2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Recreation Guides are here!

It’s summer! Its time to head outdoors and start your next adventure! Our new 2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Recreation Guides have arrived! Get out and explore our great parks, trails, sporting facilities and more.

Request a brochure here: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/contact/brochurerequest.html or view our online flipbook here: https://issuu.com/lwlcvb/docs/2017recreationguide.

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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: Taste of Tippecanoe 2017

TASTE of Tippecanoe 2015

TASTE of Tippecanoe 2015

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.

It’s back for it’s 36th year; the TASTE of Tippecanoe! Downtown Lafayette and the Depot Plaza come alive with food, music, fireworks and fun on Saturday, June 17.  This special festival features local food & drink vendors, live music, live art, and the biggest booms around!! Check out all the wonderful photos form year’s past. If you have any fabulous photos you want to share, please email serickson@homeofpurdue.com.

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Fun, Food & Fests Contest Winner

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Contest winner John

We have the winners of our “Fun, Food & Fests Contest 2017″ contest worth over $500! Congratulations to Elisabeth and John from Lafayette, Indiana!

Elisabeth shares, ”Thank you so much! We are so excited. We love Purdue, West Lafayette and Lafayette so much and are proud to call it home. This package includes some of our favorite places, as well as some new locations to visit and check out. We are looking forward to using these this summer; it makes our summer “bucket list” even more fun. We will be sure to take pictures of our family using the prizes and share them with Home of Purdue. You’ve just made our day!!!”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in July.

Weekend Update: 35th Annual Variety Show & The Fifth Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival

Ken Double Variety Show

Ken Double Variety Show

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.

Ken Double is back, for the 35th time! Can it be true? The calendar doesn’t lie! Ken Double returns to Long Center on Saturday June 10 at 7:30 pm for his 35th Annual Variety Show. Always an entertaining treat, Ken is turning to old friends to make this anniversary show truly special. Bill Kisinger will once again front the Long Center All Stars Band, Eileen Hession-Weiss will be on hand to vocalize, and Ken will be at the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ presenting his inimitable arrangements and accompanying a short silent comedy.
This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette presents: The Fifth Annual Ten-Minute Play FestivalThe following titles have been chosen and will be performed at The Fifth Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival, June 9-11: Every Monday Morning by Scott Haan, Warplay by Laurie Russell, Meshugganah Arcana by Neil Martin, S.M.U. by Julie Baumann, Life With You is Hard by Rebekah Bruni, Plot Holes by Douglas Pruim, Medieval Highway Robbery 101 by Evan Myers, /art/ by Steven Martin, Chloe by Laurie Russell and Playdate by Scott Haan.

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

It’s National Donut Day! Enjoy a Fresh Donut at Mary Lou Donuts!

IMG_2047Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events and home away from home lodging! Today we are celebrating donuts and are making a special trip to a local favorite, Mary Lou Donuts. This donut shop offers fresh, delicious donuts that can be purchased via counter service, carry-out and/or drive-thru!

Mary Lou Donuts is a Lafayette staple in the donut business. They offer every donut imaginable from the bear claw to coconut crunch to cream horns. This donut shop has been a breakfast favorite of my family’s since I was a little girl.  I now have a little one and a trip to Mary Lou’s is a special treat for our family.

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Last year, my sister and her family moved back to Indiana from Arizona. My parents hosted them for a few weeks, and every weekend I would take a box of donuts up to Chalmers where they live. It was so comical and fun to watch as everyone ran around the kitchen table to pick and grab their favorite donut. My two older nephews would jump up and down with excitement on their selections. It is crazy what food will do to one’s family!

What is your favorite donut? Are you heading to your favorite donut shop today to celebrate? Please share!!

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Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, offers so many Indiana dining opportunities!  Check out all our great restaurants we have to offer at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Canoeing the Wildcat

CFJ4867 Be adventurous this Memorial Day weekend and head to Wildcat Creek to canoe or kayak this scenic Indiana river. Gather a group of friends, embark on the great outdoors and have a little fun!

Wildcat Canoe and Kayak Too allows you to paddle down the Wildcat Creek for a perfect day with friends or family. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and see all of the beautiful wildlife like herons, owls, turtles, kingfishers, deer, and more!

Paddle photoThere are multiple trips to choose from. There is a 2-hour trip, a 4-hour trip, and a 6-hour trip. All trips consist of a shuttle to one of three put-in points, then a float back to the parking lot. Departure times are every two hours starting at 8:00am and ending at 4:00pm. The 4:00pm departure time is for a 2-hour trip only.

They are located at County Road 725 East, Lafayette, IN, south of the bridge over the creek, and west of the Wildcat itself. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (765) 589-8081.

Have some fun water adventure this weekend! For more information about this attraction and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com. This blog was shared by Purdue University Alumna, Amanda.

Memorial Day Weekend Update!

Round the Fountain

Round the Fountain

Memorial Day 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.

Art, art, art! Did you know Lafayette-West Lafayette prides our self on being an arts community! We have local artists who specialize in glass, watercolor, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and much more.  This Saturday, May 27, explore a gallery of color and expression at the Round the Fountain Art Fair! This fair actually takes places around our historic courthouse. It is a day to bring the family to discover our majestic downtown and explore the arts like never before!

Lafayette Citizens Band 2007.6jpgBring the family for an evening of lovely music on Monday, May 29, for the Lafayette Citizens Band Memorial Day Concert.  Expert conductor William D. Kisinger will lead the band in wonderful music played by local musicians.  Bring your lawn chair, find your spot around Riehle Plaza, and enjoy this night of music. Also, don’t forget your dancing shoes, if the mood strikes and you want to dance!

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

Explore 12 Wines at Wildcat Creek Winery

1795273_10153866411420657_1352393617_oNeed a gift to take to a party, looking for that great wine for your dinner table, or just enjoy wine? Check out the Wildcat Creek Winery in Lafayette!

Currently Wildcat Creek Winery features 12 different wines, many of which are award winning. My favorites are the Traminette and the Aunt Minnie’s Cherry Tree. Traminette is the Indiana State wine and you will find many varieties as you visit wineries throughout Indiana. It’s very light and fruity, great for a spring or summer day outside. Very refreshing. Aunt Minnie’s Cherry Tree is like Cherry Pie in a glass! Great to enjoy in small quantities, but my favorite way to enjoy it is with a side of brownies. Or even better, use it instead of the water in a boxed brownie mix for cherry brownies!

1012041_10153809622250122_533322413_nWhen visiting the winery, step up to their beautiful wood bar and enjoy a sample in their tasting room. Purchase a bottle or a glass to enjoy in their sun-room or on the grounds and then be sure to purchase some to take home. The winery also offers a variety of other gift items, many locally made. When you are done at the winery or maybe before, make an afternoon or day of it and be sure to go around the corner to spend some time exploring Clegg Memorial Garden. It makes for a relaxing afternoon adventure.

Also, don’t miss their BBQ, Bluegrass, & Blueberry Wine this Saturday, May 20! Enjoy their Wine Garden and food by D&R Market. Listen to music by Branded Bluegrass, Scott Evan Freeman, and Trabeler’s Dream. Get ready for great wine, great food, great music and lots of sunshine to start your summer off in style!

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Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales, shares this blog.  For more information about this winery and other attractions in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

Artistic Entertainment Abound this Weekend!

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Barefoot in the Park

Artistic entertainment abound! 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.

Be prepared for laughter during Barefoot in the Park, presented by the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette this Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does.

More entertainment abounds during the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra’s performance, The Present of the Past. This Saturday, May 20, the night is all about inspiration and progress, showcasing 20th century works motivated by the people, places, and music of a rapidly changing world. They will uncover the next generation of musical talent as the winners of the 42nd Keller Competition take center stage. And, to enhance your symphony-going experience, they’ll be unveiling their “Pop-Up Program” feature: a real time multi-media guide to portions of the evening’s performance.

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