Weekend Planner: Family of singers slated to perform at Crossroads

Published 10:25 am Thursday, July 2, 2015

By Madeline Funk

Crossroads Church will host the Benson Family Singers from Faribault on Sunday.

The family will sing at 9 and 10:30 a.m.

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Pete and Rachelle Benson will sing along with three of their sons. They focus on barbershop, bluegrass and gospel music.

The Bensons are a family of seven. There are four boys and one girl: David, 14, Aaron, 13, Luke, 9, Paul, 4, and their newborn, Keziah.

Pete Benson is an experienced barbershopper who has sung in two district champion quartets, and directed the award-winning Great Northern Union Chorus in Minneapolis. He is also a music professor at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls and coaches choruses and quartets throughout the Midwest.

Rachelle Benson is an accomplished singer and violinist and is a former Sweet Adeline. She is also an accountant and a homeschool teacher.

The family has three CDs out right now and is traveling around the Midwest to sing to different churches.

The family’s website is www.bensonfamilymusic.com.


The On a Summer Day gallery exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  at the Albert Lea Art Center.

The Cancer Survivorship Walking Group will walk from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Health Reach walking track. This group is free for cancer patients receiving treatment, for patients done with cancer treatments and for caregivers. Call 507-379-2050 with questions.

Albert Lea’s Beyond the Yellow Ribbon will host a Freedom Festival. The event is free and is to show appreciation for veterans of all branches of the military. There will be food, a cash bar and entertainment by John Steiert. Donations will be collected to send care packages for Delta Co. troops when they go to the Joint Readiness Training Center. For more information contact John Severtson at 373-6694 or 438-8225, or albeyondtheyellowribbon@gmail.com.

The Third of July Parade will start at 6 p.m. at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds and proceed down Bridge Avenue to Fountain Street, where it will turn and end at Central Park.

The Pelican Breeze II pizza cruise will leave at 6 p.m. from Frank Hall Park.Cost is $20. Ten reservations are needed for the Pelican Breeze II to go out. Call 383-7273 by 4 p.m. to reserve your spot.

The burger feed at the American Legion in Alden will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost is $5 for burger or pork burger with all the fixings and chips.



The On a Summer Day gallery exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Albert Lea Art Center.

The Albert Lea Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to noon at Northbridge Mall. Asparagus, lettuce, spinach, flowers and more will be sold.

The Fourth of July Bayside ski show will start at 2 p.m. at the Edgewater Park Bayside. The event is free but donations are accepted.

The sixth annual free car show on Broadway will start at 2 p.m. and go until 6 p.m. There are door prizes throughout the show. Food vendors and music will also be at this free event.

The United Methodist Church will host a concert that includes patriotic and American music along with the Albert Lea Cantori, organists Eileen Nelson Ness, Meghan Meloy, The Stray Notes, Scott Ness on cello, Stuart Ness and Brent Ness on violin and many others. The concert is from 3 to 4 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Albert Lea.

The Fourth of July fireworks will start at 10 p.m. over Fountain Lake.



The Eagles breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eagles Club. Pancakes, eggs, sausages, biscuits and gravy, juice, milk and coffee will be served at a cost of $7.

The Pelican Breeze cruise will leave Frank Hall Park at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. There needs to be at least 10 people for the Pelican Breeze II to go out. Reserve your spot by calling 507-383-7273.



Friday, Saturday and Sunday: “Inside Out,” “Jurassic World,” “Magic Mike XXL,” “Max” “Ted 2” “Terminator Genisys” and “Terminator Genisys 3-D.”