Weekend Update: Purdue Boilermaker Half Marathon & Greater Lafayette Mini Maker Faire

PurdueMarathonDSchmidt2014Lafayette-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.

The 6th Annual Purdue Boilermaker Half-Marathon and 5K will take place this Saturday, October 14. Each year this event has drawn more than 2,200 participants! The races will start at the home of Purdue Boilermaker football, Ross-Ade stadium, and meander through the Purdue campus and the cities of West Lafayette and Lafayette. The course will highlight many of the more popular sites among these two cities in addition to the Purdue campus. This will be a great opportunity for Purdue alumni, students and Purdue sports fans to participate in a half marathon and 5k race on the Purdue campus!

home3After a morning of running or walking, head to Carnahan Hall for the first ever Greater Lafayette Mini Maker Faire. Hosted by Imagination Station in partnership with Make Media, it will be an afternoon of fun. What is a Maker Faire, you may ask? A Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue to for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. They call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Glimpse the future and get inspired!

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

Weekend Update: Bach Chorale Singers & Purdue Spring Dance Works

Bach Chorale

Bach Chorale

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.

Bach Chorale Singers present their final performances of this season this Friday and Saturday.  On Friday, April 28, celebrate Indiana’s musical heritage with the “delovely” music of Cole Porter and other Indiana composers at the Long Center for the Performing arts. The Bach Chorale Singers will delight you with this great presentation. The following day, head to the Immanuel United Church of Christ as the Bach Chorale Singers present Lafayette Children’s Choir – Kaleidoscope of Colors. Join in this joyous exploration of all the colors of our musical rainbow heritage!

On Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, enjoy the beauty of dance at the Purdue Contemporary Dance Company: Spring Dance Works 2017. The seven new dance works are accompanied by original music/sound created specifically for these dances by students in the Theatre Department’s Sound Design program. Dance will come alive this weekend at Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in the Yue-Kong Pao Hall, don’t miss it!

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

Weekend Update: Purdue Grand Prix & Purdue Bands Showcase

grandprix_dWeekend 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.

grandprix_bNot to be missed this Saturday, April 22, is “The greatest spectacular in College Racing,” the Purdue Grand Prix Race!  This event is a racing kart race held at Purdue University each year since 1958. Students from fraternities, sororities, residence halls, and other student organizations form teams and build a racing kart to compete in a 160-lap race around the Purdue University Grand Prix track. This year, in honor of the Grand Prix’s 60th Anniversary, two Alumni Races will also be held, where Grand Prix Alumni can return and race their original karts once again. Both will be featured on April 22, 2017. The Grand Prix is one of the most beloved Purdue University traditions and is a must-see year after year!

More Purdue traditions are to be celebrated this year at the Purdue University Showcase Concerts presented by Purdue Bands. Purdue Wind Ensemble, University Band, Concert Band, Collegiate Band, Symphonic Band, Varsity Band, Purdue Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras all perform! Wow, that is a lot of musical talent and fun coming this weekend to Purdue. Check out Purdue.edu/bands for details!

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

Weekend Update: Mamma Mia & Polar Plunge

Mamma MiaWeekend 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.

Mamma Mia! is at Purdue this Friday, February 24! This event is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. On this 10th anniversary tour, it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’S greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter, and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at Mamma Mia!

poolTake the chilly plunge this Saturday, February 25, at the 2017 Polar Plunge! Yes, you read correctly! A group of brave people will jump into water in the middle of winter! Join hundreds of Hoosiers to help support sports training and athletic competition for more than 12,000 Special Olympics Indiana athletes by jumping in the West Lafayette Polar Plunge. Friends don’t let friends plunge alone!  Encourage a family member, school group, civic group or co-worker to participate with you at the event!  The 2017 Plunge season promises to have lots of magical moments from crazy costumes to super splashes.

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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Be Mine – Valentine’s 2017

Purdue Jazz Band

Purdue Jazz Band

Valentine’s Day is almost here!! If you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway there is still time to book your travel! Or if 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.

  • Heart of Art, February 10th – This is special evening has become the most important annual fund-raising event for the Art Museum. Get your tickets early as it sells out quickly! Their annual Heart of Art wine dinner event will celebrate Valentine’s Day with six fine wines from Carroll Wine and Spirits. Each wine will be paired with gourmet small plates, selected and prepared by the manager and the head chef at the Lafayette Country Club. A silent auction of fine art, wines, and special events and tours begins with a walk-around reception in the Ball Room. Guests will then be seated in the dining rooms, where the wines are poured and dinner plates served. At each new pouring, three items will be auctioned, live, by auctioneer, Dan Baker. Tickets cost $125 per person.
  • An Evening of Romance at Marriott Hall, February 11th – Celebrating a partnership with Purdue Hospitality & Tourism Management, this annual event will include dancing to live music performed by the Purdue Jazz Band. This cabaret-style event, which celebrates Valentine’s Day, recreates the atmosphere of big band dance clubs of the 1940’s – where couples came to enjoy music, dancing, food, and each other’s company.
  • Lafayette Chamber Singers Present: Valentine’s Afternoon Delight, February 12 – Savor mouthwatering sweets and the poetry and music of love as the Lafayette Chamber Singers explore the delicate, whimsical and dramatic moods of love through the centuries through the bubbly mix of classical and pop melodies. Singing starts at 3pm!

  • Wildcat Creek Winery: Galentine’s Day, February 13 – Gather your gal pals and come out for a fun evening pairing Wildcat Creek Wines with Wolf’s Fine Chocolates! The event includes the following: a tasting of 6 wines paired with 6 chocolate, an exclusively designed box of Wolf’s Fine Chocolates and 20% discount on items in the retail shop.

  • Sweet On Art, February 14 – A celebration of art, music, and delicious food at Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art. Guests will enjoy a glass of wine, entrees, light hors d’oeuvres, decadent desserts and chocolate while strolling through the Museum. Live jazz music by Danny Weiss. Admission Fee: $25
  • PMO Singing Valentines, February 14 – This Valentine’s Day, melt the heart of the one you love with a Singing Valentine delivered by the students of Purdue Musical Organizations! Singing Valentines are $30 and include a song, rose, cookie and personalized card. Orders begin Wednesday, January 25 and must be placed by 5pm on Thursday February 9th. Singing Valentines are preformed 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on February 14, 2017.

    Wildcat Creek Winery

    Wildcat Creek Winery

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: Dinosaurs & Love

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.

dinozoo_4-25x5cmyk_layersGet ready for the ultimate playdate —65 million years in the making at Dinosaur Zoo Live Erth Visual and Physical, Inc. at Loeb Playhouse at Purdue on January 29. Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides audiences on a breathtaking tour through prehistoric Australia. Meet, and interact with, an eye-popping array of astonishingly lifelike dinosaurs and creatures, presented in a theatrical performance guaranteed to thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that deepen their connection to the world. Brought to life by a troupe of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with help from professional paleontologists, the puppets of Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE are so extraordinarily realistic that you may feel the urge to run and hide. But don’t! You won’t want to miss a minute of this unique, entertaining, and educational live show.

On January 27, 28 & 29, enjoy the play Lettice and Lovage at the Civic Theatre of lettice-and-lovageLafayette. Tour guide Lettice Douffet, an indefatigable enthusiast of history and theatre, is fired for embellishing the historical past of one of the least stately of London’s homes. Not one to go without a fight, Lettice engages the stoic, conventional Lotte Schoen, an inspector from the Preservation Trust, in a battle for all that is sacred to the Empire and the crown.

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

Weekend Update: Heywood Banks & Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society Concert

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.

55e61c46dacf2054302976Heywood Banks, 27th Anniversary Performance takes place this Saturday, January 14. You’ve heard him on the Bob & Tom Show…now here’s your chance to see him live at the Long Center for the Performing Arts! Heywood Banks is simply one-of-a-kind, almost impossible to describe, with a style his very own. Equal parts genius and buffoon, this songwriter-comic-singer-poet-musician has become a cult hero and a pop icon, with a show that appeals to college students, businessmen, yuppies, rednecks, punks, kids or your grandmother. Heywood intersperses his humorous observations of life with twisted, inventive, bizarre songs, sung and played in a variety of styles, from folk, to country to rock to pop, and way beyond. Come laugh until it hurts. Please note: Wacky Heywood costumes welcomed!

More artistic events abound this weekend! On Sunday, January 15, enjoy the beauty of music at the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society (TCMS) Concert at Purdue’s Fowler Hall. Celebrate the vision & artistry of the TCMS Founders. TCMS is 20 years old and they are celebrating the two people who founded the organization, Greg Kostraba and Konstantin Jakimow. Greg, Konstantin and the Sylvan Trio will perform music by Schumann, Martinu and Muczynski.

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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Purdue Football Weekend Update

464Purdue Football Weekend Update! This Saturday, November 19, marks the last Purdue home game of the season.  It’s been a bit of a rough year for our Boilermaker Football Team, but as true fans, we stand by our Boilers and celebrate their efforts this season. Come out and cheer them on this weekend as they take on Wisconsin. Along with the game, are a host of fun activities.  Check them out:

  • Friday, November 18, typically from 12-3pm (time may vary) take a ride on the Boilermaker Special! Pick-ups will be in front of Stewart Center and run every 15 minutes. Look for the marquee! Check their website and/or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ReamerClub) for time changes, updates and cancellations.
  • Boiler Bridge Walk is taking place Friday, November 18. Join the Purdue football team as it connects Lafayette and West Lafayette on the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge on Friday night.  Enjoy live music, giveaways, and meet the cheerleaders and Purdue Pete starting at 5:45 p.m. at this free event. The football team will arrive at approximately 6 p.m. by the fountain on the West Lafayette side of the bridge. The Boilermakers will interact with fans as they make their way to Riehle Plaza on the Lafayette side of the bridge.
  • All Purdue jazz ensembles will be performing during their concert at Loeb Playhouse img_8521on Friday, November 18 at 8pm. This event is free and open to the public.
  • On game day, Saturday, November 19, fans, especially families, looking for fun before the game need to check out the popular Boilermaker Crossing. Meet-the-team events, inflatable games, and interactive opportunities highlight the list of activities. The Boilermaker Crossing is free and open to fans of all ages. Located in the Sally & Bob Weist Plaza, between Mackey Arena and Holloway Gymnasium, Boilermaker Crossing open 3 hours before kickoff. Cheer on the Boilermaker football team as it walks through Boilermaker Crossing on its way to the locker room approximately 2 hours before the game!
  • More game day fun! 2 hours and 11 minutes before kickoff the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band will perform halftime highlights, school songs, and more in Mackey Arena alongside the Boilermaker football team. Following the game, head over to Slayter Hill for the band’s post-game performance.
  • img_8556To conclude a fabulous weekend, on Sunday, November 20, the Purdue Wind Ensemble will perform at the Long Center for the Performing arts. This event is free and open to the public.

For a whole listing of Purdue Game Day events, visit http://www.purduesports.com/tickets/tickets-m-footbl.html#gd-info.

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: Purdue Spring Dance Works & Bach Chorale Performance

Bach Chorale Singers

Bach Chorale Singers

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.

Head to Purdue this weekend on Friday, April 29 or Saturday, April 30 for the annual Purdue Contemporary Dance Company: Spring Dance Works! The seven new dance works are accompanied by original music/sound created specifically for these dances by students in the Theatre Department’s Sound Design program. Experience the beauty of dance at the Yue-Kong Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts.

In Lafayette at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, this Saturday, April 30, listen to the Bach Chorale Singers perform “The Best of All Possible Worlds: Music of Leonard Bernstein”. Composer, conductor, pianist, educator, social activist…These are just a few of the titles ascribed to the most iconic American musician of the 20th century. Join the Bach Chorale Singers in a retrospective of Bernstein’s most celebrated music, including the Chichester Psalms, Missa Brevis, and excerpts from Candide, On the Town, and West Side Story.

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