Weekend Update: Zoo Run Run & Gallery Walk

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.

Join the fun at Columbian Park Zoo this Saturday! You can get your daily steps in by participating in the Zoo Run Run. This 5K run/walk travels through the historic Columbian Park Neighborhood and offers a fun, inexpensive way to get you & your family up and moving! Mingle with zoo staff and some of your favorite zoo residents! Below is the schedule for the morning:

6:30-7:15am: Pre-Registration time
8:00am: Race Begins
9:15am: Race Results announced (winners only) and Awards Ceremony
9:30am: Kids’ Fun Run

If you’re interested in participating, you can visit their website for more information here.

Friday evening is one of Lafayette’s beloved annual events- The Gallery Walk! During each Gallery Walk, the local arts community collaborates with downtown business to highlight arts and culture. Experience local art, meet artists, and enjoy refreshments and live music as you stroll through Downtown Lafayette! You’ll be able to find more information on their website here regarding who will be participating and the exact location of all of the businesses! It’s certainly a special event that really celebrates this community!

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

The Friendly Hang Out – Ol’ Buffalo Bar & Grill

Old Buffalo’s Outpost Bar and Grill is Lafayette’s most friendly hangout. If you’re looking for a home-cooked meal without all the hassle of cooking yourself, you need to stop in to this local favorite! When you enter, you’ll be greeted by the friendliest staff around. My coworker, Emily, and I had the chance to stop in there for lunch earlier this summer.

Locals love this bar and grill. If you want to see old friends and grab a drink, Old Buffalo’s is for you. Their menu has a variety to pick from – wings, unique burgers, grilled chicken, or a tenderloin, just for starters. Emily and I had to try the wings for an appetizer. They were delightfully crispy, flavorful, and not too spicy! They’re definitely a must-try for anyone visiting.

Check out their website for their daily food and drink specials! There’s Tenderloin Tuesday, $3.25 wine on Saturdays, and so many other amazing deals. I absolutely had to try the tenderloin when we went. As any Midwesterner, I love a good tenderloin. I enjoyed the breaded tenderloin, although they do have a grilled option. Lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo and pickle are all served on the side. It also comes with fresh french fries. You can’t beat a well-made tenderloin for lunch, and I would really recommend trying it on your trip to Ol’ Buffalo!

The menu is short, but has varied and exciting options besides what I ordered. You can get delicious slow-roasted chili, Ol Yellow Eye (a burger topped with a fried egg), a pulled pork sandwich, and more. Old Buffalo Bar & Grill has a pool table, bar games, and often live entertainment. It has a real sense of community, and you can’t help but feel right at home.

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

Samantha, Purdue University Student and VLWL Intern, shares this blog!

Dining Divas Feast at Fishya

Mmmm! That’s the only sound you can make when your lips are happily stuck together with sticky wing glaze. And it’s an appropriate sound because they are positively delicious! ​

The Dining Divas and our guest Diana “E​ats A​nything” May visited the sushi and Asian fusion restaurant Fishya for lunch and were pleased with this addition to the Purdue West Shopping Center. The restaurant is rather large and divided into several areas, all with a calm and elegant Asian decor. We arrived early and were the only customers, warmly greeted by friendly staff members. But by noon, Fishya was filling up!

We started with the aforementioned chicken wings with Korean sauce ($7.95) and a generous portion of edamame ($3.95) from the shareables part of the menu. The wings were super crispy outside and tender and juicy inside. The sauce was sweet, nicely spiced, and seriously sticky. Bev declared them the best wings in town. ​

DIning Divas

Also on the large menu are soups, b​owls, h​ot p​ots, m​eats, lunch, combos, bento boxes, lunch​ rolls ​ (15 different ones all named after Purdue icons such as Hovde, Mackey, Armstrong, Schleman), b​asic r​olls, d​eluxe r​olls, n​igiri/ s​ashimi, d​inner s​ushi c​ombos, and a few desserts. Beer, Soju (a distilled Korean beverage), and s​aki are available.

Bev ordered the Spicy Pork Bento Box ($8.95) which came with miso soup, salad, rice, and a Hicks Roll (shrimp tempura, avocado, and cucumber topped with spicy crab and eel sauce). “The rolls are beautifully done and tasty,” she said.​”The pork is tender and has a kick to it, but it’s not overly hot.”​

Bento Box

Kay chose the Seafood Soon Tofu ($9.95), a spicy silky tofu soup with veggies and seafood. “It’s an unusual and tasty combination of tiny shrimp, clams, squid, octopus, zucchini, carrots, and lots of silky tofu,” she explained. “It’s hot both temperature-wise and spice-wise, which the waitress warned me about, but it was a bit spicy even for me who loves hot food, so be warned! “​

Diana had Chirashi ($16.95), which is an assorted chef’s choice of raw fish over sushi rice. “The fish is very cold and very fresh,” Diana said. “There’s no sauce on it, which I like. ” This dish had a mystery ingredient that we couldn’t identify.

Chirashi

Our server, said the Tomago is an egg! “It’s a beautiful presentation,” Diana continued. “​The rice is hot and the fish is cold which makes​ a nice combination. There are six​ varieties of raw fish. I would order this again!”

Our vegetarian eaters ate lighter than the rest of us. Margy chose the sweet potato roll ($5.95), which is tempura sweet potato and cucumber. “The sweet potato is really crunchy! I would order it again and also try their other tempura since they did this so well,” she remarked. ​ Jo had seaweed salad ($4.95). “It’s lightly dressed which I really enjoy,” said Jo. “It’s crunchy and I like the sesame seeds and pepper flakes. Despite the pepper, it’s not overly spicy. ” ​

Seaweed Salad

Our verdict is that Fishya is a welcome addition to Purdue West and the whole Greater Lafayette community. And we’re looking forward to more of those sticky wings! ​

Kay Conner, photographer, seafood superstar
Margy Deverall, author of Lafayette articles, dedicated vegetarian
Beverly Shaw, author of West Lafayette articles, bring on the beef (or chicken or pork)
Jo Wade, founder of this food blog, very veggie

Weekend Update: Mosey Down Main & Wabash Riverfest

Ziplining at Riverfest

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 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. enjoy Wabash Riverfest.  Riverfest is an annual event that brings the community together and celebrates the living Wabash River with conservation exhibits, games, activities, canoe races, a 5K and a beer garden at the Plaza.  Riverfest annually draws around 5,000 participants and specifically teaches children about our most prized natural resource here in Greater Lafayette – the Wabash River – as it provides recreational focus, aesthetic beauty, and is a vital component of our economy. Wabash Riverfest will be in two locations: Tapawingo Park from 9 a.m.-4 p.m and Riehle Plaza from 12-6 p.m..

In the evening from 6 pm to 11 pm on Saturday, enjoy a night of fun at Mosey Down Main Street. Mosey is 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. With three stages of music, outdoor food, beer, and wine sales as well as street performers, sidewalk chalk and hand made Hula hoops, Drum circles and D.J.’s, belly dancers, and balloon animals.

Mosey Down Main

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

Canoe & Kayak in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Enjoying the Bicentennial Nature Area!

It’s summertime! Time for swim suits, canoeing and kayaking fun! Grab your paddles and head to one of our many parks/nature areas to enjoy a day outside on the water.  Here is a list of great spots to make some special water memories!

  • River Junction Canoe TripsPrivate camp located 6 miles north of Lafayette at the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash rivers offers a boat ramp with fees and canoe rentals.
  • Wabash River Boat Tours The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation invites you
    on a six mile journey to discover history, culture, recreational
    opportunities and natural beauty of the mighty river.
  • Wildcat Canoe and Kayak Toowildlife viewing opportunities (great blue herons, owls, turtles, kingfishers, deer and more).  Experience one of Indiana’s few designated natural scenic rivers!
  • Bicentennial Nature Area196 acre property featuring a large pond (approximately 70 acres) that is great for kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and windboards. 
  • Davis Ferry Park 13 acres, boat launch and access to Wabash Heritage Trail, fishing bridge spanning the river. 
  • Fairfield Lakes4 stocked lakes, 99.4 acres, and Wildcat Creek access.
  • Fort Ouiatenon89 acres, Wabash River access and a boat ramp.
  • Granville Park 14.6 acres with boat access to the Wabash River.
  • Mascouten Park15 acres, Wabash River access, boat ramp and picnic tables.
  • Shamrock Park 11 acres, dog and community park with boat ramp.
  • Tapawingo Park Canoe access only, 20 acres, Wabash River access, sandy banks, paved hiking trails and accessible playground.
  • Wildcat ParkWildcat Creek access
  • Wolfe’s Leisure Time Campground – Wabash River access and boat ramp (with fees).

Canoeing and fishing fun!

Share with us your favorite Lafayette-West Lafayette canoe and/or kayak spot? Where do you like to enjoy a hot summer afternoon paddling along?

For more information about all the fun recreation activities in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

 

“Fore!” – Harrison Hills Golf & Country Club

Harrison Hills Golf & Country Club is a spectacular championship style golf course with more than 200 rolling acres of spectacular views. This William B. Langford designed golf course opened in 1924 and has been leaving unforgettable memories with golfers for decades due to its unique layout.The course has been designed to be enjoyable for golfers of all skill levels, but can be challenging if you play from the tips. Hole #10 can be especially challenging, but the view from the tee box on this hole is breathtaking. A small pond protects the entire left side and there are huge trees to the right of this very demanding Par 4. A good tee shot to the middle of this fairway will bring you a sigh of relief. The relatively flat green has subtle slopes making it tough to get your approach close. Hitting the middle of this green does not even assure you a two putt. Stay away from the “other” and move on.

Making a jump to hole #15, this uphill, dogleg right, has been the signature hole since it was built in 1924. A blind landing zone with OB that seems to creep in from the left requires a smart tee shot. Play your tee shot to the 100 yard marker, but get a good look at the pin from the tee as a blind second shot awaits to this elevated green. Two of the deepest bunkers you will ever see guard the right and left sides of this narrow, undulating green. A huge hill in the middle of this green dissects the front and back. Choose your approach yardage wisely.

The one wise thing you can do, is to come out and play Harrison Hills Golf & Country Club. Head for the hills sometime this summer to enjoy an unforgettable round of golf! Corey, Sports Marketing Manager, shares this blog.

For more information about this golf course, and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Canal Days & Wolf Park Dog 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.

Happy 4th of July! Check out what is happening this fantastic summer weekend!

Celebrate the Canal Days Festival at the Wabash & Erie Canal! This Saturday, July 7th, begins the annual mid-summer festival! Following the big Lions Club street parade in Delphi at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, Canal Days Festival activities will begin immediately and continue at Canal Park until 4 p.m.  All activities at the Canal will resume on Sunday, July 8th at 12 p.m. and close at 4 p.m.   Admittance is free.

The Wabash & Erie Canal Association offers for your entertainment a number of hit venues—the Canal Boat, Case House, Museum, re-enactors, a commemoration of the historic opening of the canal to Toledo, period crafters in the village, and a personal visit with ponies and oxen—all on two days for your enjoyment. You won’t want to miss this unique festival with so much to see and do! For more information, please see their website.

Are you a dog owner or just love dogs? You’ll be happy to know that Wolf Park is having a special event this weekend just for you. If you’ve ever wondered about the connection between dogs and wolves, you can find out from experts this Saturday, July 7th from 1-5 p.m.

Dogs and wolves are closely related and Wolf Park will help celebrate our animals’ closest cousins with Dog Day! They will be hosting dog groups from the area as they show off what ‘Dogs with Jobs’ can do, and demonstrate what amazing training can accomplish. Learn about your pets at home, and their wild cousins as well.

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

Specialty Pizza at its Best – Midtowne Oven

Pizza, pizza, pizza! Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to some pretty fabulous pizza joints, and there is one that is becoming a rising star in the area, Midtowne Oven. This restaurant that opened its doors in the past few years offers fresh and inspired flavors centered around the area’s only real wood fired oven. The menu at Midtowne Oven presents your palate exciting flavors featuring the finest high-quality ingredients. 

Our family loves pizza! We are a bit of pizza snobs when it comes to picking out what restaurants we feel offer the most delicious pizza. We want only the best! And in our opinion, Midtowne Oven is offering some of the best pizza in the area. Their hand tossed crust, homemade Midtowne pizza sauce, in house created mozzarella and fresh toppings all fired up in a real wood fired oven make a decadent pie! We always get pepperoni and ricotta on our pizza and it is superb. Better yet are the leftovers! Most pizzas left over taste like cardboard. I actually almost like this pizza better heated up the next day!

What compliments pizza? Appetizers! They have 4 appetizers to choose from; spinach artichoke dip, garlic dough, My Momma’s Homemade Meatballs, and Brussel sprout skewers. We have tried them all!  We usually fight over who gets the last garlic dough to dip in the creamy spinach artichoke dip. The Brussel sprouts are a healthier choice but with the creamy chipotle aioli and bacon they create a vegetable sensation.  I am saving my favorite for last, the My Momma’s Homemade Meatballs. What to say?  They are amazing! I like to boast I make the best homemade meatballs, but these have mine beat. We usually never order meatballs out, but my husband ordered their meatball sub a few months ago, and I begged him for more.  Now we usually order a couple appetizer orders to start our meal!  (Please note there are only 2 adults and 1 four-year-old in our party…that is how much we love them!)

We have tried a few entrees as well that are worth mentioning! The Grown Up Mac N’ Cheese is the perfect blend of cheese, bacon, tomatoes and crispy onions.  My father in-law ordered the Porchetta recently as well. It is an herb stuffed pork roulade crusted with crispy panko topped with almond romesco over parmesan risotto. Wow! It was amazing. So flavorful and the risotto is cooked perfectly.  It is so hard not to want to order their pizza every time, but these 2 meals make it difficult!

If you are on a budget and want to try out this restaurant, they also offer some great specials throughout the week.

  1. Monday: 1/2 price pizza
  2. Tuesday: 1/2 price wine
  3. Wednesday: 15% off all sandwiches
  4. Thursday: 1/2 price appetizers

Visit this restaurant on your next dining night out! You will be thrilled with your choice!  For more information about this restaurant and others in our area visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

7 Splashin’ Locations at Home Of Purdue

It’s almost July 4th! What are you doing today to enjoy this national holiday? Are you hosting a BBQ or traveling to visit friends and family? Or maybe you are heading out to one of our many great outdoor recreation location in Lafayette-West Lafayette? Whether you are staying home or traveling, it is a great holiday to sit back and relax and enjoy the day off!

Fun at Loeb Fountain at Purdue University!

Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to 2 outdoor aquatic centers (website: scroll to swimming section), Tropicanoe Cove at Columbian Park and the Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center, as well as 3 outdoor pools, Castaway Bay, West Lafayette Municipal Pool and Vinton Pool. 2 splash water public art fountains, The Class of 1939 Water Sculpture and Loeb Fountain, are also open for water fun at Purdue University.  Kick off your shoes, grab your swimming suit and be prepared to have a blast!

Just chillin’ at Tropicanoe Cove!

Tropicanoe Cove is a favorite of many and has been creating laughter and fun for years.  Shouts and squeals can be heard from kids and adults making a great splash down the spiraling Banana Peel tube slide! (This is where you will find my husband who is a big kid at heart)! Looking for a more leisurely afternoon? Grab an inner-tube and laze your way through Cattail Crik. Please note this is where you will find me! There are plenty of lounge chairs to catch the rays and enjoy the Indiana sun!

Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center, located in Indiana’s newest state park, provides entertainment for the entire family with pools, slides, splash stations and a winding lazy river. A great feature of the park is its effort to preserve the area’s past. There are glacier boulders and a wide range of native plants and trees that pay homage to the land’s history and tie in perfectly with the rest of the state park.

Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center

Prophetstown State Park Family Aquatic Center

An adventure is waiting for you at Castaway Bay! Beach-like entry, water basketball, and a bubble bench are just a few of the features that make up this family-friendly aquatic center, located in Armstrong Park!

Three heated pools, a baby pool that is less than one foot deep, an intermediate pool that is 1 1/2 to 3 foot deep and a large pool that is 3 1/2 to 12 1/2 foot deep with two low diving boards welcome you at the West Lafayette Municipal Pool. Also, there are 3 shade structures to relax under on hot summer days!

The renovated Vinton Pool is located at 3111 Prairie Lane and features a beach-like entrance, double water slide, playful water geysers, large umbrellas and lap lanes. Pool rental is available after hours as well.

The Class of 1939 Water Sculpture (website: scroll to Purdue section), is a popular spot on campus. The concrete sculpture is 38 feet tall and has 280 colored lights to illuminate the water and stainless steel cylinder. When on, the fountain jets upward 588 gallons of recycled water per minute. Beware, the spray is mighty powerful but oh so much fun!

Loeb Fountain (website: scroll to Purdue section) was constructed in 1959 to honor Solomen Loeb, a local merchant, with money donated by Bert and June Loeb. It is located in the center of Founder’s Park where it was dedicated in 1994. The fountain is made of granite and uses 2200 gallons of recycled water per minute. All summer long, find school children running and laughing through the spray! Bring a picnic and enjoy summer at this fun Purdue water art piece.

Fly high!! Prophetstown State Park!

Make sure you head to one (or all if you are truly adventurous) of our water attractions! It will lead to a great summer! For more information about these water adventures and other outdoor recreation in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Haan Mansion Plein Air Paint Out & LaffyCon!

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.

There are so many beautiful landscapes and sites in our community. Have you ever  just wanted to get a canvas and create a masterpiece modeled after one of them? You have that very chance this weekend! Join artists from across Indiana painting picturesque sites in the Lafayette area. At Haan Mansion’s Plein Air Paint Out, you can really see “TIppecanoe on Canvas”! You might find the artists painting at the Museum or downtown in the evening to capture unique nocturnal scenes.  These artists enjoy painting outdoors en plein air, as did Indiana’s most famous plein air painter, T.C. Steele.

Anyone can join in the fun!  Register and bring your paints and canvas to paint your own masterpieces.  Registered artists will be eligible for over $1500 in prizes.  First prize is $750.  Ribbons will be awarded for the best paintings by youth ages 17 and under.


Stop by the Museum for a map of historic sites and locations where you can find artists hard at work on their new masterpieces.  Artists will be painting on Thursday evening, from early morning to 5 p.m. on Friday, and until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Get to the Museum early on Saturday to get your first choice at the Artists Exhibit and Sale.  Previously completed paintings will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Enjoy light refreshments, meet the artists, and have a chance to buy newly completed works directly from the artists from 3 to 5 p.m.  Help to recognize the winning paintings at the awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m.  Works submitted for judging will be available for purchase after the judging is complete. See their website for more!

Did you know that Lafayette has its own Comic and Pop Culture Convention?! Also starting this Saturday, June 30th, is the 4th Annual LaffyCon! Join the fun at Carnahan Hall in Market Square. It runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.! LaffyCon features vendors, artists & guests to get your spider senses tingling.

Enjoy Vendors/Artists/Table Top Gaming, Comics, Cosplay, Panels and more!  Enjoy Live Panels from Journey Into Comics! If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, vendor, artist or otherwise get involved, email the team at laffycon@gmail.com. Please visit their website here for further information, such as tickets, schedules, etc.!

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