Brewery Open House Spring 2018

Albion Malleable Brewing Co. was one of the businesses in the 400 block of S. Superior Street to open its doors for the open house on April 17, 2018.  Community members enjoyed getting a preview of the new developments coming to downtown Albion.

 

Art of Seasonal Gardening

 

It is a time we dream of summer, and sometimes feel a hint of it in the wind.  We plan our growing season, gather our seeds and prepare the soil.   The season of Spring is upon us, and extends through the Summer Solstice on June 21.  The art of seasonal gardening was created for General Guide XXXI. It shows a timeline of the growing season.  In the distance there is also a visual road map of the connected communities between Battle Creek and Jackson, connected by I-94 highway, and in other ways as well.

Each community has a symbol.

  • The Michigan Central Railroad Depot (Clara’s Restaurant) for Battle Creek.
  • The Heatherbrook Farm mural  just west of Marshall. near Marshall, Michigan at M115 highway was once a part of Stuart Farms.
  • Brooks Fountain in Marshall, that is the location for several annual events.

We’ll post more about each of these community landmarks later, and also more about the gardening clubs and projects in each community.


Note from Albion enews.  (Sign up for Albion Enews here!)
SIGN UP FOR THE ALBION COMMUNITY GARDENS NOW

Albion Community Gardens will hold sign-up sessions for 2018 garden plots on Friday, April 6 (5:30-7PM), Saturday, April 7 (10am-2pmFriday, April 20 (5:30-7pm), and Saturday April 21 (10am-2pm).

Garden plots are available at three sites: Pearl and center (SW corner) Albion and Erie (NE corner) and Vision of Life (1009 N. Jefferson)

You should go to the site most convenient for you to sign up. In case of rain, the sign ups will take place at St. James Episcopal Church, 119 W. Erie St., Albion.

Plots, seeds, and plants are free if you volunteer 20 hours per year with the Community Gardens or a comparable community organization.

There are tools that you can use at each site as well as gardening information.

Sign up will be at St. James Episcopal Church, 119 W. Erie St., Albion on April 6 if there is inclement whether, as well as at the Albion Winter Farmers Market Saturday.

If you have already signed up for a plot, a member of Albion Community Gardens will be in touch with you by April 6.
For more information, contact Trisha Franzen at 517 629-5618.

Albion College Graduation

Albion College Graduation Memories Scrapbook

2018

Note from Albion enews.  (Sign up for Albion Enews here!)

Physician/Developer Shaheen to address Class of 2018 at Albion Commencement

PHYSICIAN/DEVELOPER SHAHEEN TO ADDRESS CLASS OF 2018 AT ALBION COMMENCEMENT

Several local community champions and College boosters, including trustee Sam Shaheen, ’88, will be on hand as Albion College celebrates its 2018 Commencement Saturday, May 5, at 1 p.m. in the College Quadrangle.

Physician and entrepreneur Sam Shaheen, ’88, will deliver the Commencement address and receive an honorary doctorate. Currently serving as executive director of Medical Education Partners and professor of surgery at the College of Medicine at Central Michigan University, Shaheen is also president and CEO of Shaheen Development, which initiated the development and construction of Albion’s newly-opened Courtyard Marriott. A member of Albion College’s board of trustees since 2011, Shaheen is also a founding member of the Albion Reinvestment Corporation.

Albion will also award honorary doctorates to history professor Wes Dick and his wife, historian Leslie Dick, and civic leaders Bill AND Karen Knudson Dobbins, both 1974 graduates of Albion College. A Briton Medallion will be given to Bruce and Peggy Sale Kresge, ’53.

Albion’s Commencement is free and open to the public, except in the case of inclement weather, when tickets will be required. For more information, see www.albion.edu/commencement, or contact the Campus Events office at 517/629-0242.

 


2017

A lovely day for Albion College graduation in 2017.

Students excited to be moving into a new chapter of their lives.


2016

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Albion College Commencement ceremony took place Saturday May 7, 2016 on the Quad in front of Kresge Gymnasium. This photo shows how the time before the graduation ceremony has looked in years past, with the seniors ready to line up for the big event. The students in the class of 2016 have seen quite a lot happen in Albion in their time here.

Just to name a few of the things that this class can remember and talk about –

  • The appointment of Dr. Mauri Ditzler as President of Albion College in 2013, and the President’s home on Michigan Avenue refurbished for his arrival in 2014.
  • A line storm that was likened to a tornado with thousands of trees destroyed in Albion Sept. 11 2013,
  • Watching changes in the City of Albion with the public schools struggling, and eventually emerging with the choice to be annexed with Marshall Public Schools, beginning the summer of 2016.
  • Demolition of a city block in downtown Albion with the announcement that a new hotel, a Courtyard Marriott will be built in downtown, with ground breaking coming next week.

This graduating class studied hard, had a little fun, networked, traveled, and did what it took to get a sheepskin from Albion College. They will join fellow Briton Alumni with their fond memories of their time here, their degree and framable diploma, their friends and associates, and something more. They gained knowledge, but they learned how to learn and to enjoy the continuing quest for wisdom that will help to make the world a better place.

Congratulations to the Albion College class of 2016.

Thank you for all that you have done, and for choosing Albion.

 See the 2016 gradation ceremony slideshow.

Courtyard by Marriott – Albion – Tour – April 2018

The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Albion Michigan opened in March 2018.
The 75-room hotel is located at 200 S. Superior Street and managed by the Veridea Group from Marquette, Michigan.  Courtyard Albion offers convenient lodging for visitors to Albion and nearby, whether they are coming to enjoy Blues at the Bohm, Albion College events, the Albion Malleable Brewing Company, to take the classic Purple Gang Tour and visit to Cascarelli’s, or as an option for visitors to the Equestrian Center or Michigan International Speedway.


Take a tour of the Courtyard by Marriott Albion hotel and then come to see it in person.  Learn more about Albion by visiting the other links on this site.

The new state-of-the-art lobby at Courtyard Albion provides greater flexibility and choices for our guests. At the center of it all is The Bistro, your destination for a great breakfast or drinks and dinner during the evening. You will also enjoy inviting, flexible spaces where you can work or relax, free Wi-Fi throughout and easy access to the latest news, weather and airport conditions via our GoBoard technology. Plus, our well-equipped fitness center and indoor pool will help you stay refreshed and energized. Our friendly staff will point you in the direction of local events and attractions that are fun for the family and business traveler alike. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, your stay at Courtyard is sure to be more comfortable, more productive and more enjoyable than ever before!

Source:  link below

Visit the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel Albion website.

Visit the Courtyard by Marriott Albion Facebook page.

Local News Feeds

Local news feeds for Albion News, Mid Michigan News, Local Entertainment News, and more are now available in the navigation menu above. See posts from today from many local sources.


Click on one of the titles below to get to the local news feed, or use the menu above.  Bookmark this page for fast access to local news posts.

The Local News feeds are as follows:

  • Albion Michigan News -Includes Albion Public Safety, City of Albion, Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce, Albion College, Albion College student newspaper, and AdVisor.
  • Albion Arts News – Includes Albion Arts group, Eastend Studio and Gallery, Schuler Arts, Albion College ARt Galleries, Ken Shenstone, Ann Beyer.
  • Entertainment Local News – Includes Blues at the Bohm, Friends of the Bohm, Dickerson Music Co., Albion College Music Department, Swingin’ at the Shell, River Jazz Band, River Jazz Band, and more.
  • Healthy News – The Farmer’s Market, Albion Recreation Department, Albion District Library, Drug Free Albion, Substance Abuse Prevention Services, and Holland Park Transformation Project.
  • Marshall Schools News – Marshall High School, Marshall Middle School, Marshall Public Schools Board of Education, Marshall Redhawk Athletics, Marshall High School Auditorium for Performing Arts, Marshall PTA.
  • National News – CNN, Wall Street Journal, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News, Washington Post, New York Times, LA Times, The Week.
  • Mid Michigan TV News Streams – Newschannel 3 WWMT W Mich, WZZM 13 Grand Rapids, WILX News 10, FOX 47 News – WSYM, WOOD TV8, JTV

View of Albion Malleable Brewing Company on Superior Street Albion

See a newer post of the open house of the brewery here:

Brewery Open House Spring 2018


Downtown Albion is continuing to change as this photo dated 2/27/18 showing three new projects shows.  This view of the 400 block of South Superior Street shows Albion Malleable Brewing Company building on the left.  The reconstruction on the building is still underway with the opening later in the spring.  At the end of the same block on the left is the Peabody Building which is also being renovated.  There will be a bakery next door.

Further down is Parks Drug Store, and the next block shows the new Courtyard by Marriott Hotel that will be opening in March.  We’ll post some photos of the inside soon.  There is a golden building in the next block which is Cascarelli’s of Albion, just under the water tower.  There is also some talk of the Albion Water Tower being repainted in the near future.  The new brick streets look good from this altitude, but have not held up well under the wet weather of this past winter.  There was an article written about the brick project in the Albion College student newspaper, The Pleiad that you can access here.

Broken Brick Road

Opening day is coming soon for the Albion Malleable Brewing company.  See them on Facebook by clicking here

Setting up your Organizations Calendar to Share

 

Your organization has events to share with Albion.  What is the best way to do this?  Resources for writing a press release and local media sources are listed here:

In The News

To set up a calendar that can be synced with the calendar on the General Guide, follow these tips:

  1. Use Google Calendars – they are the most universal and can easily be merged with calendars in personal devices.
  2. Set up repeating events.  An annual event often has a repeating pattern such as the Saturday before Father’s Day, or the 3rd full weekend of September.  Using those patterns, the event can be set to repeat using Google calendars features.  This makes the task of updates much simpler.
  3. Set up a central web page for each event.  Annual events with guest speakers often have a theme, and a namesake.  The central page for this event can link out to past years speakers and historical information. This page becomes the headquarters for the event.  From here, link to the Facebook page for the overall event, it is another central headquarters. That page will allow for yearly event posts and things will stay organized.
  4. From the organization’s Google calendar – set up boilerplate text and link to these central pages for each event.  Use the repeating pattern to get them to post automatically, but include a disclaimer to click thru for the most up to date information.  To create a link in the Google calendar, use the link button in the ribbon above the event information. With a little practice the standardized calendars using these universal tips can be synced together.
  5. To share the link to your organizations calendar, click here to contact this page: http://albionmich.net/business_listing_info/  Also consider supporting the work on this page so we are able to share more about what makes Albion a great place to Live, Work and Play.

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

Earth Day in Albion Michigan, Walter Cronkite

It was 48 years ago, another time, but not another place.

The year was 1970, and Albion,  Michigan is recognized on CBS News, national tv by our old-time favorite broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite, for its efforts to work towards a more sustainable future.

The story tells of Albion’s population being 14,000 and taking a claim to be “Manufacturing Town USA.” Albion’s population is now 8,534, and we think of ourselves more of a college town now, since much has changed.

 

We didn’t get Earth Day into the General Guide XXXI, but we’ll post more environment information here as we go along.

 

Mother’s Day History

May 2017- General Guide, along with the Recorder Newspaper – will be honoring the Oldest Mother who raised her children in Albion during Albion Week – the week after Mother’s Day. We would like more names of any mother who was born before 1927 who raised her children here. We will be writing some of their story, as the family would like to share with us. There is a form here to submit to the Recorder for this special feature. There will be some prizes and special recognition for this mother. We hope to have this an annual event, and to get the story of Albion’s involvement with Mother’s Day out to a wider region also.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FORM OR LOOK IN THE RECORDER – DURING EARLY MAY –


juliette_flat_oval_002Albion’s Mother’s Day Founder, Juliette Calhoun Blakeley is described on a historical marker behind the library.  Few people know that Juliette was also very involved in the underground railroad. Her home was one of the Underground Railroad Stations.

From Frank Passic’s history:

“The original Blakeley home stood on the southeast corner of W. Cass and S. Clinton Sts., the present site of a city parking lot across from the fire station. Mrs. Blakeley allowed her house to serve as one of the local hiding stations for the so-called “Underground Railroad” which transported fugitive slaves to safety in Canada. The entire Blakeley family was involved in the operation out of their home. The family would hide the fugitives in the bottom of their wagon under bags of grain, or covered with ears of corn, and transport them along the predetermined route.

Julia’s son Charles Blakeley (1852-1935) often served as the driver. On one particular mission when he was accompanied by his father, Charles was held up by slave catchers who, in their search for fugitives, poked long sharp sticks through a visible bottom coop-type area covered by grain sacks, located under the wagon. They found no one however, because the slaves were hidden higher up under the main portion of the wagon. The artificial coop had been purposely placed there to distract the slave catchers.”

Used with permission – source: http://www.albionmich.com/history/histor_notebook/030511b.shtml

A group of Michigan Historians is tracing more of the fascinating ethnic history of this region and we hope to publish some of their findings as this site grows.