August 2018 Singings

Updated August 1, 2018

August starts off with some great, varied singing opportunities, and then it keeps going with more.

Note from Shannon Primm: there will be NO “Teenth Tuesday” in Athens this month. We'll sing Sacred Harp and Christian Harmony on August 21 (see info below). Facebook:

Aug. 2, 1st Thurs., monthly singing, 7:30-9:30, in the 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.

August 3, Friday, Songs Abound #6: The Southern Harmony, 7:00-9:00 PM, hosted by Andy Ditzler, for location please email andy-at-andyditzler-dot-com. New compositions in the Sacred Harp style by local and international composers, a historical Sacred Harp lesson, and extended lessons from alternate tune books. In the sixth edition of Songs Abound, guest singing master Robert Kelley will lead a lesson on William Walker’s The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion.

August 4-6, 1st. Sun. and Sat. before., 166th Chattahoochee Sacred Harp Convention, Wilson's Chapel, 289 Hutcheson Ferry Rd Whitesburg ,Ga 30185, southeast of Carrollton, Ga. 9:30 a.m. John Plunkett's directions: Take I-20 to Hwy 61, south to Carrollton. Turn left at the 166 by- pass (there are 2 places to turn onto 166, take the 2nd'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. Alternate route: I-20W to exit #30/Post Road (just past Douglasville), go south until you get to Highway 166, turn right onto'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)...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. GPS: 33.557058, -84.966422 Google maps: 272 Hutcheson Ferry Rd Whitesburg, GA 30185 Info: John Plunkett, bildad12, 470-230-5757.

Aug 11, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Savannah monthly singing, 2-4 p.m., Fellowship Hall, Ferguson Avenue Baptist Church, 10050 Ferguson Avenue. Info: Dawn Stanford, (912) 484-5868, dawnipawni -at- gmail -dot- com.

Aug. 14, Second 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. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Info: Lisa Bennett, ltb1014 -at- gmail -dot- com.

Aug. 16, 3rd Thurs. evening, Bremen monthly practice singing at Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church. 7:00 p.m. 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. 16, 3rd Thurs. evening, Chattanooga monthly singing, 7PM-9PM, The Well, 1800 Rossville Avenue, Chattanooga Tennessee. Contact: Judy Mincey, mincey -dot- judy -at- yahoo -dot- com, 770-773-0818. Facebook:

Aug 16 - 19, 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, . .

Aug. 18, Sat. before 3rd Sun., 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.). 10:00 a.m. Directions 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. Info: Hayden Arp, Haydenarp -at- gmail -dot- com, 770-546-0136.

Aug. 19, 3rd Sun., Cleburne County Convention, Edwardsville Baptist Church, Edwardsville, AL. 9:30 a.m. (Central time). Info: Cecil Roberts, 770-574-7832.

Aug. 19, 3rd Sun., Mount Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church near Sylvester, Ga. 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. Info: Tim Meeks, 229-384-2302 .

Aug. 19, 3rd Sun., evening, Church of Our Saviour in Virginia-Highlands. 6:00 Singing School, “Leading Tips & Tricks,” taught by Nicholas Thompson. 6:45 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 streets. Metered spaces are free on Sunday. Contact Amy Wells at 404-436-4522 or amyarmstrongmidwife at gmail dot com for additional information.

Aug. 25 and 26, 4th Sun. and Sat. before, Lookout Mountain Convention , Pine Grove Church near Collinsville, AL. 9:00 a.m. Central time. Directions: 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. GPS: 34.218101,-85.857382 . Info: Rodney Ivey, rodlivey -at- yahoo -dot- com, 256-899-5855 .

Aug. 26, 4th Sun., Christian Harmony singing, Tickanetley Primitive Baptist Church, Ellijay, Ga.. Singing-10-11; Preaching 11-12; Lunch 12-1; Singing 1-3. 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. Info: Paul Mooney, Jr., 706-273-3378

Aug. 21, Tues. evening, Athens Area singing, Sacred Harp and Christian Harmony, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Party Room, Showtime Bowl, 555 Macon Hwy, Athens. Info: Shannon Primm, sprimm - at - In the first hour, we'll sing through some Sacred Harp songs in preparation for our North Georgia Folk Festival appearance on Sept. 29; then sing Christian Harmony. Facebook:


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