Updated January 30, 2018
There are lots of opportunities to sing this month - from the Sacred Harp and so many other shape note tune books!
Note in particular the Emory Singing on February 9th. Locals, remember to bring plenty of food! Also, the multi-book weekend extravaganza near the end of the month - Feb 23 & 24 - 2 days, 3 singings, 7 books!
Save the date for the Atlanta All-Day at Rock Spring Presbyterian on Saturday, Apr. 27.
Also, please note that both the evening 'Teenth Tuesday Sacred Harp singings and Christian Harmony singings in Athens will be suspended for February and March, but will recommence in April.
Singings are from the 1991 Sacred Harp unless stated otherwise.
Feb. 2, Saturday before 1st Sunday, Rotunda singing, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm Central Time, Alabama State Archives and History Building, 624 Washington Ave., Montgomery AL 4 books used: Sacred Harp 1991 and Cooper revisions, Christian Harmony, Colored Sacred Harp. Bring a sack lunch, or lunch will be available for a donation. Directions: Take I-85 South to Exit 1 for Union Street. Veer right onto South Union - a one-way, four-lane street. Turn left at the 3rd traffic light onto Washington Avenue. The front of the Alabama Department of Archives and History building is to your left across from the Avenue of Flags on the side of the state Capitol. Parking: On-street parking is available around the Archives building on Washington Avenue, Bainbridge Street, and Adams Avenue/Street. Limited off-street parking is also available in the Archives parking lot across from the rear (south) entrance of the building off Adams Street. Please note the south entrance bears the inscription ALABAMA WORLD WAR MEMORIAL above the doors. Info: Bill Hogan (334) 514-9742, will_muse -at- yahoo -dot- com, or Joey Brackner, 334 242-4076 ext. 225, joey.brackner -at- arts dot alabama dot gov.
Feb. 3, 1st Sunday, Uncle Bob Burnham and Ruth Brown Memorial Singing, 9:00 am Central Time, Wesley Foundation, Jacksonville State University, 510 N. Pelham Rd (Hwy 21), Jacksonville, AL. Please bring a covered dish to share. Directions: Driving north on Hwy. 21, go through the square. Once past Mountain St., look for the Wesley Foundation building on the left. Info: Kathy Williams, (904) 610-1827 katzenhw.47 -at-gmail -dot- com or Tom George, Tgeorge1 -at- stu -dot- jsu -dot- edu.
Feb. 3, 1st Sunday, United Note Singing (7 shape gospel), 2:00 pm, Victory Tabernacle Church, 6329 Hwy. 101, Rockmart, GA 30187. Information: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com
Feb. 7, 1st Thursday monthly singing, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, 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.
Feb. 9, Saturday before 2nd Sunday, Savannah monthly singing, 2:00 -4:00 pm, Sanctuary, Ferguson Avenue Baptist Church, 10050 Ferguson Avenue. Info: Dawn Stanford (912) 484-5868, dawnipawni -at- gmail -dot- com.
Feb. 9, Saturday before 2nd Sunday, Emory Sacred Harp Singing, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, Cannon Chapel, 515 Kilgo Circle NE, Atlanta 30322, at Emory University. Covered dish "dinner on the grounds" at noon. Loaner books available. Directions:
Feb. 10, 2nd Sunday, Associated Note Singers (7 shape gospel), 2:00 pm, The Center, 985 Oakland Drive, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30310. Info: (404) 758-1132 or Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.
Feb. 12, 2nd Tuesday Monthly Singing, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 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.
Feb. 16, Saturday before 3rd Sunday, Alabama Collegiate Singing, Tuscaloosa AL – NEW LOCATION (same church as last year, but new, more accessible room) - University Church of Christ, 1200 Julia Tutwiler Dr. Tuscaloosa, AL. The singing will be downstairs in the sanctuary. From I-20, take exit 73 for McFarland Blvd and turn right toward the university of Alabama. After about 3 miles, keep right onto campus drive, then right onto Julia Tutwiler Blvd. UCC is the large brick church on the left. Info: Scott Ivey, 256-657-1567
Feb. 17, 3rd Sunday, State University of West Georgia, Carrollton GA. 10:00 am. From Carrollton on US Hwy 27, exit to Georgia State Highway 166 heading west (also called Maple St); drive past the first entrance to West Georgia Drive and past the campus sign; turn right at the second entrance to West Georgia Drive. The Food Service building (Z-6) will be on the left. Information: Nathan Rees nathankrees -at- gmail -dot- com.
Feb. 17, 3rd Sunday evening, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Church of Our Saviour in Virginia-Highland. 6:00 pm Singing School by Andy Ditzler on The Bass Section: “Geared to all singers regardless of musical level or section, this lesson will highlight some of the qualities that make Sacred Harp bass parts so distinctive.” 6:30- 8:30 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.
Feb. 21, 3rd Thursday Monthly Singing in Bremen GA at Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church. 7:00 pm. 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.
Feb. 21, 3rd Thursday Monthly Singing in Chattanooga, TN, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, 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
Feb. 23, Saturday before 4th Sunday, "Eclectic singing" from the J.L. White book, Eclectic Harmony I & II, and Georgian Harmony. Hardeman Primitive Baptist Church, 3965 Glenwood Rd., Decatur, GA. 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Loaner copies of the J.L. White 1911 edition of the Sacred Harp will be available. 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, just a bit west of Columbia Drive. Info: John Plunkett 470-230-5757, bildad12 -at- hotmail -dot- com, Laura Akerman 404-373-8241, liblna -at- emory -dot- edu.
Feb. 23, Saturday before 4th Sunday, evening singing from the Christian Harmony (7 shape) at the home of John and Elsie Hollingsworth, Ila, Ga. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. 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. Contact: John Hollingsworth, john -at- billnet -dot- org, 706-789-3916.
Feb. 24, 4th Sunday, 47th Annual University of Georgia Social Harp/Sacred Harp singing, Social Harp in the morning (10:30 pm - 12:30 pm) and Sacred Harp 1991 revision in the afternoon (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm). University of Georgia, State Botanical Garden Visitor Center, 2450 S Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30605. Directions: From Hwy 78 east, exit onto Georgia 316. After you pass the Oconee Connector exit, get into the far right lane and exit onto the Athens perimeter highway (also called "Loop 10" and various other designations). Take the perimeter east/ north for 3 or 4 miles to the Milledge Avenue exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right and go about 1 mile; watch for the Botanical Garden sign on the right. Covered dish lunch. Info: Mike Spencer – fishman -dot- mds -at- gmail -dot- com.
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