Weekend Update: Friday Night Live & Celebrate Indiana! Outdoor Festival

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.

Be entertained with fabulous music August 31 during the Friday Night Live: Lorie Amick, Family & Friends at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. This night of music will feature Lorie Amick and her talented family and friends. This hour long event will include musical styles from French Jazz to Pop to Boogie Woogie Piano. Nine musicians will amuse the audience with vocals, flute, violin, keyboard, drums, bass, harp guitar and even ukulele! This event is free and takes place from 7-8pm.

Haan Mansion Public Art

Celebrate Labor Day weekend this Saturday, September 1 at the Celebrate Indiana! Outdoor Festival at Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art. This festival promises fun for the entire family. The event will include multiple performances on the stage featuring Indiana composers and authors, artist demonstrations, a special new sculpture unveiling, lawn games, balloon animals, scavenger hunt, hands-on arts and nature activities, and food. Food available for purchase at the festival includes Arni’s pizza by the slice, EMT Food Truck, and Mary Lou Donuts. Admission to the festival is $10 for adults, $5 for youth (ages 5 to 17), and $25 for a family. Children ages 4 and under are free. This event takes place 12-4pm.

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

What Lies Beyond Purdue Campus Part 1

Greetings from Purdue University Students, Emily & Sam! Enjoying Another Broken Egg!

Greetings from Purdue University Students, Emily & Sam! Enjoying Another Broken Egg!

Coming up on my fourth year as a student at Purdue University, I am reflecting on how I’ve spent my time in Lafayette-West Lafayette and the surrounding areas. Sure, I’ve been to some of the events on campus like Starry Night, but have I really experienced the Greater Lafayette area? Definitely not! I lived in the residence halls for the past three years, and so all of my activities and knowledge of events was based around campus. However, it wasn’t until joining the staff here at VLWL that I came to realize all of the things there are do and see just off of Purdue’s campus. A big part of working here means that I help visitors and locals connect with events and businesses here in Lafayette-West Lafayette.

Two of our senior staff members took another new employee and I out on a tour of the community so that we would be able to educate people who come into our office. It just so happens that we had a lot of fun doing so! I’ve detailed all of the awesome places that we were able to visit, and I encourage everyone who hasn’t ventured off campus to visit as well!

Breakfast! Yum!

Breakfast! Yum!

Another Broken Egg They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day! And Another Broken Egg is a great spot to get it at. We started our day off by stopping by and checking out this Purdue staple open since 1996. It’s located on Northwestern Ave next to the Stacked Pickle. We tried a variety of dishes, from sweet to savory – and it was all delicious! This is definitely a great spot for students, faculty and the community to come and grab breakfast or brunch.  Please note there is parking in the back.

The Farm & Prophetstown State Park As you first enter Prophetstown State Park, you’ll come across The Farm. This place is a must-see for anyone who loves animals! Chickens, sheep, horses, pigs, and more! We were even lucky enough to get the chance to hold kittens that were just weeks old. Surrounded by the beautiful State Park, the Farm is a great place to escape from the hustle of Purdue’s campus. After stopping by the Farm, you can explore the trails and sights of Prophetstown. The State Park is a great spot for bike riding, walking trails, or having picnics.

Hi chickens!

Hi chickens!

Battlefield Memorial

Battlefield Memorial

Tippecanoe Battlefield This site commemorates the Battle of Tippecanoe which occurred in 1811. We visited the landmark of this historic battle, which also has a museum nearby telling the story of the battle between U.S Forces led by William Henry Harrison and the Native American confederation led by The Prophet. The Battlefield is surrounded by beautiful scenic hiking trails and picnic areas. This would be a great place for visitors to take some time to come and learn about the impact that Tippecanoe County had on our country’s history!

Wolf Park The Wolf Park is home to 13 wolves, including some loveable new born wolf pups! They also host foxes, coyotes and bison there. This place is a wonderful place to walk outside and view some beautiful animals up close. The Park is dedicated to researching wolves, and contributing to education and conservation of the species. It hosts Howl Nights which are a great attraction for students and families alike – staff enter the enclosure and interact with the wolf pack, and you have the opportunity to howl with the wolves! It’s wonderful to see such enthusiasm for growing and protecting this species!

Garden Gate Tea Room This place is absolutely adorable! If you’re looking for a cute and unique place to have lunch with friends, this is definitely it. We enjoyed personal pots of tea from a HUGE variety of flavor choices. I also enjoyed a sandwich and a delicious cup of carrot soup! Decorated as a traditional tea room, with doilies and all, the Garden Gate Tea Room in Delphi will make anyone feel like royalty. Reservations recommended for this small, cozy space!

Riding the Delphi!

Riding the Delphi!

Wabash and Erie Canal We had the opportunity to walk through the museum at the canal in Delphi. This museum is really remarkable because it was constructed almost entirely by volunteers! It’s filled with interactive exhibits, countless historic artifacts, and educational information about Indiana’s history. The museum is on the banks of the canal, with beautiful natural views. Just a short walk from the museum is the Canal Village which is a reconstruction of a Pioneer Village, complete with a Blacksmith, one room school house, and others. It is reminiscent of Connor Prairie, but located just outside of Lafayette!

More adventure awaits in the afternoon!  Check back to this blog on Friday, July 7, for more local afternoon fun in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Samantha, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

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Weekend Update: Bach Chorale Singers & Purdue Spring Dance Works

Bach Chorale

Bach Chorale

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.

Bach Chorale Singers present their final performances of this season this Friday and Saturday.  On Friday, April 28, celebrate Indiana’s musical heritage with the “delovely” music of Cole Porter and other Indiana composers at the Long Center for the Performing arts. The Bach Chorale Singers will delight you with this great presentation. The following day, head to the Immanuel United Church of Christ as the Bach Chorale Singers present Lafayette Children’s Choir – Kaleidoscope of Colors. Join in this joyous exploration of all the colors of our musical rainbow heritage!

On Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, enjoy the beauty of dance at the Purdue Contemporary Dance Company: Spring Dance Works 2017. The seven new dance works are accompanied by original music/sound created specifically for these dances by students in the Theatre Department’s Sound Design program. Dance will come alive this weekend at Nancy T. Hansen Theatre in the Yue-Kong Pao Hall, don’t miss it!

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

Weekend Update: Highland Reign & Brahms Fest

DePauw+Trio

DePauw Trio

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.

Start your weekend off right and head to Nine Irish Brothers in Lafayette to listen to the band, Highland Reign perform on Friday, March 3. This Scots-American folk rock band from Indianapolis, takes traditional Celtic tunes and breathes a new (rocking) life into them. With over 10,000 CD’s of their most recent release, “Carry On,” Highland Reign has built a reputation for their trademark upbeat vocals, blazing fiddle, catchy lyrics, and wailing bagpipes and guitars. Not only is their music enjoyable and entertaining (you’ll find yourself clapping along, tapping your toe, and maybe even dancing a jig before you know what hits you), but their showmanship is outstanding as well. Patrick, Les, and Brian are great people for spending a fun evening of music and craic.

More musical entertainment take place on Sunday, March 5. Head to Purdue University for the Brahms Fest, a Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society concert. ISO’s Principal Clarinetist David Bellman and members of the Ronen Ensemble will perform Brahms’ Clarinet Quintet Op.115. The DePauw Trio will share the program performing Brahms’ B major Trio for piano, violin and cello.

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

Games Galore at Merlin’s Beard

IMG_6929Games galore! Merlin’s Beard is a new and unique attraction to the Lafayette area. With over 250 games to choose from, there is a game for everyone!

Located at the heart of downtown Lafayette on Main Street, Merlin’s Beard is fun for any age. For $5 a person, you, your friends and family can enjoy access to an unlimited number of different board games. Chill for the afternoon or play all day, either way it is just $5 a person. We played a card game about exploding kittens while the people next to us played an hour-long strategy game. Games are available for all skill levels and time schedules.

IMG_6931The beer selection also makes Merlin’s unique. I tried a cinnamon and molasses beer I had never heard of before and loved it! For about five dollars per glass there are beers on tap and in bottles. Wine slushies and non-alcoholic drinks are also available.

The food selection is simple and delicious. Different sandwiches are available panini style served with chips and pickles. I enjoyed a pizza sandwich along with my beer.

IMG_6937Get there early as the place fills up with adventurous gamers! Tables are easily moved around to accommodate groups of all sizes. Bring your date, hang with your roommate between studying or gather your family for a unique and affordable experience in downtown Lafayette! From family-friendly to strategy to party games, Merlin’s has something for everyone.

For more information about this attraction and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Weekend Update: Annual Wolf Park Easter Party!

EasterWeekend 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.

Wow! Can you believe Easter is only a week away! To celebrate early, visit Wolf Park for their Annual Wolf Park Easter Party on Saturday, March 28! As part of their program of environmental enrichment (for both the wolves and the visiting humans), each year Wolf Park puts on an Easter party for the animals.The Easter Bunny will move through the main wolf enclosure (with the wolves safely elsewhere) and leave gifts of hard-boiled eggs, Peeps, and other wolf-safe treats for the animals.  (Don’t worry — wolves in other enclosures, as well as the foxes and coyotes, will receive treats too!) After visitors watch the wolves find and enjoy their Easter treats, children can play egg-related games and participate in (plastic) egg hunts for treats of their own!

prophetstown See, smell and taste history at the “Maple Sugaring at the Prophetstown Village” event taking place this Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29.  Come enjoy demonstrations of Historic Native American-Style Maple Sugaring! Afterwards, traverse through 900 acres of restored prairie. The park has been restoring native habitats such as wetlands, wet slopes called fens, prairie and open woodlands. It is a beautiful, open prairie awaiting visitors to explore!

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