Julia Meek

Host, Folktales & Meet the Music

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for over thirty years. She is currently co-producer and host of Folktales, co-coordinator and host of Meet the Music.

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Arts & Culture
3:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

As it Turns 40, Appleseed Festival Keeps the "Old Days" Exciting

Visitors can expect to be transported back to the 1800s at the 40th Annual Johnny Appleseed Festival. The event starts Saturday in Fort Wayne.
Credit Courtesy / Johnny Appleseed Festival

Fort Wayne's Johnny Appleseed Festival is a staple in the area's fall activity lineup, and this weekend, it's turning forty years old.

It's a period-authentic festival that celebrates the season, as well as the life and times of John Chapman, better known as the beloved “Johnny Appleseed.”

WBOI's Julia Meek invited festival board member Bridget Kelly to the Madge Rothschild Studios to find out more about what sustains the appeal of this annual seasonal salute.

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Music
4:26 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Interview: Andy Bean of "The Two Man Gentlemen Band"

The Two Man Gentlemen Band (Andy Bean and Fuller Condon) will visit Fort Wayne Thursday, Sept. 18th.
Credit Courtesy / The Two Man Gentleman Band

For seven years, Andy Bean and Fuller Condon have been barnstorming the U.S. as the "Two Man Gentlemen Band," a musical duo slinging a mix of jazz, swing, and good humor.

They're touring behind a brand new album with an extra long title: Enthusiastic Attempts at Hot Swing & String Band Favorites, and they'll bring that enthusiasm to The Brass Rail in Fort Wayne this Thursday, Sept. 18th.

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Arts & Culture
3:02 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

USF Goes "En Plein Air" With Cape Ann Connections

The "Cape Ann Connections" exhibition kicks off this year's arts season at the University of Saint Francis. The show features works from several artists, including Indiana painter Fred Doloresco.
Credit Courtesy / University of Saint Francis

The University of St. Francis is kicking off its arts season with a unique exhibition called Cape Ann Connections.

The exhibit showcases that scenic portion of the New England coast in the en plein air style of painting for which the region is known, and features historic and contemporary Cape Ann painters, as well as Indiana artists who visit the cape seasonally to paint there.

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Fashion
2:30 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Interview: "Living Loud" with Designer Anton Babich

Fort Wayne fashion designer Anton Babich says style decisions should be driven by what makes the wearer feel good.
Credit Courtesy / Anton Babich

If you’re one of Fort Wayne’s fashion-forward men, your first thought may not be to shop local if you’re chasing something stylish.

But Anton Babich wants to change that.

In fact, he wants to put Fort Wayne on the global fashion map with his own Anton Alexander men’s clothing line. Babich has already shipped his designs to more than two dozen countries.

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Arts & Culture
9:47 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Pinestock Music Festival Kicks Off Tomorrow

Pinestock founders Nate Norris and Nicholas Weaver
Credit Nicholas Weaver

The Pinestock Music Festival kicks off tomorrow on a 20-acre pine tree farm in Churubusco. 

According to Pinestock co-founder Nicholas Weaver, people have described it as "Woodstock meets Burning Man, with a flannel aesthetic."  Intrigued by that concept, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Weaver to learn more.

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Arts & Culture
10:04 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Movie Music Spotlight Premiers Thursday

Rob Martinez is the host of Movie Music Spotlight, which premiers this Thursday at 10PM.
Credit Rob Martinez

WBOI's resident Christmas music expert, Rob Martinez, is going for an even bigger share of the 'pop culture market' beginning Thursday night, with a new weekly program called Movie Music Spotlight.

Eager to learn more about it, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Rob into the studio to discuss his passion for cinema, and his plans for the show. 

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Arts & Culture
6:38 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Resch Sees Bright Future for IPFW's Music Department

IPFW Department of Music Chair Barbara Resch.
Credit Courtesy / IPFW

Just over a year ago, Barbara Resch gave over her duties as director of music education at IPFW to become the department's chair.

She admits that she's seen the department from a lot of different perspectives over the years, but is quick to add that "seeing it from the perspective of the chair's office is a very different view."

With the fall semester in full swing, WBOI's Julia Meek met with Resch to find out what this school year has in store, and how the job is treating her so far.

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Arts & Culture
3:39 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Farmer's Market Aims to Turn Food Desert Into Food Oasis

Young volunteers grow and sell fresh produce at the McCormick Farmer's Market in Fort Wayne.
Credit Courtesy / HEAL

The newly opened McCormick Farmer's Market, at the corner of McCormick and Edsall Avenues in Fort Wayne, aims to turn a food desert into a food oasis by providing a source for fresh produce and great community interaction every Wednesday evening. 

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and Parkview Health are funding the project, while the produce itself comes mostly from community gardens, located at the nearby Slataper Street Urban Farm. 

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Arts & Culture
2:16 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Southpaws Unite: A Celebration of "The Sinister Hand"

Marilyn Moran-Townsend is among the southpaws presenting at Fort Wayne's LeftFest on Wednesday.
Credit Courtesy / Marilyn Moran-Townsend

Wednesday, August 13th, marks a special holiday for about 10 percent of the world. It’s International Lefthanders Day, an occasion to have a little fun and mark the history and influence of the southpaws of the world.

Fort Wayne has its own celebration, LeftFest, going on Wednesday at 4000 South Wayne St.

Among the LeftFest highlights will be a presentation called "The Sinister Hand," by outspoken southpaw, Marilyn Moran-Townsend.

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Arts & Culture
5:17 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Fort Wayne Outfitters Boosts Love for Outdoor, Community Fun

A group from Manchester University poses outside Fort Wayne Outfitters and Bike Depot, located on Cass St. near the Wells St. Bridge.
Credit Courtesy / Fort Wayne Outfitters

Located in the Historic Cass Street Depot on the St. Mary's River, Fort Wayne Outfitters is "more than a cool bike shop,” according to its manager, Eden Lamb.

WBOI’s Julia Meek loves getting outside, so she decided to meet with Eden, to discuss the many ways Fort Wayne Outfitters promotes outdoor fun in Fort Wayne.

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