Recapture 18th Century Life at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon Oct. 6-7, 2018

Shots Fired

Shots Fired

The “Boom” of the cannons, shake the ground. Herbed pork chops sizzle as they roast. Scents of delectable foods like rabbit and buffalo stew, slow cooked for hours over an open fire fill the air. Sweet, savory apple dumplings, are prepared before your eyes with the freshest ingredients. Drums keep a steady beat in the distance. Festival goers experience this and more  as they recapture 18th century life at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, along the banks of the Wabash River, in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The festival is a reenactment of the annual fall gathering during the mid 1700’s at Fort Ouiatenon,  a fur trading post between the French and Wea Tribe of Native Americans. Control of the Fort shifted between the French, Native Americans and British during its almost 100 years of use.

Welcoming the Voyagers

Welcoming the Voyagers

On October 6-7 2018 the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, invites visitors to experience military demonstrations, foods prepared over an open fire, traditional craftsmen, costumed participants, music and dance for their 51st annual festival!  Enjoy acres of many hands-on activities and engage in lively trading as you take in what life was like around every corner you turn. It’s spirited, brimming with family fun and rich with history and cultural experiences.

Pork Chop

Pork Chop

For more information about this event and others in our area, visit www.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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Weekend Update: Recreation at The Farm & Star Wars Improv

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

Have you ever wished that you could travel back in time? This weekend, your wish could be granted at The Farm at Prophetstown! Visit the Farm on Saturday, June 2nd, for a chance to step back into the 1920’s. This 1920’s Recreation on the Farm goes from 10AM to 4PM. When farm families completed their daily chores, leisure time in the evening might include participation in group games of chance and skill. Board and card games were popular along with adaptations of outdoor games like croquet and bowling. Visit the Gibson Farmhouse and try your luck at 1920s indoor leisure diversions.

Step into a whole other time that evening with the One Size Fits All Improv comedy show. If you’re a fan of the classic Star Wars series, you won’t want to miss this unique show. A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…no one ever expected this! One Size Fits All is taking the universe of space battles and messed up families, and mixing it with what this team does best — IMPROV. Come experience a show like you’ve never seen before. They’ll recreate the original Star Wars movie, but without a script, and throw in your suggestions, your ideas and even your dialogue. May the Force be with you at this awesome and hilarious show that is out of this galaxy. Two shows on Saturday, June 2 — a family friendly show at 6:30PM (bring the kids). And a 17 and older show at 9PM. You can purchase your tickets here!

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

Five Free Spring Things to Do in Lafayette!

There are wonderful activities to do all over Lafayette! The five things I’ve detailed below are some great free options for how to spend your Spring days!

1. Haan Mansion Sculpture Garden

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Take a stroll around the Haan Mansion Sculpture Garden! Newly opened, this garden is home to a wide variety of artistry. Bronze sculptures, clay works, and more can be found outside of the historic Haan Mansion. The path is even wheelchair accessible!

2. Plan a picnic at Clegg Botanical Gardens

clegggardens_cClegg Garden overlooks and runs along side the Wildcat Creek offering a naturalistic setting including prairie and oak savanna restorations, with extensive beds of wildflowers, plants native to Indiana, labelled trees, nature trails and bridges. Grab a blanket, a picnic basket and enjoy an afternoon at Clegg!

3. Round the Fountain Art Fair

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Art lovers and artists alike can witness the artistic mastery of our community members! At the Round the Fountain Art Fair,  hundreds of artists gather to sell and showcase their work. This fair is held the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend each year!

4. Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

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Sculptures, paintings, modern art and more – the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette showcases all kinds of local artistry! Free to the public, the museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

5. Five Points Fire Station Museum

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The Fire Station Museum is a nearly 100-year-old building located in Lafayette. It used to be a functioning fire station for the community, but today it has been converted to a museum. There is a fire truck from 1937, old coats and helmets, and many other artifacts!

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist intern, Samantha Martin.

Five Free Spring Things to Do in West Lafayette!

There’s no better price than FREE! So many attractions and activities to check out this spring won’t cost you a dime. Check out a few selections in West Lafayette below!

1. Cumberland Park

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Cumberland Park contains a 1/2 mile footpath, two lighted Arni Cohen Memorial softball fields, two lighted basketball courts and the Pony League Baseball field! The Cumberland Park would be a great place to visit with your family or friends this spring!

2. John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge 

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 You can enjoy a beautiful spring day along the Wabash at the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge! Take a lunch, relax and watch the people as they walk across the bridge.

3. Bug Bowl 

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The annual Bug Bowl is the largest known insect event of its kind. Nearly 30,000 people attend this event each year! Kids, families, and bug lovers can all find fun activities to enjoy such as the cricket spitting contest and cockroach racing!

4. Public Art Trail

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Explore all of the creative and beautiful art scattered around West Lafayette! Check out our website and brochure on the Public Art Trail – it will give you a guide too all of the things you can spot around Purdue’s campus and beyond!

5. Springfest at Purdue 

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Join the fun at Purdue’s Spring Fest! This free event is a great opportunity for students of all ages to learn about animals, art, astronomy, and much more in two full days of hands-on activities. This year it will be: April 14 & 15, 2018!

This blog was shared by Samantha Martin, a Purdue student Visitor Information Specialist intern at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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Weekend Update: Clybourne Park & Spring Fest

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.

Opening weekend for Clybourne Park begins this Friday, April 13th! Running from April 13th to April 21st is this Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award-winning play. Clybourne Park is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race. In response to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, playwright Bruce Norris set up Clybourne Park as a pair of scenes that bookend Hansberry’s piece. These two scenes, fifty years apart, are both set in the same modest bungalow on Chicago’s northwest side that features at the center of A Raisin in the Sun. The first scene takes place before and the second scene takes place after the events of A Raisin in the Sun. In 1959, Russ and Bev are moving out to the suburbs after the tragic death of their son. Inadvertently, they have sold their house to the neighborhood’s first black family. Fifty years later in 2009, the roles are reversed when a young white couple buys the lot in what is now a predominantly black neighborhood, signaling a new wave of gentrification. In both instances, a community showdown takes place, pitting race against real estate with this home as the battleground. Visit their website for more information and to purchase tickets.

This weekend also is Purdue’s annual Spring Fest! It runs 10AM – 4 PM on Saturday and Sunday, with a Horticulture plant sale running from 9AM – 5 PM. Departments from across the Purdue Science fields will be in attendance – Agriculture, Botany, Biology, Animal Sciences, Horticulture and more! Visit their booths for interactive activities and to learn more about what each department does! A big draw for people of all ages is the Bug Bowl. This is a huge hit with families, sporting an insect petting zoo, honey tasting, a glass bee hive, an arthropod observation room, insect face painting, and crafts!


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

Weekend Update: Wabash Center Gala & Boiler Con

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.

On Friday, April 6th is the Wabash Center’s 65th Anniversary Gala. Celebrate decades of serving the community! From 6-10pm, you can join in the Gala that highlights 65 years of service to children and adults with disabilities in Greater Lafayette. The evening will consist of a cocktail hour, dinner, silent auction, awards presentation, live music and much more! For more information, please visit their website.

 


Each year on Purdue’s campus is Boiler Con! Boiler Con 2018 is our own comic con – come and meet amazing comic book artists and writers, take part in card and board game tournaments, see the unique vendors, sign up for the cosplay contest, and enjoy panels of special guests on April 7! Stop into the Purdue Memorial Union on April 7th from 3-8pm to experience all there is to offer! (And, it is FREE to the public!) Special guests include: Bernard Chang, former Imagineer and Comic Book Creator Mackey McCandlish: Creator of Call of Duty games. If you plan on attending, please be aware of the following rules:

  •  No profanity allowed. That includes messages on signs or clothes.
  • Costumes cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, or firearms/weapons.
  • NO WEAPONS. All firearms/weapons, real or props, are prohibited from the event.
  • Costumes cannot be obscene or offensive, or endorse any form of hate.
  • NO NUDITY. All costumes should provide enough coverage to be worn in public and should be in good taste and appropriate for a family-friendly environment.
  • If costumes are deemed too revealing, you will be asked to cover up.
  • Gore and graphic violence must be minimal.

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

Savor Food and Spring at Town & Gown Bistro

If you’re looking for a cozy hidden spot that is Instagram worthy and full of delicious food and drink, Town & Gown Bistro is your new spot! Town & Gown offers a small, intimate dining experience that everyone loves.

Enjoying Town and Gown

Enjoying Town and Gown

With spring weather approaching, we all want to take in the warm weather in the best way possible. At Town & Gown, you can enjoy the spring weather with their beautiful outdoor seating area. The flowers and shade trees make it a perfect area for any time of the day.

Town & Gown is conveniently located on North River Road, extremely close to Purdue’s campus. If you’re looking for a place to take mom and dad out for breakfast when they visit their favorite Boilermaker, this is the perfect place. You’ll certainly be their favorite after you treat them to a delicious, hearty breakfast at this restaurant.

Town and Gown Eggs and French Toast

Town and Gown Eggs and French Toast

I recommend their french toast which is sweet yet savory, perfectly cut and cooked bacon, and light, fluffy eggs. My co-worker has shared they have amazing biscuits and gravy. The biscuit has a hint of cheese in it and the gravy is rich rich and creamy.  Her 4 year old daughter loves pancakes and rates their pancakes a 10 out of 10. Town & Gown’s pancakes are HUGE and definitely share worthy!

Town & Gown is kid friendly and is also perfect for a date with your significant other. This is the place to go if you’re just wanting a nice cup of coffee and a place to relax. This establishment fits any mood you may be in.

Town and Gown is Kid Friendly!

Town & Gown is Kid Friendly!

Your needs are sure to be met upon arrival. Whether you just want a light lunch or come in with an empty stomach, you will leave satisfied. Town & Gown offers a full menu with enough items to please everyone. They even have vegan options! Choose from a variety of specialty wines, beer, and cocktails! And don’t forget about dessert!

Beautiful outside patio seating area

Beautiful outside patio seating area

If your a searching for a cute and cozy spot for a girls day, date night, or a quick lunch or breakfast Town & Gown will not disappoint!

Emily, Visitor Information Specialist and Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

Weekend Update: Winter Workshops & “Little Women”

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.

With the weather slowly warming up, you might be looking for to do something more “outdoorsy” this weekend. Prophetstown State Park offers their Winter Workshop Series on this Sunday, March 18! For 1.5-2 hours, starting at 1PM, you can create your own walking stick. They’ll show you different methods of design for all ages! Walking sticks are wonderful tools for hiking and long walks – not to mention, they can be beautiful works of art, too!  All Prophetstown workshops will be held in the Visitor Center. In the event of poor weather conditions, the workshop may be cancelled; it will not be rescheduled. To ensure there are plenty of supplies for everyone, registration is required by the Wednesday before the workshop. To register or find out more about these great activities, call (765) 567-4919 or amanuel@dnr.in.gov.

 

Looking to enjoy some theatre? The weekend at t the Long Center for the Performing Arts, The Christus Homines Drama Troupe brings their production of “Little Women”! The stage adaption of IMG_4510Louisa May Alcott’s classic story celebrates the strength of family and the joy of caring for others. Performances will be Friday, March 16th, at 7 pm, and Saturday, March 17th, at 2 pm and 7 pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children 3-12. Free for ages 0-2. We are also offering online ticketsales via Brown Paper Tickets.

 

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

Weekend Update: Swimsuit Skating and “The Old Golds”

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 always unique events going on in our community. This weekend, join in the fun  at Riverside Skating Center. “Dare to Bear” is a special evening event from 7pm to 8:30pm. This iceskatersatduskunique dress-up skating event has one special rule: you must wear a swim suit to participate. Parents may accompany younger skaters in regular attire. Admission fee is $5.00 and skate rental is $3.00.  Cocoa and pizza will be provided to all the survivors- while supplies last. Skating in your bathing suit this chilly weekend will definitely prove for an exciting experience and memory!For more information about the event and contact information, visit their website.

If you haven’t visited the Delphi Opera House, this weekend poses a wonderful opportunity! Friday night, February 2nd, at 7:30pm, the Opera House presents The Old Golds. They hail 17861816_1317396741673555_8390320004191797184_nfrom Lafayette, Indiana and feature former members of the Woodstove Flapjacks, The No-Ops, James Moon and the Third Floor Invention. Plus, a couple of fresh voices to their ever-expanding musical family. Their line up is as follows: Kim Strother on Guitar/Mandolin/Vocals, Matt Scherger on Guitar/Vocals, James Morrow on Guitar/Vocals, Kaida Richardson on Vocals, Ryan Puetz on Bass, George Buechley on Pedal Steel and David Harmon on Drums. Ticket information and more details are available on their website.

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