March 2017 Singings

Updated March 14, 2017

Update: Got the days right but the dates wrong for the Georgia State Sacred Harp Convention. It's now fixed here. The Facebook Page is now up and has it right:

March on out to some of these fine singings. Check out the "Songs Abound" singing March 24, the Georgian Harmony singing in the afternoon on March 19 at Hardeman, or take a trip to sunny Sarasota Florida for a new singing March 11, or any singing you choose, large or small, near or far! Note that the Biweekly Singing will be at Church of our Saviour in Virginia-Highlands both times this month.

Registration is open for Camp Fasola. You can find the dates and places for Adult Camp, Youth Camp, and Europe Camp and register here:


Mar. 2, 1st Thursday 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.

Mar. 4, Sat. before 1st Sun., Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church, Thomaston, Ga. Directions: From the square in Thomaston, turn west on Georgia Alternate Hwy. 74; go 0.7 miles and turn right on Hannah Mill Rd., at the stop sign, go left, church is on the right.

Mar. 5, 1st Sun., Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rogers Memorial, Ephesus School Auditorium, Ephesus, Ga. 9:30 a.m. Directions: From I-20, take exit 5, Ga. 100, south through Bowdon to Ephesus (about 20 miles). The school is right on Georgia Highway 100 in Ephesus.

Mar. 5, 1st Sun., Note Singing (7 shape, gospel); Mt. Hope Baptist Church, Hwy 19 South, Zebulon, GA 30295 1:30 p.m. Info: (770) 567-3880; Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com

Mar. 8, 2nd Wed., Biweekly singing at Church of our Saviour, Garrison Hall (building across from main church entrance) 1068 North Highland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30306. 7:00pm-9:00pm. Tell your friends! Contact: Matt Hinton 404.918.4914, mattandericahinton -at- yahoo -dot- com, or John Kelso 678.668.5766 . Facebook:

Mar. 11, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Savannah monthly singing, Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, 50 Diamond Causeway, Savannah. 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Website: Info: Gene Pinion, genepinion -at- gmail -dot- com, (912) 655-0994.

March 11, Sat., ** NEW SINGING*. Please come to beautiful Sarasota, FL (ranked #1 beach and 2nd best city to retire to in the U.S.!) for the First Annual SW FL Shape Note Singing Festival. Led by Gerry Hoffman & Katie White from Pennsylvania. For sale and loaner 1991 edition Denson Books available. Saturday 11 March 2017. 9:30 - 1 PM. Downtown on the bay front at Church of the Redeemer, 222 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236. Dinner on the Grounds potluck lunch. Bring a generous dish to share and your own drinks. Table seating inside, or bring chairs for yard & porch dining. Free admission. For more information: ShapeNoteSingSRQ -at- gmail -dot- com. Or call Mary: 941.351.7772

Mar. 12, 2nd Sun., Note Singing (7 shape, gospel); Mt. Prospect Baptist Church, 133 Thomas Dorsey Drive, Villa Rica, GA 30180. 2:00 p.m. **Dinner Served First. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com

Mar. 14, Tues. evening, Athens, Ga. monthly "teenth Tuesday" singing from the 1991 revision Sacred Harp, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the home of Shannon Primm. Optional beginners' introduction, 6:30 p.m. Info: Shannon Primm, sprimm -at- yahoo dot com. Facebook page:

Mar. 16, 3rd Thurs. evening, Chattanooga monthly singing, 7PM-9PM, Wayne-O-Rama, 1800 Rossville Avenue, Chattanooga. Contact: Judy Mincey, mincey -dot- judy -at- yahoo -dot- com, 770-773-0818. Facebook:

Mar. 16, 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

Mar. 18, Sat. before 3rd Sun., 21st annual William Walker Memorial singing, Second Presbyterian Church, Spartanburg, S.C. 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Singing from The Christian Harmony and The Sacred Harp. Church is located across Church Street from Wofford College in Spartanburg; singing is in the Fellowship Hall. Lunch on your own. Free parking available across College Street from the church. Enter the Fellowship Hall from College Street at the wrought iron gate and up the steps. Info: Info: Frances Carnell, (864) 862-4373.

Mar. 18, Sat. before 3rd Sun., Hoboken singing (Cooper Revision), Hoboken Elementary School, 224 Church Street, Hoboken, GA 31542. 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. with dinner on the grounds at noon. --On Friday evening, David and Kathy Lee invite singers to visit at their home, starting around 6:30 or 7:00 p.m. They will not have supper, but will have refreshments. Call 912-670-0519 (David) or 912-670-0091 (Kathy) before leaving Waycross, for directions. --There will be a Lloyd Hymnbook sing the evening after the sing from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Mars Hill Primitive Baptist Church. Refreshments will be served. For all those coming from out of town there are a number of hotels in Waycross, GA which is 14 miles west of Hoboken and there is also a hotel in Blackshear, GA which is about 11 miles north of Hoboken. Info: Riley Lee, (912) 614-1681, rc -dot- lee -at- hotmail -dot- com.

March 19th, 3rd Sun., 2:00 p.m.- 4/4:30pm, Singing from the Georgian Harmony (a collection of Raymond Hamrick's music). Hardeman Primitive Baptist Church, 1965 Glenwood Rd., Decatur, GA. Directions: From I-20 in Atlanta, drive east to Georgia Highway 155 (aka Candler Rd.). Go north on Candler Rd. and turn right on Glenwood Rd. (aka Georgia Highway 260). Or from I-285 exit west onto Glenwood Rd. The church is on the southwest corner of Glenwood Rd and S. Columbia Place, 3965 Glenwood Rd, just a bit west of Columbia Drive. Info: John Plunkett 470-230-5757, bildad12 -at- hotmail -dot- com

Mar. 19, 3rd Sun evening, 6:00p-8:30pm, 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. Metered spaces are free on Sunday. Contact Amy Wells at 404-436-4522 or amyarmstrongmidwife at gmail dot com for additional information.

Mar. 22, 4th Wed., Biweekly singing at Biweekly singing at Church of our Saviour, Garrison Hall (building across from main church entrance) 1068 North Highland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30306. 7:00pm-9:00pm. Tell your friends! Contact: Matt Hinton 404.918.4914, mattandericahinton -at- yahoo dot com, or John Kelso 678.668.5766 . Facebook:

March 24, Friday, Songs Abound (Fourth), 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 Hayden Arp will lead an extended lesson from The Social Harp (1855).

Mar. 25 and 26, 4th Sun. and Sat. before, Georgia State Convention, Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church, Carrollton, Ga. 9:30 a.m. Directions: Take I-20 west to Exit 11, U.S. Hwy 27 south for about 13.5 miles, turn right on Oak Grove Road, go about 1/2 mile, turn left on Oak Grove Church Road, go about 1/2 miles, church is on the left. Info: Phillip Denney, 770-367-2628. Pdenney -at- yahoo - dot- com,

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