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.

Courtesy/Fort Wayne Youtheatre

The animated TV special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," has been delighting at-home audiences for more than 50 years.

Now, thanks to the Fort Wayne Youtheatre, it's coming alive this Friday--literally, in its local premiere at First Pres Theater.

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First Pres Gallery, situated alongside the theater at First Presbyterian Church, may be one of Fort Wayne's best kept art space secrets, and come January 1st, it will be 50 years old.

Andy LaVerghetta

WBOI's volunteer host, Bruce Grimm, developed a love for music, and local record stores at an early age, and that's what drives his present musical passion every Saturday night.

That's when he and his co-hosts, Brad Etter and George Seymour invite listeners to climb aboard, for a two hour, freeform, eclectic musical mix called "Side Tracks."


Sixteen year old Addison Agen has been performing music here in Fort Wayne since she was two, in a variety of venues, including nursing homes, church, school, coffee houses, and even WBOI's Meet the Music sound stage.

Now her platform has soared to national levels and beyond, as she advances as a contestant on NBC's "The Voice."

Courtesy/Jazz Talk Live

This Sunday,  community arts advocates Ketu Oladuwa and Michael Patterson are bringing a new kind of experience to the Fort Wayne music scene.

That's launch night for their "Jazz Talk Live: Big Apple Jazz Club Series," and its new, community-friendly home is Wunderkammer Company, on the city's south side.

Courtesy/Ryan Schnurr

"In the Watershed: A Journey Down the Maumee River" is a brand new book by Fort Wayne native, Ryan Schnurr.

Courtesy/Hall's Restaurants

When Don Hall's Original Drive In on Bluffton Road opened its doors in 1946, drive in restaurants were the rage, car hops delivered food to eager curbside customers, and "Buzzing Hall's" became the thing to do.

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The Yummi Bunni is the newest ice cream emporium to hit Fort Wayne, with a signature ice cream sandwich, or bun, that owner, Makenna Click, promises will be as creamy and delicious as it is beautiful. It must also be photo-worthy for social media, she adds.

Courtesy/Brewed IN the Fort

When "Brewed IN the Fort," Northeast Indiana's premier craft beer festival, served its 1st taste back in 1998, it featured a handful of local and regional brewers.

Courtesy/Hop River Brewing Company

As Fort Wayne’s downtown riverfront activity continues to grow, Paris McFarthing and Ben Jackson are adding to the excitement, with a new business venture called Hop River Brewing Company.