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Posted on Thu. Sep. 06, 2012 - 12:01 am EDT

Sure Things: The best things to do for the coming week

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COUNTRY FUN: Come join the fun as the Grabill County Fair celebrates its 40th anniversary in the picturesque town in northeast Allen County. The emphasis this year, as always, is on family fun, with food, games, a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, live music, crafts and more.

Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the fair is free.

Grabill is located east of Indiana 1 about 10 miles northeast of downtown Fort Wayne. Parking is available at Leo Junior-Senior High School on Amstutz Road, with shuttle service to the fair provided Thursday and Friday evenings and all day Saturday.

For information, visit or call 627-5227, Ext. 5.


The 10-member Todd Allen Family from Branson, Mo., will perform a concert at 7 p.m. at the Hamilton Life Center, 4001 Terry Lake Road in Hamilton. Doors open at 6 p.m., and a pre-show starts at 6:30 p.m.

The Allens have performed throughout the United States and also in Canada, Jamaica, Guatemala and Zambia. They live in their tour bus and make more than 275 appearances a year.

Advance-sale tickets are available for $5 at Carper-Koeppe Insurance, Hamilton Village Foods, Hamilton Star Financial Bank or via email at Cost is $6 at the door. A freewill offering will also be taken.

For more information, call 1-260-488-4129 or go to


LIVING HISTORY: Re-enactors will re-create battles and day-to-day life at Fort Wayne around the time of the War of 1812's important Siege of Fort Wayne. All the action takes place this weekend around the Old Fort, 1201 Spy Run Ave.

Re-enactors will present two battle scenarios Saturday and one on Sunday.

Siege of Fort Wayne hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is a freewill donation. For more information, go to or call 437-2836.

A special commemoration also will be held for all soldiers and Native Americans killed during the Siege of Fort Wayne in 1812. That event will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday near Fire Station No. 1, Main and Lafayette streets, which stands near the true location of the fort in 1812.

FLUTTER AWAY: The Little River Wetlands Project will hold a Monarch Festival 9 a.m.-noon at Eagle Marsh, 6801 Engle Road. The family-friendly event celebrates the monarch butterfly, thousands of which are expected to stop by Eagle Marsh as they migrate south to Mexico, where they spend the winter.

Activities will include displays about monarchs' life cycle, children's crafts, hiking and planting milkweed plugs to grow more of the monarch caterpillar's main food source. Admission is free.

For more information, go to, email or call 478-2515.

HOME TOUR: The historic West Central Neighborhood will hold its 30th annual home and garden tour this weekend. The event also will feature ArtsFest, a mini arts festival. The tour will include various homes in the grand old neighborhood located just west of downtown.

Tour hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. ArtsFest hours are noon-10:15 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 the day of the tour. Children 12 and younger are free. Tickets are available in advance at Neuhouser Nursery/Garden & Gifts, 8046 Stellhorn Road and 4605 W. Jefferson Blvd.; Antiques on Broadway, 1115 Broadway; BitterSweet Gifts, 4630 Coldwater Road; Umber's Do it Best Stores, 2413 Lower Huntington Road and 2814 Maplecrest Road; and Friends of the Third World, 611 W. Wayne St.

For more information, go to

AMERICAN DRAMA: The Fort Wayne Civic Theatre presents the play “A Few Good Men” at 8 p.m. at the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St. Written by Aaron Sorkin (TV's “The West Wing” and the big screen's “The Social Network”), the play delves into the case of two U.S. Marines blamed for the death of another Marine. The play does contain some occasional strong adult language.

Additional performances are at 2 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 16 and at 8 p.m. Sept. 14-15. Cost is $24, adults; $16, ages 23 and under; and $20, and ages 60 and older Sunday matinees only. Military personnel and veterans receive a discount.

For more information or to buy tickets, call the box office at 424-5220 or buy at


SEE IT FOR FREE: Grab your sunglasses and camera, and see the sights during the Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown event from noon to 5 p.m.

Pick up a free passport at Fort Wayne Scott's, Kroger or Tower Bank locations, or download one from Visit Fort Wayne at Then visit as many of the 12 participating local attractions as you want during Be A Tourist event hours: African/African-American Historical Museum, Allen County Courthouse, Artlink, Embassy Theatre, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, The History Center, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Parkview Field, Science Central, The Lincoln Tower, the Old Fort/Historic Fort Wayne and the Visit Fort Wayne visitors center.

For more information, call Visit Fort Wayne at 424-3700 or go to


Civil War scholar Gary Gallagher will be the keynote speaker at the 2012 R. Gerald McMurtry Lecture at 7 p.m. in the auditorium on the lower level of the Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. Gallagher's lecture is entitled, “A Real Lost Cause: The Disappearance of Union from the Memory of the Civil War.”

Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He also has written several books, including, “The Union War,” “The Confederate War” and “Lee and His Generals in War and Memory.”

Gallagher will preview the evening lecture and answer questions during a brown bag lunch at 11:30 a.m. at the library. Bring your own lunch. Admission is free to both the brown bag and the lecture.

The McMurtry Lecture is presented by the Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana and the Friends of the Allen County Public Library.

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