SHORT TAKES: Night of Lights schedule and other Fort Wayne entertainment briefs

The Downtown Improvement District announced the schedule for the annual Night of Lights, which takes place this year on Nov. 22. ( file photo)


The Downtown Improvement District announced the lighting schedule for the annual Night of Lights on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, which this year will take place Nov. 22.

• 5:30 p.m.: History Center Turret Lighting, Barr and Berry streets

• 5:45 p.m.: Christ Child Festival Nativity Lighting, Ross Building on Main Street at Maiden Lane

• 5:50 p.m.: Aunt Millie’s Northern Lights, 350 Pearl St.

• 5:55 p.m.: Community Center Santa’s Workshop Display, 233 W. Main St.

• 6:20 p.m.: Santa and His Reindeer on PNC Bank, Main and Calhoun streets

• 6:40 p.m.: Ash Brokerage Holiday Illumination, Harrison and Berry streets

• 7 p.m.: Wells Fargo Holiday Display and Indiana Michigan Power Merry Christmas Wreath, I&M Power Center Plaza at Calhoun and Wayne streets

• 7:15 p.m.: Botanical Conservatory & Embassy Theatre Displays, Jefferson Boulevard at Calhoun Street

• 7:30 p.m.: Ringing of the Bells, downtown churches and Allen County Public Library carillon

• 7:45 p.m.: Parkview Field Holiday Fireworks, Jefferson Boulevard


People can enjoy the holiday splendor of Christmas in the Castle from Dec. 1-5 at the historic Brookside administration building at USF’s main campus, 2701 Spring St.

Local florists and decorators will deck out the 1902 mansion for the holidays, including display of 18 professionally decorated Christmas trees, a USF news release said. The home originally served as a summer house for Fort Wayne industrialist John Bass.

Visitors can tour rooms on all three floors of the home. House tour hours are:

• 4-6 p.m. Dec. 1

• Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 2

• Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 3

• 4-6 p.m. Dec. 4

• Noon-5 p.m. Dec. 5, which is Senior Day

Senior Day gives older adults an opportunity to tour Brookside at a discounted price, the news release said.

Tickets must be purchased in the lobby of the North Campus, 2702 Spring St. — directly across Spring Street from Brookside — on the day of the tours. Transportation is available to Brookside.

Cost is $7 per person for adults and $3 for each child ages 10 and younger, but no strollers permitted. The senior citizen rate on Dec. 5 is $5 per person.

Parking is free, and Brookside is fully accessible for people with disabilities.

For more information, call 1-260-399-7700, Ext. 6708, or go to


The entry deadline for The History Center’s annual Festival of Gingerbread has been extended to 5 p.m. Nov. 10, the local history organization announced. The entry form and rules are available at

The contest is open to all ages and abilities in various judging categories.


The Fort Wayne Philharmonic announced it has added two additional special concerts to its 2017-18 season:

• “Video Games Live,” 7:30 p.m. March 3 in Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. The concert, which was created and produced by game industry legend Tommy Tallarico, will offer an immersive experience with the philharmonic performing the music from the most popular video games in conjunction with synchronized video footage and lighting and interactive segments.

• “The Music of Led Zeppelin,” 7:30 p.m. April 13 at the Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. The Philharmonic will be joined by a four-piece rock band and vocalist Randy Jackson in a show including 18 Led Zeppelin songs and rock concert lighting.

Tickets for both concerts start at $29 and go on sale Nov. 15 at or 1-260-481-0777.