Built on Love- The Background of Albion’s Big Read

“It’s a chance for the people in the community who genuinely love other people in the community to show them love” – Akaiia Ridley, Albion’s Big Read Assistant Director Albion’s Big Read is amid their ninth year of reading experiences with the Big Read month, October, soon to be kicked off this Saturday, September 30th. Director Jess Roberts and Assistant …

Sister City Delegates Experience Albion

Just last week, Albion welcomed six French delegates from the sister cities, Noisy-le-Roi and Bailly. The relationship built on exchanges of culture, community, and education; is a treasured experience within the Albion community. Starting in the late 1990s, the Sister City Committee formed to nurture this relationship with the established connections in France. As time as passed, countless people have …

A True Love for Albion – Videos from the Festival of the Forks

Hear from a hand-full of people who love Albion, and shared their passion with the Community & Brand Ambassador at the Festival of the Forks. Listen to current graduate student at Eastern Michigan University, Akaiia Ridley, share her love about Albion; to a few French delegates from Albion’s sister cities, Noisy-le-Roi and Bailly, share their experience of Albion.

The Philanthropic Circles of Albion

Philanthropy, one of the key components of the Albion community, is one of the most undervalued acts. It is the action that goes unnoticed and unrecognized, for countless reasons. But seeing how some of the Albion area giving circles recently had their quarterly meeting, it is important to recognize the generosity of these groups. Albion Area Philanthropic Women have been …

Brick by Brick Podcast – Who & What

The Brick by Brick Podcast first started four years ago with Emily Verbeke as the host. The intentions of the podcast were to better understand Albion’s past, present, and future through discussion with community leaders on different topics. Guests ranged from Mark Lelle and his involvement with the Albion Trails, to Jontaj Wallace’s experiences at Albion College as a Albionite …

Meet the Writer

Hi! I am Cassidy Porter, and I am the Community & Brand Ambassador at the Albion Community Foundation. This is a new position working towards improving the positive outlook and understanding of Albion. The role is a partnership between the Albion Community Foundation, Caster Cares, the City of Albion, and the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau. I …

Don’t Miss Out on the Festival of the Forks!

In one short week, the Festival of the Forks will be in full swing. The annual celebration in downtown Albion has been occurring since 1967. Named after the fork in the Kalamazoo River not a utensil, the festival is a celebration of the heritage and culture of the Albion community. The two-day event kicks off with the Cruise-In & Car …

The Hype of Robotics

As the school year has begun, countless extracurricular activities have started too. One opportunity we have in Albion is robotics through INNOVATE Albion. I had the opportunity to sit down with Caroline Hurteau, Executive Director at INNOVATE Albion, to discuss the build-up and work that really goes into FIRST robotics competitions. Although the official competition materials and preparation does not …

Run Albion- The 5K Dedicated to More than Just a Race

The Run Albion 5K races and series have been going on for numerous years. The organization has blossomed into an annual 5K series including the Run the Rock in the spring, the History Hustle in the summer, and the Forks 5K the Friday night of the Festival of the Forks in September. It ventures runners and walkers through the beautiful …

The Recent Renovation of Barnes Park

As they tried to beat the rain, American Legion Post 55 with the help the Albion Scout Troops 158B and 158G and Home Depot, successfully restored Barnes Park on Thursday August 17th and Tuesday August 22nd. A project two years in the making has come to fruition with replacing park benches, cleaning the riverbank, and trimming overgrown trees. This passion …

Kids ‘N’ Stuff Children’s Museum- A Place to Play, A Place to Support

Kids ‘N’ Stuff Children’s Museum has been an iconic and vibrant aspect to downtown Albion for almost 21 years. Personally, being one of the first kids in the community to truly experience Kids ‘N’ Stuff, the opportunity for hands-on play in Albion has always been an opportunity I’ve cherished. This past month, I had the opportunity to sit down with …

Adventure Seeking Albion Scouts Go on a Community Supported Trip

About one month ago, the local Scouts, Troop 158B and 158G, went on an amazing trip to West Virginia with the support of the Albion community. On July 21st, the Scouts took off with a mission of visiting the National Jamboree for a day. The Jamboree is a time for Scouts from across the nation to gather and experience the …

Preserving Albion’s Charm- Downtown Development Authority Celebrates Façade Grant Success

The heart of Albion, the historic downtown district is filled architectural charm and iconic landmarks. To preserve and enhance this unique character, the Albion Downtown Development Authority (DDA) recently celebrated the successful completion of the 2023 Façade Grant projects. The program aimed to revitalize and maintain the city’s historic downtown by providing grants to deserving recipients for improvements to building …

4-H Creative & Expressive Arts- the Student Perspective

4-H Creative & Expressive Arts has been a great opportunity for students in the Albion community for over 25 years, but what effect has it had on the students? There is a great love from the leadership for the program, but how do the students feel? I had the opportunity to talk with some of the student leaders and participants …

The Restoration of a Family Home- The Unique Story of the Frost House

Built between 1867 to 1868, a two-story gable front house was built by and became home to Albionite R. J. Frost, a local shoemaker and businessman. Fast-forward 156 years; the home now belongs to C. J. Frost, R. J.’s great-great-grandson who is restoring the home to its full glory. Although not an original Albionite himself, C. J. Frost is bringing …

The Historic Bohm Theatre- More Than Just Movies

For the love of the Bohm! Nearly 10 years ago the beloved historic Bohm Theatre in downtown Albion was restored to its original glory. Now, it is a place that does so much more than show weekly movies. The Bohm is a place that can take you back in time with the beautifully restored interior and exterior. Over the years, …

Keeping Our Community Beautiful- The Passion of Citizens to Beautify Albion

Have you ever wondered who cares for the beautiful flowers on the side of the roads in Albion? It may not be who you think it is. It is Citizens to Beautify Albion. Driven by the hard work of volunteers and members, President Juanita Solis-Kidder and Vice President Kay Knight gave some closer insights to the passionate organization. Started in …

Donor Advised Funds at the Albion Community Foundation Awarded Six Different Grantees

At the Albion Community Foundation, there are dedicated funds created by donors that have advisors for the charitable actions that occur. During the second round of grants every year, the donor advised funds grant applied organizations. The established funds at the Foundation that granted applicants this past round include The Andersons Charitable Fund, MACI Youth Fund, Rotary Club of Albion …

4-H Creative & Expressive Arts- The Opportunity of Learning

  4-H Creative & Expressive Arts has been an opportunity for rising 6th to 12th graders for over 25 years in Albion, creating generations of youth impact. This program is an amazing opportunity for students to not only have an outlet to learn singing, dancing, and acting, but also acquire real life skills such as leadership, critical thinking, and communication. After …

Swingin’ at the Shell- The Mission and Passion Behind the Organization

Swingin’ at the Shell is approaching their 19th season of free summer concerts at Victory Park. With this, I talked with Stephanie Dobbins, Swingin’ at the Shell Board President, about the history of the organization and why she is passionate about its mission, as well as statements from other board members on the importance of Swingin’ at the Shell. Swingin’ …

Albion’s Annual Juneteenth Celebration

Albion celebrated Juneteenth this past weekend on Saturday, June 17th. There was a parade from City Hall to Holland Park where Mayor Victoria Snyder read the Proclamation and festivities were held. There were words from community leaders including Councilwoman Lenn Reid and Representative Jim Haadsma, as well as prayers by Nathaniel Bogan. There were opportunities for education and health resources …

“It’s an Albion Thing!” {The Albion French Market}

The French Market is a fun way to celebrate culture, connection, and community, right here in Albion on June 21st from 4 PM to 7 PM! Starting in 2012, the French Market is organized by the Sister City Committee in association with the Farmer’s Market. It’s an annual event that brings a French twist to the weekly Farmer’s Market. The …