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  • Kick off 2018 - an adventure to remember
  •  Thu, 18 Jan 2018
    Kick off 2018 - an adventure to remember

    On an unusually cool summer Saturday morning, several excited ladies gathered and boarded a mini bus, trusting themselves into the hands of our driver, David and the plans of a select few.  
    Not knowing any of the destinations, the Onkaparinga Harmony ladies, eagerly looked for tell-tale signs as the bus drove the streets of McLaren Vale, Tatachilla and onto the coast line at Aldinga.  
    With the ocean in sight, the promise of a cuppa, even those in the know had to do some quick thinking as the chosen kiosk cafe stop was not open. "Only when the sun shines!" declared the blackboard as the disclaimer to the displayed opening hours!  

    Always flexible and adaptable, the decision was to head south following the coastline in search of that promised beverage.  Great joy followed when we found a welcoming cafe with chairs and tables to spare for the group of 18.  Refreshed by our beverages (all the permutations of a coffee you can order plus an herbal tea) it was time to exercise our vocal chords.  Fellow diners didn't object so in contrast to the windy raining weather, "One Fine Day" serenaded the patrons.  

    Applause & smiles, while one jumped up from his seat. 
    "Who are you?
    How did you do that?
    Can you sing another one?
    Will you sing on my radio show tonight?"..

    Squeals of glee as the chorus learnt of this pending opportunity, will it happen?
    We would have to wait to see!

    Where to next?
    Nestled between the Hills and the ocean, a large statue of Buddha has been erected on the site of a Traditional Buddhist community.  They have great plans to one day finish construction of a permanent temple. 
    As we left the sun finally broke through and the phone rang.  A silent air of expectation was felt as we waited on the response from our encounter with the radio announcer.  Yes, the request to sing on his show was approved by his producer.  Text messages hurriedly sent to loved ones to share the exciting news or to rearrange evening plans.  All this as the buzz of a Biplane looped above our heads. 

    Where are we now?  The Aldinga airfield is home to Adelaide Biplanes and flying instruction school.  It’s more than a strip of tarmac, hangers and windsocks. The beautifully tendered garden surrounds the family business. As well as a flying school and joy flights, a relaxing veranda, a welcoming cuppa and homemade kitchen delights are on hand.  The stories and passion of the biplanes and the owners are infectious.   We met 3 Biplanes: ‘Marilyn Monroe’, ‘a Feisty French Tart’ and a glorious original Tiger Moth.  Our gift of a song for our hostess was an emotional touching moment for us all.

    The day was unfolding with one more planned stop to go.  When in the Southern Vales, one must visit a winery.  And a welcoming one we found in Molly Dooker Wines.  Sumptuous lunch platters with cheese, meet and crackers a plenty.  Enough to share amongst us all.  And who could say no to a taste of their recently bottled vintage. 
    A couple of songs as we bid our farewell to the wonderful cellar staff and those who were just sampling a drop or two.



    And as with all good performances, and encore of sorts was requested.  For us it was a quick visit to the Fruchocs outlet to stock up on more SA treats.  A bold request from a young beau lead to an impromptu song on the sidewalk for his lady who was celebrating her birthday.

    And as for that radio announcer’s request?  15 singers filled his studio that evening and shared our story, an invitation to join us and three songs to entertain the listeners.   All and all – a day that exceed everyone’s expectations.

  • 2017 Christmas season
  •  Mon, 18 Dec 2017
    One of the great joys each year is singing Christmas music and sharing that with the community.  This year we invited ladies to join us for a 6 week lead up to learn some Christmas songs so they could sing with us at the Woodcroft Neighbourhood Carols.  The chorus also sang for several hours at Henley Beach Pavillion (Foodland and associated shops) and were joined by Father Christmas as he wandered around the centre greeting children and shoppers.  

    We have one more Christmas singout, on Wednesday 20th December for the Aberfoyle Park Baptist Church Carols.  

    We hope you and your family have a very safe and blessed Christmas.  

  • 2017 The best party ever!
  •  Sat, 16 Dec 2017
    2017 was the year we decided to have the Best Party Ever with our debut package for the Sweet Adeline Australia contest in Perth last May.   After many months of rehearsing, trialling our speaking lines, prose, rhyme and even the odd sight gag, we took to the stage with a gorgeous collection of childrens toys ready to party once our little one was fast asleep.
    New to the toybox was the Pirate Queen who didn't quite understand the ettique of the toybox.  While she plotted how to rule this lot into a reasonable crew (for she had been forced to walk the plank before) the Blue Fairy was starting to see that something needed to be said. 
    The Pirate Queen, while secretly wishing on the Blue Fairy's Star she had taken while the Toy were asleep, longed just to belong in her new Toybox. Alas the Star's power would not work for her until she said she was really sorry!
    The Blue Fairy granted her, her wish, and the toys all greated her as she returned the "borrowed" items.   After all "we all go together"

    The chorus was thrilled to be awarded the Bravo Audience choice award and really did have the best party ever!

  • Directing team attended AHA thanks to Onkaparinga Council
  •  Sun, 16 Oct 2016
    In July this year, the musical directing team were able to travel to Auckland NZ to participate in the Sweet Adelines International A cappella Harmony Academy (AHA).
    We were delighted to have been succesful in our grant application from the City of Onkaparinga Community Training and Development for funds to support the cost of registration and contributions towards the travel/accommodation costs.  As a volunteer organisation, the contribution that individuals already committ to for futher education is assisted greatly when grant monies are sourced. 

    The aim of AHA was to challenge members to build a stronger performance, to take their vocal and performance skills to the next level. AHA is the “spark” that dares people to step up their a cappella game – to rise to the top!

    The directing team attended major sessions as well as elective workshops and covered many elements of what makes a successful Performance package; developed our skills in building an artistic sound using breath, resonance and chord ring as well as hearing from the current International Quartet Gold Medalists - Speed of Sound.
     We were also treated to a great line up of educators who willingly shared their skills with the attendees from Australia, New Zealand, UK & USA. 

    Thank you City of Onkaparinga for supporting us as we seek to develop our performance skills and represent this area as we sing using our new skills.

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