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The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

March 25th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

See this Oldsmobile '88' NASCAR racer at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

See this Oldsmobile ’88’ NASCAR racer at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum

Oldsmobiles may no longer be being made but their history is a long and rich one – and no where is this made more apparent than at the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum in Lansing, Missouri.

At the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, you’ll learn how Oldsmobile played an integral role in the automobile industry. For example, did you know that the Oldsmobile Curved Dash vehicle was the first mass-produced car, manufactured on the first automotive assembly line between 1901 and 1904? Though Henry Ford’s assembly line was the first to assemble cars on a moving line, Oldsmobile invented the assembly line.

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Visit the MSU Museum In Lansing, MI

February 10th, 2014 by Corey A. Edwards

MSU Museum - Tyrannosaur SkeletonOne attraction you don’t want to miss when in the Lansing area is the Michigan State University or MSU Museum. With three floors of exciting collections, the MSU Museum has something for everyone.

Michigan’s most popular natural, cultural history museum the MSU Museum features exhibits devoted to world cultures, evolution, animal diversity and heritage with an emphasis on the Great Lakes region.

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Potter Park Zoo’s Wonderland of Lights

December 9th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Potter Park Zoo’s Wonderland of LightsEvery holiday season, the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, MI transforms itself into a magical Wonderland of Lights. Using thousands of shimmering, multi-colored bulbs to create an extraordinary winter fantasy of holiday displays and animal exhibits.

Always a popular attraction for families, this year Potter Park Zoo partnered up with McLaren Greater Lansing to help make this year’s display, the 21st annual Wonderland of Lights, bigger and better than ever before.

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Abrams Planetarium on the MSU Campus

November 16th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Abrams Planetarium

Beautiful, no? To get closer, visit Abrams Planetarium!

Look! Up in the sky! It’s … the sky!

Okay, maybe that wasn’t such a spectacular opening but, when you think about it, the sky is a very fascinating thing – particularly the night sky. Getting a good view of the night sky can be a real challenge these days, what with all the “light pollution” dimming the glow of the stars.

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The Meridian Historical Village – Visit the Past

October 12th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Meridian Historical Village

Not that far from here, just ten minutes east of downtown Lansing, actually, time stands still: The Meridian Historical Village has preserved an era when settlers were still busy taming the area.

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Cooley Gardens – Lansing’s Buried Treasure

September 25th, 2013 by Corey A. Edwards

Cooley GardensThere’s a buried treasure in Lansing, buried in the concrete and glass of the central business district, buried yet sprouting from the cool, surprising earth: Cooley Gardens. Planted almost a century ago, they remain a delight to all who discover them.

Cooley Gardens were designed by noted landscape architect, Edward H. Laird in 1938 from land donated to the city by Eugene F. Cooley and dedicated to “the horticultural education and pleasure of garden lovers.”

Cooley was a well-to-do industrialist and the gardens stood in his then affluent neighborhood but, as times changed, so, too did the city. The neighborhood and gardens slowly fell into decline and it looked for a while as if Cooley Gardens might be lost. And so they would have been but for a group of concerned citizens who formed the “Friends of Cooley Gardens” group and began the restoration and maintenance of the gardens in the 80’s – work they continue to do.

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Historic Sites in Lansing

March 4th, 2013 by insideout

At the turn of the 19th century, Lansing was evolving from a frontier town to a center for commerce, government and culture. As this shift occurred, impressive, more permanent buildings began to spring up. Through the care of the community and dedicated groups like the Lansing Historical Society, many of these buildings still stand and can be admired by you today!

Central United Methodist Church. (215 North Capital) One of the finest Richardsonian Romanesque churches in Michigan, outside of Detroit. The structure is made of dark red Ionia Michigan sandstone. All of the trim is red oak. Built in 1889, it is an important part of the Greater Lansing community. It is possibly the only church designed by Elijah E. Myers, architect of the State Capitol.

Herrmann House on Lansing Community College. (520 North Capitol Avenue) Built by successful German immigrant and businessman John Herrmann once his business took off. Now a part of the Lansing Community College and home to the president of the College.

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Amateur Astronomer? Check out Public Viewing Nights at Fox Observatory

February 14th, 2013 by insideout

Fox Observatory is  located inside Fox Park in the far northwest corner. This is an open air observatory so please dress for the weather and wear sensible footwear for the 200 yard walk from the parking lot.

March 2 and 23 are Saturday public viewing nights at Fox from 8 until 11 p.m.; the cost is $2 per person or $5 per family. Local area astronomer, Jason Blaschka, will be on hand during public observation nights to answer questions about the night sky.

Observation nights will not be held on nights with more than 30% cloud cover. You may call the Observatory at 517-645-6666 to check on sky conditions.

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See a beautiful night sky during Public Viewing Nights at Fox Observatory

This is a great way to shake up date night and try something new with your partner. Enjoy a delicious meal at the English Inn Restaurant before heading to Lansing for the viewing. Then, return to our bed and breakfast for a great night’s sleep after your flirtation with the heavens.

Other Upcoming Events at Fox Observatory

Messier Marathon: On Saturday, March 9 at 6 p.m. observe all 110 objects in astronomy’s most famous catalog in one night! Object order and log sheets are provided and experienced astronomers will be there to help you along. Note: Binoculars or a telescope are required. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks and drinks to share as only coffee is provided. Program starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, and continues throughout the night. Cost is $5 per person.

Astrophotography Nights: Bring your camera and work with experienced photographers to capture photos of our beautiful night sky on Saturday, March 16 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Program fee is $5 per person. For more information and program registration, please e-mail Jason Blaschka at jb.foxpark@gmail.com.

Enjoy Fine Lodging and Dining At the English Inn

Treat you and your loved one to a relaxing and romantic stay at our scenic Inn just outside of the Lansing area. We have a full restaurant on site and a delicious breakfast is included in your stay.

 

Relics of the Big Bang

March 5th, 2012 by insideout

“Relics of the Big Bang” is a fantastic new planetarium show at Abrams Planetarium, at MSU. It  leads viewers on a grand adventure: “a journey of exploration through the unknown mysteries of the universe.” Along the way, some of the most cutting edge work being done today by CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) is revealed: research that extends from Geneva, Switzerland to East Lansing, Michigan. The information is presented in a concise and clear way, so even people unfamiliar with this type of research should find it interesting. It may also boggle the mind.

MSU Planetarium Show near Lansing Inn.

Expand your mind. See "Relics of the Big Bang" at Abrams Planetarium.

Learn more about the Large Hadron Collider and the ATLAS detector. Explore Dark Matter and the Higgs Particle. It will rock your world.

You’ll want time to digest what you’ve seen. The best place to do that is over dinner at our Lansing area fine dining restaurant. See “Relics of the Big Bang” at 4:00 p.m. some Sunday, then head to The English Inn for dinner and a metaphysical discussion. Don’t worry, the food will help keep you grounded.

“Relics of the Big Bang” also shows at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. If you prefer to have your mind blown on a full stomach, have an early dinner at our Lansing restaurant and then see the show.

Please see Relics of the Big Bang for more information.

Solitude in Photography at Lansing Art Gallery

February 17th, 2012 by insideout

If you’ve ever lost yourself in a photograph, you’ll be drawn into the work of Curtis Hans Miller, now on exhibit at the Lansing Art Gallery.

Miller’s exhibit, “Solitude,” reveals a Michigan that seems timeless: landscapes dotted with old fences, barns, silos, open fields, orchards. The work is sparse and haunting and beautiful.

Solitude runs at the Lansing Art Gallery through February 24, 2012. It’s worth a trip to town to see it. While here, lodge and dine at The English Inn, a Lansing area inn and fine dining restaurant. We’re located in the Michigan countryside; the journey here will conjure visions of Miller’s photographs.

 

Grand River near Bed and Breakfast Eaton Rapids Michigan.

The Grand River, near our Eaton Rapids Bed and Breakfast.

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