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Albion and Medina downtowns host Beggar’s Night on Friday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 October 2016 at 6:01 pm
File photos by Tom Rivers: Princesses, ghosts, clowns and other creatures will be in downtown Albion and Medina on Friday for the annual Beggar’s Night events. Merchants at both downtowns will be handing out candy. This photo from October 2014 shows cousins Maria Bregy, a princess, and Anthony Love, a Power Ranger, walking up East Center Street in Medina by Rotary Park.

File photos by Tom Rivers: Princesses, ghosts, clowns and other creatures will be in downtown Albion and Medina on Friday for the annual Beggar’s Night events. Merchants at both downtowns will be handing out candy. This photo from October 2014 shows cousins Maria Bregy, a princess, and Anthony Love, a Power Ranger, walking up East Center Street in Medina by Rotary Park.

ALBION/MEDINA – The business associations in Albion and Medina have big baskets of candy ready to hand out during the annual Beggar’s Night celebration on Friday when hundreds of kids in costumes are expected.

Albion has 26 businesses or organizations committed to stops in the downtown. Lisa Stratton, owner of the Hazy Jade Gift Shop, said 476 children attended Beggar’s Night last year. She has enough treats for 500 kids.

The Albion event begins with a parade from the Albion Fire Hall on Platt Street at 6 p.m.

This photo from October 2015 shows members of the Albion Teachers Association handing out candy in front of the First Presbyterian Church. The teachers include, from right to left: Janet Husung, Stephanie Schepis, Mary Jane Klips, Juie Keller and Dawn Squicciarini (in purple).

This photo from October 2015 shows members of the Albion Teachers Association handing out candy in front of the First Presbyterian Church. The teachers include, from right to left: Janet Husung, Stephanie Schepis, Mary Jane Klips, Juie Keller and Dawn Squicciarini (in purple).

The Albion Free Methodist Church is a new addition to Beggar’s Night this year. The church at 25 S. Platt St. will have a bounce house, games and candy from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Medina is expecting about 750 kids for Beggar’s Night, which begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. Children are asked to line up in the parking lot of the Medicine Shoppe at 5:15. Medina has about 40 to 50 businesses participating, said Cindy Robinson, the Business Association president.

“We enjoy it,” Robinson said about the business owners who often are in costume for the occasion. “It’s nice to see the kids dressed up. It’s a feed-good kind of thing.”

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