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Trick-or-Treat with Indiana Artisan Products

Who says trick-or-treating is just for kids? While you may not want to dress up in costume and ask your neighbors for candy, Yelp's rounded up some of the best Indiana artisan products to enjoy - some salty, some sweet! Think of it as your own personal adult trick-or-treating tour. Newfangled…

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Celebrate National Coffee Day

I’ve been waiting for a day to exalt some of my favorite coffee hang-outs in northeastern Indiana. Today, National Coffee Day, is it! Grounds and Grains in Bluffton, 30 minutes south of Fort Wayne, is a cozy café that serves delicious drinks, sandwiches and treats like Scotcheroos. I should be a…

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Mmmm ... Pie!

USA Today just recently announced the winners of their "Best Food Trail" category and guess what? The Indiana Hoosier Pie Trail finished fourth! If you didn't know about this one-of-a-kind trail, then here is your chance! There are 17 stops on this trail, but I'm going to highlight just a few…

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Fairmount’s James Dean Festival

I like old cars. I’ve no particular favorites, but especially anything red (that is my favorite color). So attending car shows is a pleasurable activity for me as I imagine the days when these classics were new and cruised Main Streets of small towns across the country, windows rolled down and…

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A New Way to Explore White River State Park

Having lived in Indy almost 15 years I'm no stranger to White River State Park. I know all the top facts (its a beautiful park in the heart of downtown, houses several attractions, etc). BUT, I got to experience the park a whole new way and learn a whole lot more about what they offer! Segways!! I…

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Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival

Fall is my favorite season, mainly because one of my favorite events of the year takes place – Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival. This annual festival, held at Hier's Park (547 S. Briant Street) in Huntington, began in 1976. Sadly, I only discovered it a few years ago. It is now on my must-do…

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A little bit of Johnny Appleseed

Every time I think of Johnny Appleseed I think of the song I sang as a kid, but last year I got to experience him in a whole new way ... at the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Fort Wayne. What began in 1974 with only a handful of vendors (around 20) has now grown to over 200 booths! There is NO cost to…

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Tour Fort Wayne Free for 1 Day

Fort Wayne recently hosted an event that is family-friendly, fascinating and free! The event is called ‘Be A Tourist’ (BAT). It’s held the Sunday following Labor Day and is designed to encourage people who live in Fort Wayne and surrounding areas to visit some of the city’s main attractions…

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A Fun Family Experience at Conner Prairie

I think I mentioned this before, but years ago (really!) I worked at Conner Prairie and I loved it. Being born and raised on a farm, I always related to the outdoor areas and have loved watching the growth over the years. This last weekend I made a return visit (because each visit is so different and…

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Kids Go Wild for the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Have you been to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. What a gem of an attraction. We had been there a few years back and honestly I forgot how much I loved this place! Not only do they have wonderful animals but everywhere you turn there are hands on exhibits for your kids (and you!) to play with. We…

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