Five Free Spring Things to Do in Lafayette!

There are wonderful activities to do all over Lafayette! The five things I’ve detailed below are some great free options for how to spend your Spring days!

1. Haan Mansion Sculpture Garden

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Take a stroll around the Haan Mansion Sculpture Garden! Newly opened, this garden is home to a wide variety of artistry. Bronze sculptures, clay works, and more can be found outside of the historic Haan Mansion. The path is even wheelchair accessible!

2. Plan a picnic at Clegg Botanical Gardens

clegggardens_cClegg Garden overlooks and runs along side the Wildcat Creek offering a naturalistic setting including prairie and oak savanna restorations, with extensive beds of wildflowers, plants native to Indiana, labelled trees, nature trails and bridges. Grab a blanket, a picnic basket and enjoy an afternoon at Clegg!

3. Round the Fountain Art Fair

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Art lovers and artists alike can witness the artistic mastery of our community members! At the Round the Fountain Art Fair,  hundreds of artists gather to sell and showcase their work. This fair is held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend each year!

4. Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

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Sculptures, paintings, modern art and more – the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette showcases all kinds of local artistry! Free to the public, the museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

5. Five Points Fire Station Museum

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The Fire Station Museum is a nearly 100-year-old building located in Lafayette. It used to be a functioning fire station for the community, but today it has been converted to a museum. There is a fire truck from 1937, old coats and helmets, and many other artifacts!

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist intern, Samantha Martin.

Five Free Spring Things to Do in West Lafayette!

There’s no better price than FREE! So many attractions and activities to check out this spring won’t cost you a dime. Check out a few selections in West Lafayette below!

1. Cumberland Park

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Cumberland Park contains a 1/2 mile footpath, two lighted Arni Cohen Memorial softball fields, two lighted basketball courts and the Pony League Baseball field! The Cumberland Park would be a great place to visit with your family or friends this spring!

2. John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge 

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 You can enjoy a beautiful spring day along the Wabash at the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge! Take a lunch, relax and watch the people as they walk across the bridge.

3. Bug Bowl 

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The annual Bug Bowl is the largest known insect event of its kind. Nearly 30,000 people attend this event each year! Kids, families, and bug lovers can all find fun activities to enjoy such as the cricket spitting contest and cockroach racing!

4. Public Art Trail

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Explore all of the creative and beautiful art scattered around West Lafayette! Check out our website and brochure on the Public Art Trail – it will give you a guide too all of the things you can spot around Purdue’s campus and beyond!

5. Springfest at Purdue 

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Join the fun at Purdue’s Spring Fest! This free event is a great opportunity for students of all ages to learn about animals, art, astronomy, and much more in two full days of hands-on activities. This year it will be: April 14 & 15, 2018!

This blog was shared by Samantha Martin, a Purdue student Visitor Information Specialist intern at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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Inspired Fire

IMG_4461Inspired Fire is a glass studio and gallery located right here in Lafayette! When you enter Inspired Fire, it’s hard not to be “blown” away by the gallery of handmade glass items. Flowers, vases, jewelry, and so much more! The art here is made in shop and by over 30 different local artists. So many of these beautiful pieces of art would make great gifts for a loved one, or a special treat for yourself!

My fellow intern, Emily, and I had the opportunity to visit earlier last year and were absolutely spoiled by owner Sharon Owens and the rest of the staff. As soon as you enter, you’re greeted by the smiling faces of people who absolutely love what they do. I learned more Inspired Fire Glass Fish Demoabout glass blowing that day than I ever expected when Emily and I were led to the studio and given demonstrations. First, we were able to see a typical beginners’ piece (a little glass fish!) made. It is amazing to see how within just a few minutes something so unique and exciting can be made! A little fish like this would make an adorable gift and booking a class to create something like this would definitely be a worthwhile experience that you and your friends or family would remember forever!

Sharon Owens even took the time to give us a personal tour of the building. Besides the gallery, there is a group studio that seats up to 8 with the ability to add 4 additional torches, as well as the new addition, the Hot Shop, which is over 1,000 square feet and has a Inspired Fire Sharon Making FLower200 pound glass furnace. She showed us how glass is melted and shaped into their beautiful glass flowers in the furnace.  Sharon also gave us a demonstration of how Inspired Fire’s famous glass Christmas ornaments are made. Overall, we had so much fun visiting the shop. If you’re looking for somewhere truly unique to visit in Lafayette, this is the place! Visit their website for more information about their gallery pieces, as well as their class times. Be sure to book your spot in advance because you don’t want to miss the chance to learn more about your new hobby, glass blowing!

Below you can watch a clip from our trip to Inspired Fire. Emily got to blow her own Christmas ornament, with the help of Sharon, of course!

 

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist, Sam Martin!

Made in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Attention all art lovers! You may be surprised to know how many talented artists are located right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette. I explored our area to see what great finds are being crafted by our local artists. From jewelry to paintings, check out below five of the coolest things made here:

 

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Beads, vases, jewelry, and other art pieces – Inspired Fire’s master artistry is primarily done by owner and operator, Sharon Owens! Not only can you purchase these items, you can also learn to make some yourself. Inspired Fire offers group and individual courses that teach you how to make glass creations yourself! This studio is such a unique experience you really can’t miss out on!

Photo Beads at LE Originals

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LE Originals is located right downtown Lafayette on Main Street! Filled with handmade pieces of jewelry and art, LE Originals is a must-see for Lafayette creations! Amongst all of the lovely necklaces, bracelets (and more!) is the patented Wearable Art Jewelry! Create a piece of jewelry accented with a bead that bears a photo of your choosing. This is something you LITERALLY can’t get anywhere else!

 Scott Frankenberger Porcelain

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Scott Frankenberger has been part of the Lafayette-West Lafayette artist community since 1974. He makes his gorgeous (and functional!) pottery pieces in his studio, Crossroad Pottery Studio. Dinnerware, teapots, platters, bowls… Scott creates one-of-a-kind items that are sure to amaze your guests and make them ask “Where in the world did you get that?!” – And you can proudly say right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

Dennis Wischmeier Paintings

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“Blue Lake Shore” depicts the views of Lake Michigan located just hours from Lafayette. This beautiful landscape painting is hung in the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette! It was painted by local artist, Dennis Wischmeier. This gallery room in the museum is home to several of his wonderful landscapes! It is a striking showcase of the four seasons, each one a beautiful perspective of our state!

Artists like Cherry Delaney at Artists’ Own

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Artists’ Own showcases stunning works from artists both local and not! There is always an interesting and engaging new exhibit to visit there. Cherry Delaney is just one of so many local artists which house their art in Artists’ Own. She shows and sells handmade jewelry there! In fact, Cherry has been creating these pieces for over 20 years! This talented artist uses the Japanese-style Kumihimo braiding, and clay, to craft these unique items!

So, art lovers… What are you waiting for?

This blog was shared by student blogger and Visitor Information Specialist, Samantha Martin!

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Five Free Fall Things to Do in Lafayette!

There are always things to do in Lafayette… You’ve got to take advantage of these free activities and attractions this Fall!

1. Wildcat Creek Winery Tasting

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Pop in for a free wine tasting at Wildcat Creek Winery. Savor a Lafayette Red, a Harvest Cranberry, an Aunt Minnie’s Cherry Tree – these are just some of the wonderful flavors that Wildcat Creek has to offer. Relax in their traditional Indiana Farmhouse, see the leaves changing color, and sip on some homemade wines!

2. Clegg Memorial Gardens

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Explore the Clegg Memorial Gardens, which is especially beautiful in the autumn months. The trails there take you on an adventure through the woods overlooking Wildcat Creek! This park is free to the public and open dawn to dusk. Hiking the trails would be a wonderful activity for families, couples, or going solo!

3. Columbian Park Zoo

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Admission is free to this great zoo located right here in Lafayette! See the exhibits featuring prairie dogs, emus, wallabies, butterflies, a petting zoo, and more! You can spend the day with your family and not spend a buck learning about the approximately 190 animals who live there.

4. Tour the Historic Neighborhoods 

mansionhomepage2The great city of Lafayette was founded in 1825! Still here today, there are eight historic neighborhoods filled with homes, museums, parks, etc. The neighborhoods are Centennial, Columbian Park, Downtown, Ellsworth-Romig, Highland Park, Ninth Street, Perrin and St. Mary’s. On the website, you can find printable walking tours, webcasts, virtual tours and more.

5. Operation Trick or Treat

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“Operation Trick or Treat” is a unique Halloween experience here in Lafayette! Each year this event collects canned food donations for the Food Finders Food Bank. Kids and families can dress in costumes and go trick or treating at local businesses downtown! Look for an orange pumpkin displayed in the business window to know who is participating.

This blog was shared by Samantha Martin, a Purdue student Visitor Information Specialist intern at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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Explore Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette

IMG_4266Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to a fabulous downtown full of shops, public art, attractions, restaurants and hotels. Recently, downtown Main Street in Lafayette has undergone a major revitalization project and the beautifully manicured streets lined with specialty shops await the enthusiastic visitor. In West Lafayette, look beyond the construction to the delicious dining establishments and one of a kind shops. Our downtown is divided into 3 fun districts, Chauncey Village, Wabash Riverfront and Arts & Market. Each offering its own distinct charm and flair.

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Local artist Linda Elmore creating masterpieces at LE Originals

Local artist Linda Elmore creating masterpieces at LE Originals

SHOPUpscale to vintage clothing, designer home accessories, gourmet goodies, original art in all media formats, music, games and even diamonds and gold await you.

DINE Enjoy an extraordinary assortment of cuisine—from elegant fine dining to casual bistros, corner pubs to cocktail lounges. It’s all here in Downtown Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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Fun at Harry’s

PLAYReady. Set. Go Downtown to find art galleries, nightlife, community parks and even a bowling alley, Downtown has it all. With plenty of activities, there’s always something to do.

Bowl at Purdue Memorial Union!

Bowl at Purdue Memorial Union!

STAYChoose from a historic hotel, located right on Purdue’s campus, to a hotel just steps from the Wabash River. Wherever you choose to stay, you’ll be in the heart of it all—Downtown.

West Lafayette's newest hotel, Hampton Inn

West Lafayette’s newest hotel, Hampton Inn

For more information about our lovely downtown, visit http://www.homeofpurdue.com/attractions/downtown.html.

Weekend Update: Summer Potters Market & 6th Street Dive Presents: Curio

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.

The 2017 Summer Potters Market is taking place this Saturday, August 19 at the YWCA. This special event will feature the artists who donate bowls for the YWCA Clay Bowl Giving Project which supports the YWCA Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program. The Summer Potters Market features not only bowls but also a variety of other ceramics pieces by the same artists. On Saturday, August 19, from 10 am to 3 pm, you can shop for the perfect one of a kind pottery created by the Greater Lafayette Clay Guild potters. Enjoy shopping a wide range of handmade pottery – you’ll see varied and exciting clay works by Clay Guild potters. Styles are diverse and items range from Functional, Sculptural, Traditional, Contemporary, Stoneware, Porcelain, Earthenware, Raku, and more. Experimentation with new glazes and surface decorations will be evident.

In the evening, head to 6th Street Dive for great food and entertainment. 6th Street Dive Presents: Curio, a hell-raisin’ and soul-shakin’ rock n’ roll band from Chicago, IL. Their music is steeped in southern gothic lore by way of the Midwest. Heavily influenced by the growl of Chicago blues, the low-down and dirty swamp rock of Louisiana and the twang of Tennessee country, Curio conjures a sound that has as many influences as there are miles on I-55 from The Windy City to The Big Easy. They will be performing from 10pm to midnight.

6th Street Dive Presents: Curio

6th Street Dive Presents: Curio

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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2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Public Art Guides are here!

It’s summer! Its time to head outdoors and start your next adventure! Our new 2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Public Art Guides have arrived! Get out and explore our lovely sculptures, murals, fountains, and more.  (Over 100 pieces located throughout our community in public places!)

Request a brochure here: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/contact/brochurerequest.html or view our online flipbook here: https://issuu.com/lwlcvb/docs/publicartbrochurelafayetteindiana.

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What Lies Beyond Purdue Campus Part 2

Thanks for joining on my adventure beyond Purdue! On Monday, I shared our morning and early afternoon tour through Lafayette-West Lafayette.  But the day was stocked full of more fun through the afternoon. Check this out!

Embracing the arts, Downtown Lafayette!

Embracing the arts, Downtown Lafayette!

So many great farmers market items - Weathered Plow!

So many great farmers market items – Weathered Plow!

Weathered Plow Veggies, fruit, seasonings, bulk food, and deli sandwiches – all this and more at this local Farmers Market. Everything looked so fresh and organic! We walked through the aisles of the Weathered Plow wanting to buy everything! My coworker even purchased a Sweet Potato Succulent plant to decorate her home.

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Artists’ Own

Downtown Lafayette There is so much to see and do in Downtown Lafayette. We have shops, restaurants, art galleries, everything to keep Lafayette residents and visitors entertained. There is art and jewelry to view and purchase at places like Artists’ Own and LE Originals. Enjoy candy and a soda from one of the oldest operating soda fountains in the Midwest at McCord Candies. Sample and purchase bottles of wine at Cellar 422. Stock up on your crafting supplies at River Knits! We loved strolling down the main streets of the downtown districts and taking in all that our city offers. I could go on and on about all of the things located downtown Lafayette.

Haan Mansion The Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art was one of our favorite sites of the day! The mansion has a rich history and was originally built for the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Today it is filled with important and rare art from Indiana artists such as T.C. Steele, as well as gorgeous antique furniture. Climb up the staircases draped in classic red carpet, and visit the uniquely furnished and decorated bedrooms. We had a wonderful time

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Haan Mansion

viewing all of the art on the walls of the mansion and the pottery/ceramics. Campus life often lacks artistic activities and exhibitions, and I think that a visit here would definitely fill that need!

Columbian Park & Zoo Free to the public, this zoo is a great spot for students low on cash. It opened in 1908 and today it houses prairie dogs, otters, bald eagles, emus, wallabies, llamas, goats, and many other animals. Visitors and students can come here to take a break from work and school life and to see the great variety of exhibits housed at the Columbian Park Zoo. This will also give them an opportunity to learn about and contribute to conservation efforts. We had a great time on this warm day seeing all of the animals, even a wallaby with a baby still in her pouch!

Can you guess this animal?

Can you guess this animal?

Igloo Frozen Custard We finished the day off by enjoying frozen custard from the Igloo. The first Igloo opened in 1932 in Lafayette. They’ve been serving the community for decades and they sure know what they’re doing! It was refreshing and cooling after a long day in the sun.

I never knew how much the Lafayette area had to offer! Now that I have experienced just a sample of what happens in our community outside of campus, I know that I will have a richer and more fulfilling experience while studying here at Purdue. I hope by sharing the things I saw on this fun and exciting day, that I will encourage everyone to get off campus and see all that the Greater Lafayette area has to offer. Samantha, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

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Weekend Update: Bing Davis Exhibit and Winter Workshop, Walking Sticks

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.

Do not miss the last weekend to enjoy the Haan Mansion Museum of Art’s latest exhibit: On the Shoulders of Ancestors: the Art Of Willis Bing Davis. Willis “Bing” Davis grew up in a neighborhood where there was a sense of community, where everyone knew who you were, and where great role models made a positive impact on the lives of its residents. While embracing his African-American heritage and culture, Davis creates thought provoking artwork that interweaves native patterns and fabrics and gives a new voice to found objects. Ceramic Ancestral Spirit Vases, masks, paintings and many other ceramic pieces showcase the talent and versatility of this prolific artist. Through his art, he inspires the viewer to explore their human potential and greatness.

IMG_4227Enjoy a hike through Prophetstown State Park during their Winter Workshop, Walking Sticks on Saturday, March 18. A walking stick can aid you in hiking because it takes pressure off your knees and back, and it can help you keep balance on uneven ground.  Walking sticks can be works of art too. The state park will have different methods of design for all ages (only older participants will be allowed to carve with a knife.)

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