Weekend Update: Haan Mansion Plein Air Paint Out & LaffyCon!

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 so many beautiful landscapes and sites in our community. Have you ever  just wanted to get a canvas and create a masterpiece modeled after one of them? You have that very chance this weekend! Join artists from across Indiana painting picturesque sites in the Lafayette area. At Haan Mansion’s Plein Air Paint Out, you can really see “TIppecanoe on Canvas”! You might find the artists painting at the Museum or downtown in the evening to capture unique nocturnal scenes.  These artists enjoy painting outdoors en plein air, as did Indiana’s most famous plein air painter, T.C. Steele.

Anyone can join in the fun!  Register and bring your paints and canvas to paint your own masterpieces.  Registered artists will be eligible for over $1500 in prizes.  First prize is $750.  Ribbons will be awarded for the best paintings by youth ages 17 and under.

Stop by the Museum for a map of historic sites and locations where you can find artists hard at work on their new masterpieces.  Artists will be painting on Thursday evening, from early morning to 5 p.m. on Friday, and until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Get to the Museum early on Saturday to get your first choice at the Artists Exhibit and Sale.  Previously completed paintings will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Enjoy light refreshments, meet the artists, and have a chance to buy newly completed works directly from the artists from 3 to 5 p.m.  Help to recognize the winning paintings at the awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m.  Works submitted for judging will be available for purchase after the judging is complete. See their website for more!

Did you know that Lafayette has its own Comic and Pop Culture Convention?! Also starting this Saturday, June 30th, is the 4th Annual LaffyCon! Join the fun at Carnahan Hall in Market Square. It runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.! LaffyCon features vendors, artists & guests to get your spider senses tingling.

Enjoy Vendors/Artists/Table Top Gaming, Comics, Cosplay, Panels and more!  Enjoy Live Panels from Journey Into Comics! If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, vendor, artist or otherwise get involved, email the team at laffycon@gmail.com. Please visit their website here for further information, such as tickets, schedules, etc.!

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

Taste the Hype at Azzip Pizza

When Lafayette and West Lafayette received word that Azzip Pizza would be coming to the area, no one could contain their excitement. After finally trying it for myself, I realized what all the hype was about. Everything from the name of the restaurant to the pizza itself is unique and wonderful.

The story behind Azzip Pizza is a very special one. Purdue’s own alumni Brad Niemeier is the founder of this new and amazing establishment. He graduated from Purdue’s Hospitality and Tourism program in 2012. Azzip started when Brad won the Burton D. Morgan Business Plan Competition at Purdue University. In 2013 Brad opened his first store in Evansville. There are currently 7 Azzip pizza locations and we are proud to have one right here in Lafayette.

What does the word “Azzip” even mean? Try looking at the word backwards. This simple yet fun name has a wholesome story behind it. You can get the details behind the name inspiration and more background information about Azzip here: https://azzippizza.com/2017/06/the-start-up/

You can order a specialty pizza full of your favorite flavors or keep it simple with a traditional cheese pizza. Whatever your taste desires, Azzip has it. Azzip has 2 sizes of pizzas called the “Little Zip” and “Big Zip”. The big zip is 11 inches and the little zip is 8 inches. The Azzip experience is laid back, quick, and gives you all the choices you need to create a great meal in a timely fashion. You choose your dough size and walk through the line selecting your sauce, meats, and veggies you want on your pizza. You can always choose one of the specialty pizzas referred to as “Azzip Picks” as well. The E’vil Pig is full of flavor and is unlike any pizza you’ve had before.  This pizza is loaded with sweet ‘n sassy BBQ sauce, mozzarella, slow smoked pork, red onion, and Grippos in a Ski reduction. What is Grippos and a Ski reduction, you ask? It is barbecue Grippos potato chips and a sweet reduction sauce made from local Ski citrus soda.

The environment at Azzip is very modern and exciting. Your Azzip experience doesn’t end when you reach the end of the order line. The Azzip staff takes care of you during your entire visit. Azzip is the perfect dining option for a easy and tasty lunch or a quick but relaxing dinner.

This isn’t your normal pizza place. Your experience will be full of color, speed, quality, and satisfaction from beginning to end. Don’t just take my word for it, go check it out! Azzip Pizza is located at 105 Farabee Dr S suite B in Lafayette. Check out this new addition to the area.

Emily, VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

Hello Summer! Home Of Purdue Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Hello Summer! Home Of Purdue Contest 2018″ worth over $550! Congratulations to Nicole from West Lafayette, Indiana!

She shares, ”My family and I are super excited to win this contest! We plan on having a fun-filled summer with all of the certificates and my son is already hoping he gets to see another cow give birth at Fair Oaks Farm! We’ve lived in West Lafayette for 2 years, and we have yet to discover some of these places, so it’ll be a nice chance to explore our community!”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in August!

Weekend Update: Fiddlers Gathering & Theater in the Garden

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 very special! Why? It is the 46th Annual Indiana Fiddler’s Gathering!

Join the crowds at Tippecanoe Battlefield Park from June 22nd to 24th. Evening concerts begin at 8PM, and afternoon concerts at 2PM. Enjoy this unique three-day music festival offering FREE workshops, children’s concert and gospel concert. This year features bands such as Aaron Weinstein, The Volo Bogtrotters, Rochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings, The New Hoosier Broadcasters, The Basement Bluegrass Band, and Bing Futch. You won’t want to miss this mix of bluegrass and other musical styles! Camping sites are available for purchase, both for tents and RVs. More information available at their website.

This weekend you can also enjoy Theater in the Garden! This event is brought to you by The Haan Museum of Indiana Art and Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. Theater in the Garden offers the Civic Youth Summer Theatre Institute’s production of “Make it Happen”. Come down to the Theater Garden behind the Haan Museum on June 22 & 23 for this wonderful display of the arts in our community. This will be the premier of both the new stage and the play, which was specifically written by Laurie Russell for this event. Tickets for “Make it Happen” are $7 per person and can be reserved at LafayetteCivic.org or by calling 765-423-PLAY (7529). The rain date is Sunday, June 24 at 2pm. Parking is available on State Street. Don’t forget to get your tickets to this very special opening weekend!

Past year’s performance at Haan Mansion

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

Luxury and Comfort at DoubleTree by Hilton

Happening Now!  Planning a stay in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana area? 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. Right now visitors are talking about the lovely, new, upscale hotel, DoubleTree by Hilton.Enter a magnificent world of elegance and beauty as you arrive at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Lafayette. Upon entering their front doors, your senses will come alive at the lovely ambiance. A contemporary chandelier, full of bright, twinkling lights shines on you as you head to comfy chairs in front of a gas lit fireplace. The fireplace is encased in white marble with gorgeous artwork of local attractions welcoming guests to a modern and cozy setting. The high ceilings, gray and brown muted tones and huge windows make the space airy and happy. It may be the newness, but there is also a smell of luxury and beauty in the air.

The decor is exceptional, but even more impressive is the service. The smiling staff welcome guests and go out of their way to assist in any way. Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette hosts a Star Award Program that is designed to recognize great customer service at our local attractions and hotels. Since DoubleTree opened its doors in the fall of 2017, multiple nominations have come in for this friendly staff! Plus, as soon as you enter this hotel, the staff gives visitors a warm, chocolate chip cookie! What is better than that?!

Looking for a comfortable night’s sleep? When you enter your room, you will be in a personal sanctuary where you will be able to unwind and relax from a long day. Each room features a 50-inch TV, one king bed or two queen beds outfitted with cozy linens, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Kick off your shoes, take a nap, and when rested throw on your swimming suit and take a leisurely swim in their heated swimming pool and whirlpool.

The best news is you don’t even have to leave the hotel to grab food!  Enjoy dinner and breakfast at the Made Market, with menus that focus on fresh and healthy American fare and enjoy your favorite cocktail in the Made Market Lounge. They also offer grab-and-go options and daily room service to suit your busy schedule!

Make sure you visit DoubleTree by Hilton and enjoy the luxurious side of Lafayette on your next visit to Lafayette-West Lafayette. For more information about this hotel and others in our area, 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


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


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


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


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!



Weekend Update: Hike with Your Hound & Kids Royal Sip and Paint

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’re looking for a way to enjoy this beautiful summer weather with your pet, check out Hike with Your Hound. This Friday, June 15th you can hike the trails of Clegg Memorial Garden with your pup! From 10AM to 2PM, NICHES welcomes you and your dogs to hike the trails and meet with dog friendly organizations in the community! Did you know NICHES properties are all leashed dog friendly? NICHES loves dogs so they’re hosting this Hike With Your Hound event to inspire more people to get outside with their dogs! Come out to Clegg Memorial Garden and hike the trails with your furry best friend! Visit with other outdoor loving dogs and owners, get free treats, and enter your name into the raffle for prizes from places like Pet Valu and Pet Supplies Plus! The best part? If you don’t have a dog, this is just another reason to have one. Visit with some adoptable pups from Loving Heart Animal Shelter and talk to staff about getting a new family member! For more info about NICHES, visit their website.


On Saturday, June 16th, enjoy the day with your family at the Springtime Kids Royal Sip and Paint! STAMP Nation presents this unique event perfect for kids of all ages. Have a blast at the Bauer Family Resources Community Center from 10AM to 3PM. Come out and join STAMP Nation for a day filled with fun and excitement while painting a magical masterpiece!  The “Springtime Kids Royal Sip and Paint” will consist of 45 minute time slots to ensure all children have the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful activity. Parents admission is free with the purchase of a child ticket. Get ready to enjoy an environment immersed in culture and artistic bliss while gaining the opportunity to shop with some of Lafayette area businesses. Feel free to dress up in royal attire to enrich your experience. A special $5 off your tickets is offered with the promotional code “STAMPNATION”. To use this code, you must donate at least 2 non-perishable items to the center.


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

Dip Up Smiles at Igloo Frozen Custard

They dip up smiles!

Where can you get the Lafayette area’s favorite flavored drinks, frozen custard and food? The Igloo Frozen Custard of course! The Igloo is owned by the same family that owns the Original Frozen Custard that has been a Lafayette favorite since 1932 near Columbian Park. The Igloo Frozen Custard opened in 1998 with all the original favorites plus some new favorites of their own.

You can’t go to the Igloo Frozen Custard without trying the custard. It’s in the name of course! They use many of the same family recipes their grandparents used when they opened the original frozen custard.  My favorite is the twist, it’s the best of both worlds; chocolate and vanilla. Some other daily flavors are chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, oreo, mint chip, butter pecan and more. The custard is soft, smooth and creamy and can be dipped into a cone, dish as a sundae or malt or shake if you prefer. I like mine just scooped into a cone. Try one of the handcrafted treats such as Nutbars or Chipwiches too. Your dog can even enjoy a special treat with a “pup cup”, a dog biscuit topped with vanilla frozen custard.

Another must have when visiting the Igloo is a flavored fountain drink. You have to try the famous Fruit Drink. It’s an original recipe and family tradition carried on since 1932. It’s a blend of orange, pineapple and lemon juices (with a lot of sugar mixed in). Available by the cup or the gallon. It makes for a wonderful party punch too but don’t forget the ice! It’s not the same with out the small cubes of “Igloo Ice”, which you can also buy by the bag. If fruit drink isn’t your cup of tea, be sure to try a flavored coke. They make their own flavorings as well. Our favorites are cherry coke, cherry sprite and cherry phosphate. We love cherry I guess!  I’ve heard marshmallow root beer is a popular one as well. I love both root beer and marshmallow flavors but can’t seem to stray from my favorites to try something new.

What is your favorite?Hungry? The Igloo can help with that as well. They offer a variety of burgers and hot dogs but they also have a pork tenderloin sandwich and other sandwiches. A couple salads are available as well and for something a little different, I’d

They always serve their beef FRESH and not frozen, because they’ve always thought FRESH TASTES BEST!

recommend the Igloo Salad, with tri-colored pasta, mozzarella cheese, choice of dressing and chicken. I’d recommend ranch and grilled chicken. Do you love French fries? Especially, cheese fries? Well, I’m not a big fry person and never eat coney sauce but you have to try the coney fries. They are so delicious! Crispy fries, fried to a perfect golden brown covered in melted cheese with the Igloo’s special coney sauce on top. It’s amazing! Theconey sauce is not quite as sweet as others and just has its own taste that you have to try to appreciate.

The Igloo is open year round at two locations off of Veterans Memorial Parkway to satisfy all your cravings and trust me, once you’ve tried it, you will have cravings! Enjoy!

Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales for VLWL, shares this blog.

Hello Summer! Home of Purdue Contest 2018 Details

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our “Lafayette-West Lafayette Hello Summer Contest 2018″ to our two great cities. The competition started on Monday, June 4, 2018 and we want to share why each business that has donated to these packages is so fabulous!

One great winner will win the following package worth over $550!

  • The Courtyard by Marriott conference center features over 5,500 square feet of meeting space, perfect for your next special event!
  • Arni’s Pizza is best known for their savory pizza and the Arni’s Junior Salad. This has been a local hotspot for many years!
  • Bruno’s features great food, atmosphere, and fun! This local favorite celebrated their 60th Anniversary in 2015 nd is known for their infamous Bruno Dough and homemade, hand-tossed pizzas!
  • daughter 2014Where else do you get the chance to taste the world-famous Duane Purvis Peanut Butter Burger besides Triple XXX / Route 66? No where! Come and see why this diner was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!
  • Give your tastebuds an experience like never before at Kathy’s Kandies with homemade treats such as: gourmet popcorn, scrumptious truffles, and fluffy pastries!
  • 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 spot! Please note the pancakes are ginormous and sharing worthy.
  • Beverage Heaven…  the Igloo Frozen Custard is known not just for their frozen custard but also their fruit drinks and flavored sodas.
  • Test your mini golf skills at Monster Mini Golf: 18-holes of surprises, twists, and turns! What’s the catch? It’s all in the dark with neon monsters around every corner!
  • Grab an inner-tube and laze your way through Cattail Crik at Tropicanoe Cove!
  • More water adventure can be had at the West Lafayette Municipal Pool, home to 3 heated pools.
  • The Farm at Prophetstown is a real working farm! The livestock enjoy a beautiful, healthy farm/free range setting and crops are grown to be used to feed them throughout the year.
  • 45 minutes north of Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to one of the United States largest dairies! Find cheese, adventure, cows, hogs and more at Fair Oaks Farm.
  • Prophetstown State Park is located in the historic town of Battle Ground. This state park, which served as a home to Native Americans for many years, is named after The Prophet, who was brother to Native American chief, Tecumseh. As Indiana’s newest state park offers hiking, biking, camping, interpretive Naturalist Services, and is home to an outdoor aquatics center!
  • You have 60 minutes. Can you breakout? Mission: Breakout is an escape game brought to life. Give one of their three uniquely themed rooms a try.

Brunodough2013Go to HomeOfPurdueBlog.com to enter! Entries will be accepted through Monday, June 17, 2018. The winner will be announced via social media after they have been notified. And stay tuned to our next social media contest coming in August.

Weekend Update: Ice Cream Crawl & Soap Box Derby

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.

Saturday, June 9th, you’ll want tickets to the Lafayette Rotary Club’s Ice Cream Crawl. There are a plethora stops on the crawl, participating from 1-4PM. The stops are: Silver Dipper (2); Culvers; Budges Drive In; Original Frozen Custard; Igloo (2); Cold Stone Creamery (2); and Sweet Revolution Bake Shop. Passport holders may visit the vendors to taste ice cream/custard and receive a stamp on their Passport at each location visited. Everyone visiting 5 or more vendors will be entered in a drawing for an Ice Cream Lover’s Grand Prize gift basket. You won’t want to miss getting your passport stamped at each delicious location. Tickets are available now here. You can purchase $10 individual tickets or a $25 family passport deal.

Rotary’s proceeds will be used to help fund Rotary Memorial Plaza at Columbian Park to honor all local service men and women. Financial sponsors for this event include: 40 & 8; Aster Place; Beck’s Auto Center; Bindery Artist Studio; Brokerage Brewing; Igloo Frozen Custard; Keystone Architecture; KJG Architecture; Mitchell Agency; Navy Club Ship 12, Lafayette; Old National Bank; Prairie Farms; Ray, Sharvelle and Truitt; Ronda Walsh Schwab, Edward Jones; Sally Siegrist, State Representative; Sylvan Learning; The Springs at Lafayette; Trent Johnson, State Farm Agent; Wabash National; Westminster Village.

From 8:30AM to 3PM, June 9th, you can participate in or watch the Soap Box Derby. This event is open to participants from ages 7 to 20. You must be 7 by the local race date and cannot be 18 by August 1st of the current race year.  Master Division driver age limit is 10 by the local race date and cannot be 20 by August 1st of the current year.

Soap Box Derby has a long history of building more than racers.   It has a history of building character, friendships and the desire to achieve.  The Derby organizers believe that kids involved with the program, both boys and girls, should be taught the value of hard work and good sportsmanship.  This is a priority, because when this happens – everybody is a winner.  With parental guidance and participation, Soap Box Derby is an educational as well as a super fun experience for all involved.

Lafayette Soap Box Derby races four divisions:  Stock, Super Stock, Masters and Challenger.  The Stock, Super Stock and Masters winners earn the right to compete at the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio in July. If you’re interested in this event, please visit their Facebook page. 

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