Updated September 29, 2023
Take note! The note-singers are starting back on Saturday, Oct. 7th with an afternoon session, 1p-3p, at Zion Baptist Church in Marietta; A special opportunity at Emory Library on Friday, Oct. 13th; A good opportunity to show what we do at Waller’s Coffee Shop on DeKalb Industrial on Thursday, Oct 19th. The 3rd Sunday singing has moved back to Church of our Saviour. Details below.
Sept 30, Saturday before the 1st Sunday, 10:00 am, South Georgia Convention, Roberta Civic Center, Roberta GA. Directions: Dinner on the grounds at noon From Atlanta, I-75 South to I-475 South. Turn right/west onto Hwy 80W (Eisenhower Parkway) to Roberta. Or, from Macon, take Hwy 80W to Roberta. In Roberta, turn left/south on N. Mathews Street. It becomes S. Mathews Street when you cross over Agency Street. The Civic Center (an old wooden church with good acoustics), is located at 93 South Mathews Street, just south of the old part of the town, next to the recycling center. S Mathews St is one block east of Highway 341. Contact/info: Oscar McGuire . 478-955-6135 (text preferred) - Contact Oscar with any questions.
Oct 5, First Thursday, singing at 7:00 pm at Emory Presbyterian Church - 1886 N Decatur Rd, Atlanta, GA 30307. Park behind the church, and enter the Fellowship Hall. We’ll sing from The Sacred Harp and the Eclectic Harmony. This is an indoor singing, with COVID precautions to protect our community. We ask that participants take an at-home test before departing and bring the details for verification, or arrive early to test onsite (tests will be available onsite beginning at 6:30 pm). Vaccination is required. Do not come if you are experiencing symptoms. Info: Jim Neal, jim_neal-at-bellsouth.net
Oct 7, Saturday, 1:00p-3:00p. An afternoon gathering of the note-singers at Zion Baptist Church, 165 Lemon Street, Marietta, GA, 30060. Not planning on having a meal, but will have box lunches for those they know are coming. If you think you may attend, please let John Plunkett (bildad12-at-hotmail-dot-com) know by Monday, Oct 2nd.
Oct 8, 2nd Sunday -The Albright, Cates, Brown, and Sheppard Memorial singing (formerly held at Muscadine Methodist Church in Muscadine, AL) will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2023 (the second Sunday in October), at Holly Springs Church, in Bremen, Georgia. Singing will start at 10:00 EST. Dinner on the ground will be at 12:00. If you are able, please bring a covered dish.
Oct. 13, Friday, 1:30pm - 2:15pm. Woodruff Library at Emory. Please come help us share Sacred Harp singing with the attendees of the Southeastern Music Library Association 2023 conference. The conference will hold a 45-minute Sacred Harp singing, hosted by the Sacred Harp Publishing Company's Sacred Harp Museum. The singing will feature a mini-exhibition featuring books, papers, and ephemera from the Sacred Harp Museum collection. Location: the Jones Room, on the third floor of Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Library. Parking: the nearest parking option is the Fishburne Deck. Unfortunately, there is no free parking on campus on weekdays. The library website includes more information on parking, driving directions, and public transportation options. If you are able to attend, please let Jesse Karlsberg know! He’d love to have a sense of how many "ringers" will be at this singing. jesse.karlsberg-at-gmail-dot-com.
Oct. 14, Saturday before the 3rd Sunday, 10:00am - Andrews Chapel/Schoolhouse, Upson Co. Georgia. Moved to the Roberta Civic Center, Roberta GA. Directions: Dinner on the grounds at noon. From Atlanta, I-75 South to I-475 South. Turn right/west onto Hwy 80W (Eisenhower Parkway) to Roberta. Or, from Macon, take Hwy 80W to Roberta. In Roberta, turn left/south on N. Mathews Street. It becomes S. Mathews Street when you cross over Agency Street. The Civic Center (an old wooden church with good acoustics), is located at 93 South Mathews Street, just south of the old part of the town, next to the recycling center. S Mathews St is one block east of Highway 341. Contact/info: Oscar McGuire . 478-955-6135 (text preferred) - Contact Oscar with any questions.
Oct 15, 3rd Sun, evening, 6:00p-8:30p, Church of our Saviour in Virginia-Highlands. 6:00 Singing School: Introductory Lesson at 6:00pm. New and experienced singers are encouraged to come! 6:30-8:30 Singing, with a snack break at 7:30. 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.
Oct 19, Thursday, 6:30p-9:00p, Waller’s Coffee Shop, 240 Dekalb Industrial Way, Decatur, GA 30033. Questions, contact Amy Wells, amyarmstrongmidwife-at-gmail-dot-com or Lauren Bock, FaSoLauren-at-gmail-dot-com. https://fb.me/e/6G3dWuuzn
Oct 21, Saturday before 4th Sunday, 10:00 am, Join us for the 45th Annual Seed and Feed Sacred Harp Singing! 10:00am - 3:00pm, Holy Trinity Parish, Tisdale Hall 515 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030, Tisdale Hall, Decatur, Georgia. Four-part a cappella shape-note harmony singing from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Dinner on the Grounds at Noon. All are welcome (including kids) and loaner songbooks will be available. No singing experience necessary! Please be vaccinated; feel free to wear a mask if desired. Contact amyarmstrongmidwife-at-gmail-dot-com with any questions.
Oct 28-29, 1st 5th Sunday and Saturday before (after Labor Day), The 153nd session of the Union Musical Sacred Harp Singing Convention will be held at Sweetwater Chapel 1000 Pleasant Hill Rd, Lawrenceville, GA 30044 (Exit 104 off I-85) about a mile east of the interstate. 10:00am. Dinner on the grounds at noon.The windows in the church will be opened with fans running to assist in ventilation. If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend. Contact John at bildad12-at-hotmail-dot-com with questions.
Looking ahead to November:
Saturday before the 1st Sunday - Denney Memorial, Emmaus PBC, Carrollton, GA
1st Sunday, Holly Springs Church, Bremen, GA.
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