Be Lazy this Labor Day!

Tropicanoe Cove 2016 Dave SchidtHappy Labor Day Weekend! If you are as stunned as we are that it is already Labor Day weekend, please reply to this blog and share with us what has happened to summer? We want to know! Ha! The summer here in Lafayette-West Lafayette has been a fun one, yet it seems as though each year speeds by quicker than the last. If only we could freeze time! On that note, I thought it would be fun to put a list of lazy activities that will hopefully make time go a bit slower and allow you to really relax and enjoy everything Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, has to offer!  Enjoy!

What is more relaxing than floating on a lazy river? Two of our area outdoor water parks, Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center and Tropicanoe Cove at Columbian Park, both feature lazy rivers that are begging for people to be lazy and float through them! All you have to do is grab an inner tube, walk in the water, and float. All your worries seem to disappear as the sun shines, the water flows and all one hears is laughter and happiness around.

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Happy Hollow Park

Maybe water parks aren’t your thing? No problem! We have a plethora of local parks where you can grab a book, pack a lunch and pick the perfect tree to sit under and read the afternoon away. Personally, I have a four year old, and since having her I have to share reading has become a challenge with her running this way and that! But the idea of picking out my favorite novel and reading all afternoon sounds amazing! This most likely will not happen for a few years until she is a bit older, but it doesn’t mean we can’t experience this as a family. We can pick out her favorite books as she loves to read, and can enjoy the day all together! Happy Hollow Park is right in our backyard and a picnic, an hour of reading and a walk in its wooded trails will be a fun, family experience.

Shopping fun!

Shopping fun!

This could be a controversial topic as to whether this is a lazy activity or not. I think shopping when you have a ton of gifts you have to buy and are on a time crunch can be a bit unnerving. But to just take a day and walk up and down Main Street in Lafayette, just for the fun of it with no shopping agenda in mind, is fun! Recently, I took a friend and we did this. We caroused the shops, ate at one of my local, favorite French restaurants, Bistro 501, and even bought a few gifts for birthdays coming up this fall. I love finding the perfect gift months early so I do not have to last minute scramble trying to find a present. In some ways I am relieving future stress by this relaxing, lazy day of shopping!

Bistro Quiche

Bistro Quiche

We hope this Labor Day weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana; you truly can rest, relax and find happiness. For more information about our area please visit our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Labor Day Weekend Update: Mosey Down Main Street & Lafayette Citizens Band

Labor 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.

Mosey Down Main Street

Mosey Down Main Street

It’s another fun, fabulous Mosey Down Main Street this Saturday, September 2. Mosey is a series of street celebrations brought to you by the local artistic community.  With three stages of music, outdoor food, beer, and wine sales as well as street performers, sidewalk chalk and hand made hula hoops, drum circles and DJ’s, belly dancers, and balloon animals, this is an evening of family fun.

Lafayette Citizens Band

Lafayette Citizens Band

On Labor Day, do not miss the last concert of the season presented by the Lafayette Citizens Band. Enjoy an evening of music by local musicians playing under expert conductor William D. Kisinger. Grab your lawn chair, family and friends and head to Riehle Plaza for this free event!

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

Easter Update: Eggstravaganzas of Fun!

Shop local at the Lafayette Farmers Market!

Shop local at the Lafayette Farmers Market!

Easter 2017- what are you doing this Easter to celebrate?  Are you taking your family to visit the Easter Bunny?  Do you attend a religious service to celebrate your faith?  Or host a family gathering with all your loved ones?  This year there is a host of fun events taking place about this holiday.  Check out all the fun in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Also, you

Come out on Saturday, April 15 from 9am-1pm for the Lafayette EGGSTRAVAGANZA  Egg Hunt at the First Assembly of God. This free event will feature a 60,000-egg hunt (eggs dropped by helicopter) for kids 4-12, free games and giveaways.

Eggs, inflatables, carnival games, live music, cook out, the Boilermaker Special and more!  Where?   Eggstravaganza, sponsored by Connection Point Church is taking place from 1-4pm on Saturday, April 15.

On April 15, shop for your Easter treats at the Lafayette Farmers Market Pre-Easter Mini-Market.  This is the first peak at the Lafayette Farmers Market featuring baked goods, honey, tie dyed items, natural handmade soaps and bath salts, persimmon pulp, meats, dried fruits/nuts and more. 8am to noon on 5th Street, between Main and Columbia streets.

file0001389789587The McAllister Center is presenting a Spring Egg Hunt on Saturday from 11-3pm.  Bring the family for face painting, sidewalk chalk, games and an egg hunt for ages 3-7.

Visit the Tippecanoe Mall and meet the Easter Bunny for the entire Easter season! The bunny will be available this weekend for the perfect photo opt!

Enjoy an Easter Musical, Passion Play, presented by Faith Church at the Long Center for the Performing Arts taking place April 13-15.  With soaring live music and a company of more than 100 actors, singers, and musicians, you won’t want to miss this family-friendly celebration of the life of Jesus.

Also please note: If you are celebrating Passover please contact the Jewish Community of Greater Lafayette, at http://jfgl.org. They are a great source of information!

For more information about these events and activities taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Be Mine – Valentine’s 2017

Purdue Jazz Band

Purdue Jazz Band

Valentine’s Day is almost here!! If you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway there is still time to book your travel! Or if 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.

  • Heart of Art, February 10th – This is special evening has become the most important annual fund-raising event for the Art Museum. Get your tickets early as it sells out quickly! Their annual Heart of Art wine dinner event will celebrate Valentine’s Day with six fine wines from Carroll Wine and Spirits. Each wine will be paired with gourmet small plates, selected and prepared by the manager and the head chef at the Lafayette Country Club. A silent auction of fine art, wines, and special events and tours begins with a walk-around reception in the Ball Room. Guests will then be seated in the dining rooms, where the wines are poured and dinner plates served. At each new pouring, three items will be auctioned, live, by auctioneer, Dan Baker. Tickets cost $125 per person.
  • An Evening of Romance at Marriott Hall, February 11th – Celebrating a partnership with Purdue Hospitality & Tourism Management, this annual event will include dancing to live music performed by the Purdue Jazz Band. This cabaret-style event, which celebrates Valentine’s Day, recreates the atmosphere of big band dance clubs of the 1940’s – where couples came to enjoy music, dancing, food, and each other’s company.
  • Lafayette Chamber Singers Present: Valentine’s Afternoon Delight, February 12 – Savor mouthwatering sweets and the poetry and music of love as the Lafayette Chamber Singers explore the delicate, whimsical and dramatic moods of love through the centuries through the bubbly mix of classical and pop melodies. Singing starts at 3pm!

  • Wildcat Creek Winery: Galentine’s Day, February 13 – Gather your gal pals and come out for a fun evening pairing Wildcat Creek Wines with Wolf’s Fine Chocolates! The event includes the following: a tasting of 6 wines paired with 6 chocolate, an exclusively designed box of Wolf’s Fine Chocolates and 20% discount on items in the retail shop.

  • Sweet On Art, February 14 – A celebration of art, music, and delicious food at Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art. Guests will enjoy a glass of wine, entrees, light hors d’oeuvres, decadent desserts and chocolate while strolling through the Museum. Live jazz music by Danny Weiss. Admission Fee: $25
  • PMO Singing Valentines, February 14 – This Valentine’s Day, melt the heart of the one you love with a Singing Valentine delivered by the students of Purdue Musical Organizations! Singing Valentines are $30 and include a song, rose, cookie and personalized card. Orders begin Wednesday, January 25 and must be placed by 5pm on Thursday February 9th. Singing Valentines are preformed 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on February 14, 2017.

    Wildcat Creek Winery

    Wildcat Creek Winery

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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New Year Resolutions 2017

Jo biking!

Jo biking!

It’s almost 2017! Wow, how the time has flown! A new year means so many exciting opportunities to make a resolution or two for a change one wants to make to improve in his or her life. What New Year’s resolution(s) are you making this year?

We thought it would be fun to share some of our Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette staff’s special resolutions for 2017. Enjoy!

Sam shares, “My resolution is to make more time to see my family.”

“To get all my family photos organized!” is Lisa’s resolution.

Jo has a few, “My New year’s resolutions are: 1. Continue losing weight until I am to my goal weight. 2. Get stronger, as in lifting heavier weights, increasing my endurance and stamina (specifically for bicycling). 3. Finding time to bicycle more and longer distances.

“My resolution is to tame my shopping habits and save up money to take another trip overseas!”, shares Rachel.

My own is to try to take my 3 year old to as many local events and festivals so she can enjoy the culture of our community and have memories that will last a lifetime.

Share with us your resolutions!

Happy New Year’s 2016 – Lafayette-West Lafayette

It’s that time again! New Year’s Eve!! What are you doing this year to celebrate?  Are you going out with friends or family to ring in the New Year? Or maybe you are hosting a holiday party at your home and will watch the ball drop from your living room T.V.?  It is a fun night of merriment as we celebrate 2016 and make New Year’s Day resolutions we hope to live by in 2017!  (Question…is there a resolution you have ever kept all year long??)

Don’t have plans yet for this New Year?  There are endless possibilities for fun events happening in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.  Check them out!

img_1462Arrowhead Bowl is hosting their annual New Years Eve Bowling Celebration.  Bring your kids to the “Family Celebration” from 4-6 pm or 7-9 pm.  This includes 2 hours of unlimited cosmic bowling, free shoe rental, 2 pizzas, 2 orders of bread sticks w/cheese, unlimited soft drinks, party favors, and more; limit 6 people per lane. The cost is $77.99 per lane. The “Adult Celebration” starts at 10 pm and is $25 per person. This includes 3 hours of unlimited cosmic bowling, free shoe rental, party favors, cash door prizes, pizza style food buffet, and unlimited soft drinks.

Join in a spectacular New Year’s Eve Celebration on Saturday, December 31 from 9 PM – 2 AM (doors open at 8:30) at Nine Irish Brothers in West Lafayette. Reservations for this private event are required, and include a champagne toast, bountiful hors d’oeuvres, and a live DJ, all for only $45 per person.

The Knickerbocker Saloon Presents: New Year’s Eve Bash featuring Jason Wells Band and Champagne Toast at midnight on December 31. This event starts at 10pm.

Not in the mood for a party, but want to get out and enjoy a night of delicious food and New Year’s Eve cheer; head to one of our great dining establishments. Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to over 250 restaurants! We do recommend calling ahead and making a reservation.

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

It’s National Candy Cane Day! McCord Candies!

McCord Candy Canes

McCord Candy Canes

Today, we celebrate delicious candy canes! In Lafayette, the go to place for candy canes (and other candy) since 1912 is McCord Candies. They make each candy cane by hand just like they did 100 years ago.

The most popular draw to McCord’s is their homemade candy canes, which they make on average 34,000 canes during the month and a half holiday season time. They sell them locally in the store, ship them globally, and always keep people coming back for more. What’s so unique about these canes?! McCord’s candy canes are like nothing you have ever tasted before. They look like normal canes but are soft once you start eating them, like a butter mint. There are NO preservatives in the canes & that is why they are made daily. The process of making these canes is very unique also. They are the only place in Indiana that still goes through the process completely by hand!! No machines are used! That is why each and every cane is so special and it’s also why two canes never look the same. Just like snowflakes! It’s also the same process and recipe Ivy McCord, the original owner, used himself.

christmasshoppingmccordsbydaveschmidt2016During the month of December, McCord’s has public tours on Friday, Saturday & Sundays for the customers to see how this unique process is done; also gaining an appreciation for all the hard work that goes into a single cane. Most importantly you get to make your own candy cane yourself & see how difficult & special it is! During the winter season candy canes will be made into every shape and form possible. This candy shop has its candy cane milkshakes if you want a cold treat or homemade candy cane hot chocolate if you crave a warm treat. The candy cane hot chocolate mix can also be purchased in mason jars for gifts or individual sealed packets to pour in your mug and go! McCord’s has candy cane peppermint bark, candy cane Oreos, candy cane pretzel sticks, candy cane stir sticks for hot chocolate, and other candy cane creations!

christmasshoppingmccordsbydaveschmidt2016-2Enjoy candy canes this holiday season at McCord Candies.  For more information about this shop/restaurant and more in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Merry Christmas Weekend Update

Merry Christmas 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 Christmas Eve and Christmas.  Enjoy this time with family and friends. It’s a busy time, but if your family has an extra hour in the evening on Christmas Eve, head out via your vehicle to the 9th Street Hill Luminaria Display.  Volunteers light hundreds of candles inside luminaria, a tradition that began in the neighborhood more than 20 years ago. The display will be on sidewalks of 9th Street Hill neighborhood on the weekend before Christmas through Christmas Eve.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

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

Create Masterpiece of Beauty from Design Nook

image1Furniture, decorations, design assistance and more; Design Nook can help create your space into a masterpiece of beauty! This shop is full of lovely home good items that will make your space  a lovely one of a kind home. Shop for a perfect present for your loved one this holiday season from a plethora of holiday decorations and/or accessories.  Or if you are looking to remodel your home, Design Nook has interior and exterior decorators, that have years of experience to assist.

Check out these lovely photos from Design Nook. This holiday season, stop in and buy that perfect gift for your loved one!

Shopping fun!

Shopping fun!

Fun holiday decor

Fun holiday decor

Lovely design ideas

Lovely design ideas

The beauty of the holidays!

The beauty of the holidays!

For more information about this shop, and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

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