Purdue’s 150 Giant Leaps Final Celebration

Purdue’s 150 Giant Leaps Final Celebration

There are some major, exciting things happening this weekend in Greater Lafayette, IN. As you know, Purdue University serves our community through many avenues, but over the past year, we’ve all been celebrating 150 years of Purdue University. 150 years of Giant Leaps, both benefiting our direct community and impacting the world. This weekend, all of the celebration comes to a grand finale, including an astronaut reunion, with homecoming weekend. We can’t wait to see you there! What to Expect: Homecoming festivities happen from October 9 – 12. See below (or click here) for more details! Concluding with Purdue University‘s homecoming game against the University of Maryland!The community is involved too! A local corn maze celebrating and inspired by the Giant Leap campaign, Exploration Acres, and it won USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards for best corn maze!There are a couple of speeches to attend, including one by Condoleezza Rice, a homecoming parade, meet and great for astronauts, concerts, and more. Keep reading for more information! Daily Schedule This information came from the Purdue University website and Facebook event page! Oct. 9Condoleezza RiceGiant Leaps Series: Rice, the former U.S. Secretary of State, will speak as part of Purdue’s Giant Leaps Series as part of the 150th anniversary celebration. She was the 66th U.S. secretary of state, serving under President George W. Bush. The event is at 6:30 p.m. in Elliott Hall of Music. The event is sold out.Oct. 10Alan Stern “What If We Return to Pluto?”: Stern is a planetary scientist, space program executive, aerospace consultant and author. He has written three books, “The U.S. Space Program After...
Fall Festivals in October!

Fall Festivals in October!

Here we go again! We gave you all the need-to-knows concerning Fall Festivals in September, and now we have your back for the continued happenings throughout October. Here’s the breakdown- from the history rich Feast of the Hunters’ Moon to the family favorite, Boo at the Zoo– in Greater Lafayette, IN! First Weekend of October 52nd Annual Feast of the Hunters’ MoonFort OuiatenonOctober 5-6, 2019 Saturday from 9:00 A.M – 5:00 P.M. Sunday from 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.“The Feast of the Hunters’ Moon is a re-creation of the annual fall gathering of the French and Native Americans which took place Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost in the mid – 1700s. It is held annually in early autumn on the banks of the Wabash River, four miles southwest of West Lafayette, Indiana.”Click here to purchase tickets in advance.Click here to view an event map. Second Weekend of October Parke County Covered Bridge Festival This festival actually has 9 locations throughout Parke County. Click here for links and information on what’s where!October 11-20, 2019“For all things fall, visit Indiana’s largest festival, The Covered Bridge Festival. This 10 day festival always starts on the 2nd Friday in October. The Parke County Covered Bridge Festival – showcases the county’s 31 historic covered bridges and features authentic arts and crafts, fantastic food, and beautiful fall foliage. Each community has a specialty.”Fall Fest 2019Cornerstone Baptist ChurchSunday, October 1312:00 – 3:00 P.M.This is a free event! “Join us for our annual Fall Fest! There will be food, tons of games, and many booths to visit!”Fall FestivalGrace Lutheran ChurchOctober 13, 201912:30 – 4:00 P.M.Food, games, root...
Fall Inspired Treats In Greater Lafayette

Fall Inspired Treats In Greater Lafayette

Pumpkin spice SPAM might not be at the top of your grocery list (or is it??), but fortunately, Greater Lafayette, IN has many other options for Fall inspired food! Lafayette bursts at its seams with pumpkin spice and everything nice during this season, and we aren’t mad about that. Many locally owned and operated businesses currently have some fun Fall inspired drinks, treats, and desserts. So, we made a concentrated list of some of those specialty items you can find around town. Enjoy! Where to Find the Goodies: Java Jo’z Coffee Shops (Click here to view locations and hours!) Seasonal drinks include:Frosted Pumpkin MochaApple Pie LatteCaramel Apple LattePeach Cobbler LatteSmores MochaHot Apple CiderAnd more!Additionally, the Flour Mill hooks Java Jo’z up with some Pumpkin Spice Scones! Sacred Ground: Reclaimed Coffee Shops (Click here to view the location and hours! Dirty Pumpkin at Sacred Grounds! Seasonal drinksDirty Pumpkin (pumpkin spice seasoning, chai, cinnamon, espresso, milk, topped with homemade whipped cream!)Seasonal lunch sandwiches Black and Gold (grilled cheese with black forest ham, sharp cheddar, spicy peach preserve, and caramelized onion)Smokey Apple (grilled cheese with bacon, smoked gouda, thinly sliced apple, and caramelized onion!) Greyhouse Coffee & Supply Co. (Click here to view location and hours!) Salted Caramel Apple doughnut from Greyhouse Coffee! We’re drooling. Seasonal drinksMaple Sage Black Pepper Latte Pumpkin Custard LatteHot Caramel Apple CiderSeasonal dessertsDonutsMaple Bacon long johnSalted caramel apple Sweet Potato Pie GelatoPumpkin CheesecakeCrepesPumpkin Cheesecake Crepe (pumpkin, apple butter, cream cheese icing, cinnamon sugar, and pecans)Hitchhiker (Sausage, wholegrain mustard, pepper and onion, and gouda cheese) Igloo Frozen Custard (Click here to view location and hours!) Seasonal Custard FlavorsBrown...
Home Sales Expected to Continue Increasing In 2020

Home Sales Expected to Continue Increasing In 2020

With a decline in interest rates as well as home price and wage appreciation, many are wondering what the predictions are for the remainder of 2019. Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and theMortgage Bankers Association are all projecting home sales will increase nicely in 2020. Below is a chart depicting the projections of each entity for 2019, as well as for 2020. If you’re a homeowner who has considered selling your house recently, now may be the best time to put it on the market. Here’s what some of the experts have to say: Ralph McLaughlin, Deputy Chief Economist for CoreLogic “We see the cooldown flattening or even reversing course in the coming months and expect the housing market to continue coming into balance. In the meantime, buyers are likely claiming some ground from what has been seller’s territory over the past few years. If mortgage rates stay low, wages continue to grow, and inventory picks up, we can expect the U.S. housing market to further stabilize throughout the remainder of the year.” Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR “We expect the second half of year will be notably better than the first half in terms of home sales, mainly because of lower mortgage rates.” Freddie Mac “The drop in mortgage rates continues to stimulate the real estate market and the economy. Home purchase demand is up five percent from a year ago and has noticeably strengthened since the early summer months…The benefit of lower mortgage rates is not only shoring up home sales, but also providing support to homeowner balance sheets via higher monthly cash flow and steadily rising home equity.” In Summary The housing market will be...
‘Black Friday’ of Homebuying

‘Black Friday’ of Homebuying

“Every year, ‘Black Friday’ is a highly anticipated event for eager shoppers. Some people prepare for weeks, crafting and refining a strategic shopping agenda, determining exactly when to arrive at each store, and capturing a wish list of discounted must-have items to purchase. But what about buying a home? Is there a ‘Black Friday’ for the home-buying process? Believe it or not, there is. According to a new study from realtor.com, the week of September 22 is the best time of year to buy a home, making it ‘Black Friday’ for homebuyers. After evaluating housing data in 53 metros from 2016 to 2018, realtor.com determined that the first week of fall is when buyers “tend to find less competition, more inventory, and the biggest reductions on list price.” The report explains, “During the first week of fall, buyers tend to face 26% less competition from other buyers, and they are likely to see 6.1% more homes available on the market compared to other weeks of the year…nearly 6% of homes on the market will also see price reductions, averaging 2.4% less than their peak.” What’s so different about the first week of fall? George Ratiu, Senior Economist with realtor.com says, “As summer winds down and kids return to school, many families hit pause on their home search and wait until the next season to start again…as seasonal inventory builds up and restores itself to more buyer-friendly levels, fall buyers will be in a better position to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates and increased purchasing power.” Learn more about how prices, listings, and buyer competition stack up during the first week of fall in your metro area. Bottom Line If you...