Recreation Millage 2018

The Election on August 7 includes an opportunity for Albion residents to increase funding for the Recreation Department and Senior Services.  The exact ballot language of this item is:

ALBION CITY RECREATION MILLAGE PROPOSAL Shall the City of Albion increase the current levy to a total of two mills ($2.00 per $1,000.00) on taxable value of property located in the City of Albion for three years beginning with the 2019 tax levy year and running through the 2021 tax levy year (inclusive), which in the first year of such tax levy will raise an estimated revenue of One Hundred Seventy Two Thousand Dollars ($172,000.00) used for the specific purpose of continuing operation of City of Albion recreation programs for young people, adults, families, and senior citizens? Taxes within the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) districts will be distributed as prescribed by law. If approved, this would be an additional one-half increase of the current millage levy.

This information is posted on the Calhoun  County website at this location:

http://directory.co.calhoun.mi.us/ckeditor_assets/attachments/529/all_language_aug_18.pdf?1528318894

As per the Deputy Clerk/Treasurer of Albion:
“if the proposed recreation millage is passed, the annual taxes for a $50,000 home would roughly increase by $10.00. The increase would be reflected on your 2019 summer tax bill.”


If this millage passes, it will support the Albion Community Center, the Albion Senior Center and many recreational programs for our city – programs such as Adult Flag Football, the Cardboard Classic Sled Race, Adult Water Aerobics, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Youth and Adult Basketball, Dad and Daughter and Mother and Son Dances, Youth Baseball and T-Ball, Swimming Lessons, as well as a full range of social and recreational activities for seniors.

Supporters say that programs for young people are especially important as they help our youth forge an Albion identity and form lasting relationships.

Swingin’ at the Shell 2018 Poster

Swingin' at the Shell, Albion Michigan 2018 lineup of concerts

The 15th annual Swingin’ at the Shell concert series takes place at Victory Park Bandshell in Albion Michigan from mid-July through mid-September.   As usual, the concerts are on Sunday evenings at 6 p.m.  This year there are some new Albion businesses downtown that will be open before the concerts including the Courtyard by Marriott, Albion and the Albion Malleable Brewing  Co.

Swingin' at the Shell, Albion Michigan 2018 lineup of concerts

Ribbon cutting Albion Malleable Brewing Co. Albion

Albion Malleable Brewing Company official ribbon cutting on Monday May 21, 2018.

Trivia Question – What company started the fast-growing Micro brewery trend and when did that happen?

Answer – Acknowledged as the flagship beer brewed by the first United States microbrewery of the modern era, New Albion is the original craft beer.
Learn more at http://newalbionbrewing.com/

Here is a map of mid-Michigan breweries that will be updated soon to include the Albion Malleable Brewing Company.

Fete de la Musique 2014

Fete de la Musique Albion was held in the Farmers’ Market in 2014. A number of musicians played at Stoffer Plaza, where the French Market was also being held. There were also musicians in planned places downtown. This traditional event was first held in France, and Albion was one of the first cities in the U.S.A. to participate. The Sister City group and the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce were heavily involved.

The Fete de la Musique Albion Facebook archive page is here:

https://www.facebook.com/fetedelamusiquealbion

and the event Facebook page for 2018 is here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/239389980140072/

 

Fete de la Musique, Albion Michigan

Musicians and music lovers are encouraged to come to downtown Albion Michigan this Thursday, June 21, 2018
for the Fête de la Musique, also known as “World Music Day.”

Musicians are encouraged to come and share their musical gifts for free, and there is no admission. In some cities, the announcement of the concept turned the celebration into something of a musical flash crowd.

The first day of summer was chosen as a day on which the world celebrates the magical gift of music and promotes music as a universal language.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 – come and stroll the streets of Albion.

French Market Albion Michigan

The French Market in Albion often takes place on the second Saturday in June, at Stoffer Plaza. The images below are from the 2017 event. Visit the Google Calendar of big Albion Events to learn more about the French Market, and more.

Albion’s French Market is a relatively new event. The 6th annual Albion French Market took place on Saturday June 10, 2017 at Stoffer Plaza. Dozens of vendors were there, as well as many of the usual Farmer’s Market Vendors. In recent years the French Market has become a place for musicians, artists, and chefs to share their arts.

See an aerial tour of this same day by clicking here.

Juneteenth Celebration in Albion

Juneteenth is a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.   It is a celebration of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Many black families came to Albion 100 years ago to work at the Malleable foundry.

Albion celebrates Juneteeth on the Saturday before Father’s Day starting at Albion City Hall on Cass Street with a proclamation and words from the mayor at 11 a.m.  Then there is a processional walk to Holland Park where there will be a day of fun and festivities.

There will be games for children and and adults, face painting, a story tent, Old school music, Line dancing, basketball and our Public Safety Department will be there with the fire truck and fire house to show our young people how to be safe when there’s a fire.

There will be a food court with a bar-b-que, friends, music and art.

The day will conclude with a Rememberance Circle and a Gospel Fest starting at 5.

This is a part of America’s History just as Memorial Day and the 4th of July are. Let’s find ways to celebrate our achievements together.

Everyone is invited to come, have fun and fellowship!

Learn more about some even earlier Albion black history from this post on AlbionMich.COM by Albion Historian Frank Passic:  19th CENTURY BLACK HISTORY IN ALBION

A quote from that article: “ In looking through the Census records of the period, we find that the majority of Albion’s early black men listed their occupations as either barbers, such as a Richard Randolph, who lived in Albion Township. Some were listed as housekeepers. One is listed as a “calciminer.” No, he didn’t mine calcimine, but that was the term for a “white-washer” of walls in the days of dirty fuel sources for heating homes. This particular person was listed later as a paper hanger (wallpaper).” 

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