The Butterfly Effect- 11th Annual Butterfly Exhibit

“A fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought –
But no, a butterfly.”
Arakida Moritake

It’s April, and you know what that means. The butterflies are coming!!

It’s time for the butterflies at the Bontanical Conservatory! The 11th annual butterfly exhibit, “The Butterfly Effect,” opens on April 26 and will run through  July 6.

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Get up close and personal with the butterflies!

If you’ve never experienced this live display, make some time to stop by this summer. It’s great for kids of all ages, because they can get up close and personal with the butterflies, letting them light on their fingers and learning how they transform from caterpillars…it’s like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” come to life! Of course, adults enjoy the event as well. I’ve seen my own mother giggle while having big, beautiful butterflies land on her as we walked through the exhibit.

You’ll walk through gardens with specially-draped netting to contain the butterflies. And, trust me, the butterflies are not shy. You’ll end up with several on  you. Just remember to be gentle. Butterflies are extremely delicate. Guests will also enjoy the beautiful and fragrant flowers in the exhibit.

The magic of live butterflies returns again to the Botanical Conservatory this spring and summer. Enjoy a beautiful array of large exotic species within the display tent, butterflies native to habitats from South America to Africa and Asia. This year, the Conservatory examines “the butterfly effect” concept from chaos theory, that even a small action in one place can significantly affect people and systems far removed. While experiencing all that  butterflies evoke in the human imagination, Conservatory guests are encouraged to consider the ripple effect of their own choices and actions in the unpredictable dimension of their sphere of influence. (botanicalconservatory.org)

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You’ll see lots of different species.

Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday Noon – 4 pm
Closed Mondays

Admission:
Adults $5
Children (ages 3-17) $3
Age 2 and Under FREE

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun

Insider’s Tip: On Sunday, May 11 from 12 – 4 p.m., the Conservatory will host Mother’s Day in the Garden. This would be a perfect time to bring your mom to see the butterflies as well! Each mom will also receive a special Mother’s Day plant (while supplies last).

Wendy Sack

About

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.

Tour Fort Wayne with Pedal City

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New to Fort Wayne? So is Pedal City! Whether you’re planning a trip to Fort Wayne or are a native of the area, Pedal City can help you to see the city from a new perspective. Each pedal cart (similar to the one pictured below) seats 8-15 individuals and is operated by you, the rider! Don’t worry about having to steer, though- your reservation will come with a designated driver that will navigate you through Downtown Fort Wayne on a predetermined route. For visitors, Pedal City has route options available. For locals, Pedal City is open to designing a new route that allows you to include some old favorites.

For riders of age, wine and beer are permitted on board (BYOB). However, younger riders are permitted and encouraged to ride. Tours are typically 2 hours in length, but they can and will book longer tours if requested. Hours of operation are 10 AM – 12 AM Sunday thru Thursday and 10 AM – 1 AM Friday thru Sunday.

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Some call it “a bar on a bike;” others see it as a way to have a group outing with their organization. Either way, this unique way to adventure through Fort Wayne is sure to be a success. Spring and summer are just around the corner. If you’re interested in touring the town with a group of friends, family, or coworkers, visit their booking page for more pricing information or give them a call at (260) 415-6167.

Be sure to visit pedalcityfw.com and follow Pedal City on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates and information.

Heather Closson

About

Heather Closson is a recent graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Dance Performance, but is thrilled to make her return to Fort Wayne. She currently performs with dAnce.Kontemporary, teaches at a local dance studio, and choreographs for schools and theatres throughout the state. Outside of the "dance world," Heather is an experienced event coordinator, content writer, public speaker, and a social media/digital marketing enthusiast. Likes: coffee, traveling, politics, grilled cheese, nonprofit organizations, hiking, and cats- even though she doesn't have one.

Green Day’s Groundbreaking Rock Opera Musical Comes to Fort Wayne – and You Can WIN TICKETS!

Calling all Green Day fans – this is an event you will not want to miss. Not local to Fort Wayne, Indiana? Begin planning your trip and an overnight stay today for this April event!

On April 22, Fort Wayne’s own Embassy Theatre will host a production of American Idiot, a rock opera based on Green Day’s rock opera album of the same name. This musical includes famous Green Day hits including “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “Holiday” and “21 Guns.” The musical tells the story of three friends who must pick between the safety of suburban life and pursuing their dreams.

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The Embassy Theatre is conveniently located in downtown Fort Wayne and within walking distance of both the Courtyard by Marriott and the Fort Wayne Hilton, two local hotels. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are available via Ticketmaster.com, in person at the theatre box office between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or by phone at 800.745.3000.

A review in The New York Times described American Idiot as “thrilling and emotionally charged, as moving as anything on Broadway!” Don’t miss it!

Insider Tip: This show contains adult content and strong language. Make this event a night out for adults, not children.

YOU CAN WIN TICKETS TOO! Simply visit the American Idiot contest page on Visit Fort Wayne, and enter for your chance to win an overnight hotel stay, 2 tickets to the show – plus much more!

About

Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband, dog Lulu and half a dozen houseplants. Find Holly on Twitter @HFHammers and at http://hollyhammersmith.com.

Have an Artful Experience at Artlink!

artlink Have an Artful Experience at Artlink!    If you’re an art lover and find yourself in the downtown Arts District, make Artlink a must-do during your stay in Fort Wayne!

This art museum is situated in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture building with Pembroke Bakery & Café and the Fort Wayne Ballet, across the street from the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre.  The spacious gallery features visual artwork from local, regional and national artists.  (I recognized some high school acquaintances’ names in the gallery.)

I stopped into Artlink one gray, rainy day for a pick-me-up; I thought bright colors and new exhibits would cheer my spirits.  And they did!  I had so much fun looking at the Miniatures Collection, analyzing the huge, acrylic canvases of abstract art, and studying mixed media works – my favorite art form!

One of the Artlink employees, an artist herself, took time to explain one artist’s complex process for the photography exhibition.  She also showed me some locally-made handicrafts in the glass display case.  I bought a pair of mismatched earrings to match my personal, Bohemian fashion style!

She gave me information on the current exhibition, featuring an annual postcard show, a local artists’ sketchbook display, and a collection of artists’ interpretations of a carnival theme. (Click here for more details about past, present and upcoming art exhibitions.)  As I left, I heard her informing a group of college women about the diverse classes and parties that Artlink offers students and adults.

I had an enjoyable time perusing Artlink for the first time, and the staff really does go out of their way to inform you about what’s happening there.  So, if you need a bit of inspiration for you and your family and friends, I recommend checking out the art diversity that Artlink has to offer!

Visit Artlink in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture building at 300 E. Main St., on Facebook here, or on the website.

260-424-7195

Hours:

Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed Monday

Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Amanda Reusser

About

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.

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Amanda Reusser
April 2nd, 2014
You're welcome! :)
Suzanne Galazka
April 2nd, 2014
Thanks for the kind words about Artlink!

A Fort Wayne Must-See: Coney Island

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Coney Island’s storefront on Main Street

Serving up goodness since 1914, Fort Wayne’s Famous Coney Island (also known as Coney Island Wiener Stand) is both a local tradition and must-see for visitors.

The atmosphere is just about as relaxed as you can get, with old-school bar stools lining the long, well-worn counter. There are also many tables lining the opposite wall, plus a few in the back. The place is on the small side, but that just adds to the vintage charm.

The food is fresh, simple and loved by generations. There are hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chili, baked beans and chips. But the true favorites are the famous Coney Dogs, served hot on steamed buns, with mustard, Coney Island’s secret sauce and minced onions. And don’t forget to grab a Coke in a classic glass bottle!

Here are a couple of the rave reviews posted on Coney Island’s Facebook page:

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Coney Island’s famous Coney Dogs are always served on steamed buns.

“Our family’s Christmas Eve tradition…one of Fort Wayne’s treasures! Little secret…the burgers are great!”

“You will NEVER find a place like this elsewhere, the atmosphere is so friendly, yet so tight. It is such a great place to eat with friends and sit and talk about stories and catch up with friends and family, all while eating great food. Come here if you want more than just a great meal.”
What does it take to make Coney Island run?
  • Approximately a million hot dogs are served a year
  • 50 to 75 pounds of onions are hand-chopped per day
  • 100,000 bottles of Coca-Cola are sold a year
  • 20 gallons of mustard are used weekly
  • Over 60,000 pounds of fresh meat are cooked a year to make the secret Coney Island sauce

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    Three Coney Dogs and a cold bottle of Coke, please!

Making headlines in February was the breaking news that Coney Island is now accepting credit/debit cards for the first time. The announcement was made on Facebook:

Do you remember when Bob Dylan went electric? How about when Indiana high school basketball changed to a Class system? 8 tracks eventually made way for iPods. Well, for the first time in 100 years The Coney Island Wiener Stand is now accepting debit/credit cards.

So, come on downtown and see what all of the buzz is about! You won’t be disappointed!

Coney Island is located at 131 W Main St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Reach them by phone at 260-424-2997.

 

Wendy Sack

About

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.