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Don’t Miss the 2017 East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival!

May 13th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz FestivalIt’s almost time for the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival: June 23rd & 24th, 2017. Acclaimed local, regional, national, and even international jazz artists make this free, annual festival one of the season’s first must-attend events!

The Summer Solstice Jazz Festival is a free, two-day music festival. Attendees are treated to a variety of excellent jazz, activities, and special events, like the popular Kozmic Picnik & Second Line Parade.

The Kozmic Picnik is held on the lawn at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU on June 24th from noon to 3pm.  Attendees are invited to spread out their blankets and enjoy an afternoon picnicking to avant-garde jazz. Musicians for the event are BassDrumBone, percussionist and composer Kahil El Zabar, and tenor saxophonist David Murray.

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All For Art | Art For All – East Lansing Art Festival 2017

April 10th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

East Lansing Art Festival 2017All For Art, Art For All is the theme of the 54th Annual East Lansing Art Festival, held this year on May 20th and 21st, 2017.

This juried fine art festival attracts hundreds of artists and craftspeople to East Lansing and thousands of visitors eager to browse their offerings. An event of this magnitude requires year-round efforts from hundreds of volunteers but that’s “The City of the Arts” spirit!

East Lansing, “The City of the Arts,” is home to Michigan State University and a vibrant, art-loving community. The East Lansing Art Festival began here in 1964 as a sidewalk art sale called “Greenwich Village Days.” 54 years later the festival has grown past its humble roots to become a major spring tradition.

The East Lansing Art Festival (ELAF) is consistently rated as one of the region’s best fine art and craft shows. The festival is not open to manufactured items or food products. Vendors are artists who create original works of art that go through a rigorous jury selection to be selected to appear at the show.

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Take Your Seat For The 2016 East Lansing Film Festival

October 14th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

2016 East Lansing Film FestivalThe East Lansing Film Festival, scheduled for November 3 – 10, 2016, is Michigan’s largest and most diverse film festival!

The East Lansing Film Festival has been bringing thought-provoking films to the area since 1997. Independent, feature-length, short-subject, documentary, and students’ films are all part of the mix.  Each year, the festival’s efforts help to reveal diverse cultures and creative ideas to its lucky audiences. Maybe you, too!

The East Lansing Film Festival also hosts a number of related events. Namely the East Lansing Film Society Film Series, the 48/5 Film Contest, and the Lake Michigan Film Competition.

The Lake Michigan Film Competition provides cash awards for regionally-based films, through content, production, or financing. Award categories include Feature, Documentary, Short Film and Student Film.

Beyond the screenings, the East Lansing Film Festival features numerous parties and events. An all-day hospitality room serving food and drink will help to keep attendees going throughout the festival.

Each year, the festival invites various film directors to attend the event. Past luminaries include Michael Moore, Oliver Stone, and Bruce Campbell!

Though the festival schedule has yet to be released, it’s bound to be even more exciting than last year’s. The East Lansing Film Festival just gets bigger and better with each passing year! So what are you waiting for?

East Lansing Film Festival

November 3 – 10, 2016
Visiting the East Lansing Film Festival online at elff.com or www.facebook.com

East Lansing Film Festival Lodging
The English Inn Restaurant & Pub, located in Eaton Rapids, is a mere 20 minutes away from the doings in East Lansing. We feature a full-service restaurant, English pub, and a comfortable respite from the clang and furor of the city! You’ll receive complimentary coffee service at your door each morning and a complimentary breakfast each day! Treat yourself to something truly special with a stay at The English Inn Restaurant & Pub!

It’s Up, Up, And Away at the Greater Lansing Balloon Festival!

September 9th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Greater Lansing Balloon FestivalThe first annual, Greater Lansing Balloon Festival is almost here. Scheduled for Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st, 2016 at Hope Sports Complex in Lansing, MI!

Hot air ballooning is one of those rare things that is almost as fun to watch as it is to do. At the Greater Lansing Balloon Festival, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see these balloons on the ground, being filled, and in the air. Best of all, you’ll get to see them in the air at night, when their glowing, rounded forms light up the darkened sky with color!

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3 Days of Music at Sun Dried Music Festival 2016

August 8th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Sun Dried Music Festival 2016The Sun Dried Music Festival rocks downtown Mason with a variety of bands. August 26th through the 28th, 2016.

The 7th annual Sun Dried Music Festival showcases a variety of regional acts in a family-friendly atmosphere. Along with non-stop entertainment on two stages, festival goers will also find food, drink, and gift vendors.

Seating in the Adult Beverage Tent will open before the show on Friday and Saturday. Other seating is available on the grounds around the courthouse. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and get ready to dance as music fills the streets!

Admission-free, Sun Dried Music Fest grows every year. Consequently, it’s expected to draw as many as 10,000 people to Mason, MI. This year’s list of headlining artists is a virtual who’s who of the regional music scene.

Life Support opens the festival on Friday night with their array of jazz standards, classic rock, and recent hits.

Young Guns Band kick things off Saturday with their lively brand of crowd-pleasing rockabilly. Shotguns & Violins high-energy, in-your-face country tunes will get you on your feet. Taylor Taylor is a 19-year-old native of Lansing, whose combination of Jazzy-Pop style, classical guitar skills, charismatic vocals, and lyrical songwriting reveal an intelligence beyond her years.

Global Village is a 7 piece horn band that plays funk, soul, rock, blues, jazz, hip hop, and reggae. Thirty year veterans of the scene, Showdown, pay tribute to rock/pop hits of the 70s and 80’s.

Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys mix their own songs with vintage country, rockabilly, and surf gems. Another popular group, The Backwoods Band, will rock the dance floor. Root Doctor plays a diverse mix of classic soul and R&B, alongside traditional blues and originals.

In addition to the headliners, other bands scheduled to appear include Way Station, Tell Yo Mama, and the Blue Haired Bettys. Sun Dried Music Festival winds up on Sunday, 11am with Sun Dried Worship, featuring guest artist David Huff.

Don’t miss this amazing, one-of-a-kind Michigan music festival!

Sun Dried Music Festival 2016

Some details are still being announced, so be sure to visit the event website at: sundriedfestival.com or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MasonSunDriedMusicFest/.

Sun Dried Music Festival Lodging
The English Inn Restaurant & Pub is only 15 minutes away from the Sun Dried Music Festival. Our unique and classic inn, on the historic country estate of Medovue in Eaton Rapids, offers the comfort of modern amenities in a Tudor revival environment. You should consider a stay with us for true service while you’re in the area.

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