Updated September 6, 2018
Update: Please note that the United Note Singers (7 shape gospel) session scheduled for this coming Sunday at Allen Chapel United Methodist Church, 227 South King Street, Calhoun, GA. 30701, has been cancelled.
Update: Added September 23 singing at Poplar Springs PBC near Bowdon, GA.
This month is extra-conventional with both the United and Union conventions, and for 7-shapers, the Alabama Christian Harmony Convention and the Wears Valley Convention, and lots more singing opportunities!
Sept. 1, Sat. before 1st Sun., Georgian Harmony singing, Roberta Civic Center, Roberta, Georgia. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Dutch Treat lunch at (nearby eateries include Hudson's BBQ, Subway, Big Chick, and about 3 other local places). Directions: 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. Contact/info: Oscar McGuire, omcguire -at- pstel -dot- net or cell #478-955-6135.
Sept. 2, 1st Sun., Shiloh-Littlevine Singing, Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church, south of Tallapoosa, Ga. 10:00 a.m. 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.
Sept. 2, 1st Sun., Haynes Creek Church, Gwinnett County, Ga. southwest of Loganville GA. on Hwy 79 (Grayson-Conyers Rd.). Directions: Way 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. Way 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). Google map directions
Sept. 2, 1st Sun., United Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 602 Cedartown Avenue, Tallapoosa, GA 30176. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.
Sept. 3, Mon./Labor Day, Labor Day Singing - Shoal Creek Church, Talladega National Forest. Talladega National Forest, near Edwardsville, AL. 9:30 a.m. 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 sign4for the church, turn right onto dirt road to the church. THERE SHOULD BE SOME SIGNAGE UP AFTER YOU GO PAST THE CREEK. GPS: 33.775774, -85.564088 https://goo.gl/maps/UCgkwPDsycC2 (note: cell coverage is weak/spotty)
Sept. 3, Mon./Labor Day, Associated Note Singers (7 shape gospel), 12:00 Noon, The Center, 985 Oakland Drive S.W., Atlanta, GA 30310. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.
Sept. 6, 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 of Westminster Way. Experienced and new singers, all are welcome. Contact: David Brodeur, david .at. davidbrodeur .dot. com.
Sept. 7 - Reception. Nathan Rees writes: You're invited to join us on Friday evening prior to the United Convention from 5-7pm for a reception for the exhibition "The Sacred Harp - A Georgia Musical Tradition," at the Carrollton Center for the Arts. Thanks to generous support from Georgia Humanities, the exhibition will open at the Center for the Arts on Friday evening before moving to the Sacred Harp Museum. We're hoping to build awareness for singing in West Georgia by reaching out to the community in downtown Carrollton. We'd be especially grateful for any singers who could come on Friday at around 5:30 so we can sing a few songs. The Carrollton Center for the Arts is located just off the square at 251 Alabama Street, near a range of excellent dining options, with plenty of free parking.
Sept. 8-9, 2nd. Sun. and Sat. before, United Sacred Harp Musical Association, Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church, near Bremen, Ga. 9:30 a.m. Directions: 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: Linda Sides, linjanes -at- bellsouth -dot- net.
Sept. 8, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Savannah monthly singing, 2-4 p.m., Fellowship Hall, Ferguson Avenue Baptist Church, 10050 Ferguson Avenue. Info: Dawn Stanford, (912) 484-5868, dawnipawni -at- gmail -dot- com.
Sept. 8, Sat. before 2nd Sun., The Pioneer Days event in Gray Court, SC has been cancelled, however the singing will continue in a new location. The Church of Greenville (Fellowship Hall), 212 E. Standing Springs Road, Simpsonville, SC. 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Dinner on the grounds at noon, The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Loaner books available. Directions: From the north: from I-85 take I-385 south, go about 8 miles to exit 30, E. Standing Springs Road. Go straight on Standing Springs Road 2 miles, turn left at 212 and park in lot behind the building. From the south: take I-26 north, then I-385 north to exit 29, Georgia Road. Turn left on Ga. Road, go about 1.5 miles and turn right on E. Standing Springs Road. Go about 1/2 mile and turn right at 212 and park in lot behind the building. https://goo.gl/maps/xPWdzyyX77m Info: Leon Carnell, (864) 862-4373, carnelllh at att dot net.
Sept. 8, Sat. before 2nd Sun., United Note Singers (7 shape gospel), Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 2525 Old Lower River Road, Douglasville, Ga. 30133. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.
Sept. 9, 2nd Sun., CANCELLED - United Note Singers, Allen Chapel United Methodist Church, Calhoun, GA. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.
Sept. 11, 2nd Tues., 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. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Info: Lisa Bennett, ltb1014 -at- gmail -dot- com.
Sept. 15, Sat. before 3rd Sun., Lee Rogers Memorial Singing at the home of John and Elsie Hollingsworth near Ila, GA. We will begin by 10:00 and sing all day from the Christian Harmony (2010 Edition) with a covered-dish dinner at noon. Christian Harmony books, 2010 revision, will be available for loan and for sale. 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 Road (at the Hill’s Automotive sign). Go 1.5 miles to mailbox on right numbered 1574. When driveway splits, bear left. From Atlanta: Take I-85 north to Exit 149, 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. Turn right on Adams-Clarke Road at the top of the hill (not well marked), go 1.5 miles to mailbox on right, numbered 1574. When driveway splits, bear left. Contact: Judy Mincey, mincey dot judy at yahoo dot com, or John Hollingsworth, 706-789-3916, john -at- billnet -dot- org.
Sept. 16, 3rd Sun., 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 and Columbia Drive in Decatur. 10 a.m. -2:30 or 3, covered dish lunch. Singing from the J.L. White 1911 edition of the Sacred Harp (loaner copies and copies for sale will be available), which includes many songs found in the 1991 edition, some in slightly different versions, and many unique to this edition. Info: Sandra Wilkinson, sandylou03 -at- comcast -dot- net, 770-554-6086, or John Plunkett, bildad12 at- hotmail -dot- com, 470-230-5757 .
Sept. 16, 3rd Sun., United Note Singers (7 shape gospel), New Wardell United Methodist Church, 12 Elm Street, Hampton, GA 30228 (Morehouse Glee Club featured). Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.
Sept. 16, 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.
Sept. 18, Tues. evening, 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/22285031545/.
Sept. 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.
Sept. 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: https://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaSacredHarp
Sept. 22 and 23, 4th Sun. and Sat before, Alabama State Christian Harmony Convention, 9:30am CST. 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 .
Sept. 22 and 23, 4th Sun and Saturday before., Wears Valley Singing Convention, singing from the New Harp of Columbia (7 shape). Saturday, (23rd) session at Valley View Baptist Church, 2219 Little Cove Rd., Sevierville, Tenn. Sunday, Headrick’s Chapel singing from, Route 321, Wear's Valley near Townsend TN. Both days, 10 a.m. – 3. p.m. Directions: http://www.christianharmony.org/harmony/directions/Headrick.html . More information: https://www.oldharp.org/wears-valley-convention. This is a bit far, but I’ve been there and it’s a beautiful place and great singing.
Sept. 23, 4th Sun., Poplar Springs Primitive Baptist Church Singing, 9:30 a.m. Poplar Springs Primitive Baptist Church is north of Bowdon, Ga. Directions: From I-20, take exit 105 at Hwy 100, travel 7 miles south, turn right at the 4 way stop onto Smithfield Rd. and proceed 2 miles. The church is on the right. Info: Richard DeLong, 770-686-1865 or Cecil Roberts, 770-574-7832.
Sept. 23, 4th Sun., United Note Singers (7 shape gospel), Zion Hill Baptist Church, 70 Zion Hill Drive, Dallas, GA 30157. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.
Sept. 29, Last Sat., Mountain Heritage Day, Outreach Center Gym, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee NC. (The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision in the morning and Christian Harmony in the afternoon, with lunch provided for singers.). 10:30 a.m. Eastern time. Directions: WCU is located in Cullowhee, NC 7 miles south of Sylva on Route 107. From I-85 North, exit left onto I-985. I-985 will turn into GA 365 and will then merge with 441 North. Follow 441 North to Dillsboro, NC. At the light in Dillsboro, turn right onto Business 23. Follow Business 23 through Dillsboro and Sylva to Highway 107 South intersection. Go straight through intersection and follow Highway 107 South to campus. Follow the signs to the University. The singing is in a tent behind the Outreach Center Gym. http://www.wcu.edu/mhd/index.html. Plan to arrive early, as parking is somewhat limited. A handicapped lot is located near the gymnasium adjacent to WCUʼs Cordelia Camp Building. Use the main campus entrance from Highway 107, and allow the trafﬁc ofﬁcers to direct you to available parking lots where shuttle buses will be picking up passengers every few minutes and dropping you off near the locale. Info: Mike Nichols (828) 586-4802, mrnichol -at- frontier -dot- com.
Sept 29-30, 5th Sunday and Saturday before,150th Union Musical Convention in Alpharetta, Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009. 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Singing will be in the Rotunda, and covered dish lunch will be inside in the pre-function area right next to the Rotunda. Parking is in front and to the side of the building and there is also a parking deck. Directions: Take Ga. 400/U.S. 19 North to Exit 9, Haynes Bridge Rd. Turn left onto Haynes Bridge Rd. Cross over Old Milton Parkway, Enter roundabout (Publix will be on your left) and continue straight. Parking deck on the left and City Hall building will be on the right. Info: John Plunkett - bildad12-at-hotmail-dot-com or Helen Bryson, 770-381-9093.
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