Photo by Robert Chambless from his set Chattahoochee Singing August 2, 2014


September 2016 Singings

Updated September 14, 2016

Update (Sept. 14): The Atlanta Bi-weekly singing tonight will be held at Church of our Saviour, 7pm - 9pm instead of St. John's Orthodox Church in Grant Park. (see directions below). Dan Brittain is in town and will be joining us come sing with Dan!!

Update (Sept. 1): Due to the funeral for B.M. Smith on Saturday, we will cancel the Georgian Harmony singing in Roberta, as a number of the regular singers that might come to Roberta are planning to go sing for the funeral in Rome.

Starting off with a message from John Plunkett:

Sacred Harp Program - SINGERS NEEDED!!

We've been invited to participate in the release of a new book, Historic Rural Churches of Georgia, published by UGA Press and The Historical Rural Churches of Georgia Association (and I've accepted!). I've seen a copy of the book - it's very well done. This program will mark the 'debut' of the book. The program will be on Friday, October 7th at Powelton Methodist Church near Sparta, GA starting at about 1:00PM and lasting about an hour, and will occur in the middle of a tour of some of the churches featured in the book. We'll sing for about 45 minutes or so. Here is a link to the church where the program will take place.

Being in the middle of the day, I'd like to get a idea of who might be able to help with this. If you could let me know if you can help with this program by Sept 12th, I would greatly appreciate it. It's a good opportunity for Sacred Harp exposure to a group that might likely have an interest in singing and in the history of our tradition. (and there may be similar opportunities in the future).

The church is about 1-1/2 hours from the Atlanta area; a little over an hour from Athens and Macon; 2+ hours from the Savannah area. A good drive for most any of us, but if your schedule permits or you’d be willing to take a vacation day to come help - it would be great to have a good turnout of singers (and it looks like a great space for singing!!).

Please let me know if you can help with this program or if you have any other questions: bildad12 -at-

Now, the singings. You're going to need one of those Harry Potter time travel thingys this month - if you want to get to them all!

Sept. 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.

Sept. 3, Sat. before 1st Sun., CANCELED - Georgian Harmony singing, Roberta Civic Center, Roberta, Georgia. Contact/info: John Plunkett, bildad12 -at- hotmail -dot- com, 470-230-5757 or Oscar McGuire, omcguire -at- pstel -dot- net or cell #478-955-6135.

Sept. 4, 1st Sun., Shiloh-Littlevine Singing, Shiloh Primitive Baptist Church, south of Tallapoosa, Ga. 10:00 a.m. From I-20, take Exit #5 and go south on Hwy. 100, go 1.4 miles to Shiloh Church Rd., turn right, go 0.8 miles to church.

Sept. 4, 1st Sun., Haynes Creek Church, Gwinnett County, Ga. southwest of Loganville GA. on Hwy 79 (Grayson-Conyers Rd.). Directions: Way 1 (from minutes): From state Hwy 20, 10 miles north of Conyers, turn left onto Rosebud Road, approximately 3.0 miles; church is on left. Way 2: From U.S. 78, coming from Atlanta, not far outside of Snellville, turn right onto Rosebud Rd. and the church is on the right (about 3 miles).

Sept. 4, 1st Sun., United Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 602 Cedartown Avenue, Tallapoosa, GA 30176. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Sept. 5, Mon./Labor Day, Labor Day Singing - Shoal Creek Church, Talladega National Forest. Talladega National Forest, near Edwardsville, AL. 9:30 a.m. From I-20, take exit 5 (Ga. 100) north to Tallapoosa; cross the railroad tracks, turn left on U.S. 78. Continue on 78 into Ala., go through Fruithurst, and look for sign to Talladega National Forest at County Rd. 61 which is across the road from the volunteer fire department building. (If you get to Edwardsville, you've gone too far.) Turn right onto County Rd. 61, go 5.6 miles, cross the creek, go 0.4 miles and there will be a sign for the church, turn right onto dirt road to the church.

Sept. 5, Mon./Labor Day, Associated Note Singers (7 shape gospel), 12:00 Noon, The Center, 985 Oakland Drive S.W., Atlanta, GA 30310. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Sept. 9-11, Fri.-Sun., 113th Annual United Sacred Harp Musical Association Convention, Camp McDowell, near Jasper, AL. Rather than include all of the the lengthy email with details including lodging, from Linda Sides (linjanes -at- bellsouth -dot- net), I’m including a link to the information on the Harpeth Valley site: . Note the special Friday night singing, and the call to "rsvp" to Linda for lunches, which the organizers will be cooking ($7). Sept. 10, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Pioneer Day Sacred Harp Singing, Culbertson Back Country Settlement in Gray Court SC (just two miles away from Owings). 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. From the Greenville area, take I-385 south to exit 19, about 11 miles from I-85. Take S.C. Hwy. 14 to Owings, about 2 miles into Gray Court. Continue through the traffic light for about one quarter mile. Parking will be on the left 1/4 mile past the traffic light in Gray Court. Info: Leon Carnell, (864) 862-4373, carnelllh at att dot net.

Sept. 10, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Savannah monthly singing, Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, 50 Diamond Causeway, Savannah. 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Website: Info: Gene Pinion, genepinion -at- gmail -dot- com, (912) 655-0994.

Sept. 11, 2nd Sun., United Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Allen Chapel United Methodist Church, 227 South King Street, Calhoun, GA 30701. **Dinner Served First. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Sept. 13, "Teenth Tuesday" Athens Area Sacred Harp Singing at the home of Shannon Primm - 6:30pm - beginners instruction; 7:00 - 9:00pm - singing. Contact Shannon Primm at sprimm at yahoo dot com for directions. Facebook: .

Sept. 14, 2nd Wed, Biweekly Singing at Church of Our Saviour (location changed from St. John the Wonderworker) in Virginia-Highland 7:00pm-9:00pm. Garrison Hall (building across from main church entrance), 1068 North Highland Ave, Atlanta, Ga. 30306. Parking along N. Highland or Los Angeles streets. Tell your friends! Contact: Matt Hinton 404.918.4914, mattandericahinton -at- yahoo dot com, or John Kelso 678.668.5766 . Facebook:

Sept. 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: Jason Stanford, jason.t.stanford -at- gmail -dot- com .

Sept. 15, 3rd Thurs. evening, Chattanooga monthly singing, 7PM-9PM, Bluegrass Grill, 55 E. Main St., Chattanooga, Tennessee. Contact: Judy Mincey, mincey -dot- judy -at- yahoo -dot- com, 770-773-0818. Facebook: .

Sept. 16, Fri. before 3rd Sun., "SOFA" singing, 7:30 PM-9:30 PM at Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church, off Hwy 120 east of Alpharetta. Directions: Going North on GA 400 Exit Hwy 400 at Old Milton Parkway, turn right (east). Go for about 3 miles; you will pass a Publix on the right, and a Shell station on the left, get into the left turn lane. At the next intersection, turn left onto Kimball Bridge Rd. Go to the end of the concrete divider (Don't take the first left lane) take the second left, and go across the street directly into the church parking lot. Contact: Faye Holbrook, cell 770-490-4232. (Will also be held in October, February and April.)

Sept. 17, Sat. before 3rd Sun., Lee Rogers Memorial Singing at the home of John and Elsie Hollingsworth near Ila, GA. We will begin by 10:00 and sing all day from the Christian Harmony (2010 Edition) with a covered-dish dinner at noon. Christian Harmony books, 2010 revision, will be available for loan and for sale. Contact: Judy Mincey, mincey dot judy at yahoo dot com, or John Hollingsworth, 706-789-3916, john -at- billnet -dot- org. 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 Road (at the Hill's Automotive sign). Go 1.5 miles to mailbox on right numbered 1574. When driveway splits, bear left. From Atlanta: Take I-85 north to Exit 149, 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. Turn right on Adams-Clarke Road at the top of the hill (not well marked), go 1.5 miles to mailbox on right, numbered 1574. When driveway splits, bear left.

Sept. 18, 3rd Sun., B. F. White Memorial, (J. L. White) Sacred Harp Singing at Hardeman Primitive Baptist Church, 3965 Glenwood Rd., Decatur, Ga., just west of the intersection of Glenwood and Columbia Drive in Decatur. 10 a.m. -2:30 or 3, covered dish lunch. Singing from the J.L. White 1911 edition of the Sacred Harp (loaner copies and copies for sale will be available), which includes many songs found in the 1991 edition, some in slightly different versions, and many unique to this edition. Info: Sandra Wilkinson, sandylou03 -at- comcast -dot- net, 770-554-6086, or John Plunkett, bildad12 at- hotmail -dot- com, 470-230-5757

Sept. 18, 3rd Sun., United Note Singing (7 shape gospel), New Wardell United Methodist Church, 12 Elm Street, Hampton, GA 30228 (Morehouse Glee Club Featured). Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Sept. 18, 3rd Sun. evening, 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 streets. Metered spaces are free on Sunday. Contact Amy Wells at 404-436-4522 or amyarmstrongmidwife at gmail dot com for additional information.

Sept. 24, Last Sat., Mountain Heritage Day, Outreach Center Gym, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee NC. (The Sacred Harp, 1991 Revision in the morning and Christian Harmony in the afternoon, with lunch provided for singers.). 10:30 a.m. Eastern time. Directions: WCU is located in Cullowhee, NC 7 miles south of Sylva on Route 107. From I-85 North, exit left onto I-985. I-985 will turn into GA 365 and will then merge with 441 North. Follow 441 North to Dillsboro, NC. At the light in Dillsboro, turn right onto Business 23. Follow Business 23 through Dillsboro and Sylva to Highway 107 South intersection. Go straight through intersection and follow Highway 107 South to campus. Follow the signs to the University. The singing is in the Outreach Center Gym. Plan to arrive early, as parking is somewhat limited. A handicapped lot is located near the gymnasium adjacent to WCU's Cordelia Camp Building where the singing will be held again this year. Use the main campus entrance from Highway 107, and allow the traffic officers to direct you to available parking lots where shuttle buses will be picking up passengers every few minutes and dropping you off near the locale. Info: Mike Nichols (828) 586-4802, mrnichol -at- frontier -dot- com.

Sept. 24 and 25, 4th Sun. and Sat before, Alabama State Christian Harmony Convention, 9:30am CST. Union Missionary Baptist Church, 3351 Warrior-Jasper Rd. (County Road 140), 8 miles west of Warrior, AL. Info: Danny Creel (205 )915 7794, bearcreek269 -at- bellsouth -dot- net or Emily Creel Brown, 205-435-3314, emleepc at yahoo dot com .

Sept. 25, 4th Sun., United Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Zion Hill Baptist Church, 70 Zion Hill Drive, Dallas, GA 30157. Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.

Sept. 25, 4th Sun., Headrick's Chapel singing from New Harp of Columbia, Route 321, Wear's Valley near Townsend TN. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Directions: . More information: . This is a bit far, but I've been there and it's a beautiful place and great singing.

Sept. 28, 4th Wed., Biweekly Singing at St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church, 543 Cherokee Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30312 (across from Grant Park) 7:00pm-9:00pm. Enter through the double doors on the basement courtyard level, to the left of the main entrance. Ample street parking (no meters). Tell your friends! Contact: Matt Hinton 404.918.4914, mattandericahinton -at- yahoo dot com, or John Kelso 678.668.5766 . Facebook: .

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