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Youtheatre honors WBOI’s Julia Meek

Cherry Blossom, Downtown Live! change venues

WBOI's Julia Meek was recently awarded the Harvey Cocks Lifetime Achievement Award from Fort Wayne Youtheatre.
Jen Poiry Prough

Jen Poiry Prough

Whatzup Features Writer

Published April 26, 2023

Fort Wayne Youtheatre recently  presented their 2023 Harvey Cocks Lifetime Achievement Award to the one-and-only Julia Meek.

In a press release, Youtheatre noted, “Julia is an artist and has been a part of local public radio since 1981.  Her voice can be heard frequently on WBOI with her arts and culture features and as the host of ‘Folktales’ and ‘Meet the Music.’ 

“A self-described Forthead, Julia has long used her public platform to tirelessly champion the performing arts in northeast Indiana. She has consistently gone above and beyond to promote and support Youtheatre’s mission to educate, engage and entertain young artists and audiences.  Both on-the-air and off, Youtheatre knows no better friend.” 

The Lifetime Achievement Award is named for the late Harvey Cocks, who led Youtheatre more than 40 years.  The award will be presented along with the Harvey Cocks Volunteer of the Awards at the opening night performance of Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher at First Presbyterian Theater on Friday, April 28.  

Pulse Opera House presents Orphan Train

Pulse Opera House in Warren is presenting their third production of The Orphan Train, a play featuring local history. 

The show follows a series of youngsters who rode the “orphan train” from New York City to the Midwest, searching for adoptive families from 1854-1929. The show features a talented young cast as well as adults with performances through May 7.

 Tickets are available at

Huntington drive-in opens April 28

The GQT Huntington Twin Drive-In, 1291 Condit St. in Huntington, will open its season on Friday, April 28. 

 During its opening weekend, they’ll be showing The Super Mario Bros. Movie and Puss in Boots and Screen One and Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves   and Champions on Screen Two. 

Cherry Blossom Festival moves to PFW

Organizers of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival announced the celebration of Japanese culture will move from the downtown Allen County Public Library to the Walb Student Union on the Purdue University Fort Wayne campus.

The festival set for noon on Sunday, May 21, will open with a proclamation from Mayor Tom Henry, followed by the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir and Suzuki Strings, as well as Fort Wayne Taiko.

The afternoon will be filled with food vendors, craft vendors, contests, and artists, as well as demonstrations and other activities.

Concert series shifts to Calhoun Street

The popular summer concert series Downtown Live! is moving from The Landing to the TriCore Porch Off Calhoun this year.

Beginning June 2, you will be able to catch the free music every Friday from 6-8 p.m. through August in the alleyway next to Pint & Slice, 816 S. Calhoun St.

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