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For a great “toe-tapping” event, be sure to join RHA members at their July 23 meeting at Legends. This is their first venture into Cumberland County and we want to give them a great welcome?
Bonded by their love of dance and their commitment to share this love with others in their community, the Tellico Tappers originated in Tellico Village near Knoxville just a few years ago.
In turn they have found that there is a great appreciation for this uniquely American dance form and a fondness for that era of Broadway music and theatre that saw its heyday. The Dancers range in age from 49 to 74. They practice five hours a week and perform several times a month. Last year, their schedule included over 30 performances.
Tellico Tappers originated when retired dance teacher and former studio owner, Marilynn McKenna, found that golf was losing its appeal, and she missed the creative outlet that teaching dance had always provided. At the urging of several ladies in the community, the group began by practicing basic steps. Their first performance was a simple number performed at the Tellico Fourth of July celebration. Husbands and friends applauded and the women decided this was something they wanted to pursue.
The group searched for a facility to practice in and found a studio with rental space in nearby Lenoir City. The Tellico Tappers were formed!
The tappers perform for Senior Groups, Charity functions, Assisted Living Centers and many area functions. They have danced at Knoxville’s Honda Hoot, at the Zoo, at the Dogwood Arts luncheon, at the Covenant Health Awards Banquet, Festival of Trees and the Tennessee Theatre. They have danced in competition, winning a coveted Platinum Award. They are constantly juggling their time between family, children, grandchildren and work, and yet still manage to donate hundreds of hours to charity functions. For a great evening of socializing and enjoying super entertainment, be sure to put RHA at the top of your calendar for July 23!
If you haven’t joined RHA yet, NOW is the time do it! A special rate of $9 is now in effect for the final five programs of the year – all top notch. Dinner reservations must be in by Thursday, July 19, by calling June or Larrilee Frazier at 484-5914, or you can email to [email protected]
Anyone needing information or help after July 19, be sure to call President Randy Buss at 484-0197. You can pay your dues at check-in at the Legends, or you can send a check to RHA, PO Box 2017, Fairfield Glade, TN 38558. Please be sure to include your name, address, phone and email address when remitting.
The RHA Board, headed by President Randy Budd, is making it possible for you to bring your special guests for a payment of $5.
If these guests then decide to join RHA, they can apply the $5 to the current dues fee of $9. The cost of the meal is $17, which includes tax and tip, and will feature baked scrod as the main entrée for July. A heart Smart dinner is also available to anyone wanting it.
Future programs will include Ashley Krohn and Joe Rice; The Classy Country Strings; David Turner who is a wonderful ventriloquist and comedian, and the great voice of our own Regina Stephens-Clark. In addition, you will want to be on hand at the November meeting for the naming of the Glade Citizen of the Year.
Don’t forget, too, that a Social Hour begins at 5 PM, followed with dinner at 6 PM. All are asked to wear a name badge so that others can get to know you.