Winter Time Fun at Riverside Skating Center

Winter is here and if you’re like me you’re always itching for fun things to do in the winter months. Sitting inside, curled up in a blanket, watching Netflix is only fun for so long, right? If you’re wanting to get out of your house for a bit of winter time fun, Riverside Skating Center is just what you need. There’s no better cure for the winter time blues or cabin fever than a little ice skating with family and friends.

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My favorite part about Riverside skating is watching the Zamboni resurface the ice. As a little kid, I always wanted to be the one who drove the zamboni and made the ice look nice and shiny. I always wanted to be the first one to put my skates on the fresh smooth ice. Watching the zamboni do it’s thing is a satisfying show for all. If zambonis aren’t your thing, you can always head inside for a hot chocolate break until the zambonis duties are done. Its a win-win for everyone!

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Riverside Skating Center is right in the middle of tons of dining options which can make for a whole evening of fun. The skating rink is located almost walking distance from Scotty’s Brewhouse, one of my favorites. The location makes it easy to make a whole day of fun. Have lunch at Puccini’s, walk over to All Fired Up, do some shopping at Dawson & Daisy Boutique, have dinner at Scotty’s Brewhouse, and end the night at the skating rink. Sounds like the perfect day to me!

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This rink has become a Lafayette-West Lafayette winter time tradition. There’s no better feeling than drinking a nice cup of hot chocolate after a few hours out on the ice rink. So bundle up, grab some friends, and get out to the Riverside Skating Center before the ice melts!

Emily, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern shares this blog.

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Weekend Update: Santa Visits Wolf Park & Holiday Pops

Bicho,Kanti & Fiona Howling by the PondLafayette-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 Saturday, December 16, 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 our buildings to warm up, have some hot chocolate and, after the tree and treat distribution, talk to Santa, who will be accepting requests. In the past, Santa has arrived by dog sled, on horseback, by convertible, and in a helicopter! Be sure to visit and see how Santa will come to Wolf Park this year!

MA8A0272Holiday Pops is back this Saturday, December 16! This annual Lafayette Symphony Orchestra tradition brings joy, laughter, & heartfelt warmth to the Long Center with festive classics, holiday film scores, and seasonal favorites. Musical features include Concertmaster Alfred Abel performing Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons, and Harpist Melissa Gallant playing a lovely medley of The Waltz of the Flowers and The First Noel. Special appearances by WBAA’s John Clare and the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette make this an evening Santa himself won’t want to miss!

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

Make Holiday Memories this Weekend

TrevorMahlmann5Holiday 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.

  • Holiday Tours (December 6-10) 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.
  • Enjoy a candy cane tour at McCord Candies!  Make your very own candy cane on December 8,9, 10.
  • The Holiday Makers Market is back at Wea Creek Orchard on December 8, 9, 10.  On Friday, December 8, INMM organizers Traci Bratton and Angela Taylor are giving away
    50 collaborative limited edition candle crocks to the first 50 guests. Food trucks, wine tasting, and artists’ demonstrations on Saturday.  Sunday bring the kids to meet Santa and do crafts. 

  • Purdue Christmas Tree

    Purdue Christmas Tree

    On Friday, December 8, Purdue Bands and Orchestras present Tuba Christmas and Holiday Cheer & All That Jazz.  This holiday favorite concert is a must see! Continuing the tradition started by Harvey Philips 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!

  • Bring the kids to enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” at the Purdue Memorial Union on Saturday, December 9. This is the perfect event for celebrating Christmas with children and families! Celebrate the holidays with your children by making Christmas crafts, listening to a story read by Mrs. Claus, and of course getting a picture with Santa himself! Breakfast will also be available to Purchase from Pappy’s diner. Do not miss checking out the giant Purdue Christmas tree!

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    Skate with Santa

  • Skate with Santa will be held on December 9 from 9-11am. Santa invites you and your parents to come out for a fun-filled morning.  You will 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!  To really enjoy this event, it’s recommended that children be of appropriate skating age and size.  Reservations are required.
  • Nearly 40+ artisans and antique vendors will showcase and sell their handmade crafts at the Carnahan Hall Christmas Market Artisan Crafts Show on December 9. The first 100 visitors will receive a mystery bag containing “spendable cash” (up to $25.00). Free parking. Free admission. Pottery, wood, jewelry, knit items, paintings, home decor and more.

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    Dickens

  • Friends of Downtown presents “A Christmas Carol by Charles Dicken’s” on December 9. Enjoy a day where Downtown is transformed into Victorian England. Throughout the day, there will be live performances by choirs and entertainers, roving carolers, Holiday Farmers Market, 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.
  • Red was the popular color choice for Christmas decorations in the 1920’s, but were electric lights or candles used on Christmas trees? Did friends exchange post cards or greeting cards? Visit the Gibson farmhouse at the Farm at Prophetstown to experience a 1920’s Christmas during “Christmas Tradition” on December 10. Learn how to make traditional 1920’s paper decorations and feature them on your tree!

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

A Day of Holiday Shopping in Lafayette-West Lafayette

IMG_3282Local shops offer holiday cheer and the perfect gift or compliment to a holiday party!  Yesterday I  spent the day out with some friends shopping for the perfect gifts while also picking up some much needed items for our holiday party my husband and I are hosting this weekend. I got all our Christmas shopping done at local shops and I feel so thankful I got everyone crossed off my family’s list.  I would like to share my great buys, and maybe it will inspire you to head out and finish your shopping at our great local businesses.

These are the awesome purchases:

IMG_4567Oh, I love the holidays!  I love shopping and picking the perfect gifts for loved ones, while also hosting fun holiday parties.  The holidays are a time to be merry!  For more information about these great locations visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Crack the Code at Rugged Xscape!

If you’re looking for things to this winter I have the perfect place for you. Rugged Xscape is the ideal destination for your winter time group outing. It’s perfect for families, friend groups, work groups, or basically any group you could possibly think of. Rugged Xscape is Lafayette’s newest escape room experience. There are five different rooms, all with different fun and exciting themes. You get to choose from The Morgue, The Bank Heist, The Boiler Room, Terrorist Warning, and The Dean’s Office. All the rooms have ranging difficultly levels and success rates. No matter what room you choose, you are sure to have a great time with your group!IMG_1106Entering this experience is exciting and you’re sure to be entertained the whole entire time. Once you arrive you’ll check in and your game master will take you to your specific room. They will introduce the rules and what your ultimate goal is in your room. Once you’re in, you have 60 minutes to use your brains and put your heads together to find your way out. You’re sure to learn about your groups weaknesses and possibly witness their amazing problem solving skills. You’ll be given riddles, clues, and hints to help you find your way, but I promise it isn’t easy. Cracking the codes and solving the puzzles takes communication, observation skills, and problem solving skills. We were so close to making it out, but we ran out of time before we could complete the very last step that would have made us victorious.

Afterwards, Ashley said, “Rugged Escape was difficult but fun. We were so close to getting out! If we just had one minute more we would have done it! Excited to go back to try another room.” After leaving Rugged Xscape, Sam said, “I was very impressed! I will recommend this place to my friends and family! I am completely blown away!”

I can’t give away any major secrets and ruin the fun for you, but I can tell you that Rugged Xscape was an incredible experience and team bonding activity for myself and my co-workers. Honestly, I never thought that I would enjoy something like an escape room. Going into this, I was convinced this was not my cup of tea. After completing the The Morgue experience, I realized I was so wrong. Rugged Xscape is for any and everyone, no matter what your interests are. Everyone loves a good challenge to make your brain work in a unique way.

Ashley with her Rugged Xscape Goodies!

Ashley with her Rugged Xscape Goodies!

After we were done, Our game master gave us all bottled water and a goodie bag full of treats and coupons to other local businesses like Digby’s Pub & Patio, Professor Joe’s, and The Knickerbocker Saloon. The location makes it easy to walk right over to some of our favorite local restaurants. Rugged Xscape is something new, fun, and interactive for the Lafayette-West Lafayette area. Head over to Rugged Xscape for the most interactive and exciting experience you’ll have this winter!

Emily, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog.

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Holiday Home of Purdue Weekend Update!

Purdue Christmas Show

Purdue Christmas Show

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.

  • On December 2 & 3, 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.
  • Haan Mansion

    Haan Mansion

    Holiday Tours (November 29, 30 & December 1, 2, & 3) 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 2.
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  • Shop for your holiday treats on Saturday, December 2 at the Holiday Downtown Farmers Market.
  • Enjoy a candy cane tour at McCord Candies!  Make your very own candy cane on December 1, 2 & 3.
  • Learn how to make beautiful ornaments from real eggs during Egg Ornaments at the Farm event on December 2. Duck eggs raised right on the farm will be used.
  • The Holiday Makers Market is back at Wea Creek Orchard on December 1,  2 and 3.  On Friday, December 1, Wea Creek is giving away swag bags full of goodies to the first 5 first 50 – $50 purchasing shoppers, door prizes, and more. Food trucks, desserts, beer, and live music on Saturday.  Sunday is family fun day – free kids activities in the basement of the barn! Bring your little shoppers!

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 Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2017 Winner

LauraleeWe have the winner of our “Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2017″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Lauralee from West Lafayette, Indiana.

She shares, ”We just got back from helping out with hurricane relief and I got the message that I won.  What a nice surprise!”

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

Weekend Update: Thanksgiving Market & “We Love the 80’s”

WL Thanksgiving MarketLafayette-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.

Thanksgiving is a week away! Visit the Thanksgiving Downtown Lafayette Market on Saturday, November 18, to stock up everything you need for your Thanksgiving feast! From 8am to noon, you can shop for bake goods, hostess presents, and seasonal vegetables. Get out and enjoy the cool air of fall and have fun envisioning your Thanksgiving feast!

In the evening, the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra presents “We Love the 80’s” at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. When they say “we love the 80’s”, they mean they love ALL the 80’s. With the greatest hits from the biggest artists of the 1680’s, 1780’s, 1880’s, & 1980’s, this night will be, like, totally rad. Featuring music by Pachelbel, Mozart, Haydn, Grieg, Sousa, Leonard Cohen, Prince, and more!

Screen Shot 2017-10-04 at 3.23.02 PMFor more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Love in the Air – Wedding Planning Season

61557_609022013313_3163767_nLove is in the air! Did you know 33 percent of all proposals happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day? (Wedding Wire) Are you one of those happy engaged couples, wondering what you do next? Here are five tips to get you started.

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Wea Creek Orchard Barn

 

  1. Attend Bridal Expos. At the bridal expos, you can visit with photographers, videographers, hoteliers, venues, tux and dress shops, bakers, caterers, and more. It’s a great resource to get you started and many have some great decorating ideas on display. The grooms enjoy going because there always seems to be samples, especially cake. Midwest Rentals puts on the “Bridal Affair” every January. 2018’s dates will be January 13th and 14th at Four Points by Sheraton in West Lafayette. Also, there is “The Classic Elegance Bridal Expo” every February at the Purdue Memorial Union Ballrooms.
  2. Didn’t find what you need at the Bridal Expo? Be sure to check out http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meeting-space.html for a complete listing of area venues, caterers, photographers, florists, and other service professionals you might need. It’s a wonderful resource. Contact Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, if you need help sorting through the options.
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    Purdue University Banquet

    Narrow down your long list of suppliers to your top 3 to 5 (or maybe less) in each category. Now set up appointments with those top selections to see the venues, sample food, chat with the managers or owners, etc. Then make your decisions based on what you liked the best.

  4. Find the perfect outfits, make appointments for alterations, haircuts, manicures, pedicures and if you’d like an up-do, any practice runs you may need. Don’t forget the appointments for the day of hairstyling. You want to look good for your special day.KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA
  5. Have out of town guests and need to find hotels? Contact Ashley! She can send out a request to all the hotels you are interested in all at once, gather rates and availability for blocks of rooms and provide contact information for you. She can also have welcome bags with local brochures delivered to the hotel you choose or available for pick up to provide to your out of town guests upon check in.

Follow these tips and you are sure to have a wonderful, memorable day. Remember don’t sweat the small stuff. Just have fun on your special day!

Enjoy a happy life!

For more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Lafayette-West Lafayette Area Meeting Venues

Looking for the perfect space for your business or club meeting, wedding, family reunion, etc.? Check out this video showcasing what the Lafayette-West Lafayette area can offer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rN8K_eoBNFA.

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Check out our website: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meeting-space.html  for a listing of venues and service professionals.

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Download our printable facility guide:  http://www.homeofpurdue.com/mapsbrochures/brochures/VLWLmeetingfacilityguide.pdf

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Contact Ashley for help narrowing down the options and questions about the venues. agregory@homeofpurdue.com or 765-447-9999

We look forward to helping you find your perfect venue!