Weekend Update: Purdue Basketball & Theatre

mackey-crowd copyLafayette-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.

It’s going to be a big college basketball weekend at Purdue University.  First, our Lady Boilers take on Michigan State on Saturday, February 24 at 2pm.  The following day, Sunday, February 25 our Men’s Basketball team competes against Minnesota at 4pm. Join fellow Boilers as we cheer on our teams this weekend at Mackey Arena.  Boiler up!

Purdue Theatre

Purdue Theatre

More exciting fun is taking place at Purdue this Friday, Saturday and Sunday!  The Purdue Department of Theatre Presents: The Beaux’ Stratagem. First produced in England 1707, the play tells the story of two young bucks who, having spent all their money by living too well, leave London and roam from town to town in search of love and fortune. In order to find a wealthy heiress for at least one of them, they pose as master and servant – exchanging roles from one town to the next. In Lichfield, Aimwell is the master and Archer the servant, and there they meet the lovely, wealthy Dorinda and her equally desirable sister-in-law, Mrs. Kate Sullen. They set their caps for these women, but problems abound. Kate is married to a drunken sot who despises her; the innkeeper’s saucy daughter, Cherry, has set her cap for Archer; Dorinda’s mother, Lady Bountiful, mistakenly believes herself to be a great healer of the sick, and she guards her daughter like a dragoness; and a band of brigands plans to rob the house of Lady Bountiful that very night, putting all schemes in jeopardy. This is a play in the great tradition of Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer and Sheridan’s The Rivals and The School for Scandal. It is classic, formal, robust and hilarious.

 

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

March Madness Bar Hop 2017

Beer Milkshake at the PintMarch Madness is finally here! Now that football is over, basketball is key to my sports happiness! Watching the game from home can be fun, but there are many places around Lafayette-West Lafayette to catch the big game.

Jake’s Roadhouse is one of my favorite sports bars on campus, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. All ages are welcome at Jake’s until 9pm. Another favorite place on the west side is The Pint. The Pint offers an ever-changing selection of crafts beers and TVs line the bar (21 and over).

Sgt. Preston's

Sgt. Preston’s

Downtown you could bar hop for each game since there are so many great places to choose from! Sgt. Preston’s is always alive with game watchers and a ski-shot is available to get the fun rolling.  The Vault has pool tables and high top tables that are perfect to watch a game with a group of friends. Chumley’s has the best nachos to snack on during the game along with 50 beers on tap and plenty of local brews to try. DT Kirby’s has all the qualities of a great sports bar- big portions, greasy food and always an upbeat crowd with plenty of screens. Professor Joe’s Sports Pub and Pizzeria– the name says it all! Specialty pizza, The Boilermaker, is the perfect pie to cheer on your Purdue Boilermakers. Get your wing fix at Bobby T’s Pub.  Finally, one of the best places to fill your Mexican cravings during the game is at the 6th Street Dive where their chicken enchiladas are fabulous!

DT Kirby's

DT Kirby’s

Professor Joe's Stromboli

Professor Joe’s Stromboli

The list doesn’t stop here. Check out a full listing of bars and pubs at HomeOfPurdue.com. Boiler Up!

Cheer on Caleb Swanigan & Purdue Basketball

12237994_926022667478648_1928365583054578087_oCaleb Swanigan was born on April 18th, 1997, and from there had a rough road ahead of him before becoming a Boilermaker. He is a sibling to 5 other kids and is the son of a father who was a crack cocaine addict and a mother who didn’t have a steady job and was living on food stamps and welfare checks. He told his older brother he wanted to become a basketball player and his life completely changed.

As a 6’2”, 360-pound 8th grader, he was adopted by a man named Roosevelt Barnes. Barnes was a college football player for Purdue and later became a linebacker for the Detroit Lions in the NFL. After retiring, he became a very well-known and successful sports agent. When Barnes heard about Swanigan’s situation, he immediately took Swanigan in and officially adopted him.

Barnes and Swanigan worked every day to get Swanigan into the shape he needed to be in to live out his dream of being a basketball player. Between the workouts, diets, and schooling, Swanigan got to where he wanted to be, on the court for the Purdue Men’s Basketball Team as a Boilermaker.

Swanigan is beginning his sophomore year as a Boilermaker, but during his freshman year he had a personal record breaking season. Going into his freshman year he was already ranked 9th in ESPN’s Top 100 for the class of 2015 and was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball, an award that hasn’t been given to a Boilermaker since Glenn Robinson in 1991. Those were only two of the many awards and titles he had when starting his first season with Purdue. He was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team as well as a mid-season finalist for the Wayman Tisdale Award (nation’s top freshman) and early-season candidate for the Karl Malone Award (nation’s top power forward). He now has a school record after being named Big Ten Freshman of the week three times last season. Swanigan averaged 10.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, setting Purdue freshman records for 282 rebounds and 8 double-doubles.

After a record breaking first season, it will be exciting to see the great things Swanigan will do in the next three years at Purdue and also after he graduates. Keep it up Caleb! All the Boilermakers out there are rooting for you!

For more information about Purdue Sports and the Lafayette-West Lafayette area visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.  This blog was shared by Amanda, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern.

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Purdue Basketball IS HERE!

Mackey dedicationPurdue Basketball! With winter just around the corner (16 days away!) that can only mean one thing: Purdue Basketball! The season started last month and our Men and Women Purdue Basketball teams are back and ready for a full season of hard play and great wins. The fans are ready to cheer our teams to victory. Boilermaker fans, wear your Purdue gear, show your pride and head to Mackey Arena to hoot and holler for our teams.

Check out Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, Caitlyn’s, memories of Purdue basketball games:

“Some of my best memories at Purdue as a student include going to basketball games. I love walking into Mackey, grabbing some nachos, and watching the team warm up. The whole place comes alive with energy! I have had the experience to go to multiple basketball games and would have to say it is one of my favorite sports to watch. The half time shows are always a huge hit whether it’s watching the dance team preform, other Purdue teams get introduced, or games to be played with the audience.  Whether I was standing with the student section or sitting with my family, it has always been a fun experience.

IMG_0927With many returning players and new ones arriving, Purdue basketball is looking to have a great season ahead. I cannot wait to get back into Mackey Arena with family and friends while watching our Boilers take on any opponent. BOILER UP!”

Head to Mackey for another successful basketball season!  For more information about Purdue Sports visit www.PurdueSports.com and for information about Lafayette-West Lafayette visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: OUTfest & Purdue Men’s Basketball Alumni Game

Mackey Arena

Mackey Arena

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.

This Saturday, August 2, head downtown for the annual special event, OUTfest. The afternoon and evening will feature live bands and DJs, local food vendors, information booths, beer gardens, a family area, dancing, light hearted drag entertainment, extended hours for some local downtown businesses, and much more! The fee to enter is $5 for adults, $3 for students and children 12 and younger are free.

Check out some of the greatest Purdue Men’s Basketball Alumni compete once again in Mackey Arena this Saturday, August 2 at the Purdue Men’s Basketball Alumni Game. Legendary former head coach Gene Keady will return to Mackey to coach one of the squads, while current Boilermaker head coach Matt Painter will guide the other. The winningest coach in Purdue history, Keady led the Boilermakers to six Big Ten championships, including back-to-back-to-back titles from 1994 to 1996. Enjoy an afternoon watching Purdue’s basketball stars back in action! Check out the list of participants at www.purduesports.com.

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

Weekend Update: Maple Sugaring Days & NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

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.

See, smell and taste history during the Maple Sugaring Days, taking place at Prophetstown State Park this weekend, March 22nd & 23rd! Come join the fun for this special nature program! Demonstrations of historic Native American-Style maple sugaring will be presented to visitors. After the demonstration visitors can hike or bike through the vast prairie trails that run through Indiana’s newest state.

NCAA Basketball Championships start this weekend! Your Purdue Boilermakers are hosting the 1st and 2nd rounds of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament this season on Saturday, March 22nd and Monday, March 24th. (All session tickets start at just $16.) Don’t miss out on this years road to the Final Four! Mackey Arena will be full of cheers as teams compete in this major sporting event that creates memories to last a lifetime.

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

Weekend Update: Cheer on our Boilers vs. Nebraska & Enjoy Music from Friends of Bob

Mackey Arena

Mackey Arena

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.

Friends of Bob presents 3 bands; John Paul Keith & the 145s, Amy LaVere Band and Motel Mirrors, (all from Memphis!) this Saturday, January 11 at the Lafayette Brewing Company! Keith has created a nice blend of all kinds of American roots; music rockabilly, honky-tonk, 50s dream pop, blue-eyed soul, 60s punk, Merseybeat, Brill Building song craft, and power pop. He and the One Four Fives have craft and style in spades. Chicago Reader Amy LaVere’s cathartic twang draws from influences as varied as Billie Holiday and Leonard Cohen. The singer, songwriter, actress and bassist blends classic country, jazz and gypsy blues. While classic country duets were the original inspiration, the Motel Mirrors’ real sound is modeled more after the Everly Brothers, who layered doubled vocals and acoustic guitars over a simple rhythm section.

This Sunday, January 12, head to Mackey Arena to cheer on our Men’s Purdue Basketball Team as they take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  Is there anything better in winter than college basketball?  If you ask my husband he would say, “No!”  And being at the game makes the experience more thrilling and exciting.  Mackey Arena can hold more than 14,000 Purdue fans, and with the stadium full of cheers and hollers the noise alone makes your adrenaline soar.  Boiler up!

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