On Friday, June 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Village of Dimondale will close off Bridge Street for the annual Oldsmobile Homecoming car show. The free event includes the car show, live music, food specials at local restaurants, and a family movie beginning at dusk.

The event is put on by the Lansing RE Olds Chapter in collaboration with the Dimondale Business Association.

The Lansing chapter of the RE Olds Club is a chapter of the Oldsmobile Club of America. The Dimondale car show is a first event for the 2017 Olds Homecoming weekend. The official Homecoming event will take place the following Saturday at the Auto Owners Insurance complex, located at 6101 Anacapri Drive in Lansing.

The Dimondale car show is a multipurpose event. While it’s the first event for the Olds Homecoming weekend, it’s also a gift to the Dimondale community, according to village manager Denise Parisian. The Village and the Dimondale Business Association wanted to provide an easy and free event for residents as thanks for their support.

“Our purpose here is to give back to the community. We’re inviting folks who live here to enjoy the community, and inviting folks who don’t live to discover Dimondale to see what we have to offer. It’s meant to be an easy, fun, summer kickoff kind of event,” said Parisian.

Dimondale is a favored spot for the Oldsmobile club members, according to Parisian. Because of the village’s compact main street, club members have an easy walking distance to village favorites. They enjoy walking around the main strip, visiting the restaurants, and encountering the fascinated locals.

Not all of the Olds drivers are foreign to Dimondale. There are several Dimondale residents who are members of the Lansing RE Olds club. Those who are from Dimondale are pleased to share the quaintness of their village prior to the big homecoming celebration on Saturday. Friday is a simple, laid back evening for the Olds drivers, same as for the Dimondale residents.

Bridge Street will be reopened around 9 p.m. After a couple of hours of viewing 100 or so vintage Oldsmobiles, residents will be welcome to attend a family movie outdoors. There will be face painting and balloon animals for kids.

Parisian is pleased with the positive relationship the Village of Dimondale has had with the RE Olds Club, and hopes readers, residents, and car enthusiasts will come out to enjoy an evening of cars, music, and good summer vibes.