Weekend Update: Farm Fun & Extension Gardens Open House

Chef Lauren talking at a Farm Dinner!

Chef Lauren talking at a Farm Dinner!

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.

Ladies enjoy a Farm to Table meal.

Ladies enjoy a Farm to Table meal.

This Saturday, August 12, enjoy a full day of fun at the Farm at Prophetstown. In the 1920’s many farm homes boasted a piano and a Victrola.  Home entertainment was still very popular.  Come out to the Gibson Farmhouse from 1-5pm for an afternoon of musical exploration! How had the radio influenced musical interest?  Who were the popular artists of the 1920’s? Try your hand at their player piano and listen to music from their Victrola. Following this musical day, stay for a five-course meal in the 1920’s Gibson Farmhouse, featuring fresh ingredients from The Farm. Socialize and make new friends!  Please note reservations are required for this event.

Enjoy the beauty of nature the following day, August 13, during the 2017 Extension Gardens Open House. Tour the Demonstration, Display, Idea, and Community Gardens! There will be children’s activities that include face painting along with hay rides to view the Community Gardens. A scavenger hunt will be taking place and hot dogs are free to all that complete the hunt! Light refreshments, lemonade and cookies, will also be provided. 

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

Disc Golf in Lafayette-West Lafayette

_DRS5334It’s summer and you know what that means! It’s time to head outside and enjoy all of our fantastic local disc golf courses!

Purdue University has a great 18-hole course. It starts at that base of Slayter Hill Performing Arts Center and wraps around the intramural fields.

Faith Community Center offers a course designed for either 9 or 18-hole play. Discs are available for checkout at the front desk along with a course map and scorecard. There is no charge to play but there is a $5 replacement fee for any discs that are lost.

_DRS5642Murdock Park offers a fun but challenging 18-hole course. Eleven holes are through the rolling hills, trees, and mowed grass. Two par fours then lead you into a five-hole section of tightly wooded technical holes.

The Wabash Washout at McAllister Park is the newest disc golf course. It’s a longer more open course that is surrounded by cart paths and ponds. It’s a great place to challenge yourself and have fun with friends and family.

Get out and play disc golf this summer!  For more information about these courses and other recreational activities in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Amanda, Visitor Information Specialist, shares this blog.

Weekend Update: Purdue’s Annual Summer Concert Series & Zoo Run Run

Zoo Run Run

Zoo Run Run

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.

Please join the musical fun at Purdue’s Annual Summer Concert Series this Friday, July 14. This week’s free concert is featuring the band: Traveling Broke and Out of Gas.  This event is held on the Purdue Union Front Lawn.  Food will be available for purchase beginning at 5:30p.m. with live music from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Tables and chairs will be setup, but please feel free to bring your own lawn chairs and/or blanket. There is no rain location this year, so if inclement weather, event will be cancelled and announced on the Purdue Student Union Board Facebook page.  The series is sponsored by the Purdue Federal and the Purdue Memorial Union.

Zoo Run Run

Zoo Run Run

The following morning, gather your family and friends for the annual Zoo Run Run on Saturday, July 15. This 5K run/walk travels through the historic Columbian Park Neighborhood and offers a fun, inexpensive way to get your family up and moving! Mingle with zoo staff and some of your favorite zoo residents!  Do you have a favorite zoo animal? If so, share!

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

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.

Artists' Own

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

Haan Mansion

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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2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Recreation Guides are here!

It’s summer! Its time to head outdoors and start your next adventure! Our new 2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Recreation Guides have arrived! Get out and explore our great parks, trails, sporting facilities and more.

Request a brochure here: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/contact/brochurerequest.html or view our online flipbook here: https://issuu.com/lwlcvb/docs/2017recreationguide.

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Explore the Wabash & Erie Canal

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Canal Boat Ride

Happening Now! The summer season has arrived when the canal boat is floating down the Wabash and Erie Canal in Delphi, Indiana! Experience history, adventure and pure summer fun at the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center this year. This attraction, 20 minutes north east of Lafayette-West Lafayette, offers an adventure for the whole family.

Canal Christmas festival crafts n kidsI remember my first visit to the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center. It was one of awe that such a wonderful museum was created 100% from volunteer efforts from such a small community. The passion to conserve the history of this transportation system and to create a whole village built around it is amazing. The museum offers visitors a chance to learn the history of how the Wabash and Erie Canal was important to our country’s transportation system. Now, you may think, this sounds boring! But believe me it is not! Throughout the whole museum, there are interactive displays for people to enjoy. Many museums have the policy “hands-off”, but this center welcomes people to be a part of the experience. Visitors (especially children) are welcome to play checkers in the recreated indoor canal boat, try on pioneer village clothing and pretend to be living in the 1800s, and play with a recreated canal that demonstrates how a boat would traverse the lock system.

Ring the School bell (2014)Not only does this center have an indoor museum, but a canal boat to ride through a portion of the original Wabash and Erie Canal and a whole pioneer village to explore. Visitors can walk into an original Log School House from the 1800s where students learned their ABC’s.  One does not want to miss a tour of the Reed Case’s (contractor for the Carroll County section of the Wabash & Erie Canal) own Federal-style home which anchors the village, complete with period furnishings, many of which came from the Case family. And what is better on a beautiful summer day than a trip on a replica canal boat down the canal? Nothing!

Trails, canal boat ride, museum and more!

Trails, canal boat ride, museum and more!

There is a 10 mile trail system, perfect for hiking, biking, bird-watching and even cross-country skiing. Some trails and roads in Canal Park were once the towpath traversed by mules and horses pulling canal boats. Several sites along the way are on the National Register, including the Canal Construction Camp site, Lock #33 and the adjacent lockkeeper’s home site, and the 1857 Harley and Hubbard Lime Kiln site.

A host of events take place at the Wabash and Erie Canal all year long.  These include the Historic Canal Days Festival, the Harvest of Quilts “Quilt Show” and Christmas at the Canal. Check out http://www.wabashanderiecanal.org for more information about these special events.

Tugging the Pull Me Boat

Tugging the Pull Me Boat

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 attraction and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Canoeing the Wildcat

CFJ4867 Be adventurous this Memorial Day weekend and head to Wildcat Creek to canoe or kayak this scenic Indiana river. Gather a group of friends, embark on the great outdoors and have a little fun!

Wildcat Canoe and Kayak Too allows you to paddle down the Wildcat Creek for a perfect day with friends or family. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and see all of the beautiful wildlife like herons, owls, turtles, kingfishers, deer, and more!

Paddle photoThere are multiple trips to choose from. There is a 2-hour trip, a 4-hour trip, and a 6-hour trip. All trips consist of a shuttle to one of three put-in points, then a float back to the parking lot. Departure times are every two hours starting at 8:00am and ending at 4:00pm. The 4:00pm departure time is for a 2-hour trip only.

They are located at County Road 725 East, Lafayette, IN, south of the bridge over the creek, and west of the Wildcat itself. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (765) 589-8081.

Have some fun water adventure this weekend! For more information about this attraction and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com. This blog was shared by Purdue University Alumna, Amanda.

Explore 12 Wines at Wildcat Creek Winery

1795273_10153866411420657_1352393617_oNeed a gift to take to a party, looking for that great wine for your dinner table, or just enjoy wine? Check out the Wildcat Creek Winery in Lafayette!

Currently Wildcat Creek Winery features 12 different wines, many of which are award winning. My favorites are the Traminette and the Aunt Minnie’s Cherry Tree. Traminette is the Indiana State wine and you will find many varieties as you visit wineries throughout Indiana. It’s very light and fruity, great for a spring or summer day outside. Very refreshing. Aunt Minnie’s Cherry Tree is like Cherry Pie in a glass! Great to enjoy in small quantities, but my favorite way to enjoy it is with a side of brownies. Or even better, use it instead of the water in a boxed brownie mix for cherry brownies!

1012041_10153809622250122_533322413_nWhen visiting the winery, step up to their beautiful wood bar and enjoy a sample in their tasting room. Purchase a bottle or a glass to enjoy in their sun-room or on the grounds and then be sure to purchase some to take home. The winery also offers a variety of other gift items, many locally made. When you are done at the winery or maybe before, make an afternoon or day of it and be sure to go around the corner to spend some time exploring Clegg Memorial Garden. It makes for a relaxing afternoon adventure.

Also, don’t miss their BBQ, Bluegrass, & Blueberry Wine this Saturday, May 20! Enjoy their Wine Garden and food by D&R Market. Listen to music by Branded Bluegrass, Scott Evan Freeman, and Trabeler’s Dream. Get ready for great wine, great food, great music and lots of sunshine to start your summer off in style!

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Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales, shares this blog.  For more information about this winery and other attractions in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

Bike to Work May 19!

Bike to work!

Bike to work!

It’s spring! The warm weather is officially upon us, which means it’s a great time to get outside and exercise. May 19th is National Bike to Work Day, but don’t worry if you can’t bike to work because there are a ton of great bike trails in the area and are listed below!

  • The Wabash Heritage Trail runs around the downtown areas and for several miles Bike to work 2007.28JPGalong the Wabash River and is a great trail to see the beautiful sites around town.
  • There is another great trail that runs from the Purdue campus, past the Celery Bog and Wal-Mart, and then connects to the Northwest Greenway Trail, which has its own multiple branches.
  • The Amphitheater Multi-Use Trail is the easiest trail in the Lafayette area. It is a 3.5-mile ride with a few splits before hitting a turnaround to head back.
  • The Haan Mountain Bike Trail is a 7-mile ride that is in two sections – State Street and Valley Street. This is a public trail but is on private land near downtown Lafayette and requires a liability form.
  • McCormick Woods Multi-Use Trail is a 3.5-mile ride in two loops. It’s mostly a flat trail but does have some elevation changes and turns to make it a fun and interesting ride.
  • Murdock Park Multi-Use Trail is a 3-mile loop trail. This trail is popular among advanced riders seeking a challenging ride.

    Bike or walk this trail at Prophetstown State Park!

    Bike or walk this trail at Prophetstown State Park!

  • Prophetstown State Park is also another great place to get some fresh air. It has 3.5-miles of paved trails that highlight the beauty of the area. Its great for biking and also walking.

More more information on bike trails, visit Lafayette-West Lafayette website, HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Picnics, Baseball, Zoo, Train & More: Columbian Park

IMG_1433Picnicking, playgrounds, aquatic center, baseball, zoo, ducks, train, and more! What do these things have in common? They can all be found at Columbian Park!

I have a lot of wonderful memories at Columbian Park from throughout the years. My Grandparents lived just one block from the Park and my family and I would always spend many days each year visiting. My Father and Grandfather grew up in that same house and I always enjoyed hearing the stories of their memories and shenanigans at the park as well! While the park has changed quite a bit, even in my life time, it continues to offer a variety of wonderful activities for families with kids of all ages. Let me tell you a bit about it…

Let’s start at the playground. Along Park Avenue there is a very large playground with different areas for different aged kids to play. Babies to Teenagers all have a section on the same playground that is suitable for their age group. There is also a section that has accessible friendly equipment for those children with disabilities to also play. Near the playground are several picnic shelters that can be reserved for family reunions or get togethers, birthday parties, graduation parties, or just because. If the shelter doesn’t have a reservation posted, feel free to just go up and use them at any time. To reserve a shelter, contact the Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department.

Playground fun!

Playground fun!

Rush Pavillion

Rush Pavillion

Also, housed at the park, are other rental facilities; Jenk’s Rest, which is also a Senior Center, the Rush Pavilion and Memorial Island. We had a family reunion recently at Jenk’s Rest and it was a wonderful venue, big enough for our large family, had a large kitchen for us to spread out our carry in items, and centrally located to the playground for the kids to enjoy while the adults chatted. The Rush Pavilion is also where my best friend had her wedding and wedding reception. This was a very small wedding with about 40 guests and it made for a beautiful, casual wedding. The veranda is great to sit and chat while watching the ducks and geese on the lagoon and inside is simple but classy and has a nice sized kitchen area. It worked wonderfully for her wedding. Memorial Island is sometimes home to movies or concerts in the park in the summer time and has memorials dedicated to those in different wars.

The Zoo!

The Zoo!

Seasonal attractions at the Park also include the Columbian Park Zoo, Tropicanoe Cove, Loeb Stadium, Train and other rides. The Columbian Park Zoo is a free zoo that is typically open April to October every year. It offers wonderful, interactive exhibits themed by different continents and attractions. You can check your wing span while you admire the Bald Eagles, imagine swimming with the North American River Otter, crawl through tunnels and pop up like a Prairie Dog, explore the Wallaby walkabout and have the wallaby’s hop right across your path and more! Exhibit areas include the Americas, Australia, Butterfly Garden, Family Farm (Petting Zoo), a fountain plaza and the historic animal house.  Things are always being added at the zoo, so be sure to check it out often.

Tropicanoe Cove is the outdoor aquatic center along the Main Street side of the park. It is typically open Memorial Day to Labor Day and offers a lazy river, water slides, splash pad and a swimming area. Adults can also enjoy water walking programs several times a week in the summer, during off times.Tropicanoe Cove

Loeb Stadium is home to the Lafayette Aviators, a prospect league and the annual Colt World Series event. Be sure to add at least one game to your summer bucket list! The current stadium allows you to feel like you are right on the field with the players. You’ll love it!

Train at Columbian Park

Train at Columbian Park

In the center of the park also generally from Memorial Day to Labor Day you can find a small variety of children’s rides. My family’s all-time favorite is the train. Ride around the park and wave at all the visitors. Relatively new to the park is a train depot that also includes a model train exhibit. Great to keep the kids (of all ages) entertained while you wait to ride the train.

Of course, no visit to Columbian Park would be complete without visiting at least one of the local icons located across Wallace Street from the Zoo and Loeb Stadium; The Original Frozen Custard or Arni’s! Be sure to grab a pizza, salad, custard cone or fruit drink to bring with you to the park and enjoy a day full of fun!

Ashley Gregory, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Director of Sales, shares this blog.  For more information about this attraction and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.