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The Mosaic Music Festival

August 21st, 2013 by insideout

Come to Michigan’s Capital city for Labor Day weekend! The Mosaic Music Festival is a FREE event, celebrating diversity and unity. Enjoy live music, multicultural dance, ethnic cuisine, a beverage tent, labor displays and more. The Mosaic Music Festival is Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1 at the Adado Park Riverfront.

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Ingham County Fair

July 19th, 2013 by insideout

Travel to the neighboring township of Mason, less than 20 minutes from our Inn and Restaurant in Eaton Rapids, to the Ingham County Fair, a 158-year tradition in this state!

Open this year from July 29 – August 3, there is free daily parking, and gate admission for adults is only $8. $5 for children and free for those over 62 or under 2 years old.

Here are some event highlights taking place at this year’s Ingham County Fair:

  • Battle of the Bands: Monday, July 29 at 6 p.m.
  • SJO Super Cross Champion Series – Car Races: Tuesday July 30 at 7 p.m.
  • Wolverine Pullers – Tractor Pulls: Wednesday July 31 at 7 p.m.
  • Michigan Dynamometer Association – Light/Heavy Horse Pulls: Thursday August 1 at 10 a.m.
  • USA Demolition Derby – Auto Enduro: Thursday August 1 at 7:30 p.m.
  • USA Demolition Derby – Figure 8 & Truck Demo: Friday August 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • USA Demolition Derby – Figure 8 & Car Demo: Saturday August 3 at 7:30 p.m.


Other great entertainment at the fair includes:

  • Bingo: Try your luck in the Bingo Tent, located near the Rayner Park “D” Gate, behind the Farm Bureau Restaurant.
  • Chainsaw Wood Carver: Ben will amaze you with the beauty of his creations. Free  Daily Shows at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. All items created will be auctioned at 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 4 in the Main Arena.
  • Children’s Day is Tuesday July 30th: Special activities for the kids in the Ash Street Arena beginning at 1 p.m. including races, eating contests and even an egg throwing contest!


    Treat yourself to exquisite lodging at the English Inn.

  • Food Contests: See who made the best pie, cookies and more.
  • Circle of Life Exhibit: Witness the live birth of animals, including cows, rabbits and miniature donkeys, as well as the hatching of baby chicks.  The “Circle of Life” Exhibit is located in Crops Building near the food court.  This exhibit is to educate fair visitors about the importance of animal agriculture. Vet students from Michigan State University will be on site throughout the week.


While you come into town for the fun of the Fair, treat yourself to beautiful and unique lodging at the English Inn.



‘Tuna Does Vegas’ comes to Lansing

July 2nd, 2013 by insideout

I am grateful for the huge spectrum of people and cultures, right here in our own country. The people you meet on the East Coast are different than those that grew up on the West Coast. Those rugged folks from Montana and the Dakotas are a different breed than the sun-kissed residents of Florida and the Atlantic coast.

Then there is one state that is proudly independent from the rest – Texas. Indeed, while Texas is the largest state in the continental US, Texans from Amarillo to the Rio Grande all have a pride and spirit that unites them. Sometimes this foolhardy pride can cause our Texan friends to be the butt of the joke.

Such is the case in the third and final play in the Greater Tuna trilogy of plays, written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard.

Tuna Does Vegas re-unites the lovable and eccentric characters from the ‘third smallest town in Texas’ as they take on Sin City.

tuna-does-vegasThe hilarity begins when oddball-conservative radio host Arles Struvie announces on air that he and his wife Bertha Bumiller are heading to Vegas to renew their wedding vows…but everyone in Tuna, Texas goes along for the ride!

Tuna Does Vegas is both an affectionate comment on small-town life as well as a hilarious satire of the same. The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by two male actors, Aral Gribble and Wayne David Parker, making this display of life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna — men, women, Vegas showgirls, Elvis impersonators and more!
The show runs from July 18 to 21  at the Williamson Theater at 122 S. Putnam St. in Williamston, about 30 minutes Northeast from our Inn and Restaurant. Check the website for ticket prices and purchase.


Small Town Fun at the Red Cedar Jubilee

June 16th, 2013 by insideout

Looking for a wholesome and fun way to spend a beautiful Michigan summer day? Stop by the Red Cedar Jubilee in the quaint town of Williamston, less than 30 minutes from our Bed and Breakfast in Easton Rapids.

This is the major event in town. A week long festival begins this year on June 17 and runs through June 23. This the 42nd annual Jubilee!

Red Cedar Jubilee events include a demolition derby, duck race and barbecue, as well as other games and entertainment for children and folks of all ages. Many of the proceeds go towards beneficial community groups like the Lions Club, which runs a food and beverage tent during the festival.

Other entertainment includes parades, craft shows, lawn mower races and live music. Here are some of the event highlights to look forward to:

Thursday, June 20th

  • Live music in the McCormick Park Band Shell. “Capital City Brass,” 7 – 9 p.m.


Friday, June 21st

  • Sidewalk sales all weekend long in downtown Williamston
  • Craft Show, 164 West Grand Ave. 1 – 7 p.m.
  • Home Business Show, 162 West Grand Ave. 1 – 7 p.m.
  • Enduro Race, Deer Creek Park. A popular event at the Jubilee, the race winner is the car that lasts longest – there’s always a bit of rolling and bumping going on between cars on the track. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children under 12. 7 – 10 p.m.

Saturday, June 22nd

  • 5k run in McCormick Park at 8:30 a.m.
  • Car Show at the Eagles Club (835 High St.) at 10 a.m.
  • Chicken BBQ at the United Methodist Church (211 S. Putnam St.) 11:30 – 4 p.m.
  • Jubilee Grand Parade, begins at 12:30 p.m.

Lodging for Your Michigan Summer Travels

The English Inn is a beautiful and historic property with a restaurant and bar on-site. Enjoy luxurious rooms and delicious breakfasts included in your stay. We are also a premiere Michigan wedding venue.





Free Concerts in Lansing Parks

June 2nd, 2013 by insideout

When the weather perks up, one of the benefits of being in a capital city like Lansing are the many free and low-cost events taking place.

Starting June 5th and taking place on selected days throughout the summer, come to Lansing for Free Concerts in the Park. This the 20th year these musical events have taken place and they are a bastion of summer in Michigan!

So pack a blanket, lawn chair, a picnic and some cold drinks for a great evening of music. All of the shows are on a Wednesday and start at 7 p.m. (except the Independence Day show) Here is the summer schedule:

June 5th at Riverfront Park: Lansing Orchestra Symphony.

June 12 at Frances Park: Big Willy (blues)

June 19 at Reutter Park: Stan Budzynski & the Third Degree (motown)

June 26th at Quentin Park: Jill Jack (folk)

Thursday July 4th, 8 p.m. at Riverfront Park: Lansing Concert Band

July 17 at Turner Dodge Park: Seacruisers (oldies)

July 24th at Hunter Park: Root Doctor (blues)

July 31 at Frances Park: Orguesta Ritmo (salsa)

August 7th at Ranney Park: Shout! (Beatles Tribute)

Here is a video of Stan Budzynski playing in Lansing:

Imagine spending your day in cruising around Lansing, checking out the Michigan State University Museum or the galleries downtown. Pick up some takeout from a nearby eatery and grab your lawn chairs from the car trunk. Head over to the park an settle in for some nice music in the warm summer twilight.

Lodging for Lansing Travel

If you are coming to Lansing this summer, please consider staying with us at the nearby English Inn, in Eaton Rapids. We are less than 20 minutes from most of the parks in Lansing and the riverfront. However, our Bed and Breakfast offers unparalleled luxury accommodations in a beautiful, historic setting. We hope to see you this summer!

Cristo Rey Fiesta

May 11th, 2013 by insideout

Join in the best Latino party of the year at the annual Cristo Rey Fiesta. Featuring authentic folk dancing from several Mexican states as well as traditional homemade Mexican food booths, a beer tent and a children’s play area with a giant slide, bounce tents and games, this is a great family friendly event! Make sure to stop by the Mercado (Mexican market) where you can buy rosaries, traditional Mexican clothing, purses and other trinkets.

Dancing will continue into the evening to live Tejano and Salsa Merengue bands and DJs. The vendors are proudly serving the finest in homemade Mexican dishes, such as tacos, gorditas, pan dulce (sweet bread), pinto beans and rice, and even pizza for the kids. Everything is prepared in the Church kitchen.

Photo by Robert Killips of the Lansing State Journal

Photo by Robert Killips of the Lansing State Journal.

The massive kick-off festival helps raise funds for programs offered at the church, including the food bank and youth/ senior citizen programs and takes place over the three day memorial day weekend, May 25 -27. Hours are as follows:

  • Fri: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sat: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sun: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

A raffle is planned for Sunday, featuring such prizes as a television, a getaway trip and a sombrero filled with lottery tickets. $5 admission on Friday and Saturday, free on Sunday. The Fiesta takes place at the Cristo Rey Catholic Church, 201 W. Miller Road, Lansing.

Need Lodging in Greater Lansing for Memorial Day Weekend?

Look no further than the elegant and historic English Inn. Located in picturesque Eaton Rapids, about 15 minutes south of Lansing, we have beautiful grounds, alive with spring flowers and provide breakfast with every overnight visit. We hope to see you this spring!


Historical Lansing Event: Fundraiser at the English Inn

April 28th, 2013 by insideout

Please join us May 15th for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of Medovue, the home built by Oldsmobile general manager and president Jacob Reuter in 1927. This property is known today by another name: the English Inn. The exclusive tour is a fundraising event for the Historical Society of Greater Lansing. It will take place on Wednesday May 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and will include an in-depth, behind the scenes tour of the house and grounds, as well as delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Tickets are $50 per person. Visit the historical society website to purchase tickets.

The History behind our Inn and Wedding Venue

In 1927, construction began on the Tudor Revival house designed for auto baron Irving Jacob Reuter (1885-1972) and his wife, Janet (1886-1984). The Reniger Construction Co. of Lansing completed the 10,000 square foot house early the next year with plans drafted by Harold Childs of East Lansing. The Reuters called this property “Medovue.” The 15 acre estate included a pergola, swimming pool and gazebo as well as an artesian well, fishpond, annual and perennial gardens and nature trails.

The Reuters lived and lavishly entertained at Medovue from 1928 to 1936. Great names of American business and automotive giants were guests at social functions.

Original homeowner Irving Jacob Reuter

The Reuters were listed both in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Michigan during their tenure at Medovue. Reuter abruptly retired from Oldsmobile in 1934 and he and Janet moved to Florida in 1936.

See More of our Bed and Breakfast than the Average Guest!

If you are interested in attending the fundraiser, why not get yourself a room at the inn so you don’t have to worry about driving after some cocktails and delicious desserts? After touring the grounds and learning about the fascinating history of the property, your stay will be infused with added significance.

Stay in the Ivy Cottage and you will be in the original property’s milking room. Enjoy a sitting room with fireplace and Jacuzzi tub.

Quilt Show in Michigan’s Capital

April 20th, 2013 by insideout

For those of you who appreciate functional art, patterns, color and texture, come and see the quilts on display at the Going to Pieces Quilt Show. This is the premiere event for quilters in Michigan.

Feast your eyes on color, design and creativity while viewing over 400 quilts made by members of the Capitol City Quilt Guild (CCQG). Over 30 vendors will offer their wares for sale. Taking place Saturday and Sunday May 4 & 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (4 p.m. Sunday), admission is $6 per day or $10 for both days.

Shop for 100% cotton fabric, books, patterns, quilting supplies and of course finished quits.

Quilt Show Events and Goods

Maybe you will see an amazing quilt like this at the Going to Pieces Quilt Show!

Door Prizes – All attendees will receive a ticket that gives them a chance to win a door prize donated especially for quilters. These special prizes were donated by quilt shops, national companies and individual quilters. Hope you win!

Silent AuctionAll items in the Silent Auction were generously donated by the members of the Capitol City Quilt Guild. Items include various size quilts, wall hangings, table runners or toppers, purses, tote bags, jewelry and other handmade items.

Quilter’s BoutiqueHandmade sewn items under $25 are the best bargains at the boutique. You are bound to find some nicknack you need: pincushions, small purses, table runners, tote bags, etc.

Quilts to GoIf you need a great gift for a wedding, graduation, birthday, special occasion, or a special person – stop by and check out quilts to purchase and take home with you. This is a consignment booth, offering CCQG members an opportunity to sell their handmade items.

Elegant Lodging at the English Inn

If the Going to Pieces Quilt Show sounds like something you or your mother/friends/grandmother would like to attend, we would like to suggest you choose elegant and comfortable lodging at the English Inn in East Rapids, about 12 miles from the venue.




Lansing Film Festival

March 27th, 2013 by insideout

The Capitol City Film Festival (CCFF) exposes Mid-Michigan movie lovers to international and local films, engaging seminars, and unique musical performances in this four day festival, taking place April 11 -14, 2013. The festival celebrates and promotes filmmakers with an emphasis on Michigan-made, homegrown talent. This is only the third annual festival, so your attendance can help to start a new cultural tradition in Lansing!

Tickets for this event are ridiculously cheap. Get a full festival pass for only $50, or attend individual screenings for around $5 per film. You can purchase tickets in advance on Brown Paper Tickets.

2013 Capitol City Film Festival Highlights

While the festival is packed with exciting films and activities, here are a couple items off the schedule which jumped out at us:

Swag from the Lansing Film Festival

Andrew Bird: Fever Year, Saturday April 13, 5:30 p.m. at the Lansing Public Media Center (2500 S. Washington) Andrew Bird is an impressive and ethereal musician with loads of talent. The film follows the acclaimed musician’s rigorous touring year, which culminates with Bird in a perpetual fever as he crosses the finish line on crutches from an onstage injury.

Tchoupitoulas, Sunday April 14, 1  p.m. at the Michigan Historical Museum (702 W Kalamazoo St). Tchoupitoulas (pronounced CHOP-a-TWO-liss) is a lyrical documentary that follows three adolescent brothers as they journey through one night in New Orleans, encountering a vibrant kaleidoscope of dancers, musicians, hustlers, and revelers parading through the lamplit streets. The filmmakers fully immerse us into the New Orleans night, passing through many lively and luminous locations and introducing us to the people who make the city their home.

Coming to Lansing for the Film Festival? Stay for the Whole Weekend!

We invite you to be our guests at the English Inn, a graceful bed and breakfast outside Lansing. We are located on the estate of auto baron Irving Jacob Reuter. He designed his Tudor-style home in 1927. We have lovingly maintained the home and property for you to enjoy.



Upcoming Lansing Theater Events

March 14th, 2013 by insideout

Theater is a wonderful way to escape for a few hours. Find your seat, the lights go dim, and you get to focus on someone else and their life full of problems, worry, farce or joy. Performance is a tradition from the earliest of cultures; yet today we still love to watch stories about our fellow humans come to life on the stage (or the screen). Here is some compelling new live theater taking place in Lansing this month.

Compulsion, Or The House Behind. By Rinne Groff. Directed by Mycah Artis. $15 general admission, $10 student and seniors 65 and over.

Compulsion, Or the House Behind. At the Peppermint Creek Theater Company (6025 Curry Lane, Lansing) from March 21-24 & 28-30. Sid Silver is a man obsessed. When he learns about a young girl named Anne Frank and her extraordinary diary, Silver makes it his mission to ensure her tale is heard. But is the manuscript a work of art? A cultural treasure? Once publishers and producers get involved, it becomes “a very valuable product”—and his good intentions prove to be his undoing.

Shirley Valentine. At the Williamson Theater (122 S. Putnam St., Williamston) from March 21- April 21. A one-woman, tour-de-force that’s been a classic since it won the Tony Award 20 years ago. Julia Glander stars in this story of one woman’s journey of self-discovery.

RAIN. At the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts (750 E Shaw Ln, East Lansing) on Friday March 29. Direct from Broadway, this is a musical performance by the renowned Beatles cover band RAIN. The Associated Press called seeing a Rain concert “the next best thing to seeing the Beatles.” The group performs the full range of The Beatles’ discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, spot-on performance. From the early hits to later classics this is a wonderful chance to re-live the unforgettable melodies created by John, Paul, Ringo and George.

Greater Lansing Area Lodging

When visiting Michigan’s capital city, we invite you to be our guests at the English Inn, a historic bed and breakfast in Easton Rapids. Only a short drive from Lansing proper, we provide immaculate lodging and delicious breakfasts.

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