Weekend Update: Mark Morris Dance Group & 2016 Festival of Quilts

Dido_Berkeley_Susana-Millman-2441-150x150Weekend 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.

The opera comes alive at Purdue this Saturday, April 2 as Mark Morris Dance Group presents Dido and Aeneas. American choreographer Mark Morris loves music. In fact, there are arguably no other “dancermakers” working today who have so successfully used their musical intellect to illuminate, transform, and even expand the greatness of each masterwork they’ve embraced. Landmark works by Mozart, Handel, Haydn, Vivaldi, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and more have captured Morris’s imagination and been given revelatory treatment with his singular vision, sprawling energy, and powerful expressions of both the human body and the human condition. Now, in the remounting of Dido and Aeneas— Virgil’s famous tale of Aeneas’s affair with Dido, the Queen of Carthage, en route to founding Rome— Morris has elevated British composer Henry Purcell’s famous 1688 opera into mythic love-story territory. This extraordinary production—which includes one of the greatest opera arias of all time, the haunting “Dido’s Lament”—brings the full baroque opera to life with a live chamber orchestra and vocalists under Morris’s baton, while the dancers reveal both the humor and the tragedy of the tale with Morris’s signature visual flair.

Celebrate Indiana’s 200th birthday during the 2016 Festival of Quilts this Saturday, April 2, at the Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds – Home Economics Building.  This special event will feature quilts made by the members of the Old Tippecanoe Quilt Guild, and will include a trading post, vendors, feature quilter Lois Collins, and special challenge “Take me to the River!” in honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial. Happy Birthday Indiana!

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

Weekend Update: Spring Fest and Visit from NY Times Bestseller Author, Marie Bostwick

Bug Bowl

Bug Bowl

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.

Where can you find education, entertainment and fun all in one place? Spring Fest is back for another exciting weekend full of animals, art, astronomy, hands-on activities, and more. This Saturday, April 18 and Sunday April 19, head to Purdue University and traverse over 30 different stations of educational fun that include activities such as insect art contests, cricket spitting contests, face-painting, and honey tasting. Come to the Boiler Barnyard to see live animals, sheep shearing demonstrations, and milk a dairy cow. Play animal trivia games, hold a baby chick, and enjoy coloring books. Bring the whole family to create lasting memories!

Make another special memory and meet NY Times Bestseller Author, Marie Bostwick, at the West Lafayette Public Library, this Friday, April 17. Author Marie Bostwick, writer of the Cobbled Court Quilt Series is coming to the library to talk and sign books.  Her newest book, The Second Sister, will be available for purchase.

Please note both of these events are FREE! What a great, inexpensive way to spend your weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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

Snow and Sledding fun in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

Sledding at Slayter

Happening Now!  Planning a stay in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, area? 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. Right now the locals are talking about sledding at Slayter Hill, Happy Hallow Park & Murdock Park.

What is better in the winter time than sledding down a steep hill screaming and laughing?!  Some of my best childhood memories are going sledding with my dad and my best friends.  We would get all bundled up, grab our sleds and head to the great outdoors full of snow and white wonder!  Our bright red cheeks would smile with happiness and glee as we swiftly sled down hills competing who could reach the bottom first.  The friend with the most wins would achieve the great honor of getting the first homemade peppermint hot chocolate from McCord Candies.

Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, offers 3 amazing sledding hills; Slayter Hill, Happy Hallow Park & Murdock Park.  Slayter Hill is located on Purdue University and sledding on this hill has become a Purdue tradition. My husband said during his 4 years at Purdue University he never missed a winter season of sledding with his buddies at this popular sledding destination.  Happy Hallow Park offers the Tube Run.  It is known as the “fast and long” trail of the Lafayette-West Lafayette area.  The only hill in the area with a man-made snow machine is Murdock Park.  The good news is even if there is no snow in the forecast and the weather remains cold, the hill can be coated, allowing for extended sledding.  I remember in college coming home to visit my family and I saw my best guy friend from grade school zooming down this hill!  All ages come out to enjoy these fun sledding experiences.

For more information about sledding and other fun, free winter activities in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Happy New Year! Weekend Update: The Nutcracker & Howl with the Wolves!

D-02019Happy New Year!  We hope everyone had a fabulous evening of good cheer last night!  Today we embark on a new year, which will hopefully be prosperous and fun.  What is life if there is no fun in it?  We love to share all the endless possibilities for fun events so check out what is happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

The timeless ballet, The Nutcracker, will be performed at the Long Center of the Performing Arts. Make sure you have your tickets for this magical masterpiece taking place Saturday, January 4, and Sunday, January 5.  For many, the Nutcracker is a holiday tradition that brings children, parents and grandparents out for an afternoon or evening of entertainment to share in the beauty and grace of the performers and to listen to the lovely music.

Wolves, bison, coyotes and foxes!  Where can you find and see all 4?  Wolf Park!  This Saturday, January 4, bring the family to Wolf Park to “Howl with the Wolves“!   The evening will include a lecture on wolf communication, an opportunity to see some of the staff enter the enclosure and interact with the wolves of the main pack, and the chance to actually howl with the wolves.  Watch Darma (female wolf) and the others in the pack as they howl throughout the night.  It may be a cold evening, so bundle up tight!

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

New Pizza Bar in Town- Professor Joe’s Sports Pub & Pizzeria

IMG_24702 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “One Great Pizza Destination“.  Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to some pretty fabulous pizza restaurants, and we are excited to announce a new place has entered the mix that offers a cool bar setting in a fabulous location downtown.  Professor Joe’s Sports Pub & Pizzeria opened this past fall and is serving pizza, sandwiches and calzones.

Located in the heart of downtown Lafayette at 648 Main Street, Professor Joe’s Sports Pub & Pizzeria states it is a great place to split a “Pitcher and a Pie” with a friend and cheer on your favorite team while watching the game.  This bar is brightly lit and is full of big screen T.V.’s throughout the space.  The booths are deep for big groups of friends who want to gather and enjoy each other’s company.

Garlic Cheese Bread!

Garlic Cheese Bread!

Recently, the Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette team had lunch at this pizza joint.  (We always like to try out new places so we can share our experiences with visitors!)  We started our meal with their garlic knots and garlic cheese bread, which were both awesome!  I would come here just for their garlic knots that were light and fluffy with the perfect amount of garlic and came with a side of slightly spicy cheese sauce.

Slice of Pepperoni & the Tailgater!

Slice of Pepperoni & the Tailgater!

Every day they offer special slices of pizza customers can order.  I picked their pepperoni and a specialty pizza called the Tailgater; grilled chicken, buffalo sauce, drizzled with ranch dressing and topped with chopped up celery.  Odd combination, I know!  But I was glad for the diversity of flavor so I could choose which I enjoyed more. The Tailgater won the contest!  The sauce was spicy, but not overly so!  The chicken was juicy and flavorful.  Altogether it was a winning combination.

Our server was friendly and seemed really excited about working at this new establishment.  She was knowledgeable about the food and prompt and accommodating.  I also really enjoyed the ambiance.  Some bars can be kind of dirty and dark. Professor Joe’s is clean, bright, and has a beautiful bar that shined to perfection.

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

Arni’s offers Hoosier Hospitality at it’s finest!

Stromboli!  (And this only a 1/2 sandwich!)

Stromboli! (And this only a 1/2 sandwich!)

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “Hoosier Hospitality”.  To experience “Hoosier Hospitality” at its finest visit Arni’s where the food is delicious and the service is exceptional.  Arni’s is a staple in the Lafayette area.  This restaurant which offers pizza, sandwiches, salads and more has been serving the community since 1965.

“Hoosier Hospitality.” What does this mean?  I (a true Midwesterner born and raised in Indiana) feel that “Hoosier Hospitality” is a friendliness and openness people from this area show to one another and to others from other parts of the states and world.  We wave.  We smile.  We say hi.  In essence, we are just friendly to everyone.  Every visit to Arni’s I feel this.  (And we visit Arni’s almost once a week for lunch or dinner!).  Arni Cohen, the founder of Arni’s (who sadly passed in 2002, but whose sons have taken over the business with the same philosophy), had a philosophy that if you take care of your employees, they will take care of you.  This mantra has resulted in Arni’s Restaurants having a turnover rate that is a fraction of the national average.  Every time we visit Arni’s we have the same waiters/waitresses that have worked there for years.  They are wonderful!  Their friendliness is genuine and they are knowledgeable about the menu, the history, and always go the extra mile to make sure we have a great experience.

As I’ve shared, we visit Arni’s almost once a week. We enjoy the great customer service, but we love the food!  We have tried pretty much everything on their menu and my family has their favorites.  We usually order one or more of the following: their pepperoni pizza (with extra tomato sauce), Arni’s junior salads (loaded with cheese, deli meats, and veggies), garlic bread, and submarine sandwiches (minus the onion)!  This past year we started ordering their loaded cheese fries, which are amazing!  They are not greasy and are loaded with different cheeses, bacon, and chives.  They are even good heated up later (which never happens with French fries!).  Their wings are some of the best we have ever had.  They are really meaty and are offered in two different sauces, buffalo or BBQ.  My husband and I always debate on the sauce, but they have been so accommodating and split them up 1/2 and 1/2 so we can both enjoy them.

One more item that I have to address is the ambiance.  Arni’s at Market Square offers something for everyone.  Their bar, “The Loading Dock”, (21 and older) is the perfect place for those who want a more quiet space to eat.  The decor is warehouse style, which sounds odd, but has neat old trucks on display, decorative lit signs, and license plates.  Another room that is perfect for a family is the “Toys in the Attic Room“, where tons of toys are on display including dollhouses, trains, airplanes, and more.  The front room at Arni’s has recently been renovated and is perfect for all visitors as it offers a serene, up-scale feel.

There are many additional Arni’s locations throughout Central/North Central Indiana.  The Market Square location is the original and one of the most unique with its ambiance!

Living in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, one thing we value is customer service and appreciating the times we receive great customer care.  Hoosier Hospitality is Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.  We are proud of our local businesses, including Arni’s, who provide gracious and friendly service. For more information about this restaurant and other fun activities in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Wall Art from Grateful Heart Gallery

download-1Words, words, words.  I love to write and use words to express my feelings and thoughts on different places I visit, but sometimes nothing beats a few words and images.  Images let us see the uniqueness of a place with our eyes.  Enjoy these images from Grateful Heart Gallery.  I think they really express the beauty of the artwork being created by local artists in our area.

Isn't this amazing what can be created with ceramics?  So beautiful!

Isn’t this amazing what can be created with ceramics? So beautiful!

Local Artist, Diane Gee, plays music on ceramic handmade items created at Grateful Heart!

Local Artist, Diane Gee, plays music on ceramic handmade items created at Grateful Heart!

Perfect Holiday Gift- Custom Made Ceramic Instrument!

Perfect Holiday Gift- Custom Made Ceramic Instrument!

Beautiful Display of Art

Beautiful Display of Art!

 

Be refreshed at Yogurt reTREAT

Yogurt reTREAT Now Open!

Yogurt reTREAT Now Open!

Looking for a refreshing, cold treat this summer?  Visitor Information Specialist, Marlene, shares her visit to Yogurt reTREAT, a new self-serve frozen yogurt shop in Lafayette.

Marlene shares:

Yogurt reTREAT is a locally owned and operated self-serve frozen yogurt shop. It opened in July of 2013 and is located at 3540 State Road 38 E, Suite 701 in Lafayette. You can find it in the Lafayette Marketplace facing State Road 38 E, right down the shopping center from Penn Station.

photo-2When you first walk into the Yogurt reTREAT, you are welcomed by a friendly smile from the yogurt shop clerk. If you haven’t been to a self-serve frozen yogurt shop before, they are more than willing to explain how the process works.

  • Step 1: Grab a cup
  • Step 2: Fill the cup with the flavor(s) of frozen yogurt and the portion you desire
  • Step 3: Add topping(s) from the topping bars
  • Step 4: Weigh and pay for your delicious creation
Candy Station

Candy Station

The Yogurt reTREAT has about 10 flavors available of yummy frozen yogurt to choose from. The flavors change regularly, so each time you go, you’ll have different options to choose. Mini sample cups are available to try flavors like birthday cake, peanut butter, very strawberry, bananas foster, blueberry, dulce de leche, and many more.

Once you have filled your cup with flavorful frozen yogurt, you move on to the topping bar that has almost any topping you can imagine and then some.  Choose from fruit, granola, chocolate chips, crushed candy bar, cookies, gummy bears, chocolate syrup, and marshmallow topping to name just a few of the vast array of options.

Once you have created your delectable treat, scoot on over to the shop clerk, weigh and pay for your creation. For 46¢ an ounce, you can enjoy a tasty creation with all of the flavors that you enjoy.

photo-1My favorite part about the Yogurt reTREAT, besides the friendly service, yummy frozen yogurt, and plentiful topping options is the sunset wall decoration. It gives you the feeling as though you are sitting on a waterfront deck enjoying your tasty treat. There is even a small table and chairs for the youngsters to enjoy their delicious dish.

Enjoy your next tasty treat at the Yogurt reTREAT!

For more information about this sweets and treats location and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

It’s spring planting at Bennett’s Greenhouse

photoHappening Now!  Tis the spring season which means flower-planting time!  Bennett’s Greenhouse is the place to go to purchase your annuals and perennials to beautify your home.   This family horticultural business has been serving the Lafayette-West Lafayette area for over 100 years and is an outdoor decorating staple in many of our lives.  Whether you have a green thumb or not, a trip to Bennett’s will get you inspired to get out and plant flowers!

My favorite season is spring!  As soon as I can smell the hint of dirt and grass, I get excited to be outside and plant flowers!  The hardest part is waiting until it is a “safe” time to plant flowers so a spring freeze will not wipe out any of my plantings.  My mom is the queen of flower planting and with her years of horticulture experience and my desire to learn anything new and exciting about flowers, we make one great team.  Our first stop when it is time to plant is always Bennett’s Greenhouse where the wide selection of flowers, shrubs, decorative pieces, and more await us.

photo[1]We always start in the outdoor area of Bennett’s to check out the beautiful perennials and shrubs.  Over the course of 3 years, I have purchased knock out roses, weigela, day lilies, oriental lilies, hostas and so much more.  After checking out the outdoor area (which truthfully, we have spent hours scouring the whole area), we then head indoors.  This area has a floral shop, garden store and a greenhouse that is full of annual flowers, vegetable plants, decorative outdoor pieces, etc.  My husband and I have a vegetable garden and we always get our tomato, squash and spinach plants from Bennett’s.  Our tomato plants last year were huge!

When my husband and I bought our house, our outdoor landscaping was a blank slate.  Within 3 years, we have created a masterpiece of outdoor natural art from flowers bought at Bennett’s.  We also love the customer care we get at Bennett’s as the workers are all very knowledgeable about the plants. Bennett’s is the place to go this spring season!

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