Weekend Update: Purdue Spring Dance Works & Bach Chorale Performance

Bach Chorale Singers

Bach Chorale Singers

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Head to Purdue this weekend on Friday, April 29 or Saturday, April 30 for the annual Purdue Contemporary Dance Company: Spring Dance Works! The seven new dance works are accompanied by original music/sound created specifically for these dances by students in the Theatre Department’s Sound Design program. Experience the beauty of dance at the Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts.

In Lafayette at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, this Saturday, April 30, listen to the Bach Chorale Singers perform “The Best of All Possible Worlds: Music of Leonard Bernstein”. Composer, conductor, pianist, educator, social activist…These are just a few of the titles ascribed to the most iconic American musician of the 20th century. Join the Bach Chorale Singers in a retrospective of Bernstein’s most celebrated music, including the Chichester Psalms, Missa Brevis, and excerpts from Candide, On the Town, and West Side Story.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Sgt. Preston’s: A Fabulous Patio and Much More

IMG_1544If you ask people what’s made Sgt. Preston’s of the North a downtown Lafayette staple since 1980, many would quickly tell you it’s the spacious outdoor patio. However, without a solid food & drink menu, friendly staff, awesome specials, and unique ambiance, Preston’s could not have survived this long. As someone who’s been both a customer and employee, I’m certain you’ll be able to find something to enjoy at Preston’s.

With bison, moose, deer and even a jackalope overseeing the guests with a birchbark canoe overhead, a tin ceiling and tiffany style lighting over the bar as part of the décor, Preston’s feels more like cozying up in a cabin than sitting down in a bar. Its comfortable feel is one of the reasons Preston’s doesn’t just have bar patrons, it has regular customers who love to come in either for a nice business lunch or after a long day. Boiler fans love coming to Preston’s in the fall and winter for the bus that goes to and from Purdue men’s basketball home games. You can park in the large parking lot or across the street in the garage and relax, as Preston’s will take care of your transportation to and from the game. Preston’s prides itself on having a friendly staff that is ready to serve you, whether it’s something from our extensive drink menu or a dish that goes beyond typical bar food.

Patio

Patio

If you’re the type who loves a good special, Preston’s always has one for you, whether it’s lunch or dinner. Monthly dinner specials are always changing as the cooks come up with different ways to satisfy your taste buds. There’s also always a beer of the month if you’re looking for a good deal. Aside from the monthly specials, Preston’s features daily food and drink specials, including the ever popular prime rib dinner on Saturday evening. Other daily specials rotate based on the time of year and feature everything you can imagine – seafood, steaks, chicken, and various appetizers – but you can always count on a delicious prime rib prepared just how you like it. My personal favorites are the smothered chicken entrée and the fiesta wrap.

Schooner Bucket Night

Schooner Bucket Night

As far as drinks, Preston’s is known for its Monday Schooner Night, featuring domestic draft refills for only $2.00 in your schooner or mini pitcher. Premium Well Brand mixed drinks are also available in schooners. Bring your own or buy one from the bar! The bar features 9 taps and carries a lot of popular selections from Bells, Three Floyds, and People’s. Plenty of bottled beer, wine, and a full bar are at your disposal to be served up by the friendly bartending staff. If you want to get little crazy, have a shot ski with your friends!

While Preston’s offers so much more than the patio, it is the patio that is the greatest draw. Pass through an old canal dock as you enter Preston’s extensive outdoor patio and enjoy your food and drink during a beautiful day. Live music is a regular occurrence on Saturday nights. During the summer months, Preston’s is open on Sundays and features a fun atmosphere with $1.50 tacos and outdoor games. The patio fills up fast on beautiful summer days and evenings, so don’t hesitate to call in advance and reserve a table if you know you’ll be visiting us! We’ll take care of you at Sgt. Preston’s!

Stephen Smith, Server/Bartender, shares this blog.

Purdue Graduate Gifts

IMG_0184Purdue Commencement is almost upon us! May 13-15, Purdue Grads will make their graduation walk with pride and a wonderful feeling of accomplishment for all of their hard work to successfully graduate from one of the top schools of our nation. A Purdue Graduate can proudly boast this wonderful success as a Purdue degree will lead to so many bright opportunities in his or her future.

Personally, from living in this area and also working with many Purdue students, I always enjoy giving a nice, personalized gift to those who accomplish this amazing achievement. There are so many wonderful local stores that have Purdue gifts that are perfect for making lasting memories.

DSC00824One unique shop is Interior Objects. They have an area that is all Purdue that includes glassware, serving dishes and really neat photo frames. When my brother in-law achieved his Masters from Purdue a few years ago, we bought him a photo frame that had a vintage look. On graduation day, we took his photo and added it to the frame.  He now lives in Washington D.C. and the frame is in on his fireplace mantel!

Looking for a one of a kind gift? Linda Elmore from Something Special creates hand blown glass necklaces. She can make them in pretty much any color, and add braille to them so they can say any message one wants. Last year, one of my dearest friends graduated from Purdue, and I asked Linda to create a gold and black necklace that said “Purdue Pride” on it. My girlfriend was thrilled and shares she wears it all the time!

Gretel’s Fine Gifts is another specialty shop that offers Purdue items. When my husband and I were first married, my in-laws bought us a bunch of Purdue designed dishes (see photo above) from Gretel’s and they have been perfect for hosting big parties. Or even small dinner nights when there is a basketball game on, I will grab the plates to use to cheer on our Boilers!

Vintage! Main Street Mercantile is home to vintage Purdue clothes including dance outfits, baseball uniforms, band outfits, sweatshirts, etc. They have a huge space dedicated to Purdue and is a great shop to find a gift that will make a lasting memory!

IMG_4567If you are looking for a smaller gift item that is sweet and delicious visit Kathy’s Kandies.  She has Purdue themed candy items. One I recommend is the Black and Gold popcorn. It is a small bag of fresh popped popcorn and is a perfect item to add to a graduation bag!

Find the perfect gift this year for your Purdue Graduate!  To visit these shops and other great shopping locations in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Glenn Miller Orchestra with Purdue Jazz Band & Eurydice

Theatre, Music & Dance Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

The World Famous  Glenn Miller Orchestra has performed in all 50 United States, as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, Iceland, New Zealand, Guam, the Philippines, South and Central America. They will be here in Lafayette on Saturday, April 23 performing with our very own Purdue Jazz Band at the Long Center for the Performing Arts! The Glenn Miller Orchestra, a famous swing band, has made a big impact right before and during the war and it had more hit records in one year than anybody in the history of the recording industry. In fact, its recording of Chattanooga Choo-Choo earned the first Gold Record ever awarded to a performing artist.

At what length would you go to save the one you love? This is the question Orpheus must answer in Sarah Ruhls adaptation on the ancient myth of Eurydice. Love and grief, life and death these timeless themes are packed in the devastatingly lovely story of sacrifice and human connection. A quirky, contemporary reworking of a much meditated upon story, Eurydice is equal parts modernist poetry, surrealistic art, and plenty of comedy to break the tension in this beautiful love story. Do not miss this opportunity to watch love unfold this weekend at the Nancy T. Hansen Theatre Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts on April 21-23.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Free! Visit Columbian Park Zoo Opening Saturday, April 23!

IMG_6980I am a zoo lover. My desire to go see all the different animals… No matter how many times I have seen the same, exact exhibits… Hasn’t gone away. I am twenty years old and I still beg my parents to take our family to the zoo. My brother hates this about me. But I just love seeing all the wild creatures that I can’t see in my everyday life.

The one downfall to any zoo in general, is usually how pricey they are. And coming from a big family, I know that money adds up quickly. That’s why I was so surprised, and happy, to find out that the Columbian Park Zoo is completely FREE. No charges what-so-ever. This makes it the perfect place to take herds of children.

IMG_6984The Columbian Park Zoo has a unique variety of animals. One of my favorite stops at the zoo was probably being able to play with all of the baby goats. THEY WERE SO CUTE. I didn’t even pay for the food that they have available to feed the goats with.  I grabbed a handful and the goats would come up to everyone all on their own.

IMG_6977I also really liked how close I was allowed to get with all the animals. Visitors literally can walk right up next to a wallaby as it hops around.  It was a neat experience to be in such close proximity with the wombats, otters, butterflies, and much more. If you, or someone you know, LOVES seeing wildlife, I encourage you to go to the Columbian Park Zoo! You will not be disappointed.

IMG_6986The Zoo is opening this Saturday, April 23. Do not miss checking out the family farm full of farm animals, wallabies, monkeys and more!

Megann, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Information Specialist, shares this blog.

Pete Dye tackles Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex

Kampen GC; July, 2010; AMNot one, but both Purdue University Golf Courses are designed by Pete Dye himself! What an incredible honor it is to say we have such an incredible destination for those serious golfers. Dan Ross, PGA Head Professional at Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex took some time out of his busy day to speak about his courses. See his answers bolded in black.

Course Stats from The Back Tees (Slope, rating, par and Yardage)

  • Kampen Course                       76.5/146         PAR=72                       7465 YARDS
  • Ackerman-Allen Course          76.8/137         PAR=72                       7546 YARDS

Can you provide our readers with an overview of the course(s) and property?

The Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex features two Pete Dye Designed Golf Courses.  The Kampen Course, opened in 1998, has a links-style layout with strategically placed bunkers, native grasslands, man-made wetlands and large greens.  The course is named in honor of Emerson Kampen, and his support of Purdue Athletics.  Kampen has consistently been ranked as one of the top collegiate courses in the nation.  The Kampen Course has hosted numerous tournaments including the 2003 Women’s National Championship and the 2008 National Championship.

The Ackerman-Allen Course (formerly Ackerman Hills) was renovated in 2015 and will open in the spring of 2016.  Ackerman-Allen was also reshaped by Pete Dye, but this course will remain a parkland-style course.  The Ackerman course of old had some rich history, including the site of the 1961 National Championship, won by our very own Purdue Boilermakers.  You might even recognize the individual winner that year, none other than the great Jack Nicklaus!  The enhanced Ackerman-Allen design is likely to be pleasing to the multitudes, as there will be 7 sets of tees, giving a unique challenge to those of every skill level.

One of the best features of both courses is that they are completely open to the public!

If someone was looking to golf in the area, why should they play at your course(s)?

The combination of the design and course layout, coupled with the attention to detail and course conditions is what typically sets us apart from other golf courses, and makes the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex a facility that any golfer should visit when in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area.

What tips or local knowledge would you provide golfers to help them score better at your course(s)?

For the Kampen Course the best piece of information that I can give anyone pertains to the greens.  Pete Dye is the master of subtlety.  The greens often times look like they have a lot of break in them, however, the break is typically less than what you might read.  Therefore, I try to advise golfers to play about ½ the break that they see on the greens.  In fact, when in doubt, don’t give up the hole.

Ackerman-Allen has yet to be played; however, I can give one piece of advice, make sure that you play from the proper set of tees.  The back two sets of tees on the Ackerman-Allen course rate harder than the back two sets of tees from the Kampen Course.  That being said, the rest of the tees on Ackerman-Allen rate easier than their counterparts on the Kampen Course.

Any recent awards or what you are most proud of about the course(s)?

  • Kampen – 4 ½ stars out of 5 Golf Digest Rating
  • 2008 National Championship Site
  • 2004 Indiana State Open Site
  • 2003 Women’s National Championship Site

What is the signature, most talked about, or most photographed hole?

It is hard to pick one hole, however, #6 is probably the most talked about or photographed hole because of the length (604 from back tee) and the way it wraps around the celery bog on the right side of the hole.

What is your favorite hole? Why? And any tips to play it?

My favorite hole is #18 and it is one of the toughest.  #18 is a 484-yard, par-4 where you’re generally hitting into the wind. You have an intimidating tee shot because trees surround the box creating somewhat of a chute-shot.” Down the fairway, there’s a tree to the right, with a large bunker to the left. You’re hitting to a large, elevated green, protected by bunkers and Out-of-Bounds to the left.   Best advice is to stay down the right side of the fairway, and then aim to the left side of the green to avoid the large bunkers on the right side of the green.

Must Have Dish or Drink at the 19th Hole?

On the weekends we grill burgers, and these are very popular.

Who holds course record and what was their score?

Jorge Campillo, Johan Edin and Caine Webber all three shot 63 from the Black Tees

Situated right on Purdue University’s campus, Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex is the ideal location to test your skills on two different Pete Dye courses. Visit Lafayette-WestLafayetteStayAndPlay.com to book your package! With our numerous shops, restaurants and attraction, your trip to this Big Ten town will make you say Boiler Up!

Weekend Update: TAF for TAP Craft Beer Fest & Spring Fest

Cricket Spitting at Springfets

Cricket Spitting at Springfets

Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Craft Beer Lovers and/or the Craft Beer-curious that are 21+ this event is for you! Join fellow Tippecanoe Arts Federation supporters at the 5th Annual TAP for TAF Craft Beer Fest! TAP for TAF is an event highlighting the growing interest in craft beers and craft microbreweries. This special event takes place at the top floor of the 2nd Street Parking Garage in Downtown Lafayette on Saturday, April 16. Please note non-alcoholic beverages will also be available.

Families, couples, any and all, head to Purdue University for a day of science, agriculture, entomology and more at the annual event showcasing the lighter side of higher education; Spring Fest! This free event, taking place April 16 and 17, is a great opportunity to learn about animals, art, astronomy and much more in two full days of hands-on activities. It’s part education, part entertainment, and all fun! Make sure you head to the cricket spitting area…it is an activity you will never forget!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Patio Season is Here! Head to Digby’s Pub

Outdoor patio

Outdoor patio

It’s spring! Spring equals patio season and one awesome restaurant to head to for a lovely outdoor experience with an amazing view of our beautiful courthouse is Digby’s Pub and Patio. This restaurant is also the perfect place to go if you want a night out in downtown Lafayette or want a quick lunch.

Grab a seat on the patio and check out their menu that has something for everyone. From Velveeta loaded french fries to duck egg roles, the options are interesting. I highly recommend their burgers. The beef, pork and seasonal produce they serve are purchased locally. They make each burger to order from their never frozen beef, so they are fresh and delicious! I also recommend their sweet potato fries to go along with the burger. Next time I go back, I am definitely going to give their cheese bricks and Monte Cristo sandwich a try!

Mac and Cheese and the Black and Blue Buger

Mac and Cheese and the Black and Blue Buger

My friend ordered their chicken bacon ranch wrap and she exclaimed at the richness of the different flavors. She had never had a wrap quite like it as it features grilled chicken wrapped in a jalapeno cheddar tortilla, applewood bacon, lettuce, tomato, vintage aged manchango cheddar and served with their homemade ranch dressing. She shared that the manchango cheddar gave it a smooth sharpness that was extremely delicious.  It was one of the best wraps she has ever tasted and highly recommends.

Chicken Wrap and Sweet Potato Fries

Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap and Sweet Potato Fries

If you are not in the mood to sit outdoors and/or as spring brings many rain showers, head indoors. The decor is rustic meets industrial and is a fantastic place to relax and have a drink.

IMG_8018Digby’s is special as it is named after William Digby, the founder of Lafayette. On Christmas Eve 1824, at the federal land sale in Crawfordsville, at 22, William Digby bought 84.23 acres along the Wabash River that he would call Lafayette for $231.24. The owners of Digby’s think Digby would be proud of Lafayette, a thriving community with a strong economy and resources, culture and talent equal to cities twice our size.

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy.  For more information about this restaurant and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

This blog was written by Marlene, Visitor Information Specialist, for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.

Eggcellent Meal: Visit Another Broken Egg Cafe

IMG_7816One of my husband and I’s favorite weekly traditions is Sunday morning breakfast! Whenever there is a new restaurant in town that serves breakfast, we always make an effort to give it a try. Another Broken Egg Café had been on our list for a while and I am really glad we finally ventured out to try it!

They serve breakfast all day! This cafe is open Monday-Saturday 7am to 8pm and Sunday 7am to 2pm. The parking lot to Wang Hall was a little difficult to find. It is on the back side of the building. It is easiest to turn from Northwestern Avenue on to W Stadium Avenue and then turn on to Hayes Street where you will find the parking lot.

The friendly staff

The friendly staff

The menu at Another Broken Egg Café is mouth watering! My husband is from the South and one of the first things he pointed out to me on the menu was the City Grits. He is used to cheese grits, so when we saw that the City Grits had roasted garlic, onions, smoked Gouda, bacon, tomatoes, and green onions, we knew that Another Broken Egg likes to add their own twist to breakfast favorites.

Cinnamon Roll French Toast

Cinnamon Roll French Toast

 

After much contemplation, he decided to save the City Grits for another visit and ordered the Cinnamon Roll French Toast. By the time he was finished with his meal he was in a sugar comma. To make the Cinnamon Roll French Toast, they cut a cinnamon roll into 3 slices, dip in in french toast batter, put it on the griddle, and then add cream cheese icing, Bananas Foster sauce and whipped cream. He got the mixed berries on the side. It is a must try if you are a cinnamon roll fan.

Skinny Omlette with Fruit and English muffin

Skinny Omlette with Fruit and English muffin

I contemplated the Potato Sensations where you choose 3 different toppings such as sausage, bacon, asparagus, mushrooms, etc. to go on top of wedge cut red potatoes and cheese. It was challenging to say no to that. I decided to find the healthier side of the menu. I ended up ordering the Skinny Omelette and I am so glad that I did! Yum! It was herbed egg whites with blanched asparagus, roasted red peppers, green onions, goat cheese, and roasted garlic cloves served with an English muffin and fresh fruit. It was the perfect amount of food and a fabulous lighter option. All of the flavors meshed very well together.  Why didn’t I ever think of putting goat cheese in an omelet?! The next time we do Sunday morning breakfast at Another Broken Egg, I need to keep this on my short list of great selections for when we return.

The bar!

The bar!

If you like a drink with your meal, they have many options for you! They have Mimosas, Absolut Mary and House Infused Mary. You can even liquor up your coffee with some Baileys, Kahlua, and Amaretto for a Café Rouge! The coffee IS something to write home about. I am now a big fan of their mugs! If you are up for a more traditional drink, they have many different juice options, cold and hot tea, hot chocolate, and of course soft drinks.

If you haven’t been to Another Broken Egg Café, give it a try! It is Eggcellent! ;-)

Marlene, Visitor Information Specialist, shares this blog.