Fort Wayne’s Festival of Trees updated with safety precautions


In many ways, Fort Wayne’s Embassy Theatre is the heart of downtown. From the building’s Art Deco stylings, to the bright lights of the marquee, the historic Embassy Theatre has been home to musical performances ranging from classical to heavy metal, and all types in-between. The Embassy has also been the city’s home for silent movies and when “Downton Abbey” was all the rage, the first episode of the final season and its related activities was held at The Embassy. So much culture and history in one building, it is no surprise that The Embassy’s annual Festival of Trees is such a success.

The Festival of Trees in Fort Wayne is an artistic wonderland. Trees, from traditional to symbolic, have been beautifully decorated and put on display at The Embassy since 1984. This year, 2020, is no different. Well, it is, but so much about 2020 is different from other years.

COVID-19 impacts Festival of Trees

This year, 45 trees will be arranged in the lobby of the Embassy to facilitate the one-way walking patterns, according to the Embassy website. Performances in the auditorium will be by ticket, and Embassy staff will do vigorous cleaning at regular intervals. Still the same will be performances on the auditorium stage by area artists. According to the Embassy website, in the online program, all voting, brochure-viewing, raffle entries can be accessed through smart devices.

Santa will also have a virtual presence. Interested parties can take pictures with him in Santa Land.

Like a number of other venues, the representatives of the Embassy Theatre does not recommend the event for those older than 65, or who are otherwise high-risk for COVID-19. Tickets for the virtual event are $25.

Festival of Trees begins Nov. 27, and runs until Dec. 3 For more information visit the Embassy website at

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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