Press release from Parks and Recreation:
November Holiday Happenings at the Botanical Conservatory
Pinata Paradise, November 14 – December 6
PiÃ±atas are a traditional part of Mexican Christmas celebrations. Enjoy our creative display in the Desert Garden, designed and decorated by area children. At the end of the display the candy-filled creations are donated to local children’s agencies for their holiday celebrations. To participate by making and donating a piÃ±ata, please call 427-6446 for more information or visit our web site.
Downtown Landmarks – Holiday, November 21 – January 3
Get a new perspective on downtown Fort Wayne with models of city landmark buildings past and present, set among the poinsettias. The Lincoln Tower, Baker Street Station, Keenan Hotel, and Embassy Theatre will be built and displayed by local architectural firms in the garden along with artifacts and information. Test your knowledge of landmark buildings with an interactive exhibit. Historical photographs, a life-size interurban car, and festive holiday lights and decorations will make this display a fun visit for the holidays. The featured architectural firms are Design Collaborative, Inc.; Martin-Riley Architects-Engineers; Moake Park Group, Inc.; and MSKTD & Associates, Inc.
Holiday Kick-Off Party, Wednesday, November 25, 5 – 9 pm
Enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie, make a card for a service person, meet Mrs. Claus and let us give you a photo with Santa. You can also meet Becka and Teeka, two live reindeer that know all about the North Pole. Don’t forget to participate in the Fort Wayne Downtown Lighting Ceremony before or after your visit to our holiday garden and displays.
Stories from the Conductor, Saturday, November 28, 10 am – 2 pm
For about 100 years, Fort Wayne history — and in fact U.S. history — was closely linked to its railroads. Visit the Conservatory’s Downtown Landmarks exhibit this Thanksgiving weekend and enjoy Mr. Conductor’s lively first-person interpretation as he shares train legends and lore in costume with our guests.
Regular admission applies for all of these events: $5/adult, $3/child age 3-17, free for children 2 and under.
The Botanical Conservatory is located downtown at 1100 S. Calhoun Street. For more information, call 427-6440 or visit on-line.