It’s Back – 81st Annual Purdue Christmas Show!

Purdue Christmas ShowTickets, tickets, tickets! Do you have your tickets for the 81st Annual Purdue Christmas Show taking place December 6 and 7? If not, there is still time to purchase tickets for this holiday spectacular event full of music, laughter and fun! It may not feel like the holidays today, but this holiday bash will get you in the perfect holiday mood all season!

A few years ago, I wrote a blog about hosting a holiday party where we had friends coming in from Chicago and Indianapolis to attend the Purdue Christmas Show and spend the weekend having holiday fun in Lafayette-West Lafayette. I wrote the blog prior to the weekend. I want to share now how much joy we had! Everyone came all dressed up for the holiday season in their new, beautiful dresses and suits and ties. We ladies wore our best high heels, had our faces all made up, and our hair beautifully arranged. We were prepared for a lovely night of music, and we had this and more at the show. I remember getting to Elliott Hall of Music and there was such a vibrant feel to the air. It was excitement and pure happiness from everyone attending. When the first sound of music started, we were on the edges of our seats. Then for the next 2 hours we listened and enjoyed. The evening went by so fast! I feel like in the blink of an eye it was over! It’s hard for me to even explain in words what a truly special evening we had. The music and entertainment were electrifying and put all of us in a wonderful holiday mood.

What comes to your mind when we mention Purdue Christmas Show? Bells jingling, voices singing, music jamming, holiday cheer abounding? All of the above comes to my mind! What is your special memory about this show? From the sweet sounds of holiday classics to the robust music of new, jazzy songs, this is a night one will never forget. I need to get our tickets for this year!

To find our more about this show visit their website at http://www.purdue.edu/pmo/christmas.shtml and to find out about all the holiday events taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

A Boiler Up Weekend Update!

A Boiler Up 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 weekend marks the end of a wonderful fall season at Purdue! First, on Friday, November 21, enjoy the sounds of jazz at the season wrap-up concert, Winter Jazz Jam, which will feature all Purdue jazz bands including the Purdue Jazz Band and the American Music Repertory Ensemble. Music throughout the night will expose the great works of jazz legends Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk and Pat Metheny.

Our Purdue Football Team takes on Northwestern for their final home season game on Saturday, November 22. Be sure to check out all the fun activities centered around this fun filled sporting event! Take a ride on the Boilermaker Special on Friday, November 21. Bonus: its Free! Three hours before game time and ending at kick-off, join the crowds of Purdue Fans at the Boilermaker Crossing, featuring family-friendly games, inflatables, team appearances and live music. Have you heard of the 211º Session? 2 hours and 11 minutes before kick-off, the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band, second-year head football coach Darrell Hazell and the Boilermaker football players will be at Mackey Arena for this special pep rally. This is a weekend not to be missed at Purdue University! Boiler up!

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

From College Days to Family Days at Scotty’s Brewhouse!

Happening Now!  Right now the locals are talking aScottysbout Scotty’s Brewhouse, a local Indiana restaurant and bar serving decadent burgers, sweet and spicy wraps, homemade soups and refreshing salads. Local businessman, Scotty Wise, opened the original Scotty’s Brewhouse in Muncie, Indiana in 1996 and in less than twenty years nine brewhouses have flourished. This brewhouse is unique with its specialty menu that offers something for everyone, including gluten free options, low calorie and their own exclusive brews!

I have been a Scotty’s fan since my college days (ten years ago!) at Ball State University, the location of the first Scotty’s Brewhouse. This was a hang out for all my friends to grab a bite to eat and order a fresh, local beer. The atmosphere at Scotty’s is laid back, fun and the perfect place to spend time with good friends. When I moved to the West Lafayette area 5 years ago, I was so excited there was a Scotty’s located here. I am now a wife and mother and my life has changed a lot over the years, but this restaurant has stayed the same serving delicious food and providing wonderful customer service.

Gluten Free Options!

Gluten Free Options!

Ten years of eating at Scotty’s has provided me with a wide variety of food choices. My long time favorite is their mo’fo’ buffalo grilled chicken wrap with a side of bleu cheese dressing. The buffalo sauce is the perfect balance of medium to hot and the chicken is lightly grilled and juicy. They have a rocking bleu cheese dressing, which is good not only on their wraps, but to dip your french fries into! I highly recommend ordering their bar-b-q pulled pork nachos, which includes their thr3e wise men seasoned potato chips, white queso, bar-b-q pulled pork, corn, red onions and jalapeños. The pulled pork is sweet and meaty and with the queso smothered all over it is a heavenly delight. With our little one, we always try to order something healthy. Their kids menu features everything from a mini portion of soup and salad to gluten free grilled cheese sandwiches to mac-n-cheese. Our daughter loves the grilled cheese with a side of broccoli.  My husband and I always nab a few pieces of her broccoli! It is light, crisp and we assume they add a hint of salt or some spice because they make plain ol’ broccoli delicious!

Friends Visiting Scotty's!

Friends Visiting Scotty’s!

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.

Holiday Shopping Getaway Contest 2014 Details!

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our “Holiday Shopping” Contest 2014 to our two great cities. The competition started on Monday, November 10, and we want to share why each business that has donated to these packages is so fabulous!

One great winner will win the following package worth over $575!

Grateful Heart

Grateful Heart

  • Walking distance to Purdue University, the Hilton Garden Inn West Lafayette offers top of the line service, accommodations and amenities (complimentary fitness center, a full-service restaurant and indoor pool.) This hotel is lovely and will offer the perfect night’s rest!
  •  If you haven’t been to Grateful Heart Gallery you are missing out! This shop features the most eclectic, one of a kind and beautiful pottery around at wonderful prices.
  • Two Tulips Stockings!

    Two Tulips Stockings!

    Two Tulips is awaiting your visit to pick out the perfect piggy bank, baby’s first year calendar, toys and more for your next loved one’s pregnancy!

  • Want to dress your baby in style? JF & Company offers adorable rompers, dresses, onsies, and more for your little one. (This is where Social Media Specialist, Sara, bought her newborn baby’s outfit for her one-month photos!)
  • Owner, David Kurtz makes frequent trips throughout the country searching for authentic, handmade, American Indian art. You can find his treasures at One Earth Gallery & Gifts.
  • We all have photos and artwork stored in our attic that just needs a little sprucing up with a lovely frame to make it truly shine. Get yours out and head to Randy Ross Custom Framing and Fine Art to make your piece pop!
  • This week is the one year anniversary of Camera Outfitters. They are celebrating on November 15 with door prizes, sales and treats!
  • Bruno Dough!

    Bruno Dough!

    Words don’t do Bruno’s pizza and food justice! All we can say is a visit to Bruno’s is fun, the service is exemplary and the food is simply fabulous. Make sure to order the Bruno Dough with multiple dipping sauces!

  • Have you ever craved a burger so bad your taste buds are literally salivating? After trying a Triple XXX burger you will be feeling this way all the time! Add in fries, chili and root beer and you may never leave the restaurant!
  • Homemade candies made with decadent and rich chocolate can be found at Kathy’s Kandies. After you go once you will be addicted to her specialty delights like the Oreo cake ball dipped in dark chocolate!
  • Want to create memories that will last a lifetime? Head to Arni’s where there are three rooms (Toy Room, Loading Dock and Dining Room). Parents MUST take their children to the Toy Room to enjoy the Purdue train, dollhouses, toys and more. Not only is the ambiance wonderful, but the food is even better!

    Arni's!

    Arni’s!

  • Local businessman, Scotty Wise, opened the original Scotty’s Brewhouse in Muncie, Indiana in 1996 and in less than ten years nine brewhouses have flourished. This brewhouse is unique with its specialty menu that offers something for everyone, including gluten free options, low calorie and their own exclusive brews!
  • YOgurt reTREAT is serving some delicious soft serve frozen yumminess! Choose from about 10 flavors of yogurt and then smother the treat with almost any topping you can imagine!
  • Did you know Indiana’s newest state park, Prophetstown State Park, offers a wide variety of fun workshops all year long, including bird watching, seed collecting, food preservation, bat abound, and more!?
  • Howl with the wolves all night at Wolf Park! Watch interactions between man and wolf, see bison up close, and learn how coyotes interact. Also, don’t miss a visit to see the cute little foxes!
  • Do you want to become a talented artist for the day? Head to All Fired Up where you can let your artistic side come out. It’s easy; select a piece of unfinished pottery, choose your favorite colors from over 100 beautiful paints and glazes, and start creating your masterpiece!
  • The holiday show of the season is back to rock our world! The Purdue Christmas Show 2014 features elaborate sets, intricate and specially-tailored musical arrangements of sacred and secular holiday favorites, the introduction of new and soon-to-be Christmas classics, and dramatic and comedic skits and dialogues.

    Purdue Christmas Show

    Purdue Christmas Show

Go to http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=5646 to sign up! Entries will be accepted through Monday, November 17, 2014 at 12pm. A winner will be announced the week of November 24, 2014.

Musical Weekend Update: Disney’s Aladdin Jr. & Shaken, Not Stirred (James Bond)

The Long Center for the Performing Arts

The Long Center for the Performing Arts

A musical 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.

Welcome to Agrabah, city of enchantment, where we’re about to begin the fantastic tale of the street rat who became a prince! All of your favorite characters from the hit Disney film – Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie, and more – are at the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette in Disney’s ALADDIN JR, a musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides. Check out the daring fun this Friday, November 14, Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16.  Enjoy songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me!”

Music abounds! On Saturday, November 8, be prepared for some suspense and excitement as the Lafayette Symphony performs Shaken, Not Stirred at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Whether your favorite Bond actor is Sean Connery or Daniel Craig, there is no debate that the LSO’s Shaken, Not Stirred will leave you on the edge of your seat! The action-packed musical set will feature pianist, Thomas Pandolfi performing the James Bond Concerto and Addinsell’s Warsaw Concerto as he and the orchestra take you through a symphonic adventure full of espionage and mystery.

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

Holiday Shopping Getaway Contest 2014! Enter Today!

It’s finally here!!  Our Annual Holiday Shopping Getaway Contest 2014! Discover why Lafayette-West Lafayette is the best choice for all your holiday shopping. You can enter to win a weekend getaway worth over $575 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 winner. Good luck!

Enter to Win (by answering this question below)!

What is your favorite gift you have given or received during the holiday season? Feel free to share with us the story that goes along with the gift.

Leave your answer below in the “Leave a Reply.” We will collect all of them and choose the most unique and descriptive.

One great winner will win the following package!

Entries will be accepted through Monday, November 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm. A winner will be announced the week of November 24, 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, make note you will receive an EMAIL for EVERY ENTRY when we approve the answers and we receive a lot of entries ). By entering, participants release their emails to Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette will not share or sell your information.

Decorate Your Home with Special Items from Hot House Market & Interior Objects

Interior Objects

Interior Objects

As a second-year student at Purdue University, my time as a Boilermaker still feels young and fresh. I’ve experienced so much, yet there is still much more waiting for me. However, these few short years are becoming even shorter for me as I am graduating an entire year and a half early. Next year is my senior year, and I can’t even fathom it. Although I am moving on to bigger and better things after my time here at Purdue, I need to ensure I head out with a bang! An important part in making my senior year unforgettable is to find the perfect place to call home. I am venturing out from Purdue’s campus and have decided to immerse myself in the community’s culture by living in downtown Lafayette. Getting a new place means purchasing all new decorations and furniture. However, you can’t just by any ole assets for your new home; they express who you are, and it is a way to establish coziness and comfort. I know others are in my same situation, and the first question is, “Where do I even begin?!” Don’t fret! I have found the perfect stores to supply your new pad with unique, exquisite décor.

Hot House Market

Hot House Market

First, you must start with the basics: furniture. You need a place to sit, sleep, and fill up all the space! You definitely need to head to Hot House Market for all of your furniture needs. They have recently moved to their new and improved location in the Tippecanoe Mall. With their store including two stories of merchandise, you will have a huge variety of items to choose from. They are constantly receiving new inventory and keep you up-to-date on their new arrivals through their social media. Another question you may ask is, “How am I going to afford this?” However, that’s another easy answer because Hot House Market is very reasonably priced for quality pieces. Not only are they good quality but also extremely unique. They purposely bring in vintage pieces that add great flare to your home. They feature a variety of prints and patterns such as floral, plaid, and vibrant colors. I have previously seen couches, love seats, cushioned chairs, and an assortment of tables in their store. Buying a large furniture item? No worries! They ship furniture pieces directly to your place in the Lafayette area for no extra charge. They also sell adorable trinkets to add even more character to your abode. In the past, they have had fun shaped salt and pepper shakers, rugs, a record player, candles, quilts, silverware, dish sets, lamps, and even a fondue set! You never know what astounding things you’ll find with every trip you make, but you surely won’t be leaving empty-handed or disappointed.

Hot House Market

Hot House Market

Wall decor from Interior Objects

Wall decor from Interior Objects

Now that you have your main assets, it’s time to spruce the place up with some odds-and-ends. The perfect store for that is Interior Objects. The store includes merchandise to fit every type of theme and color scheme that you can imagine and more! This store also features two stories of goods to ensure there is a decoration for every house type. I could easily spend a lot of my time in there looking at everything they have to offer. You’ll be able to find pieces to add to your new dwelling that pull everything together and make your home complete. My favorite way of decorating is filling up all the empty wall spaces. You can find large signs, artwork, and clocks to hang around the place. It is also comforting for me to be surrounded by all the ones that I love; therefore, I have a large variety of photos to display of my friends, family, and passions of mine. Interior Objects has the picture frames that I need. They feature frames that create a beautiful display of my photos. This store has bundles of frames to make an exquisite collaboration of photos as well as single frames to place on shelves, tables, etc. They even bring out their Boiler pride with a good selection of Purdue University frames. Interior Objects also makes decorating for the holidays quite simple. With each passing season, they bring in décor that adds lovely holiday spirit to your home.

Moving into a new place is exciting but can be overwhelming when having to start from scratch. At least when you get to start from new, you can turn your new home into anything you want it to be! Lafayette includes the perfect stores to find all of your decorative necessities as well as things you don’t necessarily need but help add so much personality. It’s never too early to make a Christmas list either; head to theses stores and see what you like, then add them to your list! You hardly ever get the chance to start fresh, so have fun and make the best of it!

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Weekend Update: Two Tulips 15th Annual Holiday Open House & Battle of Tippecanoe Annual Commemoration

Two Tulips

Two Tulips

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.

Let’s kick off this holiday season on November 7 & 8 with store specials, sales, drawings, treats and lots of holiday excitement! Where? Two Tulips 15th Annual Holiday Open House! Two Tulips offers a wide variety of services from invitations to home decorations to a huge selection of baby gifts.  When you walk into the store, it is bright, cheerful and puts a person in a really positive, happy mood. There is a whole wall of every different kind of piggy bank created! Also, if you are looking for a creative gift this is the place to shop. Not only can you purchase a nice gift, but you can personalize most items in-store, and you can custom order personalized jewelry such as Lucy Ann and Heartstrings.

Battlefield Memorial

Battlefield Memorial

After shopping your heart away, on Sunday, November 9, take part in the Battle of Tippecanoe Annual Commemoration. On November 7th, 1811, William Henry Harrison’s troops and the warriors of Prophetstown engaged in the famous Battle of Tippecanoe. This event, significant in the history of Indiana and the United States, is remembered each year by the Tippecanoe County Historical Association with special programs to help tell the story of the battle and to honor those who fought. This year, on Sunday November 9th from 10:00 to 5:00, to commemorate the battle, the special theme will be honoring American Veterans. A living history military encampment will be set up on the grounds of the park to showcase veterans from American conflicts throughout time. At 1:00 pm, a flag ceremony and wreath laying will be held at the monument. This event is free and open to the public.

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

Hunters Pub offers beer, wings, football and more!

IMG_4205Beer, wings, football! Is this what you think of when one asks what you are doing on a Sunday afternoon in the fall? It is my husband’s go to statement! One place where they serve fabulous chicken wings and a diverse selection of beer is Hunter’s Pub. This bar and restaurant offers exemplary service with a true neighborhood feel. There are 3 locations throughout Lafayette-West Lafayette and they each have multiple t.v.’s for continuous football viewing!

Fall is one of our favorite seasons for two different reasons; football for my husband and football food for myself! I enjoy football, but I am not an avid watcher. If my hubby will take me to a fun restaurant with good food, I am sold! One such place is Hunter’s Pub. My husband says there is an art to ordering food while watching a game. First we have to order appetizers to munch on during the first half and when there is 2 minutes left in that half, we can order our entrees. Not one second before the 2-minute mark! Hunter’s Pub has such a wide selection of appetizers it is hard to choose, but their wings (as mentioned above) are wonderful. Their jumbo wings are juicy and perfect dipped in a bit of ranch. We usually alternate between ordering their loaded nachos, potato skins and schroomies (hushpuppy-like fritters made with portabella mushrooms, jalapeno peppers and 4 different cheeses and served with ranch). The best games are when we are with a bunch of friends and we order all three!

Onto the entrees! Hmmm…where to start?!  Many times I order a salad after downing so many calories in our appetizers. One would assume with the bar-like feel of the place, that they wouldn’t have a diverse salad selection, but they have 13 different salads on their menu!  My favorite is their black and blue salad, which features fresh romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, blue cheese crumbles and is topped with blackened chicken. It is light and refreshing. My husband wouldn’t be caught dead ordering a salad on game day! He is a burger kind of guy and simple at that. Their Hunters Burger is beef, bun and cheese. Simple yet yummy! (I usually nab a bite!) They offer 12 different burgers and are 1/2 pound of 100% ground beef. President, Jo Wade, of Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette shares, “I LOVE that they also have wonderful veggie black bean burgers that not many pubs include their variety on their menus. I truly appreciate that option when eating with my meat eating family and friends!”

Check out all these t.v.'s for football viewing!

Check out all these t.v.’s for football viewing! -At Southside Hunter’s Pub

Football season is here, and finding the perfect place to watch is so important. Head to one of Hunter’s Pub 3 locations and enjoy everything they have to offer. Great food, atmosphere and service all in one location!

For more information about this restaurant and others in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Happy Halloween 2014! Trick or Treat Check-List

It’s finally here! Halloween! Tonight is the big night of Trick or Treating fun throughout Lafayette and West Lafayette. We thought it would be fun to put together a check list of important items you MUST remember on this special night. Preparation is key to a successful Halloween night! Please note Lafayette’s Halloween hours are 6-8pm and West Lafayette does not have set hours.

Trick or Treat Check-List (adults and children!) for those heading out to embark on a spooky fun Halloween Night!

  1. Make sure you have a fun Halloween bag that is big enough for a ton of chocolate and sugary candy.
  2. Wear or bring along a warm pair of socks, gloves and a hat as Indiana weather can be fickle.
  3. Bright colored costumes not only will make you stand out, but a safety tip for those driving by to see you.
  4. Halloween is more fun with a group of friends! The more the merrier, plus you can swap candy throughout the night!

Handing out Treats at Home Check-List

  1. What is better than having the best candy on the block? Nothing! People for years will remember your household if you give out the sweetest treats!
  2. Make sure you have enough candy to go around! Stock up. You don’t want to run out of candy before the last Trick-or-Treater arrives as you may miss the best costume!
  3. Dress up! The scarier the better! Trick-or-Treating is all about mischief and the more diverse, scary costume, the better!
  4. Decorate your home with artificial spider webs, plastic skeletons, jack-o-lanterns and more to really get into the Halloween spirit and make your house a mecca for Trick-or-Treaters.

We hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween night! To check out the list of Halloween events taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit http://www.homeofpurdue.com/calendar/calendarofevents.html.