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Jackson College Announces Spooktacular to Return

(September 14, 2022 10:12 AM) After a hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Halloween Spooktacular returns to Jackson College Central Campus.   Children 12 and under are invited to the seventh annual free Halloween trick-or-treat event on Friday, Oct. 28 from 5:30-7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress in a Halloween costume (though not required) and trick or treat through campus buildings. Trick-or-treating will start in Bert Walker Hall.   Handicapped accessible parking is available on the south or north side of Potter Center (near the College bookstore). Strollers and wagons are permitted; the route is completely handicap accessible with all locations being on the first floor of each building. The route will take you in and out of buildings so dress for the weather. Children are encouraged to bring a bag for treats. Volunteers will be stationed throughout the campus to direct visitors and distribute treats. In addition to candy there will be non-sweet treats and age-appropriate items. Free popcorn will be available at the end of the route, while supplies last. This is a free event for the community. Please visit https://www.jccmi.edu/familyfun for information or call 517.787.0800.

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REO Speedwagon, Paul Reiser, and Craig Morgan Headline Potter Center 2022-23 Season Lineup

REO Speedwagon.  Courtesy photos. (July 15, 2022 9:55 AM) Today, Jackson College announced the Potter Center 2022-‘23 season entertainment lineup.  Acts include diverse performances with live music, comedy, and dance -- even some canine stars. Season tickets go on sale this Monday, July 18. This season’s performances include: We Are Messengers with special guest, Jordan St. Cyr, 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022 We Are Messengers consists of friends Darren Mulligan (lead vocals), Kyle Williams (guitar), Drew Kerxton (drums) and Raul Aguilar (bass). “Power” is the band’s first full-length record since their critically acclaimed, self-titled debut. With nearly 100 million on-demand streams and more than 1 billion radio impressions, the Dove-nominated and K-LOVE Fan Award-winning band boasts six Top 10 Billboard Christian Airplay hits and three Top 5 singles. Also enjoy Jordan St. Cyr, the No. 2 Top New Christian Artist of 2021 according to Billboard, which also listed his song “Fires” in four of the top year-end Christian songs charts. REO Speedwagon, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 Fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon’s unrelenting drive never stopped, nor did the road tours or recordings that jump-started a burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. In 1980…

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Jackson College Boys Baseball Camp Returns

(June 10, 2022 3:31 PM) Boys Baseball Camp will play ball again this summer at Jackson College.  Boys ages 6-13 can practice the game at a two-day camp, June 20-21 from 9 a.m. to noon., on the newly renovated baseball fields on Central Campus (2111 Emmons Road, Jackson, MI  49201).  Baseball camp will teach fundamental skills in the sport – catching, batting, pitching, fielding, rules of the game and more. Boys can develop and their overall fitness while having fun with others. Cost is $85 for the camp. Campers will receive a T-shirt and should bring a glove, hat, water bottle and bat, if possible. Registration is currently underway; call baseball Coach Rick Smith for more information at 517.796.8592, or register online at https://jccmi.prestosports.com/landing/index.

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Jackson College Summer Concert Series Returns

(May 31, 2022 10:55 AM) Jackson College has announced the return of the Summer Concert Series on the Potter Center’s “back patio” this summer.   For years, the College presented the Front Porch Concert Series. Now, with renovations and improvements to the Potter Center, the series continues on the back patio.  All concerts are free and open to the community.  Performances scheduled:   June 8, Phil Bickel’s Jackson French Quarter Dixieland Band -- presenting favorites such as “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Bill Bailey,” and “Closer Walk.”   June 16, The Capital City Brass Band -- featuring professional musicians from Jackson, Lansing, and all areas in-between, the award-winning Capital City Brass Band has been exciting audiences since 2001! This group includes several local musicians who have been part of the Jackson Community Concert Band, played in Trombonefest and/or the Jackson Symphony Orchestra over the years.   June 19, Trombonefest -- “Baroque to Beatles, Queen and Blue Suede,” all with 30-plus trombones and a rockin’ rhythm section!       June 21, Jackson Community Concert Band Summer Concert -- with exciting, light-hearted literature with some classics for spice.   These free concerts will begin at 7 p.m. Some seating is available but bringing a lawn chair or blanket…

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Juneteenth Celebration Returns to Downtown Jackson as a Two Day Event

(May 23, 2022 11:29 AM) Jackson College today announced the Juneteenth Community Celebration & Resource Fair will return as a two-day event, June 17 & 18 in downtown Jackson. On Friday, June 17, local law enforcement and community leaders come together for Racial Inequities: Social Justice and Criminal Just Reform panel discussion at the Michigan Theatre, 124 N. Mechanic St., Jackson. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m., and the program starts at 10 a.m. Friday evening, a black history stage play, “1619 Welcome to America,” will be presented at the Michigan Theatre, with doors open at 6 p.m. This play is written and directed by Lisa Williams, with music directed by Big Code Blu. Friday evening, a black history stage play, “1619 Welcome to America,” will be presented at the Michigan Theatre, with doors open at 6 p.m. This play is written and directed by Lisa Williams, with music directed by Big Code Blu.  “1619 - Welcome to America” travels through decades of time with song and dance. Watch as time passes with families whose ancestors were once enslaved that deal with the same issues over and over again. On Saturday, a Resource Fair, Job Fair & Kids Zone kicks…

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Jackson County Free Museum Day Returns for 5th Annual Event

Visitors at Ye Ole Carriage Shop in Spring Arbor during 2021 Jackson County Free Museum Day.  JTV photo. (April 12, 2022 11:11 AM) Experience Jackson has announced the return of Jackson County Free Museum Day, an opportunity to visit Jackson County museums at no charge.  Eleven participating Jackson County museums will be open to the public, free of charge on Saturday, May 7, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for Jackson County Free Museum Day. Some locations will host an “open-house style” reception and self-guided tours while others are hosting child-friendly activities, historical demonstrations and providing guided tours. “Our museums focus on everything from transportation to musical instruments, historical buildings, schoolhouses, and fine art,” said Rachel Buchanan, Marketing & Development Manager for Experience Jackson. “On this unique day, we welcome you to dive into the rich history and culture that Jackson County has to offer at these locations”. 2022 Museum Day Participants: Cambridge Junction Historic State Park and Walker Tavern 13220 M-50, Brooklyn, MI 49230 | (517) 930-3806 Self-guided tours of the visitor center and barn Ella Sharp Museum 3225 Fourth St., Jackson, MI 49203 | (517) 787-2320 Museum galleries, historic farm lane, a show in the Hurst Planetarium, and Hillside Farmhouse…

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Civil War Muster Returns This Summer; Relocates to Cascades

A scene from the 2017 Civil War Muster.  JTV file photo. (March 22, 2022 8:42 AM) The Jackson Civil War Muster today announced the event is returning this summer and will be celebrating 35 years on August 27th and 28th, 2022. This year, the event will be returning to  Cascades Park, its original home for more than 30 years.  The Muster had moved to Ella Sharp Park in 2018 and 2019 and was suspended during COVID. Under the leadership of the organization’s new President, Maurice Imhoff, the planning team announced there will be several  new additions to the event. Tripp's Auto Shop & Collision Center has committed  $50,000 to help support the event for the next two years.   “It is safe to say that people, organizations and businesses are excited to have the event return!” said Imhoff. The Jackson Muster is the largest, longest running Civil War event in the Midwest, welcoming people of all ages. Each year, this free event draws 25,000 to 30,000 fans from throughout Michigan, Canada, and destinations as far as Sweden! We encourage visitors to interact with living historians by stepping back in time into the village of Jacksonburg, and to experience the extravagant…

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The Voice Winners Girl Named Tom Coming to the Michigan Theatre

Girl Named Tom.  Photo courtesy NBC. (February 28, 2022 10:12 AM) Country Boots & Bands and The Michigan Theater today announced Girl Named Tom will perform at The Michigan Theatre on  April 22, 2022.   Girl Named Tom is an American folk trio from Pettisville, Ohio, consisting of siblings Caleb, Joshua, and Bekah Liechty. They are the winners of season 21 of the NBC talent competition The Voice, with the distinction of being the first trio to win The Voice. During the 2021 season, they landed 4 songs concurrently on the iTunes Top 10 charts, with 2 songs reaching #1, plus they received praise from both mentor Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande, who stated, “They are the most special thing I have seen on this show”.   The band, established in 2019, began by touring the country in their old minivan, playing 67 shows in 27 cities.   According to the band’s website, the name is based on a childhood nickname. Joshua used to call Bekah "Thomas" when she was a baby. In 2022, Girl Named Tom plans to release a full-length album. Tickets for Girl Named Tom go on sale Friday, March 4, 2022 at 9 AM.  Tickets are…

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Hank Williams, Jr., Granger Smith Join Jackson County Fair Lineup

(February 28, 2022 9:42 AM)  The Jackson County Fair today announced that country music icon, Hank Williams Jr. with special guest Granger Smith featuring Earl Dibbles Jr., will join their entertainment lineup at the Jackson County Fair this summer on August 9, 2022. Hank Williams Jr. has sold over 70 million albums sold worldwide, including six platinum albums, 20 gold albums, 13 No. 1 albums, and 10 No. 1 singles. He has garnered industry recognition as an ACM Entertainer of the Year, CMA Entertainer of the Year, and BMI Icon. Hank Williams, Jr. is a Grammy award winner and an inductee in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2021 he carried on the family tradition with a pandemic-delayed induction into Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame Class of 2020. As a touring artist, Hank Jr. was a pioneer in bringing arena rock production values to country music, and today he remains one of the most consistent ticket sellers in music.   Over the course of his career, Granger Smith has amassed a large and rabid audience now known as "Yee Yee Nation" built through heavy touring and grassroots fan engagement.  Smith broke onto the national scene with Remington, an…

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