General Guide to Summer Outdoor Fun

 

The General Guide showcases cultural places and events along the I-94 corridor between Battle Creek and Jackson, including Albion, Marshall, and Homer.

The primary focus of the Guide is to build bridges between Albion and Marshall by sharing information that welcomes people into each community.

Since gasoline prices are a bit higher this year than they were a year ago, many families are opting out of larger vacations and going on day-trips along the I-94 corridor for fun and entertainment. The General Guide can help to figure out what places to go to on what day. The Guide is designed to be posted on a refrigerator showing the three months calendars and art of “Summer in the City” as the banner design.

Summer in the Cities banner for General Guide XXXII shows events in July, August, and September in Calhoun County Michigan. These include the Field of Flight and Balloon show in Battle Creek, the Battle Creek Bombers, Albion Recreation Department, Marshall Blues Fest, Kanoe the Kazoo, Calhoun County Fair in Marshall, Yard Sales, Cruise-ins, Swingin at the Shell, Back to School including Albion College with the Equestrian Center, Briton Eight, 5K runs, and Marshall Public Schools.

One of the most exciting recurring events this summer is the 15th anniversary season of “Swingin’ at the Shell,” the free concert series at the Victory Park bandshell on Sundays at 6 p.m. This ongoing event goes from mid-July through mid-September and features top local music bands that play original and cover songs.

Many people in Michigan know about the Mackinac Labor Day Bridge Walk, but the Albion Labor Day River Trail Walk over the Bridge is also gaining in popularity. This event starts in Victory Park at 10 a.m. on Labor Day and will be promoted more as the big day draws near. The walk is open for people with all levels of mobility.

Swingin’ Musical Artists Bios

See details about the musical artists chosen for the 2018 Swingin’ at the Shell free concert series.  Concerts are held from mid-July through mid-September at the beautiful Victory Park bandshell.  To see the bios of the artists, click here.

 

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

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.

Classic Matinees at the Bohm 2018

The Bohm Theatre in downtown Albion offers Classic Film Matinees at Classic prices on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.   Enjoy the movie for just $3, and add popcorn and a small drink for just $2 additional.  See the old movies and see your old friends.  Get out and enjoy Albion downtown with a classic matinee.


Classic Matinee Films for Saturdays in 2018 are:

APRIL – Audience Picks

Apr 13 – LUST FOR LIFE  (1956)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049456/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Apr 20 – CITIZEN KANE  (1941)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0033467/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Apr 27 – CASABLANCA   (1942)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034583/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 


MAY – Celebrate Pure Michigan

May 5 –  ANATOMY OF A MURDER (Marquette, MI)  – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052561/?ref_=nv_sr_1
May 11 – SOMEWHERE IN TIME (1980).  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081534/?ref_=nv_sr_1
May- 18 – ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0180679/?ref_=nv_sr_1
May – 25 – OUT OF SIGHT (1998)       http://www.im.com/title/tt0120780/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 


JUNE – Summer Vacay’s

June 1 –  DIRTY DANCING   (1987)    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0092890/?ref_=nv_sr_1
June 8 –  National Lampoon’s VACATION (1983)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085995/?ref_=nv_sr_2
June 15 – BACK TO THE FUTURE  (1985)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088763/?ref_=nv_sr_1
June 22 – MEATBALLS  (1979)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079540/?ref_=nv_sr_3
June 29 – AMERICAN GRAFFITI   (1973)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069704/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 


JULY –  Spotlight on Ron Howard

July 6 – PARENTHOOD (1989)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0098067/?ref_=nv_sr_2
July 20 – Christmas in July – (Vincent’s)  HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (2000)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0170016/?ref_=nv_sr_3
July 27 – ?BEATLES: THE TOURING YEARS (2016)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2531318/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 


AUGUST –  Spotlight on Stephen Spielberg

Aug 10 – RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK  (1981)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082971/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Aug 17 – CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075860/?ref_=nv_sr_2
Aug 24 – THE COLOR PURPLE (1985)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088939/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Aug 31 –  JURASSIC PARK  (1993)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107290/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_24

 


SEPTEMBER – Audience Requests

Sept 7 – THE WIZARD OF OZ.  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032138/?ref_=nv_sr_2
Sept 14 – NETWORK  (1977)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0074958/?ref_=nv_sr_2

 


OCTOBER – Universal Monsters

Saturday, Oct. 6 – BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN  (1935)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0026138/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Saturday, Oct. 13 – DRACULA  (1931)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021814/?ref_=nv_sr_6
Saturday, Oct. 20 – THE MUMMY  (1932)      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023245/?ref_=nv_sr_5
Saturday, Oct. 27 – CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON   (1954)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046876/?ref_=nv_sr_2

 

Wed. Oct. 31  – ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW     11:00 PM

NOVEMBER – French Film /Sister City Celebration

Fri/Sat 2 & 3
Fri/Sat 9 & 10

 

Fri/Sat 16 & 17
SISTER ACT II: BACK IN THE HABIT  (1993)    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108147/?ref_=nv_sr_1

 


DECEMBER – Holiday Classics  Sponsored by Vincent and Vreeland

Fri/Sat Nov 23 & 24 – National Lampoon CHRISTMAS VACATION   (1989)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097958/
Fri/Sat Nov 30 & Dec 1 – ELF  (2003)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0319343/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Fri/Sat Dec 7 & 8 – HOME ALONE   (1990)   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099785/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Fri/Sat Dec 14 & 15 – IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE   (1946)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038650/?ref_=nv_sr_2
Fri/Sat Dec 21 & 22 – A CHRISTMAS STORY  or   WHITE CHRISTMAS   (1954)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047673/?ref_=nv_sr_2
Monday, Dec. 24 – WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954)  ??
Fri/Sat Dec 28 & 29 – WHEN HARRY MET SALLY or A CHRISTMAS STORY??

 

Tickets $3.00 and $2.00 for small drink and small popcorn combo

This is not the official listing for the Bohm Theatre.

The Bohm Theatre in Albion offers first run movies in the evenings and classic film matinees on Friday mornings.

January 2017 offers a special series of Classic Film Matinees named “Politics as Usual.”

To see the official page of the Classic Film Matinees at the Bohm, visit this page:
http://bohmtheatre.org/classic-film-matinees/

Call the MOVIE HOTLINE: 517-343-2116

Visit the official Bohm Theatre website.


Classics at the Bohm Theatre Whether it’s a classic play by Shakespeare, a classic epic by Homer, a classic painting by Da Vinci, or a piece of music by Tchaikovsky, we appreciate classic works because they are the foundation of what it is to be civilized.

This is equally true of classic films.

  • The Wizard of Oz,
  • Gone With The Wind,
  • Casablanca,
  • West Side Story,
  • All About Eve,
  • Lawrence of Arabia,
  • True Grit,
  • 2001,
  • White Christmas
  • Jaws
  • the list is long and growing.

These works are the expressions of talented human beings and their personal experiences – and when such works reach an apex of artistry, they transcend time – they become “classic.”

A classic work is not old – it is timeless. Classic films are just as relevant today because any form of human expression that is excellent is relevant.

In the 100 plus years of motion pictures, some films have transcended their mere entertainment and have engaged tough social concerns, influenced society and have swayed public opinions. Movies can capture your imagination and educate you about issues you might not know much about. Cinema is a very powerful medium.

It can be entertaining, but it also has the power to create awareness and education among people about socio-economic issues, and contribute to changes in society.

The Classic Series at the Bohm is full of unforgettable experiences, memories and timeless stories to share:

• Over 150 classic films from the 1930’s through the 1980’s shown on the Big Screen (largest screen in Calhoun County). • Increased attendance by 43% and have welcomed patrons from Lansing, Battle Creek and the Jackson area.

• Keeping prices reduced to be affordable to all, including our senior population.

• Celebrating Black History, Women’s History and reflecting on our past to help us better understand our future.

Take the time to enjoy a classic movie at the beautiful historic Bohm Theatre. You will be communing and relaxing with your neighbors and some of the greatest artists of cinema, and you’ll be creating your own classic memories.

For more information, visit www.bohmtheatre.org or call 517-343-2116

Superior Street, Albion, January 2018

January, 2018.  This view from New Year’s Day of  downtown Albion features the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel that will be opening soon.  This design, by Maggie LaNoue, was created in commemoration of the 40 year anniversary of the Blizzard of 1978.  An iconic photograph of that blizzard, that was in the Albion Recorder that year, was the inspiration for a Christmas card design that was offered at the Storyteller Bookstore.

 

 

Forty years later, the same basic view in 2018 includes the new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, a renovated Bohm Theatre, and Kids ‘N’ Stuff, a Childrens’ Museum.

See more information about the Blizzard of ’78 including a color view of the old scene, and Wikipedia information about the magnitude of the storm.