December 2019 Singings

Updated December 6, 2019

Update: The venue has changed for the December 7th Note Singing Banquet. See below.

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. For easier reading of the listings, driving directions for most singings have been moved to the bottom of this page.

NEW!!!! If you need a ride or would like to carpool, please email me, Lisa Bennett, at AtlantaSinging -at- gmail -dot- com or text me at 404-402-9562, and we will see if we can start matching up more singers to carpool to singings. In your message please say your name, which singing you want to go to, and where you live. Also, if you have access to MARTA, what station or bus lines you are near. THIS IS A TEST and I have no idea how it will work out, but let’s try to save some gas, help some car-less singers or people like me who hate to drive distances, and have some fun and fellowship while we’re at it. IF YOU HAVE ROOM in your car or van, and would like to offer a ride, let me know that, too!

Singings List

Note: No "First Thursday”, “Second Tuesday”, or regular “Third Sunday” singings in December. Instead, we will combine forces for the Atlanta Sacred Harp Christmas Singing (and potluck supper) at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Decatur, on the Third Sunday, December 15, 3:00-6:00 pm.. Details below.

John Plunkett is still looking for singers who can sing for the "Candlelight Nights" events at Atlanta History Center on December 13 and 20, at 7:00 and 8:00 pm. Contact John, bildad12- at- hotmail -dot- com, 470-230-5757, if you can help with this. The crowds are always appreciative.

Sing on! Lisa

Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 1st Sunday and Saturday before, 10:00 am, the 9th Georgia State Christian Harmony Convention, No. 3 Railroad Community Center, No. 3 Railroad Street, Arnoldsville, GA, 30619. Singing from the Christian Harmony (7-shape). Directions: Info: Mike Spencer, fishman.mds -at- gmail -dot- com, Shannon Primm, sprimm -at- yahoo -dot- com, or John Plunkett, bildad12- at- hotmail -dot- com, 470-230-5757.

Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 1st Sunday and Saturday before, 9:30 am Central Time, Florida State Sacred Harp Convention (Cooper revision). Union Hill Singing Hall, Millers Crossroads, Bonifay FL. Info: Oscar McGuire (478) 836-4678. (More info below)

Dec. 5 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, 1st Thursday Monthly Singing — **cancelled**. Resumes on Thursday, January 2, 2020

Dec. 7, 1st Saturday 1:00 p.m. United Note Singers (7-shape gospel) Christmas Banquet. Venue has been changed to Zion Hill Baptist Church, 70 Zion Hill Drive, Dallas, GA. 30157. Starting at 1 pm. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock – at- yahoo -dot- com.

Dec. 7, 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.

Dec. 7-8, 2nd Sunday and Saturday before, 10:00 am, St. John's Singing, St. John's Historic Church, Rutherfordton, NC. Singing from The Christian Harmony (2010) on Saturday, Sacred Harp (1991) on Sunday. Lunch is Dutch Treat. There are many great restaurants within walking distance. Info: Jane Cannon, 706-410-0982 email: crvjanecannon at gmail dot com .

Dec. 10, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 2nd Tuesday Monthly Singing — **cancelled**. Resumes on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Dec. 14, 2nd Saturday, Associated Note Singers (7-shape gospel) Christmas Banquet, The Center, 985 Oakland Drive, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30310. 12:00 noon. Info: (404) 758-1132, or Joyce Hammock, jvhammock – at- yahoo -dot- com.

Dec. 15, 3rd Sunday, 3:00 - 6:00 pm, combined Atlanta Sacred Harp Christmas Singing (singing from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition, A Christmas Harp, The Eclectic Harmony, and The Georgian Harmony). Singing from 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Supper on the Grounds 5:00 - 6:00 pm, with another hour or so of singing after supper. NEW VENUE: Holy Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, 515 East Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur GA 30030. Info: Lisa Bennett, (404) 402-9562, AtlantaSinging -at- gmail -dot- com.

Dec. 17, “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. (No Christian Harmony Singing this month.)

Dec. 19, 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:

Dec. 27, Friday, 5:30 pm Central Time, Barrett’s Singing, at the Patton Home, Henagar, AL. Info: Barrett Patton, 615-794-4833

Dec. 31, Tuesday, 7:00 pm Central Time, Wootten Family New Years Eve Singing - Antioch Primitive Baptist Church, Ider, AL.

Jan. 1, Wednesday, 9:00 am, New Years Day singing from The Georgian Harmony (Raymond Hamrick's book) at the home of John and Elsie Hollingsworth, Ila GA. GPS coordinates: 34.152384, -83.322767

Driving Directions

Monthly Atlanta Area Singings:

Holy Trinity (Atlanta Sacred Harp Combined Christmas Singing)

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.

Annual (All-Day) Singings:

No. 3 Railroad Community Center (Georgia State Christian Harmony Convention)

From the west, go to Athens, GA, take Highway 78 East (Lexington Road) about 10 miles (15 minutes) to Yancey Road - turn left. Follow Yancey Road to 3 Railroad Street. From the east, take I-20 West to exit 172 (towards Thomson/Washington). Turn right onto GA-17 N/US-78 W/Washington Rd (signs for Lincolnton), (21.6 mi). Turn left onto US-78 W (32.2 mi). Follow Arnoldsville Rd to Railroad St in Arnoldsville.,+Georgia+30619

St John’s Historic Church (St. John’s Singing)

Directions: from Atlanta, take I-85 to Spartanburg SC, turn north on I-26 (exit 70). From there, take Exit 36 (Northbound) or Exit 34 (Southbound) to US 74 East (Do NOT exit to NC 108). After ~20 miles, exit onto US 221; turn North towards Rutherfordton. 221 becomes South Main Street. After passing Courthouse on left begin to look for Old St. John's on right.

John & Elsie Hollingsworth’s house (New Year’s Georgian Harmony Singing)

1574 Adams Clarke Rd, Ila GA. Directions: From Athens: Take Hwy 29 north, towards Danielsville. At the light near the Ingles store, bear left onto Hwy 106. Just past the 9-mile marker, turn left onto Adams Clarke Rd (at the Hill's Automotive sign). Go 1.5 miles to mailbox on right numbered 1574. When driveway splits, bear left. From I-85 North: Take Exit 149 to Hwy 441 at Banks Crossing outlet malls. Turn right onto 441 South. Go about 5 miles to Hwy 98 and turn left. In about 8 miles you'll reach a 4-way stop in Ila. Turn right and go 0.8 mile, then turn right on Adams Clarke Rd, go 1.5 miles to mailbox on right numbered 1574. When driveway splits, bear left.

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