Noteworthy December 2015

We celebrate the creativity of our city’s writers and musicians.

Letters to Santa Claus
The Southern Indiana town of Santa Claus has a long history of representing the spirit of Christmas.  Letters sent to Santa Claus were routed through Santa Claus, Ind., where “elves” set about doing their best to fulfill those myriad requests. A compilation of more than 250 actual letters from the naughty and nice stretching back to the 1930s, this lovely book will make even the man in red smile.
$20 Available on

The Pennsylvania Railroad Station on Baker Street: The Story of Service & Survival
Walter B. Sassmannshausen Jr.’s gorgeous coffee table book details the history of railroading in Fort Wayne, as exemplified by the Baker Street Station, built in 1914 for the astronomical price of $550,000 (that’s more than $13 million in 2015 dollars). Sassmannshausen incorporates photos, news stories and personal remembrances of those who built and worked there.
$39.95 Available at The History Center

White Hot
The duo of Adam Rudolph and Matt Cashdollar (supplemented by guest musicians Brandon Rentfrow and Adam Martin) has created a “white hot” collection of funk-infused electronica, plus dance — in fact, it’s hard to categorize “White Hot” as fitting into any one genre. This CD will keep your pulse racing and your feet grooving.
$9.99 Available at Wooden Nickel

First appeared in the December 2015 issue of Fort Wayne Magazine.


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