August 2019 Singings

Updated August 19, 2019

Update: The Christian Harmony singing scheduled for Tues Aug 20 in Athens has been cancelled due to a venue conflict.

Sacred Harp Singings are free and open to the public. All are welcome (including children of all ages). The only requirement for singing Sacred Harp is the desire to sing Sacred Harp. This is a participatory style of singing, not a concert or performance, so you are always welcome (and encouraged!) to join in. An offering is usually taken to defray expenses.

For “All-Day” singings:

There will be a Dinner on the Grounds around noon (potluck) unless otherwise noted. Please stay and eat even if you didn’t bring food. There is always enough to go around.

Singing start times are noted, but end times vary depending on how many singers/leaders attend. You can usually expect “All-Day” singings to end between 2:00 and 3:00 pm.

All singings are from The Sacred Harp 1991 edition unless otherwise noted. For Google maps for all these singings, please see the links on the pages for annual singings, local groups or note singings.

Hello, singing family! August has lots of great near and not-quite-so-near-but-totally-worth-the-drive singings. I’d like to call attention in particular to two Singing Conventions, bookending August with great singing: The 167th Session of the Chattahoochee on Aug 3 & 4, and the Lookout Mountain Convention on Aug 24-25.

Coming up in September, save the dates for both the United Convention at Emory’s Performing Art Studio on Sept 7 & 8, and The Union Musical Sacred Harp Convention on Sept 28 & 29 at Poplar Springs Primitive Baptist, near Bowden GA.

Sing On! Lisa

August 2019 Singing Reminder

Aug 1, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, 1st Thursday Monthly Singing, Robinson Fellowship Hall, behind Emory Presbyterian Church, 1886 North Decatur Rd, Atlanta GA 30307. Directions: Half-mile west of the intersection of North Decatur Rd and Clairmont Rd, at the corner of North Decatur Rd and Westminster Way. Parking behind the church, off Westminster Way. Experienced and new singers, all are welcome. Contact: David Brodeur, david -at- davidbrodeur -dot- com or Lisa Bennett, (404) 402-9562, AtlantaSinging -at- gmail -dot- com.

Aug 3-4, 1st Sunday and Saturday before, 9:30 am, 167th Chattahoochee Sacred Harp Convention, Wilson's Chapel, 289 Hutcheson Ferry Rd, Whitesburg, GA 30185, southeast of Carrollton, GA. GPS: 33.557058, -84.966422 (Driving directions below.) Info: John Plunkett, bildad12 -at-hotmail -dot- com, 470-230-5757.

Aug 10, Saturday before 2nd Sunday, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, Savannah Monthly Singing, Sanctuary, Ferguson Avenue Baptist Church, 10050 Ferguson Avenue. Info: Dawn Stanford (912) 484-5868, dawnipawni -at- gmail -dot- com.

Aug 11, 2nd Sunday, United Note Singers (7 shape gospel), **CANCELLED**

Aug 13, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 2nd Tuesday Monthly Singing, Holy Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, 515 East Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur GA 30030, three blocks east of the Decatur MARTA station. Parking lot entrance is on Sycamore Street. Enter the parish hall through the red doors facing Sycamore Lane. Experienced and new singers and kids: all are welcome. Info: Lisa Bennett, (404) 402-9562, AtlantaSinging -at- gmail -dot- com. (New - childcare will be provided!)

Aug 13 “Teenth Tuesday” Monthly Singing in Athens GA, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Party Room at Showtime Bowl, 555 Macon Hwy, Athens GA. Optional beginners' introduction, 6:30 pm. Info: Shannon Primm, sprimm -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Aug 15, 7:00 pm. 3rd Thursday Monthly Singing in Bremen GA at Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church. Directions: Take exit #11 from I-20, turn south on Hwy. 27, go to top of hill at service station, turn left on Holly Springs Rd., go to dead end and turn left, church is on left. Info: Daniel Williams, danwilliamswk22 -at- gmail -dot- com.

Aug 15, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 3rd Thursday Monthly Singing in Chattanooga, TN, The Well, 1800 Rossville Ave, Chattanooga, TN. Contact Mark Eirich 423-774-3898, markeirich -at- gmail -dot- com or Judy Mincey, 770-773-0818, Mincey.judy -at- yahoo -dot- com. Facebook:

Aug 15-18 Camp DoReMi, Wild Acres Retreat, Little Switzerland, N.C. Books: The Christian Harmony (2010), The New Harp of Columbia. Requires pre-registration and a fee. Info: Jane Cannon, phone: 706-410-0982, email: crvjanecannon -at- gmail -dot- com, (Accommodations at Wild Acres are sold out. There are still some spaces for commuter campers.)

Aug 17, Saturday before 3rd Sunday, 10:00 am, B.M. Smith Memorial Singing, Rome Midway Primitive Baptist Church, 5585 Martha Berry Hwy. (U.S. Hwy. 27), NE, Armuchee, GA (eight miles north of Rome, GA). (Driving directions below.) Info: Isaac Green, greenphotography1 -at- gmail -dot- com, 678-901-7669

Aug 18, 3rd Sunday, Cleburne County Convention, Edwardsville Baptist Church, Edwardsville, AL. 9:30 am Central Time. Info: Cecil Roberts, 770-574-7832.

Aug 18, 3rd Sunday, Cedar Creek Singing, Mount Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church, 1753 Evergreen Rd, Sylvester, GA. (Driving directions below.) Info: Tim Meeks, 229-384-2302

Aug 18, 3rd Sunday evening, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Church of Our Saviour in Virginia-Highland. 6:00 pm singing school, 6:30 - 8:30 pm singing. Church of Our Saviour, Garrison Hall (building across from main church entrance) 1068 North Highland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30306. Parking along N. Highland or Los Angeles. Metered spaces are free on Sunday. Contact Amy Wells at 404-436-4522 or amyarmstrongmidwife -at- gmail -dot- com for additional information.

Aug 20, Tuesday evening, Athens GA, Christian Harmony (2010) (7 shape) singing, CANCELLED. Info: Shannon Primm, sprimm -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Aug 24-25, 4th Sunday and Saturday before, 9:00 am Central Time, Lookout Mountain Convention, Pine Grove Church near Collinsville, AL. GPS: 34.218101,-85.857382 . (Driving directions below.) Info: Rodney Ivey, rodlivey -at- yahoo -dot- com, 256-899-5855 .

Aug 25, 4th Sunday, Christian Harmony singing, Tickanetley Primitive Baptist Church, Ellijay, GA. Singing 10-11; Preaching 11-12; Lunch 12-1; Singing 1-3. (Driving directions below.) Info: Paul Mooney, Jr., 706-273-3378

Aug 31, Saturday before the first Sunday, 10 am, Georgian Harmony Singing, Roberta Civic Center, South Mathews Street, Roberta, GA Singing from “The Georgian Harmony”, a book of tunes by Raymond Hamrick. Dutch Treat lunch at (nearby eateries include Hudson's BBQ, Subway, Big Chick, and about 3 other local places). Info: John Plunkett, bildad12 -at-hotmail -dot- com, 470-230-5757 or Oscar McGuire, omcguire -at- pstel -dot- net or cell #478-955-6135.

Driving Directions for All-Day Singings

Wilson’s Chapel (for the Chattahoochee)

Option 1: Take I-20 to Hwy 61, south to Carrollton. Turn left at the 166 bypass (there are 2 places to turn onto 166, take the 2nd turn... it's a big intersection), go about 1 mile and turn left (south) on Old Newnan Road. Old Newnan will eventually come to a fork and bear to the right, you want to go straight (left) onto Cross Plains Road. Go past Cross Plains Baptist Church and the old School House; at the 3 way intersection jog slightly to the right and take the dirt road, which is Hutcheson Ferry Road, Wilson's Chapel is about 100 yards down the dirt road on the left.

Option 2: I-20W to exit #30/Post Road (just past Douglasville), go south until you get to Highway 166, turn right onto 166... you'll stay on this for a good ways, don't worry about any turns until you get into Carroll County. Look out for Cross Plains-Hulett Road (there is a convenience store on the right), and turn left onto Cross Plains-Hulett Road. It will eventually intersect with Cross Plains Road and when it does, turn left onto Hutcheson Ferry Road (the dirt road). Wilson's Chapel will be on the left. John's been going this way a few years, thinks it might be a little shorter.

Rome Midway Primitive Baptist

From Atlanta: Take I-75N to Adairsville/Hwy 140 (exit #306?) and turn left onto Hwy 140. This will dead end into Hwy 27, turn left, church will be on the right.

Mt Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church

10 miles southwest of Sylvester. From I-75, take Hwy. 112 to Ashburn and through Sylvester. Turn left on Evergreen/Doerun Road. Go 5.5 miles; church is on the right.

Pine Grove, for the Lookout Mountain Convention:

From I-59 north from Gadsden, turn east on Alabama Highway 68 (exit 205), follow signs to U.S. 11, go south on U.S. 11. Look for sign to church between mile marker 210 and 211 (turn is almost in line with Mile Marker 211, Hwy. 469). Go 2.6 miles, follow signs.

Tickanetley Primitive Baptist

Directions: From Ellijay take Highway 52 east for about 16 miles. Turn Left (at Stanley Grocery) onto Roy Road. Follow it for about 8 miles as it winds. Turn right on Tickanetley Road. Watch for church signs. The church is on the right.

Roberta Civic Center (Georgian Harmony Singings)

Directions: From Atlanta -I-75 South to I-475 South. Turn right/west onto Hwy 80W (Eisenhower Parkway) to Roberta. Or, from Macon, take Hwy 80W to Roberta. In Roberta, turn left/south on N. Mathews Street. It becomes S. Mathews Street when you cross over Agency Street. The Civic Center, which is actually an old wooden church (good acoustics), is located at 93 South Mathews Street, just south of the old part of the town, next to the recycling center. South Mathews is one block east of Highway 341.

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