February 2020 Singings

Updated Feburary 19, 2020

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!

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, and the University of Georgia Social Harp/Sacred Harp singing at the State Botanical Garden in Athens on Feb. 23. It’s the only annual singing from the Social Harp, which was published in Georgia in 1855. Please join us!

Looking ahead: The Georgia State Sacred Harp Convention will be March 21-22 this year.

Also, from Judy Mincey -"We are invited to sing Saturday evening, March 28 from 7PM to 9PM in the reconstructed Supreme Court House at The New Echota Historic Site near Calhoun. This will be a guided lantern light tour event. The room is fantastic, a tiny wooden box. We could make a plan to meet somewhere for dinner beforehand if folks are interested. Please let me know if you are interested. 779-773-0818 or Mincey.judy-at-yahoo.com ." This singing often falls during the Georgia State weekend, but we will not have that conflict this year. It’s a good drive from Atlanta, but the room is terrific and the drive should be lovely in late March.

Sing On! Lisa


Singings List

Update:The February 22 singing at Hardeman Primitive Baptist Church is cancelled because of several issues with the building. The next J. L. White boot singing at Hardeman will be in July (2nd Sunday afternoon) and the all day singing from the White book is the 3rd Sunday in September. Hope you can join us for one of those.

Feb. 1, Saturday before 1st Sunday, 9:30 am Central Time, Rotunda singing, 9 Alabama State Archives and History Building, 624 Washington Ave., Montgomery AL 4 books used: Sacred Harp 1991 and Cooper revisions, Christian Harmony, Colored Sacred Harp. Bring a sack lunch, or lunch will be available for a donation. Info: Bill Hogan (334) 514-9742, will_muse -at- yahoo -dot- com, or Joey Brackner, 334 242-4076 ext. 225, joey.brackner -at- arts dot alabama dot gov.

Feb. 2, 1st Sunday, Uncle Bob Burnham and Ruth Brown Memorial Singing, 9:00 am Central Time, Wesley Foundation, Jacksonville State University, 510 N. Pelham Rd (Hwy 21), Jacksonville, AL. GPS: 33.8197580 -85.7620410 . Info: Kathy Williams, (904) 610-1827 katzenhw.47 - at - gmail - dot -com or Tom George, Tgeorge1 -at- stu -dot- jsu -dot- edu.

Feb. 2, 1st Sunday, United Note Singing (7 shape gospel), 2:00 pm (dinner served before), Victory Tabernacle Church, 6329 Hwy. 101, Rockmart, GA 30187. Information: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com

Feb. 6, 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. Experienced and new singers, all are welcome. Info: David Brodeur, david -at- davidbrodeur -dot- com.

Feb. 8, Saturday before 2nd Sunday, 2:00 -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.

Feb. 8, Saturday before 2nd Sunday, 10:00, Emory Sacred Harp Singing, Cannon Chapel, 515 Kilgo Circle NE, Atlanta 30322, at Emory University. GPS: 33.7913800 -84.3251020 Info: Amy Wells at 404-436-4522 or amyarmstrongmidwife -at- gmail -dot- com, John Plunkett 470-230-5757, bildad12 -at- hotmail -dot- com.

Feb. 9, 2nd Sunday, Associated Note Singers (7 shape gospel), 2:00 pm, The Center, 985 Oakland Drive, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30310. Info: (404) 758-1132 or Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Feb. 11, 2nd Tuesday Monthly Singing, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, 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.

Feb. 15, Saturday before 3rd Sunday, Alabama Collegiate Singing, Tuscaloosa AL – University Church of Christ, 1200 Julia Tutwiler Dr. Tuscaloosa, AL. The singing will be downstairs in the Sanctuary. Info: Scott Ivey, scottland1393 -at- hotmail - dot- com, 256-657-1567

Feb. 16, 3rd Sunday, 10:00 am, State University of West Georgia, Carrollton GA. GPS: 33.5727430 -85.1056870 Information: Nathan Rees nathankrees - at - gmail - dot-com

Feb. 16, 3rd Sunday, 3:00 pm, Note Singing (7 shape gospel), St Luke AME Church, 3617 Bolfair Dr NW, Atlanta GA 30331, Info: 404-696-4326

Feb. 16, 3rd Sunday evening, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm, Church of Our Saviour in Virginia-Highland, 6:00 pm Singing School, 6:30 Singing. Church of Our Saviour, Garrison Hall (building across from main church entrance) 1068 North Highland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30306. Info: Amy Wells at 404-436-4522 or amyarmstrongmidwife -at- gmail -dot- com .

Feb. 18, “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/.

Feb. 20, 3rd Thursday Monthly Singing in Chattanooga, TN, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, The Well, 1800 Rossville Ave, Chattanooga, TN. Info: 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

Feb. 22, CANCELLED - Saturday before 4th Sunday, "Eclectic singing", Hardeman Primitive Baptist Church, 3965 Glenwood Rd., Decatur, GA. Info: John Plunkett 470-230-5757, bildad12 -at- hotmail -dot- com, Laura Akerman 404-373-8241, liblna -at- emory -dot- edu.

Feb. 22, Saturday before 4th Sunday, Evening Singing from the Christian Harmony (7 shape) at the home of John and Elsie Hollingsworth, Ila, Ga. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Info: John Hollingsworth, john -at- billnet -dot- org, 706-789-3916.

Feb. 23, 4th Sunday, 47th Annual University of Georgia Social Harp/Sacred Harp singing, Social Harp in the morning (10:30 am - 12:30 pm) and Sacred Harp 1991 revision in the afternoon (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm). University of Georgia, State Botanical Garden, Visitor Center, Athens, GA. GPS: 33.9024820 -83.3824500 Info: Mike Spencer – fishman -dot- mds -at- gmail -dot- com.

Feb 25, Tuesday evening, Athens GA, Christian Harmony (2010) (7 shape) Monthly Singing - **suspended for the month of February**


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:

Alabama State Archives and History Building (Rotunda Singing)

Take I-85 South to Exit 1 for Union Street. Veer right onto South Union - a one-way, four-lane street. Turn left at the 3rd traffic light onto Washington Avenue. The front of the Alabama Department of Archives and History building is to your left across from the Avenue of Flags on the side of the state Capitol. Parking: On-street parking is available around the Archives building on Washington Avenue, Bainbridge Street, and Adams Avenue/Street. Limited off-street parking is also available in the Archives parking lot across from the rear (south) entrance of the building off Adams Street. Please note the south entrance bears the inscription ALABAMA WORLD WAR MEMORIAL above the doors.

Cannon Chapel (Emory Singing):

FROM I-85: exit at Clairmont Rd. heading East (toward Decatur/Emory). Go to N. Decatur Rd. and turn right. At the next big intersection, turn right onto Oxford Rd. (see below).

FROM I-20: exit at Moreland Ave. going north. After crossing Ponce de Leon Ave. this will become Briarcliff Rd. After a mile or so turn right onto N. Decatur Rd. Go through the traffic circle at Lullwater Rd. and at the next traffic circle come almost all the way around to exit onto Oxford Rd.

FROM OXFORD RD.: Turn onto Oxford Rd. and look for the parking sign on the right (about 50 yards, just past the Emory Barnes & Noble bookstore) for the OXFORD RD. PARKING DECK. Park there - it's free on Saturdays. Exit the parking deck through the building to get to the main campus. Walk across the plaza, up a short staircase, and across the road. Proceed past White Hall (on your left). Cannon Chapel will be ahead to your left. The building has an elevator and is handicap accessible. GPS for the Parking Deck: 33.789719, -84.327464; map at https://goo.gl/KzDaVd.

University Church of Christ (University of Alabama Collegiate Singing)

From I-20, take exit 73 for McFarland Blvd and turn right toward the university of Alabama. After about 3 miles, keep right onto campus drive, then right onto Julia Tutwiler Blvd. UCC is the large brick church on the left.

State University of West Georgia Food Service Building (Univ of West UGA Singing)

From Carrollton on US Hwy 27, exit to Georgia State Highway 166 heading west (also called Maple St); drive past the first entrance to West Georgia Drive and past the campus sign; turn right at the second entrance to West Georgia Drive. The Food Service building (Z-6) will be on the left.

Hardeman Primitive Baptist (Eclectic Singing)

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, just west of Columbia Drive.

John & Elsie Hollingsworth’s house (Evening Singing from the Christian Harmony)

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.

State Botanical Garden (UGA Social Harp/Sacred Harp Singing)

From Hwy 78 east, exit onto Georgia 316. After you pass the Oconee Connector exit, get into the far right lane and exit onto the Athens perimeter highway (also called "Loop 10" and various other designations). Take the perimeter east/ north for 3 or 4 miles to the Milledge Avenue exit. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right and go about 1 mile; watch for the Botanical Garden sign on the right.


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