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Do some apple picking at Poplar Village

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You can pick your own apples Saturday, Sept. 24, at Poplar Village Gardens.

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published September 21, 2022

On Saturday, Sept. 24, and Sunday, Sept. 25, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Poplar Village Gardens will be open for apple picking at 2107 Broadway. 

Apple pickers will keep 25 percent of what they pick, and the rest will be donated. Pears will also be available. 

Poplar Village Gardens is a 3-acre urban community garden that uses permaculture techniques with the mission of sharing natural areas that produce healthy food for neighborhood residents.

Broadway World nominations

The national theater blog Broadway World is taking nominations for the 2022 Regional Awards to honor productions that had their first performance between Oct. 1, 2021, and Sept. 30. 

Nominations are reader-submitted and will be open through Oct. 31. Winners will be announced in January. To nominate your favorite Fort Wayne productions and performers, go to

Indiana Arts Council grants awarded

The Indiana Arts Council has granted awards between $3,453 and $31,002 to 30 Fort Wayne-area organizations, both for organizational support and project support, including all for One Productions, Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society, History Center, Amani Family Services, Arena Dinner Theatre, Artlink, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, Audiences Unlimited, Believe In A Dream, Embassy Theatre Foundation, Fort Wayne Area Community Band, Fort Wayne Artists Guild, Fort Wayne Ballet, Fort Wayne Children’s Choir, Fort Wayne Cinema Center, Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne Youtheatre, Foundation for Art and Music in Elementary Education, Japanese American Association of Indiana, Memorial Park Middle School, Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association, Science Central, Sophia’s Portico, Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana, The Bach Collegium-Fort Wayne, The Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, Three Rivers Music Theatre, Unity Performing Arts Foundation, and University of Saint Francis’ School of Creative Arts. 

Cinema Center celebrates Hoosier filmmakers

On Friday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m., the Cinema Center will kick off a celebration of short Indiana-based films provided by Hoosier Films. 

At 7 p.m., the feature-length film Reparation will be presented. Starring Marc Menchaca (Ozark, The Outsider, Homeland), Jon Huertas (This Is Us, Castle, Generation Kill), Virginia Newcomb (The Death of Dick Long), and Indiana’s own Dale Dye Thomas, Brody Behr, and Adam Philpott, the film was shot entirely in Putnam County and is the result of a decades-long collaboration between writer/producer Steve Timm, DePauw professor of communication and theatre, and writer/director Kyle Ham, a DePauw alum.

Salomon Farm Park Fall Festival

Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Road, will hold a two-day fall festival celebrating the history and culture of the American Farm. 

The festival will be open Friday, Sept. 23, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit farm animals, enjoy hands-on activities, watch oat and wheat threshing, take a ride on a wagon, and see antique farm equipment. Concessions will be available. On Saturday, a farmers market is also planned, and an antique tractor parade will be featured at 1 p.m. 

Free screening of Holocaust documentary

On Thursday, Sept. 29, from 6-9 p.m., PBS Fort Wayne and the Helmke Library at Purdue University Fort Wayne will present a free public screening of The U.S. and the Holocaust, a film by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein. 

This screening will be immediately followed by a discussion on the issues of refugees, genocide, and lessons learned.

Farmers market marks 10-year anniversary

On Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the Fort Wayne Farmers Market will celebrate its 10th anniversary at McCulloch Park. 

The anniversary event will include family-friendly activities, such as Touch a Truck, face painting, food trucks, balloon animals, as well as the usual market vendors.

Hyde Brothers Literary Series

On Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m., Hyde Brothers Booksellers will present the next installment of their literary series, Last Thursday, at 1428 N. Wells Street. 

Each event features at least two local authors who read their original poetry, prose, creative nonfiction, etc., in 15-20-minute installments with a brief intermission between readers. This is a free event and open to the public. 

The September reading will feature readings by Zac Bodine, Ricki Cummings, and M.A. Koontz. 

Haunted Castle and Black Forest opening

The Fort Wayne Haunted Castle and Black Forest opens Friday, Sept. 23, for its 41st season and runs through Oct. 31 at 8965 Auburn Road.

Go to for schedule, tickets, and information about restrictions.

PFW theater season kicks off

The Purdue Fort Wayne Visual and Performing Arts 2022-23 theater season opens Friday, Sept.  23, with Eleemosynary, a drama about three generations of women and their relationships,  at Williams Theatre.

Auditions for IMTF Halloween cabaret

On Sunday, Sept. 25, at 5 p.m., the Indiana Musical Theatre Foundation will hold auditions for The Book of Evil: An Original Halloween Cabaret at RKF Studios, 2446 Lake Ave. 

Go to for more information and to sign up for an audition slot.

Free workshops at Theatre Arts Day

The Fort Wayne theater community has come together to create Theatre Arts Day, a full day of behind-the-scenes workshops on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Arts United Center and PPG ArtsLab.

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