Weekend Event: The Big Swing Band & Heirloom Orchards

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, commemorate the vibrant vibes of the 1940’s. Carnahan Hall Presents: The Big Swing Band on November 2nd. The event begins at 7:30pm, doors opening at 6:30pm! Do not miss out on this evening of excitement. This is a night of 1940’s swing music and dancing, along with some ballroom dances too! The Big Swing Band is gaining popularity in Indiana with its sound of classic swing music which captivated the nation from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. The players are professionals and highly skilled performers from various backgrounds. They play mostly standards from yesteryear recorded by such legends as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Nat King Cole, with some more modern favorites by such artists as Billy Joel, Brian Setzer and the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. The band also sports its own arsenal of original arrangements as well as a few original tunes.

 

Have you ever wondered what goes into starting an orchard, or thought about starting your own? Come join the experts at The Farm at Prophetstown State Park this Sunday, November 4th. Enjoy a talk about starting your heirloom orchard. Learn about heritage apple varieties and check out the plans for an heirloom orchard at The Farm. Admission to the Farm and this event is free with park admission. It runs from 1pm to 2pm. If you love nature or are interested in learning more about heirloom orchards, this is the place for you this weekend!

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

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.

Weekend Update: Brandy Clark Band & Love is Sweet Event

Brandy Clark Band

Brandy Clark Band

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, February 16, Carnahan Hall Presents: Brandy Clark band plus the Fergus Daly Band. Brandy Clark began her musical career as a songwriter in Nashville and her songs were covered by a number of country artists with great success. For example, the Band Perry had a #1 hit with “Better Dig Two”. Then in 2013 she released her own album of her songs “12 Stories” which earned a place in many best album of the year, including American Songwriter, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard and NPR. NPR music critic Ann Powers named the album her favorite of 2013. Powers noted that others share her sentiments, writing, “the top honor on many critics’ lists is going to Clark, a storyteller of the highest caliber.” 

Screen Shot 2018-02-13 at 7.14.15 AMKeep celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend at Imagination Station. To celebrate the holiday, kids will explore the science behind their favorite candies at the “Love is Sweet” event. The Alpha Chi Sigma chemistry fraternity of Purdue University has teamed up with Imagination Station to answer questions such as, “why are gummies so springy, and what happens to chocolate when it melts in your mouth?”. Families are invited to explore through the hands-on activities. This sweet event will be on Saturday, February 17th from 10 -3pm.

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

Lafayette’s Newest Event Space: Carnahan Hall

Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about one of Lafayette’s newest event spaces, Carnahan Hall, which offers the perfect setting for your special event. Since opening in August of 2014, this venue has created lasting memories for brides, mothers to be, locals and visitors partaking in one of their special events like The Jazz Club performances and wine and canvas events. With 3 unique rooms that offer space from 30 to 200, Carnahan Hall is definitely worth a visit to explore!

VIP Meeting

VIP Meeting

Every month our office hosts Visitor Industry Partner (VIP) tours of spaces around Lafayette-West Lafayette. We recently toured Carnahan Hall and I was so excited to find a venue with such bright, open space. Their ballroom, which can service 120 people seated or 200 people standing, is full of windows, tall ceilings, a lot of spotlights for extra lighting, a moveable stage and a coffee bar. The room has a 9X12 retractable screen and a HD projector that includes basic sound for videos and/or slideshows. Want to dance the night away to great music? Carnahan Hall has a sound package that includes speakers, monitors, subs, microphones and stands. (Please note it requires a sound engineer.) There is even a private parking lot with approximately 20 spaces that can be rented after 5pm and/or on weekends for $50 per event.

IMG_6187Looking to host a smaller party?  There are 2 studio spaces that have lovely space for you to choose from. Studio A is perfect for baby showers, bridal showers, business meetings and more.  (One idea passed around at the VIP was to set up this space for kids during a larger event in the ballroom, so the adults could have their fun time dancing or enjoying music in the hall and the kids can have fun doing activities in this space). Studio A has beautifully exposed wood beams and an entrance right off of 8th Street downtown Lafayette, making it the perfect location for your next event.

The third and final space is Studio B, which is designated as an art studio. This room is great for art classes, children’s birthday parties and more. It is also located right off of 8th Street with its own private entrance.

IMG_6180Carnahan Hall has its own team of event planners that have over five years of event planning experience. They will assist with logistics, layout ideas, decoration recommendations, guidance regarding local vendors, and how to plan your dream event on a budget. Event planning can be stressful and they will make your special event as easy as possible!

IMG_6181Enjoy friends, art and fun at Paint & Party! This is such a popular event right now with friends and couples who can get together and with little to none artistic knowledge and create beautiful pieces of art. At Carnahan Hall you can book one of these parties and have an afternoon or evening laughing and painting art.

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

Weekend Update: Indy All Stars: Live at Carnahan Hall & Bach’s Birthday Bash

IMG_0030 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.

IMG_0091This Friday, March 20, An all star comedy show comes to Lafayette-West Lafayette! Do not miss Indy All Stars: Live at Carnahan Hall! Dwight Simmons returns to Lafayette to headline this event! Dwight Simmons is a product of a diverse upbringing. This Indiana native has honed his comedy chops everywhere from small Midwest dives to large venues across the country. Currently living in New York, Dwight makes his rounds showcasing at comedy clubs and is becoming a staple of the New York comedy scene. Dwight is able to deliver a show that is clever, unique and smart; all without being hacky. His infectious personality shines from the stage as he energetically delivers his material through various voices and act-outs. Joe Fitzpatrick – INDYPROV & Rocketship Comedy, Leslie Dinsmore – Rocketship Comedy & Big Sky Comedy Festival and Gerry Gobel will also be performing.

Bach Chorale

Bach Chorale

Put on your party hat as the Bach Chorale Singers celebrate J.S. Bach’s birthday in grand style with cake, a champagne toast, and the “greatest hits” of the musical master! When and where you ask?! Head downtown Lafayette to the Lafayette Theater on Saturday, March 21 at 7:30pm to take part in this grand night. Enjoy a game of Bach trivia before the concert, hosted by the composer himself, and a unique multi-media concert experience. Join the fun as we honor Bach as a teacher, keyboard phenom, virtuoso violinist, and choral impresario.

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