Updated May 3, 2017
May we sing? We may! And can, and will!
Note the pair of singing schools in Rutherfordton N.C. over Memorial Day weekend, and mark calendars for the June singing school week at Flat Shoals Primitive Baptist Church, and the historic church demonstration singing on June 16, and come if you can! I added a couple of "far-ish" singings in case you want to get away - the Memphis singing May 13, and the Big Singing in Benton, Kentucky on the 28th. There's supposed to be a Sacred Harp singing in Benton on the 27th but I don't have details as of now. Also note, Savannah singing is now at the Skidway Island United Methodist church, and the Piccolo Spoleto Charleston singing is in a new location also.
May 4, 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.
May 6, Sat. before 1st Sun., Augusta Sacred Harp Singing, Augusta Old Line Primitive Baptist Church, 3646 Old Petersburg Road, Martinez, Ga. 30907 10:00a.m. - 3:00 p.m. There will be a singing lesson before the singing at 9:30am. Covered dish lunch at noon. Info: Diane Goldman, dianegoldman -at- ms.com, 716-513-0479. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/889466517829091/
May 6, Sat., Sat. before 1st Sun., Huntsville Sacred Harp Singing, Burritt on the Mountain, Monte Sano, Huntsville, AL. 9:30 a.m. Central time. Info: David Ivey, david -at- davidivey -dot- com.
May 7, 1st Sun., Cobb-Marietta Note Singers' "May Day Singing" (7-shape) at Zion Baptist Church,165 Lemon Street, Marietta. Singing at 2:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 3:00 p.m. Info: Pat McGregor, mcgregor3691 -at- comcast -dot- net
May 10, 2nd Wed., Biweekly Singing at St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church, 543 Cherokee Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30312 (across from Grant Park) 7:00pm-9:00pm. Enter through the double doors on the basement courtyard level, to the left of the main entrance. Ample street parking (no meters). Tell your friends! Contact: Matt Hinton 404.918.4914, mattandericahinton -at- yahoo.com, or John Kelso 678.668.5766 . Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/45458433401/?ref=ts.
May 13, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Savannah monthly singing, ., Savannah monthly singing, Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, 54 Diamond Causeway, Savannah. 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Website: http://www.savannahsacredharp.com/ Info: Gene Pinion, genepinion -at- gmail -dot- com, (912) 655-0994.
May 13, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Nan Herring Sacred Harp/Christian Harmony singing, Furman University, Greenville, S.C. 10:00am - 3:00pm. This is a 4-shape and 7-shape singing. Dinner on the grounds. Directions at: http://www.christianharmony.org/harmony/directions/furman.html. Contact: Leon Carnell, carnelllh -at- att - dot- net.
May 13, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Memphis Singing, Grace Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, 828 Berclair Rd., Memphis, TN 38122 10:00 a.m. 1991 edition, or bring anything else you want to sing, too. Dinner will be served at noon, followed by more singing. Local cooks are invited to bring a dish to share. Consider this invitation: "It's a beautiful time of year to visit Memphis, and we would love for you to come sing with us. We have lots of new singers here and would love to continue making new friends from out of town. Info: Matt Bell, invisiblegardene -at- gmail -dot- com.
May 14 , 2nd Sun., United Note Singing (7 shape), 2:00 p.m., Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 2525 Old Lower River Road, Douglasville, GA 30133. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com
May 16, Tues. evening, Athens, Ga. monthly "teenth Tuesday" singing from the 1991 revision Sacred Harp, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the home of Shannon Primm. Optional beginners' introduction, 6:30 p.m. Info: Shannon Primm, sprimm -at- yahoo dot com. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/22285031545/.
May 18, 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: Jason Stanford, jason.t.stanford -at- gmail -dot- com
May 18, 3rd Thurs. evening, Chattanooga monthly singing, 7PM-9PM, Wayne-O-Rama Chattanooga, http://www.wayneorama.com/. 1800 Rossville Avenue, Suite 108, Chattanooga, Tennessee, TN 37408. Contact: Judy Mincey, mincey -dot- judy -at- yahoo -dot- com, 770-773-0818. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaSacredHarp.
May 20, Sat., Mentone Rhododendron Festival Singing, St. Joseph's on the Mountain Episcopal Church, 21145 Scenic Hwy, Mentone, Alabama 35984 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Central time. Info: Elizabeth Gentry, 251-301-109 or Susan Cherones, TrueSu -at- aol.com, 706-859-1124.
May 21, 3rd Sun., Associated Note Singers, Macedonia Baptist Church, 267 Thornton Street, Atlanta, GA. 6:00 p.m. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com
May 21, 3rd Sun., Cane Creek Church, 3.5 miles east of Heflin, AL on U.S. Hwy. 78. Directions: From east to west, turn right after mile marker 181. Church is located between mile marker 180 and 181.
May 21, 3rd Sun evening, 6:00p-8:30pm, Church of our Saviour in Virginia-Highlands. 6:00 Singing School, 6:30 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.
May 24, 4th Wed., Biweekly Singing at St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church, 543 Cherokee Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30312 (across from Grant Park) 7:00pm-9:00pm. Enter through the double doors on the basement courtyard level, to the left of the main entrance. Ample street parking (no meters). Tell your friends! Contact: Matt Hinton 404.918.4914, mattandericahinton -at- yahoo.com, or John Kelso 678.668.5766 . Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/45458433401/?ref=ts.
May 27, Sat. before 4th Sun., Mount Pisgah Singing Society, Stroud (Chambers County) AL. 9:00 a.m. (Central time). 14 miles north of Lafayette and 7 miles south of Roanoke on U.S. Hwy. 431 at Stroud. (Cooper Book).
May 27, Sat. before 4th Sun., 7th Annual Piccolo Spoleto Festival and Lowcountry Singing Wellbrock Hall of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul at 126 Coming Street in mid-town Charleston, 9:30a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (with beginner lesson by Robert Kelley, and dinner on the grounds) The Cathedral "close" (yard) is at the intersection of Coming and Vanderhorst. Wellbrock Hall is adjacent to the southern wall of the "close". The annual singing is part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Parking is free in the Cathedral's lot across Coming Street. Website: https://sites.google.com/site/ssj29403/home/lowcountry-sacred-harp Info: Stephen Jones at ss_jones -at- bellsouth -dot- net.
May 27, Sat., Singing School, Saint John's Historic Church, North Main Street, Rutherfordton, North Carolina. 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Dinner on the grounds. The Christian Harmony (2010). Dr. Ian Quinn from Yale University will teach morning singing school Saturday in 7 shapes from The Christian Harmony. Loaner books and books for purchase available. Info: Jane Cannon, crvjanecannon at gmail dot com or (706) 410-0982 . Flyer: May Singing Schools
May 28, 4th Sun., United Note Singing, 2:00 p.m. Sweet Home Baptist Church, 280 Oak Street (Off Hwy 92), Hiram, GA, 30141. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com
May 28, Sun., Singing School, Saint John's Historic Church, North Main Street, Rutherfordton, North Carolina. 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Dinner on the grounds. The Sacred Harp (1991) Dr. Nathan Rees from The University of West Georgia will teach morning singing school Sunday in 4 shapes from The Sacred Harp. Loaner books and books for purchase available. Info: Jane Cannon, crvjanecannon at gmail dot com or (706) 410-0982 .
May 28, Sun., The Big Singing, Old Marshall County Courthouse on the square, Benton, Kentucky. Singing from The Southern Harmony, compiled by William Walker. 10:00 a.m.
May 29, Mon., Memorial Day, Jack Smith Memorial singing, Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Drive, Decatur GA. Singing from 1991 Sacred Harp from 10 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., covered dish lunch. Info: Malinda Snow, (404) 892-6836, msnow -at- gsu –dot- edu, or John Plunkett, 470-230-5757, bildad12 -at- hotmail –dot- com
Please mark your calendar for the first Flat Shoals Primitive Baptist Singing School featuring an awesome, traditional singer and teacher Richard Lee DeLong!
Monday through Friday, June 5-9th, evenings from 7-9pm at 2052 Fairview Road Stockbridge, Georgia 3028.1 Contact: Jesse Roberts 678-432-6175 or email: jroberjr -at- bellsouth -dot- net. Practice Singing Friday night! Please bring a snack to share.
Friday, Jun 16th - Several of you were able to help with a program last October in conjunction with the Historic Rural Churches of Georgia project. Another, similar opportunity is coming up in June, though this is being coordinated through the Georgia Department of Tourism. Unfortunately, Friday, June 16th is during the National Convention in Birmingham - so I'm asking early if you could let me know your interest/availability/willingness to be a part of this. If you can let me know/commit by the 1st of May, I would greatly appreciate it. The program would be ~30 minutes long (and I think they will have box lunches for us!). The location is Wrightsboro Methodist Church, in McDuffie County (near Augusta) - so about 2 hours east of Atlanta. Here are some pictures of the church: http://hrcga.org/wrightsboro-methodist-mcduffie-3/ Info: John Plunkett, 470-230-5757, bildad12 -at- hotmail –dot- com
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