Between the summer festivals, the TinCaps games, the outdoor concerts, food trucks and farmers markets, you might think things in Fort Wayne couldn’t get any better.
But, if that is the case, then you would be sadly mistaken, my friend.
This summer—perhaps more than any other—there are so many exciting things happening around town that it makes me want to sing.
And since I can’t sing for you myself (lucky you), I’ve compiled a list of the city's five hottest recent headlines in the form of popular song lyrics.
1. Straight Flowin’ on a Boat!
Fort Wayne’s first authentic riverboat is officially cruisin’ down the big blue(ish) watery road (yeah). Her name is Sweet Breeze, and she’s offering river tours and private excursions as part of the city’s ongoing riverfront development plan. Yes, this means you can be on a boat like Leo right here in downtown Fort Wayne. This boat is REAL. So get your swim trunks and your flippie-floppies, and make a reservation at Fort Wayne Outfitters, sha-sha-shorty.
Inspired by The Lonely Island, “I’m On A Boat.”
The Full Story: http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/20170607/canal-boat-ready-to-cruise
2. It’s Electric! (Boogie, Woogie, Woogie.)
You can’t see it (because it’s not done yet). But you gotta know it (because it’s going to be freaking awesome). Fort Wayne’s former General Electric campus near downtown is getting fully renovated into a mixed-use, multipurpose metropolis of excitement. And it’s Electric! They’re calling the project Electric Works (boogie, woogie, woogie), and it’s likely to include a year-round indoor farmers market, housing, culinary classes, and more. The tentative timeline for completion is 2020. Ooh, it's shakin'!
Inspired by Marcia Griffiths, “Electric Slide.”
The Full Story: http://www.journalgazette.net/news/local/20170614/food-plans-served-up-for-electric-works
Read More: http://wane.com/2017/02/13/sold-buyer-secured-for-ge-campus/
3. I love this bar.
It ain’t too far. Come as you are. Two new neighborhood bars are open, making the Fort Wayne suburbs feel a little more urban. HT2, an offshoot of Indianapolis’s Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery, opened in late May on the southwest side of town as an upscale cocktail lounge. And the 07 Pub opened in early June as a hyper-local sports bar on the south side. Just walkin’ right through the front door of either place will put a big smile on your face. No cover charge. Come as you are. Mmm, hmm, hmm, hmm, hmm.
Inspired by Toby Keith, “I Love This Bar.”
The Full Stories:
07 Pub: http://www.journalgazette.net/food/the-dish/20170607/after-year-in-making-07-pub-now-open
4. Please don’t stop the music.
Baby, are you ready? Cause it's getting close. We’ve heard talk about the Clyde Theatre for years now, and it’s finally happening. Even Keels Holdings and Sweetwater Sound are teaming up to make Fort Wayne’s first mid-size music venue a reality at Quimby Village where we’ll all be rockin’ on the dance floor (because it’s a stand-up only venue). Just let the music play, and once it’s started, it’s likely to bring the entire Quimby shopping center back to life. Keep on rockin' to it.
Inspired by Rihanna, “Don’t Stop the Music.”
The Full Story: http://news-sentinel.com/news/local/Sweetwater-Sound-founder-gives-Clyde-Theatre-makeover--1-5M-boost
5. Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide? It’s your escape from reality. ArtLink recently purchased a virtual reality (VR) headset and highly coveted Google Tilt Brush software that allows artists to paint in virtual reality. And they’re allowing anyone in our community to rent the equipment for virtually nothing! So open your eyes, put on your VR headset and seeeeee the world like you’ve never seen it before. If you’re just a poor boy, you can easy come, easy go, and use this ridiculously expensive software for the bargain price of $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia!
Inspired by Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
The Full Story: http://wboi.org/post/artlink-debuts-new-way-northeast-indiana-artists-create#stream/0
HereSay, in partnership with YLNI, is a bi-weekly blog about our say on what’s happening here. It is written by YLNI member Kara Hackett, and the opinions are her own. Photo by Matt Thomas. HereSay@ylni.org