Lafayette /West Lafayette Indiana - biggest party of the year.
5 stages - 20 bands of various genre; 42 restaurants slinging goodies as fast as they can for the swelling crowds.
Taste of Tippecanoe is a great night to run into old acquaintances. But it's getting so big (over the bridge into Tapawingo Park on the west side) that it seems to be bit more difficult to bump into friends.
What I really like about the Taste is that most of vendors are local restaurants, with the exception of a few like Applebee's, Cold Stone Creamery & Lord have mercy McDonalds was there. We really need to Quit giving our money to these big chain restaurants. There are lots of local vendors begging for your patronage. Their food is better and they treat you like family once you get to know them.
Of course I have to stop and visit my favorite bars while I'm downtown. One of them happens to be owned by a good buddy of mine, a former Region friend Jeff Haman.
That's him & his girlfriend standing out front.
I was So impress that he stood out front all day
to greet his guest. ~ Kudo's Jeff ;)
The Knickerbocker Saloon is the oldest bar in Indiana.
This bar sits in the old Larh Hotel. The very same one Ulysses S. Grant rode the train up to - (the tracks use to run right in front of the Knickerbocker) to give his campaign speech for president. I've had the opportunity & pleasure to search every crevasse of this beautiful hotel from the basement and the lower, original old alley (where they kept pins for the fresh live stock to be butchered) to the top of the roof in the wee morning hours to watch the Amish girls setting up their stand for the farmers market. It truly is a wonderful piece of architecture - especially that illustrious Marble stair case.
Knickerbocker Saloon use to be a barber shop/saloon.
Stop by their website if you'd like to learn more about the history of the hotel. It also so has some good true horror/ghost stories like the guest who guillotined himself ~ Boo!
So I finally made it into the Black Sparrow (yeah I know how long it's been open). This place would so have been one my regular haunts. Love the ambiance & music, and I hear the foods not bad either.
Nice how they exposed & play up the early construction.
As we were leaving the Black Sparrow we immediately bump into Tom Fisher & his wife. Tom Fisher's grandfather use to have a Tailor Shop at that location long ago.
Weird that they happen to be the 1st people we saw.
And their guest look like they have a lot of fun. Thought she walked in with a lighted, rainbow dildo - but I guess it was just some kind of glow stick, since I saw a bunch of little kids outside playing with them. ;)
They we're good sports. Isn't she a doll?
Taste always ends with a big fireworks show. Something to whet your whistle for the 4th of July.
Ooops almost forgot these two cuties.
Shooting t-shirts to the crowd