January 2020 Singings

Updated December 28, 2019

Sacred Harp Singings are free and open to the public. All are welcome (including children of all ages). The only requirement for singing Sacred Harp is the desire to sing Sacred Harp. This is a participatory style of singing, not a concert or performance, so you are always welcome (and encouraged!) to join in. An offering is usually taken to defray expenses.

For “All-Day” singings:

There will be a Dinner on the Grounds around noon (potluck) unless otherwise noted. Please stay and eat even if you didn’t bring food. There is always enough to go around.

Singing start times are noted, but end times vary depending on how many singers/leaders attend. You can usually expect “All-Day” singings to end between 2:00 and 3:00 pm.

All singings are from The Sacred Harp 1991 edition unless otherwise noted. For Google maps for all these singings, please see the links on the pages for annual singings, local groups or note singings. For easier reading of the listings, driving directions for most singings have been moved to the bottom of this page.

If you need a ride or would like to carpool, please email me, Lisa Bennett, at AtlantaSinging -at- gmail -dot- com or text me at 404-402-9562, and we will see if we can start matching up more singers to carpool to singings. In your message please say your name, which singing you want to go to, and where you live. Also, if you have access to MARTA, what station or bus lines you are near. Let’s try to save some gas, help some car-less singers or people like me who hate to drive distances, and have some fun and fellowship while we’re at it. IF YOU HAVE ROOM in your car or van, and would like to offer a ride, let me know that, too!

Note: Our friends in Athens have a new venue for their singings - This month they’ll begin meeting in the Choir Room at St. James United Methodist Church, 111 West Lake Dr., (corner of Lumpkin and West Lake) Athens GA 30606.

And remember that we have several college-based singings in February, but most notably the Emory Singing at Cannon Chapel, Feb 8, starting at 10:00 am. Please save the date and join us!


Singings List

Dec. 31, Tuesday, 7:00 pm Central Time, Wootten Family New Years Eve Singing - Antioch Primitive Baptist Church, Ider, AL.

Jan. 1, Wednesday, 10:00 am, New Years Day singing from the Georgian Harmony (Raymond Hamrick's book) at the home of John and Elsie Hollingsworth, Ila GA, GPS coordinates for the Hollingsworth’s mailbox: 34.152384, -83.322767. Bear left at the fork in the driveway. Contact: John Hollingsworth, john -at- billnet -dot- org, 706-789-3916.

Jan. 2, 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. Contact: David Brodeur, david -at- davidbrodeur -dot- com.

Jan. 11, Saturday before 2nd Sunday, 2:00 pm -4:00 pm, Savannah Monthly Singing, Sanctuary, Ferguson Avenue Baptist Church, 10050 Ferguson Avenue. Info: Dawn Stanford 912-484-5868, dawnipawni -at- gmail -dot- com.

Jan. 12, 2nd Sunday, 10:00 am Central Time. Uncle Jack Kerr and Henry Kerr Memorial, Camp Ground Methodist Church, 24581 County Rd 49, Muscadine AL 36269. Singing is downstairs. Dutch Treat Singing. Meals served at church at very reasonable cost.

Jan. 14, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 2nd 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. Info: Lisa Bennett, 404-402-9562, AtlantaSinging -at- gmail -dot- com.

Jan. 14, ‘Teenth Tuesday Monthly Singing in Athens GA 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Choir Room at St. James United Methodist Church, 111 West Lake Dr., (corner of Lumpkin and West Lake) Athens GA 30606. Optional beginners' introduction, 6:30 pm. Info: Shannon Primm, sprimm -at- yahoo -dot- com. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/22285031545/.

Jan. 16, 3rd Thursday Monthly Singing in Chattanooga TN, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 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

Jan. 18, Saturday before 3rd Sunday, 9:30 am Central Time. Auburn Sacred Harp Singing, Auburn First Presbyterian Church (gym/fellowship hall), 143 E Teach Ave, Auburn AL 36830. There is a parking lot immediately across from the church and other parking available if needed. Info: Karen Clark, 334-864-7851, karenlc_009 -at- yahoo -dot- com, or Robert Chambless, james.chambless -at- gmail -dot- com.

Jan. 19, 3rd Sunday, 2:00 pm. United Note Singing (7-shape gospel), New Bethel Baptist Church, 3429 Collard Valley Road, Cedartown GA 30125. Info: Joyce Hammock 404-691-4798, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Jan. 19, 3rd Sunday evening, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Church of Our Saviour in Virginia-Highland. 6:00 pm Singing School, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Singing. Church of Our Saviour, 1068 North Highland Ave. Atlanta GA 30306. Contact Amy Wells 404-436-4522, amyarmstrongmidwife -at- gmail -dot- com for additional information.

Jan. 21, Tuesday evening, Athens GA, Christian Harmony (2010) (7 shape) Monthly Singing, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Choir Room at St. James United Methodist Church, 111 West Lake Dr., (corner of Lumpkin and West Lake) Athens GA 30606. Optional beginners' introduction, 6:30 pm. Info: Shannon Primm, \ sprimm -at- yahoo -dot- com. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/22285031545/.

Jan. 25 and 26, 4th Sunday and Saturday before, 9:30 am Central Time, W. L. Green Memorial and Baldwin County Cooper Book Singing, Galilee Primitive Baptist Church, 37295 US Hwy 31 S, Stapleton AL. Info: Bill Hogan 334-514-9742, will_muse -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Jan. 26, 4th Sunday, 2:00 pm (dinner served first). United Note Singing (7-shape gospel), (note: same name, different church from 3rd Sunday) New Bethel Baptist Church, 3901 Pool Road, Winston GA 30187. Info: Joyce Hammock, 404-691-4798, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.


Driving Directions

Monthly Atlanta Area Singings:

Emory Presbyterian (1st Thursday)

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.

Holy Trinity (2nd Tuesday)

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.

Church of Our Saviour (3rd Sunday)

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.

Annual (All-Day) Singings:

John & Elsie Hollingsworth’s house (New Year’s Georgian Harmony Singing)

1574 Adams Clarke Rd, Ila GA. GPS coordinates for the Hollingsworth’s mailbox: 34.152384, -83.322767. 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.

Campgound United Methodist Church (Kerr Memorial)

Directions: Take I-20 to exit 5, north to Tallapoosa, cross the railroad tracks and go north on 78, about 7 or 8 miles): From US Highway 78 at Muscadine Junction, take County Rd 49 north. The church will be on the left, close to the junction with County Rd 76.

Auburn

The First Presbyterian Chuch is located immediately east of College Street on Thach Ave. Thach is one block south of Toomer's Corner and directly east of Samford Hall.


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