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Dixon United Methodist Church Hosts 'Tea time at the USO'

Methodist church women invite tea lovers to hear The Honeybee Trio

Tea lovers are in for an old-fashion entertainment treat at this year’s annual luncheon sponsored by the women of the on Saturday, March 3. ‘Tea Time at the USO’ is the theme and will feature Vacaville’s popular young singers, the Honeybee Trio.

The Honeybee Trio was formed in October 2008. Its three young singers, Sarah McElwain, Natalie Angst, and Karli Bosler were only 12 and 13 at the time. They were all aware of each other's vocal abilities: two of the girls had performed duets together, they had all performed in local talent shows, and they had all been members of the same musical theater groups. They had even discussed the possibility of doing a trio, but it wasn't until their artistic director, Debi McMindes, came along that this idea became a reality, according to their website.

McMindes asked the three to work together for a special performance at a local retirement community. Though there were originally no plans beyond that one performance, it was clear that their combined talents produced something very special and they have just finished producing their third CD.

The girls sing classics from the 1930s and beyond in tight, three part harmony, with an emphasis on the 1930s and 40s swing era. In the three years since their journey began, they have performed over 100 times to enthusiastic audiences throughout California

The DUMC Annual Tea guests are encouraged to think 1940s and expect a World War II kind of theme, said Suzanne Galloway, long-time chairwoman of the event.

“The group has had rave reviews from anyone and everyone who has seen them at other venues,” she said of the young women who expertly harmonize their songs similar to the Andrews Sisters of the 1940s. “They will sing songs from the war years and we’re encouraging vintage attire and hats,” Galloway said.

Listening to the special entertainment is only half the fun, though, she said. Various members of the church take great pride in setting a table of six with their fine china, crystal, and sterling silver for the event.

A ticket is $25 and includes a door prize ticket. There is a huge amount of door prizes given away each year so most of the guests walk away with a surprise gift.

The group is not planning to sell tickets at the door so get yours soon—the event almost always sells out. Tickets are available from the DUMC office, 209 North Jefferson, across from the where there is ample free parking. Seating starts at 11:30 am. For more information, call Galloway at (707) 678-9397 or the church office at (707) 678-2191 or email dixonumc@att.net.

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