmaster (1.800.745.3000; www.ticketmaster.com).

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Barb Sieminski is a freelance writer and photographer for several magazines and newspapers. She received her B.A. and M.S. in art and English, from the University of St. Francis. When not chained to the computer, she follows her passion of fishing, believing that all good things come to she who baits . . .

Foodstock is back!

Meals on wheels are the way of the future! Fort Wayne’s food trucks are not your stereotypical truck turning out sketchy mystery meat. Instead, they are delivering mouthwatering fare of all kinds for Fort Wayne residents and visitors alike to enjoy. If you haven’t tried all the different trucks yet, don’t panic! Foodstock 2014 is your opportunity to sample them!

All day Saturday, July 26, from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. the food trucks will be parked at One Summit Square in downtown Fort Wayne. Grab something for lunch, then find a spot to enjoy the live music. For the 21+ crowd there will also be beer gardens as well to enjoy with your food truck fare. You won’t want to miss this once a season gathering.

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Check out our comprehensive list of the food trucks and start planning your meals.

  • Jumby’s Joint is serving up some traditional American food. The menu vaires from day to day but features burgers, hot dogs, cold cut sandwiches, pork, and more!
  • For some of the best authentic Italian Ice in the city, hit up Wise Guys Ice. It makes a great addition to any meal and is the perfect summertime snack! Try one of their unique flavors, or get your favorite traditional flavor. 
  • PizzaBomba is delivering gourmet pizza that you won’t believe is from a food truck until you see it! This New York style pizza is sure to satisfy and leave you wanting to come back for more.
  • Using seasonal produce and locally supplied meats, Spicer’s Food Truck is turning out some of the best burgers in town. Their menu changes daily, but you can always be sure to find fresh burgers on the list.
  • Craving Italian? Look no further than Rig-a-Tony’s Italian Food Truck. Dishing out breakfast, pastas, sandwiches, and more, this is a food truck you won’t want to miss!
  • For a little taste of New Orleans, check out Ragin’ Cajun. This truck is serving up some true Bayou fare with unique seafood recipes that won’t disappoint! 
  • Sol Kitchen is delivering some great and unique taco recipes with fresh ingredients and international flare. Their ever-evolving menu features a variety of foods from different nations and promises to be good eats!
  • Grab something sweet at Whip and Chill. They offer ice cream cones, sundaes, floats, and Hawaiian Shave Ice. 
  • Grab some mouthwatering BBQ at Jimmy Ray’s bar-b-que truck. They are serving it up right here with all the favorite BBQ meats and a wide array of unique sides including the traditional baked beans and loaded potato skins. 
  • One of the locals’ favorites, Bravas Hot Dogs, turns out crazy good hot dog creations. Try the famous Patatas Bravas topped with brava sauce and garlic aioli for a special treat!
  • You won’t want to miss Affine, either. The menu changes slightly, but always features some mouthwatering tacos with locally sourced chicken, pork, or duck. Try one of the unique combinations and you won’t be disappointed!

Bring the whole family down to this annual event. Help to support the local food trucks, enjoy a fun afternoon, and maybe even check out some of the downtown sights while you are there! Foodstock 2014 is sure to be a great time with great food and fellowship!

Holley Taylor

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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.

Fort Wayne Pride Fest back for its 18th year

Pride has been celebrated in Fort Wayne for decades, but the festival we know today was born in 1997. Since then, Pride Fest has grown in size and popularity. This year, there is even more to enjoy with a week of events! Pride Fest will host events from July 23 – July 28.

Stop by Snickerz Comedy Club on Wednesday night, July 23,  for Pride night. Headliner Kristen Key is sure to keep the audience in stitches. Best known for being a fan favorite on season four of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Key employs music, scripted comedy, and her spontaneous sense of humor to make each one of her shows unique and staggeringly funny. There will also be a silent auction taking place at the comedy show to benefit Fort Wayne Pride’s year-round youth programming.

Then, on Friday, July 25, the real festivities begin. The Kick-off party will start at 7:00 p.m. at Headwaters Park. Admission is just $3 and that earns you entrance to a night long concert, which includes performances by two local bands and a DJ dance party at the end of the night. There will also be food available, vendors’ booths, and a beer tent on site.

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Make sure not to party too hard, though, because the fun begins again bright and early Saturday, July 26.  Beginning at 11:30 a.m. the Pride March will take over the streets of downtown Fort Wayne. The march is open to people of all ages and is free to join; supporters will walk through the streets of downtown and end back at Headwaters in time for the beginning of the festival fun.

Saturday is the day you won’t want to miss. There will be vendors set up from noon – 6:00 p.m., a food and beer tent, a cornhole tournament from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., and a free KidSpace for children under 12 from noon – 5:00 p.m. The KidSpace will include games, prizes, a moonwalk, and crafts. There will be live entertainment all day with a little something for everyone. Check out some of the best local, regional, and national bands/singers. Saturday night will conclude with Fort Wayne’s finest drag show. Many people’s favorite part of the festival, this show is the largest in Fort Wayne and features some of the area’s best kings and queens. It promises to be a great show and a fun and memorable experience.

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The fun doesn’t stop there, either. Come out to the Fort Wayne TinCaps game on Monday, July 28, for Pride Night. Wear Red and look for the Pride section. You can even purchase your tickets during the festival the weekend before.

Come out to any or all of the Pride Fest activities and help to promote tolerance and equality. Check out Fort Wayne Pride’s webpage for more details about their other events and their organization.

Holley Taylor

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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.

Fort Wayne for Millennials

Usually defined as people born in the 1980s and 1990s, Millennials recently usurped Baby Boomers as the largest generation. Despite our overwhelming presence in the world, we are often still a bit of an overlooked group. We are often deemed as antisocial (constantly on our phones) or still shoved at the children’s table. There has been so much debate recently about what millennials do and don’t like to do, what we are or aren’t into, and whether we are a more aware generation or just a bunch of selfish brats.

I can’t speak to most of that, but as far as what millennials do and don’t like to do, I know for myself, most of what I do is determined by cost. Going to college is expensive and even if you work it can be difficult to get by. I also know this isn’t likely to change any time soon after graduation because like many of my fellow millennials, I will be paying off my school for a long time.  That is not to say I won’t spend money, but when I do, I want to be sure it is going to be worth it.

So, if you are looking for something to do and are in the same boat as me, here are some things that are either free or worth the money.

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Swinney Park

One of the most often overlooked ways to spend your time in Fort Wayne is out on the trails. Fort Wayne has great parks and over 80 miles of walking, running, and biking trails. Totally free of charge, the trails allow you to enjoy the summer weather and give an interesting perspective of our city. Take a trail you’ve never taken before, find the Japanese garden in Swinney park, or try walking from destination to destination.

It’s especially easy to find things to do in the summer. Fort Wayne has about six different free summer concert series. With so many options, it’s likely that on any given weekend you can find a concert with a band playing music you like. It’s a great way to widen your music horizons and discover some cool new bands. Or, if outside concerts aren’t your scene, a lot of bars in town feature live music. Check out the Acme, the Brass Rail, Club Soda, and the Phoenix.

Summer is also time for farmers markets. There are so many markets that there is one open almost every day of the week, and there is guaranteed to be one close your neighborhood. Even if you don’t spend anything, it is always fun to browse. Still, the prices are usually affordable and it is nice to know that whatever you purchase is locally grown and supports local business. Grab some fresh produce, pack it in a cooler, and have a picnic in one of the many parks.

Going to museums is also a great way to spend the day, but admission prices can be steep. Fort Wayne has over 20 art galleries around town. If you want to see some great art, take a trip to some of our galleries and browse the art for free. One great place to go is Orchard Gallery; run by local artists, every time you stop in, there will be an artist working. Ask them questions about their work and hear about their processes and inspirations.

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Orchard Gallery

If you are willing to spend a little money, check out a movie at the Cinema Center. An art house theater in downtown Fort Wayne, Cinema Center shows great indie and foreign movies and it’s a non-for-profit, so all the money goes back into providing the community with a chance to see films they wouldn’t otherwise have the chance to see. Hit up a matinee to make it even a little easier on the wallet as well.

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Columbia Street West

As another money-needed option, check out some of the great nightlife in downtown. JK O’Donnell’s offer great prices on quality beer, the Deck is a great place to enjoy the weather, the Dash-In has a chill environment and great live music, and Columbia Street has unique charm and a fun atmosphere.

 

There really is a lot to do to occupy your free time in Fort Wayne even on a budget. In a city like ours, there is no excuse to be bored, you just have to think outside of the box. When you are at a loss for what to do, check out Visit Fort Wayne’s Calendar of events.

Holley Taylor

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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.

Fortezza Coffee boasts big city atmosphere, quality brews

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Stop by for a cup or two.

Fortezza Coffee is not your typical coffeeshop, and that’s a good thing. The attention to detail is unrivaled, at least locally.

Located at  819 S. Calhoun St, across from popular lunch spot the Dash-In, this place provides a great back-drop for casual meet-ups with friends and business meetings alike. It has a hip vibe that you might find in a bigger city. No generic Starbuck’s feel here!

A dining room and closed-off meeting area mean there’s plenty of space to relax, work, or just take in the scenery around you. I’ve been to Fortezza several times now and have never felt cramped. Plus the noise level is tolerable if you want to carry on a conversation.

Of course the main draw is the coffee. It’s not an understatement to say the drinks are a work of art. Using a process called latte art, the barista combines espresso and steamed milk to create impressive designs that appeal to the palette. And customers can rest a little easier knowing their beans are ethically sourced through a process called direct trade. Call it coffee with a conscious! (For those non-coffee drinkers like myself, they offer other items like brewed tea. )

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The trendy furniture denotes a big city feel.

But they don’t just stop at coffee. Hungry customers will appreciate their light brunch menu, which boasts open-faced sandwiches, quiches and more. Craving something sweet? You’ll want to at least eye their pastries–all made in-house! Look for the menu as you come in, artfully written in chalk on the wall.

If you want to check out this place (as you should), know that you’ll have to find street parking. There is no dedicated lot available. Parking is 50 cents an hour, paid via meters until 5 p.m. on weekdays, and is free on the weekend. So be sure you have plenty of change on your person.

Beyond delicious coffee and delectable eats, Fortezza offers meeting space for small or large crowds. The ample seating allows for small coffee meetings to take place, while they also have a meeting room you are able to rent out for a larger crowd. To reserve the meeting room, simply give Fortezza a call for the details.

Fortezza Coffee is open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday. Check them out on Facebook to keep up-to-date.

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.