Weekend Update: Whistle Stop and A Christmas Story

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, November 16, kicks off this year’s annual swing dance event at Purdue – Whistle Stop! Presented by Purdue Night Train Swing and Blue Dance Club, Whistle Stop runs Friday and Saturday from 8PM to 12AM. Sounds like a weekend full of fun! From a live band to swing dance instructors, this evening will be one for the books! Do not miss out on this energetic blast from the past night featuring Naomi and Her Handsome Devils! For tickets, you can visit their website here. Ticket prices range from $10 for just late night Saturday to $65 for an entire student weekend pass.

If you’re ready to get in the Christmas spirit, you’re in luck this weekend. Running Friday through Sunday at the Delphi Opera House is A Christmas Story. A Christmas Story, by humorist Jean Shepherd, is an endlessly delightful holiday classic about growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s. The story follows nine-year-old Ralphie in his quest to get an official Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Will he get what his heart desires? You’ll have to come see this amazing show to find out! Visit here for tickets and box office information.

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

Local Acts of Kindness Leave Mark on Purdue Family

Hannah and mom Rachel 1 week before Hannah became ill

Today is World Kindness Day! We want to share a story of loving kindness we heard from a Purdue parent who experienced the BEST of our community.  Thank you to Rachel Michelberg for sharing this story with us to pass on. It shows how the human spirit of kindness can leave a mark in a family’s life forever. Our world is brighter with these wonderful acts of kindness.

Rachel shares, “In November 2016 my daughter Hannah was in her sophomore year at Purdue.  She fell ill the weekend before Thanksgiving and was taken by a friend in the middle of the night to St. Elizabeth hospital. Her illness, which was thought to be either TB or pneumonia, progressed rapidly and the doctor advised me to come as soon as possible.  My husband and I flew out (from the San Francisco bay area) that night.  Hannah was in the ICU in an isolated room – we had to don gowns and masks upon entering.  She worsened and the doctors put her on a ventilator. As you can imagine it was truly terrifying – the antibiotics weren’t working and her lung x-rays continued to show worsening, severe congestion.  TB was eventually ruled out – she had a severe form of pneumonia.
The night Hannah went on the ventilator – the Wednesday before Thanksgiving — we took a break and went to East End Grill for dinner.  It was hard to relax but we told the server our story and asked if they were open the next day so we could have somewhere to go for Thanksgiving dinner.  Soon after Scott came to our table and offered to make us a meal that we could pick up and have in Hannah’s hospital room (he would be coming in to the restaurant to cook just for us since they weren’t open.) We were flabbergasted by his kindness and gratefully accepted.  When my husband Richard picked up the meal the next day, Scott refused his repeated offer of payment.  So extraordinarily kind and generous.

Thanksgiving Dinner – Chicken, asparagus and lovely mashed potatoes. Scott even sent plates and cutlery.

I helped Hannah move into her studio in The Hub this past weekend for her senior year.  I took her and a few of her friends to the East End Grill on Saturday night and asked to see Scott.  He remembered us, asking – “you’re here from California, right?” I thanked him again, and he said “it’s just what you do,” – as if there was no question that this is the way people should treat each other.”

The staff at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette want to thank Scott at East End Grill as well for being kind and making us so proud to call Lafayette-West Lafayette home. Our community is positive, kind and a great place to be a part of. Living or visiting here, it’s fabulous!
Please share an act of kindness you have received? And remember, be kind!

Weekend Update: Nine Irish Brothers 10 Year Celebration & Purdue Theatre Performance

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.

Nine Irish Brothers in Lafayette opened its doors ten years ago, and they are going to celebrate this Friday, November 9! They will have giveaways, drinks specials ($1 off Guinness, Nine Irish Red, and Irish Butts), as well as some GREAT music from Ireland’s favorite son Brendan Loughrey! Brendan is a talented, energetic Irish musician with a huge repertoire of songs, including originals such as  Kenny Chesney,” and “Livin’ in the Heart of Ireland,” as well as outstanding renditions of traditional Irish tunes. He’s a great guy, as fun as he is talented, perfect for a celebration!

The Purdue Theatre Department showcases the musical, Next to Normal on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama and three Tony awards, Next to Normal presents an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness, set to a rock music score. Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.

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

Weekend Event: The Big Swing Band & Heirloom Orchards

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 weekend, commemorate the vibrant vibes of the 1940’s. Carnahan Hall Presents: The Big Swing Band on November 2nd. The event begins at 7:30pm, doors opening at 6:30pm! Do not miss out on this evening of excitement. This is a night of 1940’s swing music and dancing, along with some ballroom dances too! The Big Swing Band is gaining popularity in Indiana with its sound of classic swing music which captivated the nation from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. The players are professionals and highly skilled performers from various backgrounds. They play mostly standards from yesteryear recorded by such legends as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Nat King Cole, with some more modern favorites by such artists as Billy Joel, Brian Setzer and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. The band also sports its own arsenal of original arrangements as well as a few original tunes.

 

Have you ever wondered what goes into starting an orchard, or thought about starting your own? Come join the experts at The Farm at Prophetstown State Park this Sunday, November 4th. Enjoy a talk about starting your heirloom orchard. Learn about heritage apple varieties and check out the plans for an heirloom orchard at The Farm. Admission to the Farm and this event is free with park admission. It runs from 1pm to 2pm. If you love nature or are interested in learning more about heirloom orchards, this is the place for you 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.

Burger Trail! Don’t Be Nervous, Try the Purvis!

The Burger! We have ventured out around Lafayette-West Lafayette, tasted, explored and tried to conquer the mighty burger! Our last stop on this burger exploration is Triple XXX Family Restaurant, home to so many fabulous burgers. Their saying is “Don’t be nervous, try the Purvis,” and we took on this challenge. Here are our feelings about their unique burgers:

Duane Purvis All American

Emily truthfully was nervous, but guess what? She tried the Duane Purvis All American Burger! Here are her thoughts, “I am not a huge peanut butter fan and peanut butter on a burger has never sounded very appetizing. After trying it for the first time, I’m disappointed I didn’t try it sooner. I am so glad I ordered it and gave it a try. This burger was delicious and now I know why everyone loves it. It has the perfect amount of peanut butter on it and is jam packed with flavor. I will most definitely be ordering this burger again!”

“The Boilermaker Pete Burger is my favorite,” Ashley proclaims! “I prefer it without the grilled onions so it’s just a basic cheeseburger but it’s the perfect cheese burger. You can actually taste the cheese and the meat. The cheese gets into all the nooks and crannies of the burger and just meld together. The smoothness of the burger and cheese mixed with the toasted sesame seed bun makes for a tantalizing mixture of textures for your taste buds.”

Burger….

Corey shares, “The Bert Burger at Triple XXX is grilled and sizzled to perfection. Biting into the ¼ pound burger, you get mouthwatering crispy bacon, melted American cheese, a crunch of onion. I add my personal touch by adding spicy ketchup. The Bert Burger, along with a Triple XXX Root Beer of course, will leave any burger enthusiast craving for more.”

Bert Burger

I tried the Boudia, (Boe-Dye-Uh), a triple cheese sensation! American, Swiss & Philadelphia cream cheese, 2 slices of bacon, & tomato on a toasty sesame bun. Add in a 1/4lb. chop steak and you have the quintessential burger creation! I have tried many burger combinations at Triple XXX as my family has been visiting this local eatery for years. I have to say this is officially my new favorite burger Triple XXX serves. I love cheese and the 3-cheese combination is stringy, smooth and delicious. The chop steak is juicy and the bacon crisp and flavorful. As a bonus it is served with my favorite side, hash browns and gravy. Their hash browns are the best around. Perfectly cut and cooked! YUM! To those that enjoy eggs, our waitress recommended a fried egg as well to complement this burger. 

Boudia

Burgers, burgers, burgers! We love burgers! We want to hear from you and what your favorite burger is from Triple XXX Family Restaurant or another restaurant in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Leave any fun burger comment and enter to win a unique gift basket including a VLWL cooler, Purdue shirt, thermos and more! (Please note only positive comments will be eligible for entry.)  A winner will be picked in November.

This fall we have showcased 5 burgerlicous restaurants. We want to hear about your favorite local Lafayette-West Lafayette burger joint and we will happily start adding to our trail! Share, share, share!

For more information about this fabulous restaurant and others in our area at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Girlfriends Getaway Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Girlfriends Getaway Contest 2018″ worth over $550! Congratulations to Hyla from West Lafayette, Indiana!

She shares, “I’ve lived in the West Lafayette area for the past 7 years and some of these places I haven’t been to yet. I’m so thrilled to have the opportunity to patronize some local businesses and have fun with my friends. Thank you!”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in November.  The theme will be Holiday Shopping & Entertainment!

Weekend Update: Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette & Ballroom Dance

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.

If you love theater and mystery, this weekend the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette presents a show just for you! This Friday, October 26 is the opening night of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. This exciting show runs on weekends from the 26th until November 10th. Fridays and Saturdays, the show begins at 7:30pm and on Sundays the show begins at 2:30pm. Get your deerstalker cap on – the play’s afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Watch as Holmes and Watson try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters. Click here to find more information and purchase tickets!


Are you a lover of dance, or just want to check out something new? Stop by the annual ballroom dance competition at Purdue hosted by Purdue Latin & Ballroom Dance Team. This Saturday, October 27th from 7am to 9pm, you can enjoy a great number of dances at this event. There will be hundreds of dancers from Purdue and other schools! Get moved by the music and support our school’s dance team. Please visit their website for further information.


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

Wagyu Burger-liciousness at East End Grill

Burger-liciousness is taking place all over Lafayette-West Lafayette this month! We have been featuring some of our favorite burger joints across town and enjoying every delectable bite. The featured restaurant today is East End Grill.

We are happy with our selection!

East End has 2 burgers that put it on our burger map.  First is the East End Burger. This burger is an 8oz prime beef patty with Applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato, pickle & baby greens. Ashley from our office shares, “The presentation of this burger is fantastic. I had to pause a moment to figure out how I wanted to eat it as it was as tall if not taller than my hand turned on its side. The meat and other toppings were perfectly and evenly portioned. A huge slice of tomato and large chunky slice of sweet pickle topped Applewood smoked bacon, 8 ounces of prime beef, cheddar cheese and baby greens. The flavor was amazing!”

East End Burger – check out that thick slice of fresh tomato…Delicious!

The Prime Valley Farms Wagyu Burger is the other burger that had our taste buds soaring. This burger is locally raised 100% full blood Wagyu Beef. It is on their menu throughout the year when East End Grill gets Wagyu beef supplied to them from a local farm, so it is featured on a limited time basis. (Fingers crossed it is served when visiting because it is an amazing sandwich.) This burger is served with a sweet tomato relish, creamy Saint-Andre Cheese and arugula. A co-worker and I ordered this burger. It will melt in your mouth with the dense marbling that makes it juicy and delicious! The relish, cheese and arugula give it the perfect balance of sweet and savory. It is one of the best burgers I personally have ever ordered out. Add in some of the East End Grill fries, and you are in burger/fry heaven!

Wagyu Burger -OH YUM!

Burgers, burgers, burgers! We love burgers! We want to hear from you and what your favorite burger is from East End Grill or another restaurant in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Leave any fun burger comment and enter to win a unique gift basket including a VLWL cooler, Purdue shirt, thermos and more! (Please note only positive comments will be eligible for entry.)  A winner will be picked in November.

For more information about this fabulous restaurant and others in our area at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Spooky Halloween Trick or Treat Update 2018 Part 2

It’s a scary, spooky Halloween Update! Do not miss these fun Halloween Trick or Treat activities in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  1. Trunk or Treat at St. James Lutheran
    1. When: Sunday, October 21, 3-5 p.m.
    2. Where: St. James Lutheran, 800 Cincinnati Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Free! Games, popcorn and crafts. Hot dogs & drinks for sale. Lots of candy!
  2. Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival at Crestview Community Church
    1. When: Sunday, October 21, 5-8 p.m.
    2. Where: Crestview Community Church, 1400 Ortman Ln, Lafayette
    3. Details: Join us Crestview Community Church for our Annual Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat. From 5p – 7p we will have bounce houses, face painting, live music, games, food and more! From 7p – 8p the Trunk or Treat will take place. Door prizes will be given out throughout the evening.  This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome!
  3. Mall-O-Ween
    1. When: Thursday, October 25, 6-8 p.m.
    2. Where: Tippecanoe Mall, 2415 Sagamore Pkwy. S., Lafayette
    3. Details: Trick or treating at the Tippecanoe Mall. Line starts at entrance A by JCPenny. Don’t forget to bring your bag, bucket or pillowcase to trick or treat around the mall. Please no full-face mask or painted faces on kids 8 and up. No toy guns or weapons of any kind.
  4. Trunk or Treat Cruise in Car Show
    1. When: Friday, October 26, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
    2. Where: AJ’s Burgers and Beef, 3575 Promenade Parkway, Suite 700, Lafayette
    3. Details: Bring the Cars and Bring the kids! Weather permitting, we are hoping for a great final event to head into winter time. Stop on by AJ’s Burgers and Beef in Lafayette on Friday October 26th, from 6-9PM for a Trunk or Treat! What does that mean? Well, instead of going door to door, you can go car to car showing off your great costumers while showing off your cool rides!
      This event is family friendly and for the kids! Prizes will be given to the kids with the best costumes. The best part about this event is its FREE to participate in!
  5. Trunk or Treat at Hunter’s Moon Harley-Davidson
    1. When: Friday, October 26, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
    2. Where: Hunter’s Moon Harley-Davidson, 225 Progress Drive, Lafayette
    3. Details: Join Hunter’s Moon H-D for our annual Trunk-Or-Treating! This year, we are inviting the community to come out and pass candy out in the parking lot as well! Hunter’s Moon H-D will be giving the best decorated vehicle a $100 gift certificate!!
      The dealership will also be decorated so be sure to bring the kiddos inside for more treats at each of the departments. Hot cider and treats will be served inside in our customer lounge
  6. Trick-Or-Treating with the Animals at The Farm at Prophetstown
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    2. Where: Farm at Prophetstown, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Come dressed in your costume and share this festive weekend with The Farm animals. Find each station on The Farm and receive a treat. They will have plenty of candy to share! Learn about how trick-or-treating came to be and see the house decorated for a 1920’s Halloween party. Several of the animals will be in costume and the Tenant house will be open for tours. Don’t miss this fun event! FREE with park admission.
  7. Trunk or Treat at Faith East Community Center
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    2. Where: Faith East Community Center, 5572 Mercy Way, Lafayette
    3. Details: Faith East Community Center is excited to host its annual Trunk or Treat event. All of the fun of trick or treating in one safe, family-friendly environment. With over 50 stops, carnival games and bounce houses, and more candy than you can count – you are guaranteed to have a great time!
  8. Trunk or Treat at Northend Community Center
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
    2. Where: Northend Community Center, 2000 Elmwood Avenue, Lafayette
    3. Details: Northend Community Center will have trunks lining both sides of their front parking lot. When you get done with your last trunk, join everyone inside the Community Center for more games, bounce houses, and of course free popcorn, hot chocolate, and apple cider!
  9. Operation Trick-or-Treat with Friends of Downtown
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 2-4 p.m.
    2. Where: Downtown Lafayette Businesses (11th and Main down to Plaza)
    3. Details: Trick or Treating from 2-4pm, pet costume contest, costume contest at 5pm, community dance party from 2-6pm followed by “Thriller” flash mob in Riehle Plaza at 6pm.
  10. Trunk or Treat Riehle Plaza
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 3-6pm p.m.
    2. Where: Riehle Plaza, 200 N. 2nd Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Have small children or looking for a fun event to show off your Halloween costume and indulge in some candy? The Lafayette PD, West Lafayette PD and Tippecanoe County Sheriffs will be passing out candy on Saturday, October 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Riehle Plaza.

      Farm at Prophetstown animals will be decked out in costume!

  11. Trunk or Treat at Christ United Methodist Church
    1. When: Sunday, October 28, 1-3 p.m.
    2. Where: Christ United Methodist Church, 3610 S 18th St, Lafayette
    3. Details: Come out dressed in your best Halloween costume to Christ United Methodist Church’s Trunk or Treat! After you’re done Trunk or Treating enjoy our concession stand with hotdogs, chips and drinks! Hope to see you there!!
  12. Trunk or Treat Halloween Celebration
    1. When: Monday, October 29, 5-7 p.m..
    2. Where: Bob Rohrman Toyota, 3900 South Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Come and enjoy a fun and safe environment with your kiddos! We will have plenty of candy and Free Hot Dogs for the family!
  13. Haunted House and Trick or Treat at St. Mary Healthcare
    1. When: Tuesday, October 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    2. Where: St. Mary Healthcare, 2201 Cason St., Lafayette
    3. Details: For ages 10 and under
  14. Calvary Baptist Candy Crawl
    1. When: Tuesday, October 30, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    2. Where: Calvary Baptist, 310 Kalberer Rd., West Lafayette
    3. Details: Free! Candy Crawl is a safe, free, and family friendly event for the whole community. Kids (and adults) can wear costumes and trunk or treat going from car to car in the church parking lot getting more candy! Activities will be indoors and outdoors. Hot dogs and drinks served. We will have indoor activities for children with autism and sensory disorders. Please contact us before the event to find out more about our sensory friendly activities. An area with games and pumpkin decorating will be open from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Please avoid scary or inappropriate costumes – there will be lots of little kids everywhere!
  15. Trunk or Treat at Immanuel United Church of Christ
    1. When: Wednesday, October 31, 5:30-8 p.m.
    2. Where: Immanuel United Church of Christ, 1526 S 18th St, Lafayette
    3. Details: We will have Trick or Treating, Games, Hay Ride, Food & Drinks, Photo booth more. This event is free and family friendly. You won’t want to miss out on this fun filled evening.
  16. Trunk or Treat at Haan Mansion
    1. When: Wednesday, October 31, 5-8 p.m.
    2. Where: Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art, 920 East State Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Calling all ghosts, goblins, witches and more, stop by the Haan Museum for candy galore!
  17. Lafayette Trick-or-Treating
    1. When: Observed on Halloween, but no set hours.
  18. West Lafayette Trick-or-Treating
    1. When: No mandated date, but usually observed on Halloween.

Click here for a listing of other spooky Halloween special events (Part 1) taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette.  Enjoy and have fun this Halloween!