Furth exterior statue

Take opportunity to see transformation
of 110-year-old First Christian Church

ANGOLA, Ind. – Enjoy an evening of discovery, history and grilled fare when you join Trine University on Friday, June 20.

Trine's new T. Furth Center for Performing Arts will be open from 5 to 7 p.m., allowing curious residents a chance to check out the facility on a self-guided tour or to join docents on tours set for 5:15 and 6 p.m.

stained glass verticalThe free event is designed to give everyone who's interested a chance to see how the former First Christian Church, 500 W. Maumee St., has been transformed into the sparkling T. Furth Center. Just as when the church was being constructed in 1910-1911, the work has piqued the interest of residents and passersby who have expressed a desire to see the building. Trine has invested $7.8 in renovations and an addition to the T. Furth Center that was dedicated May 2.

Available for purchase will be an assortment of stained-glass pieces that were removed from the church during the renovation. Proceeds will benefit the T. Furth Center.

During the open house, local musicians will provide entertainment and Bon Appetit Management Co. will offer refreshments.

The center will serve as the home of Trine's growing music program and accommodate its Drama Club. Designed to bring culture, excitement and opportunities to Angola and the region, the transformation allowed Trine to rescue the Greek Revival-style building, a historical gem. Generous donors supplied the funding to enable the university to complete the project.

For more information about the open house, call the Office of Alumni & Development at 260.665.4114.

Don't miss The Remnant Trust
Before wandering through the new T. Furth Center, visitors should plan to see The Remnant Trust exhibit of 50 rare and early edition books and documents. The loan on collection focuses on America's path to freedom and democracy. What makes it unique is that visitors can actually hold and read from the materials even though many are hundreds of years old, such as a 1576 copy of the Magna Carta.

For only a limited time, it is free to see and hold the rare books and documents. The exhibit will be open from 4 to 5 p.m. June 20 in Taylor Hall. The few remaining exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays on June 7 and June 14. To arrange a tour outside of those hours for a group or organization, or for more information, contact Dareen McClelland at 260.665.4102 or mcclellandd@trine.edu.

Kick back with grilled dinner, free music
The third component to the June 20 lineup is The Depot's All Aboard summer cookout. The cookout will feature barbecued and grilled entrees and scratch-made sides. Prices vary for the menu items and the selection of beer and wine from area merchants. Cookouts are set from 5 to 8:30 p.m. each Friday through Aug. 1 on the lawn of The Depot, 611 W. Maumee St.

Island Vibe of Fort Wayne is scheduled to perform that evening and on Aug. 1. The live entertainment for the season includes Adam Strack of Fort Wayne on July 25; Jim Weber of Steuben County on June 6, June 27 and July 18; and Chris Worth of Fort Wayne on June 13 and July 11.

To learn more about The Depot and its All Aboard summer cookouts, visit www.facebook.com/BonAppetitAtTrine.