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News from Under the Dome: Hurst Planetarium Now Has Regular Hours
Today, I am pleased to announce that I, Mark Reed, will be operating the Hurst Planetarium for Jackson Public Schools with regular public show times for our community and offer classroom blocks of time during the day that they can make reservations. School groups may make reservations for a 60-minute block between the hours of 9 am and 2 pm Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Public shows that are open to anyone, will be presented each week on Thursday evenings at 7 pm, Friday evenings at 7 and 8 pm, and on Saturday's at 4 pm, 7 pm, and 8 pm.
The Cascades Renovation - Phase 1 The Wall is Coming Down!
The County of Jackson and The Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department and The Cascades Champion Team are proud to announce The Cascades Wall is Coming Down!!!
Monday, December 15, 2014, 8:00 AM at The Cascades 1401 S. Brown Street Jackson MI 49203
DNR reminder: Snowmobile use permissible now, but state trails on private property remain closed until Dec. 1
With heavy snow on the ground in the Upper Peninsula and parts of the northern Lower Peninsula, the Department of Natural Resources reminds snowmobilers that while state trails on private property remain closed to riding until Monday, Dec. 1, other areas are currently open for snowmobile use.
Sowing Lifelong Love for the Outdoors, Harvesting Awareness of Nature
Thursday, November 13, 2014 – Jackson, MI – Jackson Public Schools, Hunt Elementary and fourth-grade teacher Timothy Edinger linked together with Dahlem staff to launch the first Annie’s Big Nature Lesson in Jackson County this week.
Call for Artists for the Artsy Fartsy Marketplace
Shop Small for the upcoming holiday season!
• First, we are looking for artists and vendors who are interested in selling their original creations. Invite your artist friends to be a vendor at this event!
Top Spooky Halloween Events in Jackson
Halloween in Jackson means lots of tricks and treats. When it comes to Halloween in Jackson we love to be scared and there are plenty of haunted houses to do just that in our area. Although I admit I’m a scaredy cat, I have made it to a few haunted houses in the area. For those looking for more not-so-scary family friendly Halloween events we have those too. Here is what you can expect at the local Jackson haunted houses:
Jackson’s Underworld Extreme Haunted House is a professionally built attraction in the old Shaw Furniture building across from Jackson's World Famous Parlour. Rated as one of the largest and scariest haunted houses, it is 3 stories and over 45,000 square feet and almost a mile long. Jackson’s Underworld won Click on Detroit Best Haunted House 2014.
Jackson's Underworld | Photo Courtesy of Experience Jackson
I got a behind the scenes tour just before they opened Jackson’s Underworld. Even in the light of day the animatronic creatures waiting to be set alive gave me a quite a fright. Waiting in line, guests can be caught in the grip of a giant hand for a perfect photo op before entering the abyss, providing photographic evidence should you not return. The crew from Distortions Unlimited from the Travel Channel show Making Monsters is also
Miniature Distortions Unlimited Crew | Photos Courtesy of Experience Jackson
on hand in animatronic miniature form, who also made an appearance in human form opening weekend. On the way out we noticed the wall of left behind flip flops and shoes. People were literally scared out of their shoes at this haunt. Although their ads suggest bring an extra pair of underpants too just in case.
Jackson's Underworld Flip Flops
Jackson's Underworld Flip Flop Collection | Photo Courtesy of Experience Jackson
My friend Kelly Sharrer is my local haunted house expert and connoisseur and here’s what she had to say about Jackson’s Underworld:
The new props in this haunt are amazing, and truly scary. It also helps that this haunted house is located in a building that has been around since the 1900’s. It gives you the chills from the moment you get into line and will have you constantly looking over your shoulder. If you're looking for a scare, this is the place to come! Awesome props, original rooms, good actors, and a cool building make this Haunted House the place to go for a good scare that is not for the faint of heart.
The Corpse Barn Shock Haunt has evolved from a front porch trick or treat spot to a gritty, high energy, sensory shock haunt with an emphasis on "human" interaction for all ages. The haunt has grown through many mutations since its inception in 1996 and has found a permanent home in the Jackson/Napoleon area.
The Corpse Barn Shock Haunt was the haunted house I chose to visit last year. Although my head may have been buried in the back of the person in front of me, I do remember a few horrifying haunts and creepy feelings. The interactive indoor waiting area featured a few scary actors building the anticipation of what was to come. What was to come, was over 70 live scares lurking throughout the 2nd largest barn in all of Jackson County. Their scare artists admit they can adjust their performance at the sound of a scream to custom fit the experience of any age, or in my case wuss level.
Again I asked my friend Kelly Sharrer to describe her experience and here’s what she had to say:
Really imaginative scenes and effects, convincing actors and lots of attention to detail... genuinely not for the faint-hearted! The Corpse Barn offers an interactive indoor waiting room while you prepare yourself for what comes next. I never knew what was going to be around the next corner. I definitely recommend the Corpse Barn whether you are a Haunted House newbie or veteran.
Just over the county line in Jonesville, Darksyde is one of the largest haunted attractions in the tri-state area, with over 70,000 square feet of terror. Voted number one haunted attraction in Michigan 2012 and 2013, DarkSyde will give you more scares for your dollar at every turn. Three haunted houses, 1 hayride, 1 outdoor maze and Zombie Paintball, for a total of 6 events all at one location.
Darksyde Acres includes Hollywood-style effects from award-winning BodyBag Entertainment, guaranteed to give you more scares for your bucks. From The Rusthole black maze to The Catacombs filled with zombies to The Dark Abyss haunted pirate ship even the most unscareable should bring an extra pair of pants. For those too scared to enter; Darksyde provides more family friendly attractions. The Labyrinth Outdoor Maze, Hayride at Darksyde and Darksyde Canivale allows the whole family to get involved. Be sure to check out the Zombie Paintball Massacre when you visit for a little Zombie shooting, fun for the whole family as well.
New this year is The Haunted Green at Clark Lake Golf Course. This half hayride and half walkthrough will feature over a half mile of fright. Running Fridays and Saturdays, 7-8 pm is the "not-so-scary" hour for the little ones and 8-11 pm gives the teens and adults a good scare.
American 1 Mobile ATM is available for YOUR event!
Have you ever had someone ask “Where’s the closest ATM?” when they were attending your event? This could be a problem if they have to leave, as they may not come back if they have to go get cash. Did you know there is a solution to this problem locally in Jackson?
We need items from all branches of service and all periods of service.
Military Artifacts Wanted by Museum
The Grass Lake Area Historical Society and The Michigan Military Heritage Museum are looking for military items and stories.
Jackson's Own Baseball Stadium
It could happen! Currently, a consulting team is preparing a market study for the potential ballpark and we're interested in your opinion. To weigh in and help make this dream a reality, take our short survey.
City of Jackson Selected for Arts-Based Community Development Investment
The Consumers Lighted Glass Mural Project is one of 66 National Endowment for the Arts Our Town projects selected nationwide