Hot Air Jubilee
July 15, 16 & 17, 2016
Have you ever gazed up at a blue sky filled with hot air balloons of every shape and size, and every color of the rainbow? It’s a sight many people only dream of, and one you will never forget. Jackson’s Hot Air Jubilee will dazzle you and your family each July.
The festival also offers plenty of fun-filled activities on the ground. An arts and crafts show, live entertainment, Kid's Kingdom and much more add up to three days of amazement.
The Hot Air Jubilee was first held in 1983 and has since moved between Ella Sharp Park, Sparks Park and The Cascades, Jackson College and Jackson County Airport.
In 2011, the festival returned to Ella Sharp Park where it continues to this day. The return to Ella Sharp Park allows visitors to take advantage of visiting Ella Sharp Museum, Hurst Planetarium and Ella Sharp Putt Putt Golf.
This 563-acre park currently features an eighteen-hole Golf Course & Learning Center, eighteen-hole miniature golf course, four tennis courts, two picnic shelters, rose garden, Carter’s Corner... » More Information
This 563-acre park currently features an eighteen-hole Golf Course & Learning Center, eighteen-hole miniature golf course, four tennis courts, two picnic shelters, rose garden, Carter’s Corner Play Structure, two lighted softball fields, three regular softball fields, ten soccer fields, four baseball fields, one basketball court, playground areas, mountain biking trails, the Ella Sharp Museum, Hurst Planetarium and hosts the annual Hot Air Jubilee.
New in 2016 an 18-hole disc golf course!
- Ella Sharp Park's 18-hole miniaturized golf course holds fun for everyone. The mini-course is open 7 days a week. Please call for seasonal hours at 517-788-4696
Lighted Softball Fields
- The park includes 2 full service fenced and lighted ball fields. Field #1 has a scorer's building while field #2 has a rain shelter.
Open Field Sports Area
- The park includes 3 full-size football fields, 3 softball fields, 4 full-size soccer fields which can be used as 8 smaller fields.
- The park has a stretch along the banks of the Grand River which is available for fishing. The area is handicapped accessible and is located in the southeast portion of the park.
Paved and Unpaved Walking, Jogging, and Bike Trails
- The park includes a 1-mile path that connects from Fourth Street with Museum and with the South Jackson Street entrance. In addition, the park also keeps some rough trails that meander through natural preservation areas in both the East and West sides of Fourth Street. These trails are ideal for walking, jogging, and cross-country skiing. The Cascades Cycling Trail Map
- The park upkeeps 4 paved tennis courts on a first come first serve basis.
- The park upkeeps one basketball court located at the South Jackson Road entrance.
- Includes Carter's Corner located across from the Ella Sharp Museum
- The City of Jackson Recreation Department (517) 788-4040 will reserve either the Ella Sharp Park Rose Garden (near the entrance of Ella Sharp Park) or the Rotunda (across from the Museum) for your wedding. The Ella Sharp Park Carters Corner Picnic Pavilion or the West Picnic Pavilion are also available for rental. See Ella Sharp Museum for their Facility Rentals.
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In 1912, Ella Sharp’s farm and home were willed to Jackson for the creation of Ella Sharp Park and museum, which opened in 1965. The Ella Sharp Museum features an 1860... » More Information
In 1912, Ella Sharp’s farm and home were willed to Jackson for the creation of Ella Sharp Park and museum, which opened in 1965. The Ella Sharp Museum features an 1860’s log cabin, the Dibble one-room schoolhouse, country store, print shop, doctor’s office, wood shop and the Merriman Sharp Farmhouse.
The Ella Sharp Museum also houses six galleries including the Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art, the Jackson History Gallery, the Never Enough Time Clock Gallery and three galleries featuring traveling and in house exhibitions.
Thousands of visitors are drawn each year to Hillside Farm Lane for the Ella’s major festivals including Sugaring & Shearing (March), Fall Harvest Festival (October) and Art, Beer & Wine Festival (June) which includes art vendors, Michigan wine and craft beer tastings.
The Grand Community Room at the Ella Sharp Museum is the perfect place for your next grand event. The 3,000-square-foot room features an outdoor patio, catering kitchen, and stage to accommodate a wide variety of uses. A huge, arched window looks out onto the surrounding park and a mid-19th century log house. Consider Ella Sharp Museum for reunions, holiday parties, weddings, seminars, annual meetings and much more.
Photo Credit Wedding at Ella Sharp Museum by Trisha Hyde Photography
MOTOR COACH & GROUP INFORMATION
The Ella offers special programming options for groups of 15 or more. To schedule a group tour, please contact tour coordinator Emily Jarvi. Group tours must be scheduled two weeks in advance.
For your group’s visit, choose from three tour options, all lasting approximately three hours or create your own experience:
Option 1: Guided tour of Ella’s home, the Merriman-Sharp farmhouse; visit to the galleries; tour of the grounds featuring sculpture and historical buildings; free time
Option 2: Guided visit to the galleries; presentation on selected topic*; tour of the grounds featuring sculpture and historical buildings; free time
Option 3: Guided visit to the galleries; creative project; choose between tour of the grounds featuring sculpture and historical buildings or house tour; free time
*Choose from eight topics of interest in art and history relating to the museum’s collection.
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Now managed by the Ella Sharp Museum, the Peter F. Hurst Planetarium’s primary goal is to be an educational facility. Public Astronomy shows are presented under the 30-foot... » More Information
Now managed by the Ella Sharp Museum, the Peter F. Hurst Planetarium’s primary goal is to be an educational facility. Public Astronomy shows are presented under the 30-foot dome throughout the year with the brand new state-of-the art OmniStar projector.
For group rates and times please call the museum at (517) 787-2320 to schedule an appointment.
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Golf Course Founded in 1923, Ella Sharp Park's 18-hole golf course provides a challenge for golfers of all levels. Designed by Tom Bendelow, Sharp Park Golf Course features 2 sets of... » More Information
Founded in 1923, Ella Sharp Park's 18-hole golf course provides a challenge for golfers of all levels. Designed by Tom Bendelow, Sharp Park Golf Course features 2 sets of tees for different skill levels. The course, restored and redesigned in 2001, touts two of Jackson County's most challenging golf holes (2nd & 12th holes) along with an array of other well-manicured fairways and greens. In 2013, the clubhouse saw an upgrade that included updated bathrooms, a concession area, a hall of fame room and a ramp for handicapped accessibility. Call the clubhouse for availability at (517) 788-4066.
Received a 3.5 Star rating from Golf Digest Places to Play.
Golf Learning Center
Ella Sharp Park's Golf Learning Center is a great place to learn how to play golf, brush up on your skills, or just go to hit a few golf balls. The center includes 25 tee stations overlooking a well-manicured range with 5 target greens. The center also has a sand bunker and a large putting green for practicing that short game. For those golfers that are looking for more than just hitting a few balls around, the learning center also has a wide range of classes available for youth and adults. Classes and private instruction by PGA Golf Professional, Eric W. Terrian, are available for both beginners and veteran players. Please call to schedule your lesson at (517) 780-4799.
Ella Sharp Park's 18-hole miniaturized golf course holds fun for everyone. The mini-course is open 7 days a week. Please call for seasonal hours at 517-788-4696
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