September 2019 Singings

Updated September 5, 2019

Update: Added United Convention parking information and link to Facebook event page

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!


There are so many opportunities to sing this month - 4-shape, 7-shape, gospel, and some conventions close to home. Pay particular attention to the United convention that the Atlanta singers are hosting at Emory, Sept 7-8 . Please come, and if you can, bring food!

PLEASE NOTE: After the United Convention singing on Saturday (about 3:30 pm) , there will be a one-hour ‘Town Hall”-style meeting about the revision of the Sacred Harp that is currently underway. Many, if not all, of the members of the revision committee will be in attendance to explain the process, and to answer singers’ questions and concerns. This is an exciting opportunity to learn more and find out where where to send your input (suggestions, corrections, requests, new compositions) to the committee. I know many of us have strong feelings about revising the book. David Ivey (the head of the revision committee) is committed to making the revision process as open and transparent as possible.

At the end of the month, the 151st Session of the Union Convention will be held at Poplar Springs Primitive Baptist Church near Bowdon GA. This is the first time the convention has moved out of the North Atlanta (Alpharetta/old Milton County) area. Please come and join us in this simple, lovely old church with great acoustics.

Sing On! Lisa


Singings List

Aug 31, Saturday before 1st Sunday, 10:00 am, Georgian Harmony singing, Roberta Civic Center, Roberta, Georgia. Dutch Treat lunch (nearby eateries include Hudson's BBQ, Subway, Big Chick, and others). Contact/info: Oscar McGuire, omcguire -at- pstel -dot- net or cell #478-955-6135.

Sept 1, 1st Sunday, 10:00 am, Shiloh-Littlevine Singing, Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church, south of Tallapoosa, GA

Sept 1, 1st Sunday, 10:00 am, Haynes Creek Church, Gwinnett County, GA southwest of Loganville GA on Hwy 79 (Grayson-Conyers Rd.) https://goo.gl/maps/Khx7o7iMDT

Sept 1, 1st Sunday, 2:00 pm, Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 602 Cedartown Avenue, Tallapoosa, GA 30176. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Sept 1, 1st Sunday, 2:00 pm, Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church 299 Union Hill Dr, Forsyth GA

Sept 2, Monday, 9:30 am Central Time, Labor Day Singing - Shoal Creek Church, Talladega National Forest, near Edwardsville, AL. GPS: 33.775774, -85.564088 https://goo.gl/maps/UCgkwPDsycC2 (note: cell coverage is weak/spotty)

Sept 2, Monday/Labor Day, 12:00 Noon, Note Singing (7 shape gospel), The Center, 985 Oakland Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30310. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Sept 5 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.

Sept 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.

Sept 7-8, 2nd Sunday and Saturday before, 9:30 am, United Sacred Harp Musical Association, Performing Arts Studio, Emory University, 1804 North Decatur Rd, Atlanta GA 30332. Facebook event page PARKING: Gambrell Parking Deck at Emory University (Formerly Lowergate South). From Clifton Rd.: Enter at Gambrell Dr., turn right into the Gambrell Parking Deck. From N. Decatur Rd.: Enter at HealthGate Dr., turn left onto Gambrell Dr., turn left into the Gambrell Parking Deck. GPS of parking deck: 33.790547, -84.319565 From the parking deck, walk south to North Decatur Rd, then east to the Performing Arts Studio (formerly a church), approx. 0.1 miles away. See map on Facebook. Info: Jesse Karlsberg, Jesse -at- jpkarlsberg -dot- com, Nathan Rees, nathankrees- at- gmail -dot- com, Lela Crowder, lela1775 -at - gmail -dot- com, Philip Langley, charlie5186 -at- yahoo -dot- com or 404-452-0038. (One hour “Town Hall” meeting about the revision of the Sacred Harp, Saturday, Sept 7, 3:30 pm.)

Sept 7, Saturday before 2nd Sunday, 10:00 am, The Greenville-Pioneer Day Singing, The Church of Greenville (Fellowship Hall), 228 Ladean Ct., Simpsonville, SC 29680 Info: Leon Carnell, (864) 862-4373, carnelllh -at- att -dot- net.

Sept 7, Saturday before 2nd Sunday, 2:00 pm, Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 2525 Old Lower River Road, Douglasville, GA 30133. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Sept 8, 2nd Sunday, 2:00 pm, Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Allen Chapel United Methodist Church, 227 South King Street, Calhoun, GA. 30701. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Sept 8, 2nd Sunday, 2:00 pm, Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Wright's Revival Center 144 Little Vine Rd, Culloden GA

Sept 10, 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.

Sept 14, Saturday before 3rd Sunday, 10:00 am, Lee Rogers Memorial Singing at the home of John and Elsie Hollingsworth near Ila, GA. Christian Harmony (2010 Edition). Books will be available for loan and for sale. John Hollingsworth, 706-789-3916, john -at- billnet -dot- org.

Sept 15, 3rd Sunday, 10:00 am, B.F. White Memorial, (J.L. White) Sacred Harp Singing at Hardeman Primitive Baptist Church, 3965 Glenwood Rd., Decatur, GA, just west of the intersection of Glenwood Rd and Columbia Drive in Decatur. Singing from the J.L. White 1911 edition of the Sacred Harp (loaner copies will be available). Info: Sandra Wilkinson, sandylou03 -at- comcast -dot- net, 770-554-6086, or John Plunkett, bildad12 -at- hotmail -dot- com, 470-230-5757

Sept 15, 3rd Sunday, 2:00 pm, Note Singing (7 shape gospel), New Wardell United Methodist Church, 12 Elm Street, Hampton, GA 30228. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Sept 15, 3rd Sunday evening, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Church of Our Saviour in Virginia-Highland. Malinda Snow will lead a beginners lesson at the 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.

Sept 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.

Sept 19, 7:00 pm. 3rd Thursday Monthly Singing in Bremen GA at Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church. Info: Daniel Williams, danwilliamswk22 -at- gmail -dot- com.

Sept 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: https://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaSacredHarp

Sept 21-22, 4th Sunday and Saturday before, 9:30am Central Time, Alabama State Christian Harmony Convention, Union Missionary Baptist Church, 3351 Warrior-Jasper Rd. (County Road 140), 8 miles west of Warrior, AL. Info: Danny Creel (205) 915 7794, bearcreek269 -at- bellsouth -dot- net or Emily Creel Brown, 205-435-3314, emleepc -at- yahoo -dot- com. (Note: on Saturday night, there will also be a couple of hours of “red-backed Church Hymnal” singing , starting at 5:00 pm.)

Sept 22, 4th Sunday, 2:00 pm, Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Mother Willie Miller Annual Memorial Singing. Zion Hill Baptist Church, 70 Zion Hill Drive, Dallas, GA 30157. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Sept 22, 4th Sunday, 2:00 pm, Note Singing (7 shape gospel, New Hope Baptist Church 1471 Hwy 36 E, Millner GA

Sept 24, 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.

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.


Driving Directions

Monthly Atlanta Area Singings:

Emory Presbyterian (1st Thursday)

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.

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.

Holly Springs (3rd Thursday)

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.

Annual (All-Day) Singings

Roberta Civic Center:

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, which is actually an old wooden church (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.

Shoal Creek:

From I-20, take exit 5 (Ga. 100) north to Tallapoosa; cross the railroad tracks, turn left on U.S. 78. Continue on 78 into Ala., go through Fruithurst, and look for sign to Talladega National Forest at County Rd. 61 which is across the road from the volunteer fire department building. (If you get to Edwardsville, you've gone too far.) Turn right onto County Rd. 61, go 5.6 miles, cross the creek, go 0.4 miles and there will be a sign for the church, turn right onto dirt road to the church. THERE SHOULD BE SOME SIGNAGE UP AFTER YOU GO PAST THE CREEK.

Shiloh Littlevine:

From I-20, take Exit #5 and go south on Hwy. 100, go 1.4 miles to Shiloh Church Rd., turn right, go 0.8 miles to church.

Haynes Creek:

Directions: Option 1 (from minutes): From state Hwy 20, 10 miles north of Conyers, turn left onto Rosebud Road, approximately 3.0 miles; church is on left. Option 2: From U.S. 78, coming from Atlanta, not far outside of Snellville, turn right onto Rosebud Rd. and the church is on the right (about 2 miles).

Church of Greenville/Pioneer Day:

From I-85, take I-385 south to exit 28, Fairview Road. Turn right on Fairview Road, go about a quarter mile and turn left on Ray E Talley Ct. Go about 1/4 mile and turn right on Ladean Ct. The church is past the cul-de-sac at the end of the road.

John & Elsie Hollingsworth’s house (Lee Rogers Memorial):

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.

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.


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