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.

Weekend Update: Brew on the Bridge & Civil War Living History Event

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Wolfgang

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.

Wolf Park is partnering with People’s Brewery, South Street Smokehouse and the band; The Old Golds, for a special outdoor concert, Brew on the Bridge. This special event at Wolf Park is taking place on Saturday, July 22. People’s Brewery will be providing craft beer.  Don’t drink? No problem! Come out, enjoy some BBQ and listen to some great music under the stars. The band will perform starting at 7:30 pm. Will the wolves ‘sing’ along? You have to be there to find out! Pulled beef sandwiches with chips, from South Street Smokehouse will be served. Bring along your own chairs or blankets to enjoy the musical performance.

Union Soldiers

Union Soldiers

This Saturday and Sunday, watch more than 30 Civil War re-enactors portray a company of the 72nd Indiana Volunteer Infantry at the Civil War Living History Event at the Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum and History Store. The regiment was mustered in at Camp Tippecanoe in Lafayette in July of 1862. Re-enactors will replicate camp life at Camp Tippecanoe as they muster in and learn the basics of drill and musket firings. Inside the Tippecanoe Battlefield museum, there will be special presentations on aspects of the Civil War scheduled for every other hour.

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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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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Weekend Update: Zoo Brew and Wine Too Pub Crawl & Wolf Park Birthday Party

Dharma & Wolfgang by Monty Sloan

Dharma & Wolfgang by Monty Sloan

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.

Happy birthday furry animals! All wolves, foxes, and coyotes are born in spring and Wolf Park is celebrating on Saturday, May 6 with a birthday party. Wolf Park’s animals’ birthdays are all within a couple of weeks of each other around late April/early May, so they host one big celebration! Each animal gets their own tasty, wolf-safe birthday cake to enjoy. Guests will have the chance to watch as the cakes are presented to the wolves. Each animal approaches this environmentally enriched activity with his or her own special flair.

DocumentJoin the Friends of Columbian Park Zoo for the inaugural Zoo Brew and Wine Too pub crawl event on Saturday, May 6. Enjoy an evening of animal encounters, live music, delicious hors d’oerves, and a variety of beer, wine and liquor samples from breweries, vineyards and distilleries as you work your way through several locations. Each location will include a signature cocktail, as well! The evening starts out in the Lahr Atrium where you’ll check in and be greeted by our animal ambassadors! Next, you’ll travel to the Knickerbocker Saloon, Professor Joes Sports Pub & Pizzeria, and Digby’s Pub and Patio throughout the night. You’ll end at the Knickerbocker Saloon for live entertainment and door prizes!

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

Weekend Update: Holiday Animal Celebration & Santa Visits Wolf Park

Bojangles is one happy horse!!

Bojangles is one happy horse!!

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.

Celebrate the holidays with the animals at the Farm at Prophetstown during Holiday Animal Celebration. Join farm staff for feeding time! They will be treating the animals to a holiday buffet. The treats will be served at 9am. Come and join in the fun by helping everyone thank the animals with healthy treats.

Santa Visits Wolf Park! This Saturday, December 17, from 1-4pm, bring the family to Wolf Park to 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 among the wolves. Although the program takes place outside (since the wolves are outside), guests are invited into Wolf Park buildings to warm up, have some hot chocolate and, after the tree and treat distribution, talk to Santa, who will be accepting requests. Every year Santa arrives via a different form of transportation! How do you think he will arrive this year?

Chorus Howl at Wolf Park

Chorus Howl at Wolf Park

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: Shop Small Saturday & Turkey Toss at Wolf Park

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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.

Get out and support all of our amazing small businesses by spending your dollars in their stores this Saturday, November 26 during Shop Small Saturday. What a better way to kick off holiday shopping then by taking advantage of all that our local businesses have to offer. They truly are the backbone of what makes our community so great and we would not be where we are today without them. Check out the Shop Small Saturday Facebook Event Page for more information about participating businesses.

Wolfgang Posing in Golden LightTurkey Toss is back at Wolf Park this Saturday, November 26.  Each animal receives their very own turkey and the guests at Wolf Park get to help!  Special helpers are chosen to throw a thanksgiving treat, turkeys to the wolves, small turkeys to the coyotes and Cornish game hens to the foxes!  Wolf Park gives thanks that we have wolves in the United States and to their wolves at Wolf Park for being an educational ambassador for their wild counter parts.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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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Get Outside & Explore Lafayette-West Lafayette Contest Details

Celery Bog Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, has 7 fabulously fun contests this year.  The current contest features going outdoors and exploring our wonderful cities.  The competition started on Monday, August 8, and we want to share why each business who has donated to these packages is so great!

  • Marriott Towneplace Suites: This hotel offers suites with fully equipped kitchens, an indoor swimming pool, a fitness center, complimentary hots breakfasts and an “In a Pinch” Market with Snacks.
  • Prophetstown State Park: Indiana’s newest state park offers hiking and biking trails, campgrounds, and the farm at Prophetstown where guests can learn about sustainable agriculture, gardening, canning, as well as farm-to-table cooking, sewing and quilting
  • Grateful Heart Gallery & Gifts: 5 artists have joined together their one-of-a-kind art and fine hand-crafted gifts in one gallery for visitors to admire and purchase.
  • Wolf Park: This park offers guests an opportunity to see and visit not only wolves and see how they live, but bison, coyotes, and foxes!
  • Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art: Not only can you find a museum full of Indiana art, but a highly rated mountain bike trail on the grounds. This 7 mile single-track trail has rocks, ledges, bridges, whoop-de-dos, benched areas, drop offs, ramps, and other features.
  • Farm at Prophetstown: Home to chickens, pigs, cows, horses and more, this farm will bring smiles to your face and enjoyment for all.
  • Lafayette Symphony Orchestra: Be swept way on a musical adventure when you attend a lovely performance by this local group of musicians.
  • Monster Mini Golf: Experience 18 holes of fun filled monster mini golf along with arcade games, glow-in-the-dark air hockey table and ticket redemption games such as Ice Ball.
  • Arrowhead Bowl: Bowlers will find great bowling and family fun in a smoke free environment.
  • Arni’s: This local restaurant is a staple in the Lafayette area.  This restaurant which offers pizza, sandwiches, salads and more has been serving the community since 1965.
  • Kathy’s Kandies: Local chocolatier, Kathy, creates homemade truffles, gourmet popcorn, cakes, toffee, shakes and smoothies, licorice, and artisan chocolates!
  • Sgt. Preston’s: Home to a fabulous outdoor patio, this bar offers monthly lunch and dinner specials and live music can usually be heard every Saturday night.  (Please note this bar is 21 and older.)
  • Jane’s Gourmet: This little deli restaurant is serving up homemade soups, sandwiches, sides and more.  Recommend the Farmhouse Ham and Brie with Stonewall Farmhouse Chutney…delicious!
  • Digby’s Pub: Grab a seat on the patio and check out their menu that has something for everyone. From Velveeta loaded French fries to duck egg rolls, the options are interesting.
  • Greyhouse Coffee: This small coffee shop in the heart of Chauncey Village offers crepes, espresso drinks, coffee, gelato, pastries and retail.

Go to www.homeofpurdueblog.com to sign up! Entries will be accepted through Monday, August 15. The winner will be announced via social media after they have been notified. And stay tuned to our next social media contest coming in September – the theme is food!

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Weekend Update: Hot Summer Nights Cruise-in & Car Show and Brew on the Bridge

Bicho Posing in the Giant Cottonwood TreeLafayette-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.

On Saturday, July 30 from 8-3pm head to the 30th Annual Hot Summer Nights Cruise-in & Car Show hosted by Lafayette Kroozers! Special celebrity guests from the movie American Graffiti will be here! Von Hotrod will be offering one free pinstripe, one color for any small item. A special showing of American Graffiti movie will be played Friday night at dark. Don’t miss out, located at Market Square by Arni’s!

Evening plans? Brew on the Bridge is back at Wolf Park on Saturday, July 30 from 7-10pm! Wolf Park is partnering with the People’s Brewery, South Street Smokehouse and the Miller Experience for a special outdoor concert in the park! Alcohol will be provided by People’s Brewery. Alcohol is $5 per pint and you must show I.D. to be served. Don’t drink? No problem! Come out, enjoy some BBQ and listen to some great music under the stars.  Other drinks available for only $1!  The band will perform starting at 7:30 pm. Will the wolves ‘sing’ along? You have to be at Wolf Park to find out!  Bring along your own chairs or blankets to enjoy the musical performance.

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: Watermelon Party with the Wolves and Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too! Festival

Wolfgang Wading in 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.

It’s a party this Saturday, July 2, at Wolf Park! Bring the family for “Watermelon Party with the Wolves” where each wolf, fox and coyote  gets 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. These unique treats provide environmental enrichment, giving our critters something to roll on, stuff their noses in, paw, lick, chew, scent-mark, and defend. Also, don’t miss howling with the wolves in the evening! A great way to celebrate Fourth of July!

Be the first to celebrate Lafayette-West Lafayette’s newest festival, the Tippecanoe & Bluegrass Too! Festival on July 2. From noon to 9pm, great music will be featured at Exploration Acres. The musical line-up includes Cumberland Gap, New Balance, Branded Bluegrass and Blue Mafia. Bring your lawn chairs for an afternoon and evening of fun. Concessions and craft beer will also be available.

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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