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.
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.
The English language has quite a few phrases that we old timer know, and most of them come from Shakespeare, Benjamin Franklin, or the Bible. The phrase “Once in a blue moon” is in the religious category.
A blue moon is not really blue, but it does refer to the moon. In some months there are two full moons in one month. January 2018 is one such month, and interestingly March 2018 is another. The next time there will be two blue moons in one year is 2037. The last time was 1999, and before that was 1961.
So why the word blue? The moon is not really blue. It has to do with the date of Easter, and the period of Lent leading up to Easter.
The word derives from the Old English word ‘belewe’, which had two separate meanings. One of them was ‘blue’. The other was ‘betrayer’.
Many years ago, before the Gregorian calendar was reformed, the church used to calculate the date that Easter would take place that year on the cycle of the moon.
When a ‘blue moon’ appeared in the sky, the clergy needed to warn people that this did not represent the end of Lent and therefore bring an end to fasting, but was, in fact, a ‘betrayer moon’!
The traditional Albion Labor Day River Trail Walk is sponsored by the Albion Health Care Alliance. Everyone is invited. Here is the official event page: albionhca.org/events.html
We are now including more options added for limited mobility and limited time walks. At 10 a.m. on Labor Day (September 4, 2017) please meet for a group photo by the Victory for Kids playground in Victory Park. After that we will do the Labor Day Bridge Walk over the Albion foot bridge. From there, some people had a car waiting on the other side of the bridge, others continued the walk on the Albion River Trail to Harris Field. (1.5 miles) Most people opt to walk back for the full walk of 3 miles.
Others had dropped off cars previously at Harris Field and carpooled back. In this way more people decided to customize the walk to their own schedule. Fresh cold bottled water was supplied at the 2016 walk by Culligan Water in Albion. It was a refreshing day, all around.
The official Albion Farmers’ Market flier is above. You can click on it to access the pdf file that can be printed out and posted around town. We will also post an interactive map of how to get to Stoffer Plaza, home of the Farmer’s Market, below.