Fort Wayne’s Irishtown has been forgotten by most. ARCH is working to rectify that by hosting a Irishtown Trolley Tour and Festival in the area on Sunday, Oct. 1, from 1-4 p.m.

Centered at the new Irishtown Plaza where Taylor Street meets Fairfield Avenue, patrons can board the trolley there and enjoy themed refreshments and souvenirs. The tour will largely be through Hoagland Masterson and Williams-Woodland neighborhoods.

Tickets are on sale at Advance tickets are available with a $5 discount. Tickets, if any remain, will also be on sale the day of the event at $30 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under. 

According to a press release from ARCH, the Irish who settled earliest in Fort Wayne are remembered as the laborers who dug the Wabash & Erie Canal. The families who settled in the city mostly lived in the neighborhood directly south of downtown. After the canal was built, immigration continued and families began establishing small businesses and taking jobs in the growing town of Fort Wayne. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and school is one of their lasting legacies. 

Civic Theatre putting on ‘moving out’ sale

Fort Wayne Civic Theatre is having a “moving out” sale on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24, while they temporarily relocate amid renovation at Arts United Center. 

Swing by the venue from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday for such item as costumes, fabric, props, and furniture. All sales are final and as is, with no refunds or returns. 

Park in the Arts United Center parking lot and enter through the front of the theater. 

Recitals being hosted at PFW 

Purdue University Fort Wayne’s School of Music will present the American Liszt Society Piano Recital on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 5 p.m. in Rhinehart Recital Hall. 

This recital for the Northern Indiana Chapter of the American Liszt Society will feature piano solo and two-piano works composed by Franz Liszt. Performers include School of Music piano faculty Dr. Hamilton Tescarollo and Dr. Jonathan Young.

 Later this month, a faculty and guest artist recital will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Kylie Stultz-Dessent and Dr. Ji Hyun Kim of Bradley University will present a duo recital of music for clarinet and piano.

Admission to each concert is $8 for adults, $7 for those over 60 years old, $5 for non-PFW students, and free for PFW students.

Haunted Castle and Black Forest returns

The Fort Wayne Haunted Castle and Black Forest, 1720 E. Wallen Road, opens its 2023 season on Friday, Sept. 22, and runs through Oct. 31. 

Hours are 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays and 7-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $20 for combo packages to the Haunted Castle and the Black Forest, and $40 for VIP packages. If you’d just like to visit the Haunted Castle or Black Forest, it will cost $12.

Go to for more information and to purchase tickets.

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