The Journal Gazette
Monday, January 10, 2022 1:00 am


Embassy's trees still can be enjoyed online

If you missed viewing the 71 trees at the Embassy Festival of Trees in downtown Fort Wayne, you have a second chance through Jan. 31 to view without even leaving the comfort of your home.

This is the second year for the virtual tour which, for a $25 fee, gives you an opportunity to be a part of the Embassy's largest fundraising event of the year. Thus, you can assist in keeping the Embassy Theatre open by inviting as many to your setting as you feel can be comfortable with your social-distancing arrangement. Be prepared to enjoy the beautiful photography with a close-up view that accentuates the details of the individual decorations and/or a view of the entire tree set in the ornate background of the Embassy Theatre.

Each year is a different experience as decorators choose a theme for their tree. Remember when almost every tree had a star at the top? These days, creativity abounds in the design of a tree topper to coordinate with the wide variety of themes from the whimsical to a tree representing the reason for the season with the creation of “A Savior Wrapped in a Manger.”

It takes keeping eyes focused on the screen or one would miss the quick movement of the Jolly Old Fellow dashing between the displays that range from the traditional green tree to the beauty of the flocked ones covered in a wide range of illumination ranging from the old fashion large multi-colored bulbs or bubble lights to the latest lighting designs.

With such a wide variety of themes carried out with such excellence, there is probably at least one  you will particularly enjoy.

Tickets can be purchased at

Judi Hapke

Fort Wayne

Unwelcome audio assault is a call to action

The speed at which our society is deteriorating has been breathtaking and awe-inspiring, but not in a good way. I, like all of you, have had to endure a daily barrage of insanities that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.

I pulled up to a gas pump and when I opened the car door, I was met with very loud “music” from the station's speakers. We have unfortunately become all too accustomed either to the playing of music or the fairly new annoyance of TV programs emanating from the pumps because they just will not give us a second of peace, even while we are performing the most mundane of daily tasks.

This “music” was not only loud, it also contained lyrics that would make a French sailor blush. These lyrics included the N-word, F-word and myriad other obscenities I will leave to your imaginations.

It is one thing for me, a man who has been around the block and is by no means a choir boy, to hear. But what about the elderly, or our religious neighbors or, heaven forbid, a small impressionable child? It really is unconscionable.

I for one am vowing to take a stand and draw the proverbial line in the sand as it pertains to this garbage because I, like most of you, am fed up with our unseemly, and ever increasingly, debauched culture. Please join me in this fight to rebuild our society, to give it some semblance of decency. I did my little part and wrote to the corporate headquarters of the station. It takes very little effort and if these companies hear enough complaints then maybe, just maybe, we will be able to at least pump our gas in peace.

Kevin Kell


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