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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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Top 5 Photo Locations in Jackson, Michigan

We've seen so many great photos of Jackson lately, from portraits to landscapes, nature, birding, architectural shots and even family photos. A popular spot we see a lot is the old prison wall. Believe it or not the castle like structure makes for some pretty great family portraits. 

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Shakespeare’s language is our language - Michigan Shakespeare Festival

By David Blixt

Every year the Michigan Shakespeare Festival tours productions of Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth to high schools all over the state. After every performance, the actors do a question and answer session with the students, most of whom have never seen live professional theatre before. There are standard questions we get asked: “How do you memorize all those lines?”  “How long did it take to learn all the fighting?” “Are you two really dating?”

But one question invariably pops up, and it’s our favorite. “Who translated it for you? Because I didn’t understand it when I read it, but when you said it, it made sense!”

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Historical Building Renovation Makes for Unique Venue for Jackson-Area Artists

By Melanie Hillard

Founded in 1829, Jackson, Michigan, is undergoing a transformation with its rich history of innovation and creativity at its heart.

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3 Jackson, MI Instagram accounts you should follow right now

By Del Belcher

The best part about Jackson is that your ability to have fun and get involved is limited only by your willingness to explore. Who doesn’t love having fun and exploring? One helpful way I started exploring this great city is through Instagram. In order to showcase everything Jackson has to offer, I wanted to share with you the Instagram profiles that I would consider to be the best of the best. I consider these the best not just because the pictures are cool, but because they fully bring into focus what Jackson is all about: beauty, history, and the future.

So, in no particular order, let's take a trip through the three Jackson Instagrams you should follow right now!

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Discover Historic Architecture, Delicious Restaurants and More: Walking Tour of Downtown Jackson

Originally appeared in the online version of Jackson Magazine June 2016
REBECCA CALKINS | COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR | EXPERIENCE JACKSON
If you haven’t heard, there’s a lot happening downtown these days. Downtown Jackson has had no shortage of changes, plans and initiatives throughout the years. But today’s plans, even with my limited experience, seem to be ones that are likely to stick. Jackson’s Anchor Initiative, modeled after Midtown Detroit, is working to create a collaborative atmosphere, from the heavy-hitting businesses as well as the non-profit and government entities to move forward the goals to Live Local, Buy Local and Innovate Local.

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Top 5 Nature Hikes to Take With Your Kids in Jackson Michigan

By Danna Nims and Toni Walker, Hike It Baby Jackson MI. Traveling to Jackson County provides the perfect opportunity to experience the great outdoors and let your children find adventure. There are ways to do that within our community at no cost. Hike it Baby Jackson MI has compiled a list of our favorite places to hike around Jackson. Every week we have a variety of hikes scheduled to appeal to different age groups at one or more of these locations.

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Bookworms Explore With These Favorite Reads and Views From Jackson Michigan Leaders

By Laura Brown, MLIS, Reference Librarian, Jackson District Library

Anytime is a great time to read a book or watch a movie. So what do Jackson-area leaders enjoy reading or viewing in their spare time? Two key players in our area share their favorites.

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Music Fans and History Buffs Will Love the Majestic Sound of the Reed Organs at Conklin Reed Organ Museum

The Conklin Antique Reed Organ & History Museum proudly displays over 100 fully restored and working antique reed organs. Visitors to the museum are often treated to the beautiful sounds of these antique instruments, as they are in playable condition. The collection includes parlor, cottage and church organs along with elegant rosewood melodeons, some dating as far back as the mid-1800’s. 

What is a Reed Organ? We asked expert and famed reed organist, Rodney Jantzi, from Ontario Canada, what we need to know to enjoy these beautiful instruments. 

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