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Promenade Park still hot even though the weather is cool


Michele DeVinney

Whatzup Features Writer

Published January 16, 2020

Promenade Park continues to be a hot attraction even as the temperatures have cooled. The beautiful pavilion has made our new park a place to gather even during the winter months. 

Proof of that comes from the new series announced last week. Speak, Sing, or Wing Night provides rotating themes and features local and regional comedians, poets, spoken word, storytelling, and musicians. 

Those who may not have found their special gift just yet are invited to participate in the first ever Riverfront Fort Wayne “Un-talent Show.” Buffet style food will be available from Mad Anthony’s and Shigs in Pit. Doors open at 7 for the 21+ attendees, and the shows run from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, and the lineup is already set for the next several weeks and includes:

Sing Night (Jan. 16) hosted by Adam Baker of Adam Baker and the Heartache and featuring Rosalind & the Way

Speak Night (Jan. 23) with Maumee Mary and Joseph Comedy Festival presenting Pat Sievert, 2019’s Funniest person in Grand Rapids

Wing Night (Jan. 30) hosted by Maumee Mary and Joseph Comedy Festival and featuring Broken Pencil Improv and You!

Speak Night (Feb. 6) featuring Storytelling with Discussion by Craig Nix, Spoken Word, and Poetry Readings

Sing Night (Feb.13) hosted by Adam Baker of Adam Baker and the Heartache and featuring El Camino Hot Tub

Speak Night (Feb. 20) hosted by Maumee Mary and Joseph Comedy Festival and featuring the Double Album Release Show with local favorites OG Mufasa and TV

Wing Night (Feb. 27) hosted by Maumee Mary and Joseph Comedy Festival and featuring Broken Pencil Improv and You! 

For updates check out the Promenade Park: Speak, Sing, or Wing Night Facebook page.

Join a short stroll 

There are still more ways to enjoy the park and opportunities to enjoy another mild Fort Wayne winter. Free monthly walking tours, taking place this month on Sunday, Jan. 26, provide a lovely 45-minute stroll through the park with some inside info for those who want to know more about the park and other Riverfront events and plans. 

All ages are welcome and encouraged to wear comfy shoes and weather-appropriate attire for the walk which begins at 9 a.m. No registration is required. In the case of inclement weather, visit the Riverfront Fort Wayne Facebook page for updates. While you’re there also look for details on Tuesday Family Game Nights and Wednesday Dance Promenades which continue into February.

Discover new public art

The plan for more public art has been in the works for many months, and it’s almost time to learn what those plans will be. 

The Ian Rolland Gallery atop the Arts United Center will host a presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 29, beginning at 6 p.m. Following the presentation, residents will have an opportunity to visit nine interactive stations detailing the nine projects proposed in the master plan.  The proposed projects offer a variety of ideas for the types of public art and the locations in which they can be located, such as neighborhoods, major corridors, or downtown. There is plenty to see and learn. Cupcakes and live music are just a delightful bonus.

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