Weekend Update: Hot Summer Nights Cruise-in & Car Show and Tippecanoe Steam & Gas Power Show

18622177_872640706208585_5018888513113921841_nWeekend 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.

Come out for the annual Hot Summer Nights Cruise-in & Car Show hosted by Lafayette Kroozers. Friday, July 28 from 5-9pm, cruise-in your custom or hot rod for free, hang out and listen to good music. Saturday, come out for the free car show from 8am-3pm (register your ride at http://www.lafayettekroozers.com/Register.html), and also shop the sidewalk sales. There will be plenty to do for kids too! Balloon animals, face painting and giveaways!

steamgaspowershow_dThis Saturday, July 29 from 8am-4pm, head to the Tippecanoe Amphitheater for the Tippecanoe Steam and Gas Power Show. This event features John Deere tractors, vintage tractors and equipment and gas engines. Activities include threshing, sawmill, shingle making, corn shelling and grinding, blacksmith, craft demonstrations, tractor games and a flea market. Don’t miss out on the garden tractor pull and fun musical entertainment!

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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Greece is Calling at the Parthenon

Parthenon stuffed pepper

Parthenon stuffed pepper

Greece called and we answered!  The Out to Lunch Dining Divas visit the Parthenon Greek American Grill. Most locals remember it fondly as an anchor in the Village but it’s doing just fine serving up Greek dishes out west (on 52 past Morehouse Road).

We started with a theatrical display of saganaki, which is a lightly battered slice of kefalograviera cheese (hard to spell, easy to eat)  pan fried and set on fire right before your eyes– on this day by the owners’ themselves!  Opa!  It has a distinctive flavor and was our favorite dish of the day, plus we liked the drama of it all. Where else can you get that sort of lunchtime thrill for under $6? (Please keep highly personal replies to that question to yourself!)

Parthenon cheese

Parthenon cheese

Bev enjoyed the stuffed green pepper, filled with ground beef, rice and tomato sauce. It was saucier and more flavorful than her attempts to make this herself and the abundant portion allowed her to take some home for another meal.

Jo, one of our two vegetarians, had the falafel sandwich and it hit the spot. She commented on its outstanding cucumber yogurt sauce which is made on the premises. Margy, our other veg-head, had the garden sandwich, a cornucopia of vegetarian delights;  a warm pita with homemade hummus, cucumber, tomato, onion, lettuce, black olive, pepperoccini, crumbled feta and homemade Greek dressing. She said she wouldn’t order the generously filled sandwich on a first date since it was a handful– but it was very tasty! (Since she’s married, that first date part is unlikely.)  Both non-meat eaters were thrilled that the vegetarian dishes were clearly marked on the menu and on the menu board.

Kay, our photographer and seafood consumer, didn’t have fish that day because it’s available on weekends but the owners told us diners can often choose from mahi mahi, salmon and grouper. She happily settled for a pork kebob sandwich made of freshly cooked pork medallions seasoned with homemade marinade topped with onion, tomato, cucumber and their own cucumber yogurt sauce. She said the pork was moist and tender which isn’t always the case with pork.

If you live in a house divided, with some people looking for worldly eats and others insisting on American fare, this is the place for you. There are loads of intriguing dishes including dolmades mousaka, spanakopita and patstitsio, but the less adventurous among you will be thrilled with the Americano burger with a side of fries or onion rings or maybe something from the kids menu.

On your way home? The place is crawling with people getting takeout and we know people who suspect they’re addicted to the Parthenon’s hummus.

Flaming Cheese!

The atmosphere is colorful, casual and comfortable.  Our food was prepared quickly and the Greek music had us happily tapping our toes. Since we didn’t want to leave, we decided we should split a piece of baklava— a layered Greek delight of nuts, honey, pastry, lemon, butter– how could it be anything but wonderful? Don’t tell Margy’s sister but Margy says it’s better than her sister’s.

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

2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Public Art Guides are here!

It’s summer! Its time to head outdoors and start your next adventure! Our new 2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Public Art Guides have arrived! Get out and explore our lovely sculptures, murals, fountains, and more.  (Over 100 pieces located throughout our community in public places!)

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

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Weekend Update: Brew on the Bridge & Civil War Living History Event

Wolfgang

Wolfgang

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.

Wolf Park is partnering with People’s Brewery, South Street Smokehouse and the band; The Old Golds, for a special outdoor concert, Brew on the Bridge. This special event at Wolf Park is taking place on Saturday, July 22. People’s Brewery will be providing craft beer.  Don’t drink? No problem! Come out, enjoy some BBQ and listen to some great music under the stars. The band will perform starting at 7:30 pm. Will the wolves ‘sing’ along? You have to be there to find out! Pulled beef sandwiches with chips, from South Street Smokehouse will be served. Bring along your own chairs or blankets to enjoy the musical performance.

Union Soldiers

Union Soldiers

This Saturday and Sunday, watch more than 30 Civil War re-enactors portray a company of the 72nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry at the Civil War Living History Event at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store. The regiment was mustered in at Camp Tippecanoe in Lafayette in July of 1862. Re-enactors will replicate camp life at Camp Tippecanoe as they muster in and learn the basics of drill and musket firings. Inside the Tippecanoe Battlefield museum, there will be special presentations on aspects of the Civil War scheduled for every other hour.

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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Foodies Wanted Contest 2017 Details

Foodies Wanted FB AdWe are celebrating summer fun with our Foodies Wanted Contest 2017 worth over $500! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Enjoy a newly renovated overnight stay at the Hampton Inn-Lafayette and wake up to partake in a complimentary continental breakfast.
  • Bruno’s Pizza: Established in 1955, this restaurant not only offers some of the best pizza around, but fine dishes such as Veal Cordon Bleu, Fettuccini A La Bruno (classic fettuccini with tender shrimp), and amazing manicotti with the perfect blend of cheeses.
  • Where else do you get the chance to taste the world-famous Duane Purvis Burger with spread of peanut butter on it besides Triple XXX / Route 66? No where! Come and see why this diner was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
  • Arni’s Pizza is best known for their savory pizza and the Arni’s Junior Salad. This has been a local hotspot for many years!
  • Give your tastebuds an experience like never before at Kathy’s Kandies with homemade treats such as: gourmet popcorn, scrumptious truffles, and fluffy pastries!
  • The owners of Parthenon Greek American Grill are from Cyprus and work here each day, their authentic Greek food will not disappoint, travel the world and find no better Gyros!
  • East End Grill is offering modern fare, fabulous service in a cozy atmosphere. This is one of Lafayette’s newest restaurants and quickly becoming one of the community’s favorite places to eat.
  • Taste the whipped, silky texture of decadent frozen custard at the Igloo Frozen Custard, serving happy customers since 1932.
  • Learn how salt water shrimp are raised right here in Indiana at the RDM Shrimp Farm! You will have an opportunity to talk to the owners, tour the facility, learn the shrimp farming process and then have an opportunity to purchase some shrimp if you would like.
  • The prairies come alive with color in summer at Indiana’s newest state park, Prophetstown State Park. The park offers camping, swimming, hiking, biking, birding, wildlife observation, and more.
  • Home to chickens, pigs, cows, horses and more, this farm will bring smiles to your face and enjoyment for all. Bring the family out for an up close and personal tour of The Farm at Prophetstown, with possibly a personal trolley ride through the prairie.
  • Join a chorus of spectacular wolves in their natural habitat at Wolf Park’s popular Howl Nights. The park is home to several packs of gray wolves, plus foxes, coyotes and bison and is the only park of its kind in the country.
  • Recapture 18th Century life at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon. Experience military demonstrations, foods prepared over an open fire, traditional craftsmen, costumed participants, music and dance.

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

Celebrating National Hotdog Day at Dog N’ Suds!

IMG_1759It’s National Hotdog Day!  We are celebrating at one of our favorite hotdog drive-ins, Dog N’ Suds! Visitors can sit back, relax in their cars and eat foot long coney cheese hotdogs and drink cold, creamy root beer!  There are two great locations, one in Lafayette and another in West Lafayette.

Ok, yes, I am guilty of eating not one, but 2 cheese dogs!

Ok, yes, I am guilty of eating not one, but 2 cheese dogs!

Love us some corn dogs!

Love us some corn dogs!

What’s your favorite restaurant serving a good ol’ hotdog??  Please share!

For more information about all the delicious restaurants in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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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Weekend Update: Riverfest & Grease

DSC_0200Weekend 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.

Fishing at Riverfest!

Fishing at Riverfest!

On Saturday, July 8, enjoy Riverfest, an annual event that brings the community together and celebrates the living Wabash River with conservation exhibits, games, activities, canoe races, and a 5K.  Riverfest annually draws around 5,000 participants and specifically teaches children about our most prized natural resource here in Greater Lafayette – the Wabash River – as it provides recreational focus, aesthetic beauty, and is a vital component of our economy. Come out and cheer on the canoe teams compete and embrace our beautiful river!

It’s a night to watch a classic! Watch Grease on film at the Long Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, July 8. Transferring its setting from Chicago to sunny California, and adding a dash of disco to the ersatz ’50s score, producer Allan Carr and director Randal Kleiser turned this long-running Jim Jacobs-Warren Casey Broadway smash into the biggest blockbuster of 1978.1950s teens Danny (John Travolta) and Australian transfer Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) spend their “Summer Nights” falling in love, but once fall comes, it’s back to Rydell High and its cliques. Come to the Long Center and watch Sandy and Danny split, reconcile, and split again amidst a pep rally, dances, drive-ins, and a drag race, before deciding “You’re the One That I Want” at the climactic carnival.

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