The Heart of America Chorus is pulling up stakes again, moving its Tuesday night meetings back to First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs. The first meeting back at the church is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 301 S.W. Woods Chapel Road in Blue Springs, Mo. Visitors are always welcome to come listen or sing along! The Barbershop chapter met at the church over the summer during remodeling at its then-home Center High School in Kansas City. Once back at Center, HOA found the school had new schedule conflicts with the Tuesday night meetings. The HOA Board decided in November to make First United Methodist (let's call it FUMC) its new meeting "home." The only exceptions were joint Holiday Harmony Spectacular practices with the Kansas City Chorus of Sweet Adelines. The joint practices, Nov. 9, 14 and 30, were scheduled for the KC Chorus meeting place, First Presbyterian Church, 1625 N.W. O'Brien Road, Lee's Summit, Mo. (The Spectacular is at 2 p.m. Dec. 4 at Unity Village! See hoachorus.com.) The eastside location of FUMC is a bit longer drive for Johnson County members, but about the same, if not shorter, for the Northtown guys.
To get there: 1.) Take I-70 east to Woods Chapel Road, go south about a mile until you pass straight through the roundabout and turn right into the driveway; OR 2.) Take I-470/M-291 to U.S. 40, go east 4 miles to NORTHBOUND Woods Chapel Road, turn left, go a half-mile north and turn left into the driveway. The church welcomed the Barbershoppers, letting them use the space at no charge, though HOA has made voluntary donations. The roomy flat floor with padded sanctuary chairs is supplemented by steps on the front of the sanctuary platform that can double as a chorus riser formation. Weekly afterglow returns to Saints The post-chapter-meeting Afterglow site also changed with the meeting relocation. Post-meeting singin', eatin' and imbibin' is set for Saints Pub and Patio, 20220 E. Jackson Drive, Independence, just off I-70, less than four miles away from FUMC on Jackson Drive and Little Blue Parkway.