Spend the end of the year downtown

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News release from the Downtown Improvement District:

Spend the End of the Year Downtown

It’s the last weekend of the month and there is plenty to do in downtown Fort Wayne for the Last Saturday and New Year’s Eve. For all of 2012, the Cultural District in the heart of our city has been celebrating the successful revitalization of our downtown with activities on the Last Saturday of every month. It’s been a busy year with record-breaking festivals, family activities at downtown establishments and once-a-month discounts at popular museums and attractions including the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, the History Center and Science Central.

Last Saturdays is a comprehensive approach to attract visitors downtown to experience the diverse social, arts, and cultural opportunities in our community. Taking regularly scheduled activity and splicing it with a “First Fridays” concept adopted in cities around the country, the Fort Wayne Cultural District wishes to empower all of its diverse venues, artists, and businesses by assisting them in attracting significantly larger customer bases and augmenting their promotional capacity. Last Saturdays is a great way for individual artists and organizations to share their message with a large, built-in audience, and create vibrancy in downtown Fort Wayne.

The Fort Wayne Cultural District is supported by four partners: Arts United, the Downtown Improvement District, Visit Fort Wayne, and the City of Fort Wayne promoting the Last Saturdays concept as an opportunity to promote our community’s arts and cultural assets.

Here is the list of Last Saturday activities and also some New Year’s Eve activities in the line-up of holiday weekend activity.


December 29, 2012, Last Saturdays Activities

1.) Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink

Saturday, 10 am – 10 pm, Headwaters Park East

311 S. Clinton Street


$3 – Ages 13 and under; $5 – Age 14 and over; $2 – Skate Rental; Parking is free


2.) Stoner’s Funstore

Dick Stoner will give free magic demonstrations and show children how to do some of the magic tricks he sells in his fun store.

9:30am- 5:30pm.




3.) Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

From the Dr. Seuss tale, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” comes a new twist on Fort Wayne’s annual holiday celebration. In this new garden exhibit, join the citizens of Whoville in the midst of colorful poinsettias and discover the power of Christmas to overcome the dourest of Grinches.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

1100 South Calhoun Street

$1 off admission price



4.) The History Center

Don’t miss the new exhibit on Allen County Innovation spotlighting local industry.

Half price admission is offered every last Sat of the month at the History Center.

Noon to 5:00 pm

302 East Berry Street


(260) 426-2882


5.) Science Central

Will offer half price admission! Disease Detectives: This interactive exhibition invites visitors to investigate a case by meeting a series of patients, interpreting their lab tests and exploring their environment to learn more about infectious disease transmission and prevention.

10am to 5pm!

$4.00 children and adults, $3.50 for seniors, free 2 and under.

1950 North Clinton Street




6.) Embassy Theatre

Down the Line: Hard Chord

Plug it in and turn it up! Down the Line: Hard Chord hits it hard with the greatest hard rock covers played by local bands.

7 pm



7) Artlink

Auer Center for Arts & Culture

• 9th regional Exhibition

View over 70 pieces of artwork from regional artists.


• White to Brite, A community art installation.

• Photography: Amy Schreiber and Seder Burns



8.) Fort Wayne Museum of Art

311 East Main Street

• Hidden Treasures: The John Whittenberger Collection of G. David Thompson at Peru High School

• Freedom Riders and Bus Boycotters: Threads of a Story.

• Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders

• Joel Fremion and 21st Century Collage

• Ode to My Architect: Harmony of an Islamic Art

$5 adults, $3 students, $10 families, free for members.



9.) Castle Gallery

1202 W Wayne

Holiday Show, 11 – 6 pm, Tuesdy – Saturday or appt.


10.) Cinema Center

• Snafu in Santa’s Workshop

Ecstatic Theatrics presents this holiday play

11 a.m. $4, Free photos with Santa afterward

• Midnight Movie Series: Brazil

437 E Berry St; $5

260.426.3456 (FILM)



11.) Hall’s Gas House

Music by Joe Stabelli

6pm – 9pm

No cover



12.) Jazz at Club Soda

Cliff Webb Trio

9:30 p.m.-12, 235 E Superior St.

No cover



13.) Columbia Street West

Good Night Gracie

10 pm, $5 cover, 135 W Columbia St.


New Year’s Eve Downtown Fort Wayne

Monday, Dec. 31

Science Central

Countdown to Noon

Monday, December 31, 2012

10 am – 2pm

Not able to stay up till midnight? Then come down to Science Central for the annual Countdown to Noon event! Science Central will have multiple activity tables and demonstrations all centered around New Year’s Eve! Then after a soda pop toast, Science Central will count down the seconds till noon and end the festivities with the annual 1000 balloon drop!

Admission: $7.00 per person (Ages 3-Adult)

Bring a canned food item and receive 1/2 off admission (one can per person).


Carriage Rides

Sentimental Journey Carriage Rides begin and end at Don Hall’s Gas House & Takaoka restaurant.

Rosewood Carriage rides and Camelot Carriage Rides reservations are available most evenings.

Special locations can be arranged too. Details for all of these are available on the Visit Fort Wayne website: VisitFortWayne.com


Jazz at Club Soda

West Central Quartet

9:30 p.m.-12, 235 E Superior St.


Columbia Street West

The Freak Brothers & Unlikely Alibi

10 pm, $10 cover, 135 W Columbia St.


YLNI Masquerade Ball

Grand Wayne Center; Hours: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Masks are required * Black tie optional.

Courtyard by Marriott is offering YLNI members and Masquerade Ball patrons a wonderful New Year’s Eve rate.



The Philmore on Broadway 3rd Annual New Year’s Party

Monday, December 31, 2012

Doors open at 7:30 pm, Live music at 9 pm

Attend the best New Year’s Eve party in town! Join us for food, beverage, and the musical talents of INFLUX. Bring in 2013 with a bang! Group reservations available and encouraged. Tickets start at $20.

2441 Broadway Street



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