Weekend Update: Animal Lover’s Weekend!

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.

If you love animals, there are always activities in Lafayette-West Lafayette for you! This Saturday, April 28, is the 7th Annual Loving Heart Animal Shelter Ladies Bingo Night & After Party! This charitable event begins at 6 and ends at midnight! All for the animals – there will be bingo, a silent auction, a raffle and great food! Dance your heart out afterwards and until midnight! There are only 30 tables available, so make sure to RSVP. You can do this by calling at 765-491-8440 or emailing Kati Davis at kdavis8440@gmail.com. For more information, please visit their website here.

 

For a more hands-on experience for animal lovers, visit The Farm at Prophetstown this weekend! On Saturday from 10 AM to Noon and 1 PM to 3 PM, you can learn all about sheep shearing! Experts Pat and Harold Dorrell will be showing how to shear sheep, spin wool, and educating everyone on how to raise sheep! This duo owns Simple Soapworks and Farm Yarns, and travels the Midwest doing workshops and selling their homemade products! If you’re interested in raising your own animals someday, or just want to learn more about the farm lifestyle, this is the event for you.

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

Weekend Update: 20th Annual Global Fest & Farm Country Fair

Global Fest

Global Fest

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.

Where can you find a multitude of cultural diversity and learn about all the diverse cultures of our community? The 20th Annual Global Fest held on Saturday, September 5, from 10 am – 7 pm at the Morton Center.  Enjoy this celebration of West Lafayette’s many cultures with ethnic food, imported handcrafts, free entertainment, and cultural booths. This is a great place to bring your children or friends to learn about cultures from all over the world.

Calves at The Farm 2015.2It’s back! The Country Fair at the Farm at Prophetstown State Park located within Prophetstown State Park! The line-up of special events includes a draft horse team, pie eating contest, wood stove demos, folk music by Joe Peters and Linda Hicks, games, blacksmith, trolley rides, antique farm equipment and more! Meet Mr. Bojangles (miniature horse), feed the chickens, pet the sheep, and admire the beautiful horses and cows! We can’t forget the pigs! They may be smelly, but watch them lay around, eat and oink!

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

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.

Weekend Update: Two Tulips 15th Annual Holiday Open House & Battle of Tippecanoe Annual Commemoration

Two Tulips

Two Tulips

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.

Let’s kick off this holiday season on November 7 & 8 with store specials, sales, drawings, treats and lots of holiday excitement! Where? Two Tulips 15th Annual Holiday Open House! Two Tulips offers a wide variety of services from invitations to home decorations to a huge selection of baby gifts.  When you walk into the store, it is bright, cheerful and puts a person in a really positive, happy mood. There is a whole wall of every different kind of piggy bank created! Also, if you are looking for a creative gift this is the place to shop. Not only can you purchase a nice gift, but you can personalize most items in-store, and you can custom order personalized jewelry such as Lucy Ann and Heartstrings.

Battlefield Memorial

Battlefield Memorial

After shopping your heart away, on Sunday, November 9, take part in the Battle of Tippecanoe Annual Commemoration. On November 7th, 1811, William Henry Harrison’s troops and the warriors of Prophetstown engaged in the famous Battle of Tippecanoe. This event, significant in the history of Indiana and the United States, is remembered each year by the Tippecanoe County Historical Association with special programs to help tell the story of the battle and to honor those who fought. This year, on Sunday November 9th from 10:00 to 5:00, to commemorate the battle, the special theme will be honoring American Veterans. A living history military encampment will be set up on the grounds of the park to showcase veterans from American conflicts throughout time. At 1:00 pm, a flag ceremony and wreath laying will be held at the monument. This event is free and open to the public.

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

Weekend Update: Mosey Down Main Street & Water Walking at Prophetstown State Park

Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center

Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center

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.

Where can you find three stages of music, outdoor food, beer, and wine sales as well as street performers, sidewalk chalk and hand made hula hoops, drum circles and DJ’s, belly dancers, and balloon animals? Mosey Down Main Street is where! This Saturday, August 9, our local artistic community presents this fun, FREE event for visitors and locals to enjoy. Head downtown for all the special entertainment!

Looking for an outdoor, interactive activity this weekend? Get your exercise in a cool pool with water walking at the Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center this Saturday, August 9. Enjoy walking through the lazy river, which is 36 inches deep, ideal for low-impact, resistance walking. (Please note: participants must be 13 years or older.) It is a great way to work off some calories while enjoying the beautiful prairie grasses and flowers! The pool is only open for one more month, so make sure you head there soon!

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

Fall Fever in Lafayette-West Lafayette 2013

mapFall fever has hit Lafayette-West Lafayette!  It is the time of year where the leaves are changing to vibrant orange and red colors and there is a smell in the air that is a mix of cool air, leaves, and earth.  Every time I go outside I take a deep breath and embrace the season.  I love fall and all the many activities and attractions that it brings to our area.  Here are a few of my favorites that cannot be missed on a trip to Lafayette-West Lafayette.

Exploration Acres– What is better than spending an afternoon getting lost in a corn field?  Explore this 18-acre corn maze with over 8 miles of twists and turns!  This year’s maze is designed showcasing Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty.  My husband and I always add Exploration Acres to our “Fall Must-Do” and now with our little baby girl, we hope to make it a family tradition.  I am sure when she is older she will love picking out a pumpkin in their pumpkin patch, race a pedal car, and/or fire a three-ear corn cannon.

Wea Orchard– Explore an orchard full of delicious apples and pumpkins at Wea Creek Orchard. Bring the family to ride on a hay wagon as it travels through the fields and farm exploring the beauty of the orchard. Shop at the gift shop full of goodies; cider, honey, and fruit products such as preserves, salsas, butters, and jellies. Their preserves are just like my mother makes!  They are delicious sweet goodness in a jar!

prophetstownpark_cProphetstown State Park- There is a host of fall activities at Indiana’s newest state park. Visit the Farm at Prophetstown where you can meet Belgian draft horse, chickens, cows, cats and their friendly dog.  My nephews (ages 4 & 6) live in Phoenix, Arizona, and every time they visit they request a visit of the Farm! Visitors can also tour a replica Sears and Roebuck’s, turn of the century home that houses lovely antiques.  Enjoy the fall beauty of Indiana by hiking the many trails at Prophetstown State Park.  Within the park, the meadows, fen and marshes are explored by many.  The park offers many trail walks with a guide whom will share and teach hikers about the local fauna, insects, birds, etc.

For more information about these attractions and more, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Splashin’ Fun at Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center!

Check out the water slides!

Check out the water slides!

Happening Now! Right now, the talk around town is about Prophetstown State Park’s newest addition, an outdoor aquatic center!  What is a better way to beat the summer heat than heading to the pool? This aquatic center has pools, slides, splash stations, and much more to entertain the whole family.

 

July 1, 2013, marked the dedication and opening of the Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center.  This newest attraction located in Indiana’s newest state park is drawing visitors from all over to enjoy all of its wonderful features.   These include two 30-foot water slides, a Lazy River area that spans an equivalent of two football fields, an adventure channel, a zero-entry pool with play features and an aquatic activity area with basketball. Also, the park features glacier boulders and many types of native plants and trees in an effort to preserve the past.

Within 5 minutes of the grand opening, the kids were making a splash!

Within 5 minutes of the grand opening, the kids were making a splash!

I attended the dedication ceremony on July 1, and was amazed at everything the center has to offer.  It is truly one of the nicest, top-of-the-line water parks I have ever been to.  Unfortunately, I did not wear my swimwear, but did have a chance to slip a foot in the water and it felt cool and refreshing!  As soon as the ribbon was cut, and the sound of the official whistle was blown, children (and adults) scrambled to jump into the water.  It was a fun site to see.

IMG_1670Looking for an inexpensive, family friendly place to take the kids?  First, the entry fee into the aquatic center is $5 per person and children under three years old are free.  Please note there is a fee to get into the park.  The fee is $8 for  noncommercial vehicles with Indiana license plates and $10 for noncommercial vehicles with out-of-state license plates.

IMG_1671Whether 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 restaurant and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

“Day of Relaxation and Fun” Contest Details

Dharma Nose Nudges Wolfgang at Wolf Park

Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette is excited to announce our October contest featuring a “Day of Relaxation” to our wonderful cities.  The competition started on Monday, October 15, and we want to share why each business who has donated to these packages is so great!

  • What is better than getting a mani/pedi and your hair beautified? Genevee’s Studio has cosmetologists who are passionate about what they do and they will tailor their service so every customer is satisfied.
  • Red Seven offers diners a hip and trendy dining experience with outstanding food options from the tender and hearty filet mignon and grilled shrimp entree to the light and delicious salmon with rock shrimp smother entree.  (Note: Make sure you start your meal with their crispy veggie egg rolls; you will be completely satisfied!)
  • From pizza made with natural flour to calzones stuffed with mushrooms, onions, chicken, spinach and more, the food at  Puccini’s is ridiculously scrumptious!  Bonus: They also have a gluten-free menu.
  • Local breweries not only offer great local brews, but a sense of being a local and feeling welcomed. People’s Brewing Co. offers guests a chance to sample their homemade beer in a fun environment with awesome bartenders who are very friendly
  • Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream!  Who screams for ice cream?  We do and we scream for the Silver Dipper, whose ice cream is smooth, refreshing and so delicious visitors always come back for more.  One of our favorite parts is sampling a flavor or two, before making the ultimate decision of what flavor we choose
  • Have you ever been to a performance at the Long Center for the Performing Arts? Every seat is a good seat and the performances throughout the year are diverse and entertaining.  To top it off, the space is in a historic building built in 1921 and is a great source of pride to Lafayette-West Lafayette.
  • Prophetstown State Park offers entertainment for everyone from hiking, biking, and bird watching to  fireside camping and good ol’ nature fun!  While there do not miss visiting the Farm at Prophetstown where horses, chickens and more can be found!
  • Where can you find bison, wolves, foxes, coyotes and more?  At Wolf Park, where these animals live in a natural wildlife environment.  Friday and Saturday nights, visitors are welcome to “Howl with the Wolves”.

Go to http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=2392 to sign up!  Entries will be accepted through Monday, October 22, 2012 at noon. A Winner will be announced the week of October 22!

“Day of Relaxation and Fun” Contest to Lafayette-West Lafayette

CONGRATS to Ron from Fishers, Indiana who won this prize!!  Ron shared, “I know my wife will be very excited when I tell her that we have won these prizes.  She has been wanting to explore Lafayette.   There are so many wonderful things that we have wanted to do in Lafayette.”

Do you ever need a day to relax, have fun and be entertained?  You can enter to win a “Day of relaxation and fun”” worth around $200 to Lafayette-West Lafayette to partake in all our fall fun!  Our local restaurants, attractions, and a spa have donated fun gifts to one special winner.  You can start your day getting a manicure at Genevee’s Studio, enjoy recreational activities at Wolf Park and Prophetstown in the afternoon, and complete the day with a performance at the Long Center.  There are also great food and beverage stops along the way. Good luck!

Enter to Win (by answering this question correctly below)!

What is Indiana’s newest state park?

Leave your answer below in the “Leave a Reply” and we will collect  all of them and pick a winner who answers correctly at random.

One great winner will win the following package!

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Historic Prophetstown – Kick-off to Fall!

Fun at the Farm!

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, so many fun fall events planned at Historic Prophetstown this year.  It may only be September 4, but fall is right around the corner! With that said, there are a host of fabulous activities taking place at Historic Prophetstown for you and your family that will have you laughing and smiling all weekend long.

This weekend I feel is the kick-off to fall at Historic Prophetstown.  The event schedule starts this Friday, September 7, with the 2nd Annual Invitational Horse Pull.  The sport of horse pulling is populated by equine athletes who have been trained and conditioned to compete against other teams. The team that pulls the most weight the full distance wins.  Bring your lawn chairs and pick a favorite team to cheer on.  Following the competition, put on your dancing shoes, for the annual Barn Dance.  Bum Ditty Barn Dance Band with Barry Rubin calling the dance will entertained the crowds.  This night of dancing has been known to really get people’s feet moving and hips shaking!

The fun continues onto Saturday, September 8, and Sunday, September 9, with the County Fair.  Visitors can browse and shop the gift shop and a bake sale will have hosted offering the perfect sweet treat. Kids and adults can also visit the farm animals and take a ride on the trolley ride around the farm. Do not miss the hog roast Saturday night where a whole country spread will be offered.  The Hazelnuts String Band will be performing to offer a nice tune to the evening.

There are a slew of fun opportunities coming this fall at Historic Prophetstown from Corn Harvest, October 8 and 9, to the Prophetstown State Park Fall Festival taking place October 26 through the 28.  This festival will feature a Halloween costume contest, campsite contest, pumpkin carving contest, haunted trails, chili supper, and intrepretive seminars.  Every day through the end of October (open Monday-Friday, November-March) people can stop by the farm to watch the cows being milked twice a day or to pet the Belgian horses.  Most children love Molly, the farm dog who is gentle and sweet.  Molly loves to jump on the trolley with the kids and go for a ride around the farm, or she can be found taking a nap in the shade!   In addition, if you enjoy visiting historical homes, you can also tour a replica Sears Roebuck and Company catalog farmhouse.

Historic Prophetstown is not to be missed on your next visit to our area.  For more information about this state park and additional historical sites in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com