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 Devin Scillian and the Arizona Sun perform in 2019 as part of the St. Clair Shores Music on the Lake concert series at Veterans Memorial Park. The 2020 concert series has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Devin Scillian and the Arizona Sun perform in 2019 as part of the St. Clair Shores Music on the Lake concert series at Veterans Memorial Park. The 2020 concert series has been canceled due to COVID-19.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes


No concerts in Veterans Memorial Park in St. Clair Shores for 2020

More summer events canceled, postponed

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published May 26, 2020

 Line dancers take the floor during a 2019 concert in the park.

Line dancers take the floor during a 2019 concert in the park.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — The sultry sounds of summer typically include rock and roll, country, and funk music filling Veterans Memorial Park and the surrounding area on Wednesday nights.

But this year, the bandshell will be quiet.

Mayor Kip Walby announced at the May 18 City Council meeting that Petitpren Inc., the sponsor of the Michelob Ultra Music on the Lake summer concert series for the past 29 years, and the city have decided not to host the concerts this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Walby said that, in speaking to Greg Hillman, of Petitpren, on May 14, “they’re a little fearful to have such crowds ... thousands of people in the park.

“They don’t feel comfortable, this year, doing the concerts.”

While Walby said that he felt confident that the concerts would return even “stronger” in 2021, “I think we all knew (the cancellation) was probably coming.”

“I know they feel bad about it. We feel bad about it, but it’s just the way it is this year,” he said.

St. Clair Shores also announced the cancellation of the Monday concert series in Wahby Park for 2020. The concerts, sponsored by Shorewood Kiwanis and the Macomb Chamber Music Society, have become “an unforgettable summer tradition for many of our residents, especially our seniors,” Walby said in a press release May 19.

The cancellation comes on the heels of other events that have already been canceled or postponed in the city due to COVID-19, including the May Interstate 94 expressway ramp cleanup by the Waterfront Environmental Committee and the May Farmers Market at Blossom Heath Park, opening day for the St. Clair Shores Baseball Association and the St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade.

There will also not be a special needs playground program or summer playground program offered for children this summer through the Parks and Recreation Department.

“We don’t want to give up,” Walby said. “Throughout this time, I’ve tried to be slow in canceling things.”

Even though the parade won’t march down Harper Avenue this month, Councilwoman Candice Rusie asked if city workers could still hang flags along the parade route, as was tradition.

“It’s quite a sight to see,” she said. “Just because we don’t have the parade, that’s not a reason not to do this.

“We all need a little bit of a boost nowadays.”

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