Tea Party

Renee Deibert and the Smokie Mountian Melodies enjoy a high tea in Blairsville, Georgia

Cow Pattie Bingo Fundraiser

Cow Pattie Bingo Fundraiser in Union County

Smokie Mountain Melodies join Chamber

Smokie Mountain Melodies join Blairsville Union County Chamber

The Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Smokie Mountain Melodies Sweet Adelines. Members, friends, community representatives, and the Blairsville Union County Chamber of Commerce staff gathered to celebrate with singing and fellowship.

These 42 talented singers perform regularly in surrounding communities. Many audiences have been thrilled with their beautiful acapella, four-part harmonies. Director Phyllis Baker leads the Smokie Mountain Melodies with graceful and precise movements and has previously directed a chorus in Florida to six regional championships. The Smokie Mountain Melodies are well known in North Georgia and shows are greatly anticipated.

President Lee Dunham says the local chapter was formed to encourage women of all age groups to perform in the community and at the annual show every May at Blue Ridge Performing Arts Auditorium.

The Smokie Mountain Melodies are part of the Sweet Adelines, an international singing organization. According to their website, " Sweet Adelines International is committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performances." This independent, nonprofit music education association is one of the world's largest singing organizations for women with nearly 27,000 members.

"Harmonize the World" is the organization's motto. Chapters are located in most of the fifty United States, Australia, Canada, England, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Scotland, Sweden, Wales and the Netherlands. The organization encompasses more than 1,200 registered quartets and 600 choruses.

The Smokie Mountain Melodies Sweet Adelines meet at the First United Methodist Church in Blairsville, Georgia every Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM .

Smokie Mountain Melodies

Memories made with Smokie Mountain Melodies at Blue Ridge Fine Arts Center

The High Country Harmonizers recently hosted a singing extravaganza. Held at the Blue Ridge Fine Arts Center in Fannin County , the sold-out show was standing room only. Everyone enjoyed an evening of beautiful voices joined together in song.

Master of Ceremonies, Drayton Justus, introduced the singers and entertained the large crowd with jokes and stories. The High Country Harmonizers, directed by George Barber, sang a variety of songs including Baby Face, I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, and Ain't Misbehavin'.

The Smokie Mountain Melodies Sweet Adeline's Chorus received a standing ovation after their performance. They sang favorites such as Georgia on My Mind, Everything's Coming up Roses, and Amazing Grace.

Other performances by Foothills Connection Quartet and the Zamboni Brothers rounded out the evening. A highlight of the performance was when men and women signers joined together on stage to sing America the Beautiful. It was an emotional and patriotic moment.

The evening was dedicated to the memory of Tom Cochran. "Sing out, O heavens, and rejoice O earth, break forth into song, you mountains. For the Lord comforts His people..." Isaiah 49:13. Thanks to Hal Levine, George Barber, Gordon Held, Jerry Hobbs, Wally Smith, Milt Hunt, Terry Young, and the advertisers and sponsors who helped make the evening a success. Thanks to God for all of the beautiful voices. Thanks for bringing a cultural event of this magnitude to the people in the North Georgia Mountains.