WIN TICKETS: Cirque du Soleil, Dralion – The Farewell Tour – Coming to Fort Wayne!

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to Las Vegas. Keep them raised if you’ve been to Vegas AND been lucky enough to catch a show from Cirque du Soleil. Color me jealous! While I’ve been to Sin City a handful of times, sadly a live Cirque show is still on my bucket list. But not for long! The Farewell Tour of the long-running Cirque du Soleil,  Dralion will be flying into the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in November! Forgive the excessive exclamations, but I am excited!

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November 5-9 at the Coliseum

Let’s get right to the details. There are six shows, running from November 5-9.

  • Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Here’s how Cirque describes the show:

Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. The show’s name is derived from its two emblematic creatures: the dragon, symbolizing the East, and the lion, symbolizing the West.

In Dralion, the four elements that govern the natural order take on a human form. Thus embodied, each element is represented by its own evocative colour: air is blue; water is green; fire is red; earth is ochre. In the world of Dralion, cultures blend, Man and Nature are one, and balance is achieved.

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Man and Nature are one.

Click here for a preview!

Dralion will make its final appearance in January 2015. It has been performed in over 150 cities and has been in production since 1999Since May 2009, Dralion has been performed in arenas around the world, giving more people the opportunity to enjoy a Cirque du Soleil show in their own town. This November, it’s Fort Wayne’s turn!
To order tickets, click here. Reserved tickets: $37.00; $57.00; $77.00; $97.00; $127.00
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The Coliseum is located at 4000 Parnell Avenue in Fort Wayne.  Don’t forget parking! $5 for the main lot and $8 for the preferred lot.

See you at the show!

And, you can register to WIN TICKETS!

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.

Combine Education & Fun at Johnny Appleseed Festival!

The official start of the school year has begun for most of the Fort Wayne area. I work in a school and its already time for mid-term grades to be issued!

What I like as a parent and educator is that learning can happen anywhere, anytime. In my opinion historic festivals are a good use of a family’s time. That is definitely the case with the Johnny Appleseed Festival. This year’s dates: Saturday, September 20 (10am-6pm) and Sunday, September 21(10am-5pm).

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Re-enactors teach kids about life in the 1700s.

This is the 40th anniversary of this fun and FREE festival in which every part from cooking ham and beans over an open fire to re-enactors wearing wool clothing represents life as it would have been during Johnny Appleseed’s era.

It’s not a coincidence that the festival’s namesake has a burial site at the festival’s location. After a visit to the grave, my family always ventures from one end of the festival to the other, not wanting to miss anything.

There is a play area for younger children with games, straw maze and historic fun activities, such as dipping candles. My kids enjoyed watching and listening to re-enactors who stayed in character throughout the festival to inform visitors of what life was like during the 1700s.

We’ve talked to soldiers, watched wives of soldiers sew uniforms, and chat with trappers to discover what its like to live rough on the land.

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Bagpipes add unique sound to the festival.

We’ve listened to cannons being fired, drum and fife corps and bagpipes being played throughout the days.

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Drum & Fife Corps march through the festival grounds.

Then there’s the food. Every appetite is stimulated by smells that waft on the breeze on the festival’s grounds. Naturally, the emphasis is on products made from apples so cider, apple dumplings, apple fritters, caramel apples, fried apple slices with cinnamon are present. I’m salivating just thinking about them!

Caramel corn, ham and beans, pork sandwiches, turkey legs, lemonade and other goodies are everywhere, making it easy to find food when a family member begins to complain about an empty stomach.

Insider tip: I like parking at the Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW) lot as the festival provides free rides on a shuttle back and forth. Parking is also available in the Memorial Coliseum lot for a small fee. It might be worth it to pay to park close if you have children as your group will probably be weary after your travel back in time.

So bring your curiosity about our nation’s past, adventurous spirit and taste buds to the Johnny Appleseed Festival. And if you see Johnny, tell him we’re glad he made Ft Wayne his final home.

1502 Harry Baals Dr.
Fort Wayne, IN  46805

FROM I-69: Take Exit 309A south to Coliseum Blvd (US 930) and turn left. Pass Parnell Avenue and Memorial Coliseum. Festival grounds are located behind the Coliseum.


Kayleen Reusser has written children’s books and had stories in Chicken Soup books. She writes features for the News-Sentinel newspaper and profiles for the Ossian Sun Riser. She loves to travel and write about her experiences at her website:

Cher in Fort Wayne!

Cherilyn Sarkisian is coming to the Fort!

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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; 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 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 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!


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

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)

Saturday April 12

Sunday April 13

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 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.