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Honeywell takes a chance on staging of Mamma Mia! musical

Michele DeVinney

Whatzup Features Writer

Published July 4, 2019

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The Honeywell Center in Wabash has become well known for hosting some very big names at its lovely venue. But every September, the Honeywell plays host to performers much closer to home.

The Wabash Area Community Theater stages one big production each year, and this year it’s the very popular Mamma Mia! opening at the Honeywell for three performances. With evening shows on Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m., the jukebox musical that started the phenomenon brings the music of ABBA to life.

Having recently been staged as the final show for the Civic Theatre’s 2018-19 season, there is definitely an audience for the show, and those who can’t get enough should check out the upcoming production in Wabash.

Tickets are a very reasonable $17 for adults, $10 for youth through high school. Tickets for this show go on sale August 9 but are available now as part of a subscription to the Wabash Valley Music Association 2019-20 Series which also includes The Texas Tenors (Oct. 9), Jackie Evancho (Nov. 23), Bandstand (Jan. 8), The Simon & Garfunkel Story (Feb. 7), Finding Neverland (March 15), and the Indiana Wind Symphony (May 9). For more information, visit

Summer creativity classes

Believe it or not, with area schools set to begin a new school term in less than six weeks, summer is now about half over.

It would be easy to mourn its brisk pace, but there are plenty of things to look forward to this fall, thanks in no small part to Fort Wayne Community Schools who not only take those restless kids off your hands but also offer a full slate of adult classes for very reasonable rates.

For those who wish to explore their artistic side, classes in everything from watercolor to colored pencils are available. Or you can make a Tree Suncatcher, a Dichroic Pendant, or a Crackle Glass Vase. Also available are computer classes, CPR classes, and a class that teaches how to make sushi without raw fish for those who might be squeamish.

Dance classes include social dancing — from the waltz to the foxtrot — and country social dancing. Yoga and Pilates are just a couple of the options from the Health & Wellness area, and everything from knitting classes to genealogy tips are also available.

Go to for a complete list of classes and registration information.

Hard-boiled competition

Science Central is a great place to take the kids during summer vacation as it’s both educational and air-conditioned.

One special event coming as part of the Three Rivers Festival is the 21st Annual Egg Drop. For those who have never experienced an egg drop, various contraptions are designed to protect the eggs, and then, when dropped from the Science Central roof, are either saved from going splat or…well…go splat. There is no cost to stop by on Sunday, July 14, to watch and cheer on participants in their effort to build the better egg saving device. Or cheer on the mess of egg ruin, whichever floats your boat.

The competition begins at 1 p.m., and for those who wish to participate, there’s still time to register. Visit for rules and registration.

Entrants receive a pass to Science Central for future use, and there are prizes in a variety of categories including most creative device, most scientific device, most devastating crash, and most devastating crash to survive. May the best egg win.

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