“In the Open Air” Cape Ann paintings at University of St Francis exhibit

The University of Saint Francis 2014 art season will open with a bang this year! The year will kick off on September 6 with the “Presidential Gala: Cape Ann Collection Connections.” Guests may explore the exhibit of historic paintings produced en plein air, or “in the open air.”

The Weatherhead Gallery in the Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communications will host a number of famous works by artists well known for their technique. Among the scenes of Cape Ann depicted in the work, there will be some picturing Gloucester and Rockport, Mass. Featured artists include Emile Gruppe, Aldro Hibbard, and Anthony Thieme.

As part of the exhibit, the Goldfish Gallery will display works by contemporary plein air painters of Cape Ann. Continuing the theme, the Artist Spotlight Gallery is hosting paintings inspired by visits to the Cape Ann region; a couple of Indiana artists will have work featured in this exhibit.

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Rolland Art Center

The Presidential Gala will include food, beverages, and live music in a covered outdoor setting in front of the Rolland Center on Leesburg Road. The event is free of charge, but there will be a cash bar on site for those who are 21 years of age and wish to partake.

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibit, artists and collectors Douglas Runyan and Fred Doloresco will be offering a lecture titled, “Cape Ann Collections: a Closer Look.” The lecture, which will take place on Wednesday, September 10, at 7:30 pm, will address the historical context of the Cape Ann plein air paintings as well as their tremendous influence on the art community and on the contemporary plein air art form.

The event promises to be a great night for anyone who loves art. And, if you can’t make the Presidential Gala, you can still see the exhibit on your own. The exhibit will run through October 5, and the gallery is open Mondays-Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am – 5;00 pm, and Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

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.

Shindigz National Summer Soccer Festival 2014

With the World Cup long over, if you find yourself looking longingly for a little more soccer action, then you are in luck! The Shindigz National Summer Soccer Festival is back again! The 2014 festival will take place this weekend, August 21 – 23 at the Fort Wayne Sport Club.

This year teams making the journey include the IU Hoosiers, Michigan State, Trine University, Xavier, Marquette, University of Washington, and more. In addition to the collegiate headliners, high school soccer players also get the chance to go head to head with other teams from the around the country. Both mens and womens teams will be playing at all levels.

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2013 Shindigz Soccer Festival

Shindigz started as just a small local dream nearly 14 years ago and has grown into a nationally recognized celebration of the sport. Terry Stefankiewicz was watching the NIT basketball tournament on television and felt it was about time that the sport of soccer had a similar competition for its athletes. Stefankiewicz was fortunate to have played for the legendary Hoosier head coach Jerry Yeagley and called him up for a hand in making his dream a reality. The pieces fell into place as he called other head coaches at national powerhouses like Michigan State and Notre Dame, and they agreed with his sentiment.

The event’s continued success is due in part to the impressive support of the community of Fort Wayne. Sponsors have been generous in their support of the festival and as a result it has grown into a real don’t-miss event! Not only are there the classic soccer games, but the festival has evolved over the years to include games, giveaways, food vendors, a beer tent, and live entertainment. They also offer clinics as part of the event now, which provides young soccer players with a unique experience and chance to play with new faces while learning from the best.

Presale tickets for the games are $7.00 for adults and $5.00 for high school and under. They can be purchased at any Walgreens, Connolly’s Do It Best, or 800 Degree Pizza. At the gate they will be $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for high school and under.

Check out the full schedule and pick the teams you want to see!

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.

New Jefferson Pointe play area depicts Fort Wayne history

We are excited to announce the opening day of Fort Wayne’s newest play area. Going in at Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center, this indoor play area offers over 2,000 square feet of play space, is Fort Wayne themed, and promises to be a destination not to miss!

“We’re hoping this gives back to the community, and [that it can be a place where] kids can come to learn a little bit about the history of Fort Wayne,” says Katrina Newman, Marketing and Business Development Manager for Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center.

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Play area under while construction

Designed by Play Time, the play area features 14 play elements of varying sizes. While from afar, the play pieces appear to be a hard plastic, once you get up close and feel them, you will find they are really squishy and have some give. As safety is the number one concern, this material antibacterial as well as more kid friendly than your typical play equipment.

Among the features are an impressive cherry blossom tree. Newman’s personal favorite, the tree stands just over 16 feet tall, features a crawl over as well as a crawl under, and is covered in real silk blossoms. The tree really is an impressive sight and will be the center of the play area. It is meant to symbolize our relationship with our sister city in Japan, Takaoka.

Some of the other play pieces include a miniature replica of the fort, an F22 raptor, a Miami canoe, apple barrels, a cannon, and a tractor. In addition, there will be a Johnny Appleseed standing tall at the entrance as a height marker. I even learned a little bit about Fort Wayne’s history through one of the features, a coil of magnetic wire. The wire coil symbolizes Fort Wayne’s status as the leading magnetic wire producer in the 1960s.

What really pulls everything together is the carpet. The carpet makes the scene and depicts everything from the three rivers to a runway for the F22. And, to ensure that kids can go wild, the carpet is laid over a squishy foam two and half inches thick.

To make sure there is something for all age groups, the play area also features a miniature city. Along one wall there are small replica buildings with each storefront representing one of the sponsors. Each building will offer a fun activity for kids as well as a place for pretend play.

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Plan for design of completed play area

One of the most impressive buildings is the Lutheran Children’s Hospital ER. This storefront takes it a step further with a seven-foot helicopter hanging above its building. Lutheran Children’s Hospital ER is the key sponsor of the play area taking their mission of helping kids live a healthy life out into the community.

Other sponsors include Aboite Dental, Summit City Chevrolet,  Three Rivers Federal Credit Union and Adams Radio group, which will have a radio board behind their store front for kids to play with.

This new play area will be a great place for families to go and spend the day! There is plenty of seating for parents and the layout allows parents to be present and have full access to their children. And, while the play area serves as a haven from bad weather, it is also equipped with overhead doors that will be opened on nice days to give a bit of that outdoor element.

Once completed, this new area will be the largest indoor retail play space in the state of Indiana. Newman says, “Pictures really don’t do it justice.The scale will surprise you.” So make sure you come out and see for yourself; you definitely won’t want to miss this one of a kind experience. Please join us for the ribbon cutting at 11 am on August 23, 2014!

The play area is located in the Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center between Barnes and Noble and Justice. It is open during normal mall business hours and closed on major holidays.

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.

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Rain San Martin
August 20th, 2014
Wow! My son will love this!

Tanglewood Berry Farm: Your Fort Wayne Destination for Organic, Farm-Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Tanglewood Berry Farm, located in southwest Fort Wayne on Hadley Rd., is a family-owned USDA-certified organic farm. Known regionally for its expansive selection of strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, Tanglewood is also home to more than 125 varieties of vegetables and herbs. Even better, most of those 125 varieties are heirloom!

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Plump and juicy Tanglewood strawberries

Tanglewood is owned by the Barnes family and has been in business for over a decade. You can learn more about the family here. In true family farm style, Tanglewood has a variety of animals roaming around the property as well, including miniature goats, peacocks, guinea hens, chickens, Leo the Big White Dog and Gus the Little White Dog.

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Lounging among the flowers

This is peak season for fruits and veggies, so a few trips to Tanglewood should certainly be in order. Whether you want to use your goodies right away for fresh summer salads, fruit smoothies or healthy snacks, or you’re the more industrious type and want to can for the winter months, this is the perfect time to stock up.

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Sweet raspberry goodness

Tanglewood offers many educational events throughout the year! Below are some that are coming up soon:

Little Sprouts*

The Little Sprouts program is designed to foster a love for growing. Kids who join will receive a market bag, membership card, samples of fresh produce, strawberry farm coloring book and monthly Little Sprouts classes.

*August 9 – Little Sprouts- Pickle Making Class

August 13 – Cooking with Powerhouse Foods

This event is hosted by Margy Hooker, Chef, Author and Market Master of Tanglewood Berry Farm and Parkview nutrition experts LeighAnn Brooks, RN, RD, CDE, and Kathy Wehrle, RD, CD. It is co-sponsored by Parkview LiVe.

*September 6 – Little Sprouts – Hike in the Woods

September 13 – Preparing for Winter and Closing Down Your Garden

Learn what to plant for the fall season and how to properly close down your garden for the year.

September 17 – Preserving the Harvest Canning Class

This one looks very interesting! Learn how to get the most out of what your garden has produced this year.

October 1 – Fall Harvest Wine Tasting and Dinner

A “Food Network-style demonstration class,” this class will teach you tips and tricks of making a wonderful fall harvest dinner. As a bonus, experts from Cap’n’Cork will be  on hand for you to learn about wine pairings.

*October 4 – Little Sprouts – Fun with Pumpkins

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Crisp, tasty carrots

Details

Location:
2427 S Hadley Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 2 – 6 p.m.
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Additional hours can be arranged to meet specific needs, and you can also order online to pick-up onsite. Click here for more information.

Call: 260-418-8386

Email: organic@tanglewoodberryfarm.com

Click here to learn about more Farmer’s Markets in the area.

Wendy Sack

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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.

Lefthanders rejoice! LeftFest a celebration of the southpaw

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Come celebrate International Lefthanders Day on August 13 with Fort Wayne’s Leftfest! At 4005 South Wayne Ave. there will be fun and festivities all day from 1:00 – 7: 00 p.m. The event is meant to celebrate southpaws and raise awareness of the challenges they face adapting to a world designed for right-handed people.

This is the second annual Leftfest. The event is for all people, regardless of dominant hand! It’s also a great event for parents of southpaws to learn different ways to accommodate their lefthanders, for instance, they will learn how to teach lefthanders to tie their shoes.

The festivities include food prepared by Matt and Dan, the two southpaw chefs at the Friendly Fox. Food trucks will be just down the block at Redeemer Lutheran Church from 3:00 – 8:00 pm as well to help satiate hunger southpaws and their friends. There will also be a 13% off sale and left-hand cookies at Born Again Quilts. Check out glass-blower Eran Park and Barber Joe’s featuring Tim, a southpaw, while you are on the block.

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Hubie Ashcraft

The event will kick off with the reading of the Bill of Lefts. During the day there will be a trivia contest, a talent show, a corn hole tournament, and a presentation. The day will conclude with a performance by Hubie Ashcraft, during which he will honor leftys by signing songs composed or played by southpaws.

Don’t worry about parking, either! First Missionary Church has agreed to open their lots to those attending the festival! This event is sure to be a great time! Come out and help Fort Wayne celebrate everything lefty!

 

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.