Weekend Update: Art in the Park & Purdue Graduation

19895030_1878575069073464_4835939974774910869_nWeekend 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.

Bring your friends and family to the final Art in the Park event at Armstrong Park this Sunday, August 6. The theme for this fun day is Carnival Day.  Art in the Park festivals showcase local and regional recognized fine arts and crafts, live art, music from local talent, a variety of foods from various vendors and fun activities for the kids—a unique art experience for the entire family! Art in the Park is a family-friendly event, free to attend, and open to the public. Carnival Day will feature stilt walkers and a fire show! Don’t miss it!

Engineering FountainCongratulations to all our Purdue Grads taking the annual graduation procession this Saturday, August 5. The class of 2017 will be walking and receiving this most prestigious degree from one of the best universities in the world. We wish to offer our highest felicitations on this success and wish you the best in your future.

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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Greece is Calling at the Parthenon

Parthenon stuffed pepper

Parthenon stuffed pepper

Greece called and we answered!  The Out to Lunch Dining Divas visit the Parthenon Greek American Grill. Most locals remember it fondly as an anchor in the Village but it’s doing just fine serving up Greek dishes out west (on 52 past Morehouse Road).

We started with a theatrical display of saganaki, which is a lightly battered slice of kefalograviera cheese (hard to spell, easy to eat)  pan fried and set on fire right before your eyes– on this day by the owners’ themselves!  Opa!  It has a distinctive flavor and was our favorite dish of the day, plus we liked the drama of it all. Where else can you get that sort of lunchtime thrill for under $6? (Please keep highly personal replies to that question to yourself!)

Parthenon cheese

Parthenon cheese

Bev enjoyed the stuffed green pepper, filled with ground beef, rice and tomato sauce. It was saucier and more flavorful than her attempts to make this herself and the abundant portion allowed her to take some home for another meal.

Jo, one of our two vegetarians, had the falafel sandwich and it hit the spot. She commented on its outstanding cucumber yogurt sauce which is made on the premises. Margy, our other veg-head, had the garden sandwich, a cornucopia of vegetarian delights;  a warm pita with homemade hummus, cucumber, tomato, onion, lettuce, black olive, pepperoccini, crumbled feta and homemade Greek dressing. She said she wouldn’t order the generously filled sandwich on a first date since it was a handful– but it was very tasty! (Since she’s married, that first date part is unlikely.)  Both non-meat eaters were thrilled that the vegetarian dishes were clearly marked on the menu and on the menu board.

Kay, our photographer and seafood consumer, didn’t have fish that day because it’s available on weekends but the owners told us diners can often choose from mahi mahi, salmon and grouper. She happily settled for a pork kebob sandwich made of freshly cooked pork medallions seasoned with homemade marinade topped with onion, tomato, cucumber and their own cucumber yogurt sauce. She said the pork was moist and tender which isn’t always the case with pork.

If you live in a house divided, with some people looking for worldly eats and others insisting on American fare, this is the place for you. There are loads of intriguing dishes including dolmades mousaka, spanakopita and patstitsio, but the less adventurous among you will be thrilled with the Americano burger with a side of fries or onion rings or maybe something from the kids menu.

On your way home? The place is crawling with people getting takeout and we know people who suspect they’re addicted to the Parthenon’s hummus.

Flaming Cheese!

The atmosphere is colorful, casual and comfortable.  Our food was prepared quickly and the Greek music had us happily tapping our toes. Since we didn’t want to leave, we decided we should split a piece of baklava— a layered Greek delight of nuts, honey, pastry, lemon, butter– how could it be anything but wonderful? Don’t tell Margy’s sister but Margy says it’s better than her sister’s.

For more information about this restaurant and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Public Art Guides are here!

It’s summer! Its time to head outdoors and start your next adventure! Our new 2017 Lafayette-West Lafayette Public Art Guides have arrived! Get out and explore our lovely sculptures, murals, fountains, and more.  (Over 100 pieces located throughout our community in public places!)

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

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Celebrating National Hotdog Day at Dog N’ Suds!

IMG_1759It’s National Hotdog Day!  We are celebrating at one of our favorite hotdog drive-ins, Dog N’ Suds! Visitors can sit back, relax in their cars and eat foot long coney cheese hotdogs and drink cold, creamy root beer!  There are two great locations, one in Lafayette and another in West Lafayette.

Ok, yes, I am guilty of eating not one, but 2 cheese dogs!

Ok, yes, I am guilty of eating not one, but 2 cheese dogs!

Love us some corn dogs!

Love us some corn dogs!

What’s your favorite restaurant serving a good ol’ hotdog??  Please share!

For more information about all the delicious restaurants in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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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Fun, Food & Fests Contest Winner

Contest winner

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.

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