It began as an invited only gathering of contributors to Ibidem. It was usually limited to 35 mostly close-up workers. They would spend a four day weekend (Thursday through Sunday) in mid-October at the Oban Inn each year.
In 1986, when Lyons was no longer able to be a full-time co-organizer of "Ibidem Events" because of business reasons, the name was changed to the Oban Event. Then in 1990, when a fire destroyed the Oban Inn, they were forced to move to the Old Stone Inn at Niagra Falls, Ontaria changing the name to just the Inn Event which lasted until 2000.
- 1979 lecturers and performers: David Roth and Brother John Hamman
- 1980 Stewart James was honored with lecturers and performers: Phil Goldstein, Daryl Martinez, and Michael Ammar.
- 1981 lecturers and performers: Larry Becker, Jerry Andrus, Phil Willmarth, Sid Lorraine, Mike Close, Jon Charles, and Michael Skinner.
- 1982 lecturers and performers: Stewart James
- 1983 lecturers and performers: Stewart James, Al Mann, Jerry Andrus, Jon Charles, Michael Weber
- 1984 ?
- 1985 lecturers and performers: David Ben, Richard Osterlind