One Great Wedding Destination – Lafayette-West Lafayette

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “One Great Wedding Destination”. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to many fabulous wedding ceremony and reception venues along with a long list of excellent vendors to serve every bride and groom’s need.

St.Boniface

St.Boniface

Getting engaged and planning a wedding is a very exciting time in a couple’s life, yet the slew of wedding decisions can be for some people a bit daunting.  Couples ask themselves the following: Where will the wedding ceremony take place?  Should we have a small or large reception?  Who creates beautiful flower arrangements at a good price?  What’s our budget?  This is just a tiny portion of the decisions that have to be made.  The good news is the Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette team has a staff member, Ashley Gregory, who can not only assist with these questions, but make suggestions and help you find locations here in town, help with hotel sleeping room blocks and point you in the right direction for vendors (such as flowers, photographers etc.).

Wedding at Rush Pavillion

Wedding at Rush Pavillion

Most weddings have out of town guests visiting.  Ashley can help couples get the best rates at our local area hotels for these guests.  She has worked with all of our hotels, and visited reception venues, indoor and outdoor locations, traditional and unique and is a great source to take advantage of when planning a wedding.  When I was planning my wedding 7 years ago I did not live in the area and needed help planning, so I called Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. Ashley provided me a list of reception venues, vendors, and helped me book the hotel for my guests to stay.  My mother-in-law also got in contact with Ashley for local brochures for the goodies bags for our guests.  Each guest received a complimentary Lafayette-West Lafayette visitors guide.

Wea Creek Orchard Wedding

Wea Creek Orchard Wedding

The best news of all is these services are free!  Weddings can be very expensive and I recommend taking advantage of these services that are helpful and make this special day in a couple’s life more spectacular.

For more information about these wedding services, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

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Weekend Update: Listen to the Music!

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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 or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This weekend is packed with chances to check out live music. This Friday at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette — Friday Night Live!! At the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette: Art! The museum comes to life with musical performances. Matt Monta is an original singer/songwriter whose songs tell the 26165303_2006100972740024_1216532842694790203_nstories of everyday struggle and triumph in Midwestern America. With several albums and songwriting credits to his name, Monta is recognized for his resonant lyrics as well as his passionate performances. Hear music, read lyrics, and learn more at www.mattmonta.com. Admission is FREE thanks to our sponsors: Alberta Barker, Jim & Sandy Bodenmiller, and Purdue Federal Credit Union. Performance begins at 7PM, with doors opening at 6pm. Seating is limited, so come early to secure a spot and view the galleries.

More live music at the Delphi Opera House this weekend! The Time Travelers have been entertaining for over 20 years. Great singing voices and musicianship allow them to cover a tremendous variety of classic rock songs from the early days to the present. In addition to great guitar playing, the secret weapon is “the flute”. Audiences visibly take notice when they hear the familiar melodies backed up by a powerhouse rhythm section. The family friendly and familiar song list makes them a crowd-pleaser. For tickets and more information, visit the Opera House website.

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

Sledding Fun in Lafayette-West Lafayette

sleddingHappening 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 everyone is talking about sledding at Slayter Hill & 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.

bowinsnow.dacidschmidtLafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, offers 2 amazing sledding hills; Slayter Hill and 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.  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.

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Home of Purdue Love is in the Air Contest 2018 Details

22548739_10155084568509021_7206271988582690598_oRomance is in the air! Enter to win this special contest for your loved one this winter.  The contest is worth over $400! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Newly renovated, the Homewood Suites by Hilton, provides a lovely night sleep and gracious and friendly service.
  • Lafayette Symphony Orchestra: Be swept way on a musical adventure when you attend a lovely performance by this local group of musicians.
  • Tour the building that was once featured at the St. Louis Worlds Fair, Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art! It holds some of the most historic and valued Indiana art pieces in the state!
  • Enjoy the cold wind as it whips through your loved one’s hair as warmth feels both of your hearts at Riverside Skating Center.
  • Shop for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift this year at LE Originals, where Linda Elmore is using her magical ability to take a piece of glass and make it into something beautiful!
  • 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.
  • Bruno’s not only has delicious pizza, but order their fried shrimp and/or catfish entrees and you will leave completely satisfied. In addition, their Swiss menu and decor will make your dinner very memorable.
  • Located halfway up Chauncey Hill, lies a Purdue University tradition. Triple XXX is one of the most historic landmark restaurants in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area. Founded in 1929, Triple XXX is known for their delicious root beer!
  • Give your taste buds an experience like never before at Kathy’s Kandies with homemade treats such as: gourmet popcorn, scrumptious truffles, and fluffy pastries!
  • Love, romance and new beginnings. “Fall IN Love” at Red Seven Bar & Grill this Valentine’s Day. The romantic atmosphere, specialty cocktails, divine food, and refreshingly kind service sets the mood for the beauty of romance.
  • Share a frozen custard shake or flavored soda as you gaze into your loved one’s eyes at the Igloo Frozen Custard.
Ice cream novelties at the Igloo!

Ice cream novelties at the Igloo!

Enter to win this fabulous contest at HomeOfPurdueBlog.com. Good luck!

 

Weekend Update: Experience the Arts

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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 or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This weekend marks the opening of a new gallery at the Fountain Gallery. Join in on the excitement by attending the opening reception of “Sixty Square Inches XIX” where there will also be comments by the jurors. It is THIS Friday, January 19, at 5:30PM! The Sixty Square Inches Small Print Exhibition continues a tradition begun in 1977. The exhibit presents a current review of North American printmakers working within a format of 60 square inches in image area. These small works present the viewer with an intimate 18740243_215297025655419_2651676758053482104_nexperience and invite close attention to the visual message. This year’s exhibition was juried by printmaker and guest artist Monika Meler, association professor of art and graphic design for the University of the Pacific, CA, with Liz Erlewine, director and head curator for Purdue University Galleries. Fountain Gallery is located at 330 Main St., Lafayette, and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 12-7PM. All Purdue Galleries exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Another great way to experience art in Lafayette this weekend is tat the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Their production of “A Piece of My Heart” is this weekend! It runs until February 3rd at the Monon Depot Theatre. It is a powerful, true drama of six women who went to Vietnam, five nurses and a country western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops. Each young woman is portrayed before, during and after her tour in the war-torn nation and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington. Please visit their website for more information on show times and ticket prices.

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

10 Tips for Purdue Students during the Winter Months

10960527_1053783377980516_1827287570131289780_oWe all know college in the winter time can be full of struggles. Trying not to freeze to death walking in the below freezing temperatures, falling on the icy sidewalks, and trying to get a spot on the jammed packed city bus are only some of the daily winter struggles. If you’re not used to Indiana winters, this list could come in very handy for you. I came up with 10 tips that will help you have a happier, stress free, and warmer winter.

1. Set earlier alarm(s)

Let’s be honest, in the winter it’s much harder to get out of bed. You’re almost certain to push snooze on the first (and maybe second alarm). This can potentially make you late for class and/or be in an extreme panic filled hurry. So set your alarms earlier and set a few extra just in case. This will give you wiggle room to move slow and take your time getting out of your warm and cozy bed. If you’re a super overachiever and manage to get up early enough, you can hit the gym first thing in the morning. That will be sure to warm you up.

2. Get the City Bus app

City Bus offers a free bus tracking app where you can see exactly where your desired bus is at on campus. With the app, you can wait for the bus inside a building on campus until you absolutely must go outside.

3. Use the underground tunnels

Did you know Purdue is full of underground tunnels. Stay warm as you navigate from class to class using these special tunnels!

4. Who cares how you look, dress warm. 

Okay, some winter gloves aren’t cute, but neither is having ice cold hands. Wear thick socks and plenty of layers.

5. Put your phone in your bag during your walk to class.

Do you really need your phone while you walk from Mechanical Engineering to Class of 1950? Keep your hands in your pockets or throw on some warm gloves while you walk. There’s really nothing worse than showing up with hands so numb you can’t even write your name on your quiz.

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Greyhouse is going to be your best friend in the winter time. Waking up a few minutes early to get your morning coffee is totally worth it. Not only does it keep you awake, but your coffee is a great hand warmer for the walk to class!

7. Have chap stick ready at all times!

Don’t forget your chap stick! Buy a value pack of chap sticks and keep a stick in your book bag and in every coat pocket you can. There’s nothing worse than chapped lips in the winter.

8. Don’t Forget your tissues.. 

Nothing is more embarrassing that a runny nose with no option other than wiping your snot on your brand new $280 Michael Kors Parka. Grab some mini packets of tissues to keep right next to your chap stick.

belltowerstudents9. Always have a walking buddy

Walking from class to class in the ice cold can be a bit unbearable, but it’s not AS bad if you have a walking buddy to chat with on the way. This is also a great way to make friends while keeping your mind off of the fact that you can’t feel your face.

10. Avoid studying at home

It’s winter time, you’re cold and tired. Your bed is the worst study spot during these Indiana winter months as you will probably fall asleep! Study at the Union or Hicks instead. You’ll be more motivated, focused, and able to stay awake which makes it much more likely to be productive.

Being a college student on a large campus in the winter isn’t always easy. These easy tips can help make your winter that much easier. Don’t worry, spring break will be here before we know it! Boiler Up!

Emily, Purdue University Student and Visitor Information Specialist, shares this blog.

Weekend Update: YWCA Market and Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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 or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

On the search for some gifts for yourself or your loved ones but don’t want to brave the cold weather? This Untitled 2weekend on January 13th from 8AM to Noon, the YWCA’s Cold Weather Indoor Market offers many great items to choose from. It features local and regional vendors, baked goods, handmade crafts, clothing, antiques, jewelry, candles, accessories and so much more! Whether you are looking to treat yourself or pick up a locally made present for someone else, there will options galore! (And, it’s all inside and safe from the snow!)

3afb82c7-f841-4cae-bb7f-a2b8d82f6507       If you love the arts, another event this weekend is something you won’t want to miss out on! The Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society presents “Woodwinds in WInter”, this Sunday, January 14th. It will be in the Eliza Fowler Hall from 4PM to 5:30PM. It features a woodwind quintet by Bach, Beethoven and Saint-Saens with a finale from Poulenc’s sextet for piano and winds. The performers are Alistair Howlett, flute; Timothy Clinch, oboe; Christina Martin, clarinet; Kara Stolle, bassoon; Darin Sorley, horn; Greg Martin, piano. Come enjoy this Wintery weekend by supporting our local Music Society!

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

 

Hearty, Homemade Cooking at Oliverio’s

Unknown-1Looking for a local restaurant/diner serving hearty, homemade cooking? Look no further than Oliverio’s Southland Restaurant. This Mom and Pop restaurant is creating homemade specialties daily that will make you smile this winter season.  From homemade pies to meat manhattans (if you don’t know what a meat manhattan is, keep reading!), to fresh jellies you can purchase to take home. Down home cooking at its best!

Pork Manhattan

Pork Manhattan

Recently, a friend and I tried out Oliverio’s. I have driven by it many times, but never ventured in. I am so glad I finally did because inside we found a cute little diner serving breakfast all day long with specials that include one of my favorites, beef or pork manhattan. What is this you may ask? It is 2 slices of white bread with shaved meat in between, a huge scoop of mashed potatoes and it is covered with gravy.  YUMMY! I have had beef and turkey manhattans before, but never pork. Our friendly waitress recommended the pork manhattan and I am so glad she did. The meat was tender and the gravy was delicious.

Unknown-7My friend, Ashley, ordered a ham and cheese omelet and a pancake. She said the omelet was cooked perfectly and tasted good. Ashley raved about the pancake.  We took a photo, but it really does not do it justice. She shared, “The pancake was light and fluffy and with the warm maple syrup, delightful!”

The service was fabulous! Our waitress was friendly and made great recommendations on what to order. When we walked in the door, the first thing we noticed was the pie stand with fresh made pies. There was only 1 slice of strawberry pie left, so we requested it from our waitress as soon as we sat down.  She brought it over loaded with whipped cream. I hate to say it, but Ashley and I had no control, and started our lunch with dessert first!  But I would do it again it in a heartbeat. It was one of the best strawberry pies I have ever had! And our waitress never said a thing! She just smiled and shared she wondered if we could hold off until after we ate our lunch!

As we looked around the diner, there were so many sandwiches coming out that it was Unknown copyhard to decide what to order. I do know if I go back, I am going to get a burger and fries. They looked very appetizing.

Add Oliverio’s to your next dine around town! Also, don’t miss purchasing some homemade jelly (seasonally offered) as you walk out! For more information about this restaurant and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Duncan Hall: One Great Wedding Destination

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Ballroom

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, “One Great Wedding Destination”. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to many fabulous wedding ceremony and reception venues that will make your day special.  One such location that is not only a beautiful venue, but has historical significance in our area is Thomas Duncan Hall. This Georgian, Colonial-style building was built as a meeting place for social, patriotic, charitable, educational and cultural events in the early-mid 1900s.

Thomas Duncan Hall is special in our family because it is the location where my sister, Jenny, married her husband, Tosh, over 11 years ago.  The site selection was a tough decision for my sister because she wanted eloquence with a touch of history and romance.  She and Tosh lived in Phoenix, Arizona, and they traveled back to tour different sites in the area.  When they visited Duncan Hall, they fell in love with the venue.  They loved the high ceilings, the handsome gothic windows and the large stage in the ballroom.  The additional parlor rooms speak of days gone by with the promise of creating lovely future memories.  The cherry on the cake was the acoustics.  They love dancing and music, and the ballroom has wonderful acoustics!

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The Secret Garden - little garden area perfect for photos!

The Secret Garden – little garden area perfect for photos!

Their reception was so much fun!  The bridal party sat on the stage and overlooked the 150 guests.  They chose a local caterer to serve a buffet style meal which was set up in a small room off the ballroom.  (Note: there is a fully equipped kitchen along with a dinner service for up to 170 people and elegant silver serving pieces available for a reasonable rate.)  I gave the toast from the stage, which has gone down in history as one of the best toasts in our family history.  The whole room laughed as I shared my sister and my exploits over the course of our lives.  The laughter got everyone in the mood for an evening of dancing and music!   It was lovely!

Duncan Hall is a great venue for weddings and special events with its multiple rooms and ballroom. There is space for smaller parties ranging from 2 to 50, to their ballroom which can seat 220 people theater style.  The balcony also can seat 47.  The historical ambiance is one of a kind in the area.  It will truly make any special event stand out and be memorable.

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

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