Weekend Update: Nine Irish Brothers 10 Year Celebration & Purdue Theatre Performance

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.

Nine Irish Brothers in Lafayette opened its doors ten years ago, and they are going to celebrate this Friday, November 9! They will have giveaways, drinks specials ($1 off Guinness, Nine Irish Red, and Irish Butts), as well as some GREAT music from Ireland’s favorite son Brendan Loughrey! Brendan is a talented, energetic Irish musician with a huge repertoire of songs, including originals such as  Kenny Chesney,” and “Livin’ in the Heart of Ireland,” as well as outstanding renditions of traditional Irish tunes. He’s a great guy, as fun as he is talented, perfect for a celebration!

The Purdue Theatre Department showcases the musical, Next to Normal on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10. The winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama and three Tony awards, Next to Normal presents an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness, set to a rock music score. Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.

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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: 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

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Weekend Update: Easter Comes Early & Live 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.

Getting excited for the Easter? Even though it’s not until April 1st, the Easter Bunny is coming to town starting this weekend. Hop on down to the Tippecanoe Mall and welcome the Easter Bunny Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Facebook 2131-fb-118702231488640_1738469802845200for the holiday season! He will be available 11am-8pm Monday through Thursday, 10am-9pm Friday-Saturday, and Noon-6pm on Sundays. The Easter Bunny takes a carrot break from 3-3:30 daily. Even better, there is an option to book a reservation for meeting this adorable furry guy! Visit the website for more information about booking a time slot!

If you’re looking for some live music this weekend, there is plenty to be found in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders from Chicago will be playing a show at American Legion Post 492 on this Saturday. The show starts at 7PM and is FREE to the public. You also don’t want to miss out on the lasagna being served from 4-6PM. Song writer, guitarist, and singer Dan Whitaker created the Shinebenders to convey his songs in the beloved format formerly known as country. The group has been around since 2004, where they got started in Chicago and now have the chance to travel all throughout the midwest! The Shinebenders include fellow Chicago music veterans Tom Mioducki on 27336196_1621175467947831_6395004929427890563_nacoustic guitar and vocals, Earl “T-Bone” Powers on upright bass and Eric “Chase” Niffenegger on drums. Their latest album, Anything You Wanted To, was recorded by Mike Hagler at Kingsize Soundlabs in Chicago and released Fall 2017. The album brings together western swing, rock and roll, country-jazz and hillbilly songs to create DWSB’s one-of-a-kind sound. For more information about the band and the show this weekend, visit their website.

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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.

Weekend Update: “Charlotte’s Web” at Lafayette Civic & Friends of Bob presents Jonathan Richman

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.

It’s one of my favorite childhood favorite stories and is a classic, “Charlotte’s Web”!  The Civic Youth Theatre Present: “Charlotte’s Web” this weekend, Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17. The Children’s Literature Association named this “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years.”  Adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette, all the enchanting characters are here:  Wilbur, the irresistible young pig who desperately wants to avoid the butcher, Fern, Templeton, the Zuckerman family, the Arables, and, most of all, the extraordinary spider, Charlotte, who proves to be “a true friend and a good writer.” Determined to save Wilbur, Charlotte begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign, which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte.

Live on stage, this Saturday, November 16, is the artist, Jonathan Richman, presented by Friends of Bob!  His music embodies timeless qualities of humanity, optimism, emotional insight and a boundless sense of humor. Over the years, Jonathan’s music has absorbed a multitude of influences, from doo-wop to country to a variety of international styles, without sacrificing this effervescent personality.  Check out his performance at Lafayette Brewing Company for a night of great music, humor and delicious food!

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

Relax with a cup of coffee at Sacred Grounds

drink3Visitor Services Specialist, Kristine, shares her trip to Sacred Grounds, a coffee shop serving fresh brewed espresso in a harmonic atmosphere.

Are you looking for a Lafayette based barista that has some beat? Sacred Grounds coffee shop and eatery is committed to providing the perfect harmony of flavorful espresso drinks and soulful sound to get you jazzed up for life! This venue features live musical performances nearly every weekend while you snack and sip. A special blend of creativity and passion went into the creation of this coffee shop. We hope you’ll enjoy taking a break at this lovely corner café as much as we did!

counterSacred Grounds sits a little less than a mile away from the great Wabash River. Lit candles and antique furniture give this café a cozy atmosphere. Huge glass windows are situated in the main seating area. A brick wall slices through the middle of the building offering support to the high ceilings. A reconstructed wooden counter and hand painted quotes add to the vintage feel of this shop. Seating is available on the stairway for a romantic two-some to enjoy some of Sacred Ground’s delicious fresh coffee. Hearty sandwiches and salads are optional menu choices for those who are feeling “a mite peckish.” Without a doubt this café has a rustic appeal that makes it a cherished addition to the community.

For more information about this coffee shop and more in the area, visit our website at www.HomeofPurdue.com.

 

Weekend Update: Wolf Park Howl Night & Live Bands at Nine Irish Brothers

Kailani Howls on a LogWeekend 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.

This Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10, head to Wolf Park in the evening at 7:30 pm to “howl with the wolves“.  Have you ever visited Wolf Park?  If not, you need to make sure you add this to your “must-visit” list of attractions to tour in the area.  The park offers visitors an opportunity to see gray wolves, bison, coyotes, and red & gray foxes.  Throughout the summer you can have the chance to howl with the wolves on Friday and Saturday nights.  The interaction between humans and the wolves is really fascinating and the park is top of the line.  The volunteers and workers at Wolf Park are passionate about wolf and animal education and they share their knowledge of wolf communication with the public in a positive, easy manner to understand.

Looking for musical entertainment this weekend?  Head to Nine Irish Brothers for a pint of Guinness while you are entertained by live bands.  The line-up this weekend is the following: Father Son & Friends perform Friday, August 9 at Nine Irish Brothers (West Lafayette) and on Saturday, August 10 at Nine Irish Brothers (Lafayette), and The Blaggards perform on Saturday, August 10 at Nine Irish Brothers (West Lafayette).  Nothing beats hanging out with a group of friends, munching on homemade pub chips (served with a delicious, spicy shamrock sauce), and listening to lively music!

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

Battle Ground – My School Days Playground! Don’t miss the Indiana Fiddler’s Gathering!

SONY DSCPurdue Student, Julia, shares her enjoyment at the Indiana Fiddler’s Gathering in Battle Ground, Indiana, taking place June 28-30.

The Fiddlers’ in Battle Ground is a perfect weekend event for music-lovers.  The official name is “Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering”, but it is often referred to as the “Fiddlers'” depending on where one is from.   I attended the festival with a great group of friends who would appreciate a night of folk music!  The festival goes from Friday until Sunday with campers from all over the state (and beyond), giving the Fiddlers’ an inviting and community-effort feeling. The town of Battle Ground is quite small, but it in a town where everyone knows each other and it is fun to see the locals having a weekend to welcome others.

We staked out the perfect spot for our folding chairs and blankets where we could hear all the music and watch the town move about the grounds.  We had a fantastic night with good friends listening to live music that is hard to come by!  If you become restless, the Fiddlers’ is on the Tippecanoe Battlefield, which leads to a beautiful creek, a bridge that crosses it and fields past the bridge.  Our group enjoyed listening to the bands, socializing in a friendly environment, and as the sun went down, catching fireflies. The Fiddlers’ is an annual event that I would always recommend!

Also, note!  Visitors can order discounted tickets at www.indianafiddlersgathering.org!  Have fun!

Fiddlers LorriSweeney

Lafayette’s Third Friday & Snowsey Gras

Two Tulips

Weekend Update; Downtown Lafayette is the place to be!  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 and relaxation happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Start the weekend off with a night of merriment during “Lafayette’s Third Friday“.
Every third Friday of the month, several downtown Lafayette businesses stay open late! Restaurants, retail shops and galleries host specials for children and adults. Check out the list of fun activities and specials planned:

  • 25% OFF everything in the shop at Bee’s Art Shop!
  • Red Poppy Studio and Gallery is offering FREE live music and live art for entertainment. There is an opening reception of regional art in the gallery. New works by Jerry Strub, Bill Oistad, Kyle Ragsdale, Kim Keefer, and Alex Moon.
  • It’s Paint and Party Night with Stacy Bogan at Something Special from 7pm-9pm.  You’ll be painting lollipops for your sweetheart! (Limited seating so sign up today!)
  • Two Tulips is offering a 10% discount storewide from 6pm- 9pm.
  • J.E. Field Co. will have several items on sale!
  • View the artwork at Lala Gallery; North Gallery – “JEFF ART” Work by students and faculty of Jefferson High School South Gallery & “So Many Dreams On The Shelf” Work by LaLa Studio Artists and Instructors.
  • Additional shops staying open late are Artists’ Own & Robots and Rogues New and Used Books.
  • Kathy’s Kandies will be open until 10 p.m. serving truffles, gourmet popcorn, cakes, cookies, shakes, toffee and much more to sweeten your tooth after dinner and your downtown stroll through shops!

On Saturday, February 16, bring your friends and family to “Snowsey Gras” for another day of fun in downtown Lafayette.  This special event will be held along Main Street, with numerous venues up and down the street providing live music in a family-friendly atmosphere. Shops and restaurants will be open to cater to the whims of the participants, and a “Cajun” fare will be provided by numerous restaurants. Also, there are plans to create a sledding hill on Main Street from Perrin to 10th Street to entertain the kids, both young and old.

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