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.

 

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

If this millage passes – how will it affect the taxes on a $50,000 home?  Keep reading at the bottom to find out!


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.

As per the Deputy/Clerk-Treasurer of Albion:

“If a home has a market value of $50,000 that would mean a taxable value of one half that, or $25,000. The proposed new recreation millage would be $25,000 / 1,000 = 25, times the proposed new 2 mills = $50 per year. However, please remember, there is an existing 1.5 mills levied for recreation, so the actual proposed increase would only be on the extra half a Mill (going from 1.5 to 2.0 Mills).

An older debt service millage has expired this year. On this same $50,000 home, the 2018 tax bill would decrease by $25 per year just due to this 1 Mill expiring. In addition, the flat $50 per property Sidewalk Assessment ended this year as well – this would result in an additional $50 per year savings for this same $50,000 home.  So in summary, if all of these changes happened on the same year, like this year for example, it would look like this:

Proposed new half a Mill increase in the Recreational Millage = a $12.50 increase per year above the current 1.5 Mills currently charged on a home with a market value of $50,000;

Reduction  from the expired 1 Mill Debt Service Millage – a decrease in $25 per year on a home with a market value of $50,000;

Reduction from the flat $50 parcel Sidewalk Assessment Program – a decrease of $50 per year on every real parcel in town, regardless of value;

The NET change would be a DECREASE of $62.50 per year on a home with a taxable value of $25,000 and/or a market value of $50,000.”

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.