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Jackson’s Top Three Places for Birthdays for Grownups

By Del Belcher
I’ve had some pretty great birthday parties throughout my life; especially as a kid. Backyard baseball at age 10. All night video games at age 14. The list goes on. But now I’m an adult and the birthday scene is a bit different. While the stakes are different then when you are a kid, it is still very acceptable to throw a birthday party for yourself or a friend. I’ve lived in Jackson for most of my adult life so I’ve been a part of some amazing birthday parties. If you are looking to celebrate a birthday in a style that is distinctly Jackson, I’ve come up with some recommendations based off of personal experience.

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Jackson Coney Dogs: A Taste Test

By Sarah Jane Scott
As long as I can remember, my family has had a love affair with coney dogs. Several Friday nights a year, many of us would gather at Aunt Rita and Uncle Fred's to catch up on each others' lives and eat coney dogs, served with potato chips, Vlasic baby dill pickles, and extra sharp cheddar cheese. The family has expanded quite a bit and members have moved to different states (and even other countries!), but whenever an out-of-towner comes home, we honor our ritual of going to Aunt Rita's to commune with each other over coneys.

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An Insider's Guide to the Cascades Civil War Muster

By Val Herr, Community Engagement Specialist, Jackson District Library
Jackson’s Civil War Muster draws people in from all around the state and neighboring states.  If you have never been or if you are like the hundreds of people who show up just before the 2 pm to watch the battle and then leave you are missing out on some of the best parts of the Muster.  The 2 pm battles on Saturday and Sunday draws thousands of people who scale the hill, sit in the hot sun and enjoy a moment in history.  But, the Civil War Muster is much, much more than just battles.  Here is an insiders list of the top things to bring, see and do and eat to truly EXPERIENCE the Muster.

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Top 3 Jackson’s Best Ice Cream Shops

By Val Herr, Community Engagement Specialist,  Jackson District Library
How can it possibly be August?  How is it kids are getting ready to go back to school?  Where did my summer go?  I’m sure I am not alone in freaking out that we are now in August and I feel like we didn’t enjoy our summer enough.

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The Top 10 Must-Visit Shops in Brooklyn

By Rebecca Calkins | Communications Director | Experence Jackson | Originally Appeared in the Online Exclusive August 2016 | Jackson Magazine
The Village of Brooklyn is known as the “Heart of the Lakes,” and with good reason; there are more than 50 lakes within a 15-mile radius. The town began as a former stagecoach stop between Detroit and Chicago and then became a vacation destination for those looking to escape the summer heat of Detroit.

 

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Jackson College Announces 2016-17 Potter Center Entertainment Lineup

Music, comedy, magic, stage shows and more await audiences in the 2016-17 Potter Center entertainment series announced today by Jackson College.  Tickets are on sale now at the Potter Center Box Office!

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Adventures in Jackson's Used Book Shops

By Sarah Stonestreet

In this increasingly digital age, it’s easy to view a used book store simply as a dumping ground for unwanted books-something that is going to become obsolete sooner rather than later. Admittedly, I was prepared to be underwhelmed walking into The Book Exchange and The Book Cottage, Jackson’s two major used book stores. I steeled myself to a low selection to browse and titles that I had never heard of and had no interest in buying. But the moment I stepped through their doors, I quickly recognized the potential in these stores and remembered exactly why I loved them in the past.

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Five “Somethings” to Answer What to Bring to the Hot Air Jubilee

By Rachel Ryder Buchanan
The Jackson Hot Air Jubilee is one of Jackson’s biggest annual events. If you’ve never been to the Hot Air Jubilee, you should know it’s more than just hot air. Balloon launches are scheduled for the morning and evening of Friday and Saturday, with a final Sunday morning launch. Night glows are also a popular way to view the balloons as they fire up their burners, illuminating their domes at dusk on the field. The festival features vendor booths for food and souvenirs, live family entertainment and carnival rides!

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Cruise In Nights Setting Attendance Records, More Than 400 Cars and 2,500 People Attending

JACKSON, MI - Officials with the Jackson Downtown Development Authority are very excited about the turnout at events downtown this summer now that attendance records are being set - most recently with the June 24 Cruise In car show.

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2016 Fourth of July Celebrations in Jackson Michigan

Jackson knows how to celebrate with a spectacular bang especially on the 4th of July! Whether it’s from the top of the Cascade Falls in Jackson or in a neighboring community, the rockets’ red glare of the Fireworks in Jackson thrills visitors throughout the area. 

Did you know? The weekend also coincides with the founding of the City of Jackson. The official birthday is July 3, 1829!

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