It’s time once again, for the Harborlites Chorus to take the stage at the Sweet Adelines International Competition and Convention. This year, the convention is is Baltimore, MD. We’ve spent the last 18 months preparing ourselves for an exciting whirlwind of sequins, rhinestones, hairspray and stage makeup, and singing, of course. The best of the best from all over the world gather to sing their hearts out and connect with friends. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
A friend of mine who experienced it for the first time in Denver in 2012 dubbed it the glitter-fest and it tickled my funny bone. That’s what it must seem like to those who aren’t as intimately familiar with it as we are: thousands of women in glittery costumes, brightly colored makeup, and sometimes crowns. Yes, crowns. Don’t worry, we’ll get to that part.
It is my goal this year to be your guide to the week-long event, documenting the ins and outs, special features, and enthralling after hours happenings. If you haven’t already read it, check out my previous blog about this fascinating “hobby.” It’ll give you a good introduction to the universe I’m about to take you to.
My schedule will be as follows:
Sunday 11/2 – Monday 11/3 – Sightseeing and connecting with friends
Tuesday 11/4 – Rehearsals
Wednesday 11/5 – Rehearsals and Quartet Semifinals
Thursday 11/6 – Chorus Semifinals
Friday 11/7 – Rehearsals and Quartet Finals
Saturday 11/8 – Chorus Finals, celebrations, and general revelry until the wee hours of the morning
I’m excited to bring this international singing event to a new and different audience and let you follow me down the shiny, melodic rabbit hole. And if you’re a current Sweet Adeline, I hope you enjoy my perspective and play-by-play of all the action. Stay tuned!