Cozy Up With Art – 2017

Saturday, December 2, 2017

You are invited to a fun holiday shopping event at Schuler Arts in Albion Michigan.  There will be about 20 artists with their work, and an opportunity to meet your friends and say hello.  Schuler Arts is located at 1201 Maple St., Albion, Michigan, not far from Albion Family Fare.

See the map at the bottom of this page and links to the official website and facebook event page.

Come & take part in the 14th Annual Cozy Up With Art . Visit with artists and craft vendors who will display and sell a variety of creative wares. Enjoy some tasty treats and be inspired by joyful seasonal music. You may also join an art class and create your own holiday art gift. We hope to see you at this special event celebrating Art, Creativity and the Joy of the Christmas Season. 10:00-2:00–Displays & Festivities in the Gallery & Studios 3:00-4:30–Holiday Art Classes–$35.00 fee for Glass fusing or Clay Activities. Please call ahead to register. (517) 629-8293


Artists:

Amanda Cheladyn & Kids– Waldorf Dolls & Soaps

Debbie Erlandson–Jewlery, Painting & Music CD’s

Nicole Goetz–Knitted Accessories & Other Textiles

Mary Habicht–Watercolor Painting

Maggie LaNoue–Prints & Cards

Joan Larsen–Monotype Designs

Pat Messer–Photography & Printed Cards

Sue Ott–Holiday Plants & Floral Gifts

Gwen Tabb–Jewlery

Bobbie Van Eck–Fused Glass Designs

Nobel & Pam Schuler–Clay, Fused Glass & Drawing

6 Sisters–Fudge, Candles & Other Wonderful Stuff

Teiko & Robert Wall–Photography

Melanie Westheider– Pottery

Laura Wylie–All-Natural Soaps

 

* Special Music by Dan Steeves

**Additional Albion Artists Displays

*** Cozy Up with Art is Co-hosted by Schuler Arts Creativity Retreat Center & Albion Heritage Bed & Breakfast


if you do not see the map embedded below, please visit this direct link to the Google map

 

Visit the event page on Facebook and invite your friends!  You can meet at Cozy Up with Arts, then tour downtown Albion with  Albion Aglow activities, then go out for a bite to eat!

Visit SchulerArts.com and learn more about this Creativity Retreat Center.

 

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.

Classic Matinees at the Bohm

The Bohm Theatre in downtown Albion offers Classic Film Matinees on Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

The theme of the films in January aptly feature “Politics as Usual,” a peek at political history through the Hollywood lens.

Films coming in January 2017 are:

Retro Films and Retro Rates

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.

Albion – Marshall Connector

The Albion Marshall Connector is a bus that offers curb to curb service between the Albion and Marshall communities.

Read about the Connector on the official City of Albion website.

Visit the Connector Facebook page.

The Connector operates on weekdays, and it is best to call to order a ride one day ahead of time.
(517) 654-3000  – The fee is $1 each way between Albion and Marshall.

Since the recent annexation of Albion Public Schools into the Marshall Public School system, and the older loss of Albion Community Hospital and more use of Marshall’s Oaklawn Hospital, Albion residents are increasingly needing to go to Marshall for some basic services.  Sometimes, transportation is an issue, and when this is the case, there are options for getting around from Albion to Marshall and back.

The service has been funded through a series of grants and donation but more donations are needed. Tax deductible donations made be made to the City of Albion or the City of Marshall with the note that the donation is for the Albion Marshall Connector.  We will post more information about donations later.

See more photos and unofficial information about the connector on this page:

http://www.marshallmich.net/transportation/

The following information was taken from an official pdf flier on the City of Marshall website.

See the pdf flier by clicking here.


What is the Albion – Marshall Connector?

The Connector is a curb to curb driving service which helps members of the Albion and Marshall communities travel back and forth to work, school, doctors visits, shopping, and more. Currently, the connector runs five days a week from 7:30am to 4:30pm. The bus will also run during special events with Marshall Public Schools such as parent teacher conferences or sporting events. Call anytime to check on the special event schedule or you can find more info on our Facebook page.

Unless a reservation is made 24 hours in advance, pick up will be on a first come first serve basis. Reservations can be made up to one week in advance with standing reservations also being an option.

One Way Fares

$2.00

Adults / Children 13+

$1.00

Disabled / Seniors 60+ / Children age 5 to 12

Free

Caretakers / Children under 5 with a paid rider

*Tokens are used as change. Drivers do not carry cash. Tokens can be purchased from the drivers.

History Hill at Holland Park

The public was invited to the grand opening of the newly installed West Ward School History panels in Holland Park at on Saturday, Aug. 13th 2016.

As part of the Holland Park Transformation, a Michigan Humanities Council Heritage grant was awarded to the City of Albion and Albion College to display the West Ward School story. For this project, historians Robert Wall, Leslie Dick, and Dr. Wesley Arden Dick interviewed more than 20 former West Ward students. This history will be a permanent exhibit on History Hill in Holland Park. Park visitors will be able to access the Albion West Ward School website to discover more and to hear the voices of the West Ward students.

West Ward Elementary School was built in 1873. For 45 years, its students were primarily the children of white, European immigrants who worked in the nearby iron foundries. European immigration was cut off during World War I, and the Albion Malleable Iron Company sent a recruiter south to Pensacola, Florida. In November of 1916, almost 100 years ago, 64 African American men arrived at the Albion railroad depot, ready to go to work at “The Malleable.” Soon, their wives and children arrived, posing a question: where would their children attend school? At first, those children were educated at an Albion African American church. When Dalrymple Elementary School was completed in January of 1918, the white West Ward School children were transferred to the new school and West Ward became an all-Black elementary school.

Previously, the African American children had been educated in the segregated, Jim Crow South in all-Black schools. The only way the new arrivals would have Black teachers in Albion in 1918 was to make West Ward a segregated school. Although segregated public education was against Michigan law, West Ward remained an all-Black school until 1953. While African American parents and community leaders initially favored the segregated arrangement, racial attitudes concerning justice and achieving the American Dream changed over time. By 1953, key Black parents considered West Ward to be “separate, but unequal,” and they kept their children out of school that fall. This led to a showdown with the Albion Board of Education. Confronted by the boycott and threatened by an NAACP lawsuit, the Board ended classes at West Ward in October of 1953. The West Ward story thus changed from northern segregation to an Albion Civil Rights movement. After the school was closed, it was tor! n down, and the school grounds became a city park, which was later dedicated in honor of Robert Holland, Sr., one of the boycott leaders. West Ward is a reminder that Albion’s story is America’s story.

The historical display was made possible by a Heritage Grant from the Michigan Humanities Council.

To learn more about History Hill visit our new website: www.albionwestward.net

To help support the work of the Albion branch NAACP, please visit https://www.facebook.com/AlbionNaacp/

To donate, go to the Holland Park Transformation facebook page and send us a message to ask where to mail your check.

 

Sister City travel opportunities

Trip to France - including Paris, and Noisy-le-Roi Albion's Sister City.
Trip to France – including Paris, and Noisy-le-Roi Albion’s Sister City.

Several Albion young people were able to take a memorable trip to Albion’s Sister City Noisy-le-Roi France in 2015 thanks to a special arrangement made possible by Albion Community Foundation. We will be posting more information about the trip later. For now, learn more about Albion’s Sister City, by visiting the official City of Albion web page about the sister city committee.

Read more about Albion’s Sister City relationship with Noisy-le-Roi, France on the Albion College website by clicking here.

Read some background information about the early days of the sister city relationship from the year 2000 on the AlbionMich.COM website.

Calhoun County Fair Michigan photo and video essay

The Calhoun County Fair has been happening since 1848.  It’s an old fair.  It is generally held the third full week of August. Here is an artists view with some selected images from the event in 2015.

We enjoyed the fair recently and have some little videos, photos to share with you.

 

And a map, courtesy of Google. Maps are helpful!

First held in 1839, the Calhoun County Fair has continued to this day as one of Michigan’s foremost agricultural attractions. Floral Hall, the oldest building on the fairgrounds, was constructed in 1860 in the then-popular octagon style. The wings were added at later dates. Designed originally for the display of flowers and farm produce, the building still plays a major role at one of the state’s oldest county fairs.

Links to official information are at the bottom of this page.


We are doing more posts about Calhoun County on this site now, since our school system is increasingly regional.  You can access the Calhoun County Calendar of Big Tourism events in the menu bar above or just click here.

We are also including more Albion events on the Calhoun County calendar page so we will get more visitors from nearby communities to Albion events like Swingin’ at the Shell, the Bohm Theatre youth movies, and Festival of the Forks.


This is not the official listing for the Calhoun County Fair, which has been held annually since 1848.
The Calhoun County Fair is generally held the third full week of August. This posting is estimated for years after 2016 as a courtesy. Please double check your dates before making plans.

OFFICIAL LINKS BELOW


To get official information about the Calhoun County Fair in Marshall, Michigan including the exact dates, please visit www.CalhounCountyFair.org.

 

Another excellent source of information in Marshall is the the Marshall Chamber of Commerce. The real name of this group is now MARSHALL AREA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCE.