Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sweet Adelines Day proclaimed in Ruston; chorus to host Open House

This front-page story was published Sept. 20 in the Ruston Daily Leader.
Here's the text from the story so that you can read it more easily:

Women's a cappella harmony will resound in Ruston on Thursday, Sept. 24, which Mayor Ronny Walker has proclaimed Sweet Adelines International Day.

Piney Hills Harmony, the local Sweet Adelines chapter, joins more than 500 such choruses worldwide in celebrating Global Open House this month, and the international organization is observing its 70th anniversary this year.

As part of the festivities, Piney Hills Harmony will present a free public performance during a local Open House at 7 p.m. Thursday in the fellowship hall of the Presbyterian Church of Ruston, 212 N. Bonner.

"In light of these significant events, we appreciate the mayor's proclaiming September 24 as Sweet Adelines International Day in Ruston," said Piney Hills Harmony Director Sheila Nugent. "We enjoyed accepting the proclamation from him and, in turn, presenting him with a surprise serenade."

The proclamation notes that the international organization was established in 1945 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and now has more than 23,000 members in 16 countries. Through education and performance, these women singers have stayed true to the group's original goals – entertaining and educating thousands of people each year.

In the proclamation, Walker encourages "every woman with a love of singing to seek opportunities with a Sweet Adelines International chorus such as the one that was chartered in Ruston in 1987 – Piney Hills Harmony."

Nugent also encourages women who love to sing to seek out out the chorus. "We want to help live out the motto of Sweet Adelines International right here in North Louisiana," she said. "We want to 'Harmonize the World.' Ladies, come help us do that in beautiful, four-part harmony. This Open House is a perfect time to check out our sound and also to meet us in a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

"We invite all area residents – both men and women – to visit with us that night. Come take part in a global event that celebrates harmony. Isn't that a nice thought in today's world?"

More information about the chorus can be found on Facebook at Piney Hills Harmony Chorus / Sweet Adelines or the website

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