November 2019 Singings

Updated October 31, 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

As the days shorten, the singing year is winding down. There are still plenty of good singings this month, though. Pay particular attention to the Denney Memorial and Holly Springs singings this coming weekend, the Georgian Harmony Singing on Nov. 16, and the Alabama State Sacred Harp Convention in Birmingham on Nov. 23-24 (*not* Thanksgiving weekend this year).Please note that the Georgia Christian Harmony Convention in Athens starts Nov. 30, as the first Sunday of December is the 1st. It was a great singing last year - both a strong class and a resonant venue.

Also, per Judy Mincey, the Davis Memorial at Sugar Valley will be cancelled this year.

The Christian Harmony singing in Athens will also be cancelled this month.

For December, save the date for our joint Atlanta Christmas Singing, Sunday, Dec. 15, 3:00 pm.

Sing On! Lisa


Nov. 2, Saturday before 1st Sunday, 10:00 am. Denney Memorial Singing, Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church, Carrollton, GA. Info: Tony Hammock, 678.613.9904, or Philip Denney, 770-367-2628, Pdenney175 -at- yahoo -dot- com

Nov. 3, 1st Sunday, 9:30 am, Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church, near Bremen GA. Info: Phillip Langley, 404-452-0038, charlie5186 -at- yahoo -dot- com

Nov. 3, 1st Sunday, 2:00 pm, Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, 144 Hope McClure Road, Jackson GA. Info: (770) 775-6572 or Elder Chris Robinson, (404) 987-3591

Nov. 7, 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. Info: David Brodeur, david -at- davidbrodeur -dot- com or Lisa Bennett, (404) 402-9562, AtlantaSinging -at- gmail -dot- com.

Nov. 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.

Nov. 10, 2nd Sunday, 9:30 am (Central Time). Calhoun County and Boiling Springs Convention at Oak Hill Baptist Church, County Line Road near Lindy Lane, Oxford, Calhoun County AL GPS: 33.585483, -85.815972 Info: Cecil Roberts, 770-574-7832.

Nov. 10, 2nd Sunday, Singing 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Dinner 3:00 pm. Annual Clyde Williamson Memorial Singing (7-shape Gospel), Griffin Chapel United Methodist Church, 55 Rome Street, Temple, GA 30179. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock – at- yahoo.com

Nov. 12, 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.

Nov. 16, Saturday, Georgian Harmony Singing, 10:00 am, singing from The Georgian Harmony, at the home of John and Elsie Hollingsworth in Ila, GA GPS coordinates for the Hollingsworth’s mailbox: 34.152384, -83.322767. Info: John Hollingsworth, john -at- billnet.org , (706) 789-3916, or Bill Hollingsworth, bill -at- shapenote.com .

Nov. 16, Saturday night before 3rd Sunday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Memorial singing at Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church, near Bremen GA. Desserts served at the recess. Info: Cecil Roberts, 770-574-7832.

****Cancelled****Nov. 17, 3rd Sunday, Davis Memorial, Sugar Valley, GA.

Nov. 17, 3rd Sunday, Dinner served about 1:00 pm, singing starts after dinner. United Note Singing (7-shape gospel), Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 256 Church Road, SW, Calhoun, GA 30701-7215 (Curryville Community - Hwy 27 N to Hwy 156). Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock – at- yahoo -dot- com.

Nov. 17, 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. Info: Amy Wells, 404-436-4522 or amyarmstrongmidwife -at- gmail -dot- com

Nov. 19, “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.

Nov. 21, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 3rd Thursday Monthly Singing in Chattanooga, TN, The Well, 1800 Rossville Ave, Chattanooga, TN. Info: 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

Nov. 23 and 24, 4th Sunday and Saturday before, 9:00 am (Central Time). Alabama Sacred Harp Musical Convention, Jefferson State Community College, Eugene Fitzgerald Student Center, 2601 Carson Road, Birmingham, AL. GPS: 33.653413, -86.707407. Google Maps: http://goo.gl/Otn044 The annual meeting of the Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association will follow the Saturday session at 2:00 pm. Info: David Ivey – 256.258.8660. david –at- davidivey –dot- com.

****Cancelled****Nov. 26, 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.

Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 1st Sun. and Sat. before, 10:00 am, 10th annual Georgia State Christian Harmony Convention, No. 3 Railroad Community Center, Arnoldsville, GA 30619. 33.905451, -83.217296. Directions: http://www.christianharmony.org/harmony/directions/GAstateCHConv.html Info: Mike Spencer, fishman.mds -at- gmail -dot- com, or Shannon Primm, sprimm -at- yahoo - dot- com.


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:

Emmaus PBC (Denney Memorial)

Take I-20 West to GA exit #11. Go South on U.S. Hwy. 27 through Carrollton for about 13.5 miles. Turn right on Oak Grove Rd., go about 1/2 mile. Turn Left onto Oak Grove Church Rd. and go about 1/2 mile again. The meeting house will be on the left.

Holly Springs

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.

Oak Hill Baptist (Calhoun County and Boiling Springs Convention)

Get on Highway 21 South in Oxford AL, go under I-20. Take a left at light onto Friendship Road. Cross 3 bridges. At next traffic light turn right onto Chelsea Drive. Go 5-6 blocks. Turn left onto County Line Rad. Church is on right.

John & Elsie Hollingsworth’s house (Georgian Harmony):

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.

Jefferson State Community College (Alabama State SH Convention)

From Downtown Birmingham or South. Take I-59 to the Tallapoosa Street / AL 79 exit. Turn north on AL 79 and drive 8.7 miles to Carson Road. Turn right on Carson Road. Drive around past GCW Hall on your right, and continue around back to the Eugene Fitzgerald Student Center. (The east entrance to campus is usually locked up for the weekend, so stay to the west side.)


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