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Petitpren thanked for its work in the city

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 13, 2016


ST. CLAIR SHORES — For more than a quarter-century, a Macomb County business has made sure the sounds of summer return to St. Clair Shores.

The St. Clair Shores City Council issued a proclamation of thanks to Petitpren Inc. April 4, expressing gratitude to the distribution company for its 26 years of sponsorship of the city’s Concerts in the Park series.

“It’s in the nature of the Petitprens to give back to the communities that we distribute in,” said Marketing Manager Greg Hillman. “We appreciate being able to do it with you and for you. For me to see the people who enjoy the music and enjoy the concerts, it’s just a great thing.”

Hillman said that the founder of Petitpren Inc., Stan Petitpren, was a bootlegger before and during Prohibition and has been in Macomb County since the early 1900s. When Prohibition ended, he began a distribution business that has lasted to this day and now includes the fourth generation working in the business. 

“Stan is still alive and turned 100 years old this past January,” Hillman told City Council. “He’s always got great stories from the past.”

This year’s 2016 Michelob Ultra Music on the Lake concert series will begin at 7:30 p.m. June 8 with a performance from Jill Jack at Veterans Memorial Park, on Jefferson Avenue at Masonic Boulevard, and continue on Wednesdays through Aug. 10. The concerts are free and open to the public, without a park pass needed, because of the sponsorship from Petitpren.

“They’ve been putting on concerts for 26 years, so that’s pretty impressive,” Parks and Recreation Director Greg Esler said. “They’ve got great bands.” 

Mayor Kip Walby thanked the company for its contribution to the city.

“It’s a wonderful event. You spend thousands on this,” he said. 

Esler said that this year, Petitpren Inc. is spending $30,000 on the Concerts in the Park series. There will also be two dates — July 6 and Aug. 10 — when Park-It will bring a movie to the park after the concert. 

“This truly is a family event. Family Wednesdays at the park is great,” said Activities Committee Chairman Dave Rubello. “We’ve got a playground out there for the kids, a splash pad out there for the kids. Grills, along with the great music and food trucks.

“Greg Hillman, Petitpren, we couldn’t do this without you.”

Esler said the splash pad in the park will open June 18. 

Walby, also a member of the Activities Committee, said they are looking to bring in food trucks during the summer concerts, as they were very popular when the Nautical Ride brought them to the park twice in 2015. 

“We’re going to try to throw a few new things in,” he said. 

2016 Michelob Ultra Music on the Lake concert schedule

• June 8 — Jill Jack
• June 15 — Danny D’s & the Vagabonds
• June 22 — Gia Warner Band
• June 29 — The Groove Council
• July 6 — The George Brothers Band
• July 13 — Devin Scillian with Arizona Sun
• July 20 — The Shy
• July 27 — The Sun Messengers
• Aug. 3 — Air Margaritaville
• Aug. 10 — Joey Vee Band

Source: St. Clair Shores Parks and Recreation