Posts Tagged 'christmas'

Winter Wonderland 2010 photos

Winter Wonderland - Exit

This past weekend American 1 employees celebrated our own night at the Winter Wonderland. We took some photos of the event on Saturday night, and boy what a turnout!

Winter Wonderland starts up again this Friday, Dec. 17 and runs through December 23. It’s free with paid entry to Nite Lites. Hope to see you there.

Jackson and Grass Lake Christmas parade pictures

Jackson Christmas Parade - All set to go

American 1 particpated in the Jackson, Brooklyn, and Grass Lake Christmas parade this year, and we have a bunch of pictures to share. Check out pictures of the Jackson and Grass Lake parades at our Flickr gallery.

Our friends over at Home.fm took some great shots of the downtown Jackson parade, too.

American 1 holiday hours 2010

snowy pine cone

We’re quickly approaching the holiday season. Here are our branch closing hours from Thanksgiving to New Year’s:

  • Branches closed Thursday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving
  • Branches will close early, at 1 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 24 for Christmas Eve
  • Branches closed Saturday, Dec. 25 for Christmas
  • Branches closed Saturday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Winter Wonderland pictures posted

Winter Wonderland - Welcome

American 1 brought the first-ever Winter Wonderland to the Nite Lites Christmas light show at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in 2009.

Check out pictures from the event at our Flickr photo gallery.

This year’s holiday hours

From all of us at American 1, we hope everyone has an enjoyable holiday weekend.

Our branches will close at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and will be closed Christmas Day. We will reopen at normal hours on Saturday, Dec. 26.

All American 1 branches will be closed Friday, Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day as well.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

Winter Wonderland added to Nite Lites

Nite Lites

You may have read in the Jackson Citizen Patriot that American 1 is adding a Winter Wonderland event to John Spink’s Nite Lites Christmas light show at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

The American 1 Winter Wonderland will coincide with Spink’s Nite Lites from Saturday, Dec. 12 to Wednesday, Dec. 23 at the American 1 Event Center. The event will feature decorated holiday trees, vendors offering hand-crafted items, a kids craft area, food and drinks of the season, and a visit from Santa Claus. Entrance to the American 1 Winter Wonderland will be at no additional cost to the Nite Lite visitors.

Thousands of cars drive through Spink’s Nite Lites event each year at the Jackson County Fairgrounds during the holiday season, starting after Thanksgiving.

“I’ve been looking to increase the activities we offer at Nite Lites for several years,” John Spink, owner of Nite Lites, says. “It takes a lot of work to create something from scratch and, with their success at coordinating events, I felt American 1 would be the perfect business to approach about supporting it.”

Liz Niles, our community relations manager, is looking for businesses to participate in the Holiday Tree Decorating Contest and vendors to offer holiday handmade crafts for the event.

“The Jackson community has been so supportive when it comes to getting involved with events that are focused on family, and this event is just that,” Niles says. “This is going to be one stunning sight you won’t want to miss.”

Local businesses will compete in the Holiday Tree Decorating Contest. During the Winter Wonderland, all the trees in the contest will serve as prizes in a silent auction that will take place during the 12 days. The winners will receive a potted blue spruce pine with decorations. Guests will also be able to vote for their favorite tree by making a donation to that tree’s donation box. After the event, the business with the most donations in their box wins the contest. The money collect will be donated to a charity of the winning business’s choice.

For more information on the Holiday Tree Decorating contest or vendor participation, contact Liz Niles at (517) 780-4139. To support the event with a donation, contact John Spink at (517) 937-6426.

[Photo courtesy Mlive.com.]

American 1 holiday hours



Just a reminder – American 1 branches are closing early tomorrow, Christmas Eve, at 1 p.m. On Thursday, Christmas day, all branches will be closed for the holiday. We’ll reopen at our normal hours on Friday, Dec. 26.

Have a safe and merry Christmas, and a very happy holiday!

Let it snow.

Jackson, MI snow storm

Here’s the scene on Friday, Dec. 19 at 9 a.m. looking down East Michigan Ave. in Jackson.

Lots of schools closed, lots of plow trucks out, and a weirdly empty parking lot at the American 1 Home Office.


Emergency Snow Route

“All the smart folks stayed home,” one co-worker said. That could be.

Be safe out there!


Friday roundup from the archive

Americans tighten their spending belts: “A New York Times article by David Leonhardt, “Buying Binge Slams to a Halt,” makes note of something interesting…”

Nite-Lite coupon for $1 off admission: “If haven’t driven through the Nite Lite attraction at the Jackson County Fairgrounds during the holidays, you’re missing out on quite a light show.”

Middle School donates pennies to Cancer Society: “Mary Ball felt good watching thousands of pennies cycle through American 1 Federal Credit Union’s coin-counting machine at its Home Office.”

Did you see us at the Christmas Parade?: “If you braved the chilly weather last Friday night, you probably saw our Home Office lego float make an appearance at the downtown Jackson Christmas parade.”

By the way: you can see our float on Saturday, Dec. 6 in the Chelsea Christmas Parade. See you then!

Did you see us at the Christmas Parade?

Christmas Parade - all lit up

If you braved the chilly weather last Friday night, you probably saw our Home Office lego float make an appearance at the downtown Jackson Christmas parade.

We decorated the float, adding a wreath and tons of lights, Friday afternoon. Check out some photos from the event at our Flickr site.



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