Weekend Update: Haan Mansion Fair Day & The Farm Little Red Wagon Day

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.

Haan Museum of Indiana Art hosts “A Day at the Fair” on Saturday, March 23. Join everyone in celebrating the 115th anniversary of the St. Louis World’s Fair. Why celebrate the Fair in Lafayette, Indiana? Because the Haan Museum building served as the Connecticut Building at the 1904 World’s Fair. Many parts, including the entire front entry and much of the interior woodwork, came from the 1760 Hubbard-Slater mansion in Norwich, CT. Mike Truax, President of the St. Louis World’s Fair Society, will be here during the event to help everyone celebrate.

The Farm at Prophetstown State Park host the “Little Red Wagon Day” on Sunday, March 23. Decorate your own little red wagon and join the parade at 2:00pm. Come learn about the making of an American icon – The Radio Flyer – founded in 1917. Everyone has a story about their little red wagon. Join us and share your stories!

The Farm

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Creativity Blooms at Flourish Studio and Classroom

The Studio

Happening Now!  Planning a stay in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana area? 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. Right now the locals are talking about Flourish Studio and Classroom, offering fun and unique art classes for your little ones!

Sensory Station

My husband and I have 2 children, a 5-year old daughter and a 1-year old son. Our daughter, Charlize, loves doing art projects and our son is just starting to enjoy them (although he does try to eat the crayons, but we are working it!). We literally have art taped to door knobs all over our house. When we heard about this new kids’ art studio, my husband and I were so excited.

We signed Charlize and Channing up for the “Create with Me” class. “Create with Me” is an hour-long class in the studio designed for little artists to explore and engage their creative senses! It is for ages 1 to 4 but they welcome younger and older siblings as well.  Plus, they offer a sibling discount which is really nice!

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When we entered the Flourish Art Studio, Charlize and Channing, lit up. There were 3 art stations set up to create different projects as well as a play area with toys and a sensory station. Charlize ran to the first station and started creating fun heart shaped paper letters. Channing just laughed and laughed and was delighted he had access to markers! He was a little crazy and truthfully most of the markers and paints ended up on his face or hands but he had a blast! Both kids also enjoyed pulling out toys in their play area and at the end of the class they ran through a bubble machine. We took home a bag full of art projects they created and now have more artwork on our walls!

Love getting messy!

Charlize also wondered into “Bloom” their kids clothing store attached to the studio. (Wow, this store has the CUTEST kids’ clothes! The clothes are so stylish and fun!) She actually tried to negotiate with the owner into buying a few toys they offer. My plan is to go back soon and surprise her with one of the toys she had picked out for Easter!

Bubble fun!

The customer service at Flourish ROCKED! Amanda Kennedy, the owner and licensed art educator was wonderful. She was friendly and helpful to all the students. There were 5 kids in the class, and she knew all of their names. She shared they will be doing summer camps this year as well. We are so excited to learn about those for Charlize.

We made friends!

We highly recommend Flourish for a fun filled class. They offer different art classes for all kids ages as well as an adult night! If you are traveling and just notice this studio as you are traversing our downtown, they also offer an open studio, where there is no real instruction, just various art supplies, guidance where requested, & lots of encouragement!

Explore this art studio! For more information about Flourish and other art class related businesses in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

Weekend Update: Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration & Sherlock Holmes

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.

Are you ready?! It’s one of our favorite times of the year! Join in the Nine Irish Brothers Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration on March 16 & March 17! They will have some fun food specials, plenty of giveaways and great live music all weekend long. Greater Lafayette’s annual World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled to begin at 11 am on Saturday, March 16 at Rubia Flower Market in West Lafayette. Participants and spectators can warm up beforehand with an Irish coffee at Tippecanoe County’s oldest Irish pub, Nine Irish Brothers in West Lafayette, which opens at 10 am and will be featuring the best in Irish entertainment all day long.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Looking for other entertainment this weekend? Running this weekend at the Long Center for the Performing Arts is Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars. Can a group of street urchins – orphans, pickpockets, inventors and artists – unmask the criminal mastermind behind Sherlock Holmes’ disappearance? Join us for an entertaining, kid-friendly comedy performed by the Christus Homines Drama Troupe. Showtimes are Friday, March 15th at 7 pm and Saturday, March 16th, at 2 pm and 7 pm. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $6 for children 3-12. Well-behaved children under 3 are invited to attend free. Come and see everyone’s favorite detective this weekend!

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Taste a Great Slice of Pizza

In the mood for local pizza but not sure where to go? West Lafayette and Lafayette have a plethora of great pizza places, each with its own specialty and dining room atmosphere. Purdue University Student, Katherine Roth, shares a few of her favorites!

Bruno’s Pizza and Big O’s Sports Room

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At the bottom of the hill leading up to campus is the small family owned and operated restaurant and pizzeria. Bruno’s Pizza is a campus favorite that opened in 1955, and is best known for its Bruno Dough and hand-tossed pizza. Bruno Dough is their famous pizza dough that is deep-fried, brushed with garlic butter, sprinkled with Parmesan and served with your choice of dipping sauce. Not in the mood for pizza? The menu also features Swiss, German and Italian dishes, as well as a variety of salads and sandwiches with gluten-free options available. There’s something for everyone on the menu.

Bruno’s has 3 dining rooms including the Bar, the Swiss Room and Big O’s Sports Room. The sports room is covered in old and new Purdue memorabilia, allowing patrons to not only get a good meal but a visual tour of Purdue’s history. There is plenty of room to sit and enjoy a meal with friends and family. When Bruno’s Pizza opened in 1955, it was the only pizzeria in West Lafayette

When we went to the restaurant we ordered a large Bruno’s Meat, covered in sausage, ham, pepperoni, and bacon. There was enough pizza to go around for our group, and with an order of Bruno Dough, no one left hungry!

Professor Joe’s Sports Pub and Pizzeria

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In the heart of Lafayette, against the surrounding buildings, Professor Joe’s bright red exterior stands out. If specialty pizza, sandwiches and beer served in a cozy eatery with balcony seating and sports on TV is what you are looking for, then try this pizzeria.

When the restaurant opened in 2013 it was a 21+ bar, but was recently renovated to accommodate all ages. While eating you can enjoy a round or two of pub darts, live trivia, music, and sports on 12 TV’s — a sports fan’s dream location. Professor Joe’s was built on the belief that pizza should be special, and it is something that shows in every pizza they make.

Dining in the interior is cozy with wood booths and tables lining the walls, giving the option for larger groups to put together tables. With plenty of specialty pizzas to choose from, everyone can find something they want on the menu, with gluten-free options available as well.

When we went to Professor Joe’s, our table ordered the “Hoosier,” their take on the all meat pizza. The pizza itself is covered in pepperoni, ham, salami, sausage, ground beef, bacon and extra cheese. The salami and ground beef were two toppings I hadn’t seen on a pizza before and I was intrigued. It turned out to be one of the best pizzas I have ever had.

Midtowne Oven

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Midtowne Oven offers fresh and inspired flavors centered around Greater Lafayette’s only real wood-fired oven.  The restaurant has large windows, perfect to watch the sunset, or to people watch while you eat. Midtowne Oven also offers many vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

The night we went to Midtowne we decided to go with a different style of pizza, the Margherita pizza. With hand squeezed tomatoes and fresh mozzarella on top, and then finished with fresh chiffonade basil and garlic oil drizzle, this pizza was amazing. The wood oven adds a nice smoky taste to the crust and you could taste the freshness of the ingredients. The fresh ingredients are something that Midtowne prides itself in, and it shows.

All in all, each pizzeria had it’s own special qualities, and are excellent places to eat while visiting West Lafayette and Lafayette. For more local eateries check out HomeOfPurdue.com.

Create a Masterpiece – Art Classes at 7 Art Studios

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Sometimes, there is nothing better than exploring your artistic side. Luckily for those of us nearby or visiting the Greater Lafayette area, there are many opportunities for you to do so. You can do so much more than view works of art here – learn to create your own masterpieces! Check out some of the fantastic classes offered around our two great cities.

All Fired Up In the heart of the Wabash Landing is All Fired Up! There are four important steps to the process here. First, select what piece you will make. A bowl, vase, cute critter, etc. Second, paint and decorate it to your heart’s content! Third, let the experts glaze and fire up your work of art. You can collect it in just one week!

Flourish Studio and Classroom – New to downtown Lafayette is the Flourish Studio and Classroom. There are classes for kids of all ages, and their grown-ups… sensory play, art education, create-with-me and many more fun classes for you and your little ones! Reserve your spot on their website here. Learn more about art and bond with your favorite kiddos in your life!

Flourish Studio and Classroom

Art Museum of Greater Lafayette – Part of this amazing art museum is the Manya Fan Art Education Center! The Center is dedicated to instructing and educating artists in our community. There are studio art classes, art workshops, exhibitions and more! Learn more about their classes here.

The Creative Clayground – If you know someone that loves art and has a special event coming up (birthday, wedding shower, baby shower)…The Creative Clayground is a paint-your-own pottery studio that offers unique pieces like teapots and chess pieces! Stop in for their special Muggy Mondays for 10% off mug creations!

Inspired Fire Glass Studio and Gallery – Ever tried glass blowing? If you haven’t, you are really missing out. Owner Sharon Owens and her staff are absolute experts, waiting to show you the ropes! Along with open studio hours, there is a wide selection of classes available at Inspired Fire. Beginners classes, fire-less classes, and more – there is something for everyone. What a treat!

LaLa Gallery Studio – Pop into Lala, Greater Lafayette’s premiere artist studio specializing in art & pottery lessons. Angela Taylor (LaLa) teaches lessons, classes, parties, groups, and students with special needs starting with children (3+) to adults in her private studio located in the Bindery Artist Studios. Make your appointment here.

Handmade Mugs from Lala

Painting with a Twist – You’ve probably heard of this super-fun group painting studio,

Painting with a Twist

Painting with a Twist. Whether you reserve a private room for your group or join in on a public class, you will not be disappointed in your masterpiece. Select the class that fits  your style best, and don’t be scared! The staff and teachers will walk you step-by-step through painting your piece.

There is no excuse for you to not become a master artist with classes like these right in Lafayette-West Lafayette. Let us know which classes you’ve enjoyed! This blog is shared by VLWL Visitor Information Specialist, Samantha Martin.

Weekend Update: Art Museums Explode with Fabulous Exhibits

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.

Explore art this weekend at 3 fabulous art exhibits in Lafayette-West Lafayette.

  1. Art Museum of Greater Lafayette
    1. Exhibit: Missed Photography: Photographs of Prophetstown by Laura Hale
      1. Exhibit March 1, 2019-June 2, 2019, Open Daily 11-4pm

        Lauren Hale photography of The Farm at Prophetstown

      2. Laura Hale grew up in West Lafayette and spent many hours in the high school dark room, laying the groundwork for her love of photography. In 2016, she happened into the barn at The Farm at Prophetstown, coming face to face with a Hereford steer standing in the cold air. She took some photos of him and fell in love not only with photographing farm life, but Prophetstown State Park as well. Her approach to her photos is to look for things not usually noticed, taking time to wonder at the details of both farm life as well as the nature that surrounds it. Her photos are edited using just basic skills as she doesn’t want to over process the moment. It has to be a good photo to begin with in order to make it a better photo.
  2. Haan Museum of Indiana Art

    World’s Fair Vase at the Haan Museum

    1. Exhibit: St. Louis World’s Fair: Celebrating 115 Years
      1. Exhibit: January 26-April 20, 2019, Wednesday – Saturday, 1-4pm
      2. Experience a small slice of the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair at the Haan Museum, as they celebrate the 115th anniversary of the Fair. The Colonial Revival mansion served as the Connecticut Building, and now houses major artifacts from the Fair. Three massive vases exhibited there by Weller Pottery, including a 7-foot vase that won a gold medal for the Arts, are always on display. You’ll also find works by T.C. Steele and Charles Conner that were chosen to hang in the Fine Arts Palace at the Fair. Featured paintings from the Indiana Building include works by William Forsyth, John Elwood Bundy and Frank Girardin. Other major Fair souvenirs in the exhibition include andirons, a mandolin, zither, accordion, telephone, a Majolica statue, a 1760 candle stand that was displayed in the building at the Fair, a blow gun, stereopticons, and a wide variety of smaller objects. The World’s Fair was where nations, states and companies showed off the very best products and technologies of the time. The Fair in St. Louis was the largest in history, covering 1200 acres.
  3. Robert L Ringel Gallery at Purdue University
    1. Art & Design Undergraduate Exhibit 2019
      1. Exhibit: February 25- March 8, 2019, Monday – Saturday 10-7pm
      2. Art & Design Undergraduate Exhibit 2019 exhibits a juried art show highlighting works from Purdue’s undergraduate students in art and design. All undergraduate students taking classes in the Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance were invited to submit work to this juried show, with selections made by faculty in art and design. Students were eligible to submit work in all media and the exhibition features drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, photography, video and more.

        Art & Design Undergraduate Exhibit

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Mad Mushroom: Home of the Original Cheesestix

There are some places in Lafayette that are absolute staples! One local favorite serves up some the best Italian food around…the famed Mad Mushroom! Purdue students and locals alike can’t get enough of Mad Mushroom. There are two convenient locations, in both Lafayette and West Lafayette.

The home of the Original Cheesestix! Mad Mush has a menu with something for everyone. Beyond their delicious pizza, there are sandwiches – calzones – grinders – paninis – pasta – salads…. and more! If you know a picky eater, don’t worry, you can build and customize to create your ideal dish.

Allow the pizza experts to toss you up a delicious pie, with a selection of great toppings! You can even get a gluten free pizza crust. Try their unique Greek Gryo Pizza, topped with gyro meat, onions, black olives, feta cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce! For those who are on the pineapples-on-pizza side of the debate, there’s the Mad Maui with bbq sauce, ham, bacon and pineapple. These are just two of the amazing creations you can get at Mad Mushroom!

Dive into all this pizza deliciousness today! You’ll love stopping into their welcoming locations – they have a great vibe that invites you to stay and hang out with your friends over a bite (or more) to eat! You can even stop in for trivia nights at the West Lafayette location, which are announced on their Facebook page and typically take place on Tuesday nights! If you are new or old to the area, you won’t want to pass up dining at Mad Mushroom.

Pizzas Galore!

This blog is shared by VLWL intern, Samantha Martin! For more information, please visit our website HomeOfPurdue.com.

Spring Break Staycation 2019

Our Visitor Information Specialists are here to assist you with your travel questions!

You don’t need to go far to enjoy your Spring Break! Whether you are traveling through our great cities or staying closer to home this month, there are plenty of chances for spring break fun!

To those travelers passing through and heading for a spring break destination (or those locals wanting to treat themselves to a relaxing time), please note we have  wonderful hotels that offer great amenities and good old-fashioned Hoosier hospitality. Our location is the perfect stop during your travels to rest before you head out farther south or on your way home. Our visitor center is also right off of Interstate 65 and is staffed with our friendly Visitor Information Specialists 7 days a week to assist with travel ideas, guides, maps, and more.

Local Breweries/Winery Did you know that there are five breweries and a winery all located in our area? You can learn all about them on our website. Brokerage Brewing Company is in West Lafayette right off of Sagamore Parkway. Lafayette Brewing Company and Thieme & Wagner are in the heart of downtown Lafayette, and also serve delicious food! People’s Brewing Company and Teays River Brewing are memorable and exciting options as well! Why not stop in and try them all? If beer’s not for you, Wildcat Creek Winery has a variety of excellent wines suitable for everyone!

Downtown There are three district downtown districts – Chauncey Village, Wabash Riverfront and the Arts and Market District. You can explore all of the cool shops, delicious restaurants and other attractions! Try out restaurants like Black Sparrow, Red Seven, Cellar 422, East End Grill, La Scala and so much more! There are art galleries, theaters, a doll museum, Merlin’s Beard, art shops as well. Learn more about downtown here!

Outdoors If you’re looking to explore the outdoors, Lafayette-West Lafayette has lots of different places to go. There are beautiful and spacious parks, including Prophetstown State Park. The Farm at Prophetstown is a must-see for someone who loves animals and nature. You can also enjoy Wolf Park, a wildlife sanctuary for wolves, foxes and other furry friends! All this and more to visit outdoors here.

These are just a few fun activities in our area.  You’ll just have to stop by to see for yourself everything that there is in store for a great staycation! For more information about our area please visit HomeOfPurdue.com. This blog was written by Visitor Information Specialist, Sam Martin!

Weekend Update: Elegant Bridal Expo & The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!

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.

This Saturday, March 2, the Long Center presents: The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!. This performance is a grand-scale theatrical touring production that includes rock concert style lighting, incredible stage sets, and mind-blowing magic! Back by popular demand, Blagg returns to the Long Center stage with his off-the-cuff personality and astounding magic. See Blagg instantly teleport across the Long Center theater, squish his body from 6 feet to 6 inches tall or bring ordinary objects to life with a simple wave of his hands! The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! is more than a magic show, it’s an interactive magic experience! You’ll witness objects float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more! Blagg is changing reality one city at a time and Greater Lafayette is next! Tickets start at $22 .

Brides and Grooms to be, check this out! This Sunday, March 3, the Elegant Bridal Expo is taking place in the Purdue Memorial Union. This community event is expected to host 50 wedding related vendors from the Greater Lafayette area to benefit the Student Chapter of Professional Convention Management Organization, local businesses, and future brides. In addition to vendors, a fashion show displaying the latest wedding gowns, tuxes, and bridesmaid dresses will take place in the north ballroom featuring partnered vendors. Brides to be will get in for free, and all guests are $5/person at the door.

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.