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Holidays collide

The annual 517 Juneteenth Festival, part of 517 Juneteenth weekend, runs 3:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday in Old Town, featuring live music, DJ sets, vendors, a kids' area and more.
This weekend, Greater Lansing will celebrate the upcoming Juneteenth holiday with festivals, a parade, a 5K and more, while Father’s Day will be honored with food and drink specials at local breweries, an opportunity to play catch on Jackson Field before a Lugnuts game and free admission to Potter Park Zoo for all dads. There’s also a golf scramble, a fishing derby, a car and bike show and much more.

Let freedom ring: Greater Lansing celebrates Juneteenth

An illustration from local artist Julian Van Dyke’s 2020 book “Juneteenth, Celebrating Freedom” depicts the Black struggle for freedom in the United States.
On June 19, 1865, more than 250,000 African American slaves in Texas — the last of the country’s enslaved population — were freed after being informed of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued two-and-a-half years earlier.
In “Hell, No, We Didn’t Go! Firsthand Accounts of Vietnam War Protest and Resistance,” Detroit-area lawyer Eli Greenbaum examines the popular schemes carried out by young men who sought to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War.

Why they didn’t go: draft-dodging stories from the Vietnam War

“Hell no, we won’t go,” “make love, not war,” “one, two, three, four, what are we fighting for?” and “girls say yes to boys who say no” are just a few of the chants that rang out during anti-Vietnam War protests.
An illustration from local artist Julian Van Dyke’s 2020 book “Juneteenth, Celebrating Freedom” depicts the Black struggle for freedom in the United States.
On June 19, 1865, more than 250,000 African American slaves in Texas — the last of the country’s enslaved population — were freed after being informed of the Emancipation …
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In “Hell, No, We Didn’t Go! Firsthand Accounts of Vietnam War Protest and Resistance,” Detroit-area lawyer Eli Greenbaum examines the popular schemes carried out by young men who sought to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War.
“Hell no, we won’t go,” “make love, not war,” “one, two, three, four, what are we fighting for?” and “girls say yes to boys who say no” are just …
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The Wild Honey Collective released “Volume 3,” another LP of classic-country-soaked Americana rock, on May 31.
Over the last four years, the Wild Honey Collective has masterfully melded Americana music with rock ‘n’ roll and a dreamy dose of psychedelia. The local outfit has kept busy touring …
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The 10th annual Lansing Beer Fest runs 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday on Washington Avenue between South and Elm streets in REO Town.
Biking, beer and a boozy book fair
This weekend brings annual events like Lansing Beer Fest and Delhi Township’s Youth Fishing Derby, inaugural events like the Lansing Fiesta and an arts and culture bike ride through Lansing’s east side and many more fun activities, such as a Pride-themed book fair, a pottery sale, a cruise-in and a euchre tournament.
Jessie Gott, who created “Cheese,” which is on the cover this week, says: “This piece, and others I have done, explore how you present yourself to the world, and what you choose to let people see about you, versus what you choose to keep guarded or hidden away.”
‘The vastness of queer identity’
To get an idea of the variety, exuberance, weirdness and joy of the Lansing Art Gallery’s second annual exhibition of art by LGBTQ+ artists, you have to go back to the opening reception, where musician and artist Lorelei d’Andriole gave a unique performance.
Patrons flooded the streets of Old Town at Lansing Pride 2023.
A brief history of Pride Month
Each June, the public comes together to celebrate Pride Month, a time to recognize the contributions of people who identify as LGBTQ+ and shed light on the issues facing these communities.

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