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Today in Lansing: The fourth annual Art Feast in Old Town

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10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Old Town

1232 Turner St.

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Turner street will be filled to the brim for Old Town’s last festival of the summer season.

“Art Feast is a good way to get people down here, because some people aren’t exactly sure what Old Town is about,” said Sarah Dropsey, a communications intern at the Old Town Commercial Association.

Events like this showcase the diverse and rich community to outsiders, said Dropsey.

“It’s like a block party: Fun and relaxed,” said Dropsey. “You can come and go as you please.”

Foremost, the event’s purpose is to showcase local and Michigan-based artists, said Dropsey. “The food trucks just make it more fun. The novelty of it is interesting. Getting a grilled cheese from an old truck is weird and quirky,” said Dropsey.

The food truck rally will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Art Feast vendor and Old Town artist Katie Woodman of Kabonk Art said, “It is an art focused event, so the people coming to the event are there for the art. We aren't a sidebar to where we are just a vendor.”

Specializing in acrylics and upcycling discarded materials into art, Woodman said, Art Feast is an opportunity to showcase the faces behind art galleries in the area. “A lot of times those people aren't recognized as an individual in the community,” said Woodman. “They say, ‘This is a chance to meet me.’”

These events don’t happen out of nowhere, said Dropsey.

“We are always working hard behind the scenes,” said Dropsey. “People don't know who puts up the street signs, flower baskets and holiday decorations, who makes sure the trash gets taken out. We try to makes sure Old Town goes without a hitch.”

Other events in Lansing:

Oars and Ales

4:30 to 8 p.m., $50, Lansing Brewing Company, 518 E. Shiawassee St.

Roller Derby: East Lansing Mitten Mavens vs. Motor City Disassembly Line

6 to 9 p.m., $10, Court One Training Center, 7868 Old M-78

Ozone’s Brewhouse Two Year Anniversary Party

12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Ozone's Brewhouse, 305 Beaver St.

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