HISTORIC EVENT: See how people used to farm and harvest grain during the Maumee Valley Antique Steam & Gas Association Show in Jefferson Township Park, 1720 S. Webster Road, east of New Haven. Hours are9 a.m.-dark today, Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday.
You can watch as steam engines power demonstrations of wheat threshing, lumber sawing and plowing. Antique tractors will be demonstrating plowing as well.Other activities include a working blacksmith shop, quilt display, flea market, hayrides and entertainment including dulcimer music, cloggers and bands.A tractor pull will begin at 5 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday; both could last past midnight. A heavyweight horse pull begins at noon Sunday.
Admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 and younger. For more information, go towww.maumeevalley.org and click on the links for “Summer Show.”
NIGHT OUT: The indie soul band Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas will perform at8:30 p.m. in the Terrace Garden behind Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St. Local band Trackless will open the show.The event will take place rain or shine.
Admission is $6 for ages 13 and older and free for ages 12 and younger. Seating is limited, so bring your own chair. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Mad Anthony Brewing; no outside food or beverage allowed. For information, call 427-6440.
DINNER DRAMA: Arena Dinner Theatre presents the award-winning musical “Violet” at 8 p.m. at the theater, 719 Rockhill St.
The story revolves around Violet, who has a scar across her face from where she was struck accidentally by an ax while her father chopped wood, it says in a show description on the Arena website, www.arenadinnertheatre.org. She saves up money to travel across the Deep South in 1964 to see a TV evangelist, whose touch she hopes will heal her scar. Along the way, she meets a young African-American soldier who falls in love with her despite her physical “imperfections.”
Doors and cash bar open at 6:15 pm., and dinner is served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35; to order, call 424-5622, visit the Arena box office 9 a.m.-1 p.m. weekdays and on show dates, or go to www.arenadinnertheatre.org.
Additional performances will be presented at 8 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 22-23.
STRATTON-PORTER REMEMBERED: Join the celebration of the life of famous Indiana author Gene Stratton-Porter during the Chautauqua Days event noon-4 p.m. at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site off Indiana 9 near Rome City, north of Fort Wayne.
Stratton-Porter, an author and naturalist whose books include “Freckles” and “A Girl of the Limberlost,” lived in the home, known as the Cabin at Wildflower Woods, from about 1914 to the early 1920s. She was killed in a traffic accident Dec. 6, 1924, in Los Angeles, where she had moved to get involved in filmmaking.
Activities include boat tours of Sylvan Lake, presentations on using herbs grown at the state historic site, plein air painters in the gardens, live bluegrass music on the cabin’s front lawn and craft activities for children. The Trolley, a Kendallville food truck, will sell food and drinks.
Special events include a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday through downtown Rome City and a storytelling program at 7 p.m. Saturday in Lakeside Park in Rome City.The event continues noon-4 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $3 per person and free to children ages 4 and younger. Cabin tours are available for a small fee. For more information, call 1-260-854-3790. For a complete schedule of activities, go to https://www.facebook.com/;GeneStrattonPorter on Facebook.
TIME TO ROCK: Legendary band Styx will perform their hits and more at8 p.m. at Foellinger Outdoor Theatre, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more, see our story on Pages 6-7T.
Tickets are $39, $49, $59, $69 and $99. For more information or to order tickets, call the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department at 427-6000 or the Foellinger box office the day of the show at 427-6715.
PLAY BALL: The season is winding down, so get out to the old ballgame as the Fort Wayne TinCaps take on the Lake County Captains at3:05 p.m. at Parkview Field, 1301 Ewing St. Tickets range from $5-$12.50 at the gate, or buy in advance at www.tincaps.com.