The Looking Glass Music & Arts Association Invites You!

A Casual Picnic in the Park
October 9, 2021 - weather permitting

Who - Members of the Dance/Folk Communities

What - A picnic, bring your own or join a potluck!

We respect everyone's decisions as we navigate this pandemic. For this picnic, we invite you to bring your own meal or bring a dish to share, whatever is right for you.

If you decide to potluck, please observe the following guidance:

  • Please bring your own place settings and condiments
  • We ask that everyone bring their own beverages
  • Think about safely serving your dish; bring tongs for sharing brownies
  • We do not have easy access to electricity, please choose picnic friendly dishes
  • If you'd like to grill, please bring everything you would need - charcoal, something to light it with, utensils, etc.

Where - North Lake Lansing Park - Sandhill Picnic Shelter

6260 East Lake Drive, Haslett, MI

This is an Ingham County Park. There is a $3 fee (per car) for Ingham County residents, and a $5 fee for non-residents.

When - Saturday, October 9 from 3:00pm until 7:30pm.

We have the shelter reserved from 12:00pm (noon), so you could arrive earlier if you want to. The potluck will begin around 5:00pm.

If there is rain in the forecast then we may reschedule to October 16. That will be announced here, and on the Dancing in Lansing newsletter.

What's happening - hiking, talking, eating, and visiting with friends we have seen all too rarely over the last year

What to bring - food (your own, or optional potluck, see above) and drink, plus plates, cups, cutlery.

Beer and wine are allowed, but no hard alcohol, please.

In addition to food, we suggest bringing:

  • a Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Bug spray
  • A chair or picnic blanket

We hope you can make it and the weather cooperates. Even if we can't dance, it would be nice to see your smiling faces. Since we have a shelter so we can go rain or shine.

We are accepting donations to help cover the costs of hosting the picnic. Please join us no matter your financial situation.

If you have questions, Email Us.

Lansing Dances & COVID-19 Update
July 4, 2020

Greetings. First, we miss our dancing and music-making friends tremendously. We miss the joy of seeing your smiling faces, of hearing live traditional music from our talented bands, and the anticipation of a fun dance! Yes, this is why we want to resume dancing asap! But not at the expense of spreading covid-19. Sadly, the nature of contra dance makes it an activity highly likely to spread the virus.

Therefore, we have postponed all dances until Michigan's Safe Start Plan has reached Phase 6, which will be post-pandemic. While we don't know how long that will take, we do know it won't be forever. We feel this is our safest path forward, so we can all dance safely together again in the future. The boards of each group will discuss next steps for planning future dances, when it is again safe to resume.

Lansing's two contra dance organizations have been closely monitoring the Ingham County Health Department, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the CDC. On July 8, the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) updated their recommendations for protecting ourselves and our dance communities, so that we may dance together again in the not-too-distant future.

If you haven't signed up for the Dancing in Lansing email list, please do so now by clicking here and following the instructions at the top of the page.

Please, wear your mask, wash your hands often, use your sanitizer, and keep yourself and your loved ones healthy! We'll see you again on the dance floor, once we're safely through this difficult time.

* Many thanks to Laura Riva and the Dancing Grapevine for this article about social dancing in the time of the coronavirus COVID-19.





Hi There!  We sure miss you all!

The Looking Glass hosts contra and square dances, workshops, and other traditional music and arts activities for adults, teens, and families. We're a volunteer non-profit family-friendly organization. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age, color, race, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. You don't even need to bring a dance partner! Please join us on the dance floor soon!

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See below? That's us having a blast!


If you haven't tried this yet, we encourage you to come to a dance soon. It truly is a great time, as you will see, because everyone is smiling! Come at 6:30pm for the lesson. Plus, the caller walks us through every dance before we start, to show us the steps. And we always help each other. Then be ready to have a blast with us!

Updated 15 May 2021 by BPF


Looking Glass Memberships are currently $15 per individual per calendar year - renewable in January. For more information
call 517/337-0235 or write LGMAA at P.O. Box 1403 E. Lansing MI 48826
or email the Looking Glass Dance Committee. We'd love to hear from you!

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