November 2018 Singings

Updated November 11, 2018

The trees have decided it is autumn, and are showing splendid colors on schedule this year in our area. Great time for a trip to a singing, whether near or far.

Lots of notes:

Judy Mincey wrote: "It is with great sorrow I must announce the cancellation of the Elder and Mrs. Jason Davis Memorial Singing. This is scheduled for the third Sunday in November, the 18th, at the Historic Sugar Valley Baptist Church, Sugar Valley, GA. Hopefully it will just be for this year."

Oscar McGuire wants everyone to know that the location for the Georgian Harmony singing was listed wrong in the Minute Book. It will be at the Hollingsworth's in Ila Ga., not in Roberta. See entry at Nov. 17.

There will be no First Thursday singing at Emory Presbyterian in December. The annual Christmas singing will be at Church of our Saviour again this year, on December 16, starting at 3 p.m., singing from the Sacred Harp, Eclectic Harmony, American Christmas Harp, or whatever songs you bring copies of, we will have "supper on the grounds" at 5 p.m. and then sing some more. Mark your calendars.

John Plunkett is looking for singers who can sing for the "Candlelight Nights" event at Atlanta History Center on December 14th and 21st, at 7 and 8 p.m. Contact him, bildad12- at- hotmail -dot- com, 470-230-5757, if you can help with this - it should be a merry time outdoors and with cider to warm you.

John has another notice: "Jan. 12, Sat., Singing school/All day singing Please come help with a singing school/singing at Lake Oconee Lutheran Church, 1089 Lake Oconee Parkway, Eatonton, Ga. 31024. We'll start at 10am with a singing school/extended introductory lesson and progress into a regular singing as the day goes on. Covered dish lunch at noon; the church will provide meats (ham and/or chicken and I think drinks), so bring side dishes, desserts or other meats/protein for the covered dish lunch at noon. Would be great to have some experienced singers help boost the class."

At the Seed and Feed singing, it was announced that next year's Seed and Feed will be held at a new location: Northlake Church of Christ, Jim Neal's church. We will provide more information and directions next year.

Now to the Singings!:

Nov. 1, 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.

Nov. 3, Sat. before 1st Sun., Denney Memorial singing, Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church, Carrollton, Ga. 10 a.m. Directions: Take I-20 West to Ga. exit #11. Go South on U.S. Hwy. 27 through Carrollton for about 13.5 miles. Turn right on Oak Grove Rd., go about 1/2 mile. Turn Left onto Oak Grove Church Rd. and go about 1/2 mile again. The meeting house will be on the left. Information: Tony Hammock, 678.613.9904 - t_hmmck -at- , or Phillip Denney, 770-367-2628, Pdenney175 -at-

Nov. 4, 1st Sun., Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church, 1st Sun., Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church , near Bremen Ga. 9:30 a.m. Directions: Take I-20 west to the Bremen exit (exit 11, Highway 27). Turn left (south), go to top of hill at BP service station, turn left onto Holly Springs Rd., go to dead end, turn left, go to dead end, church is on left. Info: Phillip Langley, 404-452-0038, charlie5186 -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Nov. 10, Sat before 2nd Sun., 152nd annual Boiling Springs Convention Saturday, November 11th at 9:30 a.m - 2:30 a.m. The convention will be held at Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church near Ashland, AL. 6 miles southwest of Ashland, AL. In Ashland, turn south on AL Hwy. 9, turn right, west, on County Rd. 5 North. The church is a little more than a mile on the left. Contact: Eugene Forbes, 205-631-4653, JSPHFRB -at- aol -dot- com

Nov. 10, Sat. before 2nd Sun., 25th Swannanoa Valley Singing, St. James Episcopal Church, Black Mountain, N.C. 10 AM - 3:00 PM. Books: Morning session: The Christian Harmony (7 shape) (1873/2015 edition) or The Christian Harmony Carolina Book reprints, 1994 or 1979 Afternoon session: The Christian Harmony (2010). . Directions: from I-40, east of Asheville Take exit 64 onto NC 9 Turn north, toward Black Mtn. At the third traffic light (State Street - US 70), turn Left (west) Follow this road towards the second traffic light Just before this light turn right into the St. James parking lot. CONTACT: Joe Holbert, 828-669-7260, email: treeblow -at- bellsouth. net .

Nov. 10, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Savannah monthly singing, Ferguson Ave. Baptist Church, 10050 Ferguson Ave., Savannah. 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Website: Info: Dawn Stanford, (912) 484-5868, dawnipawni -at- gmail -dot- com.

Nov. 11, 2nd Sun., The Cooper Book Convention, Traveler's Rest Church, Samson, AL. Singing from the Cooper revision of the Sacred Harp. Info: Wayne Jones, wbchickfarm -at- yahoo -dot- com, 334-493-6200.

Nov. 11, 2nd Sun., Annual Clyde Williamson Memorial Singing (7-shape Gospel), Griffin Chapel United Methodist Church, 55 Rome Street, Temple, GA 30179. Singing starts at 2 p.m., Lunch 3 p.m. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock – at-

Nov. 13, 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. Parking lot entrance is on Sycamore Street. Enter the parish hall through the red doors facing Sycamore Lane. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Info: Lisa Bennett, ltb1014 -at- gmail -dot- com.

Nov. 13, 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:

Nov. 15, 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.

Nov. 15, 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:

Nov. 17, Sat., Georgian Harmony Singing, Roberta, Ga. Singing from The Georgia Harmony, music composed by Raymond Hamrick, at the home of John and Elsie Hollingsworth in Ila, Ga. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Covered dish lunch. Directions: From Athens: take Hwy 29 north, towards Danielsville. At the light near the Ingles store, bear left onto Hwy 106. At the next light, about 1 mile, turn right to stay on 106 toward Ila. Just past the 9-mile marker, turn left onto Adams-Clark Road (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- Clark Road, go 1.5 miles to mailbox on right, no. 1574; when driveway splits, bear left. Contact/info: John Hollingsworth, john -at- , (706) 789-3916, or Bill Hollingsworth, bill -at- .

Nov. 17., Sat. night before 3rd Sun., Memorial singing at Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Chuch, near Bremen Ga. 7:00 p.m. Directions: Take I-20 west to the Bremen exit (exit 11, Highway 27). Turn left (south), go to top of hill at BP service station, turn left onto Holly Springs Rd., go to dead end, turn left, go to dead end, church is on left. Info: Cecil Roberts, 770-574-7832.

Nov. 18, 3rd Sun., United Note Singing (7-shape gospel), Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 256 Church Road, SW, Calhoun, GA 30701-7215 (Curryville Community) (Hwy 27 N to Hwy 156). Dinner served first, start time shortly after meal. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock – at- yahoo -dot- com.

Nov. 24 and 25, 4th Sun. and Sat. before, Alabama Sacred Harp Musical Convention, Jefferson State Community College, Eugene Fitzgerald Student Center, 2601 Carson Road, Birmingham, AL. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Central time). GPS: 33.653413, -86.707407. Google Maps: The annual meeting of the Sacred Harp Musical Heritage Association will follow the Saturday session at 3:00 p.m. Directions: From Downtown or South. Take I-59 to the Tallapoosa Street / Ala 79 exit. Turn north on Ala 79 and drive 8.7 miles to Carson Road. Turn right on Carson Road. Go 0.4 miles up hill to first traffic light. Turn left at college entrance on Jefferson State Drive. Turn right on College Court West. Follow signs to Eugene Fitzgerald Student Center Info: : David Ivey – 256.258.8660. david –at- davidivey –dot- com.


Dec. 1 and 2, 1st Sun. and Sat. before, 9th annual Georgia State Christian Harmony Convention, No. 3 Railroad Community Center, Arnoldsville, GA 30619. 10:00 a.m. Directions: Info: Mike Spencer, fisherman.mds -at- gmail -dot- com, or Shannon Primm, sprimm -at- yahoo - dot- com.

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