Get your fill of produce at farmers markets
Fort Wayne is fortunate to have farmers markets that provide an excellent source for good produce as well as meats, jams, baked goods, and crafts all year long.
During the colder months, The Fort Wayne Farmers Market has moved to Parkview Field inside the Lincoln Financial Event Center where the Saturday morning market will be each week from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. through May 8. After that you can visit it in its usual location near the corner of Douglas and Webster.
The popular YLNI Farmers Market, still often referred to as the Barr Street Market, has moved indoors to the former Aunt Millie’s location providing plenty of space for all they have to offer. The market is opened from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. each Saturday and will move back to its more familiar location in May.
Although the Southside Market is currently closed, it reopens on April 3 which is just weeks away. And they provide a slightly earlier start time (8 a.m.) for those who like to get a jump on the day.
Arts United awards
Although 2020 offered a somewhat limited array of performances and arts programming, there was still much to admire and enjoy thanks to the hard work and ingenuity of several local people who often found ways to make lemonade out of lemons.
Arts United typically celebrates local artistic achievements with their annual awards ceremony, and while this year’s were held virtually, they still found ways to show appreciation for many who worked above and beyond the call of duty last year.
Among the 2020 honorees were:
Francisco Reyes for his beautiful mural projects and his efforts to collaborate, give voice, and provide artistic feedback to younger artists.
Andre Portee for revitalizing basketball courts in southeast Fort Wayne with artistic symbols of black pride.
Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership for the Make It Your Own Mural Fest which drew work from local, national, and international artists
Rachael Driscoll who is part of the Mural Fest team but also volunteers countless hours for Art This Way.
Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s Chalk Walk which adapted its usual downtown chalk art to local neighborhoods so artists could work at home.
Fort Wayne Civic Theatre’s summer production of 1776 which moved to the Foellinger Theatre for safety and featured an all-female cast in honor of the 19th Amendment Centennial.
The Honeywell Foundation for providing programming through movies and concerts at the 13-24 Drive-In and through virtual camps.
The Arts United Lifetime Achievement Award was given to David Meyer for his arts advocacy as trustee of the Auer Foundation. The Mayor’s Arts Award was given to Art This Way for bringing artists downtown to paint works on plywood which covered businesses following the protests in Fort Wayne last summer.
Kudos also to recent Liddell Award honoree Derek Reeves for providing the original soundtrack to the television broadcast of the awards as well as the Art Farm where the awards themselves were designed and made.