Weekend Update: Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering & Haan Mansion Picnic on the Lawn

Fiddlers 2014.1Weekend 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, June 23-25, do not miss the 45th Annual Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering, located on the grounds of the historical Tippecanoe Battlefield. This event is a celebration of traditional music, food, crafts and continuous activities.  Music lovers will have the chance to clap, stomp and enjoy the sounds of old-time, bluegrass, swing jazz fiddle, string band, Celtic and ethnic music.  This is an acoustic music festival that has featured some of the most famous musicians of our time! Performers in 2017 include the following: The Fretless, Bing Futch, Ken & Brad Kolodner, Charm City Junction, Cathy Barton & Dave Para, Spencer & Rains, Roger Netherton & Friends, Kountry Kernals, Bahler’s “Golden Age” Band, Tamara Loewentha and Mark Lyons.

Scott Greeson

Scott Greeson

Enjoy more music and entertainment this Saturday and Sunday at Haan Mansion during “Picnic on the Lawn” and “Theater in the Garden”. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs and come to the front lawn of the Haan Museum to listen to the music of Scott Greeson while the Civic Youth Theatre prepares to present their production of “Macbeth” by Shakespeare. The play is being presented in the Theater Garden behind the Museum following Scott’s musical performance.  

Theater in the Garden

Theater in the Garden

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 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

2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Guides Arrival

Our new 2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Visitor Guides have arrived! Learn about our attractions, restaurants, arts and culture, Purdue and more! Request a brochure here: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/contact/brochurerequest.html or view our online flipbook here: https://issuu.com/lwlcvb/docs/2017-18lafayettevisitorsguide.

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Weekend Update: Family Day at The Farm & Mosey Down Main Street

Family fun at The Farm!

Family fun at The Farm!

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.

It’s Family Day at The Farm at Prophetstown this Saturday, June 3! Enjoy demonstrations, music, games, food, plenty of animals to see, trolley rides and more. Have you ever participated in a food eating contest? You can! There will be a pie eating contest at 12:00pm. Yum! Also, Scott Greeson has performed all around the Midwest and will be putting on a show in the barn from 1:00pm-3:00pm.

More family fun takes place Saturday night! Head downtown for a free family friendly event, Mosey Down Main Street. 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, DJ’s, belly dancers and balloon animals, this is a night not to be missed!

Mosey!

Mosey!

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

Memorial Day Weekend Update!

Round the Fountain

Round the Fountain

Memorial 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.

Art, art, art! Did you know Lafayette-West Lafayette prides our self on being an arts community! We have local artists who specialize in glass, watercolor, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and much more.  This Saturday, May 27, explore a gallery of color and expression at the Round the Fountain Art Fair! This fair actually takes places around our historic courthouse. It is a day to bring the family to discover our majestic downtown and explore the arts like never before!

Lafayette Citizens Band 2007.6jpgBring the family for an evening of lovely music on Monday, May 29, for the Lafayette Citizens Band Memorial Day Concert.  Expert conductor William D. Kisinger will lead the band in wonderful music played by local musicians.  Bring your lawn chair, find your spot around Riehle Plaza, and enjoy this night of music. Also, don’t forget your dancing shoes, if the mood strikes and you want to dance!

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

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.

 

Hats Off at Harry’s: Congrats Fellow Graduates!

IMG_1001Harry’s Chocolate Shop is known around the world as a historical bar. Opened in 1919 by Harry J. Marack during the Prohibition, it primarily served fountain drinks and lunch items while serving alcohol under law enforcement’s radar. Over the years, Harry’s has become one of the most well-known bars in Indiana – earning the title of one of the best college bars in America – and a campus favorite for Purdue students. It is a tradition for graduates to take a picture with a group behind the bar and with the painted brick wall outside of the bar. Some pose with their sororities and fraternities, others pose with their classmates on their senior bar crawl, but all scenarios involve a close-knit group of friends. Many Purdue traditions are accomplished at Harry’s.

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Bailey enjoying a cocktail at Harry’s!

As a graduating senior, I have fond memories of Harry’s. Before my 21st birthday, friends and family assured me that I absolutely had to ring in my new age at the historical “chocolate shop.” From the friendly staff to the famous, free popcorn every night, Harry’s atmosphere is unlike any other. I’d go as far as to say that one should not receive their diploma without first experiencing Harry’s; it’s one of the best and most unique parts of being a Purdue student. Many generations have “gone ugly early” as their slogan states and many generations after us will continue to experience one of the best parts of Purdue’s campus.

17904147_1516002438411611_1261812209097620214_nThe Chocolate Shop truly epitomizes Purdue. When you walk into Harry’s, you feel comfortable; like you’re in your own living room. I have yet to experience a dull time at Harry’s. In fact, some of my favorite memories from my four years at Purdue involve Harry’s; graduated friends coming back and catching up over a drink, After-School Club, and Breakfast Club with some of my closest friends. So, from me to all my fellow graduates: congratulations on thriving at

Fried Banana Peppers & Grasshopper

Fried Banana Peppers & Grasshopper

Purdue and I wish you good luck in your future endeavors. I hope to see you after the graduation ceremony at Harry’s to say our last goodbye. Ever grateful, ever true. Boiler Up!

Bailey, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog. For more information about Harry’s and other bars and restaurants in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Zoo Brew and Wine Too Pub Crawl & Wolf Park Birthday Party

Dharma & Wolfgang by Monty Sloan

Dharma & Wolfgang by Monty Sloan

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.

Happy birthday furry animals! All wolves, foxes, and coyotes are born in spring and Wolf Park is celebrating on Saturday, May 6 with a birthday party. Wolf Park’s animals’ birthdays are all within a couple of weeks of each other around late April/early May, so they host one big celebration! Each animal gets their own tasty, wolf-safe birthday cake to enjoy. Guests will have the chance to watch as the cakes are presented to the wolves. Each animal approaches this environmentally enriched activity with his or her own special flair.

DocumentJoin the Friends of Columbian Park Zoo for the inaugural Zoo Brew and Wine Too pub crawl event on Saturday, May 6. Enjoy an evening of animal encounters, live music, delicious hors d’oerves, and a variety of beer, wine and liquor samples from breweries, vineyards and distilleries as you work your way through several locations. Each location will include a signature cocktail, as well! The evening starts out in the Lahr Atrium where you’ll check in and be greeted by our animal ambassadors! Next, you’ll travel to the Knickerbocker Saloon, Professor Joes Sports Pub & Pizzeria, and Digby’s Pub and Patio throughout the night. You’ll end at the Knickerbocker Saloon for live entertainment and door prizes!

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

Home of Purdue Tourism Tailgate May 11, 2017

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Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about the fun celebration taking place next Thursday, May 11.  It is our annual Lafayette-West Lafayette Tourism Tailgate that is stocked full of fun activities, good food and live entertainment!  Join us anytime between 4pm and 7pm to celebrate tourism while eating, tasting beer and wine, and chatting with our staff and others attending.

We take pride in Lafayette-West Lafayette as being a great tourism destination which welcomes visitors from all parts of the world to enjoy our attractions, shops, restaurants, and our beautiful university, Purdue.  May 7 through May 13, 2017, is our time to embrace tourism and everything it offers to our community with this tourism tailgate party.  This event will showcase what there is to do in Lafayette-West Lafayette, so if you are traveling through our area, a “local”, or a recent newcomer, this is the event for you!

Screen Shot 2017-04-13 at 10.56.26 AMThis year’s tailgate is stocked with fun events. Wildcat Creek Winery will be offering wine samples and People’s Brewery and Thieme and Wagner Brewery will be offering free samples of their beer.  Local musicians, Steve Hill and Scott Greeson, will be performing and taking requests.  Do not miss grabbing a hotdog and/or hamburger loaded with all the trimmings along with a cold bottle of Triple XXX root beer.  Local attractions will have booths set up at the visitors center to meet guests and share all their “happenings” this year. The Boilermaker Special, a favorite of children and adults alike, will be taking guests on rides throughout the area from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm (weather permitting and barring any mechanical issues).

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 event and others in the area, visit our website at www.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.