Albion River Trail

The annual walk takes place on Labor Day 2018, at 10 a.m.  Meet in Victory Park near the River Trail sign.  This walk is handicap access friendly.  Dogs on leashes are also invited, but please bring a cleanup bag.  There are options to park and carpool at the far end of the walk by Harris Field.  Meet there at about 9:40 a.m. and carpool back to the starting point.  People often share rides back to make it easier for everyone to participate.

If it’s raining bring an umbrella.  We’ll walk unless there is a weather warning.  We’ll have bottles of water for walkers.  There will be bathrooms open at the parks along the way.

See the 2018 Labor Day River Walk event on Facebook to see who is interested or planning to attend by clicking here

See a map of the walk including points of interest along the way:
http://albionmich.net/map/

See information about History Hill at Holland Park that is an option for the walk back.  Adds about 10 minutes.

See the 2017 Albion River Trail Walk page.

See the 2016 Albion River Trail Walk page.

See information about the North Country Trail that includes the Albion River Trail but extends over 2,000 miles.

See the Albion River Trail brochure  (no motorized vehicles please.)

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

Ride the River – 2018 Albion Community Bike Ride Program


The weather was surprisingly cooperative for the Albion Community Bike Program Launch on Monday, May 14, 2018. The next ride is Monday, May 28, 2018, for the Brewery Ride, starts from City Hall at 5:30 and will also tour the Albion River Trail and end up at a new destination in downtown Albion.

Future rides are scheduled for:

Monday, May 28, 2018,  Memorial Day – Brewery Day 5:30 pm – Meet at Albion City Hall

Saturday, June 9, 2018 Community Ride – 10:00 am – City Hall

Saturday, June 23, 2018 Community Ride – 10:00 am – City Hall

Saturday, July 7, 2018 Community Ride – 10:00 am – City Hall

Saturday, July 21, 2018 Community Ride – 10:00 am – City Hall

Saturday, August 4, 2018 Community Ride – 10:00 am – City Hall

Saturday, August 18, 2018 Community Ride – 10:00 am – City Hall

Bur Oak near I-94

 

A stately Bur Oak tree, welcomes visitors who happen to exit highway I-94 at exit 124, coming into Albion from the east. This tree was here for over 100 years, and was here to welcome visitors along the old Michigan Avenue long before the highway was here. With each season are changes, and some of them are very welcome.

Here is a statement about this tree from an authority on trees from Albion College: ” It’s a bur oak, Quercus macrocarpa . Botanists prefer a different spelling of the common name than do street-namers. I would not want to guess an age, but probably at least 100-120 years old. It’s a nice specimen tree. There are two smaller ones across the street. ”

This was the illustration for General Guide XXX (30) for March 2018.

There were also drawings of oak leaves and acorns, but these did not truly match the fruit and foliage of the bur oak tree.

Interesting information about Bur Oaks in Texas:

Quercus macrocarpa, the oak with the large fruit.  Even his description is a bit of an understatement considering this oak can grow to exceed 80 feet in height, have leaves longer than 10 inches, and grow acorns the size of lemons.  Bur oak, which is also known as mossycup oak and is sometimes spelled with and extra “r”, gets its common name from the distinctively rough and shaggy acorn cap that can often enclose much of the acorn itself.  The acorns are a highly desirable food source for wildlife, but their size alone provides a challenge for squirrels anxious to dig a hole large enough to bury them or to find the strength to hoist them to their cache.  To a squirrel or other wildlife, bur oak acorns are like a huge steak dinner.”

Source:

Tree Species Profiles – Bur Oak


To learn more about trees in Albion, including the bur oak, visit this page: http://campus.albion.edu/albiontrees/bur-oak/

Adapted quote from this page:

“Albion, like many other midwestern cities, has a ‘Burr Oak Street’ named after this tree. The middle English spelling variant ‘bur’ has been used traditionally and more or less adopted by botanists as the spelling for the common name of this species.

The bur oak has relatively long, fuzzy bracts on the acorn cap that make the acorn look a little like a burr that could stick to clothing or fur.   It’s also known as a mossycup oak.  At Albion College, biology students and their professor refer to the bur oak as the ‘T. rex’ of oak trees.  The trunks may be massive, but they often sprout wimpy branches near the base, not unlike the relatively tiny forelimbs of a massive tyrannosaur.”

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.