4 Unique Places for Holiday Shopping: Wabash Riverfront

All Fired Up

One great place to get unique gifts for your friends and family this year would definitely be at All Fired Up. At All Fired Up, they make the experience really simple so that even little kids or novice artists are able to create their own masterpieces. When you first walk in, you are greeted and the process is clearly explained to you. You then pick out the pre-made pottery piece that you want to paint. The great thing about All Fired Up is that they have so many options of pottery pieces to choose from. You have the opportunity to chose from mugs, bowls, plates, and so much more. Your special someone will love seeing the time you put into making something that is meant just for them.

Dawson and Daisy

If you know someone trendy and stylish, you’ll want to pop into Dawson & Daisy for the perfect holiday gift! They have candles, clothes, accessories, adorable home wares, and much more! Among the racks, they even have some of the cutest children’s clothes in their “Little Buds” section!

Chances are, when you are shopping for holiday gifts here, you will be tempted to purchase all kinds of things for yourself! The shop itself is located at the Wabash Landing, and one of my favorite parts about it is the great smell inside! It makes for a very positive shopping experience. Your stylish friends will absolutely love a present from Dawson & Daisy!

 

Design Nook Interiors

Design Nook can help create your space into a masterpiece of beauty! This shop is full of  home good items that will make your space lovely and one of a kind. Shop for a perfect gift for your loved one this holiday season from a plethora of holiday decorations and/or accessories.  Or if you are looking to remodel your home, Design Nook has interior and exterior decorators, that have years of experience to assist. Help make your loved one’s house a home with beautiful home decor that will match their style!

Juniper

Did you know that you can shop local and still get high-fashion looks? Treat yourself or those you care about to a new outfit, accessories, and more that you’re sure to love! Juniper is a boutique with a large selection of junior, contemporary and women’s fashions. The shop sells everything from clothing, to jewelry, accessories, and shoes. Juniper has all the newest in-demand styles right now! Grab the perfect holiday outfit for your favorite fashionista here!

 

Sam, Purdue University Student and VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

Holiday Weekend Update Dec. 7-9, 2018

TrevorMahlmann5Holiday 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 plethora of fun, holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • Holiday Tours at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art is a special treat that you won’t soon forget. (December 5-9) A Christmas train traveling through several rooms, decorated with Dickens Villages is a favorite feature for both kids and adults.  A gingerbread-style playhouse and multiple animated figures invite kids to participate. Decorated trees, Santas, angels, nativities, Lafayette houses and Dickens villages fill the Museum and spread the Christmas spirit.
  • Enjoy a candy cane tour at McCord Candies!  Make your very own candy cane on December 7, 8 & 9.
  • A night of dance and magic is taking place on December 7 & 8 during the Purdue Contemporary Company’s Winter Works.
  • Every year when the holiday season is near, you can expect an outstanding show from the Lafayette Jefferson Choral Department. The Holiday Show showcases all six choirs in the department. It is taking place December 7, 8 & 9.
  • 14 life-size outdoor scenes involving a cast of hundreds bring to life the significance of the baby in the manger at Faith Church.  The “Living Nativity” will take place on December 7, 8 & 9. You can either walk or drive through the nativity.
  • On Saturday, December 8, Purdue Bands and Orchestras present Tuba Christmas and Holiday Cheer & All That Jazz.  This holiday favorite concert is a must see! Continuing the tradition started by Harvey Philips in 1974 to honor his teacher and mentor William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day, over 80 musicians will perform holiday favorites on low brass instruments. This concert is a campus-community partnership inviting low brass performers from the community to play alongside student musicians with euphoniums, sousaphones, and of course, tubas. Don’t miss this unique holiday experience!
  • Bring the kids to enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” at the Purdue Memorial Union on Saturday, December 8. Breakfast with Santa is the perfect event for celebrating Christmas with children and families! Visits with Santa are free. The breakfast, sponsored by Pappy’s, will occur at the same time in the Union South Ballroom.  Do not miss checking out the giant Purdue Christmas tree!

    Skate with Santa

    Skate with Santa

  • Skate with Santa will be held on December 8. Santa invites you and your parents to come out for a fun-filled morning.  You will enjoy donuts, hot cocoa, and skate with the jolly old elf himself!  This will be a great photo opportunity, so make sure to bring your camera!  To really enjoy this event, it’s recommended that children be of appropriate skating age and size.  Reservations are required.
  • Carnahan Hall Presents: Holiday Soiree on December 8. Holiday Soirée will have shopping options from local and surrounding boutiques which include: My Little Corner Boutique, Boutique LoriAnn, B Boutique, Urban Chique Boutique, and Whiskey Rose Boutique!
  • Come shop on December 8 with your favorite local vendors & artisans at the Holiday Market & Pancakes with Santa at Dayton Elementary School! Awesome gifts and stocking stuffers, perfect for gift exchanges, co-workers, friends & family.

    Dickens

    Dickens

  • Friends of Downtown presents “Downtown Dickens & Christmas Village Market” on December 8. Enjoy a day where Downtown is transformed into Victorian England. Throughout the day, there will be live performances by choirs and entertainers, roving carolers, Holiday Farmers Market, hay rides and of course, the Dickens and Victorian street characters announced and directed by town criers and a constable or two! Make sure you take advantage of the many “Dickens specials” by downtown restaurants and merchants.
  • Dickens at Duncan Hall is taking place December 8. The event includes live music, children’s crafts and tours of decorated rooms.
  • Christmas decorations in the 1920s included both handmade and commercially produced paper decorations. Learn how to make crepe paper rosettes and trees, jointed Santas, “snaps” and more at the Gibson Farmhouse on December 9 during “Christmas Traditions Craft Class”.
  • Pizza with Santa Claus at Midtowne Oven. Santa Claus will be taking time out of his very busy schedule to stop by for pizza and fun on Saturday, December 8 from 12pm to 2pm! Midtowne Oven will have some very special Christmas-themed pizzas and fun candy cane shaped garlic dough to celebrate his visit. Grab your camera and bring the kids in for lunch and a great photo that you can cherish for years.

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

5 Unique Places for Holiday Shopping: Arts & Market District

Artists’ Own

If your loved ones are interested in art, Artists’ Own is the place to visit this holiday season. Think of Artists’ Own as a “headquarters” for artists working in Lafayette. It’s a well-known gallery where local artists can showcase some of his or her favorite pieces for anyone to purchase. Featuring many different mediums and media for art lovers to enjoy, Artists’ Own is a hotpot of creative output. You’ll definitely have fun browsing all the different unique gift options here!

 

Two Tulips

Personalized gifts always make the occasion special. Two Tulips is an adorable boutique shop located in downtown Lafayette. Two Tulips offers a wide variety of services from invitations to home decorations to a huge selection of baby gifts.  When you walk into the store, it is bright, cheerful and puts a person in a really positive, happy mood. You can have stationary personalized for your friends who love sending letters or taking notes.  There are tons of cute gifts for every member of the family – from babies and beyond!

 

L.E. Originals

Lampwork Artist and L.E. Originals owner, Linda Elmore, uses her sense of design and masterful artistry to create jewelry and gifts out of different forms of glass such as empty wine bottles.  Not only is she creating pieces of art to be worn, but she is going “green” by using recyclable products. One very special gift available here for your loved ones is their photo beads. These one-of-a-kind beads can be printed with a photo of your choice, maybe even one of you and your loved one together! These make for a truly beautiful and heartfelt gift.

 

River Knits Fine Yarns

Do you know someone who loves doing crafts? River Knits is ideal shopping grounds for all things yarn, knitting, and crafts. There are rows and rows of awesome yarn skeins to choose from. Any color or pattern you’re interested in, you’re sure to find here. You can even sign your loved one up for some of the classes that are offered! You can check out which classes are currently running here.

 

Scout

Scout is a fabulous new location for this downtown district! This adorable and trendy shop is full of a rotating stock of vintage furniture, home decor and other items! You can view their website for their hours and more information here. If you are hunting for a gift for someone who loves making their home unique and cozy, this is definitely a great place to end your search! There are one of a kind items here that will win the hearts of many! Follow Scout on Instagram for updated photos of their stock and what the owner is up to!

For more information about these shops and other in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Sam, Purdue University Student and VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

Holiday Weekend Update Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2018

Purdue Christmas Show

Purdue Christmas Show

Holiday 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 plethora of fun, holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • On December 1 & 2, enjoy dance, glitz and toe-tapping holiday tunes, plus traditional Christmas hymns with the cathedral-like reverence of the season at the Purdue Christmas Show.
  • Holiday Tours at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art is a special treat that you won’t soon forget. (November 28-Dec. 2) A Christmas train traveling through several rooms, decorated with Dickens Villages is a favorite feature for both kids and adults.  A gingerbread-style playhouse and multiple animated figures invite kids to participate. Decorated trees, Santas, angels, nativities, Lafayette houses and Dickens villages fill the Museum and spread the Christmas spirit.
  • The largest holiday parade in Indiana starts the holiday season…area bands, local floats, clowns, fire engines, police, postal workers and, of course, Santa are welcomed by the crowds on December 1.

    Christmas Parade by Dave Schmidt

  • Polar Express is coming to the Long Center on December 1! Hop aboard a Long Center theater seat and catch The Polar Express!
  • Enjoy a candy cane tour at McCord Candies!  Make your very own candy cane on November 30 & December 1 & 2.
  • Learn how to make beautiful ornaments from real eggs during Egg Ornaments at the Farm event on December 1. Duck eggs raised right on the farm will be used.
  • The Holiday Makers Market is back at Wea Creek Orchard on November 30 & December 1 & 2. Holiday Makers Market is a collaboration of many wonderful handmade items featuring several local artists.
  • Sport your ugliest sweater and cruise the streets of beautiful downtown Lafayette at the area’s premier 5K. Tis the Season 3.1 Ugly Sweater Walk & Run is taking place on December 1.
  • Come to Imagination Station for the holidays for their Holiday Lab on December 1.  There will be special stations set up to celebrate the holiday season.
  • Specialty popcorns, soups, maple syrup, honey, holiday items, baked goods, candy, potpourri, soaps, meat, jams/jellies, flower arrangements, and more can all be found at the Holiday Downtown Farmers Market on December 1.
  • Nearby in Delphi, enjoy Old Fashion Christmas at the Canal.  The special atmosphere of Christmas in the 1850s is there for all ages to enjoy. Take a guided tour of the seasonally decorated Reed Case House with its 1850s ambiance. Get tour tickets at the Canal Center. Fill your list with hand-crafted things to buy of one-of-a-kind gifts. Hum to the Christmas music in the air.  Take a moment and enjoy your hot apple treat or other food offerings—or buy home-made cookies to take home. Overall, nineteen crafters will be presenting authentic old-fashioned goods for sale.
  • Santa is at the Tippecanoe Mall all weekend long! On December 2 bring your pets for their “Photo with Pets” event.
  • Head to Linden for their Christmas 2018 Open House at the Linden Depot Museum. The museum is featuring the 1837 Nooris 4-2-0 steam engine being built for the 25th anniversary.

Haan Mansion

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

3 New Boutiques Hit Lafayette 2018

There are three new boutiques in Lafayette that everyone absolutely must know about! Shop-a-holics, watch out! You’re in serious danger here. From trendy clothes to vintage furniture, you’ll discover a must-buy at any of these new shops! Support our community and #shoplocal at any of these cool places below!

Scout

                

Located in the heart of Downtown Lafayette is a new shop that you’re sure to love! Filled with a rotating stock of unique vintage furniture and decor is Scout! Couches, bedding, pillows, art, and everything else you need to make your house a home is here! You’ll definitely find something unique that no one else around has. If you or someone you know loves vintage styles, stop in to visit Scout and meet owner April Cochran-Smith. She curates this amazing collection of unique home furnishings with skill and flair. Not to mention – the storefront itself is total #goals! You can learn more about the store and its hours on Scout’s social media!

Bloom

  

Parents – there is a new boutique that is simply perfect for you located on Main Street, downtown Lafayette! Bloom Kids Collection offers clothes and accessories from some of your favorite kids brands. Some examples include… Babyface, Burt’s Bees Baby, Milk Snob, Slumberkins, and Under Armour! Fall in love with all of the cutest outfits for your precious one. There’s even a great selection of fun and inclusive kids books! For the most stylish of kids, Bloom is your new favorite shop.

Boutique Lori Ann

    

Boutique Lori Ann is a new local clothing boutique offering everything from business wear to jumpsuits and maxi dresses. In addition to clothing, they have jewelry and accessories of all kinds. Boutique Lori Ann is perfect for women looking for a fashionable and sophisticated style. Lori Ann is great and so accommodating with finding the best look for you. There are so many options to choose from and the shop itself is adorable. Boutique Lori Ann is a wonderful addition to downtown Lafayette.

For more information about these boutiques and other fabulous shops in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

This blog is shared by Visitor Information Specialist, Sam Martin!

 

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!

Spooky Halloween & Fall Activities 2018 Part 1

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

  1. Exploration Acres
    1. When: October 11-28, Thurs. 6-10pm, Fri. 6pm -11pm, Sat. 10am – 11pm, Sun. Noon – 7pm
    2. Where: Exploration Acres, 6042 Newcastle Road, Lafayette
    3. Details: Once you arrive you can warm-up with a quick run through the straw bale maze, then visit the 18 acre corn maze with over 8 miles of twists and turns (the largest corn maze in northwest Indiana!)! You can test your skill at a pedal car race, fire a three-ear corn cannon salute or just dive into a mound of hay. There is a pumpkin patch, hay rides, and picnic area with fire pits.  Enjoy a gem mine, pony rides, and pumpkin decorating/race.
  2. The Great Pumpkin Patch
    1. Today-October 31, 11-7pm
    2. Where: Congress Street Church, North Parking Lot, 2012 Congress St., Lafayette
    3. Details: Visitors can shop for pumpkins, gourds, fall decorations, bake sale, mums and more.

      Great Pumpkin Patch

      Great Pumpkin Patch

  3. 9th Annual Trail of Scarecrows at Prophetstown State Park
    1. When: Today– November 4
    2. Where: Prophetstown State Park, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Take a hike on the bike trail, starting at the Prairie View Picnic Area, and find our Trail of Scarecrows. Each scarecrow was designed by someone in the community – a business, an organization, a family and more. Support their creative efforts and “penny vote” for best scarecrow in the Visitor Center. These penny votes will add up, and all proceeds benefit the interpretive programs at Prophetstown State Park.
  4. Evil on Erie (Haunted Warehouse)

    Trail of Scarecrows at Prophetstown State Park

    1. When: October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
    2. Where: Haunted Warehouse, 1910 Wilson Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Haunted Warehouse – be prepared to be scared!
  5. Fall Funfest: A Harvest Celebration at Prophetstown State Park
    1. When: October 20-21
    2. Where: Prophetstown State Park, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Join everyone for a weekend of fun fall festivities – whether it’s a popular Halloween activity in the campground, like trick-or-treating or campsite decorating contests, a hike to see scarecrows along the trail, a hayride through the prairie, or take a step back in time at the Native American village to enjoy a harvest celebration.
  6. Fall Fest Weekend at The Farm at Prophetstown
    1. When: Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    2. Where: Farm at Prophetstown, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Stop by The Farm and celebrate Fall Fest Weekend. They will have fall themed crafts and activities. The Farm will have FREE popcorn and cider available.  Decorate a mini pumpkin for $2 each. FREE with park admission.
  7. Barn Dance & Harvest Celebration at The Farm at Prophetstown 
    1. When: Saturday, October 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m..
    2. Where: Farm at Prophetstown, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Come to The Farm for their annual Barn Dance and help celebrate the harvest of crops! Scott Greeson shares his musical talents all over the Midwest, but will be performing in the barn from 6:30-8:30pm.  There will be a silent auction to support The Farm and activities for children.  Come hungry, as there will be homemade farm chili for sale.  Bring your camper chair for extra seating.  Enjoy this annual evening of family fun!  $5 per car, plus park admission.  Trolley rides will be available for $3 per person, children 5 and under ride FREE.
  8. Haunted Adams Mill
    1. When: October 20, 27 & 31, 6-10 p.m.
    2. Where: Adams Mill, County Road S. 75 E., Cutler, IN – See website for directions
    3. Details: Each year around Halloween, the Mill is decorated and becomes a haunted, scary place.  Hundreds of visitors come from near and far to be scared!  Guided tours through the ghostly three floors of the Mill reveal many spine-tingling experiences. Outside, tractor-drawn hayrides take visitors through the haunted forest and then down to the warm campfire. Warm drinks and other treats are available under the overhang at the front of the Mill.
  9. 1920 ’s Halloween Decor at The Farm at Prophetstown
    1. When: Sunday, October 21, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    2. Where: Farm at Prophetstown, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Come to the farm to make Halloween décor. Hoosier families in the 1920s incorporated homemade and commercial decorations in their harvest and Halloween gatherings. Halloween parties were especially popular with all ages and commercial party supply companies promoted the use of its tissue and crepe paper, gummed seals (today’s stickers) and mat-stock silhouettes. FREE with park admission.
  10. Boo Bash & Family Movie Night
    1. When: Sunday, October 21, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    2. Where: Wea Creek Orchard, 5618 S 200 East, Lafayette
    3. Details: The Public Schools Foundation of Tippecanoe County hosts its 11th annual Boo Bash & Family Movie Night on October 21, 2018. This family fun evening offers hayrides and several activities including pumpkin seed spitting, pumpkin bowling, tic tac toe, spider fishing, and donut on a string. Prize basket and “Guess How Many” winners will be drawn at 6:30, and the evening will conclude with a showing of Toy Story of Terror, a short, 22 minute film.  Concessions from the Emergency Munchie Truck will be available for purchase and the Wea Creek Market will be open. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is $5.00 per person.  Children 2 and under are free. For groups of more than four, admission is $3.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the event. In case of rain, activities will be moved inside the barn.

      Boo at the Zoo

  11. Boo at the Zoo
    1. When: October 24, 25, & 26 (Wed, Thurs, & Fri), 6:30-9 p.m.
    2. Where: Columbian Park Zoo, 1915 Scott St., Lafayette
    3. Details: Boo at the Zoo will be back and better than ever this Halloween! This “hauntingly-friendly” event is perfect for your pre-school and elementary school-aged children. The event features a nightly kids costume contest, fun games, encounters with their Animal Ambassadors, photo keepsake opportunities, and the Enchanted Train Ride. The night of delights also includes live entertainment and the Columbian Park Kiddie Rides.
  12. Imagination Station’s Annual Haunted Lab
    1. When: Friday, October 26 6-8 p.m. & Saturday, October 27, 10-3 p.m.
    2. Where: Imagination Station, 600 N. 4th Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein! Kid-friendly lab activities, costumes encouraged, and treat for the little scientists.
  13. Howler at the Fowler
    1. When: Friday, October 26, 6pm-10pm
    2. Where: Fowler House Mansion, 909 South Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: We’re excited to announce that, together with the 1852 Foundation, the Wabash Valley Trust for Historic Preservation is hosting our first annual Halloween bash at The Fowler House Mansion on October 26, 2018 called the ‘Howler at the Fowler.’ It’s going to be a ‘howl’ of a good time – costume contest, silent auction fundraiser with great prizes and awesome sponsors, cash bar, free appetizers, music and more! This is a 21+ over event. Please drink responsibly!
  14. Halloweentown 2018- Year of the Werewolf

    Halloweentown

    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 3-6 p.m.
    2. Where: Riehle Plaza | Downtown Lafayette
    3. Details: All 2 and 4 legged community members are invited for an afternoon of Halloween fun. 4th Annual Halloweentown and Operation Trick or Treat in DT Lafayette. Year of the Werewolf. We are honoring our 4 legged community members. Pet parade and costume contest. All animals must be on a leash.
      Starts at 2 on Main Street with local businesses handing out candy then down to Riehle Plaza for Costume contest, DJ, refreshments and lots of treats!! Grand finale is THRILLER on the plaza. You’ll be home in time for the moon rises. Bring your friends. All costumes welcome.
  15. Frankenhuffin Halloween Bash 2018
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 9-1 a.m.
    2. Where: Sgt. Preston’s, 6 N. 2nd Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Come on out to the third annual FrankenMuffin Halloween Bash at Sgt. Preston’s! Don’t miss out on the costume contest with special prizes TBD distributed at 11:00 pm. Ask about Sgt. Preston’s “Spooky Specials”. In costume or not, enjoy an awesome night of music and fun! Show starts at 9:00 pm, rocks on until around 1:00 am. 21+ venue. Best part: NO COVER!
  16. Wolf Park Pumpkin PartyPortrait of Timber
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 1-5 p.m.
    2. Where: Wolf Park, 4004 E. 800 N., Battle Ground
    3. Details: Celebrate Halloween with the wolves! Help stuff jack-o-lanterns for the animals to enjoy, and then watch as each animal find their own special way to tear open the pumpkin to find the treats inside. This is a great time of year to come out and see the wolves in their thick winter coats and enjoying the cooler temperatures. Other activities include a costume contest! Come dressed in your finest and compete to win prizes. What other activities will there be? Come and find out!

Check back on October 19 for a listing of Trunk or Treat and Trick or Treat events taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

For more information about these scary, fun events, please visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Seven Superb Free Events – Labor Day Weekend

Lafayette Citizens Band – Photo by Dave Schmidt

Labor Day Weekend is upon us! Wow, this summer has flown! Check out these seven, superb free events to do this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

  1. The air in downtown Lafayette will be filled with the smell of fresh garden flowers, baked goods, vegetables, fruits, plus honey, jams and jellies on Saturday, September 1 at the Historic Downtown Farmers Market.
  2. 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 DJ’s, belly dancers, and balloon animals. Where? Mosey Down Main Street on Saturday, September 1.
  3. Live Music with Travel Kearney at Star City Coffee and Ale House on Saturday, September 1. Enjoy live music in English and Spanish. Originals and Covers from the 50’s to today.
  4. Traveling Broke and Out of Gas celebrate the release of their 4th full length studio album, ‘Bastard Americana’. Free show on the patio at Digby’s Pub with VERY special guests, The Hooten Hallers, on Saturday, September 1.
  5. Art Exhibits: Explore your artistic side at Artists’ Own, featuring the exhibit “Art From the Loom”.  The last day of this exhibit is Saturday, September, so don’t miss out! Also, do not miss a visit to the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette featuring 4 diverse and interesting exhibits. And lastly but not least, Purdue Galleries present the exhibit: Guerrilla Girls: The Art of Behaving Badly
  6. Saturday marks the 37th Labor’s Family Day Picnic at Columbian Park. The event includes free park rides, zoo, games, prizes, live music, rock climbing, face painting, a dunk tank, clowns and the Kroozers Car Show.
  7. The Lafayette Citizen Band plays and celebrates the end of their summer season at their Labor Day Concert on Monday, September 3.

DT Farmers Market – Photo by Dave Schmidt

Have a fun and safe Labor Day!  For more information about these events, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Five Free Things to Do this Summer in Lafayette-West Lafayette

With the kids out of school, summer is the perfect time to get a taste of the Lafayette-West Lafayette community! Check out these five free things that you and your family can check out this summer!

1. Lafayette Citizens Band Concerts

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, you can enjoy concerts from the Lafayette Citizens Band concerts on Thursday evenings! Pop down to Riehle Plaza to enjoy the classical music preformed by this group of locals. This band has been performing since 1842!

2. Natalie’s Second Chance Volunteer

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Help out the community and have a great time doing it by volunteering at Natalie’s Second Chance Animal Shelter! Volunteers can help walk dogs and help with shelter duties. Spending time with these animals is free, and not only benefits them, but is sure for an adorable experience!

3. Stars and Stripes Concert

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Each year on Independence Day, there is a great holiday celebration at Riehle Plaza! The Lafayette Citizens Band performs a concert filled with patriotic music. The Stars and Stripes concert is followed by a stunning firework display at dusk (usually around 10 PM). Have fun and celebrate the Fourth of July with your community members!

4. Farmers’ Market

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The Farmers Market runs from May through October! It has three locations – Lafayette, West Lafayette, and on Purdue’s campus. It is one of the longest running farmers markets in Indiana, founded over 165 years ago! You can stroll through the stalls of fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods and more.

5. Fort Ouiatenon

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Fort Ouiatenon is open weekends mid May—August from 1 to 5 p.m. Visitors can see the replica blockhouse, which was built in 1930. The Fort was built in 1717 and it was originally a fur trade post! This would be a great place to learn about some Indiana history and have fun exploring the recreated settlements.

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist Intern, Samantha Martin!

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Easter Weekend Update 2018

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 is an extra special holiday weekend. Easter is this Sunday, April 1st. And don’t worry, none of these exciting activities are April Fool’s jokes!

Running from March 29th to the 31st is the Passion Play. It is presented by Faith Church, performed at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Enjoy this musical that celebrates the Easter holiday. Call for free tickets or make online reservations on their websiteJoin the crowds for the annual presentation of The Lafayette Passion Play! With soaring live music and a company of more than 100 actors, singers, and musicians, you won’t want to miss this family-friendly celebration of the life of Jesus. You can catch the play on the following dates/times:

  • Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 pm
  • Friday, March 30 at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 3 at 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 31 at 6:00 pm

Secondly, on Saturday, March 31st, you can check out the Easter Eggstravaganza — a free, family-friendly holiday event. Celebrate with free games and activities for the entire family! Face painting, temporary tattoos, bounce houses, and more! Opening up the event is the amazing Skydiving Easter Bunny landing on site a the River City Church! He is bringing over 60,000 eggs to the Easter Egg Hunts! There will be multiple age-appropriate Egg Hunts at separate times: Ages 3-5 years, 6-7 years, 8-9 years, 10-12 years. There is a separate toddler egg hunt, which runs from 9am to 12pm continuously. Additionally, there will be a special hunt for children with special needs, which runs from 9am-12pm continuously. For more information and tickets, please visit their website here.

 

If you’re looking to eat out with your friends and family, there are some great Easter Specials happening in the area. The Four Points has an Easter Sunday Buffet from 11am to 2pm, with no reservations required. Call 765-463-5511 for details. The Courtyard by Marriott has an Easter Celebration on Sunday with two seating times — 10:30amand 1:30pm. Enjoy a delicious Easter brunch buffet with the whole family. Call to reserve your spot: 765-400-6840. (These are just two of the great restaurants you can visit for brunch!)

Celebrate with all of these unique things to do this weekend and more

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