Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2017 Details

2017 Holiday Shopping Contest FB Cover2017 has been a fabulous year! To celebrate we are hosting our annual Holiday Shopping and Entertainment Contest. Enter today to win great prizes from all of these Lafayette-West Lafayette restaurants, shops, attractions and an overnight stay.

Details about all the local places that donated:

  • Homewood Suites by HIlton – Lafayette has undergone a complete renovation including a sophisticated new lodge/lobby area, front desk and business center. Guest room renovations include new TVs, kitchenette appliances and case goods along with new carpet and wall coverings.
  • Imagine a place covered in ice and surrounded by trees glistening with a light layer of frost. Bring the family out for an afternoon of skating fun at Riverside Skating Center!
  • The Lafayette Symphony Orchestra offers visitors a glimpse into magical evenings of music and entertainment. Enjoy listening to the beautiful tunes of uplifting music in a performance you will never forget.
  • A warm gallery creating one-of-a-kind beautiful jewelry.  From fun to whimsical, functional to fashionable, Linda from LE Originals is creating art with love and imagination.
  • Having trouble creating your space? Let Design Nook guide you through their design process to create a beautiful new space.
  • Think of Artists’ Own as a “headquarters” for artists working in Lafayette. It’s a well-known gallery where local artists can showcase some of his or her favorite pieces for anyone to purchase.
  • Enjoy a little recreation and competition at Monster Mini Golf, an indoor glow in the dark monster themed 18 hole mini golf course and arcade.
  • Have you ever heard the saying “Meet you at Arni’s!” Have you heard this saying before? It is something that can be heard at least once a week at Social Media Specialist, Sara’s home, where she and her family enjoy thin crust pizza, Arni’s salads, garlic bread and more!
  • 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.
  • Where else do you get the chance to taste the world-famous Duane Purvis Peanut Butter Burger 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!
  • 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!
  • East End Grill: One of Lafayette’s newest restaurant serving modern with a twist fare ranging from chopped salads, to burgers & sandwiches and the best steaks and seafood available.
  • Decadent frozen custard served in a very retro/old timey diner feel with vintage art that decorates the interior walls and bright, neon lights outside proclaiming its name. This is the Igloo Frozen Custard!
  • Nine Irish Brothers serves up traditional Irish pub fare in a lively, tavern setting! Every dish at Nine Irish has a unique flavor combination that artfully combines the recipes of old with some modern inspiration.
  • Light and fluffy pancakes, rich and flavorful biscuits and gravy, and decadent cocktails. Where? Town & Gown Bistro

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

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Merry Christmas Weekend Update

Merry Christmas 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.

This weekend marks Christmas Eve and Christmas.  Enjoy this time with family and friends. It’s a busy time, but if your family has an extra hour in the evening on Christmas Eve, head out via your vehicle to the 9th Street Hill Luminaria Display.  Volunteers light hundreds of candles inside luminaria, a tradition that began in the neighborhood more than 20 years ago. The display will be on sidewalks of 9th Street Hill neighborhood on the weekend before Christmas through Christmas Eve.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

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

Holiday Weekend Update 2! Lafayette-West Lafayette 2016

Holiday Weekend Update 2! Last weekend was a fabulous weekend of fun and this upcoming weekend looks to be the same!  Check out the entertaining holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Skate with Santa

Skate with Santa

  • The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette hosts Elf the Musical, Jr. on December 9-11, 2016.  Buddy the elf is raised at the North Pole, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. He embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Purdue University Bands & Orchestras present Holiday Cheer & All That Jazz and Tuba Christmas at Loeb Playhouse on December 9.
  • On December 10, the Bach Chorale Singers present Family Christmas Concert and on December 11 they present Candlelight, Lessons and Carols.  These are great opportunities to celebrate the holiday season with everyone as they sing sacred and secular music in beautiful candlelit First Baptist Church.

  • Purdue Gingerbread House

    Purdue Gingerbread House at Purdue Memorial Union

    Take a photo with Santa at Breakfast at the Purdue Memorial Union on December 10! Families are welcome to enjoy a warm breakfast catered by the Purdue Memorial Union. Children can enjoy decorating cookies, creating holiday crafts, and playing reindeer games!

  • Santa invites you and your parents to join in a fun-filled morning during Skate with Santa at Riverside Skating Center on December 10. Skaters will enjoy donuts, hot cocoa, and skate with the jolly old man himself.
  • Young and old alike will love the family-friendly Holiday Tours being hosted at Haan Mansion on December 10 and 11. You’ll find Christmas trees and nativity sets in almost every room. Interactive musical characters sing and dance and invite kids to touch. A Christmas train runs through Dickens Village houses in two rooms, passing through a bathroom and a closet on the way. A gingerbread style playhouse is large enough for several children. Santas, garland, wreaths, and Lafayette houses add to the fun.
  • Haan Mansion Train

    Haan Mansion Train

  • Enjoy the beauty of the holidays during the Holiday Open House in the Gibson Farmhouse on December 10 at the Farm at Prophetstown. The house will be decorated in holiday spirit. They will have gingerbread and refreshments to share.
  • Nearby in Delphi, enjoy warm apple dumplings, a visit from Santa, shopping items including many hand-crafted items of fabric, metal, wool and more.  Where? Old Fashioned Christmas at Canal Park on December 10 and 11.
  • Join in a fun, free carriage ride with Santa at Market Square Shopping Center!  On December 11 take a ride and embrace the holiday season. Bring the family and a camera for a fun holiday photo! Bring your camera for a special photo! Rides are limited to the time allotted.

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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Holiday 2016 Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update

img_9005-1Holiday 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.

  • On December 3 & 4, 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.
  • A Holiday Tour (December 3 & 4) 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 3. This is the first Saturday night holiday parade so don’t miss it!chrismtas-parade-pu-band-hester
  • Polar Express is coming to the Long Center on December 3! See this magical Holiday film starring Tom Hanks at Long Center for the Performing Arts with a special appearance by Santa himself!
  • The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette hosts Elf the Musical, Jr. on December 2-4, 2016.  Buddy the elf is raised at the North Pole, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. He embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Farmers Market Fun

    Farmers Market Fun

    Downtown Lafayette, enjoy Window Wonderland Students will create a festive storefront for a downtown business designed around this year’s holiday weekend theme: A Very Merry Main Street!

  • Shop for your holiday treats on Saturday, December 3 at the Holiday Downtown Farmers Market.
  • Come join the merriment at the Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, on Saturday, December 3rd beginning at 11am at Carnahan Hall, 800 Main Street.  The Dickens Players will perform 8 acts up and down the Main Street area with the Dickens Carolers singing between sets of certain acts.
  • Celebrate the season at Wildcat Creek Winery on December 3 and 4! Drop in for wine tasting featuring their Mulled Harvest Cranberry Wine and new Cherry Ginger Fizz. Enjoy holiday treats from Fair Oaks Dairy and Mama Inez Bakery. Shop for locally made gifts and wine to make your holiday gatherings special. DIY gift basket stations will be available to assist you in building beautiful gifts for your friends and family.
  • The Holiday Makers Market is back at Wea Creek Orchard on December 2,  3 and 4.  On Friday, December 2, Wea Creek is giving away swag bags full of goodies to the first 50 shoppers, door prizes, desserts & cider. Food trucks, desserts, beer, and live music on Saturday.  And free activities for kids of all ages, wagon rides, games, and giveaways for parents on Sunday.

  • December 4 marks the Carnahan Hall Christmas Gift & Craft Show.  Vendors will be at the hall for all of your Christmas needs!

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

Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2016 Details

dtartfamilyfarm-sculpturedaveschmidt2014_30283479794_o2016 has been a fabulous year! To celebrate we are hosting our annual Holiday Shopping and Entertainment Contest. Enter today to win great prizes from all of these Lafayette-West Lafayette restaurants, shops, attractions and an overnight stay.

Details about all the local places that donated:

  • Grateful Heart Gallery & Gifts: 5 artists have joined together their one-of-a-kind art and fine hand-crafted gifts in one gallery for visitors to admire and purchase.
  • To prepare for all of the holiday parties coming up, head to Design Nook for the latest trends in exterior and interior design.
  • Looking for high-fashion women’s clothing store without the high price? Then look no further than Juniper.
  • Featuring many different mediums and media for art lovers to enjoy, Artists’ Own is a hotpot of creative output.
  • Wolf Park: This park offers guests an opportunity to see and visit not only wolves and see how they live, but bison, coyotes, and foxes!
  • Test your mini golf skills at Monster Mini Golf: 18-holes of surprises, twists, and turns! What’s the catch? It’s all in the dark with neon monsters around every corner!
  • Arrowhead Bowl: Bowlers will find great bowling and family fun in a smoke free environment.
  • Imagine a place covered in ice and surrounded by trees glistening with a light layer of frost. Enjoy an afternoon of skating fun at Riverside Skating Center.
  • Arni’s: This local restaurant is a staple in the Lafayette area.  This restaurant which offers pizza, sandwiches, salads and more has been serving the community since 1965.
  • One of Lafayette’s newest restaurants located directly across from our courthouse is Digby’s Pub & Patio, serving beef and pork locally sourced and seasonal produce bought locally at the Lafayette Farmers Market.
  • Bruno’s features great food, atmosphere, and fun! This local favorite celebrated their 60th Anniversary last year and is known for their infamous Bruno Dough and homemade, hand-tossed pizzas!
  • Jane’s Gourmet: This little deli restaurant is serving up homemade soups, sandwiches, sides and more.  Recommend the Farmhouse Ham and Brie with Stonewall Farmhouse Chutney…delicious!
  • This year, Triple XXX Family Restaurant welcomes Ashley Burkhardt as their first female athlete to have a menu item: the Ashley Burkhardt Chicken and Biscuits.
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    Kathy’s Kandies

    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!

  • Where can you find traditional Irish pub fare in a lively, tavern setting in Lafayette-West Lafayette? Nine Irish Brothers
  • Looking for great burgers, drinks, onion rings and more?  Head to Spurlock’s, located downtown Lafayette
  • Hampton Inn – Lafayette offers 63 rooms including whirlpool suites, an indoor pool, complimentary continental breakfast, and children under 18 stay free.

Enter to win this fabulous contest at http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=8520!  Good luck!

Celebrate Independence in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

FireworksDaveSchmidt2015Happy 4th of July! Today we are celebrating independence and freedom! Isn’t it wonderful to be a United States citizen?! We need to appreciate today and celebrate our liberty with the full knowledge that we live in a country that is diverse, free and patriotic. Raise your American flag and be proud to be an American!

Share with us what you are doing today to celebrate. Are you having a back yard barbeque? Traveling to historical sites such as the Tippecanoe Battlefield to learn more about American history? Or maybe you are taking a canoe trip down Wildcat Creek? Recreational sports are a popular 4th of July activity. Family and friend gatherings are the best time to get your glove and baseball out for a friendly game of baseball. Americans tend to lead pretty busy lives and today may be the best day to head out to one of our 18 fishing spots in Lafayette-West Lafayette for a relaxing day of fishing. July in Indiana usually means warm weather and another idea is heading to one of our outdoor water parks!  Want to hear fabulous music in a lovely setting? Every year the Lafayette Citizens Band performs a 4th of July Concert at Riehle Plaza in the evening. Fun, fun!

July 4th Bridge Tammy fix Hester

Personally, I am heading to my parents house in Chalmers, Indiana. Every year they host a 4th of July pool party. Every guest brings a dish and my Dad grills up some delicious meats! We spend the day laying in the sun, catching up with friends we only see a few times a year and splashing in the pool. My Dad is the king of fireworks and he always puts on a fun display.  The best part is when he lights a firework and it chases him across the road. (Please note he has never been hurt!) I love the 4th of July! It is such a happy holiday full of friends, laughter and happiness.

We hope you are having a fabulous 4th of July! For more information about all the wonderful things to do in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Tippecanoe’s 2016 Bicentennial Kick Off, Holiday Pops & Polar Express

PrintWeekend 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.

Indiana turns 200 in 2016! Visit the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette on December 19 to find out all the wonderful happenings taking place for this momentous occasion during Tippecanoe’s 2016 Bicentennial Kick Off – Let’s Celebrate event. The afternoon features a large exhibit which will have art from 1800-present by artists in the ArtSmart program (Works in the exhibition are from:  Permanent Collection of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Tippecanoe County Historical Association, The Haan Mansion Museum, Wabash College; Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections; The Clarence and Mildred Long Collection, Kathryn and Howard Clark, Stidham United Methodist Church and The Indiana Historical Bureau.) Also, come and enjoy hot cider, popcorn and more! Happy birthday Indiana!

Riehle Plaza Christmas Tree and Courthouse

Riehle Plaza Christmas Tree and Courthouse

Head to the Long Center for the Performing Arts on December 19 to enjoy Holiday Pops presented by Lafayette Symphony Orchestra! There’s no place like home for the holidays – unless you are spending your evening at the Long Center for this annual favorite! Join in an evening of festive merrymaking as everyone celebrates the season in collaboration with some of Lafayette’s best area musicians and friends.

Christmas is only a week away! On Sunday, December 20, bring the kids to the Polar Express Event at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Santa Claus does not exist. Or does he? For one doubting boy, an astonishing event occurs. Late on Christmas Eve night, he lies in bed hoping to hear the sound of reindeer bells from Santa’s sleigh. When to his surprise, a steam engine’s roar and whistle can be heard outside his window. The conductor invites him on board to take an extraordinary journey to the North Pole with many other pajama-clad children. There, he receives an extraordinary gift only those who still believe in Santa can experience. See this magical holiday film starring Tom Hanks with a special appearance by Santa himself! Free admission for kids dressed in pajamas!

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

Holiday Cheer Hits Lafayette-West Lafayette This Weekend!

Holiday Jazz

Holiday Jazz

Holiday Cheer 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.

      • December 11 at 7pm- Purdue Bands & Orchestras Tuba Christmas: This holiday favorite concert is a must see! Continuing the tradition started by Harvey Phillips in 1974 to honor his teacher and mentor William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day, over 80 musicians will perform holiday favorites on low brass instruments. This concert is a campus-community partnership inviting low brass performers from the community to play alongside student musicians with euphoniums, sousaphones and of course, tubas. Don’t miss this unique holiday experience at Loeb Playhouse at Purdue University.
      • Following Tuba Christmas at 8pm, Purdue Bands and Orchestras showcase Holiday Cheer & All That Jazz! This annual holiday celebration will feature all of the Purdue Jazz Bands spreading holiday cheer across a variety of cultures and nationalities. Don’t miss jazz renditions of your favorite holiday tunes at this annual tradition!
      • The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette presents the classic animated television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, on December 11, 12 and 13.  This play comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation where Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the other Peanuts grapple with the real meaning of Christmas.
      • Fiona by the IslandLoad up the kids for an afternoon of fun on December 12 when Santa visits Wolf Park! Families are encouraged to come celebrate the holiday season with the wolves. Children are welcome to help staff and volunteers decorate small evergreen trees with wolf-edible treats such as hot dogs, spam, and spaghetti. When Santa arrives, the guests can watch the excitement of the wolves and children as the “edible trees” and other treats are distributed amongst the wolves. Although the program takes place outside (since the wolves are outside), guests are invited into their buildings to warm up, have some hot chocolate and, after the tree and treat distribution, talk to Santa, who will be accepting requests.
      • More weekend fun! On December 12 the Bach Chorale Singers present Let There Be Peace, a joyous concert of sacred and secular songs of the season with the resounding voices of the Prelude, Concert, and Youth Choirs, the Adult Chorale and special guests, the West Lafayette High School Chamber Singers. The following day, December 13, the Bach Chorale Singers host their annual Candlelight, Lessons and Carols. This beloved tradition for over 50 years, the Bach Chorale Singers Christmas Candlelight Concert unites heart, mind and spirit in word and song. Both events take place at First Baptist Church.
      • Santa invites kids and parents to join in a fun-filled morning on December 12 for Skate with Santa. Enjoy donuts, hot cocoa, and skate with the jolly old elf himself.  This will be a great photo opportunity, so make sure to bring your camera!
      • Nearby in Delphi, enjoy music, crafts, canal village buildings open and yummy hot apple dumplings at the Old Fashioned Christmas at the Canal on December 12 and 13.

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