Thanksgiving is just around the corner and MSU students are ready for family time and their favorite home-cooked meals. Journalism major Madison Loney said she is looking forward the most to being with her family and the Thanksgiving dinner. “In my family my mom is the best cook she makes stuffing,” Loney said. Media and information student Keiahna Dunbar-Reppuhn plans on staying home and working for the holiday. “I’m just gonna go to the movies and make some turkey,” Dunbar-Reppuhn said.
Old Town restaurants and shops are raising money for local schools in a project called Shop 4 Schools. On Nov. 18, participating retailers in the neighborhood gave 18 percent of customers check-out total to participating schools in the area. Lynn Ross, owner of Mother & Earth Baby Boutique, organized this event based on a similar fundraiser the city of Grand Haven does, where they raised almost $10,000 last year. “A lot of local, small local businesses, don’t have the means to be able to donate items to silent auctions or monetary donations,” Ross said.
A cozy feel, one-of-a-kind shops, gourmet food, and everything artsy: that’s the definition of Old Town for residents and visitors. “It’s very different from what you’d find in the Greater Lansing area where it’s mostly restaurant-based where we’re more boutique-based,” said Kathy Holcomb, owner of the Absolute Gallery. Old Town which was founded in 1825 when a surveying crew plotted and charted the land, holds several historic buildings and history deep in its concrete. By the late 20th century, the neighborhood hit hard times and buildings were left abandoned. Dedicated and determined people wouldn’t stand for the decay of the neighborhood so they worked to rebuild it and make it better, according to the Old Town website.
There are perks of living in a loft rather than a house or apartment like no outside maintenance and being in the center of downtown. Old Town lofts are high in demand and don’t stay on the market very long, said Brian Huggler, realtor and owner of buildings in Old Town. “We’ve had zero vacancy in the past ten years. In fact, when one person moves out, usually they’ve got a friend that wants to move in,” Huggler said. With loft living, you get a different lifestyle than you would in a house or other form of living.
With more than 100 students involved, the show promises to be great, director Tracy Clark said. “Those kids are super talented and the community provides great support,” Clark said. The cast began practice in August and has been working four or five days a week, Clark said. “It was really extremely nervous at first, and then they went away, but I’m sure they’ll be back for opening night,” junior Cam Palmer said. Palmer is one of two actors playing Captain Hook.
Lansing Community College’s theater department is playing the comedy “The Government Inspector,” a play that takes place in 19th century Russia. The first two shows happened on Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Dart Auditorium at 8:00 p.m.. The next showing is Friday, Nov.
The First Christian Church in Lansing hosted its annual Trunk-or-Treat event on Oct. 29, following the morning’s service. Community members decorated the trunks of their cars and handed out candy to children. The event began around 12:30 p.m. and lasted about an hour, with many kids coming to trick-or-treat. Attendees were not just from the church, as the event was open to anyone who wanted to participate.
Every Michigander knows that roads in the state aren’t the best and Old Town residents have experienced that first-hand. “The roads are just not smooth in anyway shape or form,” said Jamie Schriner, Old Town Commercial Association board president. The state of Michigan has a budget of $3.5 to $4 million for capital improvements on roads or structural changes each year, said Chad Gamble, chief operating director and director of public service for the City of Lansing. Gamble said the major problem with trying to maximize road life is that the “needs of the roadway far far outweigh and exceed the amount of funding that we have for it.”
Schriner said she thinks it’s smart to pave streets with more vehicle traffic. She said they could “set aside a budget and say we’ll put three-fourths of our budget to the most highly trafficked areas first and then set a quarter of our budget aside for the less highly trafficked areas.”
Schriner said they could then let those less trafficked areas pick where work is needed in their neighborhood.