My chorus, Top of the Rock, recently had our 4th Spring Tea. Mom and I once again co-chaired the event. This year the Tea was at the historic Albert Pike Masonic Center in downtown Little Rock on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon right before Mothers’ Day.

We had 120 guests–the biggest crowd yet! We will plan for even more next year!

Tables were decorated by members of the chorus. We gave the ladies free-range as far as decorating goes. You’ll see a variety of themes–from Christmas to farm to jewelry. Mine is the one with the yellow tulips!

Click on each gallery below to see the pictures better.

You must have some fancy food to go on those fancy plates!

Here is the menu we served:

Tea Menu2016

I had fabulous help in the kitchen, as always!

Some of the men from Accapella Rising, the Little Rock men’s barbershop chorus, helped us with the serving.

We had a FABULOUS vintage fashion show. A friend of Mom’s from high school, Wanda Cook (aka The Coca Cola Lady, be sure to check out this article from a few years ago) provided the fashions. Top of the Rock provided the models! Wanda has displayed her collection at Red Hat conventions, women’s luncheons and other events. She was so generous to loan her collection to us for the day! The fashion show was a HUGE hit! The models really got into character and made the clothing come alive.

Of course there had to be some singing!!

It looked like everyone had a good time!

A big thanks to my husband, Chip, for taking all the photos! He took over 500 pictures and walked over 11,000 steps that day!

 

I recently returned from my first-ever trip to Baltimore, MD.

WOW!

There is so much to see and do in downtown Baltimore!

I was there for the Sweet Adeline International Competition!

Baltimore Welcome

My chorus, Top of the Rock, was invited to compete in the Harmony Classic portion of the contest! For those of you unfamiliar with Sweet Adelines–it’s a BIG DEAL!

The entire week was full of activities and contests. However, I was unable to stay the whole week, so I had to do my touring FAST!

We arrived late Sunday night. Our first rehearsal wasn’t until Monday afternoon, so we had time for a little exploring!

breakfast sandwich

Breakfast was at Potbelly. We discovered Potbelly on a trip to Houston a couple of years ago. They have yummy breakfast sandwiches and oatmeal. They are very reasonably priced, which is a good thing!

I saved my little Potbelly bag just because it had a “P” stamped on it. Yes, I’m a nerd!

Camden Yards

Our hotel was right down the road from Camden Yards–where the Orioles play baseball! My husband is a big baseball fan, so I had to snap a couple of pictures for him!

Oriole Park

The Baltimore Inner Harbor was really cool! Tons of restaurants and shops. I would have loved to tour the Domino Sugar plant! Boat tours of the harbor were available. Some of my friends took the tour and said it was great! I just didn’t have time.

Domino Sugar

This was not their tour boat. I guess it could have been though!

paddle boats

Some other friends hit the National Aquarium later in the week. I picked up some t-shirts for the kids at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Hard Rock Cafe

The McCormick World of Flavors shop was a fun little shop in the Inner Harbor, lots of Old Bay seasoning! Mom and I enjoyed the salt sampling we did there. Our favorite was the lime salt. I asked if they had any other samples we could try. One of the gals working there is a cupcake maker. She brought me some samples of her frosting. They weren’t bad. Here is a link to her Facebook page.

McCormick World of Spice

Off to rehearsal-the reason we came! Weeks prior to our trip, chorus members exchanged words of encouragement and small gifts with a Secret Sis. Look what my Sis gave me at the big reveal–a Baltimore scrapbook! What a unique and thoughtful gift! She included all kinds of scrappy Baltimore goodies in it. Thanks, Becky! You were a great Secret Sis.

secret sis

At one of our rehearsals several of us decided to dress alike–unintentionally.

black shirts

Later, we all dressed alike–on purpose this time!

with mom

Why do we girls always squish our faces together in pictures?

about to hit the stage

stage ready

friends

red costumes

in the lobby

Can you tell we are excited to hit the stage?!

bus ride

We did GREAT!

Guess what? We came in 3rd place–IN THE WORLD!!!!

Bronze medal

You can see for yourselves…

I have a couple more tidbits to share with you from my trip so stay tuned.  I can’t wait to go back to Baltimore one day when there is a little more time for exploring!

I did make it home in time for Senior Night with my girl! I even managed to make it though without tears.

senior night

The Sweet Adeline group I sing with, Top of the Rock Chorus, recently had a fundraiser event. Wanting to do something different, we decided to have a Tea at the historic Harper-Alexander House.

Harper Alexander House

Everything was just lovely! The weather even cooperated. It was sunny and the temperature was in the low to mid 70s.

Porch exterior

I’ll give you a little pictorial tour of the house. Be sure and follow the link above to learn more of what goes on at the Harper-Alexander House.

Beautiful pressed tin ceilings….

Ceiling Tiles

…and wide winding staircases were typical of homes built in the early 1900s.

Uptairs looking down

Meet some of the Harpers.

The Harpers

Beautiful details were at every turn.

Lamp Details

vintage Hershey's Cocoa tin

Roses in water

Tea Tray

Decorated Mantle

Every table was eloquently arranged.

Living Room Low table

Living Room,

Porch

Porch table

table for two

table for two centerpiece

table for two china

yellow room

Blue Room full table

Blue Room

Blue Room Table

Big Room 1

Big Room 2

downstairs bedroom

Front Room side table

Front room

Front Window Table

Bride's room

As guests arrived, handsome gentlemen escorted them to their tables.

Greeting at the door

ushers

Of course there was some singing. That is what we do best!

Top of the Rock

Top of the Rock singing

While folks enjoyed their tea and treats, some members of the chorus acted as fashion models. Fashions were provided by Chico’s in Little Rock and Fashion Corner in North Little Rock. (Unfortunately, we were all so busy serving and so taken with the food and surroundings we didn’t get pictures of the models. If some turn up somewhere, I’ll be sure to add them here.)

And, of course, there was food…

Savory Tea Plate 1

and food

scones with clotted cream and jam

…and more food!

dessert plate 2

Watch for more to come about the food.

It was a wonderful day!

Top of the Rock partnered with P.A.T.H. and His Kaleidoscope Ministry for this event. Being able to share with these groups made the day that much more special.

Top of the Rock would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to Walmart, Kroger, Sam’s Club, Atwoods, and Bonnie Plants for making our event possible.

Wow! What a week! I just got home from the Sweet Adelines International Competition! I sing with Top of the Rock Chorus. We were singing with the big girls this time. Our chorus is relatively small.  There were about 52 of us on stage. The 1st place chorus, the Melodeers, were FABULOUS with about 150 on stage! Here is a picture of us during our show this summer. No picture taking at International. We did, however, wear the same black and silver costumes at contest.

What a great time.

We laughed during the quartet finals when Remix sang their hilarious set! (They are from Sweden. If you click the link it is all in Swedish!)

We cried hearing about the loss and devastation from the Christchurch City Chorus from New Zealand.

We saw the future of our organization when the fabulous young quartet, Love Notes from California, came in 4th in the quartet finals!

We celebrated with one of our new friends from Colorado, Velvet Hills.

It was loads of fun! A truly international sisterhood.

We also ate while we were there!

Our chorus stayed in the convention hotel. Convention hotel food tends to be a little pricey, so I ventured out with Mom and Dad to The Shops at Houston Center just a few blocks from the hotel. One place we liked was Potbelly Sandwich Works.

We went there three or four times. They had yummy breakfast sandwiches and a humongous cup of coffee for under $5.  I felt like this was a steal compared to the $18 breakfast buffet at the hotel.

There was another great restaurant just across from Potbelly called Treebeards.

This place was soooo yummy! Mom and I split the Wednesday pot roast special. It came with roasted carrots, homemade mashed potatoes, and steamed broccoli. Oh, to die for—especially when you have been eating junk for a couple of days.

One night a few of us went all swanky and ate at  Damian’s.

I had the Spaghetti Carbonara. It was delish!

Now it’s back to the grind. I have my third load of laundry ready to go into the dryer.

I wonder what we will have for dinner—maybe pork chops!

My name is Peggy, and I am a Sweet Adeline. Hi, Peggy.

What?! You don’t know about Sweet Adelines?! We are an international group of women who sing 4-part a cappella barbershop harmony. We have LOADS of fun, but it is LOADS of hard work. I joined the Top of the Rock Chorus about seven years ago. I get to sing with my mom. She joined the chorus a few years before me.

Here’s a picture of me and Mom at one of our Christmas programs.

We even sang in a quartet together. Sorry, the best quartet picture I could find was one that was taken by a professional photographer. I don’t want to get in trouble with the picture people.

Anyway…blah, blah, blah. I really am going somewhere with all of this. I just felt like you needed a little background.

Last weekend was our regional competition weekend in Richardson, TX.  Top of the Rock is part of Region 25, which includes choruses from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Missouri. Since we were the reigning champions (hooray for us!) we didn’t compete this year. Being the champs means you get to go compete in the international competition. So, we will compete in Houston, TX in October. ANYWAY…this was our year to do all the behind the scenes work. I was the Audio/Visual gal. I got to look like I was really busy by wearing a head set all weekend. Sorry, again, no pictures. That’s ok, you really didn’t want to see my head set hair.

There are strict rules about taking pictures or video taping any of the competition. I’m sure it all has to do with music copyrights and such. There is always a paid professional photographer and videographer for the weekend.

This year the region brought back the Family Chorus. Since the kids were on Spring Break they, and hubby, got to come with me. So we made plans to sing in the Family Chorus along with Mom-3 generations-woo hoo! The regional theme was Barbershtock, a play on Woodstock. All the non-competition stuff centered around this theme. The Family Chorus song was “The 59th Street Bridge Song” aka “Feelin’ Groovy”. I never knew it was called “The 59th Street Bridge Song” did you?

Well, to make a long story short, Mom and Dad got stuck in the Caribbean due to some fire fighter’s union strike at the airport, so they didn’t make it for the Family Chorus, or anything else that weekend.  There are worse places to be stranded I am sure. We missed her, but the girls and I had a blast singing together.

Here we are getting ready to go to the Regional Annual Membership Meeting (RAMM).

Yes, Katie is trying to be cool. Thus the weird expression.

After we finished at the RAMMeeting we all headed outside for a mass sing.

We sang “We are Family” and a couple of others, which I cannot recall at this moment. Where’s Waldo? Not everyone got to be part of the Mass Sing. Lots of competitors had to go get ready to hit the stage.

Darlene Rogers directed us. She is an incredible musician!

 

While I was hard at work, with my head set on, the kids got to swim in the indoor pool. They loved that. Now they are ready for summer to start, so they can swim outside.

After all the competition was over, it was finally time for the Family Chorus. Boy, we were ready!

We begged and borrowed all kinds of clothes from various people just to have something cool to wear on stage. Thanks Melissa, Angela, Judy and Kathy Z.

Again, no photography during the performance.

When the program was over, we headed over to the afterbash for free pizza and cake! You talk about some excited kids-FREE PIZZA  AND CAKE at 10:00 P.M.!!!!

Just look at the fun they were having.

The rest of us had fun, too! Here are a few more party pics.

Sorry, Tamara. Caught you in the middle of a bite of pizza.

Who’s that good lookin’ guy? Yeah, he’s my sweetie!

Oh, yeah, there was cake! A special anniversary cake for our chorus. We’ve been around 50 years!

Well, I realize this was not a typical post. I just wanted to share with you one of my other interests. I’ll try to be back to recipes soon.

Thanks for stopping by!