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.

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.

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.

Weekend Update: Improv Comedy & Rock and Roll Pizza Party

One Size Fits All

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.

One Size Fits All presents 2 great nights of improv comedy this Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23. Friday is A Night of Musical Improv, where 2 groups from Indianapolis, Dudesical and Folk Buddies, will make up songs, raps, ballads, and even an entire musical right before your very eyes all based off audience suggestions. The fun continues Saturday night with Elimination Improv Night. Players will battle it out creating scenes, games and songs all based off audience ideas until only one player remains. Then the long form group 5 to 1 will create 5 scenes and the audience will eliminate them one by one until only a final scene is left standing. 2 great nights of hilarious fun for everyone!  Don’t miss this entertaining weekend at the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette.

On Friday, February 22, People’s Live hosts a Rock and Roll Pizza Party at the Knickerbocker Saloon with The Prannies and The Katatonics! Pizza will be provided by Puccini’s Smiling Teeth Pizza & Pasta-West Lafayette. Meat and veggie options available! The Prannies, Lafayette, Indiana’s favorite all original pub rock band will perform as well as The Katatonics, producing fender tones, stand-up bass, and rockin’ surf beats. Have fun!

Sip on specialty martini’s at the Knickerbocker!

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

Digby’s Offers Classic Burgers

Burgers, burgers, burgers! In the fall of 2018 we created the Lafayette-West Lafayette Burger Trail. This trail features the best of the best burgers in the area. Recently, we visited Digby’s Pub and Patio and after tasting their burgers, we all agreed they MUST be added to the trail! Here is why:

Their hand spanked burgers are ground from Angus Beef, dry aged, NEVER FROZEN & sourced from Buetler Meats here in Lafayette. They offer specialty burgers or you can build your own. Try their classic 1/2lb., go big & bite into a 1lb. or take on the legendary 1 1/2lb POUNDER!

Corey’s review: The Veggie Burger at Digby’s is a classic black bean patty filled with flavor! Create your own masterpiece with toppings such as Jalapenos, Wisconsin White Cheddar cheese, Zesty Beer Mustard, and if you dare…. Digby’s own Hell Sauce. Bite in and enjoy!

Veggie Burger

Lisa’s review: The classic burger comes with cherrywood bacon (you can never go wrong with bacon on a burger) and white cheddar cheese, which is a personal favorite! It was served on one of the best burger buns I’ve had in a long time – really soft.  I opted for the garlic aioli as my topping and enjoyed every bite of this burger!

Samm’s review: The classic burger.  My burger was generously seasoned and the patty was thick. The white cheddar cheese slightly melted brought an enormous flavor and blended perfectly with the crunchy applewood bacon, topped with an olive for visual appeal. I would definitely get this burger again. It’s the kind of burger you crave but no one else ever gets it quite right. 11/10 is my rating!

Classic Burger

Not feeling a burger? Check out Emily’s review of their BBQ Pulled Pork Mac: Mac and cheese and pulled pork seems like it could be a strange combination, but it turns out it’s amazing. The bbq sauce smothered on top of the pork mixes so well with the manchego and velvetta cheese and spiral noodles. This dish was full of flavor. If you’re looking for a twist on your typical comfort food, you should try this. I will be ordering this again next time! I give it a 10/10!

What is your favorite burger restaurant in Lafayette-West Lafayette? We love to expand our trail!  For more information about this fabulous restaurant and others in our area at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Theater Weekend Update: Two Gentlemen of Verona & Still Life with Iris

The Two Gentlemen of Verona by Purdue Theatre

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 Friday, Saturday and Sunday, (February 15, 16, & 17) Purdue Theatre showcases one of Shakespeare’s early comedies, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. This play raises questions about the loyalty between two friends who are smitten with the same young woman. Sent to court in Milan to learn to be “perfect gentlemen,” Valentine and Proteus are derailed by their mutual attraction to Sylvia, the ruler’s daughter. Complicating matters, Proteus’ has already sworn his love to Julia, who disguises herself as a boy and follows them to court. The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a coming of age story set in Shakespeare’s world of frantic, love-crazed youth. Shakespeare presents a perilous yet comic journey from youth to adulthood, exploring the transformations all must make along the way.

More fun theater events are taking place this weekend! The Civic Theater of Greater Lafayette Youth present Still Life with Iris on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, (February 15, 16, & 17). All that remains of Iris’ past is a single button from her coat. She lives in the land of Nocturno, a magical place in which memories do not reside in people’s minds but instead are kept in their ‘Past Coats’. Using the button as a clue, Iris joins with friends she meets on her journey to search for the simplest of things, home.

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