Labor Day Albion Walk the Trail – Albion Michigan 2018

Labor Day Albion – Walk the Trail

Albion Health Care Alliance and Albion Recreation Department invite the community to come to Albion on Labor Day at 10 a.m., for those who cannot make it for the bigger walk over the Mackinac Bridge.
We meet in Victory Park, and walk over the footbridge of the South Branch of the Kalamazoo River between Victory Park and Rieger Park, and also the North Branch of the Kalamazoo River on Eaton Street bridge, near Washington Street Park. We walk over a half a dozen bridges, large and small.

Labor Day Albion Walk the Trail 2018 group portrait, photo by Catherine Kerley, Albion E-News

How Albion’s Labor Day Walk the Trail started.

Albion Downtown Development director Nidia Wolf started the walk in 2008, one year after the trail was dedicated.  Later she became the director for the Albion Health Care Alliance that still is the leader of this fun outdoor gathering.  The hike is the lower peninsula’s answer for the traditional “Walking the Bridge” on Labor Day for Michigan.  This event grows each year.  It includes crossing over four bridges and walking through seven of Albion’s 17 parks.   The Albion River Trail walk recurs every Labor Day.  It begins with a meeting near the River Trail sign for a group photo near the bandshell in Victory Park at 10:00 a.m. From there people walk northeast to Harris Field.

Ribbon Cutting for the opening of Albion River Trail on Oct. 5, 2007. Some of the officials shown are: Elizabeth Schultheiss, CEO, Albion Community Foundation
Donna Randall. President Albion College
William Wheaton, Mayor of Albion
Colin McCaleb, Administrator KCC Eastern Academic Center
Jeff Bell, President, and CEO of Homestead Savings Bank
Nidia Wolf, Director Albion Downtown Development Authority

Details of the 2018 Walk

Labor Day Albion Trail Walk is handicap friendly, pet-friendly, and kid-friendly.  Mowrer Agency at Albion Train Depot opened up its waiting room so the public could use the restrooms there.  The City of Albion opened the public restrooms at either end of the hike also.   The round trip walk is about 3.5 miles.  Some people opted for shorter walks by parking at one end or midway and carpooling.   There is also an option to walk south to the cemetery.

Walking through Albion’s History

One of the best parts of the Albion River Trail is the chance to see history and admire nature all in one fairly short hike.


New History Segment added in Holland Park

For the 2018 walk, an interactive history lesson was added in Holland Park.  Albion College professor Dr. Wesley Dick gave a talk about Albion’s history.  His talk mentioned the foundries, the great migration of black people to come work, and as a result, the need for educational facilities.  The education at West Ward School was first accepted gratefully, but then later the disparities became more evident and because some of the parents brought this to the attention of the school board and the state laws, Albion’s schools were integrated in 1953.

Watch an excerpt of the talk by clicking the image below.

 

The Albion River Trail is now part of the North Country National Scenic Trail. See the map about this part of the trail on this link:

http://www.northcountrytrail.org/cnd/coref_albion.html

See a brochure with information about the Albion River Trail on this link:
http://albionmich.net/albion-river-trail-brochure/
Motorized vehicles are not permitted.

See the official Albion Health Care Alliance event page here

http://www.albionhca.org/labor-day-walk-the-trai.html

 

Labor Day Walk the Trail – Albion Michigan 2017

Labor Day Walk the Trail Albion Michigan

Labor Day Walk the Trail Albion Michigan

The end of one season and the beginning of another is quickly approaching. This time of year thousands of people will be headed to our upper peninsula in anticipation of walking across the Mackinac Bridge. For those not participating in this annual walk, you are invited to share in Albion’s Labor Day Walk the Trail.

The Albion Health Care Alliance invited the community out on Monday, September 4, 2017, Labor Day, to walk the trail. The event took place at 10:00am until 11:00am. Participants were asked to meet at the beginning of the trail, just off Hannah Street in Victory Park, close to Victory for Kids playground area.

Everyone is welcome to attend and walk: families, Albion College faculty, staff, and students, youth and those young in heart from the community and surrounding areas. It is a fun event that celebrates the walking trail and the end of summer. The Albion River Trail is approximately 1.6 miles long. One can walk the length in one direction, and then return by the same route, or choose another one to your own liking; walking at your own pace.

The Albion River Trail is now part of the North Country National Scenic Trail. See the map about this part of the trail on this link:

http://www.northcountrytrail.org/cnd/coref_albion.html

See a brochure with information about the Albion River Trail on this link:
http://albionmich.net/albion-river-trail-brochure/
Motorized vehicles are not permitted.

Jolly Green Junction

 

Local gifts for every season including honey, maple syrup, local eggs, beef and pork from Blight Farms, and much more.

Holiday gifts, pumpkins, morels, fresh and dried.  Cards from Michigan Prints are also available.


 

Hundreds of annual & perennial plants. Seeds, roses and garden ornaments. Christmas decor. A season for each. Morels and U-Haul, too.

Visit Jolly Green Junction’s website:

jollygreenjunction.net

Visit Jollly Green Junction on Facebook

 


Thank you to Jolly Green Junction for being a sponsor of the Local Food Edition of General Guide since 2015.

Blight Farms Local Meat

Blight Farms has been a sponsor of the Local Food Edition of General Guide since 2015.

Visit Blight Farms on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/BlightFarms/

Blight Farms is a family owned and operated crop and livestock farm in Albion, Michigan. We are proud to raise beef and pork to feed our local communities as well as those abroad.

Meat from Blight Farm is available in small quantities by visiting Jolly Green Junction.  If you would like to purchase larger quantities and selected cuts, please contact Blight Farms to arrange a visit.


 

Thank you to Blight Farms for being a sponsor of three Local Food Editions of the General Guide, from 2015 – 2017.


Also from the Blight Family is the Air BNB

Verna House Bed & Breakfast – Four-bedroom home in the country near Albion College and North Country Trail. Sleeps up to 7. Top ratings on Air BNB.


 

General Guide XXIV May June 2017 Inside News

 

Some links from the local Food Edition of 2017 – many are to outside sources – for each of the pictures shown in the Guide above:

Indoor Farmers Market

Albion’s new Indoor Farmer’s Market

maple_syrup_baked_goods_900pxAlbion now has an indoor Farmer’s Market that begin in November 2016 on most Saturday mornings 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. from November until the end of April. The Albion Indoor Farmer’s Market is located at the Albion Food Hub, 112 E. Erie Street, near Subway and Homestead Savings Bank.  To shop at the indoor Farmer’s Market, park behind Homestead Bank, near the Albion District Library.  You will see the Albion Food Hub back door.

This indoor market happens on Saturdays when the weather is too cold for the outdoor Farmers Market that takes place at Stoffer Plaza. Click here to learn about the summer Albion Farmers’ Market.  Much of what’s happened for the Farmer’s Market and Food Hub was made possible with the help of the Albion Community Foundation.

Some of the items at the Farmers’ Market:

  • Fresh baked bread
  • Other baked goods
  • Farm eggs
  • crafts
  • vegetables
  • greens
  • Michigan maple syrup
  • Michigan honey

 

More photos from one of the first Albion indoor farmers’ market are below.

Here is the official website for the Albion Farmers’ Market.

Here is the official Facebook page for the Albion Farmer’s Market with more up to date information.