Labor Day Albion Walk the Trail – Albion Michigan 2018

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

 

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.

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!

General Guide – Issue XXIX – February 2018 – Black History

The first ever February-only General Guide was delivered the weekend of January 27, 2018 to homes in Albion and Marshall Michigan.   The Guides are also available at participating businesses. The Black History Edition of the General Guide features information about this special month and Michigan’s role as a destination along the Underground Railroad.

This issue features custom art by Maggie LaNoue of downtown Albion and Marshall on New Year’s Day, when there was a good amount of snow and few cars. The scene of Albion highlights the new hotel, which will be opening soon. The Courtyard by Marriott hotel is the sponsor of this special issue of the General Guide featuring many reasons to come and visit Albion, and nearby.

A correction is shown above, about the Classic Films at the Bohm Theatre.  They now will be shown at 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays, and have become a popular morning pastime. Also the Cardboard Classic is now scheduled for Feb 10, where there will be plenty of snow.  Other new events listed include a Credit Management Workshop on Feb 13, 1pm  at the Charles Snyder building, and also on Feb 22 at 5:30 pm at  Albion District Library.  There is a new event listed “Making Democracy Work” on Feb 11 at Lewis Chapel at 5pm.  We also have made changes to the participating businesses on the back of the Guide below.  See more about all of the sponsors of the Guide over the past year by clicking here.

Also featured in art in this custom Guide is the Sojourner Truth statue at the entrance to Battle Creek. Sojourner Truth was a pioneer of civil rights and womens’ rights. Her courageous and heroic life ended in Battle Creek.

The first weekend of February includes the always fun Cardboard Classic at Albion’s Victory Park and Marshall’s Ice Wine and Blues. There are at least seven local live music events in February, and a special Soul Food free lecture with catered food taking place in Battle Creek on Sunday, February 11.

Other local February events include Albion’s “Men Who Cook,” which is possibly the biggest event bringing together the community of Albion around food, fellowship, and fun on Sunday, February 18. The event will again be taking place at First Baptist Church in Albion. Look for photos and a map online at GeneralGuide.net, as well as links to more official information about each event.

The Walk for Warmth, a state-wide event that originated in Albion will happen in both Albion and Battle Creek on Saturday the 24th. The First Annual Black History Month Music Celebration will take place on Monday the 26th at the Bohm Theatre. February is a great month to venture out to see friends and neighbors, while learning about our region’s cultural heritage. It is also important that we honor those who took risks to gain their freedom and help others to be free.

There is an online version of the community events calendar at GeneralGuide.net with links to more official information about these topics, past issues of the General Guide, photos of progress in Albion and Marshall, and Farmer’s Almanac news. Please support the participating businesses listed on the Guide who make the free publication possible.

General Guide XXVII Giving Edition

Look inside your Morning Star or Ad-Visor & Chronicle this weekend if you live in the city of Albion or Marshall for your very own copy of the General Guide.

This issue has information about holiday traditions of the season including Giving Tuesday.  We will post more information here soon including answers to the puzzle inside.  Check out the Google Calendars – Albion and Calhoun County – that go with the printed calendars and have links to official events.

Albion Big Read

Albion Michigan Big Read Leaders 2016

Albion’s Big Read is a program that aims to empower youth and bring communities together through shared reading experiences.

 

Albion Big Read was the sponsor of General Guides for the October Issue for 2017, 2016 and 2015.

 

Albion Michigan Big Read Leaders 2016

All of their special events for the month were added to the General Guide Google Calendar.

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.