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.”
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
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
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
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.
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:
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
Adults / Children 13+
Disabled / Seniors 60+ / Children age 5 to 12
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.
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.
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.
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 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.