Walk for Warmth 2018 – Albion, MI

Albionites have invented quite a few different traditions and events.  One of them is Walk for Warmth, where volunteers get pledges to raise money for local residents struggling to pay the cost of heating their home.

On Saturday, February 24th, 2018, the home of Walk for Warmth celebrated the 33rd annual fundraising event for Community Action. Each year, Community Action of South Central Michigan raises money to help keep the heat on for families, the elderly, and people with disabilities in Barry, Branch, Calhoun, and St. Joseph counties.

Pictured below are the participants of Albion’s 2018 Walk for Warmth, outside of the First United Methodist Church on Michigan Avenue.

Walk for Warmth 2018 – Tenant Hall – Albion, MI

In Albion during February 1983, Pastor Tim Kurtz, then Community Action Coordinator, held a 24-hour walk to raise funds and awareness of the need for heating assistance. “Helping the Poor in 24” was his motto. Pastor Kurtz’s dedication to supporting the most vulnerable in a critical way has made a tremendous impact.

Over the years, the event has grown to provide household utility relief across the nation, ranging from Lexington, KY to Willimantic, CT.   The funds generated through this event provide assistance in the form of deliverable fuel, metered gas or electric.

2018 Walkers Begin Their Trek

In 2017, 19 families and 57 family members from the Albion, Marshall, and Homer region were helped from the funds raised during Walk for Warmth that year. 52% of the households assisted last year had children and 31% had seniors. The average assistance provided by Community Action was $275.84.

For more information and to support the cause, please visit Community Action’s website: https://www.caascm.org/menus/walk-for-warmth.html

Men Who Cook

Men Who Cook is an annual event in Albion Michigan to benefit the Citizens to Beautify Albion.  It usually takes place on the third weekend of February.

It takes place Sunday,  February 18, 2018, 12:30 PM – 2 PM at First Baptist Church in Albion, see the map at right sidebar.

“Cook, Eat and make Albion Beautiful.”
The 32nd annual Men Who Cook event is hosted by Citizens to Beautify Albion (CBA) and raises money for planting flowers along Business Loop I-94 and Austin Ave. Tickets are $7 for Adults and $3 for children under 10, they are on sale now and can be found at the following locations, Parks Drug Store, Homestead Savings Bank, and CBA members.
Cash or checks accepted, checks should be made out to Citizens to Beautify Albion. Any donations are always appreciated.

We are currently looking for volunteers or men interested in cooking. Updates will be posted frequently to the event page.

Thank you for everyone who supports and helps Citizens to Beautify Albion, we look forward to seeing everyone enjoying food on Sunday, Feb. 18th, 2018!
See the official Facebook page for the 2018 event.

Citizens to Beautify Albion is a grassroots organization founded by Richard and Elverta Weatherford in 1985, dedicated to beautifying Albion by planting flowers along the entrances and business loop of Albion. This is accomplished by raising funds with the annual Men Who Cook fundraiser and having community volunteers plant and maintain the flowers during the summer season. The Weatherford Garden is also maintained along with permanent flower planters in the downtown business district.

Citizens to Beautify Albion is looking for volunteers to help plant flowers, and to keep the roadside gardens weeded and watered during the growing season.

Citizens to Beautify Albion is a non profit organization and appreciates your donations of money and time so that we can keep Albion beautiful.

Click one of the links below for more information:

The Contestants – Cardboard Classic 2018

The contestants from the Cardboard Classic 2018 ranged from families including two-year olds to adults who were as happy as youngsters to have a successful race.


The Grand Prize for the design category went to the Glass Slipper Sled.
Click here to see a very fun one minute video of the most exciting race.


Most exciting video from the Cardboard Classic 2018

 

 

Most exciting video from the Cardboard Classic 2018 – click the image to see it

Cardboard Classic 2018 – Original Albion Event

The Cardboard Classic Sled Race  began in Albion Michigan in 1990 and was created by the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce.  The event was originally sponsored by World Corrugated.
In 2018, the race was held the day after a Winter Emergency, and there was 10 inches of fresh powder snow, and brisk 18 degree temperatures.
This photo/video essay is divided into four sections:

The Location
The Racers and their Sleds
The Crowd and Dignitaries Viewing the Race
The Races

 

The Location:  Victory Park in Albion


The Contestants


The Crowd and the Local Dignitaries Viewing the Race

Click here to see more info


The Races

The Bunny Hill


Under 14 Category


Super Customized Over 14 Category

 

See the Cardboard Classic from its first time being on the web in 2003

http://www.albionmich.com/cardboard/mainpage.htm

No other Cardboard Classic was posted before this time

The Crowd at Cardboard Classic 2018

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Local dignitaries at Albion’s Cardboard Classic – an annual event that takes place at the sledding hill in Victory Park. The event was started by the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce in 1990, and has taken place most years since that time.

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Local dignitaries at Albion’s Cardboard Classic

From the left – back row: Matthew Saxton,  Calhoun County Sherriff, Gary Thompkins, Calhoun County Commissioner, Andrew French, City Council, Mayor Garrett Brown; Front row – City Council: Lenn Reid and Marcola Lawler, City Manager’s office: Stacey Levin, Sheryl Mitchell.

 



Click the image below to see a very fun one minute video of the most exciting race.

Most exciting video from the Cardboard Classic 2018 – click the image to see it

 


Warming Stations for the Cardboard Classic

See more about the Cardboard classic including a gallery of the contestants by clicking the image above.
 

Cardboard Classic 2018 – most exciting video

The Super Customized Over 14 Category was perhaps the most exciting minute of the entire Albion Cardboard Classic event.

Click the full screen button on the bottom right of the video above for the best effect, after you hit the play button.

See more information about Albion’s Cardboard Classic by clicking here.

More about the location, the contestants, the crowd and other videos also!

The Cardboard Classic Sled Race  began in Albion Michigan in 1990 and was created by the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce.  The event was originally sponsored by World Corrugated.
In 2018, the race was held the day after a Winter Emergency, and there was 10 inches of fresh powder snow, and brisk 18 degree temperatures.


Preview of the Cardboard Contestants 2018 page below.

Sledding Hill – Home of the Cardboard Classic

The Sledding Hill in Victory Park Albion is already a destination for those who love to race on a snowy hill, but once a year it is the host to hundreds of people for the Cardboard Classic Sledding Race. In 2018 the date is Saturday February 9. The date was carefully chosen to coincide with the winter storm that arrived earlier in the week and just ended the day of the race for the a foot of the finest powder for the sport.

 Learn more about the Cardboard Classic on their facebook event page here:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/AlbionCardboardClassic/events/?ref=page_internal

The sledding hill in Victory Park Albion is a popular destination in the area. There are straw bales on either side, and a light at night so sledders can enjoy the lovely trees and view in Victory Park.

The sledding hill is home to the Cardboard Classic Annual Sledding contest, with prizes for the fastest, and most uniquely designed sleds made of Corrugated Cardboard.  The event usually happens in January or February, weather allowing.

This view of the sledding hill is part of a 56-foot long mural in the drive thru of First Merit bank in downtown Albion.  The mural is called the Albion River of Time because it shows a linear scene depicting things happening in all four seasons in Albion, along with the river, brick streets,  river trail, and parks.

Learn more about the mural at this link: http://www.albionmich.com/mural/

Map to Victory Park – closest parking to the sledding hill is on Haven Road near Veterans Way.

 

See below for examples of cardboard sleds at the Albion sledding event.

Courtyard by Marriott, Albion opening date information

See a tour of the downtown Albion hotel here:

Courtyard by Marriott – Albion – Tour – April 2018

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 www.marriott.com/jxnab.”

Visit the CourtyardAlbion facebook page for more information!

Why is February called Black History Month?

Why was February Chosen to be called Black History Month?

Two famous abolitionists and social reformers were born during the month of February.   The precursor to Black History Month was created in 1926 in the United States, when historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History announced the second week of February to be “Negro History Week”.  This week was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14, both of which dates black communities had celebrated together since the late 19th century.   The abolitionists are President Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, both born during the second of week of February, which led Woodson to designate it as a time of celebration and remembrance.

Carter Woodson, historian and educator, Father of Black History

In honor of their lives, historian Carter Woodson began the first formal celebration of “Negro History Week” in February 1926. Woodson was an educator, author, avid researcher and advocate for proliferating the breadth of Black history. 

In 1970, activists at Kent State University Black History Month and President Gerald Ford formally recognized it six years later during the United States Bicentennial celebration.

Woodson coordinated a national theme for the celebration each year. The theme for celebrating Black History Month in 2018 is “African Americans in Times of War.” Highlighting the centennial of the end of the first world war in 1918, this topic looks at the contradictions faced by African Americans who gave their lives for the safety and freedom of their country. While enlisting could offer opportunities for advancement, many African Americans returned home to Jim Crow segregation, violence, and exclusion.

Woodson’s devotion to historical research created an immense legacy, with publications and organizations he began still operating to support education regarding those throughout the African diaspora and their many achievements. More information about the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, founded by Woodson in 1915 can be found here.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_History_Month

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carter_G._Woodson 

 

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.