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.

Ways To Connect

Courtesy/Dr. John Niser

Each semester, IPFW Hospitality Management Seniors open a pop-up restaurant in the campus Holiday Inn's Mastodon Grill.

This term, in honor of Fort Wayne's 25th anniversary with its Sister City of Plock, Poland, they've created signature dishes showcasing modern polish cuisine, and they're calling their place "Plock Tavern."

Courtesy/Fort Wayne Youtheatre

Thirty years ago, middle-school student and AIDS patient, Ryan White, was denied an education in Kokomo, Indiana, and what transpired became a saga heard around the world.

This weekend, that story and its message are honored through "The Kid from Kokomo: The Ryan White Story", an original Fort Wayne Youtheatre premiere, written and directed by Gregory Stieber.

WBOI's Julia Meek invited Stieber to share some of his motives and methods for preserving White's legacy.

Courtesy/Fort Wayne Museum of Art

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is offering the public a unique experience with their latest exhibit, "Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts."

Digging deep into the troupe's archives, this multi-media tour engages art, dance, theater and history lovers alike.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with FWMoA Deputy Director Amanda Martin and Karen Gibbons-Brown from the Fort Wayne Ballet to discuss the impact of this many-faceted exhibit.

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Courtesy/Phil's Hobby Shop

January is National Hobby Month, and here in Fort Wayne, Phil's Hobby Shop has been inspiring and supplying crafters for 40 years.

Now in its 2nd generation, Phil's son Steve Gieseking and his business partner, Paris McFarthing, carry on the tradition from their Park West location.

Julia Meek met with both of the hobby masters to learn what keeps their passion fueled, and their connection with their patrons going strong.

Ellie Bogue

Most garden activity this time of year is limited to daydreaming over seed catalogs, but two Fort Wayne residents, Holly Chaille and Sheila Hudson, are busy cultivating a brand new urban gardening and Horticultural Healing Program, expressly for veterans.

Beginning in March, "Greenleaf" will provide a nine month, hands-on vocational training opportunity for fifteen vets to grow new skills for work in horticulture-related fields, and organic gardens to benefit the community.

Courtesy/Kristine Papillon

Thanks to Fort Wayne Philharmonic violinist, Kristine Papillon, there's a new children's audio book on the horizon, called "Crumpet the Trumpet."

Its purpose is to introduce young folks to the world of classical music, by way of a sweet and funny bedtime story.

The book features illustrations by the author, a soundtrack showcasing 32 musicians, and narration by Fort Wayne Philharmonic Maestro Andrew Constantine.

Courtesy/David Matthew Weese

"Clerical Errors" is an all new, faith-based action comedy from writer/director David Matthew Weese of Blended Planet Pictures.

This family-friendly indie film was created and produced right here in Fort Wayne, and its world premiere is set for Friday at Carmike Jefferson Pointe.

Don "Donny O" Offerle stars as Vinny, a bad guy with a good heart, who takes the wrong turn on the crooked path to easy street.

Courtesy/Alicia Pyle

The Alicia Pyle Quartet's unique fusion style of music has been claiming fans here in Northeast Indiana for nearly five years.

This weekend, they are celebrating their place in the music scene with their first album, called "Ground Level."

Adding to the diverse textures provided by core APQ members Brad Kuhns, Derek Reeves and Jose Morales, "Ground Level" features sit-in performances by Jane Heald, Rachel Mossburg, Kimball Glaspie and John Forbing.

Courtesy/Thom Hofrichter

First Presbyterian Theater is readying its first production of the new year: a dramatic comedy by Evan Smith from 2009 called The Savannah Disputation.

Director Thom Hofrichter feels certain that this production, starring Meg Brouwer, Christi Campbell, Nancy Kartholl and John Brouwer will make audiences think -- and laugh.

WBOI's Julia Meek met with Hofrichter to learn how theology and humor go hand in hand.

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Courtesy/Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Many additions were made to Fort Wayne's visual landscape in 2014, and seemingly, sculptures have stolen the spotlight, and are springing up all over.

Everything from the restoration of the much-debated Helmholtz sculpture to the placement of the Anthony Wayne statue kept the role of public art in the news for much of the year.

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