Courtyard by Marriott, Albion opening date information

Thanks to the Courtyard by Marriott, Albion hotel for sponsoring General Guide XXIX.  People are curious as to the opening date.

Jan. 31, 2018  “At this time, we our looking to open towards the end of February. We can’t give a definite date at this time, but we can tell you that we are able to sell rooms for dates of March 9 and beyond.

You can make reservations by calling the reservations hotline, 1 (888) 236-2427, or by going to”

Visit the CourtyardAlbion facebook page for more information!

General Guide – Issue XXIX – February 2018 – Black History

The first ever February-only General Guide was delivered the weekend of January 27, 2018 to homes in Albion and Marshall Michigan.   The Guides are also available at participating businesses. The Black History Edition of the General Guide features information about this special month and Michigan’s role as a destination along the Underground Railroad.

This issue features custom art by Maggie LaNoue of downtown Albion and Marshall on New Year’s Day, when there was a good amount of snow and few cars. The scene of Albion highlights the new hotel, which will be opening soon. The Courtyard by Marriott hotel is the sponsor of this special issue of the General Guide featuring many reasons to come and visit Albion, and nearby.

A correction is shown above, about the Classic Films at the Bohm Theatre.  They now will be shown at 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays, and have become a popular morning pastime. Also the Cardboard Classic is now scheduled for Feb 10, where there will be plenty of snow.  Other new events listed include a Credit Management Workshop on Feb 13, 1pm  at the Charles Snyder building, and also on Feb 22 at 5:30 pm at  Albion District Library.  There is a new event listed “Making Democracy Work” on Feb 11 at Lewis Chapel at 5pm.  We also have made changes to the participating businesses on the back of the Guide below.  See more about all of the sponsors of the Guide over the past year by clicking here.

Also featured in art in this custom Guide is the Sojourner Truth statue at the entrance to Battle Creek. Sojourner Truth was a pioneer of civil rights and womens’ rights. Her courageous and heroic life ended in Battle Creek.

The first weekend of February includes the always fun Cardboard Classic at Albion’s Victory Park and Marshall’s Ice Wine and Blues. There are at least seven local live music events in February, and a special Soul Food free lecture with catered food taking place in Battle Creek on Sunday, February 11.

Other local February events include Albion’s “Men Who Cook,” which is possibly the biggest event bringing together the community of Albion around food, fellowship, and fun on Sunday, February 18. The event will again be taking place at First Baptist Church in Albion. Look for photos and a map online at, as well as links to more official information about each event.

The Walk for Warmth, a state-wide event that originated in Albion will happen in both Albion and Battle Creek on Saturday the 24th. The First Annual Black History Month Music Celebration will take place on Monday the 26th at the Bohm Theatre. February is a great month to venture out to see friends and neighbors, while learning about our region’s cultural heritage. It is also important that we honor those who took risks to gain their freedom and help others to be free.

There is an online version of the community events calendar at with links to more official information about these topics, past issues of the General Guide, photos of progress in Albion and Marshall, and Farmer’s Almanac news. Please support the participating businesses listed on the Guide who make the free publication possible.

New Bricks and Aerial View of New Hotel, Nov. 6, 2017

Check out downtown Albion’s new brick street and new displays of local artists showcased in many front windows. Also, be on the lookout for more stores “popping up” like the Green Scene next door to Stirling Books & Brew, open from November 15th through the holiday season.

Downtown Albion has a new look with the Courtyard by Marriott hotel that is taking shape.  Here we can see the bike lanes, the wider sidewalks, and Kids ‘N’ Stuff.  In the distance we see Cascarelli’s, the water tower, Ludington Center, the Coca Cola mural, and the Bohm Theatre.

Festival of the Forks 2017

This year the Festival was not on the brick Superior Street, but in true Albion style we adapted to the situation and made it work.  These aerial photos show a different perspective of where most of the activities were.

Albion Momentum

Issue XXVI of the General Guide is sponsored by Albion College, which is continuing to invest in the community of Albion. Some exciting markers of momentum from Albion College and it’s alumni include:

  • The renovation of 101 N. Superior Street into the Ludington Center
  • New Courtyard by Marriott Hotel nearing completion across from the Bohm Theatre
  • Peabody Project – renovating the corner of Superior and Erie St., the Peabody will include two commercial spaces and four apartments
  • Revitalization of the Cass St. corridor between the college and downtown, made possible with the Harrington Project
  • Albion Malleable Brewing Company, at 420 S. Superior St. will start off with a small kitchen, selling the beers it brews; but they are already looking towards a future wine license to make ciders (Source:

Be on the lookout for more stores “popping up” downtown, like the Green Scene next door to Stirling Books & Brew, which opened on November 15 and will be there until after the holidays.

Superior Street Albion MI – short clip – curb appeal July 21, 2017

Short clip – The new shape of Superior Street Albion Michigan begins to appear with more room for bicycle paths through town.  The rebricking process involved installing new water mains, and major digging.  Meanwhile, the brick facade of the new Courtyard by Marriott hotel is moving along.  Work on Superior Street is expected to be complete for Albion College Homecoming in October 2017 if not sooner, possibly in September.

Superior Street Progress May 3, 2017

Downtown Albion is continuing major renovations with the rebricking of Superior Street. There have been some setbacks, such as hitting of water mains, and a delay of Stirling Books opening.
The progress continues nevertheless.
Come downtown for food, (use the back doors), Music, Movies and More.
Live Music by River Jazz Band on Wednesdays May 3, 17 and 31 at Cascarelli’s. See the calendar for more.
Get a cup of tea, or another beverage, and sit back to watch this exciting 8-minute video below of the workers at work on the street.  Video credit to Kent Davis.

Superior Street Albion Michigan April 2017

First click the arrow above, and then, for the best effect, please click the lower right symbol on the video panel to make the video full screen. Wait a few seconds for the tour to begin.
This video was captured on Sunday, April 23, 2017 by aerial videographer Kent Davis. Superior Street in Albion Michigan had been rebricked last in 1993, and due to heavy traffic, was in serious need of repair.

Other activities in downtown during this time period include a new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel being built right in the center of town. The Bohm Theatre has been recently renovated as a destination movie palace and next door Bohm II has been created and opened. At the corner of Cass St. and Superior St., the Ludington Center opened in January 2017 as a meeting place for Albion College and community events, as well as Michigan Works! and AmeriCorps VISTA office space.

Further toward the end of this video, a building on the corner of Superior Street and Erie Street (on the right) will be restored as the Peabody Project, an office and apartment multi-use structure. Also, toward the end, across from Homestead Savings Bank, is the future home of the Malleable Brewing Company. Many of these projects are posted elsewhere on this site, and more posts are coming.

Calm before another storm

This lovely moment in time in Albion Michigan was short lived.  The day after this photo was taken, the brick street was torn up, the trees chopped down.  We’ll have photos of that soon.  Never fear, it is all part of the master plan.  Albion is being rebuilt, and we will track along with some commentary and new information along the way.  We’ll be posting a new General Guide soon also, that will be a little different too.  Thank you for stopping by.

Progress for March 2017 in downtown Albion

Albion Michigan has a few new things happening lately.  A quote from the lively group on the NextDoor Albion site: “..we are so pleased with the large steps forward that we are seeing, a new hotel, a craft beer business, the Bohm II expansion, the Ludington Center, the new Dialysis center, the renovation of the Lautenslager building, the expansion of industrial businesses in the area. We are so blessed and need to support each other and work together. Let’s all strive to get along and make Albion the best it can be!”