Weekend Update: Postcards From Around the World & The Feast

Feast of the Hunters' Moon

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

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.

Don’t miss a night of musical triumph! On Saturday, October 4, the Purdue Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras will present Postcards from Around the World at Loeb Playhouse at Purdue. The evening includes violin soloist Marcia Henry-Liebenow. Marcia is Concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and works with the Bradley University Symphony Orchestra and the Central Illinois Youth Symphony. She will perform Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Ralph Vaughn Williams’ The Lark Ascending. The orchestras will also be performing the Princess Leia Theme from Star Wars, Otto Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor Overture, and Hector Villalobos’ Bachianas Brasilieras No. 4. Mason Bates, composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony, will enhance the concert with lighting visuals and electronic musical elements on Mothership.

If you do not already have your tickets there is still time! The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is taking place on October 4 and 5 this year, and it will be another year of great food, battle reenactments, vendors and crafts, music and more. Thousands of participants re-enact this event creating a feast for your senses. Smell the wood smoke, hear the report of the rifles, and savor authentic food and more.

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

Congrats to Fun Fall Getaway 2014 Contest Winner!

We have the winner of our 2014 “Fun Fall Getaway” Contest worth over $500! Congratulations to Jo from the Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana area. We loved her response to the following question!

Share with us your favorite fall activity in Lafayette-West Lafayette? OR if you have never visited our 2 great cities, what fall activity would you love to experience here?

Jo’s response: As a new resident to Lafayette Indiana, there are many things that I have already fallen in love with and many more that I have yet to experience. During the last three months here my fiance and I have been adjusting to our new jobs and exploring both cities when we have had time. One of our favorite places is downtown for the atmosphere and variety of activities constantly going on down there. The different restaurants and bars have phenomenal food and a fun atmosphere so we always have a good time. Another unique feature about this area is the hidden beauty that is the Wabash and wild cat creek. We love to be outside and explore nature and Lafayette has allowed us to do that while still living in a city. Prior to moving here we had lived in Kentucky for quite some time and werent sure how we would adjust. However we have not only moved here, we have found where we will start a family and a place we can call home. West Lafayette and Lafayette have so many unique features and half the fun is randomly discovering a place you had no idea was there. We would love the opportunity to win this contest because I know that we would enjoy every moment and feature of it. In the midst of moving into a house and working it would be so nice to relax and experience everything these cities have to offer!

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting later this fall that will have an arts and entertainment theme!

The Hour Time Restaurant – A Special Place to Gather!

Come eat under the clock! You can’t miss this distinctive clock off of South Street at Interstate 65, welcoming guests to the community. The large four-faced clock gave the restaurant its name. Before arriving in Indiana it had stood for more than 50 years (constructed in 1910) atop the Times Mill Railroad Station in Rochdale, England. It was a well- known feature of Yorkshire County and was often called “The Big Ben of Northern England”.  The Roachdale Clock was shipped to the states after it’s removal in 1962 and the restaurant owner; Roy Meeks purchased the clock at an exclusive Los Angeles auction of architectural antiques. The restaurant was then designed around it.

The clock isn’t the only unique feature of this restaurant! In the middle of the restaurant you will find a live Ficus Benjamina tree. It grows up through the three levels of the restaurant and is a great addition to the ambiance of the restaurant. The multi-levels of the restaurant also add a sense of privacy making this a great place for a romantic date night, there are all sorts of nooks and crannies where a couple or group of people can gather to enjoy a semi private dinner. Over the years my family has held many of our special occasions here; Valentine’s Days, anniversaries and birthdays, including my 21st birthday party with my family! Wine was always on the table when visiting the Hour Time and I was very excited to be able to finally partake in the wine that day!  So much so, I’m pretty sure I drank two bottles of Martini & Rossi Asti Spumante all on my own! Good thing I wasn’t driving that day! Besides the special occasions, many regular meals out with the family have been enjoyed here throughout the years.

The Hour Time is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week and they really do have a large variety to choose from. Now, down to the part you really want to know… the food! For breakfast I would recommend trying their Benedict Florentine. Eggs Benedict isn’t something you find at a lot of places but in addition, this is special as it has spinach on it, which just makes the dish.  It’s two poached eggs, served on an English muffin, creamed spinach and smothered with hollandaise sauce. Served with breakfast potatoes and a Parmesan tomato.  For lunch I would recommend the Chicken Salad and Fresh Fruit Plate. It’s a great lite lunch, featuring chunks of all white chicken, mixed with their special dressing, accompanied with a medley of fresh seasonal fruit chunks, butter pound cake and a special creamy dipping sauce. Okay so maybe it isn’t so lite on calories, but when you leave you will feel satisfyingly full but not stuffed.  I’m not a big steak eater but I’ve heard they have fabulous steaks for dinner. Family members often get steaks and are always thoroughly pleased. My favorite is the Chicken Tortellini Alfredo. It’s a sautéed skinless chicken breast blended with a rich blend of Parmesan cheese, butter, seasonings and cream, tossed with tortellini and accompanied with a toasted garlic bread wedge. Yum, my mouth is watering as I’m writing this….hmmm wonder if dinner is ready yet? If not maybe my husband would be up for the Hour Time tonight! (Who am I kidding; of course it’s not ready! Haha!)

I hope you will try the Hour Time soon! Oh and for something fun be sure to go in the restaurant entrance from the parking lot and check out the fun mirror in the vestibule. Don’t worry; you don’t really look like that!


The Hour Time Restaurant is located at the Best Western at 4343 South Street in Lafayette. To learn more, see the menu or make a reservation check out their website at: http://www.hourtimerestaurant.com/ or call 765-448-4669.

Ashley Gregory, Group Tours and Meeting Manager at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette shared this review.

Weekend Update: International Breast Cancer & Nutrition Barnyard Bash and Fifth Anniversary of Wildcat Creek Winery

Wildcat Creek Winery

Wildcat Creek Winery

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.

Celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of Wildcat Creek Winery on Saturday, September 27! The winery will be releasing their newest wine, Harvest Cranberry. See exhibits and demonstrations by local artists: Ron Burgess, Mary Thomas Firestone, Deb Achgill, & Linda Elmore. Enjoy jazz by Steve Robinett Hot Three. Buy a bottle of wine, Fair Oaks cheese and crackers and enjoy an afternoon of relaxation overlooking their pretty prairie.

10384335_948118948546960_6781324216324070590_nTractor/wagon rides, face-painting, children and family games, apple cider making, hedge apple bowling, a bounce house, a food truck, an obstacle course, hiking; where can you find all of this and more?? At the 3rd Annual International Breast Cancer & Nutrition Barnyard Bash on September 28 at Wea Creek Orchard!!Not only will there be fun activities, but visitors can enjoy performances by The Tommy Sors Band and the Harrison High School Jazz Choir.
Be entertained by cooking demonstrations by Chef Rosa of Adelino’s Old World Kitchen and a special performance from the Purdue Golduster Dance Team. Best of all, the EMT Food Truck will be serving their amazing sandwiches and sides. Their Triple M sandwich is loaded with creamy Muenster, sharp cheddar spread and homemade mac n’ cheese between savory, crispy waffles- this is a must-have!


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

Find the Perfect Read from Robots and Rogues New and Used Bookstore

interiorAre you an avid reader? Every reader needs a bookstore in which they can get lost among the shelves. The Greater Lafayette Downtown area has Robots and Rogues new and used bookstore. It is a specialty fiction bookstore where they feature science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery.

They are located at 531 Main Street in downtown Lafayette. The store is right on the corner with fantastic display windows. As soon as you walk in, your breath is taken away by the many bookshelves stuffed with fantastic stories. The high ceilings and large windows give the store a cozy feel that will make you want to browse for hours.

If science fiction isn’t your thing or if you aren’t sure what you want to read, stop in and take a look around. Owners Tricia and Kevin can give you recommendations and can perhaps suggest something that might help you find your next great read.

Browse their inventory online from home. Check out their website for the link. If they don’t have something in stock, you can always ask them and they can see about getting it for you.

Gaming - FullRobots and Rogues has more than just books, they also have comic books and they sell awesome T-shirts that have book cover art from Out of Print Clothing. They have author signings where you can chat with the authors, purchase their books, and have them sign a copy or two! Stop by on the last Tuesday of the month for their Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Club. Ask them about their role-playing and gaming groups. Check their website calendar or Facebook page for details about upcoming events.

If you have some used books that are still in fantastic shape, contact or stop in and chat with them about their trade-in policy.

If you’re in the downtown Lafayette area, take a few minutes to stuff your nose into a book at the best corner book store Lafayette has to offer, Robots & Rogues!

Marlene, Visitor Information Specialist, shared this blog.

Fun Fall Getaway Contest 2014 Details!

Feast of the Hunters' Moon

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our Fun Fall Getaway Contest 2014 to our 2 great cities.  The competition started on Monday, September 15, and we want to share why each business who has donated to these packages is so fabulous!

One great winner will win the following package worth over $500!

  • Guests will receive top-notch service at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Lafayette where you can make yourself at home in one of their spacious suites offering a fully equipped kitchen and indulge in a hot full breakfast.
  • Enjoy history, culture and wood smoked, authentic food at the annual “Feast of the Hunters’ Moon“!
  • Have you ever heard the saying “Meet you at Arni’s!” This saying can be heard at least once a week at Social Media Specialist, Sara’s home, where she and her family enjoy thin crust pizza, Arni’s salad, garlic bread and more!
  •  Bruno’s is famous for its “Bruno Dough” but even better yet is the friendly wait staff who make your visit fun and relaxing.  They have every kind of pizza pie from pepperon, deluxe to peanut butter and jelly!
  •  Triple XXX or Route 66 offers some of the best burgers (The Duane Purvis All American is a fave!) in the nation in a retro style diner atmosphere. Don’t miss all the fun jewelry, handbags, specialty candy and more at Route 66!
  • World famous coney dogs, homemade root beer in specialty frosted mugs and a special pledge to always offer the quality, service and cleanliness to every customer from the staff can be found at Dog N’ Suds.
  • What is better than a box of homemade decadent chocolates?  NOTHING!  Kathy’s Kandies is making a specialty box just for you.
  • Fiber / fabric wall art, fine porcelain & stoneware pottery, hand-made ‘Green Gifts’ and much, much more can be purchased a Grateful Heart Gallery & Gifts where 5 area residents present their craft.
  • An exceptional laser tag, awesome arcade games, good food and great experiences can all be found at Skate America.
  • Two Tulips offers shoppers everything from darling children’s clothes and piggy banks, specialty stationary, to fun decorative gifts for the home.
  • One Earth Gallery & Gifts is rich in jewelry that is handmade with natural materials by Native American jewelers.  Also note, this shop offers baskets, pottery, coffee, etc.
  • Prophetstown State Park is hosting this fall the 5th Annual Trail of Scarecrows so make sure you visit to vote for your favorite scarecrow!
  • Howl with the wolves at Wolf Park and see all the different animals; coyotes, foxes, & bison.
  • Enjoy exploring our beautiful outdoors on a bike from Virtuous Cycles and take in the beauty of fall colors!

Go to http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=5423 to sign up!  Entries will be accepted through Monday, September 22, 2014 at noon. A Winner will be announced the week of September 29, 2014.

Fun Fall Getaway Contest 2014!

Fun Fall Getaway Contest 2014! Discover why Lafayette-West Lafayette is the best choice for a weekend with your friends and family to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. You can enter to win a weekend getaway worth over $500 to Lafayette-West Lafayette to partake in all our town has to offer! Our local restaurants, hotels, shops and attractions have donated fun gifts to one special person. Good luck!

Enter to Win (by answering this question correctly below)!

Share with us your favorite fall activity in Lafayette-West Lafayette? OR if you have never visited our 2 great cities, what fall activity would you love to experience here?

Leave your answer below in the “Leave a Reply.” We will collect all of the replies and pick the most intriguing!

One great winner will win the following package!

Entries will be accepted through Monday, September 22, 2014 at 12:00 pm. A winner will be announced the week of September 29, 2014! Leave your reply in the box below and click “Post Comment.” Please note that your answer will show up on your computer, but no one else will see your answer until the contest is over.

If you select “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” you will receive an email for every contest entry. We will be approving and posting ALL of the entries (with your name and answer) at the END of the contest (if you have selected to receive follow-up comments and we receive a lot of entries, make note you will receive an EMAIL for EVERY ENTRY when we approve the answers). By entering, participants release their emails to Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette will not share or sell your information.

Fall equals Feast of the Hunters’ Moon Fun!

canoe at feast. dan hesterThe Feast of the Hunters’ Moon Festival drew a crowd of about 40,000 people last year into and from our Lafayette/West Lafayette community. You are probably wondering what kind of event brings a crowd that is comparable to the latest pop sensation? A historical reenactment with food and festivities, of course!

The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon Festival is a reenactment of the annual fall gathering during the mid 1700’s at Fort Ouiatenon. The Fort was a fur trading post between the French and Wea Tribe of Native Americans along the Wabash River in West Lafayette, Indiana. Control of the Fort shifted between the French, Native Americans and the British during its almost 100 years of use. In 1970, the Fort was placed on the National Registry of Historical Places.

feast drummers. steve robinsonTo celebrate this time in our local history, the Tippecanoe County Historical Association presents the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon Festival. It takes place along the banks of the Wabash River at Fort Ouiatenon in West Lafayette, Indiana. The reenactment helps to recapture 18th century life at Fort Ouiatenon.

This festival has created lasting memories for myself and my family. As soon as I step out of my vehicle, I can smell the wood burning in the air. I am greeted by traditional artisans demonstrating crafts in the style of the 18th century using only materials and methods available at that time. I hear drums beating as men and women in costume march by saluting that time in history. I learn how baskets are made, how blacksmiths created tools and taste the delicious food of that time. Merchants sell different French, English and Native American foods adapted from original recipes and prepared over open fires.

Apple Dumpling 2My favorite dishes are the warm apple dumplings, fry bread, apple cider and root beer. The root beer has a very flavorful vanilla taste to it. One year, I bought a jug of root beer and it came in a beautiful blue jug. I reused the blue jug as a decoration around my apartment. For meat eaters, there are herbed pork chops, buffalo burgers, rabbit stew, buffalo stew, turkey legs, among other delicious foods to sample. One really can’t help but eat his or her way through the festival.

Over the course of 2 days, there are many programs scheduled to keep everyone entertained and to learn about life in the 1700’s.  Some of my favorites are the voyager landing, soap making and candle making.

feast dancer. steve robinsonThe Feast of the Hunters’ Moon festival is one event that cannot be missed if you are new to the area or if you have been in Lafayette/West Lafayette most of your life.  People travel from all over to jump into clothes from the 1700’s and reenact this event in our history.

The Feast is taking place October 4 and 5, 2014.  Marlene, Visitor Information Specialist, shared these thoughts.  For more information about this festival and others in our area, check out our website at www.HomeofPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Archaeology Day & Love & Death at LSO

Archaeology Day

Archaeology Day

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.

It’s Archaeology Day in Tippecanoe County! On Saturday, September 13th from noon to 4:00 at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum, the Tippecanoe County Historical Association and the Department of Anthropology, Purdue University will host archaeology activities for children and families in celebration of Indiana Archaeology Month. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA) annually coordinates Indiana Archaeology Month to celebrate and recognize the work and discoveries of archaeologists around the state with special presentations and activities for kids and adults. This year’s event will include an artifact ID session, where visitors can bring in artifacts for assistance in identification; a chance to look at artifacts from digs at Fort Ouiatenon; and activities that give visitors an opportunity to experience archaeology first-hand including a simulated dig and laboratory. Bonus: Archaeology Day activities are free and open to the public!

After an afternoon of digging for artifacts, enjoy an evening of romance at the performance of Love & Death, produced by the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra. Partnering with students from Purdue Theatre, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra features pieces conveying the tragic romance of the renowned Shakespearian couple, Romeo and Juliet. . The dazzling Purdue Theatre students accompany this unique unveiling of the famous love story with readings from Shakespeare’s play, as the orchestra presents Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Also featuring: Mozart-Don Giovanni Overture, Bernstein-Symphonic Dances from Westside Story, and Tchaikovsky-Romeo and Juliet.

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

Weekend Update: Gallery Walk & Tour Haan Mansion

Artists' Own

Artists’ Own

It’s an Artsy Weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette! 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.

Do not miss the last Gallery Walk of the season this Friday, September 19! In historic downtown Lafayette, the local arts community collaborates with downtown businesses to highlight the arts and culture in the region. A Friday evening may be filled with a night out for dinner at your favorite restaurant, a leisurely stroll from one Gallery Walk location to the next, where artwork, music, and occasional complimentary beverages or hors d’oeuvres may be sampled. Special exhibitions taking place are the following: Tippecanoe Arts Federation Gallery Reception for A Quilted Narration of Gaelic Folklore and Beyond, Quilted Art by Leanne McGiveron and Heather Vanderkleed, I Arrange My World, Prints, Painting, Mixed Media by Lisa Parish Parker & Ahead of the Curve, Mixed Media and Wood by Anita and Bill Krug. Artisits’ Own Reception for Landscapes in Paint and Pixels By: Glenn Chang and Sandy Daniel exhibit.

Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, 21 mark the last guided tours of the year at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art. Visit each room with Bob and Ellie Haan to share stories about the mansion and its contents. You’ll find massive, museum-quality antiques and major paintings by historic Indiana artists including TC Steele, Wm Forsythe, George Winter, EK Williams, Ada Shulz and many others. Also get a sneak peek at part of the ceramics collection. Tours are at 10 am and 1:30 pm on Saturday and 1:30 pm on Sunday. (October tours that focus on ceramics and November Holiday tours will be walk-through tours with docents in each room.)

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