Weekend Update: Spring Carnival at Market Square & Brew on the Bridge

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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

(THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED!) Cotton candy, Ferris wheels, hotdogs and games; what does this bring to mind? Carnivals! Growing up, when carnivals came to town, my family would spend the day together laughing, eating lots of carnival treats, playing games and taking rides on the Ferris wheel until our stomachs couldn’t take it anymore.  I am so excited to announce this weekend Market Square is hosting its first spring carnival.  Bring the family for rides, games, food and family fun! This special event is located in front of County Line Emporium & Arni’s. Tickets are $1 each, 22 for $20 or 50 for $4. Rides require 2-4 tickets each. Armbands may be purchased for unlimited rides. See ticket booth during operating hours for details. (THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED!)

11221654_10152935631836589_4738528587149841090_nWow! This weekend is offering tons of fun! Head to Wolf Park for its annual Brew on the Bridge. Wolf Park is partnering with the People’s Brewery, South Street Smokehouse and 3 Lane Hill for a special outdoor concert in the park! Alcohol will be provided by People’s Brewery. Don’t drink? No problem! Come out, enjoy some BBQ and listen to some great music under the stars. The band will perform starting at 7:30 pm. Will the wolves ‘sing’ along? You have to be at Wolf Park to find out! Bring along your own chairs or blankets to enjoy the musical performance.

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

Memorial Day – Outdoor Water Aquatic Water Park Season

Cattail Creek @ Tropicanoe Cove

Cattail Crik @ Tropicanoe Cove

It’s Memorial Day! What are you doing today to enjoy this national holiday? Are you hosting a BBQ or traveling to visit friends and family? Or maybe you are heading out to one of our many great outdoor recreation location in Lafayette-West Lafayette? Whether you are staying home or traveling, it is a great holiday to sit back and relax and enjoy the day off!

Memorial Day weekend marks the opening of our two outdoor aquatic centers, Tropicanoe Cove at Columbian Park and the Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center. Kick off your shoes, grab your swimming suit and be prepared to have a blast at these centers that offer something fun for the whole family!

Tropicanoe Cove is a favorite of many and has been creating laughter and fun for years.  Shouts and squeals can be heard from kids and adults making a great splash down the spiraling Banana Peel tube slide! (This is where you will find my husband who is a big kid at heart)! Looking for a more leisurely afternoon? Grab an inner-tube and laze your way through Cattail Crik. Please note this is where you will find me! There are plenty of lounge chairs to catch the rays and enjoy the Indiana sun!

Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center

Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center

A new outdoor water park, Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center, opened its doors last season to the delight of locals and visitors. This water park, located in Indiana’s newest state park, provides entertainment for the entire family with pools, slides, splash stations and a winding lazy river. A great feature of the park is its effort to preserve the area’s past. There are glacier boulders and a wide range of native plants and trees that pay homage to the land’s history and tie in perfectly with the rest of the state park.

Make sure you head to one (or both if you are truly adventurous) of our water parks! It will lead to a great summer! For more information about these water parks and other outdoor recreation in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Unique Food, Beer Wall, 1960′s Decor; Where? Cozy Tavern!

DSC01015Looking for a new place to eat? Why not check out one of the newest restaurants in town, The Cozy Tavern! If you have been around the area for a while, you may recognize the name or remember driving by the Cozy at one time or another. It’s located on South Street IMG_6196between Steak and Shake and Mar-Jean Village on the north side of the road, tucked in by the railroad tracks. While the name is still the same, The Cozy Tavern has recently reopened under new ownership, has had quite a facelift and a new menu!

Inside, you will notice that they have updated everything but kept the 1960’s feel keeping with the history of the restaurant. They have the red tufted booths and upholstered chairs, mirrors on the walls, drum lights and more. Even though it’s 60’s style it has a modern feel too as décor from that era seems to be making a comeback in recent years. If you visit on a nice day, be sure to check out their patio, there is plenty of seating out there for you and all your friends!

If you are a beer drinker (and 21 or older) be sure to go when you can indulge in all the different beers! They have a wall with eight different beers on tap. You are able to use a credit card and pay by the ounce. Try one or try them all! (Please drink responsibly). If you aren’t into beer, don’t worry they do have a full bar or soft drinks available and the food is great too!

IMG_6200I happened to visit the Cozy for lunch with some coworkers. I ordered “The Popeye Spinach Salad” which is a spinach salad with bacon, tomato, egg, Parmesan cheese and red onion (I had them leave off the onion) with a decadent bacon dressing! It was perfect! My mouth is watering now… yes, for a salad! We also ordered the cheese and crackers appetizer, which was somewhat unusual but we all loved it! It was deep fried pimento cheese cakes served with crackers. It was so good, that several of us thought we’d try the Pimento Grilled Cheese the next time we visit.  The menu has some unique items on it such as the Deviled Egg of the day, Today’s Mac and Cheese (a different version every day for both), Domestic Lamb Rack, Duck Sliders, deep fried guacamole and salsa and fried green tomatoes. They also have things like burgers, steak, roast pork sandwiches, other salads, meatloaf, pot pie, etc.

Mac N' Cheese!

Mac N’ Cheese!

So grab a friend and give this old standby with a new twist a try! Ashley Gregory, Group Tours & Meetings Manager, shared this blog. Please note this tavern is 21 and older.

Weekend Update: Round the Fountain Art Fair & Lafayette Symphony Orchestra Performance

Round the Fountain Works of Art

Round the Fountain Works of Art

IMG_1254Weekend 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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

One of the best one-day outdoor art shows in the Midwest, Round the Fountain Art Fair, is taking place again this Saturday, May 23!  Featuring paintings, sculptures, pottery, photography prints, jewelry and other media this festival offers visitors not only works of great beauty, but the opportunity to purchase these offerings. This festival is located around our gorgeous courthouse and vendors selling their works of art line the streets. An even more special treat is the fresh strawberries and cream…yum!

Do not miss the last 2014-15 Lafayette Symphony Orchestra performance, Shredding with the Symphony, on Saturday, May 23. Internationally renowned for her exceptional talent, Rachel Barton Pine will join forces once more with the LSO to bring a unique orchestral experience that will be nothing short of memorable! The award-winning classical violinist will showcase her gift of infusing classical music with its heavy metal counterpart, painting you an engaging musical picture while effortlessly connecting the two genres. From Van Halen to Sibelius, Nine Inch Nails to Shostakovich, and Led Zeppelin to Paganini, music lovers from across the board are sure to find this a thrilling performance. Let your hair down and celebrate the season with a bang!

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

Congrats to our Family Fun Tourism Celebration Contest 2015 Winner!

We have the winner of our Family Fun Tourism Celebration Contest 2015 worth over $450! Congratulations to Angela from Indianapolis, Indiana. Angela shares, “What a great way to start off the week to know that I’ll be able to have a nice weekend getaway in Lafayette-West Lafayette, just about an hour away from home!  I’ve never visited Lafayette before, so it sounds like loads of fun to see what this great city has to offer!  Thank you so very much!  I will be sure to post tons of photos of the Braden family experience when we take this getaway later this year!”

Angela answered this question correctly and was picked at random: The question was:

How many miles long is the Wabash Heritage Trail from end to end? (This includes Tippecanoe County – Lafayette/West Lafayette)

Angela answered 13 miles. Please note we accepted two answers (13 miles and/or 17 miles) as there is a 13 mile segment but 17 mile trail network.

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting this summer.

Ice Cream Mecca: Silver Dipper Ice Cream

IMG_0515Silver Dipper is our go to dessert place. I’m not a big drinker so to me, Silver Dipper is like that neighborhood bar, where everyone knows your name. Over the years we have gotten to know the owner, Dave, pretty well. He knows my whole family, my friends and we always shoot the breeze while there. It’s just a very friendly place.  I remember one night I was in there with one of my friends when she was still out in the dating world and he was giving her all sorts of advice on where to meet great guys and listening to her stories on her funny and horrible dating experiences, her list of qualities she wanted in a guy, etc. and Dave giving feedback and sharing his own funny stories (It was a slow night for Dave).  Some people tell all their problems to a bartender, we have Dave our ice cream scooper.

Mini Monster

Mini Monster

Now, don’t forget about the ice cream though!  I love ice cream; it’s probably my favorite dessert! Silver Dipper ranks pretty high up there on my favorite ice cream list, maybe with the only thing topping it being gelato from Italy, although, Silver Dipper’s Raspberry Italian Ice comes close to that too.  They have the best variety of ice cream with around 40 different flavors. I have so many favorites; it’s so hard to choose! I’d have to say my very favorite is Zorreo, it’s a rich, deep dark chocolate ice cream (what they call Zanzibar Chocolate) with chunks of chocolate, brownie pieces and marshmallow swirled through it! I can just taste it now!  Another favorite would be the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough. This is the best of both worlds if you are a fan of cookie dough ice cream and like peanut butter! It’s your typical cookie dough ice cream with ripples of peanut butter in it. I was skeptical at first but I truly like the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough even more than the regular. If you are more of a fruity flavor sort of person, I’d recommend the Black Cherry ice cream. It’s black cherry flavored but also has large chunks of black cherries in it. They also have seasonal ice creams; two I always look forward to are the Root Beer Float (I love root beer floats too but this is just as awesome!) in the summer and Egg Nog in the winter. Wish they would carry both year round, but then I’d have an even bigger decision to make when we go in!  Go for the waffle cone too, you won’t be disappointed that you did!IMG_6818

IMG_1626Now, if you want to sample a few or want a variety and aren’t hungry enough for multiple scoops, they do offer mini scoops. Three mini scoops are the size of one regular scoop.  It’s a great way to try multiple flavors and not over do it!  Or if you have the opposite problem and are super hungry or want to try them all, you can do that too with the Mini Monster! This is one mini scoop of every single flavor of ice cream in the store! I did this for my birthday a few years ago and I had 5 other friends with me and we still couldn’t eat it all (we did a pretty good job though)! It was great to try some that you wouldn’t try otherwise because you knew if you don’t like it maybe someone else will. I hate seeing wasted ice cream! LOL!

IMG_6823If you like to get a little fancy with your ice cream they can cover you there too! They offer shakes made with any flavor ice cream you’d like and have a wide selection of sundae toppings. My mom and I have been getting a banana split on Mother’s Day every year since I was very young and Silver Dipper is now our go to spot, every Mothers Day! They also have amazing ice cream cakes! They can customize the cakes and you can have either white or chocolate cake with any flavor of ice cream you’d like on top, and then it’s iced as well. My friends got one for my birthday party one year that was half Zorreo and half Peanut Butter Cookie Dough! Yum! Best of both worlds!

If you love ice cream and haven’t been to Silver Dipper, be sure to stop by! Be sure to take cash though! They only accept cash or checks.  Enjoy! (And leave some for me!)

Group Tours & Meeting Manager, Ashley, Gregory, shared this blog.

11 Great Weekend Events in our 2 Great Cities!

Bike to Work

Bike to Work

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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  1. Congrats to the Purdue University Class of 2015 as they take the annual march for graduation on May 15-17.
  2. Stroll historic downtown Lafayette, where artwork, music, and occasional complimentary beverages or hors d’oeuvres may be sampled at the first Gallery Walk of the season on May 15. Also join everyone for an exhibition reception at the Tippecanoe Arts Federation as part of the Downtown Gallery Walk and an exhibition reception of the exhibit: Fresh Air at Artists’ Own.
  3. In a hunting story to beat all hunting stories, Escanaba in da Moonlight, spins a hilarious tale of humor, horror and heart as Reuben goes to any and all lengths to remove himself from the wrong end of the family record book at the Lafayette Civic Theatre on May 15-17.
  4. May 15 is National Bike to Work Day! This year if you are in West Lafayette you can swing by Burtsfield School for coffee and some exciting giveaways from local businesses on your way into work. If you are in Lafayette, join the bikers at the bus stop at the corner of 11th and Main street.

    Bach Chorale

    Bach Chorale

  5. Take a guided tour during the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana’s Art and enjoy historic architecture, massive American Renaissance Revival furniture, a stunning early Indiana art collection including works by T. C. Steele, and Indiana ceramics, glass and bronze works of art on May 16-17.
  6. On May 16, the Bach Chorale Singers are joined by five renowned soloists and a festival orchestra for this grand season finale; the Bach Chorale Singers 50th Anniversary Finale.
  7. The Purdue Varsity Glee Club will present its End of Season Concert on May 16 at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.
  8. Take a late night walking tour of Work Park, during their Wolf Park After Hours on May 16, where the howls of wolves and coyotes might accompany your stroll in the dark.  Frogs croak, insect’s sing — see what comes out at night when you escape the city! Bring a flashlight for the walk, to help you see the glow of canine eyes in the distance. Sit by a campfire and enjoy the night sky. Roast a marshmallow, and listen as staff members tell you stories about working with wolves.
  9. Learn more about nature and the environment where we all live at the Mind BOGgling Event at the Celery Bog on May 16.1Wolf Park 2011
  10. Join TIPCOA and the Tippecanoe County Historical Association for an Open House showcasing the county’s marriage records, family files and family history books on May 16 at the Genealogy Open House.
  11. Come out and support young entrepreneurs and stop by any of the participating lemonade stands through out the Lafayette Community on May 16 during Lemonade Day!

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

Fort Ouiatenon Blockhouse

Kelly Lippie, Collections Assistant / Program Coordinator, for the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, shares this blog.

The original Fort Ouiatenon was founded by French fur traders around 1717 along the banks of the Wabash River (just south of the Current city of Lafayette, IN) and holds the distinction of being the first permanent European settlement founded in Indiana. It was established as a trading post with the local Native Americans, who brought animal furs to the Europeans to trade for goods made of cloth, metal, glass and more. The fort changed hands several times before being abandoned around 1780. The exact location of the Fort was lost to memory until the early 1900’s when Indiana’s centennial celebration renewed interest in local history.

1930s Blockhouse

1930s Blockhouse

Dr. Richard B. Wetherill, a local physician, world traveler and amateur historian (and first president of the Tippecanoe County Historical Association!) led the charge to find the location of Fort Ouiatenon. In 1928, Dr. Wetherill purchased approximately nine acres of land that was believed to be the location of the historic fort and Native American villages. The land was presented to the Tippecanoe County Historical Association in the hopes of using it to commemorate the historic events that took place there.

In 1930, Wetherill financed the building of a replica fort structure to commemorate the site. A great deal of research into historic records on Fort Ouiatenon and fort construction was undertaken in preparation for the structure. This building, simply known as “the Blockhouse,” was dedicated in 1930 and would come to be a local icon and a cherished historic structure in its own right. For many years, it was used for programs and annual meetings of the Historical Association, but it wasn’t until 1938 that the Blockhouse was opened to visitors on a regular basis.

The first, informal, Feast of the Hunters’ Moon festival was held at Fort Ouiatenon in 1957 as a special meal for members of the Association intended to re-create the 1930s membership meetings held in the Blockhouse by Wetherill. The program was repeated again over the years, growing in popularity each time. The land around the Blockhouse was transferred to the care of the Tippecanoe County Park Department and today the area is a true community partnership when it comes to care and maintenance.

Opening Ceremonies at the Feast!

Opening Ceremonies at the Feast!

In the 1960s, the actual location of the historic Fort Ouiatenon was discovered nearly one mile down river from the Blockhouse. New research into historic French fort construction also revealed that the Blockhouse was inaccurately laid out. The poles of a French building would have been placed vertical rather than horizontal as seen at the Blockhouse. Historians and archaeologists continue to research Fort Ouiatenon and the story told at the Blockhouse museum only continues to grow.

Today, the 85-year old Blockhouse stands as a mini- museum that still serves Dr. Wetherill’s original mission to educate and celebrate the early settlers and community at Fort Ouiatenon. Through the care of dedicated volunteer educators, the Blockhouse museum is open free to visitors during the summer months on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00. Every fall, the historic structure sits at the heart of the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, just as it has been for nearly half a century, welcoming visitors from all over the world.

Spring has sprung: Enjoy the beautiful weather with a new bicycle!

Virtuous Cycles 1Virtuous Cycles, located in downtown Lafayette, is a bike shop providing a place to buy bikes and receive services in maintenance, repair, and fitting that bike to fit you perfectly! Shopping at this local bike shop enables you to find a reliable bike that fits you and your needs versus a department store bike that is typically a one-size-fits-all. The staff at Virtuous Cycles is knowledgeable and assists in finding the bike you need. You will not leave without feeling excited and ready to ride your new bike around town!

Not only does the bike shop offer you a place to find the perfect bike for you but it is a place where you can trade in old bikes, buy accessories for your new ride, attend workshops to learn how to fix your bike, and join other locals at the weekly Open Stand Night and Bicycle Lafayette Meeting. The Open Stand Night is held every Sunday at 4pm and gives people the opportunity to come ask questions and learn how to maintain their bikes. Following this every week is the Bicycle Lafayette Meeting. This meeting promotes cycling as a safe and healthy means of transportation and recreation in the Lafayette and West Lafayette area. After each one of these meetings they have a group ride to People’s Brewery to enjoy a delicious meal and drinks. Sounds fun right?  I think so!

Virtuous Cycles 2You cannot go wrong buying a bike from Virtuous Cycles. You will not find another bike like it (literally) the bike is designed just for YOU and gives you the opportunity to add your own personal touches. Virtuous Cycles offers mountain bike rides every Wednesday and has balance bikes for kids to help teach them how to ride bikes without using training wheels and trikes. The opportunities are endless and exciting! Virtuous Cycles staff will set you up and enable you to be able to enjoy a ride around town on your own stylish new ride! The excitement does not end there because the month of May is bike month, which means there will be many exciting events and opportunities going on in the shop and around town.  Stop in and get your own bike before bike month begins, you will not regret it!

This blog was shared by Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern and Purdue University Student, Haley.

Weekend Update: Mosey Down Main Street & Mother’s Day Paint & Party

1hester_74Weekend 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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

We are kicking off the month of May with one of Lafayette’s most exciting street fairs!  Mosey Down Main Street is back this Saturday, May 9 featuring live music, craft vendors, food entertainment and social agencies. Bring the family for a night of fun!  For those looking for late night fun, head to the Mosey Down Main Street After Party at Carnahan Hall! Featuring: John Davey, Bailey Williams & the Cherannes, JM Morrow and Joe Davey.

After a night of family fun, take your mother to the Mother’s Day Paint & Party at Carnahan hall for an afternoon she will always remember. Join in a special Mother’s Day Paint & Party brought to you by Stacy Bogan and Paint & Party Lafayette. Each person will receive a canvas, painting supplies and direction from Stacy to create their own version of flower paintings for Mothers Day! Cost is $25/person, all art supplies are provided and beverages will be available for purchase. Happy Mother’s Day!!

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