March 2019 Singings

Updated January 30, 2018

March is simply chock-a-block with great singings. I hope you’ll get out to some - especially the Georgia State Convention in Athens later this month. It promises to be a great time. Keep an eye on their Facebook event for more info on housing, socials, etc., that weekend.

Anyone available to help with a brief program on March 10th, ~2:00pm-2:30pm for the Duluth chapter of the DAR, please get in touch with John Plunkett at bildad12 -at-hotmail-dot-com.

It’s time to register for Camp! - Info at the end of this email.

Save the date for the Atlanta All-Day at Rock Spring Presbyterian on Saturday, Apr. 27, and a singing school led by Andy Ditzler and Lauren Bock just a few days before, on Wednesday, Apr. 24, 7:00 pm at the The Bakery. More details in next month’s email.

Singings are from the 1991 Sacred Harp unless stated otherwise.

Singings are from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition unless stated otherwise.

Mar. 2, Saturday before 1st Sunday, 10:00 am, Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church, Thomaston, GA Directions: From the courthouse square in Thomaston, turn west on Georgia Alternate Hwy. 74. Go 0.7 miles and turn right on Hannahs Mill Rd., then immediately turn left on Emmaus Church Rd. At the stop sign, turn left. Church is on the right.

Mar. 3, 1st Sunday, 9:30 am, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rogers Memorial, Ephesus School Auditorium, Ephesus, GA. Directions: From I-20, take exit 5, Ga. 100, south through Bowdon to Ephesus (about 20 miles). The school is right on Georgia Highway 100 in Ephesus. Contact: Karen Rollins, krollins - at - westga - dot - edu

Mar. 3, 1st Sunday, 1:30 pm, United Note Singers (7 shape gospel), Mt. Hope Baptist Church, Hwy. 19 South, Zebulon GA. 30295. Information:(770) 567-3880 or Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com

Mar. 7, 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.

Mar. 9, 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.

Mar. 9, Saturday before 2nd Sunday, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm, Union Primitive Baptist Church, 204 GA-101, Temple GA 30179. Directions: 9.2 miles north of I-20 exit 24, behind Union Elementary School, south of the junction of GA101 and GA113. Turn west on "Union Church Road", just north of the school. GPS: 33.840306, -84.982289 Info: Chairman Daniel Williams, danwilliamswk22 -at- gmail -dot- com.

Mar. 10, 2nd Sunday, 2:00 pm, United Note Singers (7 shape gospel), Mt. Prospect Baptist Church, 133 Thomas Dorsey Drive, Villa Rica, GA. 30180 (Dinner served before the singing at about 1 pm or a little before) Info: (404) 758-1132 or Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Mar. 12, 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.

Mar. 16, Saturday before 3rd Sunday, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, 22nd annual William Walker Memorial singing, Second Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg, SC. Singing from The Christian Harmony and The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Church is located across Church Street from Wofford College in Spartanburg; singing is in the Fellowship Hall. Lunch on your own. Free parking available across College Street from the church. Enter the Fellowship Hall from College Street at the wrought iron gate and up the steps. Info: Robert Kelley, 864-513-1593, composer -at- mykeyboard -dot- com .

Mar. 16, Saturday before 3rd Sunday, 9:00 am- 3:00 pm, Hoboken Singing (Cooper Book), Hoboken Elementary School, 224 Church Street, Hoboken, GA 31542. Dinner on the grounds at noon. For all those coming from out of town there are a number of hotels in Waycross, GA which is 14 miles west of Hoboken and there is also a hotel in Blackshear, GA which is about 11 miles north of Hoboken. Info: Riley Lee, (912) 614-1681, rc -dot- lee -at- hotmail -dot- com. On Friday evening, Mar. 15, David and Kathy Lee invite singers to visit at their home, from 7:00 - 9:30 pm. Light refreshments. Call (912) 670-0519 (David) or (912) 670-0091 (Kathy) for directions before leaving Waycross. There will be a Lloyd Hymn singing on Saturday evening after the all-day singing, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Mars Hill Primitive Baptist Church. Refreshments will be served.

Mar. 17, 3rd Sunday, 2:00 pm - 4/4:30 pm, Singing from The Georgian Harmony (a collection of Raymond Hamrick's music). Hardeman Primitive Baptist Church, 1965 Glenwood Rd., Decatur, GA. Directions: From I-20 in Atlanta, drive east to Georgia Highway 155 (aka Candler Rd.). Go north on Candler Rd. and turn right on Glenwood Rd. (aka Georgia Highway 260). Or from I-285 exit west onto Glenwood Rd. The church is on the southwest corner of Glenwood Rd and S. Columbia Place, 3965 Glenwood Rd, just a bit west of Columbia Drive. Info: John Plunkett 470-230-5757, bildad12 -at- hotmail -dot- com

Mar. 17, 3rd Sunday evening, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Church of Our Saviour in Virginia-Highland. 6:00 pm singing school by David Smead and Lisa Bennett on The Treble Section: “Geared to all singers regardless of musical level or section, this lesson will highlight some of the qualities that make Sacred Harp treble parts unique, and to dispel some myths about singing treble.” 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.

Mar. 21, 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.

Mar. 21, 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:

Mar. 23 and 24, 4th Sunday and Saturday before, 9:30 am, Georgia State Convention, Lyndon House Arts Center, 211 Hoyt Street, Athens, GA 30601. Info: Michael Spencer, fishman -dot- mds -at- gmail -dot- com.

Mar. 23, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, New Echota Historic Site, Calhoun, GA. Special singing in a special place. A tiny wooden room, the reconstructed Supreme Court Building at the site of the Last Eastern Capital of the Cherokee. Bobby James, the new interpretive ranger, will be conducting Lantern Light tours of the buildings and wants to have shape note singing in the courthouse. Bring your own lantern if you like, need to be at New Echota by 6:30 in order to get to building and get settled. Your Sacred Harp is your ticket. Transportation to the building is available. If there is interest, we could arrange supper before or after. Questions and replies (Judy would really like a head count) Judy Mincey 770-773-0818 text or phone

Mar. 30, Saturday before 5th Sunday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Georgian Harmony Singing (songs written by Raymond Hamrick), Roberta Civic Center, Roberta, GA. Dutch Treat lunch (nearby eateries include Hudson's BBQ, Subway, Big Chick, and about 3 other local places). 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, (an old wooden church with 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. Contact/info: John Plunkett, bildad12 -at- hotmail -dot- com, (470) 230-5757 or Oscar McGuire, omcguire -at- pstel -dot- net or (478) 955-6135.

Mar 31, 5th Sunday, 9:30 am Central Time, Ivey Memorial, Liberty Church, Henagar AL. Info: David Ivey, david -at- davidivey -dot -com .

Shape Note Singing Camps this summer:

Camp Fasola
Adult Emphasis: June 9–13, 2019, Camp McDowell, Double Springs, Alabama
Youth Emphasis: July 1–5, 2019, Camp Lee, Anniston, Alabama

Camp Doremi (7 shapes)
August 15 - 18, 2019, Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, North Carolina

Lastly, you might be interested in this performance which uses some shape-note songs, and is coming up soon (Palm Sunday afternoon) here in Atlanta: Southern Folk Passion - Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4:00 PM, The Church at Ponce and Highland, 1080 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306. Brenda Bynum, the Meridian Chorale, and Steven Darsey, via historic shape-note folk tunes, present this dramatic portrayal of the Passion of Christ. The Passion of Christ has been central to the life experience of southern people. Their love and empathy is well recorded in the heartfelt strains of their songs. Singing from their experience, this unique Passion service is built around folk hymns from the famous 19th century The Sacred Harp tunebook, compiled in Georgia in 1844.

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