Shop Local at 3 Farmers Markets!

From the months of May to October, the Lafayette-West Lafayette Farmers Markets make their return. From farm fresh products to handmade gifts the markets offer something unique. These markets run one day per week at the different locations. The locations include downtown Lafayette, Purdue University campus and Cumberland Park in West Lafayette.

IMG_4445The Lafayette Farmer Market has been around for over 165 years! That makes it the oldest farmers market in the state of Indiana. Every Saturday morning from 8:00 am until 12:30pm the market is buzzing. You can find it on 5th street between Main and Columbia streets in historic downtown. If you are looking for parking, spots are available on the streets as well as in the public parking garage with the entrance off 5th street. You will find a beautiful mural backdrop celebrating the long running tradition of the farmers market in downtown Lafayette. Typically there is some sort of live entertainment going on. This market showcases fresh flowers, baked goods, vegetables, fruits, plus honey, jams and jellies.

IMG_4441The Purdue Farmers Market it slightly different. This market is held on Memorial Mall on campus. This market occurs every Thursday from 11:00am until 2:00pm, May through July and 11:00am until 3:00pm, August through October . At this market you can find a lot more ready to eat food. This is a popular lunch spot for students both in summer school and in the fall semester. I purchase my bread from the market each week on my walk back home from classes!

West Lafayette Farmers Market2014Finally, the third market is held in West Lafayette. This market is held on Wednesdays at Cumberland Park in West Lafayette from 3:30pm-7pm. This market features additional goods available for purchase including children’s clothing, handmade glass jewelry and soaps. Additionally, musicians will perform, wine tasting is available and restaurants provide take out meals. Seating is also provided for a relaxing evening in the sunset.

Shopping locally supports the local economy and business owners. Head to the markets this week to find some delicious and in seasons fruits and vegetables!

Rachel, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Past Intern, shares this blog!

Weekend Update: Animal Lover’s Weekend!

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 animals, there are always activities in Lafayette-West Lafayette for you! This Saturday, April 28, is the 7th Annual Loving Heart Animal Shelter Ladies Bingo Night & After Party! This charitable event begins at 6 and ends at midnight! All for the animals – there will be bingo, a silent auction, a raffle and great food! Dance your heart out afterwards and until midnight! There are only 30 tables available, so make sure to RSVP. You can do this by calling at 765-491-8440 or emailing Kati Davis at kdavis8440@gmail.com. For more information, please visit their website here.

 

For a more hands-on experience for animal lovers, visit The Farm at Prophetstown this weekend! On Saturday from 10 AM to Noon and 1 PM to 3 PM, you can learn all about sheep shearing! Experts Pat and Harold Dorrell will be showing how to shear sheep, spin wool, and educating everyone on how to raise sheep! This duo owns Simple Soapworks and Farm Yarns, and travels the Midwest doing workshops and selling their homemade products! If you’re interested in raising your own animals someday, or just want to learn more about the farm lifestyle, this is the event for you.

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

Hike, Bike & Explore the Wabash Heritage Trail

iamtherealloislane Instagram 2131-ig-1514634076501058899_1921393042Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about this much awaited warmer weather!  It is time to get outdoors and take advantage of the sunshine by heading to the Wabash Heritage Trail, a 17 mile hiking and biking trail.

Every winter my husband and I say we are not going to let the weather keep us indoors. Our plan is to brave the blistery, cold weather outside to exercise and stay fit and healthy.  (My father does it!  He runs all winter long no matter the temperature.) But every winter we slowly go from walking or biking four or five times a week to staying indoors all cozy and warm in front of our fireplace.  Thankfully, April is here and we have our tennis shoes ready to head out to get back into shape and to enjoy all the beautiful spring flowers.

IMG_6791One of our favorite trails is the Wabash Heritage Trail as it allows us to capture the beauty of the Wabash River and the flowers and wildlife that inhabit it.   The trail starts at the Tippecanoe Battlefield and runs all the way to Fort Ouiatenon.  The part we like the most about the trail is the fact that it truly gives us the opportunity to enjoy the rural and urban setting as it runs through the natural environment and also through our cities.  It connects to the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge, which is usually our starting point.  We usually head north on the trail as it winds along the river and if we have enough stamina we will make it all the way to the Tippecanoe Battlefield.  I love the little Nature Center at the battlefield, and the trail leads right up to it!

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Thanks @carp_vikki_ for sharing this photo on the trail!

The Wabash Heritage Trail is a fun trail to hike and get fit! I would personally recommend going if you haven’t exercised a lot this past winter as it has a pretty mild and flat terrain.  It does wind along the river, but overall, it is a great place to get back into shape!  (Or for those like my father who stay in shape all winter long, it is the perfect trail to run as it offers 17 miles of trail system!)

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. For more information about this trail and others in the area, visit our website at

Weekend Update: Exciting Weekend at Wolf Park

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, there are two big events happening at Wolf Park! The wolf and other wildlife sanctuary is home to some of the most interesting and beautiful animals to be found in Lafayette! First on Friday, April 20th at 6:00 PM is the Cookout Howl Night! Admission for adults is just $10 to this special anniversary event. Celebrate with a hotdog cookout – arrive at 6 PM to roast hotdogs (and veggie dogs) over a campfire. Those over 21 can enjoy a brew, and desserts will be available for purchase. Listen to the staff tell stories about Wolf Park through the years then join in the Howl Night at 7:30 PM.


The next day, Saturday, April 21st, is another day of celebration at Wolf Park!  All wolves, foxes, and coyotes are born in the spring. The animals’ birthdays are all within a couple of weeks of each other around late April/early May, so get ready for one big celebration! Each animal gets their own tasty, wolf-safe birthday treat to enjoy. Previous birthdays have included cakes, frittatas and piñatas! Join everyone this year to see what treats they will be surprised with! Guests will have the chance to watch as the cakes are presented to the wolves. Each animal approaches this environmentally enriched activity with his or her own special flair. Come say “happy birthday” to Lafayette’s beloved animals! For more information about either of these great events, please visit their website.

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

Sweet Renovations at Greyhouse Coffee

Greyhouse Coffee is a spot loved by many Purdue students and visitors. Being one of the only local coffee shops around Purdue campus, this restaurant attracts long crowds and hungry students. After being closed for a short couple of months for major renovations, Greyhouse re-opened its doors in March of 2018.

I was able to check out the inside of Greyhouse for myself and it is truly stunning. They added more setting options, a brand new ordering station with a central location and a welcoming design. They still offer their classic lattes, teas and crepes but make sure to check then out in the coming weeks for the addition of gourmet donuts. My go-to drink at Greyhouse is the Masala Chai latte with almond milk. The caffeinated drink is a good alternative to drinking coffee, with spices like clove and cardamom that isn’t too sweet!

Greyhouse Coffee is conveniently located at 100 Northwestern Avenue, right on the corner of a multitude of restaurants in the West Lafayette area. Although they are known for their amazing coffee and lattes, they also offer a variety of tea options and smoothies. For food, they offer crepes, cakes, macaroons and gelato. They are known around campus for their variety of sweet and savory crepes, offering both regular and vegetarian options like the rooster crepe which is a local favorite!

During the warmer months, Greyhouse has outdoor seating. The renovation introduced some new indoor setting space as well to accommodate the students and guests who wish to study or sit and enjoy a drink on a chilly day. They are conveniently open from 7 AM and close at 12 AM; during some holidays, hours may change.

Make sure to stop on over and check out the new renovation for yourself! Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, Natalie, shares this blog.  For more information about Greyhouse Coffee and other coffee shops in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Challenge Yourself at Kampen Golf Course

IMG_0145If you’re looking for a golf course that will challenge you at every facet of your golf game, play the Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. This Pete Dye designed golf course that opened in 1998 presents a challenge for golfers of all abilities with vast sand bunkers, native grasslands, ponds and a natural celery bog.

All of these come into play on hole #6, personally my favorite to play. The 6th hole is a long par 5 that forces you to play the left side as there is constant danger on the right. Your approach shot to the green is incredibly difficult as you face a long bunker to the right and another bunker protecting the back side of the green. Good luck!

kampen_CThe scary part is this hole pales in comparison to #18 in level of difficulty. #18 is a 484-yard, par-4 where you’re generally hitting into the wind. You have an intimidating tee shot because trees surround the box creating somewhat of a chute-shot. Down the fairway, there’s a tree to the right, with a large bunker to the left. You’re hitting to a large, elevated green, protected by bunkers and out-of-bounds to the left.

Each hole presents its own challenge on Kampen, but I promise it is worth the number of golf balls you are bound to lose. Each picturesque hole is a testament to the seemingly limitless number of challenges any given round can present.

For more information about our 8 great golf courses, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Corey Davis, Sports Marketing Manager for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, shares this blog.

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.