Weekend Update: Whistle Stop and A Christmas Story

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 Friday, November 16, kicks off this year’s annual swing dance event at Purdue – Whistle Stop! Presented by Purdue Night Train Swing and Blue Dance Club, Whistle Stop runs Friday and Saturday from 8PM to 12AM. Sounds like a weekend full of fun! From a live band to swing dance instructors, this evening will be one for the books! Do not miss out on this energetic blast from the past night featuring Naomi and Her Handsome Devils! For tickets, you can visit their website here. Ticket prices range from $10 for just late night Saturday to $65 for an entire student weekend pass.

If you’re ready to get in the Christmas spirit, you’re in luck this weekend. Running Friday through Sunday at the Delphi Opera House is A Christmas Story. A Christmas Story, by humorist Jean Shepherd, is an endlessly delightful holiday classic about growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s. The story follows nine-year-old Ralphie in his quest to get an official Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Will he get what his heart desires? You’ll have to come see this amazing show to find out! Visit here for tickets and box office information.

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: 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.

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

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: Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette & Ballroom Dance

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 theater and mystery, this weekend the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette presents a show just for you! This Friday, October 26 is the opening night of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery. This exciting show runs on weekends from the 26th until November 10th. Fridays and Saturdays, the show begins at 7:30pm and on Sundays the show begins at 2:30pm. Get your deerstalker cap on – the play’s afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. Watch as Holmes and Watson try to escape a dizzying web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters. Click here to find more information and purchase tickets!


Are you a lover of dance, or just want to check out something new? Stop by the annual ballroom dance competition at Purdue hosted by Purdue Latin & Ballroom Dance Team. This Saturday, October 27th from 7am to 9pm, you can enjoy a great number of dances at this event. There will be hundreds of dancers from Purdue and other schools! Get moved by the music and support our school’s dance team. Please visit their website for further information.


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Weekend Update: Northern Vintage & Arts Market and Wolf Park After Dark

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.

Each weekend in our community, there are tons of events that you can join. This Saturday there are two special events to participate in – the Northern Vintage & Arts Market and Wolf Park After Dark. The Northern Vintage & Arts Market runs from 8AM to 3PM at Carnahan Hall. It has things to do and see both inside and outdoors. Enjoy the Hot Summer Nights Car Show & Sidewalk Sales brought yo you by the Lafayette Kroozers! If you’re an artist, vintage collector, antiquer… you’ll love this!

Late that Saturday evening is Wolf Park After Dark. Once a month, Wolf Park opens its doors to the public after Howl Night. Visitors have the chance to see the park after the sun sinks low. Visitors can walk the tour trail, listen to the wolves howl, and see the animals at a time of day they are frequently active. Watch out for fireflies and shooting stars! Listen to the frogs and insects sing and maybe spot a bat or other nightlife. Wolf Park After Dark runs from 7:30PM to 11PM. You can stop by the campfire, roast marshmallows and chat with the highly knowledgeable staff about these remarkable animals.

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

Weekend Update: Haan Mansion Plein Air Paint Out & LaffyCon!

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.

There are so many beautiful landscapes and sites in our community. Have you ever  just wanted to get a canvas and create a masterpiece modeled after one of them? You have that very chance this weekend! Join artists from across Indiana painting picturesque sites in the Lafayette area. At Haan Mansion’s Plein Air Paint Out, you can really see “TIppecanoe on Canvas”! You might find the artists painting at the Museum or downtown in the evening to capture unique nocturnal scenes.  These artists enjoy painting outdoors en plein air, as did Indiana’s most famous plein air painter, T.C. Steele.

Anyone can join in the fun!  Register and bring your paints and canvas to paint your own masterpieces.  Registered artists will be eligible for over $1500 in prizes.  First prize is $750.  Ribbons will be awarded for the best paintings by youth ages 17 and under.


Stop by the Museum for a map of historic sites and locations where you can find artists hard at work on their new masterpieces.  Artists will be painting on Thursday evening, from early morning to 5 p.m. on Friday, and until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Get to the Museum early on Saturday to get your first choice at the Artists Exhibit and Sale.  Previously completed paintings will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Enjoy light refreshments, meet the artists, and have a chance to buy newly completed works directly from the artists from 3 to 5 p.m.  Help to recognize the winning paintings at the awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m.  Works submitted for judging will be available for purchase after the judging is complete. See their website for more!

Did you know that Lafayette has its own Comic and Pop Culture Convention?! Also starting this Saturday, June 30th, is the 4th Annual LaffyCon! Join the fun at Carnahan Hall in Market Square. It runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.! LaffyCon features vendors, artists & guests to get your spider senses tingling.

Enjoy Vendors/Artists/Table Top Gaming, Comics, Cosplay, Panels and more!  Enjoy Live Panels from Journey Into Comics! If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, vendor, artist or otherwise get involved, email the team at laffycon@gmail.com. Please visit their website here for further information, such as tickets, schedules, etc.!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” 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: Hike with Your Hound & Kids Royal Sip and Paint

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’re looking for a way to enjoy this beautiful summer weather with your pet, check out Hike with Your Hound. This Friday, June 15th you can hike the trails of Clegg Memorial Garden with your pup! From 10AM to 2PM, NICHES welcomes you and your dogs to hike the trails and meet with dog friendly organizations in the community! Did you know NICHES properties are all leashed dog friendly? NICHES loves dogs so they’re hosting this Hike With Your Hound event to inspire more people to get outside with their dogs! Come out to Clegg Memorial Garden and hike the trails with your furry best friend! Visit with other outdoor loving dogs and owners, get free treats, and enter your name into the raffle for prizes from places like Pet Valu and Pet Supplies Plus! The best part? If you don’t have a dog, this is just another reason to have one. Visit with some adoptable pups from Loving Heart Animal Shelter and talk to staff about getting a new family member! For more info about NICHES, visit their website.

 

On Saturday, June 16th, enjoy the day with your family at the Springtime Kids Royal Sip and Paint! STAMP Nation presents this unique event perfect for kids of all ages. Have a blast at the Bauer Family Resources Community Center from 10AM to 3PM. Come out and join STAMP Nation for a day filled with fun and excitement while painting a magical masterpiece!  The “Springtime Kids Royal Sip and Paint” will consist of 45 minute time slots to ensure all children have the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful activity. Parents admission is free with the purchase of a child ticket. Get ready to enjoy an environment immersed in culture and artistic bliss while gaining the opportunity to shop with some of Lafayette area businesses. Feel free to dress up in royal attire to enrich your experience. A special $5 off your tickets is offered with the promotional code “STAMPNATION”. To use this code, you must donate at least 2 non-perishable items to the center.

 

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

Weekend Update: Ice Cream Crawl & Soap Box Derby

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.

Saturday, June 9th, you’ll want tickets to the Lafayette Rotary Club’s Ice Cream Crawl. There are a plethora stops on the crawl, participating from 1-4PM. The stops are: Silver Dipper (2); Culvers; Budges Drive In; Original Frozen Custard; Igloo (2); Cold Stone Creamery (2); and Sweet Revolution Bake Shop. Passport holders may visit the vendors to taste ice cream/custard and receive a stamp on their Passport at each location visited. Everyone visiting 5 or more vendors will be entered in a drawing for an Ice Cream Lover’s Grand Prize gift basket. You won’t want to miss getting your passport stamped at each delicious location. Tickets are available now here. You can purchase $10 individual tickets or a $25 family passport deal.

Rotary’s proceeds will be used to help fund Rotary Memorial Plaza at Columbian Park to honor all local service men and women. Financial sponsors for this event include: 40 & 8; Aster Place; Beck’s Auto Center; Bindery Artist Studio; Brokerage Brewing; Igloo Frozen Custard; Keystone Architecture; KJG Architecture; Mitchell Agency; Navy Club Ship 12, Lafayette; Old National Bank; Prairie Farms; Ray, Sharvelle and Truitt; Ronda Walsh Schwab, Edward Jones; Sally Siegrist, State Representative; Sylvan Learning; The Springs at Lafayette; Trent Johnson, State Farm Agent; Wabash National; Westminster Village.

From 8:30AM to 3PM, June 9th, you can participate in or watch the Soap Box Derby. This event is open to participants from ages 7 to 20. You must be 7 by the local race date and cannot be 18 by August 1st of the current race year.  Master Division driver age limit is 10 by the local race date and cannot be 20 by August 1st of the current year.

Soap Box Derby has a long history of building more than racers.   It has a history of building character, friendships and the desire to achieve.  The Derby organizers believe that kids involved with the program, both boys and girls, should be taught the value of hard work and good sportsmanship.  This is a priority, because when this happens – everybody is a winner.  With parental guidance and participation, Soap Box Derby is an educational as well as a super fun experience for all involved.

Lafayette Soap Box Derby races four divisions:  Stock, Super Stock, Masters and Challenger.  The Stock, Super Stock and Masters winners earn the right to compete at the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio in July. If you’re interested in this event, please visit their Facebook page. 

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

Weekend Update: Recreation at The Farm & Star Wars Improv

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

Have you ever wished that you could travel back in time? This weekend, your wish could be granted at The Farm at Prophetstown! Visit the Farm on Saturday, June 2nd, for a chance to step back into the 1920’s. This 1920’s Recreation on the Farm goes from 10AM to 4PM. When farm families completed their daily chores, leisure time in the evening might include participation in group games of chance and skill. Board and card games were popular along with adaptations of outdoor games like croquet and bowling. Visit the Gibson Farmhouse and try your luck at 1920s indoor leisure diversions.

Step into a whole other time that evening with the One Size Fits All Improv comedy show. If you’re a fan of the classic Star Wars series, you won’t want to miss this unique show. A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away…no one ever expected this! One Size Fits All is taking the universe of space battles and messed up families, and mixing it with what this team does best — IMPROV. Come experience a show like you’ve never seen before. They’ll recreate the original Star Wars movie, but without a script, and throw in your suggestions, your ideas and even your dialogue. May the Force be with you at this awesome and hilarious show that is out of this galaxy. Two shows on Saturday, June 2 — a family friendly show at 6:30PM (bring the kids). And a 17 and older show at 9PM. You can purchase your tickets here!

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