Chilhowee Club sponsors ‘Spring Blossom’ as musical fundraiser

Spring is in the air for the third annual Spring Blossom event happening on Friday, May 14th at the Recital Hall at the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville. Trinity Dental Clinic will benefit from the generosity and support of those attending this musical evening at Blount County’s new crown jewel. Tickets are $20 and are available to buy at Clayton Center for the Arts and Boyd Thomas Clothing on W. Broadway.

The line up of entertainment includes The Turkeys in the Straw, John Cherry, Kathy Cormier with accompanist, Susan Colclough.

The Turkeys playing are Dean Moss, Jack Stewart, Ralph Petree, Naomi Cunningham, Ted Flickinger and Mary Fran Anderson, vocalist. They entertain their audiences with foot-tapping fiddle, accordion, banjo, and harmonica blending together folk art favorites. The Turkeys began in 1989 in Bonn Aire while on a scuba diving adventure. They’ve been spotted since playing at nursing homes, weddings, funerals, sharing the gift of music.

John Cherry & Company, featuring vocalist Kathy Cormier with Susan Colclough at the keyboard will grace the stage with a mix of favorite contemporary and Broadway and tunes.

Kathy Cormier comes from a family of singers and has been around music all her life. Her career as a recording artist began in the early 90’s. For more than two decades, she and her brother, Doug Breau, have delighted audiences with their musical performances sharing the songs of yesteryear through the best of today. Kathy was awarded the CMAA 1992 Female Vocalist of the Year Award. She has performed with the Pops, Northeast Symphony and from time to time, sings with her brother on the Gulf Coast. Her lovely sultry voice renders Patsy Cline tunes beautifully to the musical evening.

John Cherry has entertained audiences around the world with his beautiful tenor voice. He has appeared in more than 20 musicals including Sweeney Todd, Cats, Guys & Dolls, West Side Story, The Fantasticks and most recently A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He has performed in large stadiums, intimate cabarets and acoustically rewarding performance hall, including Carnegie Hall in New York City. While stationed in California in the Air Force, John was pronounced the “Voice of the Lompoc Pops Orchestra.” Periodically he may be heard as a soloist with the First United Methodist Church Choir here in Maryville. John is the Marketing Director for the Clayton Center for the Arts.

Susan Colclough, an accomplished and well known artist with the palette and piano will be accompanying the duo.

This is the third annual Spring Blossom event sponsored by Chilhowee Club. The club is the 2nd oldest General Federated Womens’ Club established in Tennessee, serving Blount County for over 100 years. Its members, one of whom was just installed as President of GFWC of Tennessee, and many others who have been activists in establishing both Blount County libraries, the Townsend Heritage Center, the Friends of the Smokys Animal Shelter and the Clayton Center for the Arts. The club has been consistent for many decades with its contributions, both in funds and in service, to those agencies in need of support in Blount County. If you wish to know more about Chilhowee Club, please call Dianne at 865-518-1700.

The Trinity Dental Clinic is based at 1127 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy in Maryville. The clinic serves Blount County residents who are unable to afford basic dental care.

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