On Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, Michigan State University held its 49th Annual MSU Holiday Arts & Crafts Show. The show is one of the state’s largest indoor holiday shows with more than 190 exhibitors and attendance figures exceeding 15,000. The exhibitors offered a wide range of items in all price ranges, including jewelry, photography, woodworking, clothing, aromatherapy and holiday-themed items.
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East Lansing’s Annual Winter Glow took place on Saturday, Dec.1. The event featured ice carving, a holiday farmers market, marshmallow roasting, a children’s winter carnival, live music performances, horse and carriage rides, a reindeer petting zoo, merchant activities, roasted chestnuts and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. At 5 p.m., volunteers lit more than 500 luminaries throughout downtown, providing a festive winter glow for East Lansing and its residents.
The Greater Lansing Business Monthly presented the annual 2012 Entrepreneurial Awards on Thursday, March 9 at Eagle Eye Golf Club. The evening featured a cocktail hour, dinner and awards ceremony. Among the award winners was Chad Jordan of Cravings Gourmet Popcorn, LLC in Old Town who took the award for Emerging Entrepreneur.
Hosted annually by the Mid-Michigan Creative Alliance (MMCA), the local ADDY awards were held at the MSU Union on Thursday, Feb. 23. This year’s awards celebrated 2012 with an end of the world theme. Motion Marketing & Media, which publishes Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine, took home a Silver Award in Advertising Industry Self-Promotion for their Studio Crawl “Get Lit” campaign.
The 10 Over the Next 10 program recognized 10 of the top young professionals who will make significant contributions to the Greater Lansing area over the next 10 years. Hosted by the Lansing Regional Chamber, this year’s awards were held on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Country Club of Lansing. The 2011 recipients are: Benjamin Bakken, Ryan Doom, Tim Bograkos, Brittney Hoszkiw, Evan Pinsonnault, Kristin Bellar, Joe Ford, Diontrae Hayes, Marc Merritt and Michael Ciranna.
The 38th annual Apple Butter Festival was held Oct. 15–16 at the Fenner Nature Center in Lansing. Local residents gathered for the opportunity to travel back in time to the Pioneer days, reconnect with nature and learn how to make homemade apple butter over an open fire. Visitors celebrated the fall harvest through heritage arts and crafts, historical games, live folk music, authentic Native American food, pumpkin carving, face painting and henna tattooing.
On Sunday, Oct. 2 an estimated 1,500 local residents gathered on MSU’s campus to participate in the 26th annual MSU Federal Credit Union Dinosaur Dash. The popular 5k race, which starts at the MSU Museum and lines the Red Cedar River, draws everyone from competitive runners to adult joggers and children. The event raised about $25,000, which will go toward funding programs and exhibits to benefit the Museum.