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Walk With Nature at the Harris Nature Center

May 16th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Harris Nature Center - Redtailed Hawk

You can see Red-tailed Hawks and other wildlife at Harris Nature Center

Harris Nature Center, set on the banks of the Red Cedar River, is a must-see outdoor preserve and recreation area, located just east of Lansing, MI.

Harris Nature Center, which was developed from land sold to the Meridian Township in 1987, was designed to both protect the Red Cedar River ecosystem and promote learning about said habitat through exhibition and exploration. As such, Harris Nature Center provides year-round access to over five miles of nature trails and a 3/4-mile paved loop trail plus the exhibits located inside the center itself.

The trails throughout Harris Nature Center run along the Red Cedar River and loop through the connected forests and meadows. During winter, the trails are made available to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, with equipment rentals at the center. Harris Nature Center also rents out GPS for those interested in geo-caching and offers the use of an all-terrain wheelchair so everyone can enjoy the trails for free, dawn to dusk.

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Lansing Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries

February 23rd, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Lansing Wineries, Breweries & DistilleriesMichigan has a healthy crop of vintners, brewers, and distillers producing a wide selection of often locally sourced libations. If you’re a fan of wine, craft beer, or spirits, a visit to Lansing wineries, breweries and distilleries is sure to make your day.

The explosion of microbreweries and distillers in the US this last decade mirrors the expansion of vineyards and wineries from decades past – an expansion that continues apace today. America’s palate for such things seems to expand yearly and why not? A revolution of locally produced and often locally sourced food and drink can only offer more in the way of regional flavor and color to our meals – a welcome alternative to mass produced fast-foods.

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Phantom of the Opera at MSU’s Wharton Center

January 24th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Phantom of the Opera at Wharton TheaterAndrew Lloyd Webber’s international smash musical hit, The Phantom of the Opera, is coming to MSU’s Wharton Center stage this April, 2015.

Based on the classic novel by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera is the story of a beautiful soprano who becomes the object of desire and obsession for a mysterious, masked musical genius.

This 1910 tale has been adapted to film and stage many times but none so successfully as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version, which is one of three longest running musicals of all time, along with Les Misérables and Cats. This new production from veteran musical producer Cameron Mackintosh has been hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before” and has just come off a sold out tour of the United Kingdom.

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Where To Ski Lansing, MI

December 20th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Ski Lansing!So you say you want to strap on some skis or showshoes and get out into that winter wonderland. Great – but where does one go to ski Lansing, MI? Allow us to tell you!

Michigan is home to 3,000 miles of cross country skiing trails and has beautiful terrain for snowshoeing. Michigan ranks second in the nation for number of skiing areas found across the state. While it’s true most of the bigger, Michigan ski resorts are a ways off, there are numerous, easily accessible areas to snowshoe or ski Lansing and the Lansing area

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Tour Lansing’s Old Town Historic District

September 20th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Tour Lansing's Old Town Historic DistrictLansing’s Old Town Historic District, once in decline, now serves as the area’s link to both the past and the future with restored, turn of the century buildings and an eclectic mix of galleries, restaurants, clubs, and more.

Lansing’s Old Town Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in the north end of town overlooking the Grand River and its winding bike trail. It was here, in 1843, that pioneer James Seymour and his family built the first house in what would become Lansing, Michigan.

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2014 Capital City Dragon Boat Race

August 23rd, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Capital City Dragon Boat RaceCome down to Adado Riverfront Park in Lansing, MI on September 13th and 14th to cheer on your favorite team at the 2014 Capital City Dragon Boat Race!

The Capital City Dragon Boat Race is an exciting and colorful fundraiser for the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing. In this event, teams of Dragon Boat paddlers race the clock and each other as they strain to be the first to capture their flags on the Grand River – exciting fun and all for a good cause!

The colorful and fascinating Dragon Boats are raced by teams of 20 to 18 paddlers, driven by one drummer, and carrying one designated flag catcher. Boats are designed and decorated by the teams or the company’s sponsoring them and are a big part of what makes this race so much fun to attend. Dragon Boats are traditionally slim, 44’ long racers decorated with the head and tail of a dragon at bow and stern, respectively.

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It’s Time For Lansing JazzFest 2014!

July 12th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

2014 Lansing JazzFest
The 20th annual Lansing JazzFest, scheduled for August 1st and 2nd, 2014, is a free, 2-day festival of great, new, live music as performed by national, regional, and local jazz artists.

What sets the Lansing JazzFest apart from other, similar music festivals is that, at Lansing JazzFest, the artists are asked to perform at least one original composition they’ve never played live before. So, while you may still hear jazz standards and favorite themes, you’ll also be treated to not just live but living music – new compositions that may become the classics of the future, springing to life right before you!

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Take a Riverboat Cruise Aboard the Michigan Princess

May 30th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Michigan Princess RiverboatTreat yourself to a cruise out of the past with a tour of Lansing’s Grand River aboard the Michigan Princess riverboat!

The Michigan Princess is a three level riverboat in the grand style of the old-fashioned paddle-wheelers that once plied the rivers of America’s old South,

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Woldumar Nature Center

May 19th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

Woldumar Nature CenterWoldumar Nature Center in Lansing, Michigan offers over 5 miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails along the banks of the Grand River.

Woldumar Nature Center was the result of the efforts of the Woldumar Nature Association, who formed in the mid ’60’s to develop a conservation education program for young people. Gladys Olds Anderson, daughter of automotive pioneer Ransom Eli Olds, donated half of her dairy farm land to the association and Woldumar Nature Center was born.

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Walk the Lansing River Trail

April 30th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

The Lansing River Trail at Potter Park

The Lansing River Trail at Potter Park

Discover the natural beauty of the Lansing River Trail in the urban setting of downtown Lansing, MI.

The Lansing River Trail is a multi-use trail that runs along the winding river banks of both the Grand and the Red Cedar Rivers between Michigan State University and Dietrich Park in northern Lansing. The trail is nearly 13 miles long and intended for non-motorized use, so it’s a quiet and safe way to enjoy a truly scenic part of the city.

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