Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 15, 2014

Saxton to headline RHA January dinner


CROSSVILLE — The Fairfield Glade Resident Homeowners Association will kick off its 41st year on Jan. 24 at the Legends featuring one of the finest saxophone players in the country. Frank Saxton was born in Long Island, NY and began his career as a saxophone player at the age of 12. At 16, he was in jazz clubs, and at 18 became a member of the U.S. Army Band. This was followed by three years with the Halifax Symphony in Canada.

When Frank’s three-year contract ended in Halifax, he returned to New York to play for Broadway shows, including Mame, Maggie Flynn, Follies 1776, and worked at Radio City Music Hall. Tired of the high New York taxes, he decided to move to Las Vegas, where he stayed for 28 years playing in shows for more than 70 top stars.

While working in Las Vegas, Frank studied voice and piano. In 1988 he changed his career to performing as a vocalist and entertainer in the many Vegas hotels, lounges and convention shows. He has travelled extensively in the west and abroad. Frank now calls Tennessee his home. Frank and his fiancé, Catherine Munkelwicz (on keyboard), perform dinner music many weekends at the Curtain Call Dinner Theatre, as well as shows at the Art Circle Library and numerous benefits.

There is a new format for the programs at RHA this year. There will be a total of only seven programs starting in January, February, March and April. Programs will resume again in September, followed with October and November. February will feature the ever popular lyric baritone, Jim Case; March will bring back the ever popular Dr. William Bass, and April will showcase a couple from the Playhouse.

We particularly want to encourage FFG residents to renew their 2014 membership at a cost of $12 per person, which can be paid at the door on Jan. 24. In addition we want to put out a plea to all the new residents who have moved here in the last few years, to come and sample an enjoyable evening. Non-members can attend by paying a $6 entertainment fee plus the meal cost of $17 per person which includes tax and tip. The menu for this meeting will be roasted pork loin with all the trimmings. If you pay the $6 and return again, for $6 you will have full membership. Dues are the only money RHA has to secure these top programs, so your support is very important.

To make your reservations, call Carol Pontius at 484-3138, or email If you do not get a confirmation back, please try again, or call to make sure your reservation was properly recorded. Your participation is greatly appreciated. DEADLINE FOR RESERVATIONS is Thursday, Jan. 23. Note that if you make a reservation and do not attend, you are responsible for payment of the cost of the meal as RHA must guarantee the number of reservations on Jan. 23.

When making your reservations, you can make up your own table of six or eight, or you can just reserve for yourself and we will get you seated with a good group. If you do have a group you would like to sit with, please indicate that when making your reservation.

Men are requested to wear a jacket; ties are optional. Everyone is asked to wear a name badge to help everyone get acquainted. A name badge will be provided if you do not have one, or you will be able to buy a special RHA badge. RHA meetings are strictly a social event, providing you an opportunity to learn and visit with your neighbors, enjoy a good meal and entertainment. For easier reference for the treasurer, we ask that whenever possible, please write a check for your meals and/or entertainment.

New officers for the 2014 year are Co-presidents – Keith D. Pontius and Diane Donald; First V.P. – Dennis Donald; Secretary – Karen Robinson; Treasurer – Carol Pontius; Caring and sharing – Sally Winston; 50-50 chair – Suzanne Williams; and Chaplain – Dick Gillen.