Weekend Update: Elegant Bridal Expo & The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!

Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This Saturday, March 2, the Long Center presents: The Magic of Bill Blagg LIVE!. This performance is a grand-scale theatrical touring production that includes rock concert style lighting, incredible stage sets, and mind-blowing magic! Back by popular demand, Blagg returns to the Long Center stage with his off-the-cuff personality and astounding magic. See Blagg instantly teleport across the Long Center theater, squish his body from 6 feet to 6 inches tall or bring ordinary objects to life with a simple wave of his hands! The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! is more than a magic show, it’s an interactive magic experience! You’ll witness objects float in mid-air, vanish in the blink of an eye and so much more! Blagg is changing reality one city at a time and Greater Lafayette is next! Tickets start at $22 .

Brides and Grooms to be, check this out! This Sunday, March 3, the Elegant Bridal Expo is taking place in the Purdue Memorial Union. This community event is expected to host 50 wedding related vendors from the Greater Lafayette area to benefit the Student Chapter of Professional Convention Management Organization, local businesses, and future brides. In addition to vendors, a fashion show displaying the latest wedding gowns, tuxes, and bridesmaid dresses will take place in the north ballroom featuring partnered vendors. Brides to be will get in for free, and all guests are $5/person at the door.

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

An Irish Visit to Nine Irish Brothers

Four Irish men and women walked into a pub. No, that is not the beginning of a joke, but the beginning of an evening at Nine Irish Brothers pub.

Four University College Dublin students — Penny Gavin, Tommy Meade, Niall Diffley, and Celine Kiernan — tried traditional Irish foods at the local Irish pub near Purdue’s campus.  The group had already tried a pub in Chicago but were sorely disappointed after finding that one featured an Italian flag above the counter rather than an Irish one.

However, the group was able to find a piece of home right near Purdue’s campus at Nine Irish Brothers pub. It did not take long for the group to feel the true Irish spirit after they entered the doors. They agreed that the atmosphere matched that of a typical Irish pub, with live music and décor. Similar to many pubs in Ireland, Nine Irish Brothers has dark wood paneling with lots of signs and flags. Many of the signs referenced many locations all over Ireland. The group was happy to see that there was even a photo of Michael Collins, who is a famous revolutionary leader in Irish history and a symbol of Irish patriotism.

Penny is from Westmeath, Ireland, and is studying crop production. She tried a half order of Tiger Mike’s Fish and Chips. She was worried about the fish not being fresh; as Ireland is a small island country, fresh fish is common, accessible and a key ingredient for fish and chips. She was happy to find that the haddock was fantastic. The half order comes with “chips,” or non-traditional fries, and one large haddock filet battered with lager. We also tried shamrock sauce, which is a delicious fry sauce. It is much better than it sounds and worth a try. The half order comes with plenty of food.

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Tommy is from Meath, Ireland, and is studying agricultural sales and marketing. He had a full order of Baby Jer’s Guinness Stew. Tommy grew up raising Limousine cattle and had high expectations for the stew. Even so, he thought it was quite delicious. As the name implies, the beef stew features a Guinness Stout that gives it the delicious, hearty flavor. Like any Irish meal, it would not be complete without potatoes. In the case of the Guinness stew, it came with two large scoops of mashed potatoes. The half order is available as well.

He also noticed that many of the recipes were American variations from typical Irish recipes. For example, corn beef and cabbage typically is ham and cabbage. The soda bread was also much sweeter as many Irish recipes do not use nearly as much sugar as American ones.

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Niall is from Roscommon, Ireland, and is studying agricultural sales and marketing at Purdue. He tried Irish John’s Prime Rib, which is a Friday & Saturday night special served from 5-10 p.m. In addition to the prime rib, the meal was served with steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, and whiskey sauce. It is one of the best steaks Niall has had since coming to the States. It was very tender and cooked perfectly. While the vegetables were underwhelming, the mashed potatoes were exactly like how they are at home in Roscommon, he said. Niall was the only member of the group over 21 and was excited to order Magners, an Irish cider not commonly found in the States.

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Celine is from Cavan, Ireland, and is studying food science. She loved how homey the pub felt as it featured traditional Irish music and decor. She loved how some decor incorporated the Gaelic language. She had a half order of Brother Jim’s Shepherd’s Pie. Featuring ground beef, carrots, and peas, the shepherd’s pie was hearty and delicious. The half order was the perfect size for smaller appetites and the full order provides the perfect opportunity to take home leftovers.

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Overall, Penny, Tommy, Niall, and Celine loved their experience at the Nine Irish Brothers pub, noting its authenticity and atmosphere. Tommy was happy to see that the flag was the correct one.

Be sure to make a point to stop at one of Nine Irish Brothers pub’s three locations in West Lafayette, Lafayette or Indianapolis and try a traditional Irish meal, or check out their events page to see upcoming events like whiskey tasting or live bands. For more information about Nine Irish Brothers and other restaurants, visit HomeOfPurdue.com

Purdue University Student, Hayley DeHaan, shares this blog.

Dusk Till Dawn Restaurant Serving Seafood & Chicken

Located in Wabash Landing, right by Wabash Landing 9 Theater is a new eatery: Dusk Till Dawn Restaurant. Known for fried chicken and seafood, you will definitely want to check out what this place has to offer.

With a modern and industrial vibe and movie posters throughout, this restaurant is something unique to the West Lafayette area. For students at Purdue University, it is within walking distance and easy to get to, and one of the only local options for fried chicken. The fried chicken and fries are tasty options for those who are not big fans of seafood. Well seasoned and fried to perfection, you must stop in for this.

Fried Chicken!

If seafood is more your taste, they offer an amazing cajun seafood boil as well as two other sauce options. The seafood option can be quite messy, but they know that and give you a pair of gloves to help with the meal which creates a really fun dining experience. All the food is served in unique box containers and the seafood mix comes in a bag similar to what you might expect at a seafood boil. Not too spicy, but flavorful and well seasoned, I would highly recommend the cajun sauce. They also offer a variety of signature drinks including the Sunset Samurai which is a fruity lemon drink or the Starry Night drink which features fresh fruits and flowers.

Cajun seafood boil

The owner is friendly and seeks to create a fun atmosphere. The service was efficient and overall it is an excellent dining experience!

Next time you are looking for something new in the are, be sure to check out Dusk Till Dawn. For information about this restaurant and other in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Improv Comedy & Rock and Roll Pizza Party

One Size Fits All

Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

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

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

Sip on specialty martini’s at the Knickerbocker!

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

Digby’s Offers Classic Burgers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lafayette Eclectic Pubs, Sports Bars and Historic Saloons

Some may think that the best nightlife in the Lafayette area takes place on Purdue University’s campus; however, the bar and pub scene across the bridge in Lafayette provides an exciting environment that can fit anyone’s niche.

Eclectic pubs, sports bars and historic saloons are just a few of the different scenes you can experience on your next visit to downtown Lafayette.

Below are just a few suggestions for a good night on the town.

The Black Sparrow

After celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2018, The Black Sparrow continues to offer a new experience every time you visit its location on Main Street. Known for its craft beer menu that continuously changes, the Sparrow’s specialty pizzas are a favorite part of an expanding list of food items that contains old favorites and unique daily specials. Open 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Monday through Friday and 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, the bohemian vibe hits you the moment you walk through the door. But don’t let the calmness during the day fool you. In the evenings, especially Friday and Saturday nights, the music turns up and the number of people grows.

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The brick walls, dim lighting, and unique shelving help enhance the eclectic vibe that is shown throughout your visit.

“You will always find a mix of different people here,” says John Olakowski, general manager at The Black Sparrow. “One moment we are playing classic rock, and the next you’ll hear hardcore rap.”

If you want to experience a bar with diversity and originality, The Black Sparrow is the place to go.

Knickerbocker Saloon

One fact about the Knickerbocker Saloon stands above the rest: it is the oldest bar in Indiana, having been open since 1835. Knickerbocker is located directly underneath what used to be the Lahr Hotel, where the Amtrak Station would drop off and pick up travelers coming through the town. Even today, the outdoor seating provides a prime place to enjoy a classic cocktail while people watch along 5th Street; however, it is the inside scenery that will leave you staring. The dim lighting and table to ceiling mirrors enhance the antique feel you get the moment you walk through the door.

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With a large selection of alcohol, you can try something new or stick with your favorite.

Although the rich history and cigar menu sets the Knickerbocker Saloon apart from many bars in Lafayette, Dan Scott — a bartender at the saloon — said the Knickerbocker prides itself on old-fashioned service as well.

“Professionalism is what sets us apart,” said Scott. “We are expected to come dressed well and provide the best service we can, every day.”

To check out a saloon that has history built into every inch while enjoying your favorite drink, stop by any day between 4 p.m.–3 a.m.

Chumley’s

Chumley’s on 3rd Street in downtown Lafayette describes itself as an “upscale sports bar,” which is exactly what you will find on your visit. The view into this pub from the street is enough to draw you in to see what’s going on inside. A variety of seating ranges from booths to bar stools, along with high and low top tables, that provide plenty of space for standing and cheering on your favorite team during any sporting event. If the open and friendly atmosphere isn’t enough to make you want to stop by, the food and alcohol options will be sure to draw you in.

“We just recently changed our menu to offering a majority of Mexican food,” explained Rebekah McCormick, manager at Chumley’s. “However, what we are probably most known for is our 50 beers on tap.”

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50 beers on tap means a long line of eye-catching levers at the bar.

Along with its impressive list of beer on tap, Chumley’s has great deals throughout the week if you are looking for a cheaper option for your nightlife and bar scene experience downtown.

Come to Chumley’s any day of the week between 11 a.m. to 3:30 a.m..

Digby’s

Digby’s Pub and Patio is a great place to try if you’re looking for something informal with a modern space. One feature that separates Digby’s from the rest is its outdoor patio. This is a great space to get together with friends or to enjoy a nice breeze while drinking a handcrafted cocktail.

If you are looking for somewhere that focuses heavily on the local aspect, Digby’s is known for serving locally sourced beef, pork and seasonal produce from the Lafayette Farmers Market. Their local purchasing does not limit their menu options; they have many choices of salads, burgers, sandwiches, and even mac & cheese.

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Digby’s Pub and Patio adds a new outlook to nightlife in downtown Lafayette due to their outdoor seating options. (Photo provided from Digby’s website)

Open daily on 4th  Street downtown Lafayette from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., be sure to visit Digby’s website to stay up to date with the multiple events that are hosted weekly.

If you are still unsure of where to visit for your nightlife experience while in Lafayette, check out the Home of Purdue Blog to see a list of all the pubs and bars the area has to offer.

This blog was written by Emily Marsh, Purdue University Student.

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

The Two Gentlemen of Verona by Purdue Theatre

Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

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

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

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

Eclectic & Bohemian Scene – Star City Coffee & Ale House

Nestled in Downtown Lafayette is a unique and dynamic café known as Star City Coffee & Ale House. Star City is a combination of part coffee shop and part ale house which creates the perfect environment to savor the simple things in life. Whether you are a fan of a delicious pour over or prefer a draft beer, Star City Coffee & Ale House has something for everyone.

An eclectic, bohemian, and artistic scene is what you should expect when walking into this local Lafayette jewel. It is a relaxing and casual place to catch up with friends or catch up on some work while being fueled by Star City’s delicious Dirty Chai (my personal favorite). And do not hesitate to chat with the baristas as you will quickly find that they are knowledgeable on all things coffee and ale. These baristas love to help new guests with their drink selection or even pick the best cupcake flavor. So, when you become a regular at Star City you will find that the expert baristas remember who you are as they truly care for the people who walk in their door. (And occasionally some of those guests who come to Star City are on four legs!)

A few of the menu highlights include items such as the Star City Turkey Panini that includes turkey, mozzarella, fresh tomatoes, basil, cream cheese and chives or for a breakfast option I recommend the open-faced Mediterranean bagel with feta, honey, tomato, and basil. Both are classic options for some sustenance, but if you are looking for a sweeter pick-me-up to drink I recommend the Lavender Vanilla Latte or the Nutella Latte. And for customers who are 21 and over, the Upland-Two of Tarts Tropical Gose has an unmistakable flavor of mango and passion fruit with a crisp, dry finish.

Whether you are a local to Lafayette-West Lafayette or planning your next weekend coffee crawl/beer tasting, then Star City Coffee & Ale House is an absolute must. For more information about this location and other restaurants in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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

Art Galleries Galore Downtown Lafayette

KL Art Gallery

Art abounds in Lafayette-West Lafayette!  Explore galleries offering all types of exquisite fine art; from oil paintings and fine art prints to glass art, sculpture and contemporary pieces. Check out these art galleries as you delve into our diverse and eclectic art scene!

Art Museum of Greater Lafayette: Six galleries show continually changing art exhibitions, which change in September, December, March and May each year. A permanent collection of nearly 1,500 objects is maintained and selected works are always on exhibit in the Weil Gallery. Gallery talks and workshops are presented with many of the exhibitions. Friday Night Live features live music performances, in the galleries, on the last Friday of each month. Studio art classes are offered throughout the year in the Manya Fan Art Education Center and the Museum Shop offers works by artists in the permanent collection, the teaching faculty and current exhibit artists.

Live music performance at Art Museum of Greater Lafayette

Artists’ Own: The Artists’ Own Gallery was conceived as a place where local artists would combine their art and talents in a friendly setting for both serious collectors and casual customers. The gallery has become a primary destination for both contemporary and traditional art lovers. Works in the gallery include paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, furniture, pottery, fiber, glass, drawings, and much more.

Gallery Walk at Artists’ Own

China Art Gallery Antiques & Unique LLC.: This gallery brings culture to the downtown art scene. Immerse yourself in Asian culture as you stroll through the various rooms of vases, paintings, calligraphy, jewelry clothing and more.

KL Art Gallery: Established in 2004, KL Art Gallery is located in the heart of downtown Lafayette. It is open to the public and features original pieces in oil, watercolor, pastel and other media.

LE Originals

Le Originals: A group of local artists in one gallery like setting, who specialize in creating unique handmade gifts from pottery, paintings and sketches, woodwork, hair, body & skin care, glass jewelry & gifts, wearable art and fiber art.

Susie Gibbs Art Gallery: A fine arts gallery exhibiting original works in watercolor, oils, acrylic, glass, pottery, wood and limited edition prints and various other media. Susie Gibbs Framing and Art Gallery offers a unique selection of artwork by area artists. Appropriate pieces for home and office settings. Great gifts for all occasions.

Susie Gibbs Art Gallery

Tippecanoe Arts Federation (Is closed until May of this year, but make sure you add it to your places to visit in the summer!): The building originally opened in 1927 as the Albert A. Wells Memorial Library. However, when the library outgrew the space and opened a new facility in 1989, it became the Wells Community Cultural Center. It is now home to the Tippecanoe Arts Federation (TAF) which acts as an agency to promote many of the area’s cultural organizations and also sponsors the annual TASTE of Tippecanoe. The building  houses three galleries in which local artists’ works are displayed throughout the year.

For more information about these Downtown Lafayette Art Galleries and more art galleries around the area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Valentine’s Day Special Events 2019

Purdue Jazz Band – Evening of Romance

Valentine’s Day is almost here!! If you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway there is still time to book your travel! Or if 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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • Afternoon Delight, February 10th. Savor succulent sweets and the stimulating poetry and music of love as the Lafayette Chamber Singers explore the delicate, whimsical, paradoxical, and flamboyant moods of love through the centuries with a bubbly mix of classical and pop melodies. Starts at 3pm.
  • A Season of Love” Free Concert, February 13.  Students from Purdue Musical Organizations will “share the love” and perform a free Valentine’s Day-themed concert in the Purdue Memorial Union Commons near Starbucks. The free concert, “A Season of Love” will begin at 7 p.m. and feature several specialty groups from the Purduettes and Purdue Varsity Glee Club ensembles.
  • Wildcat Creek Winery: Perfectly Paired: Wine and Chocolate 2019, February 14th.  The perfect Valentine’s Day date! Share a decadent evening with your loved one by enjoying Wildcat Creek Wines paired with Wolf’s Fine Chocolates. Celebrate wine, chocolate, fun, and above all, love!
  • PMO Singing Valentine’s, February 14th. This year, melt the heart of someone you love with a Singing Valentine from PMO! Singing Valentines go on sale Wednesday, Jan. 24. To order, call PMO at (765) 494-3941. All orders must be placed by 5 pm Thursday, Feb. 8. Valentines will be delivered Wednesday, Feb. 14, and can be delivered in person in the Greater Lafayette area or by phone to a long-distance love. Singing Valentines are $30 and include one song, one rose, a cookie and a card personalized with a message of your choice.
  • An Evening of Romance with Purdue Jazz Band, February 15th.  Enjoy an Evening of Romance as we celebrate Valentine’s Day in unique cabaret fashion! The Purdue Jazz Band and the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management team up to recreate a 1940s big band dance club atmosphere – where couples can enjoy music, dancing, food, and romance. Hors d’oeuvre and dessert buffet provided.

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