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.

Weekend Update: Wolf Park After Dark & Round the Fountain Art Fair

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.

Do you look forward to Wolf Park After Dark every year? Well, the first one of this year is coming up THIS weekend! Saturday, May 26th, you should come for this unique opportunity. Once a month, Wolf Park is open late after Howl Night so visitors can see the park after the sun sinks low. Visitors can walk the tour trail, listen to the wolves howl, and see the animals at a time of day they are frequently active. Watch out for fireflies and shooting stars! Listen to the frogs and insects sing and maybe spot a bat or other nightlife. Then, stop by the campfire, roast a marshmallow and chat with the staff. Join them from 7:30 PM – 11 PM to have this amazing experience. Visit their website for more.

Earlier that day, from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, is the Round the Fountain Art Fair. This is an annual event that celebrates local artistry as well as artists from around the country!

It is one of the best one-day outdoor art shows in the Midwest. Featuring paintings, sculptures, pottery, photography prints, jewelry and other media. The City of Lafayette and the ‘Round the Fountain Art Fair Committee welcome you to the ‘Round the Fountain Art Fair, an annual destination location that features up to 100 artists from around the nation, showcasing their talent and works in a variety of pieces and media. The ‘Round the Fountain Art Fair committee awards participating artists purchase awards, awards of excellence and merit awards. Each year, a piece of art is purchased by the committee to continue the permanent collection exhibited in the halls of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse, which is a work of art in itself. See their website for details.

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

Inspired Fire

IMG_4461Inspired Fire is a glass studio and gallery located right here in Lafayette! When you enter Inspired Fire, it’s hard not to be “blown” away by the gallery of handmade glass items. Flowers, vases, jewelry, and so much more! The art here is made in shop and by over 30 different local artists. So many of these beautiful pieces of art would make great gifts for a loved one, or a special treat for yourself!

My fellow intern, Emily, and I had the opportunity to visit earlier last year and were absolutely spoiled by owner Sharon Owens and the rest of the staff. As soon as you enter, you’re greeted by the smiling faces of people who absolutely love what they do. I learned more Inspired Fire Glass Fish Demoabout glass blowing that day than I ever expected when Emily and I were led to the studio and given demonstrations. First, we were able to see a typical beginners’ piece (a little glass fish!) made. It is amazing to see how within just a few minutes something so unique and exciting can be made! A little fish like this would make an adorable gift and booking a class to create something like this would definitely be a worthwhile experience that you and your friends or family would remember forever!

Sharon Owens even took the time to give us a personal tour of the building. Besides the gallery, there is a group studio that seats up to 8 with the ability to add 4 additional torches, as well as the new addition, the Hot Shop, which is over 1,000 square feet and has a Inspired Fire Sharon Making FLower200 pound glass furnace. She showed us how glass is melted and shaped into their beautiful glass flowers in the furnace.  Sharon also gave us a demonstration of how Inspired Fire’s famous glass Christmas ornaments are made. Overall, we had so much fun visiting the shop. If you’re looking for somewhere truly unique to visit in Lafayette, this is the place! Visit their website for more information about their gallery pieces, as well as their class times. Be sure to book your spot in advance because you don’t want to miss the chance to learn more about your new hobby, glass blowing!

Below you can watch a clip from our trip to Inspired Fire. Emily got to blow her own Christmas ornament, with the help of Sharon, of course!


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

Weekend Update: Listen to the Music!

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 packed with chances to check out live music. This Friday at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette — Friday Night Live!! At the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette: Art! The museum comes to life with musical performances. Matt Monta is an original singer/songwriter whose songs tell the 26165303_2006100972740024_1216532842694790203_nstories of everyday struggle and triumph in Midwestern America. With several albums and songwriting credits to his name, Monta is recognized for his resonant lyrics as well as his passionate performances. Hear music, read lyrics, and learn more at www.mattmonta.com. Admission is FREE thanks to our sponsors: Alberta Barker, Jim & Sandy Bodenmiller, and Purdue Federal Credit Union. Performance begins at 7PM, with doors opening at 6pm. Seating is limited, so come early to secure a spot and view the galleries.

More live music at the Delphi Opera House this weekend! The Time Travelers have been entertaining for over 20 years. Great singing voices and musicianship allow them to cover a tremendous variety of classic rock songs from the early days to the present. In addition to great guitar playing, the secret weapon is “the flute”. Audiences visibly take notice when they hear the familiar melodies backed up by a powerhouse rhythm section. The family friendly and familiar song list makes them a crowd-pleaser. For tickets and more information, visit the Opera House website.

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

Shop til you Drop at Interior Objects


Interior Objects is a wonderful shop located in the Market Square Shopping Center. Pottery, jewelry, knick·knacks, art, gifts for everyone & so much more!

Interior Objects View from AboveStep into Interior Objects, and you will immediately be tempted to buy everything in sight! There is a wide variety of objects just waiting to take their place in your, or a loved one’s, home.  It is a specialty boutique specializing in beautiful homewares, lifestyle items and one of kind decorations. This is also another one of our community’s local businesses that offers good old Hoosier hospitality! You can be sure that as soon as you enter, someone will greet you with a smile and direct you towards whatever interests you.

Interior Objects Cooking ItemsVisitors and local residents alike can find great pieces to add to their homeware collection! There are dishes, serving platters, utensils, aprons, tools, decorations, and so much more to pick from. There is also an exclusive collection of Scott Frankenberger pottery. He is a local artist who creates beautiful items such as mugs, vases and plates.

Interior Objects.Shopping Sam

Every time I visit I want to purchase about everything at Interior Objects! My personal favorite items are pillows, place-mats and glasses with beautiful designs – Indiana-themed, and Purdue-themed in particular! It is definitely a challenge to escape without finding something you love and purchasing it.

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


Made in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Attention all art lovers! You may be surprised to know how many talented artists are located right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette. I explored our area to see what great finds are being crafted by our local artists. From jewelry to paintings, check out below five of the coolest things made here:


Inspired Fire

Inspired Fire Sharon using furnace

Beads, vases, jewelry, and other art pieces – Inspired Fire’s master artistry is primarily done by owner and operator, Sharon Owens! Not only can you purchase these items, you can also learn to make some yourself. Inspired Fire offers group and individual courses that teach you how to make glass creations yourself! This studio is such a unique experience you really can’t miss out on!

Photo Beads at LE Originals


LE Originals is located right downtown Lafayette on Main Street! Filled with handmade pieces of jewelry and art, LE Originals is a must-see for Lafayette creations! Amongst all of the lovely necklaces, bracelets (and more!) is the patented Wearable Art Jewelry! Create a piece of jewelry accented with a bead that bears a photo of your choosing. This is something you LITERALLY can’t get anywhere else!

 Scott Frankenberger Porcelain


Scott Frankenberger has been part of the Lafayette-West Lafayette artist community since 1974. He makes his gorgeous (and functional!) pottery pieces in his studio, Crossroad Pottery Studio. Dinnerware, teapots, platters, bowls… Scott creates one-of-a-kind items that are sure to amaze your guests and make them ask “Where in the world did you get that?!” – And you can proudly say right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

Dennis Wischmeier Paintings


“Blue Lake Shore” depicts the views of Lake Michigan located just hours from Lafayette. This beautiful landscape painting is hung in the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette! It was painted by local artist, Dennis Wischmeier. This gallery room in the museum is home to several of his wonderful landscapes! It is a striking showcase of the four seasons, each one a beautiful perspective of our state!

Artists like Cherry Delaney at Artists’ Own


Artists’ Own showcases stunning works from artists both local and not! There is always an interesting and engaging new exhibit to visit there. Cherry Delaney is just one of so many local artists which house their art in Artists’ Own. She shows and sells handmade jewelry there! In fact, Cherry has been creating these pieces for over 20 years! This talented artist uses the Japanese-style Kumihimo braiding, and clay, to craft these unique items!

So, art lovers… What are you waiting for?

This blog was shared by student blogger and Visitor Information Specialist, Samantha Martin!



Go Wild at Artists Gone Wild Art Gallery!

This art gallery is no longer in business as of June 16, 2014.

Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about a new, eclectic art gallery, Artists Gone Wild, which opened in West Lafayette this past year. If you enjoy wildly fun and creative art, this is the place to visit! Taxidermy, handcrafted jewelry, mixed-media sculpture, ceramics, photography, digital art and more are represented. Identical twin brothers and collaborative artists, Jacob and Joshua Kubisz, have ventured outside of the conventional realm of traditional practice to become Artists Gone Wild. They specialize in taxidermy and the realism of their art pieces makes you feel like the animals are still alive.

Words are hard to describe the art, so enjoy the visual representation of the diverse art collection at this gallery.


Does this look real to you?

Does this look real to you?











IMG_3444This is kind of freaky!

Thoughts on this artistic display?


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 art gallery and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Wabash Riverfest & Gallery Walk

Wabash Riverfest

Wabash Riverfest

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 Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Enjoy beautiful art?  Head downtown Lafayette this Friday, July 12, to stroll the shops and art galleries during the “Gallery Walk“.  Various venues will be open downtown, featuring original art, live music and refreshments.  Fingers are crossed for nice weather, so visitors can enjoy the horse-drawn carriage rides. This event is free and welcomes everyone to take an evening to appreciate the diverse and eclectic artwork our city offers.

Celebrate the wonders of the Wabash River and an afternoon full of fun and excitement during the Wabash Riverfest, taking place this Saturday, July 13.  The day starts with a Water Drop 5k Run/Walk, and throughout the day visitors can cheer on the teams competing in the canoe races.  At noon, zoo animals from Columbian Park Zoo arrive for the enjoyment of all!  Family fun entertainment includes free pony rides, a bounce house, educational/conservation booths, balloon artist Joe White, face painting, and a cornhole tournament.  This is a festival not to be missed!

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

Artists’ Own-Featuring Local Art and Handmade Products

Scott Frankenberger Pottery

Scott Frankenberger Pottery

Julia, a Purdue Grad Student, shares her shopping experience at a unique art gallery and shop, Artists’ Own!

My sister’s birthday was coming up during our summer family vacation and we needed to get her a gift in a pinch!  A shop that I pass by on a regular basis, Artists’ Own, has always caught my eye.  Artists’ Own is a cooperative business run by local artists from all over Lafayette, West Lafayette and nearby areas.    The products in Artists’ Own range from scarves and handmade cards to handmade plates, mugs, unique pieces of art, even creative teapots! The artists in the co-op are featured in Art Around the Fountain and a few other local events. The staff at Artists’ Own is the local artists who feature their artwork within this creative shop and they have a passion for all of the work submitted by the different artists and always gives useful and insightful information about the piece in question.

Ladies Shopping!

Ladies Shopping!

My favorite new artist who has a large amount of stock in Artists’ Own is Zach Medler.  I chose a piece by this artist because his style seemed urban, but clean and (since I can’t find the words to describe how his unique style is) AMAZING!  A solid favorite in my family is the work of Scott Frankenberger.  His work with ceramics is coated in beautiful, deep shades of reds, browns and blues that my family loves to give as presents! If you’re not in the mood to make a purchase, the other side of Artists’ Own is a gallery featuring the artists of the co-op.  A must see for the art-inclined!

For more information about Artists’ Own and other art galleries and shops in Lafayette-West Lafayette visit www.HomeofPurdue.com.

One Earth Gallery

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, so many great “authentic art” shops!  One Earth Gallery, located downtown Lafayette, not only offers authentic American treasures, but the chance to admire handmade American Indian art.   Shoppers have the opportunity to purchase specialty items such as natural botanicals right from the earth and Zuni fetishes which are hand carved of a wide variety of stone, shell antler and more.

There is something special about One Earth Gallery.  My first stop in this shop, I was immediately greeted by the owner who was friendly and very enthusiastic about his authentic American Indian art.  There is a rich history in Native American Basktry which has evolved through the years from the interaction between Euro-Americans and Native Americans.  The baskets he showcases in his shop are true pieces of art.  (I personally grew up in a family who created baskets for 4-H, and the baskets in this shop are so diverse and intricate, that it puts our baskets to shame.)  These baskets are statement pieces, and there is one I have had my eye on that would be the perfect centerpiece to add to my dining room table.

One Earth Gallery is also rich in products such as coffee, pottery, and jewelry.  The coffee is organic, fair trade (small farmer), and shade grown.  All of the jewelry is handmade with natural materials by Native American jewelers and the pottery is also handmade the old way by Native American potters.  If you are looking for traditional and authentic, this shop is the place to visit!

One Earth Gallery is not to be missed on your next visit to our area.  For more information about this shop and more in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com