Weekend Update: Haan Mansion Fair Day & The Farm Little Red Wagon Day

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.

Haan Museum of Indiana Art hosts “A Day at the Fair” on Saturday, March 23. Join everyone in celebrating the 115th anniversary of the St. Louis World’s Fair. Why celebrate the Fair in Lafayette, Indiana? Because the Haan Museum building served as the Connecticut Building at the 1904 World’s Fair. Many parts, including the entire front entry and much of the interior woodwork, came from the 1760 Hubbard-Slater mansion in Norwich, CT. Mike Truax, President of the St. Louis World’s Fair Society, will be here during the event to help everyone celebrate.

The Farm at Prophetstown State Park host the “Little Red Wagon Day” on Sunday, March 23. Decorate your own little red wagon and join the parade at 2:00pm. Come learn about the making of an American icon – The Radio Flyer – founded in 1917. Everyone has a story about their little red wagon. Join us and share your stories!

The Farm

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

Top 5 Sledding Tips & Winter Fun at Home of Purdue

Did you know you can cross country ski at Prophetstown State Park? Bring your ski’s!

Looking for a fun winter activity for the whole family? We recommend sledding! Here at the Visitors Center we spent the day testing out the best sledding hills in the area and brainstormed 5 tips for you to have a terrific experience sledding.

  1. Bundle up!
    • This might seem like common sense, but it gets really cold when you get out in the snow. So, before you head out with your sled in hand make sure you have all the essentials: scarf, hat, gloves, coat, multiple pairs of socks, and hand-warmers. You might break a sweat climbing up and down the big hills, but it is vital to dress warmly.

      Kids having fun at Murdock Park!

  2. Map out which hills to try in advance.
    • Our next piece of advice is to plan your day in advance. We began at Prophetstown State Park with some cross country skiing and a snowball fight. Then we stopped for a delicious lunch at Arni’s at Market Square before our final stop at Murdock Park. With so many options here in Lafayette/West Lafayette, make the most of you day by choosing which hills you want to go to ahead of time.
  3. Have no fear.
    • Now some of these hills can be decidedly intimidating (have you seen Slater Hill?!) but to have the most thrilling experience you must simply be brave and go for it at full speed! We wiped out plenty of times, but those moments are now fantastic memories of a fun day together.

      We had so much fun at Murdock Park!

  4. Go home when you can’t feel your feet anymore.
    • Once it gets to a certain point, it will be time to pack up and head home. Safety first around here and that means we want you to be able to feel your fingers and toes! Head home once you are too cold. Don’t worry you can come back again!
  5. Drink some hot cocoa to warm back up.
    • Finally, (and this is my favorite piece of advice) drink some hot cocoa! I have so many memories of spending the day building snowmen and having snowball fights, and then coming inside where it’s warm and cozy. My mom would always have a huge cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows for my sister and me. This is the perfect way to end a perfect day of sledding.

Fun at Prophetstown State Park!

We hope these tips are helpful for you the next time you adventure out into the cold to go sledding. We would love to see pictures and hear about your own advice, so tag us on facebook or instagram @homeofpurdue. Happy sledding!

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

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.

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.

5 Fabulous Indoor Wedding Venues

5 Fabulous Indoor Wedding Venues in Lafayette-West Lafayette

  1. The Rat Pak Venue
  2. Thomas Duncan Community Hall Inc.
  3. The Lahr Atrium
  4. Ross-Ade Pavilion
  5. The Trails Banquet Facility

Looking for an indoor wedding venue for your upcoming wedding reception or ceremony? Try starting with these great venue options.

The Rat Pak Venue is located in Downtown Lafayette, on third street just across from the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. It features a beautiful second floor ballroom with wonderful exposed brick walls and large windows that overlook the courthouse. They also offer wedding planning services, lighting and sound services, making it a one stop shop for your wedding needs. For parties up to 200 people.

Built in the 1920’s as a community meeting space, the Thomas Duncan Community Hall Inc. is a great choice for weddings up to 310 guests when utilizing the entire building. It also works for smaller weddings as small rooms are available as well as the large ballroom. The ballroom offers a curtained stage with a grand piano, hardwood floors and elegant windows. Other features of the hall include fireplaces, chandeliers, antique furniture and antique paintings. Rooms with varying styles ensure everyone can find a room they like. There is even a small secret garden for the smallest of small weddings, seats 2 to 4 people. Varying service packages are available, some include kitchens, dishes and serving dishes.

Looking for a grand entrance to your reception? Try the Lahr Atrium. It was built in 1833 as part of the Lahr Hotel, now apartments, in the heart of Downtown Lafayette on 5th Street between Main and Columbia Streets. This venue features a grand staircase made of white marble and natural light from the atrium style ceiling. Host your reception where people of history have walked. When this was a hotel people such as Mark Twain, President Ulysses S. Grant and John Purdue stayed and/or dined here.

Lahr Atrium wedding

Purdue Sports Fan? Check out the Ross-Ade Pavilion, that overlooks the football field at Ross-Ade Stadium. It can host your wedding reception up to 500 people. Some people even decide to split the venue and have their ceremony on one side and the reception on the other. The pavilion has beautiful views of Purdue’s campus and sunsets that really help to set the mood. Varying packages are available and wedding consulting is offered.

Voted Best Wedding Reception Venue and Best Buffet by the Journal and Courier’s Readers Choice Awards, several years, the Trails Banquet Facility is a great choice when looking for an easy one stop shop for your reception. They offer 4 banquet rooms with a maximum capacity of 325 guests. An outside ceremony venue is also available. The staff will walk you through every step and make the planning process very easy.

Trails wedding

Whatever your choice, we are sure you will have a beautiful wedding at any of these venues. For a complete listing of venues in the area, check out: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meetings/venues.html

Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales, 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.

Seven Superb Free Events – Labor Day Weekend

Lafayette Citizens Band – Photo by Dave Schmidt

Labor Day Weekend is upon us! Wow, this summer has flown! Check out these seven, superb free events to do this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

  1. The air in downtown Lafayette will be filled with the smell of fresh garden flowers, baked goods, vegetables, fruits, plus honey, jams and jellies on Saturday, September 1 at the Historic Downtown Farmers Market.
  2. 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. Where? Mosey Down Main Street on Saturday, September 1.
  3. Live Music with Travel Kearney at Star City Coffee and Ale House on Saturday, September 1. Enjoy live music in English and Spanish. Originals and Covers from the 50’s to today.
  4. Traveling Broke and Out of Gas celebrate the release of their 4th full length studio album, ‘Bastard Americana’. Free show on the patio at Digby’s Pub with VERY special guests, The Hooten Hallers, on Saturday, September 1.
  5. Art Exhibits: Explore your artistic side at Artists’ Own, featuring the exhibit “Art From the Loom”.  The last day of this exhibit is Saturday, September, so don’t miss out! Also, do not miss a visit to the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette featuring 4 diverse and interesting exhibits. And lastly but not least, Purdue Galleries present the exhibit: Guerrilla Girls: The Art of Behaving Badly
  6. Saturday marks the 37th Labor’s Family Day Picnic at Columbian Park. The event includes free park rides, zoo, games, prizes, live music, rock climbing, face painting, a dunk tank, clowns and the Kroozers Car Show.
  7. The Lafayette Citizen Band plays and celebrates the end of their summer season at their Labor Day Concert on Monday, September 3.

DT Farmers Market – Photo by Dave Schmidt

Have a fun and safe Labor Day!  For more information about these events, 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.

Delicious Destination – Home of Purdue Contest 2018 Details

We are celebrating EATING with our Delicious Destination – Home of Purdue Contest 2018 worth over $550! Here are some special details about the local places who have donated:

  • Relax, swim, and enjoy a delicious continental breakfast at Hampton Inn & Suites, which was recently renovated within the last year!
  • Triple XXX or Route 66 are known for their root beer and chopped steak burgers, but we love their breakfasts, which offer homemade biscuits and gravy, Belgium waffles, corned beef hash and much, much more.
  • Arni’s: To experience “Hoosier Hospitality” at its finest visit Arni’s where the food is delicious and the service is exceptional. Arni’s is a staple in the Lafayette area. This restaurant which offers pizza, sandwiches, salads and more has been serving the community since 1965.
  • Greece is calling at the Parthenon! Enjoy Greek delights in a colorful and casual atmosphere at this delightful Greek restaurant.
  • Kathy’s Kandies: Satisfy your sweet tooth with truffles, gourmet popcorn, cakes, toffee, shakes and smoothies, licorice, artisan chocolates; need we say more!
  • Bruno’s not only has delicious pizza, but order their fried shrimp and/or catfish entrees and you will leave completely satisfied. In addition, their Swiss menu and decor will make your dinner very memorable.
  • Town & Gown: Flowers galore can be found in this beautifully landscaped outdoor patio. Smell the fresh flowers as you feast on light and fluffy pancakes, rich and flavorful biscuits and gravy, and decadent cocktails.
  • Dip up smiles at the Igloo Frozen Custard, serving daily flavors such are chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, oreo, mint chip, butter pecan and more. Their custard is soft, smooth and creamy and can be dipped into a cone, dish as a sundae or malt or shake.
  • Outstanding architecture and decor, scrumptious American fare, fabulous, knowledgeble service: Red Seven Bar and Grill.
  • Prophetstown State Park is located in the historic town of Battle Ground. This state park, which served as a home to Native Americans for many years, is named after The Prophet, who was brother to Native American chief, Tecumseh. As Indiana’s newest state park offers hiking, biking, camping, interpretive Naturalist Services, and is now home to an outdoor aquatics center!
  • Recapture 18th century life and delectable dishes at the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon, taking place October 6 & 7, 2018.
  • Beyond the Vine Wine Tour: what is better then sipping wine from winery to winery in a chauffeured shuttle with your friends and family? Nothing but fun!
  • Head to Wea Creek Orchard this year and pick some fresh peaches, nectarines, apples, pumpkins, enjoy a wagon ride, purchase some honey or apple butter, jams and jellies, etc. You’ll have loads of fun!

Enter to win this fabulous contest at HomeOfPurdueBlog.com. Good luck!

Dining Divas Feast at Fishya

Mmmm! That’s the only sound you can make when your lips are happily stuck together with sticky wing glaze. And it’s an appropriate sound because they are positively delicious! ​

The Dining Divas and our guest Diana “E​ats A​nything” May visited the sushi and Asian fusion restaurant Fishya for lunch and were pleased with this addition to the Purdue West Shopping Center. The restaurant is rather large and divided into several areas, all with a calm and elegant Asian decor. We arrived early and were the only customers, warmly greeted by friendly staff members. But by noon, Fishya was filling up!

We started with the aforementioned chicken wings with Korean sauce ($7.95) and a generous portion of edamame ($3.95) from the shareables part of the menu. The wings were super crispy outside and tender and juicy inside. The sauce was sweet, nicely spiced, and seriously sticky. Bev declared them the best wings in town. ​

DIning Divas

Also on the large menu are soups, b​owls, h​ot p​ots, m​eats, lunch, combos, bento boxes, lunch​ rolls ​ (15 different ones all named after Purdue icons such as Hovde, Mackey, Armstrong, Schleman), b​asic r​olls, d​eluxe r​olls, n​igiri/ s​ashimi, d​inner s​ushi c​ombos, and a few desserts. Beer, Soju (a distilled Korean beverage), and s​aki are available.

Bev ordered the Spicy Pork Bento Box ($8.95) which came with miso soup, salad, rice, and a Hicks Roll (shrimp tempura, avocado, and cucumber topped with spicy crab and eel sauce). “The rolls are beautifully done and tasty,” she said.​”The pork is tender and has a kick to it, but it’s not overly hot.”​

Bento Box

Kay chose the Seafood Soon Tofu ($9.95), a spicy silky tofu soup with veggies and seafood. “It’s an unusual and tasty combination of tiny shrimp, clams, squid, octopus, zucchini, carrots, and lots of silky tofu,” she explained. “It’s hot both temperature-wise and spice-wise, which the waitress warned me about, but it was a bit spicy even for me who loves hot food, so be warned! “​

Diana had Chirashi ($16.95), which is an assorted chef’s choice of raw fish over sushi rice. “The fish is very cold and very fresh,” Diana said. “There’s no sauce on it, which I like. ” This dish had a mystery ingredient that we couldn’t identify.

Chirashi

Our server, said the Tomago is an egg! “It’s a beautiful presentation,” Diana continued. “​The rice is hot and the fish is cold which makes​ a nice combination. There are six​ varieties of raw fish. I would order this again!”

Our vegetarian eaters ate lighter than the rest of us. Margy chose the sweet potato roll ($5.95), which is tempura sweet potato and cucumber. “The sweet potato is really crunchy! I would order it again and also try their other tempura since they did this so well,” she remarked. ​ Jo had seaweed salad ($4.95). “It’s lightly dressed which I really enjoy,” said Jo. “It’s crunchy and I like the sesame seeds and pepper flakes. Despite the pepper, it’s not overly spicy. ” ​

Seaweed Salad

Our verdict is that Fishya is a welcome addition to Purdue West and the whole Greater Lafayette community. And we’re looking forward to more of those sticky wings! ​

Kay Conner, photographer, seafood superstar
Margy Deverall, author of Lafayette articles, dedicated vegetarian
Beverly Shaw, author of West Lafayette articles, bring on the beef (or chicken or pork)
Jo Wade, founder of this food blog, very veggie