Spotlight on Sacred Grounds: Reclaimed

Spotlight on Sacred Grounds: Reclaimed

Looking for a place in Lafayette, IN to study, meet with friends, or work? Or maybe you’re looking for a new breakfast or lunch spot? We’d love to introduce you to our friends at Sacred Grounds: Reclaimed. The barista’s skills deliver a great cup of coffee, but the cozy ambiance will keep you coming back. Pick a corner to retreat into, or a table to set up your work space- especially on these crisp, Fall days- you’ll be happy you came. Sacred Grounds: Reclaimed is a ministry run by Harvest Chapel that opened its doors in 2012. Frequented by people of all walks of life, it is a great place for anyone and everyone. You’ll see stay-at-home moms in there with their toddlers and Purdue students to people needing resources and business men. Currently, they’re putting work into the building to make it a Bible based transitional home for women exiting jail and entering into the world again. Every few months they also host local or touring artists and bands. Follow their Facebook page for more information on up and coming events. One more thing, Sacred Grounds: Reclaimed has a mural on the side. Check out the Wabash Walls when you head down for a visit. Sacred Grounds: Reclaimed is open for breakfast and lunch. They serve breakfast from 7:00 – 10:30 A.M. and Lunch from 11:00 – 2:00. Big groups are welcome, but be sure to order ahead of time! We recommend the Sacred Hippie or the Nitrous Cold Brew at the bar, or the Sacred Salad and Dirty Bacon Chicken Club for lunch. Just ask the barista for...
Planning your Fall Party

Planning your Fall Party

It’s Fall y’all! It’s a perfect time to host some people in your home and yard for a Fall party. Whether you’re in the Lafayette, IN city limits or on acres of land out in one of the surrounding counties, there are so many fun things to work with that you can get creative! Pumpkins, hay bales, tractors, oh my! The possibilities are endless. We’ve been known to host some fancy Fall festivities in our day, but we want to enable you to do it too! Here are a few suggestions for you to consider while planning your Fall party!   Practical Fall Party Ideas A bonfire is a must! These crisp nights compliment a fire. Outside games keep the masses entertained! This Fall theme spin on classics make your Fall party cute too! Mini pumpkin tic-tac-toe; giant, mini-pumpkin checkers; or giant jenga are all game options! What’s a party without a little friendly competition? Bobbing for apples is always a fun Fall game or maybe a donut eating contest. We’ve done these at some of our parties, and they’re a hit! Don’t forget all things soup and all things chili. Maybe you can host a chili cook off. This puts you collecting all your friends’ grandma’s recipes for your family’s future. You’re welcome. Our favorite Fall desserts are S’mores and pie. Just sayin’. More crowd involvement can happen at a make-your-own wreath station or maybe a carve-your-own jack-o-lantern station. This is a place to be creative! Square dancing? Or maybe just a good ol’ barn dance if you have a barn? Or living room dancing if you don’t. Hay...
History of Indiana’s Covered Bridges

History of Indiana’s Covered Bridges

We love all things Indiana around here, and, fortunately, Indiana‘s covered bridges are easy to love. Yes, they’re cool, but, why do we have them here in good ol’ Indiana? What was their purpose? And what are their uses today?  We hope to take you on a trip down history lane, and also give you resources for more information if you’re into this sort of thing. Here are some fun, historical facts about Indiana’s shelter bridges.   History of Indiana’s Covered Bridges According to the IN.gov website, “Indiana’s covered bridge era began in the early 1830s when the National Road first crossed the state. The first Hoosier covered bridge was completed in 1835 in Henry County. We estimate that between 400 and 500 covered bridges may have existed in Indiana… Because the bridges were constructed with timber, they were covered to protect them from the elements. They were often the largest covered area in a community and were sometimes used for revival meetings, weddings, and political rallies… In 1998, however only ninety-three covered timber bridges remain in the Hoosier state. Many bridges have fallen victim to local apathy, the forces of nature, arson, and/or careless driving.” Click here to download the entire file IN.gov provides for more information on history and covered bridges. There is even available charts for where to find the current ones in each county.   Present Day Information on Indiana’s Covered Bridges Currently, the organization, the Indiana Covered Bridge Society, Inc. cares for, advocates, and protects our loved and valued covered bridges.  There are 31 shelter bridges in Indiana standing today. Parke County, and their surrounding counties,...
Covered Bridge Festival 2018

Covered Bridge Festival 2018

One unique, historical part of Indiana, are the covered bridges. They’re beautiful this time of year, complementing the changing leaves nicely. With that in mind, Parke County, the Covered Bridge Capital of the world, gives you an opportunity to scope them out! Each year, Parke County and the surrounding counties host Indiana‘s largest festival: the Covered Bridge Festival. It’s about an hour drive through decorated, wooded countryside to get there from Lafayette, IN. And we think it’s worth a visit! So, our goal is to introduce you to one of Indiana‘s favorite seasons with one of Indiana‘s favorite and most attended festivals. We hope you enjoy! Dates, Hours, and Locations of the Covered Bridge Festivals The Covered Bridge Festival is 10 days long. It runs from October 12th – 21st, 2018. Locations may differ in daily hours and entertainment, but they are generally open from 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M daily. Click here to view a map with details on lodging and specific festival/vendor locations! The main location sits at: 401 E Ohio St Rockville, Indiana 47872 We recommend you start here, and then you can adventure on to other locations! History of the Covered Bridge Festival This information is provided by the Mansfield Village Website! The Covered Bridge Festival starts the second Friday in October every year. This have been an annual event since 1957. The first festival in Parke County “…was only three days long and took place on the Rockville Courthouse Square, the same place that festival headquarters is located today. Maps were available for the three covered bridge routes. The routes were marked along the...
Trunk or Treat in Greater Lafayette

Trunk or Treat in Greater Lafayette

The Lafayette, IN area has Halloween fun for every one. There are many ways to “do” Halloween. Of course, there is the classic trick-or-treating style of door to door visits in neighborhoods on Halloween night. Recently, however, the trend of trunk-or-treat is growing in popularity! Trunk-or-Treat’s appeal is that it provides a safe, controlled environment for trick-or-treating! It also is usually held on a night prior to Halloween with many options available, allowing for flexibility. Whatever your preference is for dressing up and getting some candy with your kiddos, we want you to know about all your options as you plan! So, here’s some Trunk-or-treat fun, along with their location, in the Greater Lafayette, IN area.   Trunk-or-Treat of Greater Lafayette October 19th, 2018 Lafayette Family YMCA (Lafayette, IN): Click here to view the Facebook event page! This event runs from 6:00 – 7:30 P.M. October 21, 2018 Crestview Community Church Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat (Lafayette, IN): Click here to view the Facebook Event! Event time is Sunday, October 21, 2018, from 5:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. St. James Luthern Church Trunk or Treat (Lafayette, IN): Click here to view the Facebook event! This event is  October 21st, 2018, from 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.   October 24th, 2018 Evangelical Covenant Church (Lafayette, IN): This event is on October 24th, 2018, from 6:30 – 8:00 P.M.   October 25th, 2018 Mall-O-Ween (Tippecanoe Mall; Lafayette, IN): 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. “Wear your favorite costume and enjoy trick-or-treating, activities, treats, and more!” Glasswater Creek (Lafayette, IN): Click here to view the Facebook event! Costume contest and more! 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.   October 26th, 2018...
Halloween and Harvest Events in Greater Lafayette

Halloween and Harvest Events in Greater Lafayette

Deciding how to spend time together through this Halloween season can be a ghoul-ing task. We are here to help! There are SO MANY options for you and your friends and family to enjoy in the Greater Lafayette, IN area. In fact, click here to view corn mazes and pumpkin patches of Greater Lafayette! There are obviously many more events, festivals, and fun to be had this season that what we could fit here, but we hope this helps you begin in planning your Halloween/Harvest fun!   Family Friendly Halloween Events in Lafayette, IN! Haunted Science Lab (Lafayette, IN): Imagination Station comes in clutch again with the educational fun. “Imagination Station will once again be transformed into a spooky, Halloween-themed lab. Kids will get to participate in several lab stations, each with it’s own hands-on experiment. All kids will, of course, also receive a treat bag of goodies! Family Friendly Costumes are encouraged. Perfect for ages 2-13, but all are welcome! This event will be held twice, once on Friday night and again on Saturday during our normal hours (both will have the same fun activities). Price- non-members: $5 for everyone ages 2 and up, members: $1 for everyone ages 2 and up.” Click here to view the Facebook event page! The dates for this event are: October 26th at 6:00 P.M. & the 27th at 10:00 A.M. Boo at the Zoo (Columbian Park; Lafayette, IN): A crowd favorite! “This hauntingly-friendly fun event is geared towards pre-school and elementary-aged children and features fun games, a nightly kids’ costume contest at 7:30 PM, face painting, pumpkin carving, and the Enchanted...