December 2018 Singings

Updated November 29, 2018

Hark! singing is in the air this month and shape-note singing fills the halls like no other. Share your voice with friends at one of these fine singings.

Note: No "First Thursday" singing at Emory Presbyterian - instead we will have the Christmas singing and potluck supper at Church of Our Saviour in Virginia Highlands, December 16. Also note different location for the Florida State Singing Convention (Cooper Book) this year. We have a couple of Florida singings particularly for those folks looking for an excuse to seek warmer climes now that cold winds have found their way to Atlanta.

John Plunkett is still looking for singers who can sing for the "Candlelight Nights" event at Atlanta History Center on December 14th and 21st, at 7 and 8 p.m. Contact him, bildad12- at- hotmail -dot- com, 470-230-5757, if you can help with this - it should be a merry time outdoors and with cider to warm you.

See the note about the January 12 singing school also under "Upcoming Singings" and come if you can.


Dec. 1, 1st Sat. United Note Singers (7-shape gospel) Christmas Banquet, Sweet Home Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 280 Oak St., Hiram, GA 30141. 1:00 p.m. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock – at- yahoo -dot- com.

Dec. 1 and 2, 1st Sun. and Sat. before, the 9th Georgia State Christian Harmony Convention, No. 3 Railroad Community Center, No. 3 Railroad Street, Arnoldsville, GA, 30619. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with dinner on-the-grounds at noon. Singing from the Christian Harmony (7-shape). Directions: From the west, go to Athens, Ga., take Highway 78 East (Lexington Road) about 10 miles (15 minutes) to Yancey Road - turn left. Follow Yancey Road to 3 Railroad Street. From the east, take I-20 West to exit 172 (towards Thomson/Washington). Turn right onto GA-17 N/US-78 W/Washington Rd (signs for Lincolnton), (21.6 mi). Turn left onto US-78 W (32.2 mi). Follow Arnoldsville Rd to Railroad St in Arnoldsville.,+Georgia+30619&entry=gmail&source=g Info: Mike Spencer, fishman.mds -at- gmail -dot- com, Shannon Primm, sprimm -at- yahoo -dot- com, or John Plunkett, bildad12- at- hotmail -dot- com, 470-230-5757.

Dec. 1 and 2, 1st Sun. and Sat. before, Florida State Sacred Harp Convention (Cooper revision). NEW LOCATION: Because of Hurricane Michael, the facilities in Panama City are unavailable this year. The new location is Miller’s Crossroads near Bonifay, FL.,-85.740998 . 9:30 a.m. Lodging – Enterprise, AL is 30 minutes driving distance, lodging at Candlewood Suites is suggested. Link: , Phone: 335-308-1102, Address, 203 Brabham Dr., Enterprise, AL 36330. (There may be other lodging at a Holiday Inn in Bonifay.) Directions from the hotel: Take Hwy 167 South through Hartford. Hwy 167 turns into Hwy 79 at the state line. Continue to Esto, FL. Take right on Hwy 2 past Esto. Continue for about 6 miles. Turn left on 177 (Miller’s Crossroads). Singing Hall is about a mile on the left, near Union Hill Church.

Dec. 8, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Savannah monthly singing, Ferguson Ave. Baptist Church, 10050 Ferguson Ave., Savannah. 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Website: Info: Dawn Stanford, (912) 484-5868, dawnipawni -at- gmail -dot- com.

Dec. 8, 2nd Sat., Associated Note Singers (7-shape gospel) Christmas Banquet, The Center, 985 Oakland Drive, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30310. 12:00 noon. Info: (404) 758-1132, or Joyce Hammock, jvhammock – at- yahoo -dot- com.

Dec. 8-9, 2nd Sun. and Sat. before, St. John's Singing, St. John's Historic Church, Rutherfordton, N.C. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Christian Harmony (2010) on Saturday , Sacred Harp (1991) on Sunday. Note that lunch will be on your own this time; there are many great restaurants within walking distance. Directions: from Atlanta, take I-85 to Spartanburg S.C., turn north on I-26 (exit 70). From there, take Exit 36 (Northbound) or Exit 34 (Southbound) to US 74 East (Do NOT exit to NC 108). After ~20 miles, exit onto US 221; turn North towards Rutherfordton. 221 becomes South Main Street. After passing Courthouse on left begin to look for Old St. John's on right. Info: Jane Cannon, 706-410-0982 email: crvjanecannon at gmail dot com .

Dec. 11, Second Tuesday Monthly Singing, 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. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Info: Lisa Bennett, ltb1014 -at- gmail -dot- com.

Dec. 16, 3rd Sun., Atlanta Christmas singing, Church of Our Saviour, 1068 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306. 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. We'll sing from approx. 3-5pm, then break for Supper-on-the-Grounds (please bring a dish to share), followed by more singing from approx. 6-7pm. Songbooks will be available for loan. All are welcome! Songbooks we'll use include the Sacred Harp (1991/Denson), the Eclectic Harmony, and the American Christmas Harp. Other seasonal songs written in 4 shapes are also welcome--please bring copies to share (25-30). Info: Amy Armstrong Wells, amyarmstrongmidwife - at - gmail -dot- com.

Dec. 18, Athens, Ga. monthly "teenth Tuesday" singing from the 1991 revision Sacred Harp, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Party Room at Showtime Bowl, 555 Macon Hwy, Athens Ga. Optional beginners' introduction, 6:30 p.m. Info: Shannon Primm, sprimm -at- yahoo dot com. Facebook page:

Dec. 20, 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: Daniel Williams, danwilliamswk22-at-gmail-dot-com.

Dec. 20, 3rd Thurs. evening, Chattanooga monthly singing, 7PM-9PM, The Well, 1800 Rossville Avenue, Chattanooga Tennessee. Contact: Judy Mincey, mincey -dot- judy -at- yahoo -dot- com, 770-773-0818. Facebook:

Dec. 30, 5th Sun., Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church, Old Chicora, Fla., about 40 miles southeast of Tampa (Hillsborough – Polk County line). Cooper Revision; loaner books available. 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. with dinner on the grounds. Church location – Apple Maps has 17385 Bethlehem Rd., Lithia FL 33547, Google Maps use . GPS coordinates 27.725251,-82.06123. There was a writeup of this singing in 2012 in the Sacred Harp Newsletter by Mary Ellen Schrock, who recently passed away.

Dec. 31, Mon., Wootten Family New Years Eve Singing - Antioch Primitive Baptist Church, Ider, AL, 7:00 p.m. (Central time).

Jan. 1, Tues., New Years Day singing from the Georgian Harmony (Raymond Hamrick's book) at the home of John and Elsie Hollingsworth, Ila Ga. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. At 9:00 a.m. the singing will start with some of Raymond's unpublished music.

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- Clark Road (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-Clark Road, go 1.5 miles to mailbox on right, no. 1574; when driveway splits, bear left. Contact: John Hollingsworth, john -at- billnet -dot- org, (706) 789-3916.


Jan. 12, Sat., Singing school/All day singing. Please come help with a singing school/singing at Lake Oconee Lutheran Church, 1089 Lake Oconee Parkway, Eatonton, Ga. 31024. We'll start at 10am with a singing school/extended introductory lesson and progress into a regular singing as the day goes on. Covered dish lunch at noon; the church will provide meats (ham and/or chicken and I think drinks), so bring side dishes, desserts or other meats/protein for the covered dish lunch at noon. Would be great to have some experienced singers help boost the class. Info: John Plunkett, bildad12- at- hotmail -dot- com, 470-230-5757 .

Save the date! The Atlanta All-Day Singing, Saturday before the 4th Sunday in April, 27 April 2019, will be held again at Rock Spring Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 1824 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30324—GPS: 33.804629, -84.368311—9:30 a.m.—The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition—Info: Andy Ditzler, an dy -at- andyditzler -dot- com

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