Five Free Spring Things to Do in Lafayette!

There are wonderful activities to do all over Lafayette! The five things I’ve detailed below are some great free options for how to spend your Spring days!

1. Haan Mansion Sculpture Garden

Bronze scultpure Solitude by Tuck Langland at Haan Scultpure Garden

Take a stroll around the Haan Mansion Sculpture Garden! Newly opened, this garden is home to a wide variety of artistry. Bronze sculptures, clay works, and more can be found outside of the historic Haan Mansion. The path is even wheelchair accessible!

2. Plan a picnic at Clegg Botanical Gardens

clegggardens_cClegg Garden overlooks and runs along side the Wildcat Creek offering a naturalistic setting including prairie and oak savanna restorations, with extensive beds of wildflowers, plants native to Indiana, labelled trees, nature trails and bridges. Grab a blanket, a picnic basket and enjoy an afternoon at Clegg!

3. Round the Fountain Art Fair

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Art lovers and artists alike can witness the artistic mastery of our community members! At the Round the Fountain Art Fair,  hundreds of artists gather to sell and showcase their work. This fair is held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend each year!

4. Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

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Sculptures, paintings, modern art and more – the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette showcases all kinds of local artistry! Free to the public, the museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

5. Five Points Fire Station Museum

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The Fire Station Museum is a nearly 100-year-old building located in Lafayette. It used to be a functioning fire station for the community, but today it has been converted to a museum. There is a fire truck from 1937, old coats and helmets, and many other artifacts!

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist intern, Samantha Martin.

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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Weekend Update: Bing Davis Exhibit and Winter Workshop, Walking Sticks

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.

Do not miss the last weekend to enjoy the Haan Mansion Museum of Art’s latest exhibit: On the Shoulders of Ancestors: the Art Of Willis Bing Davis. Willis “Bing” Davis grew up in a neighborhood where there was a sense of community, where everyone knew who you were, and where great role models made a positive impact on the lives of its residents. While embracing his African-American heritage and culture, Davis creates thought provoking artwork that interweaves native patterns and fabrics and gives a new voice to found objects. Ceramic Ancestral Spirit Vases, masks, paintings and many other ceramic pieces showcase the talent and versatility of this prolific artist. Through his art, he inspires the viewer to explore their human potential and greatness.

IMG_4227Enjoy a hike through Prophetstown State Park during their Winter Workshop, Walking Sticks on Saturday, March 18. A walking stick can aid you in hiking because it takes pressure off your knees and back, and it can help you keep balance on uneven ground.  Walking sticks can be works of art too. The state park will have different methods of design for all ages (only older participants will be allowed to carve with a knife.)

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

Weekend Update: Summer Potters Market & Haan Mansion Tours

Arts Galore! 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.

Celebrate art while browsing and shopping at the Summer Potters Market on Saturday, August 20 at the YWCA. Explore handmade pottery by local clay artists. Art pieces include functional, sculptural, traditional, contemporary, stoneware, porcelain, earthenware, and more! Have fun!

Haan Mansion

Haan Mansion

Art and history come alive this weekend during the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Tours on August 20 and 21. The Haan Museum is housed in an impressive Classical Revival mansion that served as the Connecticut Building at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, with many hand carved components taken from a 1760 mansion from Norwich, CT. The Museum features massive museum-quality American antiques and an exceptional collection of paintings by important Indiana artists, including some of the finest works by TC Steele and other Hoosier Group members. Important items from the Fair include three Weller vases ranging from 53″ to 81″, the largest of which won the Gold Medal for the Arts at the Fair. Limited tour size allows guests to visit each room and hear about the mansion and its contents.

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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Weekend Update: Tour Haan Mansion & Wolf Park Howl Night

Ada Shulz Washday at Haan Mansion

Ada Shulz Washday at Haan Mansion

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 March 19 and 20 tour Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art! The Haan Museum is housed in an impressive Classical Revival mansion that served as the Connecticut Building at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair, with many hand carved components taken from a 1760 mansion from Norwich, CT. The Museum features massive museum-quality American antiques and an exceptional collection of paintings by important Indiana artists, including some of the finest works by TC Steele and other Hoosier Group members. Important items from the Fair include three Weller vases ranging from 53″ to 81″, the largest of which won the Gold Medal for the Arts at the Fair.

On Saturday evening, visit Wolf Park, and see the animals in a whole new light during “Howl Nights”. As the night falls and the air cools, the wolves get frisky. Guests will have an opportunity to hear a more in-depth discussion of the wolf’s “trademark” behavior — the howl. They will have front row seats to a sing-along as Wolf Park’s expert wolf handlers enter the enclosure and interact with the main pack of wolves. Guests will be encouraged several times during the performance to howl, and will be able to see and hear the wolves return the call.

Kanti Running on the Pond

Kanti Running on the Pond

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

Holiday Weekend Update – Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette

Christmas Parade!

Christmas Parade!

Holiday 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 plethora of fun, holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • The classic animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation where Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the other Peanuts grapple with the real meaning of Christmas. When and where? December 4, 5 & 6 at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette
  • On December 5 & 6, enjoy dance, glitz and toe-tapping holiday tunes, plus traditional Christmas hymns with the cathedral-like reverence of the season at the Purdue Christmas Show.
  • Ring in the Holidays at the Long Center with Christmastide: A Musical Tribute to Dick Jaeger on December 5.
  • Enjoy dinner, dancing, a silent auction, music, professional photography, and more at the Silver and Gold Holiday Gala at the Historic Lahr Atruim on December 5.
  • Purdue Christmas Show

    Purdue Christmas Show

    On Saturday come out to the Dickens Farmers Market and stock up on goods from our local vendors then participate in a day where Downtown is transformed into Victorian England during Dicken’s of a Christmas. Throughout the day, there will be live performances by choirs and entertainers, roving carolers, Riverside Skating Rink sessions, artisans in costume demonstrating their craft, carriage rides and of course, the Dickens and Victorian street characters announced and directed by town criers and a constable or two! Make sure you take advantage of the many “Dickens specials” by downtown restaurants and merchants.

  • A Holiday Tour (December 5 & 6,) at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art is a special treat that you won’t soon forget. A Christmas train traveling through several rooms, decorated with Dickens Villages is a favorite feature for both kids and adults.  A gingerbread-style playhouse and multiple animated figures invite kids to participate. Decorated trees, Santas, angels, nativities, Lafayette houses and Dickens villages fill the Museum and spread the Christmas spirit.
  • The largest holiday parade in Indiana starts the holiday season…area bands, local floats, clowns, fire engines, police, postal workers and, of course, Santa are welcomed by the crowds on December 6. Please note: several pre-parade events scheduled downtown throughout the day.

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

Happy New Year’s Eve 2014!

Exploration Acres 2014 Design!

Exploration Acres 2014 Design!

Happy New Year’s Eve! Another year has come and gone and it has been a fun one! We want to recap some of the exciting, local newsy items that have taken place this year.

    • Wolf Park announced they are building a Vet Hospital on site. The Allison and Ed Franklin Health Care Center will be used for surgeries, rehabilitation, and recovery, puppy rearing, and so much more! Look for a groundbreaking ceremony in 2015!
    • Exploration Acres maze was based on 1964 (as the owner, Tim Fitzgerald turned 50 this year!) It was represented with a Mustang, Kennedy Half Dollar, Mr. Potato Head, the Beatles and Muhammad Ali. Families and friends enjoyed exploring and getting lost in this complicated maze full of twists and turns.

      Vase is by Paul Soldner at Haan Mansion

      Vase is by Paul Soldner at Haan Mansion

    • The

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    hosted its first special Ceramics Celebration featuring a collection of art encompassing works by both Indiana and non-Indiana artists, including pieces by some of Japan’s Living National Treasures. (Picture to the right is a vase created by Paul Soldner and will be featured at the Ceramics Celebration.)

  • “NICHES”, Northern Indiana Citizens Helping Ecosystems Survive, recently moved and is settling into their new home at Clegg Memorial Garden, located along the beautiful Wildcat Creek. Stop in, hike the trail, enjoy the local natural landmark and watch as the home is transformed into a lovely welcome center for guests.
  • Currently, the Courtyard by Marriott is undergoing an expansion that will include a 15,500 square foot conference facility accommodating up to 600 people for indoor/outdoor events and add up to 32 additional guest rooms (they currently have 90). This expansion is expected to open in spring of 2015.
  • Restoration at its finest! Wabash & Erie Canal is currently reconstructing the Burrows Loom House (they moved this house from a location near Burrows to the canal park) and it should be completed by early summer.  Their award-winning Interpretive Museum will be undergoing restoration and repair to some of the galleries this winter along with several new interactive exhibits being added.

It has been a wonderful year!! We can’t wait to see what awaits in Lafayette-West Lafayette in 2015!  Happy New Year! Be safe and have fun this evening!

Weekend Update: The Dixie Swim Club & Indiana Ceramics Celebration

Vase by Paul Soldner at at Indiana Ceramics Celebration

Vase by Paul Soldner at at Indiana Ceramics Celebration

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.

Enjoy a night of laughter and camaraderie at the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1 during the play, The Dixie Swim Club. Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of thirty-three years. Visitors will laugh at this hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.

It’s the event we have been waiting for all fall season; the Indiana Ceramics Celebration at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art on Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2. An amazing array of ceramics will be displayed, including about 50 pieces over 20 inches and several more over 4 feet tall. There’s a huge variety of ceramic forms, including tables, a rocking chair, a saddle, figural work, buildings, and much more. You’ll find teapots, platters, and assorted vessels in a wide array of styles. Featured artists include Marvin Bartel, Bing Davis, George Debikey, Lenny Dowhie, Scott Frankenberger, David Gamble, Bill Griffith, Dick Hay, Bill Kremer, Dick Lehman, Les Miley and many other nationally known artists with Indiana connections. Glass works by Lisa Pelo, Sharon Owens and Kokomo Opalescent Glass are also part of the exhibition. Deceased potters represented in the collection include Laura Fry, Karl Martz, The Overbeck sisters, Richard Peeler, Paul Soldner, Richard Tuck and others. Works by important Japanese potters (some of whom are Japanese Living National Treasures) who influenced the work of current clay artists will also be shown.

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

Weekend Update: Gallery Walk & Tour Haan Mansion

Artists' Own

Artists’ Own

It’s an Artsy Weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette! 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.

Do not miss the last Gallery Walk of the season this Friday, September 19! In historic downtown Lafayette, the local arts community collaborates with downtown businesses to highlight the arts and culture in the region. A Friday evening may be filled with a night out for dinner at your favorite restaurant, a leisurely stroll from one Gallery Walk location to the next, where artwork, music, and occasional complimentary beverages or hors d’oeuvres may be sampled. Special exhibitions taking place are the following: Tippecanoe Arts Federation Gallery Reception for A Quilted Narration of Gaelic Folklore and Beyond, Quilted Art by Leanne McGiveron and Heather Vanderkleed, I Arrange My World, Prints, Painting, Mixed Media by Lisa Parish Parker & Ahead of the Curve, Mixed Media and Wood by Anita and Bill Krug. Artisits’ Own Reception for Landscapes in Paint and Pixels By: Glenn Chang and Sandy Daniel exhibit.

Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, 21 mark the last guided tours of the year at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art. Visit each room with Bob and Ellie Haan to share stories about the mansion and its contents. You’ll find massive, museum-quality antiques and major paintings by historic Indiana artists including TC Steele, Wm Forsythe, George Winter, EK Williams, Ada Shulz and many others. Also get a sneak peek at part of the ceramics collection. Tours are at 10 am and 1:30 pm on Saturday and 1:30 pm on Sunday. (October tours that focus on ceramics and November Holiday tours will be walk-through tours with docents in each room.)

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