Things to Do in Fort Wayne and Beyond

Five Points roundabout will feature new artwork


Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published September 1, 2021

The City of Fort Wayne’s Public Works Division and the Fort Wayne Public Art Commission have selected a sculptural artist and concept that will be installed at the center of the Five Points roundabout at Goshen Avenue and Sherman Boulevard. 

Artist Susan Zoccola’s proposed sculpture, “5 Point Spin,” will stand 28 feet tall and 30 feet wide. It is inspired by the history of the site, the neighborhood, and the Lincoln Highway. The wheel-inspired sculptural “tree” is representative of all the wheels that have traveled through the intersection over the past 100 years. LED lights will allow the scuplture to be seen at night.

“I hope to help to create a colorful visual anchor, which enhances this major gateway to Fort Wayne, that celebrates, uplifts, and unifies the city, and greets residents and visitors throughout the year,” Zoccola said.

Work is currently in the engineering stage, with fabrication scheduled to begin in October. The sculpture will be completed in 2022, with installation scheduled for June. To read a copy of the Art for All! Public Art Master Plan, visit FortWaynePublicArt.com.

AUBURN CORD DueSENBERG FESTIVAL

This weekend marks the final days of the 65th annual Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival in Auburn. The downtown cruise-in will be on Friday, Sept. 3, beginning at 10 a.m., with the Parade of Classics taking place on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 1 p.m. 

For information about more ACD Festival events this weekend, including a 5K, concert, car show and auction, wine tent, and gala ball, go to acdfestival.org.

BUILT HERITAGE OF WEST CENTRAL TOUR

ARCH presents a new tour, Built Heritage of West Central Dive, on Thursday, Sept. 2, at 7 p.m. 

The tour takes a deep dive into the styles and stories of Fort Wayne’s signature historic district. Meet on the Wayne Street side of Library Plaza. Admission is $10-$15.

JOHNNIE MAE FARM STAND

Ther are only a few weeks left to visit the Johnnie Mae Farm Stand farmers market, which is held on Fridays from 2-6 p.m. through Oct. 29. 

Located at 2518 Winter St., the property features a state-of-the-art kitchen, rental space to hold gatherings, and three-quarters of an acre of community garden in the back. 

A variety of fresh produce grown on-site will be available to local residents. Possible items for purchase include collard and mustard greens, oregano, thyme, radishes, tomatoes, sweet corn, zucchini, green beans, peppers, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts and watermelon.

GRABILL COUNTRY FAIR

The 48th annual Grabill Country Fair will take place next Thursday to Saturday, Sept. 9-11, at the Country Shops of Grabill. The festival, which typically attracts 100,000 visitors, began in 1973 by the Grabill Chamber of Commerce. 

Grabill is a quaint town of about 1,000 people, just north of Fort Wayne, nestled in the heart of a large Amish community. The town’s country-style fair highlights the area’s Amish heritage and encompasses streets lined with 130 craft booths and food stands. There are old fashioned contests, such as spelling bees, a baby crawl, jump roping, apple peeling, nail driving, cross-cut sawing, and apple pie baking. 

Gospel music will be performed on Saturday evening, and country and bluegrass is played at other times. Monster truck rides for $5 per rider are available three blocks north on Main Street. 

For a schedule of events, go to grabillcountryfair.org.

SPORTS CARD SHOW

A sports card show will take place at the Allen County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building No. 4 on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free for those wanting to buy, sell, or trade. Tables are still available. 

Contact Greg Mayne at gregashleymayne@icloud.com or (260) 827-0317.

SENIOR SAFETY SPEAKER and DINNER

Waynedale United Methodist Church will host a dinner (with a donation) and speaker from TRIAD, an organization promoting senior safety, on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 5:30 p.m. 

Allen County TRIAD was formed in 1995 with the goal of reducing older adults’ fear of crime through education, awareness, resources, and programs. Allen County TRIAD programs include File of Life Magnets, Safe at Home, Safenet, and education regarding proper medication disposal.

MIAMI HERITAGE EVENT

The History Center will present Miami Harvest: Edible and Usable Plants and Materials with Dani Tippmann on Saturday, Sept. 4, from 1-4 p.m. at the Chief Richardville House, 5705 Bluffton Road. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and youth.

BUSY BEES IN NEW HAVEN

The New Haven Parks and Recreation Department and Community Center will present a Busy Bees series on Thursdays from Sept. 9-23, from 10:30-11:15 a.m. for children age two to six. The program features fun hands-on activities, crafts, and stories. Call the Parks Office at (260) 749-2212 to register.

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