Jack Dropper and the Best Intentions in Victory Park


It was a beautiful evening in Victory Park, Albion Michigan, on Sunday, August 11, 2019 with nary a drop of rain.  Jack Droppers and the Best Intentions gave the crowd a stirring performance that was well received.

See the full line up of the 2019 Swingin’ at the Shell concert series on this link:

Swingin’ at the Shell concerts 2019

All types of bands from the Beatles or Elvis Impersonators, to local music, original music and cover bands.  We are now attracting visitors from surrounding cities and even out of state to come to the concerts, visit with friends, eat a picnic and enjoy live music.

Sound checks were by Dickerson Music Co.

Swingin’ at the Shell 2019 Concerts

Who is playing at the bandshell this Sunday?

The band for Sunday August 11, 2019 is Jack Droppers and the Best Intentions.

Learn more about them and see their website on this link:


The musical artists for the 2019 Swingin’ at the Shell concert series are now posted to this website with photos and bios of each group.

You can find them on this page:


There are also links to the past four years of the Swingin’ Series in the “Play” menu above.

Below are some photos and videos related to past shows and the bandshell itself.

The Invasion – Swingin’ at the Shell July 28, 2019

The Invasion Band gave a great performance at the Swingin’ at the Shell concert in Albion the last Sunday of July, 2019.

It was a pleasant evening with the sun shining, a cool breeze and brats on the grill. There was a good crowd, mostly sitting in the shaded areas near the bandshell at Victory Park. Although this was officially the second concert of the season, it felt like the season premiere.  There were apologies for the rainy concert the prior week where the valient Marshall Rotary Band came to perform for 20 minutes before being rained out.  Usually rainy day concerts go on at the large pavilion, close to the footbridge and the forks of the river.  But the bandshell was looking good with a fresh coat of paint and hopes were high that the weather would hold off on week one.  It did not.  But this week, Sunday July 28, 2019 was perfect.

The Invasion Band did not let us down.  We enjoyed wonderful music from the 1960’s British Invasion, a lot of the Beatles, but also the Rolling Stones and a few Yankee bands with the British sound including the Monkees.  There was a crowd of over 200 people in attendence. The band played a few extra songs beyond the scheduled closing, and a good time was had by all.

See a portfolio of the bands and concerts of the 16th Annual Swingin’ at the Shell concert series (and prior years) on this link:

Swingin’ at the Shell concerts 2019




Albion River of Time Mural (1 year in Albion)

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall are symbolized in this 56 foot long mural in downtown Albion, in the FirstMerit Bank drivethru.A 56-foot long mural downtown in the Huntington Bank drive-thru shows the four seasons of Albion in a river theme. Learn more about the creative process that involved Albion youth to help paint by clicking on the image above.

Albion’s “River of Time” Mural shows four seasons of Albion on a timeline that includes our brick streets, our river, and the Albion River Trail.


Learn about Albion-Centric events such as Cardboard Classic Sledding annual event, Walk for Warmth,

The water tower, the Coca-Cola Mural, and Albion’s Famous 17 Parks and Hub of Trails.


Swingin’ at the Shell, T-Ball, Festival of the Forks, all things that originated in Albion!


Most of these stories are all on the “River of Time” mural so you can tell your friends the story of Albion, once you learn the keys.

Victory Park Bandshell Concerts


Learn more about how this mural was created by visiting our old site:



Albion was founded at the Kalamazoo River “forks” near Reiger Park pond.

Did you know that Albion has more public parks per capita than any other U.S. city? Visit Albion parks for some healthy summer fun: try disc golf at Victory Park & hike the Albion River Trail.

July 3, enjoy music, a pig roast at the American Legion Hall, plus fireworks!

Learn more about Albion’s Cultural District and a tourism calendar at: AlbionMich.net

For more info, visit: www.AlbionMich.com/general -or- our new site that is mobile friendly at www.AlbionMich.NET/general

Cardboard Classic – see photo tours of one of the coldest events in recent years by visiting the link below.

Cardboard Classic – Original Albion Event

Nearing the end of the year for Albion’s Big Events is the Festival of the Forks.  Learn more about the Festival by clicking one of the images below.


Festival of the Forks 2018 – the Food

Albion Summer Downtown 2019

People are enjoying downtown Albion more than ever in 2019 with the completed brick streets and increased entertainment. We share a photo gallery below with some new videos on the way. We also share a request to those who want to help downtown, with a few minutes of their time, in the comfort of their own homes. Enjoy the photos, then come back to read the request from Albion’s Downtown Development Authority, below that.

Entertainment at Cascarelli’s, this Wednesday July 17, 2019  starting at 7 pm.Don’t miss Salt (Ryan Soekarmoen, ’18, drums) and Pepper (Ryan Powell, ’19, tenor sax) in their last performance before Pepper takes off to New York for grad school! The Ball Brothers (guitar, synth, and bass) complete the quartet.

Downtown Albion Wants Your Voice to be Heard

Attention Albionites! The community of Albion has an opportunity to assist the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) as it updates the city’s strategic plan for downtown. The DDA is a team of a dozen people with an interest in downtown, including those who live downtown and the mayor. The board members need to get feedback from the people of Albion, so the city can better plan the future of Albion’s main street and its offerings. Your feedback is needed to do the best job of planning future work in downtown Albion.

Please click this link to take a short survey about your experience downtown:

Because of Albion’s selection as a Rising Tide community by the State of Michigan, the City is working with the consulting firm Beckett & Raeder Inc. (BRI). The firm has worked within top Michigan locations such as Ann Arbor’s Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Blackman Park Expansion in Jackson, and Downtown Greenway in Petoskey. Feedback from Albion residents and those familiar with downtown will help BRI to plan what will work best here, as the community works to move forward after decades of hardship.

The Community Development Fellow for Rising Tide – Albion, Linda LaNoue, is excited that of the ten Rising Tide communities, “Albion has the most challenges but is continuing to excel, in my opinion, because of our diversity and experience overcoming obstacles.”

LaNoue went on to thank the people in Albion that she encounters as part of Project Rising Tide. She is also a resident of downtown and member of Albion’s Downtown Development Authority.
She said that although she has felt challenged by her work, Albion’s ability to “make space for all people, is one of a kind. Albion’s core assets include welcoming people of all sorts, such as foreign exchange students, people with different abilities, ages and languages. Albion has a cultural fluency not found elsewhere in a small town.”

LaNoue asked to thank everyone in Albion who participates in any cultural events, civic engagement, and volunteerism. She is glad there is a survey for people to share their insights and enhance future development.

Please send in your feedback by Friday, July 26, 2019, to contribute to the planning efforts in time for increased activity in the fall.

The Art of Resilience – by Calhoun County Students

The Art of Resilience exhibition was created by students from public schools in Calhoun County Michigan, who had an opportunity to work with adult artists trained by Starr Commonwealth, to create art that would share their hopes and dreams. Art brings us together.
Show opens at the Ludington Center on July 14, 2019, with a reception that same day from 2-4 p.m.  See more information below.

The Art of Resilience program is based on cultural enrichment modalities that are used in larger cities, or adapted from Native American cultures.

This special exhibit includes work from students who attend Battle Creek Public Schools, Lakeview Schools, and Marshall Public Schools.
Embracing Circle of Courage and Universal Needs modality, teaching artists worked with students to use art as an expression of how each individual relates to the concepts of belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity and celebrates their resiliency.

Learn more about the Circle of Courage:

In Native American and First Nations cultures, significance was nurtured in communities of belonging. Treating others as kin forges powerful social bonds that draw all into relationships of respect. In helping others, youth create their own proof of worthiness: they make a positive contribution to another human life.  From: https://starr.org/circle-of-courage/

Learn more about Universal Needs
1.Safety and Structure
2.Belonging and Membership
3.Self-‐Worth and Ability to
4.Self Awareness and Spirituality
5.Independence and Control Over One’s
6. A Close Lasting Relationship with at least One
7.Competence and Mastery
From:  http://www.nycjusticecorps.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Universal-Youth-Needs.pdf

The students created art that included boxes, shoes, books and strings. There were posters and poems.

Example of T-shirt Art from the Art of Resilience

This special show is touring Calhoun County the summer of 2019, under the direction of Starr Commonwealth. Thanks also for the support of the Battle Creek Community Foundation, Terra Nova Collective, and the Santo Maria Frank & John Zanetti Foundation.

Art of Resiliance Show Dates

Art Center of Battle Creek
265 E. Emmett Road
Battle Creek, MI
June 17 – June 29, 2017
Reception Thursday, June 27, 5 – 7 pm.

Ludington Center Albion
101 N. Superior Street, Albion MI
– July 14 – July 27, 2019
Reception Sunday July 14, 2019 2-4 pm
Event page on Facebook

Eastend Studio & Gallery
143 W. Michigan Ave.
Marshall, MI
August  1 – August 22, 2019
Reception Saturday, August 3, 2019  1-3 pm

Artist Books: Marshall High and Middle School
Shirts/Shoes: Battle Creek Central High School
and Northwestern Middle School
Stacked Boxes: Lakeview High and Middle School

Fête de la Musique – Albion – Index

There are opportunities for everyone to make music.

or listen to music, or see friends, eat, drink and be merry at the Fête de la Musique, on the Summer Solstice, June 21 Albion Michigan. Starts at 5 p.m.
In 2019, June 21 is Friday nite too! Free FUN for the Family!

Come to Albion on Friday, June 21, 2019, to enjoy and make music.  No need to sign up or make a reservation.  Learn more about this event by watching this video of Jim Stuart, who helped to relaunch the Fête in Albion.  See past Fête photos and videos in the index below.

Click the image above to see a gallery of photos of the 2018 Fête de la Musique Albion that happened during the Albion rebricking of Superior Street project.


More posts about Albion’s Fête de la Musique and Sue Marcos, who began the Albion Sister City love story.

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French Market Albion Michigan

The French Market in Albion will place on the third Saturday in June in 2019, at Stoffer Plaza.

The French Market (Marché Français) is an annual event in downtown Albion, Michigan, hosted by the Albion Sister City Committee and the Albion Farmer’s Market, featuring local vendors of produce, plants, food, handmade items, baked goods, books, antiques, and live music.

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.

Learn more about the French Market Albion by visiting their official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Albionfrenchmarket/

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 Juneteenth on the Saturday before Father’s Day.

This year, 2019, due to the rainy weather, Juneteenth will be held at Washington Gardner School, June 15, 2019, starting at noon.  Visit the official Facebook page for complete information about the 2019 Juneteenth event:


Look below for the history of Juneteenth and past photos of some attendees.

The tradition is to start 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).”