What Lies Beyond Purdue Campus Part 1

Greetings from Purdue University Students, Emily & Sam! Enjoying Another Broken Egg!

Greetings from Purdue University Students, Emily & Sam! Enjoying Another Broken Egg!

Coming up on my fourth year as a student at Purdue University, I am reflecting on how I’ve spent my time in Lafayette-West Lafayette and the surrounding areas. Sure, I’ve been to some of the events on campus like Starry Night, but have I really experienced the Greater Lafayette area? Definitely not! I lived in the residence halls for the past three years, and so all of my activities and knowledge of events was based around campus. However, it wasn’t until joining the staff here at VLWL that I came to realize all of the things there are do and see just off of Purdue’s campus. A big part of working here means that I help visitors and locals connect with events and businesses here in Lafayette-West Lafayette.

Two of our senior staff members took another new employee and I out on a tour of the community so that we would be able to educate people who come into our office. It just so happens that we had a lot of fun doing so! I’ve detailed all of the awesome places that we were able to visit, and I encourage everyone who hasn’t ventured off campus to visit as well!

Breakfast! Yum!

Breakfast! Yum!

Another Broken Egg They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! And Another Broken Egg is a great spot to get it at. We started our day off by stopping by and checking out this Purdue staple open since 1996. It’s located on Northwestern Ave next to the Stacked Pickle. We tried a variety of dishes, from sweet to savory – and it was all delicious! This is definitely a great spot for students, faculty and the community to come and grab breakfast or brunch.  Please note there is parking in the back.

The Farm & Prophetstown State Park As you first enter Prophetstown State Park, you’ll come across The Farm. This place is a must-see for anyone who loves animals! Chickens, sheep, horses, pigs, and more! We were even lucky enough to get the chance to hold kittens that were just weeks old. Surrounded by the beautiful State Park, the Farm is a great place to escape from the hustle of Purdue’s campus. After stopping by the Farm, you can explore the trails and sights of Prophetstown. The State Park is a great spot for bike riding, walking trails, or having picnics.

Hi chickens!

Hi chickens!

Battlefield Memorial

Battlefield Memorial

Tippecanoe Battlefield This site commemorates the Battle of Tippecanoe which occurred in 1811. We visited the landmark of this historic battle, which also has a museum nearby telling the story of the battle between U.S Forces led by William Henry Harrison and the Native American confederation led by The Prophet. The Battlefield is surrounded by beautiful scenic hiking trails and picnic areas. This would be a great place for visitors to take some time to come and learn about the impact that Tippecanoe County had on our country’s history!

Wolf Park The Wolf Park is home to 13 wolves, including some loveable new born wolf pups! They also host foxes, coyotes and bison there. This place is a wonderful place to walk outside and view some beautiful animals up close. The Park is dedicated to researching wolves, and contributing to education and conservation of the species. It hosts Howl Nights which are a great attraction for students and families alike – staff enter the enclosure and interact with the wolf pack, and you have the opportunity to howl with the wolves! It’s wonderful to see such enthusiasm for growing and protecting this species!

Garden Gate Tea Room This place is absolutely adorable! If you’re looking for a cute and unique place to have lunch with friends, this is definitely it. We enjoyed personal pots of tea from a HUGE variety of flavor choices. I also enjoyed a sandwich and a delicious cup of carrot soup! Decorated as a traditional tea room, with doilies and all, the Garden Gate Tea Room in Delphi will make anyone feel like royalty. Reservations recommended for this small, cozy space!

Riding the Delphi!

Riding the Delphi!

Wabash and Erie Canal We had the opportunity to walk through the museum at the canal in Delphi. This museum is really remarkable because it was constructed almost entirely by volunteers! It’s filled with interactive exhibits, countless historic artifacts, and educational information about Indiana’s history. The museum is on the banks of the canal, with beautiful natural views. Just a short walk from the museum is the Canal Village which is a reconstruction of a Pioneer Village, complete with a Blacksmith, one room school house, and others. It is reminiscent of Connor Prairie, but located just outside of Lafayette!

More adventure awaits in the afternoon!  Check back to this blog on Friday, July 7, for more local afternoon fun in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Samantha, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

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History Abounds: Firearms at the Fort & Historic Canal Days Festival

History Abounds 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.

Fort OuiatenonFlash of MusketAs part of this year’s ongoing series of programs commemorating and celebrating the 300th anniversary of the founding of Fort Ouiatenon, and the 50th annual Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, the Tippecanoe County Historical Association is inviting everyone to a free program on Saturday, July 1, at 2 pm at Fort Ouiatenon Park. The program, entitled “Firearms at the Fort” will be a discussion and live – fire demonstration of historic firearms of the 18th century frontier. The program will be led by Rick Conwell, manager of the Tippecanoe Battlefield Interpretive Center and History Store, with the support and cooperation of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. Visitors will have the opportunity to examine real and reproduction firearms, view items from the TCHA collection and learn about the technology and progression of historic firearms. Event is free and open to the public.

Canal Boat loading at the dock!

Canal Boat loading at the dock!

On Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2, visit the Wabash & Erie Canal for their Historic Canal Days Festival. Visit the village and artisans, blacksmith, carpenter, broom maker, weavers, paper maker, one room school, and the cooper. Speak with Reed Case in his restored home, or take a ride on the canal boat “the Delphi”. See the flag display in the Interpretive Center, or go through the award winning museum. Take a short stroll or drive down to the depot. New this year they will have an oxen team, as well as a fur trapper. Go to Red Bridge Settlement. Aslo, the French family will be in the ” summer kitchen” with great food. Some fees do apply.

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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Explore the Wabash & Erie Canal

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Canal Boat Ride

Happening Now! The summer season has arrived when the canal boat is floating down the Wabash and Erie Canal in Delphi, Indiana! Experience history, adventure and pure summer fun at the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center this year. This attraction, 20 minutes north east of Lafayette-West Lafayette, offers an adventure for the whole family.

Canal Christmas festival crafts n kidsI remember my first visit to the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center. It was one of awe that such a wonderful museum was created 100% from volunteer efforts from such a small community. The passion to conserve the history of this transportation system and to create a whole village built around it is amazing. The museum offers visitors a chance to learn the history of how the Wabash and Erie Canal was important to our country’s transportation system. Now, you may think, this sounds boring! But believe me it is not! Throughout the whole museum, there are interactive displays for people to enjoy. Many museums have the policy “hands-off”, but this center welcomes people to be a part of the experience. Visitors (especially children) are welcome to play checkers in the recreated indoor canal boat, try on pioneer village clothing and pretend to be living in the 1800s, and play with a recreated canal that demonstrates how a boat would traverse the lock system.

Ring the School bell (2014)Not only does this center have an indoor museum, but a canal boat to ride through a portion of the original Wabash and Erie Canal and a whole pioneer village to explore. Visitors can walk into an original Log School House from the 1800s where students learned their ABC’s.  One does not want to miss a tour of the Reed Case’s (contractor for the Carroll County section of the Wabash & Erie Canal) own Federal-style home which anchors the village, complete with period furnishings, many of which came from the Case family. And what is better on a beautiful summer day than a trip on a replica canal boat down the canal? Nothing!

Trails, canal boat ride, museum and more!

Trails, canal boat ride, museum and more!

There is a 10 mile trail system, perfect for hiking, biking, bird-watching and even cross-country skiing. Some trails and roads in Canal Park were once the towpath traversed by mules and horses pulling canal boats. Several sites along the way are on the National Register, including the Canal Construction Camp site, Lock #33 and the adjacent lockkeeper’s home site, and the 1857 Harley and Hubbard Lime Kiln site.

A host of events take place at the Wabash and Erie Canal all year long.  These include the Historic Canal Days Festival, the Harvest of Quilts “Quilt Show” and Christmas at the Canal. Check out http://www.wabashanderiecanal.org for more information about these special events.

Tugging the Pull Me Boat

Tugging the Pull Me Boat

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy. For more information about this attraction and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Weekend Update: Old Settlers Day & Mosey Down Main Street

Wabash & Erie Canal

Wabash & Erie Canal

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.

Take a step back in time and revisit the days of the early settlers at the Wabash & Erie Canal this Saturday, August 13 during Old Settlers Day.  Experience history, adventure and pure summer fun at the Wabash and Erie Canal Interpretive Center. This attraction, 20 minutes north east of Lafayette-West Lafayette, offers an adventure for the whole family. Tour the museum, ride the canal boat, hike the 10-mile trail system, and explore the pioneer village.

Saturday evening from 6-10pm, join in family fun at Mosey Down Main Street, a series of street celebrations brought to you by the local artistic community. Volunteers, downtown business owners, artists and musicians come together once a month from May through September to offer a free family friendly event that takes place right down the center of Main Street in downtown Lafayette. Enjoy three stages of music, outdoor food, beer and wine sales as well as street performers, sidewalk chalk and handmade Hula hoops, Drum circles and DJ’s, belly dancers, balloon animals and more.

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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Delphi: Home to Wabash & Erie Canal & the Indiana Bacon Festival

3IMG_8111Down the river and through the woods, a hidden treasure is found just outside our county. This treasure is the historic Wabash & Erie Canal, the largest man-made waterway in the United States. Breathtaking views, winding trails, living history, and passionate people all make up one’s experience at the canal.

As a student at Purdue, I moved to this area with little knowledge of the history and excitement that this place holds; however, I learn more and more each day. My favorite part of experiencing all of these new things is getting to share the fun with others. After my first unforgettable trip to the canal, I knew I had to spread the word of this amazing attraction. My parents traveled up from Southern Indiana, and I planned a whole day for us in the quaint town of Delphi.

DSC00877Our first stop was to the Wabash & Erie Canal Interpretive Center. The architecture is designed to make guests feel as if they are stepping back in time to the mid to late 1800’s era. Once inside, the volunteers working within the museum greet the guests. Although volunteer-based, the effort and hospitality these workers put in are priceless. Each and every one of the volunteers is extremely passionate about the land and history, and it shines through their work. In fact, the Wabash & Erie Canal Interpretive Center was voted the Best New Volunteer Driven Museum in the United States in 2006 by the American Association of State and Local History! The museum is a self-guided walk through with exquisite displays, plentiful information and artifacts, and many interactive stations for kids.  Come and see for yourself how they earned this prestigious recognition! Not only is the Interpretive Center a museum, but it also has excellent event/meeting space. There are two large rooms with windows that look out over the canal and beautiful surrounding land. It is an excellent space for your next event, whether big or small.

Canal Days 2014.4After my parents and I traveled through the museum, we headed out to look through the reconstructed display of what a historic pioneer village would have looked like in that time era. The models featured include: the Reed Case house, Bowen Cabin, Log School House, Kuns Cabin, Speece Shelter, Robinson Smokehouse, Fur Trapper’s Cabin, and VanDerVolgen’s Blacksmith Shop. The village is usually up and running on weekends, festivals, and holidays with performers who will gladly share with you the history behind the village. Each building features historic furnishings and equipment and runs similarly to how it would have during the time of the canal operation.

Next, my parents and I rented a surrey to bike around the renowned Delphi trails. We went around winding corners, under tunnels, and over bridges. The trails follow the canal to beautiful hidden locations not seen by the common eye. Trails also can be followed throughout downtown Delphi or other wooded areas. It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time! Other rentals are available such as paddleboats and kayaks to use on the canal as well as regular bicycles for the trails. Each rental comes with complimentary trail maps and safety equipment.1IMG_8120

2IMG_8109Finally, the newest addition to the canal is a ride on the replica 19th century canal boat, The Delphi. Step onto the boat to experience what an adventure down the canal would have felt like 150 years ago. The 35-minute ride includes a tour guide who speaks of how everyday life was on the Wabash & Erie Canal.

As you can see, there is so much to do all in one area! My family and I had an amazing time, and I encourage everyone to make a trip out to Delphi. It is very worthwhile. My next trip to Delphi will be on August 29 for the Indiana Bacon Festival! Bacon is one of my favorite foods, so it only makes sense to attend an entire festival for it! Hosted on the square in Delphi, the event will consist of Indiana Kitchen Bacon, local brews, live music, a bacon eating contest, a cook-off, and so much more! Last year was the first ever debut of the Indiana Bacon Festival, and it was a smashing hit with over 6,000 attendees! Help make this year’s festival even more successful!

Kid's Play Area

Kid’s Play Area

The town of Delphi may by small, but it is jam-packed with history, Hoosier hospitality, and fun for all. Do not overlook it the next time you are traveling through northwest Indiana. It will give you an experience like no other, and I hope to see you all on August 29th at the Indiana Bacon Festival!

Kaley, Visitor Information Specialist for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

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

Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art

    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!

Holiday Special Weekend Update! December 12-14, 2014

Frozen Pond 3 wolvesHoliday Special 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.

* Tuba Christmas & Holiday Cheer and All that Jazz at Purdue University, Friday, December 12 – 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!

* A Christmas Story, The Musical! at Lafayette Civic Theatre, Friday, December 12 & Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14 – This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Homan, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.

* Purdue Contemporary Dance Company: Winter Dance Works at Yue-Kong Pao Hall, Purdue University, Friday, December 12 & Saturday, December 13 – Enjoy a night of dance and music that will get you in the holiday spirit.

* “Wintry Mix” featuring Traveler’s Dream at Fountain Gallery, Friday, December 12 – Wintry Mix is a two-week series of free lunchtime concerts by local performers. This Friday’s performer will be: Traveler’s Dream, performing Songs of the Winter Season and group singing.

* Christmas on Greenview in Battle Ground, Friday, December 12 & Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14 – a holiday light display featuring almost 90,000 lights which dance in time to music.

* Old Fashioned Christmas at the Canal at Wabash & Erie Canal, Saturday, December 13 & Sunday, December 14- Music, crafts, canal village buildings open and yummy hot apple dumplings!

* Wolf Park Annual Holiday Party, Saturday, December 13 – 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.

* Bach Chorale Singers: Messiah Sing-Along at Central Presbyterian Church, Saturday, December 13 – Join the Bach Chorale Singers and soloists in singing the Christmas portion of Handel’s beloved Messiah.

* The Klezmatics at Purdue University, Saturday, December 13 – Join in a celebration of the Festival of Lights and an evening that offers a bold, bouncy, and revelatory new perspective on how much more there was to the “Dust Bowl troubadour.”

Riverside Rink Santa* Skate with Santa at Riverside Skating Center. Saturday, December 13 – Santa invites you and your parents to join in a fun-filled morning. Everyone will enjoy donuts, hot cocoa and skate with the jolly old elf himself. There will be a great photo opportunity so bring your camera. Reservations are REQUIRED.

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

4th of July Weekend Update!

Fireworks!

Fireworks!

4th of July 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.

Fireworks, live music, dancing; all this and more can be found during the Stars & Stripes Celebration on July 4, downtown Lafayette. This annual festive fourth concert features the Lafayette Citizens Band and Indiana All-Star Show Choir followed by fireworks at dusk. The concert will end at approximately 10 p.m. followed by the 25-minute fireworks display which will be launched from the south end of Tapawingo Drive in West Lafayette.

Ride the "Delphi"

Ride the “Delphi”

Head to the Wabash & Erie Canal in Delphi, Indiana for the Canal Days Festival on July 5 & 6. Throughout the weekend, enjoy live artisan demonstrations: tatting/ lace making, blacksmithing, bowl carving, broom making, basket weaving, crocheting/needle arts, and more! Noble Bikes will offer festival special half-hour rates on family paddle boats and pedal surrey rentals. Food and other vendors will also be on hand during the festival, and of course…take a ride on the canal boat, the Delphi, which will be offering rides throughout the weekend!

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

Weekend Update: Wolf Park Annual Holiday Party & Old Fashioned Christmas at the Canal

Wolves WhiteheadWeekend 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 EVENT HAS NOW BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 21 due to Winter Weather.) Santa and his Elves will arrive on the Purdue Boilermaker Special Train!   Where?  When?  At the Wolf Park Annual 1460136_10151867853511589_297707635_nHoliday Party, this Saturday, December 14 from 1-4pm!  Everyone (kids and adults!) is invited to watch as the wolves and foxes receive their specially decorated trees donated by Matterns Pine Ridge Nursery. The tree will be covered with edible treats the wolves enjoy, such as hot dogs, spam, and spaghetti. Watch the other Wolf Park animals as they open their presents filled with special treats! Children are invited to help put food ornaments on the wolves’ tree starting at 1:00 pm. Following the presentation of the tree for the wolves, children are invited to go indoors and see Santa, who will be giving out gifts and taking requests. There will be guided tours throughout the afternoon, and warm drinks for all. It will be an afternoon of great holiday fun you cannot miss!

On Saturday, December 14, and Sunday, December 15, get into the holiday spirit at the Old Fashioned Christmas at the Canal in Delphi, Indiana.  Meet Santa Claus, enjoy live artisan demonstrations throughout Pioneer Village, with wares will be for sale (there will be 20 vendors), and do not miss out on eating homemade cookies and hot apple dumplings, topped with ice cream!  Celebrate the season as you wonder through Pioneer Village from days past and listen to music being played all weekend long.

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

Canal Days Festival & Wolf Park’s Annual Watermelon Party

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.

Canal boat with crew

Canal boat with crew

Northeast of Lafayette-West Lafayette is the town of Delphi, that boasts its impact on America’s transportation.  This town is home to the Wabash & Erie Canal Park, which hosts “Canal Days” every summer.  This Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7, do not miss the annual celebration, with a nod to our nation’s birthday…and the early American ingenuity realized by the creation of the Wabash & Erie Canal! Lots of good, old-fashioned fun for the whole family featuring food, music, activities and more!

Tristan_WP150760On Saturday, July 6, the wolves at Wolf Park will be celebrating during the “Wolf Park’s Annual Watermelon Party for the Wolves“.  Each wolf, fox and coyote will have his or her very own cold watermelon, stuffed with treats such as pig ears, cheese, and dog biscuits.  Visitors are invited to watch as each animal enjoys their summery treat.  This year the new gray fox kits, will also get to enjoy watermelons- their first ever!  They will have an extra treat for the humans- Gibson’s Shaved Ice will be serving flavored ice treats for just $1. Visitors and wolves can both cool off and enjoy their day.

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