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Have musical fun with Fort Wayne Terrible Orchestra


Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published September 8, 2021

Founded in 2018, the Fort Wayne Terrible Orchestra was modeled after the Scottish Really Terrible Orchestra, a group of adults who had some training in instruments but just wanted to play together as an orchestra for fun. 

FWTO meets Mondays at 7 p.m. at First Missionary Church on Rudisill Boulevard. The next session starts on Sept. 13 and runs through Nov. 15, culminating in a free concert for the community. 

Cost is $65. Practice is optional but recommended. Contact the director, Deb Graham, a violist with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, at vlagrl@gmail.com with any questions. 

Registration is open at firstmc.org/ministries/terrible-orchestra/. All orchestral instruments — strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion — are welcome.

AUDITIONS: AT THE MOVIES

Three Rivers Music Theatre will hold auditions for their next concert, “At the Movies: Songs of the Silver Screen,” on Monday, Sept. 13, from 7-9 p.m. at the Embassy Theatre. Rehearsals will also take place at the Embassy from Oct. 17-29. The final performance  will be on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 8 p.m. 

Auditioners should prepare 60-90 seconds of a song within the “songs of the cinema” theme and should email a PDF of sheet music in the correct key prior to auditions on Sept. 13. There will be an accompanist provided. 

Register at threeriversmusictheatre.com/auditions.

BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN HOMETOWN

One of the city’s most popular annual events, Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown, returns on Sunday, Sept. 12. Passports gain free admission to 19 of Fort Wayne’s museums and attractions on that day. 

Most attractions are open from noon-5 p.m., including the African-American Historical Society and Museum, Allen County Courthouse (guided tours from noon-4 p.m.), Allen County Public Library, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Artlink, Diocesan Museum, Embassy Theatre, First Presbyterian Church, Botanical Conservatory, Freemasons Hall, History Center, The Landing, Lincoln Tower, Little River Wetlands Monarch Festival, The Old Fort, Riverfront Fort Wayne, Science Central (tickets are limited and are first-come, first-served), Trinity English Lutheran Church, and the Visitors Center. 

Get more information about hours and limitations at visitfortwayne.com. Download a PDF passport from the website or pick one up at any Fort Wayne area Kroger or Old National Bank.

BREWED IN THE FORT CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL

Brewed IN the Fort 2021 is back at Headwaters Park East for their 22nd Annual Craft Beer Fest on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 2-5  p.m. This festival is dedicated to promoting and celebrating locally crafted products from Indiana beers and ciders to Fort Wayne food and entertainment. 

Visitors are strongly encouraged to cycle, walk, carpool, or use paid transportation for a safe ride home. Parking is available around Headwaters Park with free street parking downtown. 

Tickets are $40 (plus fees/tax) for general admission and $100 (plus fees/tax) for “Trails Rockstar” tickets, which include an exclusive hour of tasting beginning at 1 p.m. and a Fort Wayne Trails gift. Tickets for designated drivers are $10 (plus fees/tax) and includes craft root beer and soda. All attendees must be 21+ with valid ID, including designated drivers. 

Tickets are available at EventBrite.com.

KUEHNERT DAIRY FALL FESTIVAL & CORN MAZE

The ninth season of the Kuehnert Dairy Fall Festival begins on Sept. 17 and continues weekends only through Oct. 31. 

Located at 6532 W. Cook Road, the festival features “The Legacy Lives On” themed corn maze and other activities that pay tribute to the farm’s patriarch, Alan Kuehnert. 

In addition to soft serve ice cream, the festival will sell its award-winning “Mousetrap” grilled cheese sandwich for $4. Andrew Kuehnert’s creation combines slices of medium cheddar, havarti, and colby-jack cheeses on firm white Texas-style toast. Visit kuehnertdairy.com for more information.

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