Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 17, 2013

Bacons to open 40th year for Resident Homeowners Association

By Keith D. Pontius
Sun contributor

CROSSVILLE — Headlining the opening show for the 40th year of the Fairfield Glade Resident  Homeowners Association will be none other than local favorite Brian Bacon and his wife, Amanda, in a program called “Bel Canto to Broadway” Jan. 28.  This promises to be a one-of-a-kind  show, and you will not want to miss it.

Brian is currently the director of music and liturgy at St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Church in Fairfield Glade, where he directs seven choirs, including the Festival Chorale of Fairfield Glade and is also the music director and conductor of the Cumberland County Community Band.  He is an award-winning musician and will be making his conducting debut in the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City next spring. This is Mr. Bacon’s fifth invitation to be a part of the MidAmerican Productions Choral Concert Series, but his first as a guest conductor.

Brian will have the opportunity to conduct the New England Symphonic Ensemble and a 150-voice choir that will include the Festival Chorale of Fairfield Glade, Roane State Community College Concert Choir and other choirs from across the United States.

Amanda Marie Bacon (soprano) is a native of Crossville and has studied vocal performance at Roane State Community College and Maryville College. She has been the featured soloist for the Maryville College Orchestra, Southern Stars Symphonic Brass Ensemble, Cumberland County Community Chorus, St. Joseph Community Chorus, Maryville-Alcoa Community Chorus and with many churches throughout Tennessee and Missouri.

All told – you are in for a great evening!  Be sure to get your reservations in early.

RHA members and guests enjoy a social hour from 5-6 p.m., followed with a fine dinner. Cost of meals, including tax and tip, is $17 per person, and annual dues are $12.

Note that we are particularly inviting new residents or those who have never attended an RHA meeting to visit and see if this would not be a good way to spend 10 nights during the year. It is open to all residents of Fairfield Glade. RHA meets the fourth Monday of each month, except for May and December. If you have never attended an RHA meeting you do not have to join at this first meeting, but can do so at the next meeting on Feb. 25. Payments for meals and dues can be made at the door on Monday night, Jan. 28.

A Heart  Smart meal is also available for those who wish to keep their diet in balance for the start of the year.  You can also make up your own table of six or eight, or you can designate people you would like to sit with.

Your dues are the only monies that the group has to provide the entertainment.  There is an abundance of excellent entertainers in our area, which is  part of what makes this such a great community to live in, and they do enjoy your support.

Starring in February will be Terri Utsey, from Rockwood, who has made a strong entry into the music world in Cumberland County by performing as a guest several times at the Cumberland Jamboree with the Trackside Band, and as a lead singer with the Dillion Street Band.  Terri sings a variety of music, ranging from Patsy Cline to Liza Minnelli. March will feature Terry Henderson from Lima, OH, who has quickly become one of the area  favorites.

All in all, you are in for a great year under the leadership of President Dennis Donald, developer of DSquared Productions. 

To make your reservations, you can call Third Vice Presidents Ted or Barbara Lavaque at 459-2359 or email  Deadline for reservations is Thursday, Jan. 24.

Officers for 2013 are Dennis Donald, president; Diane Donald, first vice president; Karen Robinson, secretary; Carol Pontius, treasurer; Dick Gillen, chaplain; Sally Winston, caring and sharing; Suzanne Williams, 50-50 chairperson; Keith D. Pontius, publicity; and Randy Budd, immediate past president.

Start the new year off right by joining your  friends and neighbors at The Legends.  Catch up on the latest news from the Community Club and follow the latest news about the improvements to Peavine Road.