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PFW honoring life of Craig A. Humphrey

Worked 29 years in school's theater department

A Celebration of Life for Craig A. Humphrey will be Dec. 17 at Williams Theatre at PFW.

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published December 14, 2022

A Craig A. Humphrey Celebration of Life will take place Saturday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. at Williams Theatre on the Purdue University Fort Wayne campus. 

Humphrey, 61, died on March 12.

According to his obituary, Humphrey retired from the PFW Department of Theatre in 2020, where he worked 29 years as a professor of costume design and head of design technology.

During his tenure, he directed, designed, and/or took part in 116 shows, while also directing for the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, Arena Dinner Theatre, and First Presbyterian Theater.

The theater lobby will open at 7 p.m. with a display of Humphrey’s memorable work for the department, including costumes, costume renderings, and photography of his directorial and acting triumphs. A Celebration of Life with tributes and eulogies will begin at 8 p.m.

Friends, colleagues, and alumni are invited to share an evening of stories and memories about the beloved professor, director, actor, and costume designer.

Get your own ’70s-style family photo

Summit City Brewerks is teaming up with their neighboring business, Whiskey and Wine Photography, to offer 1970s-style awkward family photo sessions. 

Photo sessions at the studio take a painless five minutes for just $20. Additional time and poses are also available for an additional fee. 

Sessions will be from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15. To sign up, contact

Take photo with Frozen character and reindeer

Your Party Princess will host a live reindeer meet and greet and photo opportunity with Elsa, Kristoff, and Sven of Frozen on Friday, Dec. 16, from 2-5 p.m. at the Jefferson Pointe Xfinity store, 4545 Illinois Road.

 This event is open to the public, so bring your camera and something special for the characters to sign.

Authentic baked goods at St. Nicholas

Handmade, authentic, and delicious perogies will be available at St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral’s Bake Sale on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Along with perogies, you will also have the opportunity to grab fresh baklava, kifle, breads, kourabiedies (almond cookies), and other ethnic treats at the church, 3535 Crescent Ave.

Dog biscuits with Santa

Rub A Dub Dub Dog Grooming will host Biscuits with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Bring your dog or child by for free photos with Santa, while you take advantage of retail discounts.

Studi07 hosting Queermas Holigay Market

Tazza Café, the Sassy Vegan, and DJ Camren Sproles will host a LGBTQ+ friendly Queermas Holigay Market on Sunday, Dec. 18, from noon-6 p.m. at Studi07, 3414 Fairfield Ave. 

Bell Mansion welcomes kids for spooky event

If your kids lean more toward a spooky holiday season than a festive one, they might enjoy Kids Paranormal 101 at the Bell Mansion, 420 W. Wayne St., on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 1-5 p.m. 

The event is aimed at educating future paranormal investigators and ensuring they understand and learn the proper ways to dive into the paranormal field. Tickets are $25, and a parent/guardian can join for free.

Celebration Chanukah at Promenade Park

The Fort Wayne Chabad Jewish Center will host a Chanukah celebration at Promenade Park on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. 

The event will include the lighting of a giant menorah on the patio, followed by Chanukah treats and swag, lively music, and kids’ activities inside the pavilion. 

Admission is free, but reservations are required at

Sensory-friendly movie at Camp Red Cedar

Camp Red Cedar, 3900 Hursh Road, will present a sensory-friendly movie night on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 5 p.m. 

Individuals must be able to care of themselves or be accompanied by a caregiver, and participants will be able to walk around or visit the sensory room. Lights will be dimmed, and sound will be lowered for a sensory-friendly experience. 

Suggested donation is $5 at the door or $20 per family. All donations go to funding for future socials.

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