Purdue Homecoming Weekend Update 2018

Purdue Homecoming 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.

Make this your checklist of Purdue Homecoming fun this weekend! Don’t miss a second of the excitement!

Friday, September 21:

  • Boiler Up! Every Friday, typically from 12-3pm (times may vary) before Purdue Home Football Games, take a ride on the Boilermaker Special! Pick-ups will be in front of Stewart Center and run every 15 minutes. Look for the marquee!
  • Come and watch the annual homecoming parade as Purdue kicks off the 150th celebration of Purdue weekend! Participants will be handing out goodies to those lined up as well as the infamous Purdue Marching Band, so get there early! This year’s Grand Marshal is 1978 Homecoming Queen, Kassandra Agee-Chandler. This event is FREE and open to the public. All are welcome to attend – click here for route.Purdue2013

Saturday, September 22:

  • Fans, especially families, looking for fun before home games will want to check out the popular Boilermaker Crossing.  Meet-the-team events, inflatable games, and interactive opportunities highlight the list of activities. The Boilermaker Crossing is free and open to fans of all ages. Located in the Sally & Bob Weist Plaza, between Mackey Arena and Holloway Gymnasium, Boilermaker Crossing opens 3 hours before kickoff.
  • This year Purdue is IMG_0547celebrating its 16th annual University-wide Homecoming celebration on Stadium Mall as Purdue kicks off 150 Years of Giant Leaps during the Homecoming 2018 festivities. Don’t forget to visit with the various school and unit tents before we take on Boston College. You’ll find all sorts of fun, photo opportunities, and free activities for the whole family. This takes place 10-12pm.
  • At 9:30am, join in a tailgate concert celebrating Homecoming and featuring the Purdue Jazz Band and the Tower of Power Band! They will perform at Slayter Center prior to “Thrill on the Hill.” Then 90 minutes before game time the Purdue “All American” Marching Band will present “Thrill on the Hill” at Slayter Hill.
  • Game time! Come watch as our Purdue Boilermaker Football Team take on Boston College inside Ross-Ade stadium. (12pm).
  • Sesquicentennial Kickoff: Homecoming!
    The sesquicentennial celebration will kick off during halftime with an “All-American” Marching Band performance, to be livestreamed for all Boilermakers to enjoy. Following the game, head to Stadium Mall for a postgame party with live music, food and drinks.

Sunday, September 23

  • Post Homecoming fun is happening at Art on the Wabash!  Spend your Sunday afternoon relaxing and enjoying local art at Art on the Wabash. This annual local juried artist fair features artists from a 15 county area offering pottery, glass, paintings, carvings, jewelry and more. Located on the banks of the Wabash River, guests enjoy a very nice, scenic landscape for this outdoor show.

Art on The Wabash

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

Festival Fun Weekend – Global Fest & Apple Popcorn Festival

Festival Fun 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.

This Saturday, September 15, learn about cultures from around the world at Global Fest in West Lafayette. Global Fest is a street festival with Columbia and Chauncey Streets serving as the backdrop for the celebration! Enjoy and explore world cultures through music, dance, crafts, displays and international food. Continuous stage entertainment, cultural displays and children’s activities are among the free activities.

Global Fest

More festival fun is taking place 15 minutes north of Lafayette in a small town, Brookston. It’s the 40th Annual Apple Popcorn Festival. Two all-American favorites play center stage on a day brimming with activities, including: over 200 craft booths, contests, entertainment, music & a great variety of food booths. There are yard sales galore all through town. This is the time to celebrate the local harvest, rich with apples and popcorn. Come with your friends and family and enjoy the day.

Kent’s Cucurbits planting pumpkins for the Apple Popcorn Festival!

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

Folie: French & New American Fine Dining

Folie is a “French & New American Fine Dining” restaurant located at 526 Main Street in downtown Lafayette. Looking at the menu, before we went, I was a bit intimidated by some of the items, but we decided to give it a try. We visited for lunch, where the dishes are a bit more traditional and not as exotic but flavor and experience sure didn’t disappoint. The restaurant offers a contemporary feel in a historic area of downtown and has two sides to the restaurant, side for 21 and over that includes a bar and then the regular dining room where guests of all ages are welcome.

Folie Burger

The menus change throughout the year, but we tried the “Cemita” which is a breaded chicken breast, Oazaca cheese, avocado, onions and chipotle aioli and the “Folie Burger” which has onion jam, mushroom, gouda cheese, tomato, lettuce and horseradish aioli. Corey shared, “The chicken sandwich is a thinly fried chicken breast, covered in Oaxaca cheese and an aioli sauce that complements the natural flavor of the chicken to perfection! It will be sure to guarantee a return visit to the restaurant once you try it!” The Folie Burger was surprising. I wasn’t sure about the onion jam, but it was amazing! Basically, just caramelized onions but it made the burger! The horseradish aioli was a great addition as well and added that extra flavor to make the burger extraordinary. We loved our food but both kept eyeing the “Tacos al Pastor” that kept coming out of the kitchen. I had thought about ordering but just wasn’t sure but so disappointed that I didn’t go for it. I’m going to have to go back. The Tacos were marinated pork, charred pineapple, avocado mousse, cilantro, onion and spicy peanut sauce. We were all too full for dessert, but they all sounded good.

Tacos al Pastor

The dinner menu currently has some more unique offerings such as stuffed zucchini blossoms, grilled octopus, Rack of Wild Boar, Lamb Shank, Ethiopian Spiced Yard Bird, etc. But also, has more traditional items such as Oysters on the half shell, Pan Seared Salmon, Fettuccine Fra Divavolo, Bavette Steak and a burger of the month. The flavor and presentation were amazing with our lunch items, I would be willing to be a bit more adventurous when I return for dinner and try something I’ve never had before. I’m sure it will be amazing and beautifully presented. A fantastic choice for your next date night or business meeting. Service won’t disappoint either. Our server was very attentive and brought us everything in a timely manner, checked in with us appropriately yet gave us space as well. Overall a fantastic experience and I cannot wait to return!

Have you visited Folie Restaurant? Let us know what you think! For more information about this restaurant and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Farmhouse Hospitality at Black Blanket Farms

With the autumn season right around the corner, there is no better time to start planning your next weekend getaway and experience the beauty and nature of Indiana. The bright orange and deep red leaves, crisp mornings and sunny afternoons, and delicious homemade donuts from Greyhouse Coffee all contribute to the atmosphere of West Lafayette, IN in the fall. Here are three reasons to stay at the most authentic and peaceful bed & breakfast, Black Blanket Farms.

Delicious food!

1. Simpler Way of Staying

If you are looking for somewhere that reminds you of a simpler way of life in a simpler time then Black Blanket Farms Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place. The home, with a foundation dating back to the 1800s, is true to its history. Items and furniture from different decades bring back memories and stories from the past while reminding guests of the important parts and people of life. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and encourages guests to enjoy their visit. And with the renovations and updates recently completed, you and your company will not be short of any amenities. However, you might find that you would rather spend time outdoors.

New bathrooms

2. Natural Environment

Although it is just a few minutes away from the world-renown Purdue University, Black Blanket Farms feels like a peaceful and quiet retreat away from the busy, fast-paced world. Whether you decide to wake up with the sun and spend a quiet morning walking around the pond or if you are a night owl and would rather stargaze, both are opportunities that can best be taken advantage of at Black Blanket Farms. The fresh air is rejuvenating to the soul, and the view from the back porch is a beautiful picture of the natural charm of Indiana.

3. Farmhouse Hospitality

Finally, expect to encounter the gracious hospitality of your host, Teresa Witkoske. Teresa is passionate about her home and welcoming her guests into it. Black Blanket Farms has been in the family for generations, and as you will see, this bed and breakfast is truly a labor of love. Upon first meeting Teresa, it is evident how passionate she is about Black Blanket Farms and it will truly enhance your experience by getting to know her. One of the best resources for any trip is the recommendation of a local. By staying at Black Blanket Farms, you will have an authentic experience of farmhouse hospitality and the inside scoop of what to see and do in the Greater Lafayette community.

Living room

Next time you pass through the area for an event or a Purdue football game, or plan to have a retreat in the peaceful countryside of Lafayette-West Lafayette, a stay at Black Blanket Farms is a must.

Bonus: If you are looking to host a small special event, connect with Teresa as well. She can host small groups for breakfast or lunch. We recommend you request the blueberry crisp. Is it scrumptious!

“Whether you’re up with the sun or more of a night owl, relax and make yourself at home.” –Black Blanket Farms

Jaclyn, Purdue University Student and VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

Southern Flavors Delight at East End Grill

Walking down Main Street in historic downtown Lafayette you will come across many wonderful local businesses and restaurants but one that really stands out is the East End Grill. As it states in the name, it’s on the East End of Main Street between 10th and 11th Streets. As you walk by, you are welcomed by inviting outdoor seating and stately lanterns on the front of the building. As you enter, you see a large open area decorated with industrial, urban features. This is something you would expect to see in a larger city such as Chicago or Indianapolis. The owners really wanted something urban and modern but also something that was classic and would blend well with the block’s history. The buildings on that block date from the 1870’s after all.

The food here matches the atmosphere, with a more upscale feel than most places yet still casual. The owner has traveled across the U.S. but has spent most of his career in the South. Therefore, you will find, many of the dishes has a Southern flare, such as their famous Shrimp and Grits and another guest favorite, BBQ Ribs.

East End Grill Arancini Balls

While there, our group ordered a good mix of items. To start we tried a couple appetizers, the House Cut Fries and Arancini Balls. The tables at East End are designed to be a bit larger than usual with sharing in mind, which is exactly what we did with the appetizers (and of course we tried each other’s meals too, they were too good not to share!). The House Cut Fries were perfectly cooked, thin cut fries. Crisp on the outside and smooth and soft on the inside dusted with parmesan and herbs. The fries are served with a wonderful roasted garlic aioli dipping sauce, which in our opinion was so much better than ketchup. The Arancini Balls are lightly battered saffron risotto balls covered with house made Bolognese sauce and served over Pomodoro sauce. Again, it was crisp and crunchy on the outside yet smooth and creamy on the inside. We loved the flavor and the texture of these balls.

East End Grill Crabcake Salad

After the appetizers we were getting pretty full, yet we couldn’t resist the entrée items. We each had something different; the Crab Cake Salad, Shrimp and Grits and the East End Burger. The Crab Cake Salad was a large, meaty, flawlessly crisp lump crab cake served over field greens and corn salsa. The dressing is a Remoulade and Roasted Red Pepper Aioli, which was sweet and creamy. This dish was full of flavor and really made an otherwise boring salad, something exciting, fun and filling. The Shrimp and Grits was

Shrimp and Grits

delicious! I’m not a grits person at all and usually curl my lip at it, but my friend encouraged me to try this and I was very surprised. The flavor was amazing and the texture, which is usually what gets me, was silky and smooth. It does have a bit of a kick for my very wimpy palate, but I would even consider ordering it in the future. It was very cheesy and served with smoking goose tasso ham, roasted red peppers and green onions. My friend just calls it “yumminess!”. Now for the East End Burger. The presentation of this burger is fantastic. I had to pause a moment to figure out how I wanted to eat it as it was as tall if not taller than my hand turned on its side. The meat and other toppings were perfectly and evenly portioned. A huge slice of tomato and large chunky slice of sweet pickle topped Applewood smoked bacon, 8 ounces of prime beef, cheddar cheese and baby greens. The flavor was amazing, I couldn’t help but lick my lips to make sure I got every morsel of flavor after every bite.  We are told that the Wagyu Burger is even better than the regular East End Burger. While they were not offering the Wagyu Burger the day we were there, we are told it will be back on the menu very soon. We can’t wait to try that one as well.

East End Grill- East End Burger and Fries

We walked out of East End Grill fully satisfied and very pleased with our meal. We cannot wait to return and try some of the other offerings such as the Cutting Board, Wagyu Burger, Pan Roasted Salmon, East End Pastrami Cobb Salad and the BBQ Baby Back Pork Ribs, not to mention the dessert items! We were too full for dessert, but they sounded delicious!  There is a good variety of menu options for everyone, but they are also very open to working with special diets or religious beliefs that prohibit certain items. Those that like to make dining reservations can easily do so with East End Grill’s online reservation system powered by RESERVE, found on the homepage of their website or social media pages. I know I will be going back very soon! If you go, be sure to tell us what you loved!

Fabulous Fun End of Summer Break Videos!

We have been having a fabulous fun summer! Check out these videos of all the fun around Lafayette-West Lafayette. Enjoy!

Water Park fun at Tropicanoe Cove!

Nightlife

Make sure you get one last slide in for the season at Tropicanoe Cove!

Columbian Park Zoo Fun

Nature walk at the Celery Bog

Learning to swing dance at Taste of Tippecanoe

 

If you have an awesome video, please share!!  And to check out more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Street Art Paint Out & OUTfest

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.

Fabulous fun is coming this Saturday, August 18! The Street Art Paint Out: Wabash Walls initiative started on August 4 and is concluding this Saturday with a Community Celebration from noon – 4 pm at the Junction House located at 215 Smith Street. (The Wabash Walls project is a collaborative effort that aims to engage the Wabash Avenue Neighborhood and build the community through the creation of public art pieces and offers the public a chance to get involved with community beautification efforts. Led by artist and curator Cameron Moberg, the festival has featured two weeks of painting with visiting and local artists.)

Street Art Paint Out

The Community Celebration is open to the public and will feature an official commemoration of the murals and interactive art activities. Community members can join muralist and curator, Cameron Moberg, in painting panels for a collaborative mural to be displayed at the Retaining Wall. The event will end with a Bike Tour and tour of the Wabash Walls, beginning at Cargill at 3 pm and ending at OUTfest downtown.

Check out what community togetherness can create!

Head downtown for the annual special event, OUTfest. The theme for OUTfest 2018 is #PRIDEinACTION. 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 $10 for adults and $5 for students

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

Living in Chauncey

What is it like to live in Chauncey, the downtown area of West Lafayette, situated between the Purdue campus and the Riverfront district? Natalie, Purdue University Graduate shares her experience living in Chauncey!

What to do, where to eat and where to hangout:

  • EATS
    • Fiesta
      • Fiesta is a Mexican restaurant local to Purdue’s campus. Living in Chauncey makes it easy to access delicious burritos and quesadillas. If you are looking for vegetarian or vegan options, Fiesta also offers some great alternatives. My favorite things to order is a burrito with vegetables and make sure to ask for the ranch sauce!

        Fiesta!

    • Noodles and I
      • Noodles and I isn’t a restaurant that everyone is aware of, but offers some amazing Asian cuisine. The cute hole-in-the-wall restaurant, right across the street from Maje Sushi, offers a small interior space to order quickly and eat in. My favorite thing to order at Noodles and I is vegetarian Pad Thai. Another favorite of students around Chauncey Square is Chicken or Vegetable Pho, make sure to add the sauce on the table for extra flavor!
    • Poke Hibachi
      • The first poke hibachi place to come to Purdue’s campus, Poke Hibachi! Located a couple stores back from Mad Mushroom, the poke restaurant offers fresh poke bowls with your choice of toppings. It’s a quick and healthy dining option!

        Poke Hibachi

    • Maje Sushi
      • Personally, I think Maje Sushi is the best sushi around Purdue’s campus. I may be bias since it is located right in Chauncey mall, but the sushi is fresh and they have a lot of different options, even for vegans and vegetarians. Next time you go in, try the mushroom roll… it is to die for!
  • COFFEE SHOPS / HANGOUT
    • Greyhouse
      • Greyhouse, being newly renovated in March of 2018, offers a wide variety of space to hangout, chat with friends or catch up on your work. The atmosphere inside of Greyhouse is relaxed and aesthetically pleasing. They also offer a wide variety of coffees, teas and food options like there famous crepes and newly added donuts!

        Greyhouse

    • Vienna
        • Vienna, which is located right next door to Greyhouse, is another local option for a nice hangout spot. The unique atmosphere makes Vienna special to Chauncey mall. They also offer a wide variety of food options, like breakfast sandwiches and vegan pastries!

    • Red Mango
      • Looking for a smoothie bowl? Red Mango is my favorite place, and probably only place in the West Lafayette area, where you can find smoothie bowls along with frozen yogurt and smoothies! My roommates and I love to grab a smoothie bowl during the warm months and take a walk around Purdue’s campus.
  • SHOPS
    • Underground Printing
      • If you are looking for a store to find unique Purdue apparel and not sure where to go, Underground Printing has got your back. I stumbled into Underground Printing a couple of days ago on a whim and was pleasantly surprised! Located right next to Lotsa Pizza, they offer old school Purdue sweatshirts, Harry’s gear and anything in between. You can even place a bulk order with them next time you stop in!
    • Vons
      • Vons is one of the only stores close to Chauncey Mall that is unique to Purdue’s campus. Located close to Jimmy John’s, Vons is home to a large variety of unique gifts. Looking for records? Vons has them. Looking for a cool poster? Vons has that too. Looking for spirit rocks, clothing or anything else? Vons has got you covered! Vons has everything from incense, music and even books. It’s worth the trip inside (and p.s. dogs are allowed inside too)!

        Vons

For more information about Chauncey and our other fabulous, fun districts in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Purdue Football Fan Day & Mosey Down Main Street

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 Saturday, August 11, head to Purdue for Purdue Football Fan Day!  Boilermaker fans, come and meet the 2018 Purdue football team at the annual preseason fan day in Mollenkopf. The event will feature the entire football team and host a number of family-friendly activities for all ages.

Activities include…
• Test your football skills on the field with current Boilermakers.
• Meet your favorite players with an autograph session with the entire team and coach Brohm.
• Free 2018 schedule poster.
• Gear up for gameday with merchandise from the new official Purdue Team Store.
• Get an inside look at the new Football Performance Complex.
• Enter-to-win a special prize when you purchase your 2018 football season tickets.
• Purchase $5 youth tickets for the Eastern Michigan game with the purchase of an adult ticket.
• Fan Day is free to attend.
• To participate in skills activities on the field, all fans must fill out a waiver form upon entry.
• Parking is free in the F and R lots.
• Come early and check out the 2018 Purdue volleyball team in a free intrasquad scrimmage starting at 1 p.m. at Holloway Gymnasium.

In the evening, take the family to Mosey Down Main Street, a street celebrations brought to you by the local artistic community. Volunteers, downtown business owners, artists and musicians come together once a month from May through September to offer a free, family friendly event that takes place right down the center of Main Street. The event includes three stages of music, outdoor food, beer, and wine sales as well as street performers, drum circles and D.J.’s, belly dancers, and balloon animals.

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