Tippecanoe County Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay October 12!

On October 12, 2016, the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay will be in Tippecanoe County.  To commemorate this special event, a Tippecanoe County Bicentennial Celebration will take place prior to the beginning of the relay.

The Tippecanoe County Bicentennial Celebration will take place at Loeb Stadium from 7 to 8:30am.  A complimentary pancake breakfast, provided by Bison Financial Group, will be served starting at 7am until food is gone. From 8:10 to 8:25am, a short program with the Tippecanoe County Commissioners, Lafayette and West Lafayette Mayors plus local and state Bicentennial coordinators will be taking place. Everyone is welcome to come and participate at this local celebration.

Following the Tippecanoe County Bicentennial Celebration is the official start of the Torch Relay at 8:30am.  Torchbearer Richard Boehning, will lead the relay outside Loeb Stadium at Wallace Avenue. 55 torchbearers will then carry the torch through Lafayette and West Lafayette, ending at Klondike School.

Come out and cheer on our local torchbearers!

Torch Relay Map

Torch Relay Map (larger jpg. available upon request. Email serickson@homeofpurdue.com)

ESTIMATED TORCH RELAY TIMES!

Handoff Point/ Intersection Estimated Handoff time Torchbearer Point on Map
Columbian Park 8:30 Richard Boehning 1
22nd and Kossuth 8:35 Gail Gripe 2
16th and Kossuth 8:44 Melinda Gilbert 3
State and 11th 8:48 Bob and Ellie Haan 4
9th and State St 8:58 Dushaun Goings 5
9th and South 9:02 Pam Hawk Mow 6
8th and Main 9:06 Norbert Fisher 7
5th and Main 9:11 Doug Mansfield 8
3rd & main 9:15 Jen Dykel 9
3rd and Columbia 9:17 Caroline Petrie 10
4th and Columbia 9:21 Kaelyn Staggs 11
4th and Main 9:24 Tetia Lee 12
2nd and Main 9:29 Smokey Anderson 13
River Crossing 9:35 Kathy Atwell 14
West bank of Wabash 9:40 Mark Dolfini 15
Howard and Brown 9:45 Beau Scott 16
Columbia and River 9:49 Scott Greeson 17
Robinson and Rose 9:53 Sarah King 18
Rose and Sunset 9:58 Terri Smith Wright 19
East side Happy Hollow 10:03 Bob Foerster 20
Kingston & Salisbury 10:10 Patti O’Callaghan 21
Sunset and Leslie 10:14 Steve Florence
Grant and Meridian 10:18 Thomas Howell 23
Grant and Stadium 10:23 Linda Eales 24
Grant and Northwestern 10:30 Betty Nelson 25
Grant and State 10:35 Geri Denger 26
East Oval and State 10:39 Mitch Daniels 27
State and West Oval 10:44 Andrew Zeller 28
3rd and University 10:49 Dustin Weisner 29
6th and University 10:55 David Wolfe 30
Stadium and University 11:01 Nancy Cross 31
Wooden @Mackey Arena 11:05 Sharon Versyp 32
Wooden @ Purdue Pete Statue 11:08 Cathy Wright-Eger 33
Tiller and Beering 11:11 Mark Herrman 34
North End Ross Ade 11:14 Bart Burrell 35
South End Ross Ade 11:17 Leroy Keyes 36
Stadium and Jischke 11:21 Joshua Hembrough 37
Jischke and 3rd 11:24 Sherrif Almakki 38
State and Jischke 11:28 Brianne Read 39
State and McCutcheon 11:32 Julie Haskell 40
State and Dexter 11:39 Rachel Brown 41
State and 231 11:45 Boilermaker Special 42
Newman & 26 11:55 Aaron Madid 43
26 & 2300 11:58 Tenecia Waddell 44
26 & Sharon Chapel 12:02 Emily Recchia 45
26 & Drury 12:07 Britany Blankenship 46
26 and Klondike 12:12 Sadie Harper Scott 47
Klondike & Gerogeton 12:17 Matt Bowman 48
Klondike & Lindberg 12:22 Noe Madrano 49
Klondike & RR 12:27 David Fagan 50
Klondike&Cumberland 12:32 John Keller 51
Klondike and Pemberly 12:35 Jim Van Schepen 52
Klondike MS south entrance 12:39 Pauline Shen 53
Klondike Elementary 12:44 Kathy Nimmer 54
Klondike to Warren County 12:57 Tom Brandt 55

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Weekend Update! Starry Night Festival and Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

Starry Night Festival

Starry Night Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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 West Lafayette this Saturday, October 1 for the Starry Night annual street festival.  This special event draws thousands of people with its unique blend of excellent music, a variety of merchants, interactive creativity, and food. The festival is designed to bring people together around the thread of story and seeks to expose the public to the cause of literacy through the local initiative Read to Succeed. Starry Night is hosted by Campus House and Greyhouse Coffee and, thanks to their generous sponsors, is FREE. Please come be a part of this amazing night!

Feast

Feast

A festival that is “tradition” and “celebration” to those from the area and beyond is the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, taking place on the banks of the Wabash River on October 1 and 2.  The Feast is a re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native American which took place at Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid 1700s. It is held annually in early autumn four miles southwest of West Lafayette. Thousands of participants re-enact this event creating a feast for your senses. Smell the wood smoke, hear the report of the rifles, 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.

Family Fun For “Kids” Of All Ages!

Columbian Park Zoo

Columbian Park Zoo

Children are known for being wide eyed, always hanging on to your every word, and constantly waiting for your attention. Kids, now your parents CAN be that way too! Bring Mom and Dad to Lafayette-West Lafayette for a getaway you can all enjoy.

Over forty acres of fun await you at Columbian Park!  An innovative playground with distinct areas for kids from tots to teens, Loeb Stadium – home to the Colt World Series, amusement rides, a train, a 1.10 mile paved trail and the 2nd oldest zoo in Indiana make this an attraction for everyone.

Fire a three-ear corn cannon salute at Exploration Acres

Fire a three-ear corn cannon salute at Exploration Acres

Get ready for an adventure at Exploration Acres, the largest corn maze in North-Central Indiana with over 18 acres of mazes and over 8.8 miles of trails. It opens the middle of September through late October on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Wea Orchard – Explore an orchard full of delicious apples and pumpkins at Wea Creek Orchard. Bring the family to ride on a hay wagon as it travels through the fields and farm exploring the beauty of the orchard. Shop at the gift shop full of goodies; cider, honey, and fruit products such as preserves, salsas, butters, and jellies. Their preserves are just like my mother makes!  They are delicious sweet goodness in a jar!

Come experience life on the prairie, a working 1920s farmhouse at the Farm at Prophetstown. Life was different then. Meet the farm animals, learn about sustainable agriculture, and maybe feed the chickens! Open daily. Located within Prophetstown State Park.

Farm at Prophetstown

Farm at Prophetstown

Spend the day or camp overnight at Prophetstown State Park, Indiana’s newest state park. Enjoy endless fun with hiking, birding, and biking on the trails through the prairie and the park. Visit a Native American Settlement to see where Native Americans hunted and lived along the two rivers for thousands of years.  Pack a lunch to enjoy at the picnic areas and playgrounds.

Join a chorus of spectacular wolves in their natural habitat at Wolf Park’s popular Howl Nights. The park is home to several packs of gray wolves, plus foxes, coyotes and bison and is the only park of its kind in the country.

There’s a lot more things to see and do and it’s all here just waiting for you! Visit our website, www.HomeOfPurdue.com for details.

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Recapture 18th Century Life at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon Oct. 1-2, 2016

Shots Fired

Shots Fired

The “Boom” of the cannons, shake the ground. Herbed pork chops sizzle as they roast. Scents of delectable foods like rabbit and buffalo stew, slow cooked for hours over an open fire fill the air. Sweet, savory apple dumplings, are prepared before your eyes with the freshest ingredients. Drums keep a steady beat in the distance. Festival goers experience this and more  as they recapture 18th century life at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, along the banks of the Wabash River, in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The festival is a reenactment of the annual fall gathering during the mid 1700’s at Fort Ouiatenon,  a fur trading post between the French and Wea Tribe of Native Americans. Control of the Fort shifted between the French, Native Americans and British during its almost 100 years of use.

Welcoming the Voyagers

Welcoming the Voyagers

On October 1-2, 2016 the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, invites visitors to experience military demonstrations, foods prepared over an open fire, traditional craftsmen, costumed participants, music and dance for their 49th annual festival!  Enjoy acres of many hands-on activities and engage in lively trading as you take in what life was like around every corner you turn. It’s spirited, brimming with family fun and rich with history and cultural experiences.

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Pork Chop

Pork Chop

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

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Weekend Events: 1st Indiana Flag Reception & Art on the Wabash

1st Indiana Flag

1st Indiana Flag

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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.

Happy Birthday Indiana! Coming this Friday, September 23, the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette will be exhibiting the 1st Indiana flag. In conjunction with the state’s 200th birthday, the Indiana Historical Bureau has agreed to lend the flag to the museum in recognition of it being part of ArtSmart: Indiana for thirty years, a program that brings art and history to Hoosier classrooms and communities. The museum will celebrate with a free public reception at 6:30-8:30 on September 23 as well as with the opening of another exhibit, Indiana Artists: Bicentennial Members Exhibition in the East and McDonald galleries. Please note the Indiana Flag will be on display from September 23 – November 13.

Spend your Sunday afternoon relaxing and enjoying local art at Art on the Wabash on September 25.  This annual local juried artist fair features artists from a 15 county area offering pottery, glass, paintings, carvings, jewelry and more. Located on the banks of the Wabash River, guests enjoy a very nice, scenic landscape for this outdoor show.

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

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Explore John Purdue Room, HTM Classroom

Special Dinner - Bacon Crab cakes and Mac N Cheese!

Special Dinner – Bacon Crab cakes and Mac N Cheese!

IMG_7671We all know most of the restaurants on Purdue’s campus, but one may come as a surprise to many. Marriott Hall may seem like just a normal classroom-style building, but it houses the Hospitality and Tourism Management students. Their classrooms are not just desks and whiteboards!

The John Purdue Room, a full-service, student run restaurant is housed in Marriott Hall. During an HTM student’s education they are required to take two different restaurant labs during their time at Purdue. They are put into roles that stretch their learning of the restaurant business; from mangers to servers to cooks to dishwashers.

The day-time lab runs from 8:30am-2:50pm. This time frame preps for lunch, serves lunch and cleans up before the next shift begins. During these seven hours’ students rotate from front of house servers, managers, and cooks.

Lunch is served from 11:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday through Friday, so this makes the perfect place to bring a guest to show off all the fine things Purdue has to offer. Here they can get a light salad, sandwich, or a more filling entrée. Make sure to try the John Purdue Plate since it is always changing and you get to try different items every time you go back.

The night time lab runs from 3:00-9:50pm. During this lab, students are given more responsibility since they know the basics of the restaurant and how it should be run. Every week a front of house and back of house manager are picked to run the “staff.” They also are in charge of designing and preparing a three-course special that is served throughout the week.

Dinner is served from 5:00-7:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday, but make sure to call in advance because seating is limited. The menu consists of some heartier meals like slow braised beef short ribs and crispy fried buttermilk chicken. Each menu item is also paired with a wine for your convenience. Make sure to try starting off with the creamy potato soup, then getting the Maple Leaf Farms house made duck pasta for your entrée and then finishing with one of their amazing daily desserts!

Check out their Facebook to see their many events that they hold as well for an extra special date night!

Hannah, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

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Taste of Lafayette-West Lafayette Contest 2016 Details

Taste of Lafayette 2016 Prestart[1]Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, has 7 fabulously fun contests this year.  The current contest features all the amazing food in our area.  The competition started on Monday, September 12, and we want to share why each business who has donated to these packages is so great!

  • Enjoy a visit to the classy and historical Union Club Hotel, an icon to Boilermaker country since 1924.
  • Arni’s Pizza is best known for their savory pizza and the Arni’s Junior Salad. This has been a local hotspot for many years!
  • Scotty’s Brewhouse offers fabulous service along with delectable bar food including specialty burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads and more!
  • Triple XXX or Route 66 are known for their root beer and chopped steak burgers, but we love their breakfasts, which offer homemade biscuits and gravy, Belgium waffles, corned beef hash and much, much more.
  • “Thank goodness for great food!”? Every time we make a visit to Bruno’s Pizza and Big O’s Sports Room in West Lafayette, Indiana, we have this feeling of jubilation!
  • Kathy’s Kandies: Satisfy your sweet tooth with truffles, gourmet popcorn, cakes, toffee, shakes and smoothies, licorice, artisan chocolates; need we say more!
  • Great food, specials, and atmosphere are the key ingredients to what makes Sgt. Preston’s a dining experience not to be missed (plus home to the largest patio seating in Indiana!)
  • From Velveeta loaded french fries to duck egg roles, the options are interesting at Digby’s Pub.
  • Specialty lattes, coffee, crepes and more at Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co.!  Their crème brûlée coffee is a favorite!
  • 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.
  • Enjoy meeting the many farm animals at The Farm located within the state park., hike the park trails and embrace the utter beauty of nature at Prophetstown State Park.
  • Have you ever come face-to-face with a wolf? Wolf Park gives you the extraordinary opportunity of meeting numerous wolves, coyotes, and foxes; each have their very own story and background to share!
  • Tour the the building that was once featured at the St. Louis Worlds Fair, Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art! It holds some of the most historic and valued Indiana art pieces in the state!
  • Test your mini golf skills at Monster Mini Golf: 18-holes of surprises, twists, and turns! What’s the catch? It’s all in the dark with neon monsters around every corner!
  • Arrowhead Bowl: Bowlers will find great bowling and family fun in a smoke free environment.

Go to www.homeofpurdueblog.com to sign up! Entries will be accepted through Monday, September 19. The winner will be announced via social media after they have been notified. And stay tuned to our next social media contest coming in September – the theme is food!

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Festival Fun Weekend Update: OUTfest and Global Fest

OUTfest

OUTfest

Festival Weekend Fun Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by?  This is the weekend we have been waiting for in Lafayette-West Lafayette because it is full of exciting, entertaining festivals that will bring joy and laughter to so many people.

2 major festivals are taking place this weekend, OUTfest and Global Fest! On Saturday, September 17, from 4-midnight, head downtown Lafayette, to participate in a celebration of diversity for all. OUTfest features live bands and DJs, food, information booths, beer gardens, a family area, dancing, light-hearted drag entertainment, extended hours for local downtown businesses, and much more! Make sure you don’t miss a night of great entertainment.  Check out the list of entertainers here: http://outfest.pridelafayette.org/about/entertainment/.

Global Fest

Global Fest

The fun doesn’t stop there! Also on Saturday from 11-7pm, celebrate our diverse ethnicity at Global Fest in West Lafayette. In its 21st year, Global Fest is heading outdoors.   This festival will take place on Columbia and Chauncey Streets as the backdrop for the celebration! Enjoy and explore world cultures through music, dance, crafts, displays and international food. Continuous stages of entertainment, cultural displays and children’s activities are among the free activities. Don’t forget to get your passport stamped!  Admission is free.

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

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Arni’s Pizza Eating Contest September 25

DSC_0902Pizza Eating Contest! How many pizzas can you eat in one hour? 1, 5, or maybe more??  Enter to win the Arni’s Pizza Eating Contest! This special foodie event is being held on Sunday, September 25th at 4:00pm in the Arni’s Market Square parking lot at 2200 Elmwood Avenue in Lafayette.

This competition puts up to 100 contestants against each other in a battle to see who can eat the most pizza within one hour. Over $3,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded with the champion winning $1,000! Additional prizes like best costume and best cheering section will also be awarded.

The contest is limited to the first 100 people who complete their registration. Contestants can obtain the registration form by visiting any Arni’s location or by downloading the form online at www.meetyouatarnis.com.

To those participating, good luck! To the crowds of fans, cheer on your pizza eating contestant to victory!

Enjoy these photos from last year’s event!

Ready, set, eat!!

Ready, set, eat!!

Pizza makes me strong!!

Pizza makes me strong!!

All dressed up to eat pizza!

All dressed up to eat pizza!

Cheer on your pizza contestant!

Cheer on your pizza contestant!

Check out all these empty boxes!

Check out all these empty boxes!

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