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Two-day Art-A-Licious festival opens today

Downtown Adrian’s Art-A-Licious festival, a two-day art fair featuring more than 80 exhibitors, will open this afternoon and run through Saturday evening. Now in its ninth year, Art-A-Licious features media such as paintings, sculpture, pottery, glasswork, woodwork and jewelry. A complete schedule of events can be viewed at artalicious.org. Continue Reading

Kiwanis Trail

Who uses the Kiwanis Trail? Resident surveys trail users to find out

After a discussion at an Adrian City Commission meeting earlier this summer about resurfacing part of the Kiwanis Trail, which runs from Adrian almost all the way to Tecumseh, city resident John Kuschell started wondering what kind of use the trail gets. But instead of just wondering, he decided to find out. He designed a survey and visited the trail 21 times during July and August, taking three hours per visit and traveling the entire length. With the help of Tom MacNaughton, Re-Bicycle Lenawee, Adrian Locksmith and Cyclery, Maple City Wheelers and the YMCA of Lenawee County, he conducted 233 face-to-face interviews along the trail and gathered offsite responses from trail users, as well as counting the number of people using the trail at different times of day. The final tally was the result of counting 720 trail users, conducting face-to-face interviews with 233, and collecting written surveys from 71 more. We’ll post more about the findings later, but in the meantime, here’s what the survey found. Continue Reading

Maple Avenue

City to keep parking lanes on Maple after residents object to removal

After receiving objections from several residents at Tuesday night’s Adrian City Commission meeting, commissioners decided not to remove parking from West Maple Avenue when it’s restriped later this year. The road is scheduled to be resurfaced, and as a result will need restriping. That led to a discussion last month about the possibility of putting in bike lanes on both sides and prohibiting on-street parking. However, a number of residents said that because their homes don’t have large driveways, they depend on on-street parking, especially when friends and family visit. Maple Avenue resident Marcia Harrington said only a handful of cyclists use Maple, and the idea of prohibiting residents from parking in front of their homes is “not fair to us as homeowners that live on the street and pay our taxes.” Continue Reading

Maple Avenue

Bike lanes, turn lane, or no change? Maple Avenue on city commission’s agenda

Maple Avenue will need its stripes repainted after an upcoming resurfacing project — but it might not look the same. The Adrian City Commission will consider three options at its next meeting, which is at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the City Chambers Building. The options are:

Removing the on-street parking area and adding bike lanes. Removing the on-street parking area and adding a center turn lane. Keeping the street as-is except for adding a turn lane between Main and Winter streets. Continue Reading

Adrian Mall

Announcement of new mall anchor store could be coming in a few weeks

A major announcement about a new anchor store for the Adrian Mall could be coming within a few weeks, according to a representative of the Tabani Group, the Dallas-based company that purchased the mall last winter. Michael Schackman, asset manager for the Tabani Group, addressed the Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce Adrian in the A.M. breakfast today. “Right now, we have two large anchors in the works to come to the mall,” he said, adding that he had hoped to be able to announce one of them today, but the announcement will probably be a few weeks off. Nonetheless, he said, he’s “very confident” in the deal. The Tabani Group owns a total of more than 10 million square feet of commercial, hotel and residential real estate, including nine shopping centers. Continue Reading

Summer Sendoff

Croswell Opera House to host end-of-summer rock show this weekend

The Croswell Opera House will mark the end of summer with a rock concert featuring the Croswell All-Star Band. The Summer Sendoff concert, which is at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, will feature hits from the ’70s, ’80s and beyond, including the music of Kiss, Heart, Rick Springfield and Pat Benatar. The band includes Keith Holloway on guitar and vocals, Dave Rains on keyboard, John Rosas on lead guitar, Dan Kesterke on drums and Garrett Holloway on bass. They will be joined by two special guests: Kyrie Bristle, most recently seen on the Croswell stage as Sandra Bloom in “Big Fish,” and Dan Clair, who just wrapped up a two-weekend run as Huey Calhoun in “Memphis.”

“Anyone who’s seen them in a show knows what fantastic performers Kyrie and Dan are, but when you see them really rock out, it’s a whole different experience,” said Jere Righter, artistic director of the Croswell. Continue Reading

Second Taco Bell in Adrian

Last major obstacle to North Main Taco Bell is out of the way

The last major roadblock to a new Taco Bell restaurant on the north side of Adrian has been removed. At issue is 0.27 acre of land adjacent to Island Park that the developer, Sundance Inc., wants to buy from the city in order to get the restaurant’s entrance far away from Albert Street to avoid causing problems with that intersection. A variety of problems were discovered in the process of trying to sell the property, including a clause giving 70 percent of any mineral rights to the state, and a requirement for the city to acquire an equivalent amount of land for recreational purposes; these stemmed from the city originally using DNR funds to buy the land. For more background, see this previous story. City administrator Shane Horn said Monday that the state has cleared the mineral rights restriction, which was the last major obstacle. Continue Reading

Maple Avenue

Should West Maple Avenue have bike lanes?

The city of Adrian is considering adding bike lanes to West Maple Avenue after the road is resurfaced later this year. The city commission discussed the idea at a study session before Monday night’s meeting. City administrator Shane Horn said the lanes would run from U.S. 223 on the west side of town to the downtown area, connecting to the Kiwanis Trail. He said the Kiwanis Trail is well-utilized and this would make it easier to access. Maple Avenue is 40 feet wide on the west end of town, out toward U.S. 223, and narrows to between 30 and 32 feet past Scott Street. Continue Reading

Memphis

Tony Award-winning musical “Memphis” opens at the Croswell

The musical “Memphis,” a rock ’n’ roll love story set in 1950s Tennessee, will hit the stage at the Croswell Opera House in Adrian starting tonight. “It’s high-powered from the first note,” director Deb Calabrese said of the show, which won four Tony Awards when it opened on Broadway in 2009 and was nominated for four more. Memphis tells the story of a Huey Calhoun, a white radio DJ in the segregation era, who falls in love with a talented young black singer named Felicia Farrell. “It’s a love story,” Calabrese said, “but it’s not only a love story between a man and a woman, it’s a love story between a person and their love for music.”

The character of Huey Calhoun is loosely based on the real-life radio personality Dewey Phillips, who was one of the first DJs to play African-American rhythm and blues for white audiences. In the Croswell’s production, Huey is played by Dan Clair of Canton. Continue Reading

Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings will open in a week and give 100 customers free wings for a year

The new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Adrian, which is located on the south end of the Adrian Mall, is slated to open next week. The grand opening is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 17, with the doors opening at 11 a.m. The restaurant will give free wings for a year to the first 100 customers through the door on that day. Joe Chuhran, managing partner of the restaurant, said its design will be different from most other Buffalo Wild Wings locations in Michigan, in that it uses the stadium-style atmosphere employed by the chain’s newer restaurants. It will have an open appearance – you’ll be able to stand on one side of the restaurant and see across to the other – with big-screen TVs above the bar mimicking the look of a stadium Jumbotron. Continue Reading