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The Valley Line: Three Texas Tenors, and high on Hillsides

February 01, 2012|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Visiting at a Three Tenors performance Barbara Dawson, from left, Martha Burns, JC Fisher, Pat Hutchins, Marcus Collins, Marilynn Wheeler, Peggy Perry, John Hagen and Merrily Hake. (Courtesy Martha BurnsCaptions)
Visiting at a Three Tenors performance Barbara Dawson,…

Wow! Here we are already into February. Last week, after the rainstorm drenched us Monday, it seemed that we leaped straight to July, as the thermometer hit the 80-plus mark by Thursday. Yes, our weather here in Southern California is a bit odd.

Right now I’m flitting from movie theater to movie theater as I try to see as many of the Academy-Award-nominated films as possible. I try to visit nearby theaters on their senior days because the admission fee is lower — and sometimes the popcorn will be at a bargain price. too. See, there are some benefits to being a bit older.

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Our community is still a bit socially snoozy in the quiet post-holiday season, but folks are beginning to wake up and events are starting to happen.

We got a note from community member Martha Burns, who wanted to share a fun story with us. Seems she has become a groupie of the three Texas Tenors.

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She and her husband Tom first met this talented threesome when they were part of the entertainment on a cruise ship plying the waters around Alaska. The tenors, JC Fisher, Marcus Collins and John Hagen, were warming up at that time for an audition on the 2009 “America’s Got Talent” TV Show.

Burns said that the three singers reached the show finals that year, finishing fourth in the voting competition.

Martha and Tom hosted the mother of one of the tenors in their home during the TV competition. Of course they forged a nice friendship, and continue to stay in touch. Since their first meeting with the tenors, the Burns have traveled to Las Vegas, Branson, Tucson and Palm Desert to hear the group sing.

Last summer the tenors were in Los Angeles for a photo shoot and finalization of their second CD. They stayed at the LCF home of Phil and Wendy Wyatt. Wendy is Martha’s niece.

Recently Martha encouraged some of her LCF Theta alums to join her and the Wyatts to travel to see the Texas Tenors at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. It was quite a show and everyone loved it. Also attending were Barbara Dawson, Fran Evans, Pat Hutchins, Mary and Duane Batenhorst, Kay and Rook Shank, Ricky Parker, Marilyn Wheeler, Peggy Perry, Merrily Hake and Adrienne Morgan.

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Supporters of Hillsides Foster Care Children’s Charity are gearing up to stroll the Road to Emerald City, the charity’s major benefit set for Feb. 25, at the California Club in Los Angeles.

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