“I think barbecue is a staple, because it gives families something to come together,” owner Cameron Brooks shared. “I would say, the secret to good barbecue is definitely patience. You can’t rush it… you gotta love it — if you don’t love it, it’s going to show through your work.”
“It’s kind of like therapy for me. I’ll put in some good old music and just jump in the car,” Hop Spot Crew president Marcus Lonsberry told us. “I like the way it rides and feels… it glides. I can’t explain the feeling. I just love it.”
For decades, it was the home, and popular gathering place for friends and family of Charles and Fanny Dugan. Today, its current residents are in the process of restoring the home — reversing damage from 120 years of decay and weather.
“Beer itself, kind of brings people together,” Jed Lengerich, a member of Fort Wayne MASH, said of the hobby. “Home brewing gets like-minded people together, doing the same thing and everybody typically has a great time."
The Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society began a summer of passenger trips in Angola called: the Indiana Rail Experience. The excursions are the product of a new partnership with the Indiana Northeastern Railroad Company.
150 car ornaments are on display -- all American-made between 1911 and 1957. Car mascots served two purposes: as a thermometer to make sure the radiator didn’t overheat, and to convey a brand’s image and/or style.
“Cars are one of the most creative and inspired things that we can relate to — we all have a car, we all love cars. They’re approachable.” artist A.D. Cook told ABC21. “There’s a lot of talent and energy that goes into glorifying them, and celebrating them.”
“A water strike is a poor consolation to a gas strike, but he was an opportunist,” historian Mark Linehan told us, of Abbott Magnetic Mineral Well's founder. A sanitarium built, would soon become a place of healing for those in 21Country.
Over 140 years ago, the Craigville Depot was a stopping point for passengers on Nickel Plate Railroad. After complete renovation from decades of decay, it has a new purpose near Fort Wayne's developing downtown.
The non-profit carries a high reputation, often offering a permanent residence to animals surrendered, abused, neglected, and seized. Part of the non-profit’s care plan includes enrichment activities, like ‘animal art’.
At 102, Jack Garrett is the nation's oldest active honor guard member, and a survivor of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. He makes a priority that fallen fellow veterans receive a proper send-off before being buried at their final resting place.
“17 years ago, this field was corn stubble,” Maraiah Russell said of Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve. “Now, it’s a thriving habitat that supports salamanders, otters, bald eagles, beaver, muskrat — all manner of wildlife. And it’s just incredible to watch that.”
“When people are out in the woods," Indiana Mater Naturalist Carrie Vrabel told us. "I think a lot of people don’t realize, there are a lot more really nice, wild edibles -- including wild mushrooms that you can find while you’re morel hunting."
Manchester University's music department chair will lead original work, an hour-long piece "A Family Portrait" in a performance at Carnegie Hall May 30. Debra Lynn will have only a couple of practices as several groups of musicians come together the day before — which includes MU’s A Capella choir, alumni, the New England Symphonic Ensemble, and other singers from Indiana, Idaho, and Missouri.
Taylor Talamantes is more than just your average licensed barber -- she also holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Before she cut hair, she worked as a registered behavioral technician. Talamantes saw a need to combine both her passions, helping kids in the autism community with an activity that often overstimulates them.
From a humble YMCA, to the McCulloch Recreation Center, to the Jennings Center -- the building in Fort Wayne's East Central neighborhood has changed, but its purpose in the community has had a significant impact through the decades.
When Mike Klinger learned of the 118th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, he wasn’t happy with what little information was available — especially when he learned of a family connection. That's when he took research into his own hands.
Though Connie Brubaker works to teach others about Wells County history, she’s also remained a pupil of the past. “I love history, I love doing this. I have researched… I’ve produced five other books. I just can’t get enough of it. I’m a sponge I can’t learn enough.”
“Paint fades. Bricks weather and wear. These signs do change over time,” Connie Haas Zuber said. “The general guideline is: if you have a historic building with a sign on it, whatever kind of sign it is, in general — keep the sign!”
Though its lifespan was between 1903 and 1919, and most memories and information on the beloved trip all but disappeared from the community’s history, until train enthusiast and historian Craig Berndt retraced the route, and uncovered information on the Lake James Electric Railway.