Things to Do in Fort Wayne and Beyond

Time to tune up your bicycles for the annual Trek the Trails

Michele DeVinney

Whatzup Features Writer

Published April 25, 2019

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With warmer weather finally arriving and outdoor activities a welcome relief from winter, it’s time for another season of Trek the Trails, the weekly bike ride and opportunity to enjoy the city’s growing trail system with other bicycling enthusiasts.

A joint venture between the City of Fort Wayne, which has overseen the program for 10 years, and Fort Wayne Trails, which teamed up with the city eight years ago, the program has become a popular way for many to spend a Tuesday evening. With the first ride on April 30 comes an opportunity to raise funds and friends for Fort Wayne Trails.

The first ride begins at the Towpath Trailhead at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a party at the Eagle Marsh Barn on Engle Road, adjacent to the Towpath Trail.

The ride is, as always, free of charge, and the party afterward costs $10 per person or $20 for the family to attend. Food and beverages will be provided by Hall’s Restaurants.

For the ride itself, participants are asked to wear helmets and bring water along for the ride. The ride will be eight to nine miles long with an average speed of 10-12 miles per hour. This is a “no one left behind ride” and families are welcome. Summit City Bicycles and Fitness, the program sponsor, provides staff who can help out if your bike needs a minor repair.

After the kickoff the schedule continues with upcoming rides, also at 6 p.m., on May 7 beginning at the Cookie Cottage on Washington Center Road, May 14 at Shoaff Park’s St. Joseph Parkway, May 21 at Deer Ridge Elementary School, May 28 at the Pufferbelly Trailhead, June 4 at Haley Elementary School, June 11 at Tillman Park Trailhead, June 18 at Rockhill Park Trailhead, and concluding with a ride launched at Purdue Fort Wayne on June 25.

Broadway at the Embassy 2019-20 Season

With another successful Broadway at the Embassy season in the books, on the heels of a packed house for the season’s final production The King and I, the schedule for the 2019-20 season has been announced and includes some first-time productions for our area.

The season kicks off with The Color Purple based on the Alice Walker novel and a musical spin on the Steven Spielberg film which starred Whoopi Goldberg.

Just in time for the holiday season, Cirque Dreams Holidaze will revisit the area, a show that always evolves and promises something new each season.

The popular Fiddler on the Roof returns for the first time in several years while the Broadway smash hits Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Waitress make their Fort Wayne debut.

And last but not least, the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats visits the Embassy only a few months after the film version opens for Christmas theatergoers. No doubt there will be much anticipation and controversy over the film versus stage adaptations, and Broadway at the Embassy allows local fans to experience both and make up their own minds. Season tickets are currently on sale.

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