August 2017 Singings

Updated August 1, 2017

Your august presence is required at these wonderful singings. Note: The 3rd Sunday of August, normally held at Cedar Creek, will be held at Mt. Pisgah instead this year. Also note special opportunities at the "Songs Abound" session at David and Andy's house this coming Friday, and the Little 5 Points "Arts Alive" singing on the 12th.

Aug. 3, 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.

August 4, Friday, Songs Abound #5: We'll Always Have Parris, 7:00-9:00 PM, hosted by Andy Ditzler, for location please email andy-at-andyditzler-dot-com. New compositions in the Sacred Harp style by local and international composers, a historical Sacred Harp lesson, and extended lessons from alternate tune books. This month our guest singing master Jesse P. Karlsberg will lead an extended lesson devoted to the songs of O. A. Parris. We will sing an early fuging version of Nativity (350), and songs by Jesse Karlsberg, John Bayer, and others.

Aug. 5 and 6, 1st. Sun. and Sat. before., 164th Chattahoochee Sacred Harp Convention, Wilson's Chapel, 289 Hutcheson Ferry Rd Whitesburg ,Ga 30185, southeast of Carrollton, Ga. 9:30 a.m. John Plunkett's directions: Take I-20 to Hwy 61, south to Carrollton. Turn left at the 166 by- pass (there are 2 places to turn onto 166, take the 2nd's a big intersection), go about 1 mile and turn left (south) on Old Newnan Road. Old Newnan will eventually come to a fork and bear to the right, you want to go straight (left) onto Cross Plains Road. Go past Cross Plains Baptist Church and the old School House; at the 3 way intersection jog slightly to the right and take the dirt road, which is Hutcheson Ferry Road, Wilson's Chapel is about 100 yards down the dirt road on the left. Alternate route: I-20W to exit #30/Post Road (just past Douglasville), go south until you get to Highway 166, turn right onto'll stay on this for a good ways, don't worry about any turns until you get into Carroll County. Look out for Cross Plains-Hulett Road...(there is a convenience store on the right)...turn left onto Cross Plains-Hulett Road. It will eventually intersect with Cross Plains Road and when it does, turn left onto Hutcheson Ferry Road (the dirt road). Wilson's Chapel will be on the left. John's been going this way a few years, thinks it might be a little shorter. GPS: 33.557058, -84.966422 Google maps: 272 Hutcheson Ferry Rd Whitesburg, GA 30185 Info: John Plunkett, bildad12, 470-230-5757.

Aug. 9, 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 dot com, or John Kelso 678.668.5766 . Facebook:

August 12, Saturday - Sing Sacred Harp at Little 5 Arts Alive. 4:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Davis Plaza, Little Five Points, Atlanta. 422 Seminole Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 GPS: 33.765767, -84.349310 . We'll gather at 4:30 PM for the 5:00 set (sound the first chord at 5:00 PM sharp). Two 50 minute sets, 5:00-5:50, and 7:00-7:50. Bring your red book! Social in the neighborhood. Info: David Brodeur, david .at. davidbrodeur .dot. com

Aug. 12, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Savannah monthly singing, Skidaway Island United Methodist Church, 54 Diamond Causeway, Savannah. 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Website: Info: Gene Pinion, genepinion -at- gmail -dot- com, (912) 655-0994.

Aug. 15, “Teenth Tuesday” Athens Area Sacred Harp Singing at the home of Shannon Primm - 6:30pm - beginners instruction; 7:00 - 9:00pm - singing. Contact Shannon Primm at sprimm at yahoo dot com for directions. Facebook:

Aug. 17, 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 .

Aug. 17, 3rd Thurs. evening, Chattanooga monthly singing, 7PM-9PM, Wayne-O-Rama, 1800 Rossville Ave., Chattanooga, Tennessee. Contact: Judy Mincey, mincey -dot- judy -at- yahoo -dot- com, 770-773-0818. Facebook:

Aug. 19, Sat. before 3rd Sun., Rome Primitive Baptist Church Singing, 5585 Martha Berry Hwy. (U.S. Hwy. 27), NE, Armuchee, Ga. (eight miles north of Rome). 9:30 a.m. Directions from Atlanta - Take I-75N to Adairsville/Hwy 140 (exit #306?) and turn left onto Hwy 140. This will dead end into Hwy 27, turn left, church will be on the right. Info: Hayden Arp, Haydenarp -at- gmail -dot- com, 770-546-0131.

Aug. 20, 3rd Sun., Cleburne County Convention, Edwardsville Baptist Church, Edwardsville, AL. 9:30 a.m. (Central time). Info: Cecil Roberts, 770-574-7832.

Aug. 20, 3rd Sun., RELOCATION for 2017 – This singing that is normally held at Cedar Creek PBC near Cordele, with be held at Mount Pisgah Church near Sylvester, Ga. 10 miles southwest of Sylvester. From I-75, take Hwy. 112 to Ashburn and through Sylvester. Turn left on Evergreen/Doerun Road. Go 5.5 miles; church is on the right.

Aug. 20, 3rd Sun., evening, 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 streets. Metered spaces are free on Sunday. Contact Amy Wells at 404-436-4522 or amyarmstrongmidwife at gmail dot com for additional information.

Aug. 23, 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 dot com, or John Kelso 678.668.5766 . Facebook:

Aug. 26 and 27, 4th Sun. and Sat. before, Lookout Mountain Convention , Pine Grove Church near Collinsville, AL. 9:00 a.m. Central time. Directions: From I-59 north from Gadsden, turn east on Alabama Highway 68 (exit 205), follow signs to U.S. 11, go south on U.S. 11. Look for sign to church between mile marker 210 and 211 (turn is almost in line with Mile Marker 211, Hwy. 469). Go 2.6 miles, follow signs. Info: Rodney Ivey, rodlivey -at- yahoo -dot- com, 256-899-5855

Aug. 27, 4th Sun., Christian Harmony singing, Tickanetley Primitive Baptist Church, Ellijay, Ga.. Singing-10-11; Preaching 11-12; Lunch 12-1; Singing 1-3. Directions: From Ellijay take Highway 52 east for about 16 miles. Turn Left (at Stanley Grocery) onto Roy Road. Follow it for about 8 miles as it winds. Turn right on Tickanetley Road. Watch for church signs. The church is on the right. Info: Paul Mooney, Jr., 706-273-3378


Sept. 2, Sat., Georgian Harmony Singing, Roberta Civic Center

Sept. 3, Sun., Shiloh-Littlevine Singing , Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church, south of Tallapoosa, Ga.

Sept. 3, Sun., Haynes Creek Church, Rockdale County, Ga.

Sept. 4 (Labor Day), Mon., Shoal Creek Church, Talladega National Forest

More details in the September singing reminder, which will also be posted here at the beginning of September, or consult your minute book or

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