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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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!”
Historical Building Renovation Makes for Unique Venue for Jackson-Area Artists
Founded in 1829, Jackson, Michigan, is undergoing a transformation with its rich history of innovation and creativity at its heart.
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!
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.