Updated September 29, 2017
Fall is arriving on schedule and that nip will be in the air - the best time of year imho to get out to singings near and far.
--Note: The SEED AND FEED SINGING will be in a DIFFERENT LOCATION this year! Because our regular site is unavailable, we will enjoy the hospitality of the Hardeman Primitive Baptist Church for this singing on October 21. Everyone please come!
--Also note: Chattanooga singing on the 3rd Thursday is moving to The Well, same address, one door down.
--As always, singings are from the 1991 Sacred Harp unless otherwise noted.
Sept. 30, 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 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 where the singing will be held again this year. 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.
Oct. 1, 1st Sun., South Georgia Sacred Harp Singing Convention, Liberty Hill Church Community Center (Lamar County, Ga.). Directions: From Atlanta, go south on Interstate 75 to exit 201. Turn right (west) onto Georgia Highway 36 and go about 7 miles. Liberty Hill church will be on the left in a small grove of oak trees; the Community Center will be on the right. Info: Oscar McGuire, omcguire -at- pstel -dot- net or cell #478-955-6135.
Oct. 1, 1st Sun., United Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Jackson Chapel Baptist Church, 151 Carrollton Street, Buchanan, GA 30113. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.
Oct. 5, 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.
Oct. 7, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Savannah monthly singing, Ferguson Ave. Baptist Church, 10050 Ferguson Ave., Savannah. 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Website: http://www.savannahsacredharp.com/ Info: Dawn Stanford, Dawn -at- fabchurch -dot- com, 912-355-0949.
Oct. 8, 2nd Sun., Albright, Cates, Brown and Sheppard Memorial, Muscadine Methodist Church Muscadine AL. 9:30 a.m. (Central time). Take exit 5 from I-20, north to Tallapoosa, turn right on Hwy. 78, go about 7 miles past the border with Alabama to Muscadine, turn south on County Rd. 49, go 1 mile, church is on the right.
Oct. 11, 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/45458433401/?ref=ts .
Oct. 13. Fri. before 3rd Sun., "SOFA" singing, 7:30 PM-9:30 PM at Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church, off Hwy 120 east of Alpharetta. Directions: Going North on GA 400 Exit Hwy 400 at Old Milton Parkway, turn right (east). Go for about 3 miles; you will pass a Publix on the right, and a Shell station on the left, get into the left turn lane. At the next intersection, turn left onto Kimball Bridge Rd. Go to the end of the concrete divider (Don't take the first left lane) take the second left, and go across the street directly into the church parking lot. Contact: Faye Holbrook, cell 770-490-4232. (Will also be held in February, April and September.)
Oct. 14, Sat. before 3rd Sun., Tennessee State Convention, Arlington United Methodist Church, 1360 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217. 10:00 a.m. Info: Ron Harper, tnharper05 -at- att -dot- net or Tim Reynolds, trcopes -at- gmail -dot- com .
Oct. 14, Sat., Singing at New Echota Historic Site, 1211 Chatsworth Highway NE, Calhoun, GA 30701. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Singing will be in the reconstructed Supreme Court House. Your book is your entry. Info: Judy Mincey, mincey.judy -at- yahoo -dot- com, 770.773.0818 . Website http://gastateparks.org/NewEchota has GPS coordinates.
Oct. 14, Sat. before 3rd Sun., Tri-State (GA-AL-FL) Convention. We have not received information about the location yet - it is supposed to be in Alabama this year - will send an update when we know.
Oct. 15, 3rd Sun., Andrews Chapel, Upson Co. Georgia. The church is located between Thomaston and Yatesville. Directions from I-75: take either the High Falls exit #198 or the Barnesville/Jackson exit #201, and head west. Once on Ga. Hwy. 36, continue south through Barnesville. About 8.5 miles south of Barnesville, turn left (south) on The Rock Rd. Cross Hwy. 74 and drive to the stop sign. Turn left, east, on Andrews Chapel Rd. The church will be about a mile away, on the right. Directions from Thomaston: From Georgia Highway 74 leaving Thomaston heading east, turn right, south, on The Rock Rd and drive to the stop sign. Turn left, east, on Andrews Chapel Rd. The church will be about a mile away, on the right.
Oct. 15, 3rd Sun., evening, Church of Our Saviour in Virginia-Highlands. 6:00 Singing School, 6:30 Singing. This month's singing school will be an intro lesson taught by Faith Riley and Ellen Culpepper. 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.
Oct. 17, "'teenth Tuesday" Athens Area Sacred Harp Singing - 6:30pm - beginners instruction; 7:00 - 9:00pm - singing. Contact Shannon Primm at sprimm at yahoo dot com for directions. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/22285031545/.
Oct. 19, 3rd Thurs., 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 .
Oct. 19, 3rd Thurs., 7-9 PM, Chattanooga, TN. The Well,1800 Rossville Avenue, Chattanooga Tennessee. Call Judy Mincey at 770-773-0818, or email mincey.judy -at- yahoo dot com . Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaSacredHarp.
Oct. 21, Sat. before 4th Sun., 39th Annual Seed and Feed Sacred Harp Singing, Hardeman Primitive Baptist Church, 3965 Glenwood Rd., Decatur, Ga., just west of the intersection of Glenwood and Columbia Drive in Decatur. 10 a.m. Information: Laura Akerman , liblna -at- emory -dot- edu, 404-444-0470, Debora Grosse, dygrosse -at- gmail -dot -com, or Kelly Morris, morriskk -at- hotmail -dot- com.
Oct. 22, 4th Sun., Coweta County Sacred Harp Convention, Historic Court House, 200 Court Square, Newnan, Ga. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with dinner on the ground at noon. Directions: Take I-85 S to Exit 47; go right to Bullsboro Dr., 4 miles into Historic Downtown Newnan. *GPS coordinates: N 33 37.440, W 84 79.998 Info: John Plunkett, bildad12 -at- hotmail -dot- com, 470-230-5757, or Mark Puckett, 770-251-4951 (H), mspjmp -at- dishmail -dot- net for local information.
Oct. 22, United Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Hickory Log Baptist Church,179 Belletta Drive, Canton, GA 30114. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.
Oct. 25, 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/45458433401/?ref=ts .
Oct. 28 and 29, 5th Sun. and Sat. before, 149th Session of the Union Musical Sacred Harp Convention, at Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church, 4490 State Bridge Rd., Alpharetta, Ga. 9:30 a.m. Dinner on the grounds both days. Directions: Exit Georgia 400 N at exit 10, go east for 2.6 miles, turn left at traffic light onto Kimbell Bridge Road (just past Chick Fil'A) and take second left into the parking lot. Info: Helen Bryson, 770-381-9093, helen_bryson -at- bellsouth -dot- net, or Nathan Rees, 301-502-6571, nathankrees -at- gmail -dot- com.
Upcoming: Nov. 4, Denney Memorial at Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church, Carrolton, and Nov. 5, Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church, Bremen, Ga.
Mark your calendars: The annual Atlanta Sacred Harp Christmas gathering will be the December 17th, 3rd Sunday in December at Church of Our Saviour in Virginia-Highland (same as last year). 3pm-7pm-ish. As in the past we’ll use our regular books (SH & EH1) + the American Christmas Harp and any other 4 shape tune (seasonal) you may want to bring. Sing from 3p-5p, break for a meal and then sing another hour or so after that.
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