October 2019 Singings

Updated October 18, 2019

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

Update: We received the word today that the Tri-State (Cooper Book) Convention that was to take place tomorrow has been cancelled due to inclement weather in the area. Hoping & praying all the best for everyone in the area.

Cooler weather is coming, as are some great singings.

Please note the Seed & Feed Singing will be held in a *new location* this year. The Northlake Church of Christ in Tucker will be hosting us in their lovely and acoustically superior fellowship hall. They have held a couple of singing schools there in the past few years and are excited about hosting us. Please come and, if you’re local, bring food! Even better, bring a friend or two AND food.

Don’t forget the Union Convention at Poplar Springs near Bowdon (Carroll County) THIS weekend (Sept 28-29).

Also, I’m sorry to report that the 3rd Thursday Singings at Holly Springs/Bremen have been suspended until further notice.

Sing on! Lisa


Sept 28-29, 5th Sunday and Saturday before, 9:30 am, 150th Union Musical Convention, Poplar Springs Primitive Baptist Church, 6417 Smithfield Rd, Bowdon GA. Info: Helen Bryson, helen_bryson -at- bellsouth -dot- net, Nathan Rees, nathankrees -at- gmail -dot- com, 678-839-4955.

Sept 29, 5th Sunday, 9:30 am Central Time, Lacy Memorial Singing, Fuller Cemetery, Ider AL Info: Reba Dell Windom, brwindom -at- hotmail -dot- com, 256-632-6386.

Oct 3 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, 1st Thursday Monthly Singing, singing from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition and The Eclectic Harmony. Robinson Fellowship Hall, behind Emory Presbyterian Church, 1886 North Decatur Rd, Atlanta GA 30307. Contact: David Brodeur, david -at- davidbrodeur -dot- com or Lisa Bennett, (404) 402-9562, AtlantaSinging -at- gmail -dot- com.

Oct 6, 1st Sunday, 10:00 am, South Georgia Convention, Liberty Hill Community Center, Lamar County, Georgia. GPS Coordinates: 33.153532, -84.136074. Info: Oscar McGuire, omcguire -at- pstel -dot- net or 478-955-6135.

Oct 6, 1st Sunday, 2:00 pm. Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Faith United Methodist Church, 590 North 2nd St, Griffin, GA 30223. Info: 770-227-3845

Oct 8, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 2nd Tuesday Monthly Singing, Singing from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition and The Georgian Harmony. Holy Trinity Parish Episcopal Church, 515 East Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur GA 30030. Childcare provided! Info: Lisa Bennett, (404) 402-9562, AtlantaSinging -at- gmail -dot- com.

Oct 12, 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.

Oct. 13, 2nd Sunday, 10:00 am Central Time. Albright, Cates, Brown and Sheppard Memorial, Muscadine Methodist Church, Muscadine AL. Contact: Virginia Dyer, 678-294-2561.

Oct 13, 2nd Sunday, 2:00 pm, Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 702 Jonesville Rd, Barnesville GA30204. Info 770-775-6572

Oct 15, “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.

**SUSPENDED** Oct 17, 7:00 pm, 3rd Thursday Monthly Singing in Bremen GA at Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church. Info: Daniel Williams, danwilliamswk22 -at- gmail -dot- com.

Oct 17, 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: https://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaSacredHarp

Oct. 19, Saturday before 3rd Sunday, CANCELLED - Tri-State Convention (Cooper Book), Fort Braden Community Center, 16387 Blowntstown Highway (SR 20) Tallahassee, FL. GPS Coordinates: 30.4263700, -84.5348543 (Shenandoah Harmony on Friday the 18th from 6:30-8:00 pm at the same location.) Info: Morgan Bunch, tallafala -at- gmail -dot -com

Oct. 20, 3rd Sunday, Andrews Chapel Schoolhouse, Upson Co. Georgia. The church is located on Andrews Chapel Rd between Thomaston and Yatesville GA. Contact: Oscar McGuire, omcguire -at- pstel -dot- net or 478-955-6135.

Oct 20, 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. Contact Amy Wells at 404-436-4522 or amyarmstrongmidwife -at- gmail -dot- com for additional information.

Oct 22, Tuesday evening, Athens GA, Christian Harmony (2010) (7 shape) singing, 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.

Oct 26, Saturday before 4th Sunday, 10:00 am, 43rd Seed and Feed Sacred Harp Singing, Northlake Church of Christ, 1625 Cooledge Rd, Tucker GA 30084, Information: Jim Neal, Jim -dot- Neal -at- mail -dot- com, Laura Akerman , liblna -at- emory -dot- edu, 404-325-5585, Debora Grosse, dygrosse -at- gmail -dot -com, or Kelly Morris, Morris -at- hotmail -dot- com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2297135423673532/

Oct 27, 4th Sunday, 10:00 am, Coweta County Courthouse, Court Square, Newnan, GA 30263. GPS Coordinates: 33.374838, -84.800476. Info: John Plunkett, bildad12 -at- hotmail -dot- com, 470-230-5757 .


Driving Directions

Monthly Atlanta Area Singings:

Emory Presbyterian (1st Thursday)

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.

Holy Trinity Episcopal (2nd Tuesday)

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.

Church of Our Saviour (3rd Sunday)

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.

Annual (All-Day) Singings:

Poplar Springs Primitive Baptist Church (Union Convention):

6465 Smithfield Rd, Bowdon GA. From I-20, take exit 5 at Highway 100, and drive 7.2 miles south. Turn right onto Smithfield Rd. The church is on the right.

Put another way: The church is approximately 6.3 miles south of Interstate 20 Exit 5. At Exit 5 turn south towards Bowdon on GA Highway 100 and drive about 4.7 miles. You will pass Kansas Baptist Church on your left. Just beyond this, about level with the far edge of the cemetery, turn right on Lovvorn Mill Road. Drive about 1.6 miles to the 4-Way Stop at the crossroads with Smithfield Road. At this turn right on Smithfield Road. The white church is a short way along on the right. If you miss the Lovvorn Mill Road turning continue south on Highway 100 for a further 2.4 Miles to the 4-Way stop at the crossroads with Smithfield Road. At this Stop sign turn right on Smithfield Road. Drive about 1.4 Miles to the church on the right, a little beyond the 4-Way Stop crossroads with Lovvorn Mill Road.

Liberty Hill Community Center

From Atlanta, go south on Interstate 75 to exit 201. Turn right (west) onto Georgia Highway 36 and go about 7 miles. Liberty Hill Church will be on the left in a small grove of oak trees; the Community Center will be on the right.

Muscadine Methodist

Take exit 5 from I-20, north to Tallapoosa, turn right on Hwy. 78, go about 7 miles past the border with Alabama to Muscadine, turn south on County Rd. 49, go 1 mile, church is on the right.

Andrews Chapel Schoolhouse

Directions from I-75: Take either the High Falls exit #198 or the Barnesville/Jackson exit #201, and head west. Once on Ga. Hwy. 36, continue south through Barnesville. About 8.5 miles south of Barnesville, turn left (south) on The Rock Rd. Cross Hwy. 74 and drive to the stop sign. Turn left, east, on Andrews Chapel Rd. The church will be about a mile away, on the right.

Directions from Thomaston: From Georgia Highway 74 leaving Thomaston heading east, turn right, south, on The Rock Rd and drive to the stop sign. Turn left, east, on Andrews Chapel Rd. The church will be about a mile away, on the right.


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