Weekend Update: Delphi Opera House Fun!

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 at the Delphi Opera House are two great events to keep you busy! First, on Saturday, May 5th, join in on “A Conversation with Mark Twain”. From 2PM to 4PM, watch performer Tracy Rosa relive the days of America in its earliest times. See  Samuel Monghorn Clemens, known to the public as Mark Twain, recount stories of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn – as well as The Frog from Calaveras County interjected with its unique opinions on such topics as Congress, Prohibition, growing old, and Adam and Eve. This unique opportunity combines history and literature in one amazing afternoon! For tickets and more information, please visit their website or call 765-564-4300.

The following day, Sunday, May 6th, witness the storytelling of David Malack. He is a Bloomington storyteller whose tale “Oracle of Delphi : A Grand History of the Delphi Opera House” floats back and forth through more than 150 years to capture moments in time. See this recently restored venue through the eyes of several historical characters. Presented first at the Indiana Landmarks Center in March, the story is part of the series “If These Walls Could Tell”,  commissioned by Frank and Katrina Basile to honor the winner of Indiana Landmarks’ Cook Cup. The Cook Cup is awarded annually to an outstanding restoration project. The Delphi Preservation Society was awarded the Cook Cup in 2017 for its decades-long project to restore the Delphi Opera House. Members of the Delphi Preservation Society and/or the Delphi Opera House are eligible. From 2PM to 4PM, listen to the captivating story that won David this award. There is also a brunch offered at 12:30PM, before this event. For more information, you can contact them at boxoffice@delphioperahouse.org.

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

It’s Celebration Time at the Delphi Opera House!

IMG_8226Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about the grand reopening of the Delphi Opera House, that has been fully restored by the Delphi Preservation Society. After years of sweat, love, volunteerism, and support the Delphi Opera House is officially open. This labor of love, in the strong, small community of Delphi, Indiana, (20-25 minutes from Lafayette-West Lafayette) has been in the works for the past 10-15 years. The restored building is a glorious site for eyes and a true testament to a city that has a love of history, art and architecture.

IMG_8228As many of my readers know, I am from this area, but moved away for about 10 years and came back after I was married 5 years ago. Growing up, I had friends in Delphi, and my memories are of a town with not much to do and old buildings that were in disrepair. But today, I see Delphi in a whole new light. Delphi has undergone a major improvement project and been declared one of Indiana’s Stellar Communities. The Stellar Communities program is a multi-agency partnership designed to fund comprehensive community development projects in Indiana’s smaller communities. Wow! That is a lot to take in, but it means the city has and is undergoing a whole new facade improvement, streetscapes improvements, multi-use gateway trail, restoration of the Delphi Opera House, and more. And recently, the Delphi Opera House, has officially opened its doors after being closed for over 100 years!

I toured the lovely space; three-story, 10,600 square foot building that has been expanded into 20,000 square feet of space, about a month ago. It is breathtaking! The best way to explain the amount of work is through their site. Check out the before and after images.

Delphi Opera House 2009

Delphi Opera House 2009

Delphi Opera House 2015

Delphi Opera House 2015

In 1914, it was condemned by the Fire Marshal as unsafe and now over 100 years later, it has been restored to its former glory. Please note the chairs in the photo from 2009 have been fully restored and are located in the balcony area of the opera house. The interior restoration work includes re-creation of the original wallpapers, use of the original colors of olive, maroon, golf and black, retention of the original windows and other historic preservation.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper

Today, the ground floor features a lobby, ticket office and banquet hall, and the second floor houses historic exhibits, dressing rooms, a warming kitchen, rehearsal space, meeting rooms and offices. The performance stage is on the third floor, with moveable seating for 185 and fixed seating in the balcony for 40, concession area and open space for banquets and other events. Brides and grooms, please note this is an awesome space for a wedding!!

IMG_8234With the new space, the Delphi Preservation Society, has been working hard to create an amazing line-up of special events. A few include the following: The Best Christmas Pageant Event, Nicky Rood, Abraham Lincoln Through Song, Drew Hastings, Michael Kelsey and more. For a full list of their inaugural season visit www.delphioperahouse.org. Do not miss saying you were part of this wonderful first year of entertainment, history and love of the arts and preservation! IMG_8245

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

Weekend Update: Purdue Half Marathon & Grand Celebration Ball

1PurdueMarathonDSchmidt2014Weekend 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.

Welcome Purdue Marathoners!!  The fourth annual Purdue Boilermaker Half-Marathon and 5K will take place this Saturday, October 17. Each year this event has drawn more than 2,200 participants and many more are expected this year! The races will start at the home of Purdue Boilermaker football, Ross-Ade stadium, and meanders through the Purdue campus and the cities of West Lafayette and Lafayette. The course will highlight many of the more popular sites among these two cities in addition to the Purdue campus. This will be a great opportunity for Purdue alumni, students and Purdue sports fans to participate in a half marathon and 5k race on the Purdue campus! Good luck!

Delphi Opera House

Delphi Opera House

Nearby in Delphi, Indiana, do not miss the Grand Celebration Ball at the Delphi Opera House. This is an opportunity to not only attend a ball decked out in beautiful attire, but check out the beautifully restored opera house!  The Grand Celebration Ball will recreate an 1865 ball honoring returning Civil War soldiers and will celebrate the reopening of the newly renovated Delphi Opera House. Period or formal attire required. The event will include period music, dance, and dinner, etiquette instruction, moonlight carriage rides through historic Delphi neighborhoods, cash bar and more.

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