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Festival of the Moon & Sun Brings Great Music and More!

June 15, 2017
The Festival of the Moon & Sun, a two-day event celebrating one of the shortest nights and longest days of the year, will bring rockin' music, great food, delicious drinks and lots of opportunities to hang with old friends ... and maybe make a few new ones in Old Town. On Friday, June 23, festivities...
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Business Spotlight: Spiral Dance Bar

June 12, 2017
Since it opened in 1998, Spiral Dance Bar on Center Street (one block east of Turner) has played a role in the culture of Old Town. Many call Spiral the home of the LGBTQ community in Greater Lansing, and the website says it's a 'hot place to go blow off some steam' after work. And it doesn't disappoint. Besides...
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It’s the Chalk of the Town…recap

June 5, 2017
The streets of Old Town were covered in colorful art at the Chalk of the Town event earlier this June. It was a gorgeous, sunny day with visitors coming to Old Town Lansing as a stop for “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town”, an event created to increase community awareness of Greater Lansing attractions....
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June Volunteer of the Month: Mark Chamberlin

June 5, 2017
Mark Chamberlin has been recognized as the June volunteer of the month for OTCA. He went above and beyond to host the Old Town Photo Booth on June 3 as part of Be A Tourist in Your Own Town/Chalk of the Town; and he captured more than 75 photos for families and friends touring Old...
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Old Town Festivals Keep Us Keeping On

May 11, 2017
Festival of the Moon & Sun. ScrapFest. Old Town Oktoberfest. These are the 'signature events' held by the Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) each year to help raise money and excitement for all things Old Town Lansing. The neighborhood would not be such a vibrant, fun place to be if it weren't for the people...
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Mighty Uke Day

May 8, 2017
Have you been wondering, "What is with all this excitement about the ukulele?" Come down to Old Town on Mother's Day weekend and find out! Mighty Uke Day is the Midwest’s largest ukulele festival; it brings together live shows, workshops, open mic performances, children’s activities, strum-alongs, jams, and much more in a three-day celebration of...
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Business Spotlight: The Grid Arcade & Bar

May 5, 2017
When Corey Montie moved back to Michigan, he knew Lansing’s night life was missing something. Having seen the arcade and bar concept in other larger markets, he thought it would be the perfect fit for a new Lansing business. The Grid Arcade & Bar brings an exciting concept to our already distinctive neighborhood. After researching...
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May Volunteer of the Month: Kim Carlson

May 3, 2017
This month, the OTCA would like to recognize Kim Carlson as the May volunteer of the month. Kim, a member of the Design Committee, is instrumental in keeping Old Town beautiful. On a recent spring day, Kim worked with a large group of DeWitt High School students getting the Robert Busby Memorial Garden ready for...
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Why Your Business Should Be On Instagram

May 1, 2017
Why should you bother creating an Instagram account for your business, when you're already on Facebook? As the owner of Glow Social Media in REO Town, I get asked this question a lot. Many business owners are still reluctant to commit to regularly engaging on Instagram, especially when it involves regularly posting new photos and...
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Plant Natives to Bring Your Garden to Life

April 6, 2017
We made it through another winter here in Michigan! As you stow away your snow shovel and pull out your gardening equipment this spring, take a look around your yard and ask yourself where your bushes, trees and flowers come from. We aren’t looking for the short history here – like what store you bought...
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