By Keith Pontius
Highly respected and talented Regina Stephens will appear as the guest artist for the Fairfield Glade Resident Homeowners meeting on Monday, Nov. 26, at the Legends at 6 p.m. Regina opened up the 2011 year for RHA, is a local native, and is known in Cumberland County with a voice that has had the plateau applauding for years.
Regina will be assisted on the piano by Rebecca Gentry, who is also known widely in the area. She started playing the piano at the age of 4, studied at East Tennessee State University, gives piano lessons throughout the area and accompanies the Glade Methodist Choir and the Cumberland County Chorus.
Regina spent three years as a member of the Big South Fork Opry, has appeared in many fund raising concerts as well as providing backup for other vocalists, has worked numerous times with Dennis Donald and DSquared Productions, and will be appearing with Dennis and Jason Ross on Dec. 10 at the new Event Center in “Christmas Treasures.” She is the owner and Manager of R & B Cafe’ at Peavine Plaza on Peavine Road. Some of her other many talents include playing piano, keyboard and flute. She has produced her own “Harmonies” show at the Palace and works closely with the Tommie Dee shows. You can see her hard at work at her Café’ on Peavine Road, and hear her perform the first Friday of each month at her dinner shows with area performers.
Another highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of the 2012 Glade Citizen of the year. Started in 2008 by President Keith Pontius, this will be the fifth recipient, recognizing one that contributed much to the community. Previous citizens recognized were Larry and June Frazier, Bill and Betty Johnson, Joan Paton, and Lloyd and Ann Tripp.
President Randy Budd will be handing over the gavel to the 2013 President Dennis Donald. Other officers to be installed are Diane Donald, first vp; Carol Pontius, treasurer; chaplain, Dick Gillen; Caring and Sharing – Sally Winston; 50-50 Chair, Suzanne Williams; Name Badge, Jane Scott; and publicity, Keith Pontius. Volunteers are still being sought for secretary and third vp and help will be greatly appreciated.
As we close out a wonderful 2012 season, it is also necessary for us to urge everyone (all residents are eligible) to either renew their membership for 2013, or sign up for the first time. President-elect Donald has a great lineup of entertainers already booked for 2013, opening in January with the very popular Brian Bacon, music director of the St. Francis of Assisi Choir and conductor of the Cumberland County Community Band. Others to perform are Terri Utsey, a noted young singer from the area, Patrice Puglise, Terry Henderson, and 17-year-old Taylor Ware, a great yodeler who performed here five years ago and now has an entirely new act to share with us.
2013 will be the 40th year for RHA, the oldest organization in the Glade, organized specifically to afford a time for residents to fellowship with their neighbors, keep up with Community Club actions, and enjoy a wonderful meal and entertainment.
Dues for 2013 will be $12 per member, but if you sign up before Dec. 31, your cost will only be $10. You can also sign up by mailing your check to Box 2017, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Note that RHA meets the fourth Monday of each month, except May and December. Menu for Nov. 26 is grilled ham steak and all the fixings.
For a wonderful night out, reserve Nov. 26 for RHA at Legends. Call in reservations by Nov. 21 to June or Larrilee Frazier at 484-5914, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat. It is requested that you pay your meals by check. Men are requested to wear jackets, but it is not mandatory, and everyone is asked to wear a name badge so others can learn to know you. Special RHA badges can be ordered at the meeting. If you want to make up your own table of six or eight, you may do that when you make reservations. A social Hour begins at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m.