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Annual festival set for Sunday, May 15, at Headwaters Park

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published May 11, 2022

Eco Fest will take place Sunday, May 15, from noon to 5 p.m. at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne. 

The free event will feature live music, kids’ activities, workshops, food and drinks, and retail and non-profit vendor displays. 

A rain barrel workshop will take place at 3:30 p.m. with a cost of $45 per rain barrel. Call Sharon at (260) 755-8111 to RSVP. 

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Costume designer joins Civic Theatre

Travis Eli Whited has joined the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre staff as costume designer/supervisor. 

Having designed costumes for everything from high school and regional theatre shows to Broadway productions and national tours, Whited studied acting at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, but his lifelong love of costume design led him to a career at the sewing machine. 

In addition to the theater, Whited has worked on independent films and reality shows like The Biggest Loser and Beauty and the Geek.

Live music slated for downtown

Free, live music schedules have been released for downtown, with Lunch on the Square every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Downtown Live! at The Landing every Friday from 6-8 p.m.

At Lunch the Square at Freimann Square, Barnes & Thornburg will match 15 percent of the sales from a weekly featured food vendor, with proceeds going to The Growing Lives Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to “empowering, educating, and uplifting students to a brighter future.”

The Lunch on the Square lineup includes She Bop! on June 2, Jackson Vibe on June 16, Alicia Pyle and The Locals on June 16, Jen and The Foggy Creek Band on June 23, Lydia Suzan and Jordan Bridges on June 30, Ross Kinsey on July 7, Aleena York on July 14, Mike Conley on July 21, The Lacy Jane Band on July 28, Jon Durnell Band, on Aug. 4, Sunny Taylor on Aug. 11, McKenna Parks on Aug. 18, and Todd Harrold Band on Aug. 25.

The Downtown Live! schedule is Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra on June 3, Wade’s World on June 10, Todd Harrold Band on June 17, G-Money Band on June 24, Sweetwater All Stars on July 1, Midnight Mimosas on July 8, Q & The Cold Fusion on July 15, O’ Sister Brother on July 22, Alicia Pyle and The Locals on July 29, Melisa’s Latin Beat on Aug. 5, L&J Duo on Aug. 12, Shannon Persinger Band on Aug. 19, Aleena York on Aug. 26, Loveseat! on Sept. 2, and The Be Colony on Oct. 7.

Senior Games registration open now

Senior Games events are open to all men and women age 50 and older. Register at or at the Community Center, 233 W. Main St., by June 4. Entry fees are $1 per event and $2 after May 27. 

 An opening ceremony will be Monday, June 6, at 9 a.m. at the Community Center featuring a continental breakfast and torch lighting with Mayor Tom Henry. A Wellness Fair will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. with local health and wellness vendors, games, and giveaways. 

Events will be held at a variety of sites throughout Fort Wayne. 

An awards banquet will be held on Thursday, July 7, at 5:30 p.m. at Shoaff Park, with the cost of $5 per participant and $10 for guests.

Plant Sale with the master gardeners

The Purdue Master Gardener Program will present its annual Master Gardener Plant Sale with the Pros on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

There will be a wide assortment of plants, including annuals, perennials, and indoor plants. Area vendors will also be available, including Riverview Native Nursery, Glenn’s Natural Honey, and Three Rivers Fruit Growers Club.

The plant sale is cash or check only. The event is open to the public and will happen rain or shine.

Hunchback of Notre Dame at Goldstine

Fire & Light Academy will present The Hunchback of Notre Dame from May 19-21 at the University of Saint Francis’ Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center, 431 W. Berry St. 

The musical is based on the Victor Hugo novel features songs from the Disney film. The musical is rated PG for subject matter. 

Fire & Light Academy is a theater troupe for young performers age 8-18.


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