Take a Tasty Trip Back in Time Inside the Lincoln Tower

If you have a few extra minutes in downtown Fort Wayne, make a quick stop at the Lincoln Tower!  It’s one of the Fort’s most beautiful and historic gems.  Located across from the courthouse downtown on Berry Street, it was built in the late 1920s and completed in 1930.  This ARCH member is a source of pride in the city, as it was Indiana’s tallest skyscraper until 1969.

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If you’re not afraid of heights, you can schedule a reservation to visit the observation deck!  This is definitely an experience I’ll never forget.  You can read more information about this here.

I enjoy bringing visiting friends to the Tower to show them the beautiful, Art Deco interior of the lobby.  It really is breathtaking!  (Click here to glimpse a few photos of the building’s mechanisms and to read a bit of its history.)

I also like to pop into the soda fountain at the front of the building for a quick snack.

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Almond and pistachio ice cream – yum!

Although the soda fountain itself has modernized a bit – a small plasma TV plays quietly for customers to watch – it hasn’t lost its original charm.

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The original stained glass window proudly advertises snacks and ice cream, and a beautiful, marble fire place graces the seating area.

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Stop in sometime to grab a quick bite or stay awhile and visit the friendly soda fountain employees.  Their willingness to strike up conversations with strangers reminds me of how personable and charming Fort Wayne really is!

The Lincoln Building is located at 116 E. Berry St., downtown.  The soda fountain is open Monday – Friday, from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  You can reach it at 260-422-6688.

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.

Boo to You! Halloween Happenings in Fort Wayne

Fall is upon us in Fort Wayne, and that means that Halloween is just around the corner. Whether you love the tricks or the treats of this spooky holiday, are looking for a real scare or maybe just a nice corn maze, you can find all of that and more in Fort Wayne this Halloween!

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Trick? Or Treat?

For the family

Wild Zoo Halloween

Dates: October 17-19, 23-26 and 30-31

Times: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Cost: $5 per person for general admission, $9 per person if trick-or-treating

A Fort Wayne family favorite, the Wild Zoo Halloween is geared towards young children, but fun for everyone. Come in costume and walk from station to station collecting candy and treats. There are games and daily special events, including:

2:00 p.m.  Meet K’Zoo
2:30 p.m.  Live Animal Show
3:00 p.m.  Sea Lion Feeding
3:30 p.m.  Monster Mash Dance Party

Click here for more details!

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Wild Zoo Halloween

Halloween Haunt at the Community Center

Date: Saturday, October 18

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Community Center, 233 W. Main St.

Cost: Free!

“Downtown Fort Wayne becomes a haven for monsters, ghosts, vampires and zombies on this Saturday afternoon.” Put the kids in their costumes and head out to the Community Center for a whole afternoon of Halloween fun. This is a favorite for my kids. Activities include face painting, theater performances and more. Admission is free, but there will be concessions on sale.

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Halloween Haunt at the Community Center

Hilger Family Farm

Dates: Open now, but fall treats begin in October

Times: Mondays and Tuesdays – 4:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.; Wednesdays through Saturdays – 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Sundays – 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Hilger Family Farm, 5534 Butt Rd.

Cost: Pay per pumpkin or other fall treats

Everyone loves Hilger’s! Pick the perfect pumpkin or choose from a variety of pre-picked goodies. Special fall activities include hayrides and animal rides on the weekends. During the week and on weekends, enjoy the barn swings and a playground made of straw. Enjoy hand-dipped caramel apples, popcorn and hot or cold apple cider.

Hilger’s has a great selection of seasonal home decorations including corn stalks, hay bales, pumpkins, Indian corn and painted pumpkins, just to name a few.

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Hilger Family Farm


For the adventurous

Hysterium Haunted Asylum

Dates: Check dates here

Times: Variable

Where: 4410 Arden Dr.

Cost: $12; click here for more details

So, I’m not really one to enjoy a truly scary Halloween, but for those of you who are, this si the place for you! The Asylum is run by the same crew that brought you The Haunted Cave for the last 15 years, so they are no strangers to the game of fright.  Expect a truly scary experience!

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Do you dare??

Fright Night Downtown

Dates: October 18

Times: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Where: Downtown Fort Wayne, silly!

Cost: Varies by event; click here.

If you live in or around Fort Wayne, and you’ve never experienced Fright Night Downtown, well then pull up a chair, we’ve got some talking to do. Kick things off in the morning by visiting Science Central or the Botanical Conservatory with the kids, catch some music and get some eats in the afternoon, but don’t be late to the Zombie Walk! Come dressed in your best (or worst!) undead look and follow the crowd as the zombies take over downtown.  Afterwards, catch a haunted bus tour or see Nightmare on Elm St at the Embassy. There are plenty of activities from which to choose. Make the most of the day by planning your trip here.

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Zombie Walk

ARCH Haunted Sites Bus Tours

Dates: October 18

Times: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Buses depart at 6, 8 and 10.

Where: 125 W. Jefferson St., Indiana Hotel Lobby

Cost: $15 for adults and $10 for ages 5-17

“All Aboard the Coach of Chills!” Catch a bus and take a spooky tour through “historic sites of fright, with tales of terror that cloud our city’s night.”

Be warned! This tour IS pretty scary and is not recommended for the faint of heart.

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Bus tours start at the hauntingly beautiful Indiana Hotel

Lantern Tours of the Old Fort

Dates: October 18

Times: 11:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.

Where: 1201 Spy Run Ave., The Old Fort

Cost: $2; kids under 12 get in free

Join the ghosts of soldiers past at the Historic Old Fort.  Explore the Fort by night, via lantern, and hear tales of real encounters with the Fort’s ghosts! There will be re-enactors, visitors and professional ghost hunters. If you’re super lucky, you might run into the Old Fort’s resident ghost, Lt. Ostrander. Word to the wise: keep an eye out for the Headless Horseman!

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Make sure your lantern stays lit!

Do you have Halloween plans that aren’t on our list? Share them in the comments below!

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.

Fright Night returns to haunt Downtown Fort Wayne

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The ghouls and ghosts are coming out to play in Fort Wayne’s downtown. The Downtown Improvement District’s annual Fright Night is back and better than ever this year. On October 18th the downtown will be transformed into a town of legends. During the day, stop by the Allen County Public Library to enjoy some not-so-spooky Halloween crafts. While you are there, take part in the annual Zombie walk and take a bite of a delicious hot dog from Bravas, one of Fort Wayne’s local food trucks.

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Zombie Walk 2013

After that, pop over to the Community Center for a little spooky story time. The Fort Wayne Youth Theater takes a new twist on some of your favorite fairy tales and will put on a show that you won’t want to miss. This free event begins at 2:00 pm.The Community center will also be hosting a myriad of fun and free family friendly activities during the day!

Another don’t miss from the day’s festivities is Science Central.Kids can make their own batch of Zombie snot, watch the dissection of an eyeball and compete in a catapult challenge that will leave heads rolling.

Later in the evening the activities really start to heat up! Fort Wayne’s Historic Embassy Theatre is featuring a screening of the season’s classic Ghostbusters. The film will start at 6:30 pm, but make sure to come a half hour early to hear some spooky ghost stories in the lobby of the Indiana Hotel. If you’re lucky, you may even see the Embassy’s resident ghost!

Expereince another piece of unique Fort Wayne history at one of the Old Fort’s Lantern tours. This haunted location is home to the replica of the city’s historic namesake fort. ARCH will also be offering tours of all the haunted locations around the city; these tours are a great way to get a unique view of Fort Wayne.

The activities are nearly endless and all promise to be a world of fun! Make sure to check out the official Fright Night webpage for a full list of all the haunted happenings!

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.

Brickworld is back in Fort Wayne and you can WIN TICKETS!

Such a simple design – rectangular interlocking blocks in bright primary colors – revolutionized the way many children played. The LEGO quickly became a staple of childhood and now we can’t imagine growing up without them. LEGOs are not just for kids anymore, though. People of all ages will come out at this year’s Brickworld to celebrate the art of LEGO creation.

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On October 11 and 12, the LEGO convention will come to Fort Wayne again for the fourth year in a row. This premiere LEGO expo will be bringing in some of its best displays as well as vendors who will have LEGO sets, minifigures, and accessories available for purchase.

Come out to enjoy the company of other LEGO enthusiasts as well as interactive games. Brickworld began as just one event in 2007 and now holds 4 events each year across the nation. This one of a kind expo is a great place for people to come together, share their knowledge, create, and learn more about the art of LEGO building.

The event will be held at teh Grand Wayne Center in the heart of Fort Wayne’s downtown. Make sure while you are there to stop by some of the great local restaurants for a bite, check out Parkview Field, and maybe even ride around to the see the different sculptural bike racks posted up around the city!

Brickworld kicks off from 10 am – 6 pm on Saturday, October 11 and 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday, October 12. Tickets are available online for $8.50, or at the door the day of the event. Be sure to check out Brickworld’s official website, and bring the whole family out to see some mind-blowing LEGO creations in an afternoon they will never forget!

And, you can WIN TICKETS here!

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.

Fort Wayne Museum of Art: Seasonal Parties

I could wax poetic about how the seasons inspire some sort of existential awakening. How our connection with earth, time, and pumpkin spiced things all blends wildly into a kaleidoscope of nostalgia and restaurant menus. How the equinoxes evoke a sense of our own mortality while a menagerie of plastic yard decorations remind us there is a season for every time. But quite honestly I’m mostly in it for the parties. Give me a solid Halloween shin-dig and you’ve got yourself a happy camper. Mardi Gras? You better Beignet it! (I’m so sorry).

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The Fort Wayne Museum of Art offers just such an experience with their quarterly Seasonal Parties. Coinciding with the arrival of newly opened exhibitions, the festivities allow the Museum of Art to engage a broad, diverse public. The Seasonal Party series grants visitors an opportunity to view current exhibitions, dance to live music, and partake of local food all within an atmosphere that emphasizes a very social and public museum experience. Specially designed decor and menus are selected for every party, creating entirely unique occasions with every season.

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Last season’s “Summer Party” hosted photographer Al Satterwhite who provided autographs of his latest publication “The Cozumel Diary …. running amuck with the King of Gonzo, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, in Mexico and other weird tales”. The collection is a cheekily described “diary” featuring photographs taken during Thompson’s 1974 Playboy Magazine interview. Dutch glass sculptor Peter Bremers mingled with the crowd and discussed his process for creating some impressive pieces that challenge what you think is geometrically possible with glass. Also in attendance was Indiana native Robert Pulley, whose sculptures may be viewed in the museum’s sculpture court until the mid November. Drawing from his personal experience with Indiana’s natural landscape the pieces are both visions of natural forms and a demonstration of how time and material work on our memories.

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Local events venue and gastronomic caterer Empyrean was on hand treating guests to  “Bites of an American Summer”. The menu included nontraditional takes on some old favorites including panzanella salads, “Chicago Dogs”, a deconstructed potato salad, pie lollipops, and more. All was washed down with an assortment of craft beer, wine, and a ”Sip of Summer”, a custom created cocktail featuring hibiscus syrup that provided just the right amount of sweet and floral.

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Guests could kick their off their shoes and dance to Fernando Tarango & The Wickersham Brothers after pursuing the galleries.

The upcoming “Fall Party” on October 10th offers a chance to check out some of the Museum of Art’s latest exhibitions including the return of Mark di Suervo’s “Helmholtz” sculpture. Located in the nearby Freimann Square, the statue suffered damage last year and has only very recently returned. A full gallery within the museum is dedicated to the piece’s history and its restoration. Also of note is the return of the invitational and juried “Contemporary Realism Biennial” which collects some exemplary pieces of current trends in American and international realism. “Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft” will exhibit works from the Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Guests can also expect live music from local band Freak Brothers and catered food from Main Street Bistro. On a scale of 0 to 10, 0 being the town in Footloose before Kevin Bacon and 10 being the town in Footloose post-Bacon, I would say the likelihood of dancing is a 9.5.

The “Fall Party” will run from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Friday October 10th. Tickets for the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art Seasonal Parties can be purchased on the museum’s website. And don’t forget, you’ll be downtown so take a walk around and checkout some of the other night spots the city has to offer!

Andy Helmkamp


Andy is a recent arrival from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he studied film theory and cultural criticism and spent time working with the Milwaukee Film Festival. There was also a lot of roasting and buying coffee thrown in there for good measure. Currently working for the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art and the Allen County Public Library, he's looking forward to exploring all the Fort has to offer. Chances are you'll find him at the Cinema Center, biking, writing, and running (from nothing in particular...weird right?), and pretending to know way more about craft beer than what he actually does.