Holiday Weekend Update Dec. 7-9, 2018

TrevorMahlmann5Holiday 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 plethora of fun, holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • Holiday Tours at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art is a special treat that you won’t soon forget. (December 5-9) A Christmas train traveling through several rooms, decorated with Dickens Villages is a favorite feature for both kids and adults.  A gingerbread-style playhouse and multiple animated figures invite kids to participate. Decorated trees, Santas, angels, nativities, Lafayette houses and Dickens villages fill the Museum and spread the Christmas spirit.
  • Enjoy a candy cane tour at McCord Candies!  Make your very own candy cane on December 7, 8 & 9.
  • A night of dance and magic is taking place on December 7 & 8 during the Purdue Contemporary Company’s Winter Works.
  • Every year when the holiday season is near, you can expect an outstanding show from the Lafayette Jefferson Choral Department. The Holiday Show showcases all six choirs in the department. It is taking place December 7, 8 & 9.
  • 14 life-size outdoor scenes involving a cast of hundreds bring to life the significance of the baby in the manger at Faith Church.  The “Living Nativity” will take place on December 7, 8 & 9. You can either walk or drive through the nativity.
  • On Saturday, December 8, Purdue Bands and Orchestras present Tuba Christmas and Holiday Cheer & All That Jazz.  This holiday favorite concert is a must see! Continuing the tradition started by Harvey Philips in 1974 to honor his teacher and mentor William Bell, who was born on Christmas Day, over 80 musicians will perform holiday favorites on low brass instruments. This concert is a campus-community partnership inviting low brass performers from the community to play alongside student musicians with euphoniums, sousaphones, and of course, tubas. Don’t miss this unique holiday experience!
  • Bring the kids to enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” at the Purdue Memorial Union on Saturday, December 8. Breakfast with Santa is the perfect event for celebrating Christmas with children and families! Visits with Santa are free. The breakfast, sponsored by Pappy’s, will occur at the same time in the Union South Ballroom.  Do not miss checking out the giant Purdue Christmas tree!

    Skate with Santa

    Skate with Santa

  • Skate with Santa will be held on December 8. Santa invites you and your parents to come out for a fun-filled morning.  You will enjoy donuts, hot cocoa, and skate with the jolly old elf himself!  This will be a great photo opportunity, so make sure to bring your camera!  To really enjoy this event, it’s recommended that children be of appropriate skating age and size.  Reservations are required.
  • Carnahan Hall Presents: Holiday Soiree on December 8. Holiday Soirée will have shopping options from local and surrounding boutiques which include: My Little Corner Boutique, Boutique LoriAnn, B Boutique, Urban Chique Boutique, and Whiskey Rose Boutique!
  • Come shop on December 8 with your favorite local vendors & artisans at the Holiday Market & Pancakes with Santa at Dayton Elementary School! Awesome gifts and stocking stuffers, perfect for gift exchanges, co-workers, friends & family.

    Dickens

    Dickens

  • Friends of Downtown presents “Downtown Dickens & Christmas Village Market” on December 8. Enjoy a day where Downtown is transformed into Victorian England. Throughout the day, there will be live performances by choirs and entertainers, roving carolers, Holiday Farmers Market, hay rides and of course, the Dickens and Victorian street characters announced and directed by town criers and a constable or two! Make sure you take advantage of the many “Dickens specials” by downtown restaurants and merchants.
  • Dickens at Duncan Hall is taking place December 8. The event includes live music, children’s crafts and tours of decorated rooms.
  • Christmas decorations in the 1920s included both handmade and commercially produced paper decorations. Learn how to make crepe paper rosettes and trees, jointed Santas, “snaps” and more at the Gibson Farmhouse on December 9 during “Christmas Traditions Craft Class”.
  • Pizza with Santa Claus at Midtowne Oven. Santa Claus will be taking time out of his very busy schedule to stop by for pizza and fun on Saturday, December 8 from 12pm to 2pm! Midtowne Oven will have some very special Christmas-themed pizzas and fun candy cane shaped garlic dough to celebrate his visit. Grab your camera and bring the kids in for lunch and a great photo that you can cherish for years.

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

Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2018″ worth over $500! Congratulations to Christy from West Lafayette, Indiana.

She shares, “Thank  you so much!l! I am thrilled to have won this contest. Being new to the greater Lafayette area, I have tried to get out and try as many local spots as possible, but have not yet made it to all of the businesses who participated in this contest, so winning the contest means that I will be able to experience even more of what the greater Lafayette area has to offer! I am looking forward to using my contest winnings to discover more about the greater Lafayette area.”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in December!

3 Unique Places for Holiday Shopping: Chauncey Village

Amused Clothing

Amused Clothing offers true vintage items that you won’t find anywhere else. They have everything from vintage flannels, crew neck sweatshirts, Purdue wear, costumes, fun throwback items and much more. This thrift/vintage shopping feel is right on Purdue’s campus. The inventory is always changing so you can make a habit out of going. Amused is perfect for Halloween and costume parties. If you want the most original costume, you’ll find it here. Head down the stairs and visit Amused Clothing to give you or loved one’s wardrobe a little bit of a cool vintage vibe.

 

University Book Store

The University Book Store is one of the main places around that you can get your Purdue staples. There’s not just textbooks here! Sweatshirts, jerseys, t-shirts, pajamas, home decor, accessories and beyond! Located right on Purdue’s campus, the UBS is a great place to go shopping for your favorite Boilermaker or sports fan. Check out how soft that jacket above looks… Who could resist something so cozy – and with our favorite letter on it! We all know that Purdue fans proudly wear the school’s merchandise everywhere we go. Build up your friends’ closet with more black and gold!

 

Von’s Shops

One of Purdue’s most iconic locations is Von’s Shops. It has been a Chauncey Village favorite since 1968! There are so many awesome things in Von’s to chose from when on the lookout for a perfect present. Comics, jewelry, books, accessories, beads, music and clothes– these are just some of the great finds at this store! If there is someone in your life that loves books or comics, you will find one suited for them at Von’s. You can explore the rows of books and vinyl music. Grab your loved one’s favorite album and surprise them this holiday season!

 

Samantha, VLWL Intern, shares this blog. For more information about these shops and others in our area visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Shop Local, Shop Dawson & Daisy

The end of freshman year of college usually brings bittersweet goodbyes, anticipation for three months of no class attendance and exams, and hopes of working out hard enough to lose the “Freshman 15.” For Gabby Gary, on the other hand, the summer after her freshman year was spent building her own business from the ground up. Fast forward, Gabby has graduated from Purdue and has the full-time job of owner and chief buyer of Dawson & Daisy.

West Lafayette Storefront

Dawson & Daisy’s West Lafayette store is located in Wabash Landing Shopping Center.

Inspiration

While Gabby’s family currently resides in the West Lafayette-Lafayette area, she was born in New Orleans and moved around a lot throughout her childhood. While she has had many “hometowns,” Gabby says that the south is where she feels most at home. That is why in Dawson & Daisy’s Instagram bio the boutique is described as, “unique with a southern edge.” The unique part comes into play with the quantity of items that Gabby stocks in the store to ensure that every customer feels special in the clothes they purchase from Dawson & Daisy since they won’t see 10 other people wearing the same thing.

History

Dawson & Daisy originally started as an online-only operation run out of the Gary’s home. During the summer after Gabby’s freshman year at Purdue, the Gary’s had vacation plans that did not allow Gabby ample time to also have an internship. She decided to explore her passion for fashion that summer when she realized that it was absolutely possible for her to start her own online boutique. After a year of growing a loyal customer base, Dawson & Daisy became a brick-and-mortar boutique in May 2017. Six months later, it moved to a larger retail space in Wabash Landing Shopping Center in West Lafayette. In December 2017, she opened opened a Broad Ripple Bungalow location.

Merchandise

Originally, the store was going to just be called, “Daisy.” However, Dawson joined the picture when Gabby knew that she wanted a boutique that would cater to both women and men. The Daisy section offers women tops, bottoms, and dresses perfect for going to class or for your next date night. The Dawson section offers men comfortable t-shirts, sweatpants, and accessories. The home decor sections offers candles and signs to accent your living spaces. Finally, the beauty section features bath products and makeup to help spruce up your self care routine.

For Gabby, as chief buyer, trends are not important when she is deciding what to carry in her store. She explains, “I am all about classic style…I try to buy things that will extend your hard-earned money.”

D&D Fitting Room

It’s all in the details when you visit Dawson & Daisy… even the fitting rooms are aesthetically pleasing!

The Boutique Experience

Imagine having an entire boutique to yourself and an associate to act as your own personal shopper during your entire trip. That is the experience you have when you step into Dawson & Daisy. In addition to having unique, one-of-a-kind items, Dawson & Daisy hopes to differentiate itself with outstanding customer service that matches the South’s standards of hospitality.

One of Gabby’s favorite memories with a customer was when she helped a mother and a daughter pick the perfect outfits for the daughter’s senior pictures. It took some trial-and-error, but Gabby could tell that her attention to detail and determination to find the perfect combination made the daughter feel incredibly special. That is the experience that Gabby hopes every customer has when they visit one of Dawson & Daisy’s boutiques.

Candles

Currently dreaming about this West Lafayette-themed home decor

How to Shop

Dawson & Daisy is located in the West Lafayette Wabash Landing Shopping Center between Panera Bread and Scotty’s Brewhouse. Their hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. You can also shop online or through the store’s instagram page.

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

Purdue University Student, Lauren Pannell, shares this blog.

Burger Trail! Don’t Be Nervous, Try the Purvis!

The Burger! We have ventured out around Lafayette-West Lafayette, tasted, explored and tried to conquer the mighty burger! Our last stop on this burger exploration is Triple XXX Family Restaurant, home to so many fabulous burgers. Their saying is “Don’t be nervous, try the Purvis,” and we took on this challenge. Here are our feelings about their unique burgers:

Duane Purvis All American

Emily truthfully was nervous, but guess what? She tried the Duane Purvis All American Burger! Here are her thoughts, “I am not a huge peanut butter fan and peanut butter on a burger has never sounded very appetizing. After trying it for the first time, I’m disappointed I didn’t try it sooner. I am so glad I ordered it and gave it a try. This burger was delicious and now I know why everyone loves it. It has the perfect amount of peanut butter on it and is jam packed with flavor. I will most definitely be ordering this burger again!”

“The Boilermaker Pete Burger is my favorite,” Ashley proclaims! “I prefer it without the grilled onions so it’s just a basic cheeseburger but it’s the perfect cheese burger. You can actually taste the cheese and the meat. The cheese gets into all the nooks and crannies of the burger and just meld together. The smoothness of the burger and cheese mixed with the toasted sesame seed bun makes for a tantalizing mixture of textures for your taste buds.”

Burger….

Corey shares, “The Bert Burger at Triple XXX is grilled and sizzled to perfection. Biting into the ¼ pound burger, you get mouthwatering crispy bacon, melted American cheese, a crunch of onion. I add my personal touch by adding spicy ketchup. The Bert Burger, along with a Triple XXX Root Beer of course, will leave any burger enthusiast craving for more.”

Bert Burger

I tried the Boudia, (Boe-Dye-Uh), a triple cheese sensation! American, Swiss & Philadelphia cream cheese, 2 slices of bacon, & tomato on a toasty sesame bun. Add in a 1/4lb. chop steak and you have the quintessential burger creation! I have tried many burger combinations at Triple XXX as my family has been visiting this local eatery for years. I have to say this is officially my new favorite burger Triple XXX serves. I love cheese and the 3-cheese combination is stringy, smooth and delicious. The chop steak is juicy and the bacon crisp and flavorful. As a bonus it is served with my favorite side, hash browns and gravy. Their hash browns are the best around. Perfectly cut and cooked! YUM! To those that enjoy eggs, our waitress recommended a fried egg as well to complement this burger. 

Boudia

Burgers, burgers, burgers! We love burgers! We want to hear from you and what your favorite burger is from Triple XXX Family Restaurant or another restaurant in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Leave any fun burger comment and enter to win a unique gift basket including a VLWL cooler, Purdue shirt, thermos and more! (Please note only positive comments will be eligible for entry.)  A winner will be picked in November.

This fall we have showcased 5 burgerlicous restaurants. We want to hear about your favorite local Lafayette-West Lafayette burger joint and we will happily start adding to our trail! Share, share, share!

For more information about this fabulous restaurant and others in our area at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Purdue Football Fun: A Game Weekend Checklist

With Purdue football season underway, we’ve compiled a list of must-do game weekend activities. This checklist is full of traditions and experiences that are sure to get everyone from campus newcomers to Purdue football regulars in the Boilermaker spirit!

1. Go to The Den

Photo of a red, white and blue donut atop a Den Pop in front of the Discount Den store

Den Pops and donuts – what a delicious combination! Photo courtesy of @discountden

The Discount Den is a popular convenience store located in Chauncey Mall. It’s a great spot to pick up affordable Purdue attire, snacks, soda and more. Home of the iconic “Den Pop,” The Den is most known for its soft drink bar where you can create your own soda concoction. Also, be sure to grab some delicious Hammer Donuts! The Den is open from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Sundays.

2. Walk Around Campus

Photo of The Engineering Fountain, Hovde Hall, and Bell Tower in spring

The Engineering Fountain, Hovde Hall, and Bell Tower

Walking around campus during football weekends is a fun way to see many iconic Purdue landmarks. Additionally, it’s a great chance to take pictures with friends and family to remember the experience. Listed below are a few of the must-see spots:

  • John Purdue – Memorial Mall
  • Unfinished P – Next to Stewart Center
  • Campus Fountains – We recommend Loeb Fountain by Beering Hall and The Engineering Fountain on Engineering Mall
  • Bell Tower – Across from WALC
  • Neil Armstrong – Outside of Armstrong Hall

A campus walk also allows campus newcomers and alumni to see new changes and recent additions to Purdue. The most notable addition to campus currently is the Wilmeth Active Learning Center, located across from the Bell Tower.

3. Eat at Popular Purdue Restaurants

Photo of Basil Thai's curry pineapple fried rice in a to-go box next to a menu

Curry Pineapple Fried Rice from Basil Thai

Stopping in for a bite to eat at the most beloved Purdue restaurants will get you in the Boilermaker spirit.

One of the most known joints is Triple XXX, a diner known for its burgers and milkshakes. It opens at 5:30 a.m. daily for breakfast and closes at 11:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10:00 p.m on Sunday. A crowd favorite is the Duane Purvis All American Burger, a classic cheeseburger with a sweet twist – peanut butter. The Drew Brees First Choice breakfast special is also an early-morning hit among the locals. 

Another classic restaurant is Bruno’s, a family-run pizza joint. First-timers can’t go wrong with the famous Bruno Dough and the Boilermaker Pizza. Bruno’s opens at 4:00 p.m. daily, so be sure to save this location for dinner.

Another hidden gem is Basil Thai, which is located in Chauncey Mall. The small Thai shop offers many delicious vegetarian and vegan options. The red curry and rice dish is one of the best items on the menu.

4. Ride on the Boilermaker Special

Photo of Purdue's Boilermaker Special, a black and gold locomotive, driving by a statue of John Purdue on Memorial Mall

The Boilermaker Special driving by John Purdue statue on Memorial Mall. Photo courtesy of @BoilermakerSpecial

Catching a ride on the Boilermaker Special, Purdue’s notable mascot, is an experience every Purdue fan should have. You can spot the locomotive driving around campus on game weekends. The Reamer Club offers free rides in front of Stewart Center from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on the Fridays before home football games. This is a great activity for kids!

5. Tailgate

Tailgating near the stadium on game day is a great way to catch up with old friends and get excited about the game. For details about purchasing tailgate spaces, check out the official Purdue Tailgating Page.

6. Go to Harry’s

Photo of rum and Coke drink and a purple suede purse with fringe sitting on the bar at Harry's

Grabbing a drink at Harry’s after the game is a must

With great drinks and free popcorn, Harry’s Chocolate Shop is the place to be on game weekends. It opens at 11:00 a.m. and closes at 3:00 a.m. daily. It tends to stay fairly packed all weekend, so expect a crowd. The Green Dragon is a go-to drink for frequent Harry’s customers. Filled with students and alumni, it’s hard to find a place with more school spirit in one location than this iconic bar.

7. Go to the Game

Photo of Ross-Ade stadium filled with fans during a game timeout at sunset

A packed Ross-Ade Stadium, full of fans ready to cheer on the Boilermakers to victory.

The most important thing to do on a game weekend is (obviously) go to the game. For more information about ticket prices and purchasing details, visit the Purdue Sports football ticket information page. While at the game, be sure to cheer on the Boilers and watch the “All American” Marching Band perform during halftime with the World’s Largest Drum!

Make sure to check out the Home of Purdue’s website for more information about upcoming Purdue athletic activities.

Alexis Murrell, Purdue University Student, shares this blog.

The Best Pumpkin Patches Near Purdue

The temperature is dropping, leaves are changing, and combines are in the field. It’s fall in Indiana, and with that comes a plethora of fun outdoor activities.

The season brings something for everyone — from football and tailgating to haunted houses and hay rides. For a lot of people, however, it wouldn’t be fall without a pumpkin on the doorstep.

If you’re one of these people (or you just enjoy fun fall activities), the pumpkin patches in the Lafayette/West Lafayette area have your back. Before going to the grocery store to buy your pumpkins this fall, check out this list of a few pumpkin patches in the area.

Wea Creek Orchard

Located just off of U.S. 231, Wea Creek is a family-owned orchard, market, and event venue in Lafayette, Indiana. The main pumpkin patch is about 6 acres and grows 70,000 pounds of pumpkins each year. There is also a smaller patch (1.5 acres) dedicated to growing pumpkins for children on school field trips. If you want to pick your pumpkin straight from the field, this is a good option. Prices are determined by pumpkin weight.

In addition to picking out your own pumpkins, you can find a variety of items, such as honey, apple cider, jelly, and candles, in the Orchard's market.

The Orchard’s market also has a variety of goods for sale.

Tractor rides to and from the patch are available on Saturdays and Sundays.

Tractor rides are offered on Saturdays and Sundays.

Kent’s Cucurbits

With a 17-acre pumpkin field, Kent’s Cucurbits has one of the largest selections in the area. In addition to traditional pumpkins, the patch also sell gourds, decorative squash, and white pumpkins. They are all pre-picked and cleaned for visitors. Prices range from $1-$8. If a nontraditional pumpkin is more your style, there is a great selection here in Brookston, Indiana.

Traditional pumpkins are grouped in rows according to size.

Traditional pumpkins are grouped in rows according to size.

While these may not be the best carving pumpkins, they make great decorations or centerpieces.

These pumpkins make great decorations or centerpieces.

In addition to the pumpkins, there is also a 4 acre corn maze.

There is also a 4-acre corn maze here.

Exploration Acres

Like Wea Creek, Exploration Acres visitors go into the patch to pick their pumpkins. Be aware that there is a fee to enter the patch, and pumpkin prices are determined by weight. Located between U.S. 52 and I-65, this was the busiest of the patches — but there was still plenty of room to search for the perfect pumpkin.

Wagons are available to bring back the pumpkins

In addition to the pumpkin patch, there are different games and food options.

There is a section of the 11 acre patch dedicated to giant pumpkins.

There is a section of the 11-acre patch dedicated to giant pumpkins.

The Great Pumpkin Patch at Congress Street Church

Visitors can shop for pumpkins, gourds, fall decorations, bake sale, mums and more! The Patch is handicap-accessible, pets are welcome, and picture-taking is encouraged. There is a fabulous area filled with hay bales, pumpkins and fall decorations that is great for selfies and family photos. Do not miss the bake sale, as they have the best pumpkin bread around!

Each patch offers something for everyone. Be sure to visit your favorite before the season ends.

The Great Pumpkin Patch

To keep up with more seasonal events, be sure to check out HomeofPurdue.com

This blog was written by Cheyenne Dunn, Purdue University Student.

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.