• Twitter
  • Facebook
News-Sentinel.com Your Town. Your Voice.

2012 year in review: lifestyle/entertainment

Here is a look back at some notable lifestyle and entertainment news from 2012. 

The weekend of Sept. 8-9 the Old Fort came alive with sights and sounds of 1812. Members of Historic Fort Wayne and other living-history groups portrayed  life and battles there during the Siege of Fort Wayne during the War of 1812. Courtesy photo
Several self-serve frozen yogurt places opened in 2012, including YoYos on Lima Road and Illinois Road. Photo by Cindy Larson
Mike Fry, who played Happy the Hobo on "Happy's Place," died Nov. 4 in Indianapolis after an illness. He was the clown host of the show from 1982-1990 on WFFT, Channel 55. News-Sentinel file photo
"The Viking" boat slows down after being cheered on during the Three Rivers Festival "River Games" in July. This was the second year for the "River Games," which returned activities to the water. Photo by Hana Hawash
A May 2012 concert by Jason Aldean, pictured here, and Luke Bryan sold out Memorial Coliseum in record time. The My Kinda Party tour tickets went on sale March 9, and in less than an hour, more than 11,000 seats were sold, thanks to more than 300 people showing up to buy them at the coliseum as well as thousands of phone and online transactions. Photo by Al Powers
The iconic Sir Elton John performed at Memorial Coliseum in April. Photo by BEC Tero
The History Center cut the ribbon in October on its new "Allen County Innovation" exhibit, the first new exhibit gallery at the museum since it moved into the old City Hall building in 1980. Photo by Kevin Kilbane
SpoonZ in Orchard Crossing is one of many self-serve frozen yogurt shops that opened here in 2012. Photo by Cindy Larson
Seven dingo puppies were born at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo on Jan 30. The litter was the first born at the local zoo since 1988. The three shown here were 5 weeks old when the picture was taken. Photo by Sarah Janssen
Fort Wayne saw the emergency of several food trucks in 2012, including JumBy's JoiNt. Photo by Cindy Larson
Fort Wayne saw several self-serve frozen yogurt shops open in 2012, including YoGoLand. Photo by Cindy Larson
A gathering of area neighborhood folk sampled cuisine from The Friendly Fox, Shigs in Pit, the Affine food truck, Billy's Dug Out and more at Packard Park during the first Celebrate Your Culture Harvest Festival presented  by the Packard Area Planning Alliance, or PAPA. PAPA consists of the Williams-Woodland, Fairfield, Creighton-Home, Oakdale, Historic South Wayne, Illsley Place and West Rudisill Boulevard neighborhood associations. Photo by Ellie Bogue
YumYums in Chapel Ridge is one of several self-serve frozen yogurt shops that opened here in 2""2. Photo by Cindy Larson
Heather Headley, formerly of Fort Wayne, performs the lead role in the new stage show musical "The Bodyguard," which opened Dec. 5 at the Adelphi Theatre in London. The stage show is based on the 1992 movie starring Whitney Houston in the lead role. Photo by Paul Coltas
Jana Root, left, director of choirs at Memorial Park Middle School, in February lead students through a rehearsal of music they would sing during a performance with the National Middle School Choir at Carnegie Hall in New York. Photo by Kevin Kilbane
Dan Swartz spent the summer transforming the old Casa restaurant on Fairfield Avenue into Wunderkammer Company, a contemporary art center. The gallery opened for a preview exhibit in December. Photo by Cindy Larson
Weather was good for this year's Johnny Appleseed Festival in September, drawing large crowds. Here a group of children watch and talk with settlers spinning yarn. Photo by Sarah Janssen
Actor Jack Walker played the caped crusader in the "Batman Live" arena show at the coliseum in December. Photo by Ellie Bogue
The Allen County Fair is usually on one of the hottest weeks of the summer, but 2012 proved to be especially scorching, with temperatures approaching 100 degrees. Photo by Wes Young
The Chalk Walk, held in conjunction with the Fort Wayne Newspapers Three Rivers Festival, took place in July on Main Street in front of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Photo by Kara Hackett
This gingerbread reproduction of the historic mansion at the University of Saint Francis took first place in the Teen Category in this year's Festival of Gingerbread at The History Center. Larissa Johnson created the piece. Photo by Ellie Bogue
St. Paul Lutheran Church celebrated its 175th anniversary with special events. Photo by Courtesy photo
Kevin Costner, who portrayed Devil Anse Hatfield from the History network's miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys," was nominated for a Golden Globe for best actor in a television movie or miniseries for his role. Photo by Kevin Lynch