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Waynedale Leisure & Entertainment

Kick back and relax, you deserve it! All of the stories in this section are unique, original entertainment by our local Waynedale, (Fort Wayne) Indiana columnists, created just especially for you. Our columnists love to hear from their dedicated readers, view our columnist's biographies and e-mail them here.

MIDSUMMER BLACKBERRIES - News From The Hills

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Midsummer simmers along, with hot, humid days and sticky nights. The common oxeye daisies have given way to brightly colored black-eyed Susan's that stare boldly from large patches along the wayside. Spotted Joe-pye weed is beginning to appear in fields and meadows, showing its pale purple, fuzzy flower heads. All signs point to coming autumn.

This is a good blackberry summer. The berries hang heavy and ripe on their briers, waiting for eager hands to gather them. I can hear Daddy singing now...

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CELEBRATION 2014: A QUILT HISTORIAN’S DELIGHT - Around The Frame

Details “Come to my Garden 30” x 30” wall quilt by Arnold Savage was started in the 1930s and finished in 2005 with the addition of the picket fence and rooster.

When I met up with friend Robin and her granddaughter Anna at The Quilters Hall of Fame 2014 celebration we learned to expect the unexpected. We missed this year's inductee Ruth B. McDowell's morning walk-thru of her quilts and the opportunity to meet and interview her. As we walk into her exhibit space a sign states photographing her quilts or sketching them is forbidden. Anna is particularly disappointed because she remembers posing in front of her favorite last year to have her photo taken...

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BUSINESS - HOME COUNTRY

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"You seem kinda low this morning, Sweetie," Marjorie said.
"Business has been kinda slow for a while now, and it's wedding season," he said.

Marvin Pincus' "business" of course, is free love counseling combined with free fly tying, in hopes of bringing connubial jocularity to anyone who might need it. Hey, a retired guy has to do something.

But just at that moment there was a knock on the door, and standing there was Three-Chord Cortez. T.C. looked anxiously up and down the street. It wouldn't...

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4TH OF JULY - NEWS FROM THE HILLS

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A few days ago was America's birthday. Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is the most celebrated birthday in the United States, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. We declared our independence from the United Kingdom, known then as the Kingdom of Great Britain.

It was celebrated in "Happy Birthday fashion" with patriotic displays, parades, political speeches, barbecues, picnics, and other celebrations. We still live up to the...

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A TAILOR AND HIS SEWING BOARD - AROUND THE FRAME

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Last April when I traveled to the Harlan United Methodist Church biennial quilt show, I visited Harlan Haus Antiques where I meet owner Karma Gottfried. I relate to her my interest in vintage textiles and antique sewing accessories. Karma shows me something special. It is a wooden board with a curved piece on one length side to snug up to your mid-section. In cursive writing it states "Use Corticelli Sewing Silk" and along the bottom inches 1-36 are engrained in the wood.

Karma tells me how...

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SUMMER WEATHER - NEWS FROM THE HILLS

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Summer weather has settled down upon our hills with resulting heat and humidity, while hound dogs seek out a shady spot and the youngsters head for the nearest swimming pool. The early garden crops are flourishing in the warm weather and we are beginning to enjoy the first fresh vegetables. Raspberries are starting to ripen; black, velvety caps of sweetness. Soon the blackberries will be in season and we are ready to gather the hill's bountiful goodness.

There is a price to pay however, from...

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