Cher in Fort Wayne!

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Better known as simply, “Cher,” the contralto is on her 49-city D2K [Dressed to Kill] tour, and will grace the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum’s stage at 7:30 p.m. on October 27, 2014.  Two popular special guests will perform with her – mezzo-soprano and four-time Grammy Award-winner Pat Benatar and her songwriter / guitarist husband Neil Giraldo.

Cher first made her mark in the folk-rock scene in 1965 when she was known as half of the popular Sonny & Cher duo.   She subsequently shone in TV, film, music and acting by constantly re-inventing herself.

She has taken a plethora of honors, including Best Actress Academy Awards, Best Musical or Comedy Actress Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, and many more.  One of her many hits – recorded with Rod Stewart – was “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” and she has sold more than 100 million solo albums, earning her the designation of one of the best-selling music artists of all time.  Her most recent album “Closer to the Truth,” came out last year and was her highest-charting solo album in the US thus far.  This tour includes the No. 1 catchy hit, “Woman’s World,” and was described by the Houston Chronicle as, “a stunning vocal showcase; an eye-popping extravaganza.”

Lady Gaga, Madonna, Marianne Faithful and Nancy Sinatra are just a few of the many singers who have been inspired by Cher, and movie buffs may remember some of her abundant films including “Silkwood,” “The Witches of Eastwick,” and “Mask.”

Cher is the only artist thus far to have a No. 1 single on a Billboard chart in each of the past six decades.  Currently, a Broadway musical of her life is in development, and she may play herself when the script is completed.

Tickets can be purchased from Ticketmaster (1.800.745.3000; www.ticketmaster.com) or at the Coliseum box office (4000 Parnell Avenue, Fort Wayne, IN 46805; 260.483.1111).  Reserved tickets are $127; $77; and $41.50.  Parking is $5 at the main lot, and $8 at the preferred lot.

Barb

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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 . . .

As Summertime Approaches, Enjoy the “Days of Gold” with Country Star Jake Owen

Summertime and country music always seem to go together don’t they? Well, it’s not quite summer yet but you can get a taste of the country music on Thursday, May 1 when country music star Jake Owen comes to the Fort!

Owen, who first hit the country music scene in 2006, will be live in concert for the 7 p.m. show at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, conveniently located near retail shopping and dining options on the city’s north side.
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Owen’s tour will feature many of the hit songs from his fourth studio album, aptly titled “Days of Gold.” Some of Owen’s most popular singles include “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and “The One That Got Away.” Owen is known for his personal drive for self-improvement, his desire to experiment with music and the refreshment he brings to the country music scene.

Tickets for the show start at $20 each and are available at Ticketmaster outlets or online at Ticketmaster.com. The Coliseum is located at 4000 Parnell Ave.

Insider Tip: With this concert being on a Thursday night, why not make a weekend trip of it? There’s still time to plan a getaway to Fort Wayne. All the resources you need are available at VisitFortWayne.com!

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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.

Vera Bradley Outlet Sale Tickets are ON SALE!

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Attention all Vera Bradley fans! The 2014 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale tickets are NOW AVAILABLE!

The 2014 Vera Bradley Outlet Sale opens Wednesday, April 9 and closes on Sunday, April 13. The first three days of the sale are ticketed and require pre-purchased tickets. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster, authorized ticketmaster locations and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. Anyone wishing to attend the sale and make purchases will need to fill out a free registration form available here. The schedule for the sale is as follows:

Wednesday April 9 – Friday April 11 (tickets required)
Sessions:
7:30am-10am
11am-1:30pm
2:30pm-5pm
6pm-8:30pm

Saturday April 12
8am-8pm

Sunday April 13
10am-5pm

Special note: While tickets are not required for the Saturday and Sunday of the sale, those who wish to make purchases on those days will still need to complete the free registration process.

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To prep for your shopping spree, check out some of these past blogs giving all of the ins and outs of the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale!

Check back in the coming weeks for even more great insider tips, tricks, and sneak peeks at the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale! For more information check out Visit Fort Wayne, Vera Bradley and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Katie

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Katie Robinson simply loves Fort Wayne! Born and raised in the Summit City, she returned following graduating from Ball State University with a degree in Public Relations in May of 2013. A former Visit Fort Wayner, Katie currently works for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority as the Marketing and Customer Service Specialist. In her spare time you can find her baking cupcakes, Zumba-ing her heart out and relaxing with her husband, Joe, and their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.

“Beat This Winter” With a Country Music Star Brad Paisley February 27 – And You Can WIN Tickets!

By the end of February most everyone is counting the days down until Spring. But rest assured, spring will come and country music star Brad Paisley can help in the process. His “Beat This Winter Tour” comes to Fort Wayne, Indiana on February 27. ticket prices start at $41 for the show which takes place at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

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Paisley is the recipient of three GRAMMYs, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards and many other music honors. He has had hit singles on the charts since hitting the country music scene in 1999, including most recently “Southern Comfort Zone” and ““Beat This Summer.” Special guests Chris Young and Danielle Bradbery will also perform at this once in a lifetime show!

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The Coliseum is located at 4000 Parnell Ave., on the city’s north-side and conveniently close to Interstate 69 and Interstate 469, for travelers coming from out of town. Show tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or directly at the coliseum box office during normal business hours. For more information call the coliseum at 260.483.1111.

Insider Tip: The coliseum is located near many of Fort Wayne’s most popular shopping locations. Glenbrook Square and the newly opened Carson’s Department Store are just down the road. Shop before the show or if you make a weekend trip of it… shop the next day!

 

YOU CAN WIN TICKETS TOO! Simply visit the Brad Paisley contest page on Visit Fort Wayne, and enter for your chance to win 2 tickets to the show – and more!

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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.

Finding Winter Romance in Fort Wayne

I admit when I think of romance the last thing that comes to mind is winter but why should we let romance slip by just because it’s cold outside.  If you’re brave enough to step outside in the cold you’ll likely find some very unexpected paths to romance.

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The River Greenway (photo taken by Mark Hanon)

A snowy walk on the Rivergreenway 

Have you ever stepped outside while it’s snowing and listened? It’s so quiet and peaceful, like the world has been insulated from the hubbub that surrounds us every day.  Fort Wayne Parks Department does an excellent job of caring for the Rivergreenway during this snowy season so take a walk with someone you love and enjoy nature right here in the city.  Be sure to bundle up and wear your boots.  When you reach the north end of the Greenway, stop by the Firefly Coffee House to warm up with a hot cocoa or cup of coffee.

Ice-skating in Headwaters Park

Are you skilled on the ice but your sweetie isn’t?  Why not teach him or her to ice-skate at Headwaters Park at Clinton and Superior in Downtown Fort Wayne.  Sure you could skate indoors but there’s something magical (and romantic) about skating in the park.  Hours are Monday through Thursday 1-8pm, Friday noon-10 pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, and Sunday 12-8 pm.  Skate rental is available for $2 and admission is just $3 for skaters 13 or younger and $5 for skaters 14 or older.   Parking is also free at the park.

Take in a museum

For art lovers there are many great places to find art in Fort Wayne.  Whether you’re looking for a traditional museum such as the Fort Wayne Museum of Art or you’re looking for local more independent artists at Wunderkammer Fort Wayne has something to fit everyone’s tastes.

FWMoA is featuring beautiful works such as David Hayes: Sentinels; Hard Edge, Cool Logic: Geometric Abstraction in the 20th Century, and Variation Upon A Theme: Song of the Underground Railroad.   While Wundkerkammer is known for cutting edge exhibits like Ask Me if You Can Touch My Hair, Poetry readings, Alternative Sculpture, and Can you Spare Change.

Cheer on the Komets or the Derby Girls

What’s more romantic than watching a fight break out on the ice? For many couples this is the best way to spend a romantic evening.  With many home games still left in the season, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum provides a great backdrop for the perfect date.  Enjoy a classic dinner of beer and brats along with cheering on the Komets.

Don’t miss the start of the Fort Wayne Derby Girls season January 11 also at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  Fort Wayne’s only (and Indiana’s first) Flat Track Roller Derby League is great fun to watch.  Bringing out that competitive side in the one you love is sure to light a fire that will keep you warm this winter.

If you need even more great romantic ideas in Fort Wayne, check out the Dream Night Out on the Town itinerary suggestions on Visit Fort Wayne!

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.