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


September 2015 Singings

Updated September 1, 2015

Lots of great opportunities to sing this month, including the 112th Session of the United Sacred Harp Musical Convention!!

'SOFA' singings start back at Big Creek in Alpharetta.

Sept. 3, 1st Thurs., Decatur Monthly Singing, 7:30-9:30, Emory Presbyterian Church, 1886 North Decatur Rd., Atlanta. Directions: Church is 1/2 mile west of the intersection of North Decatur Rd. and Clairmont Rd., at the corner of North Decatur and Westminster Way. Fellowship Hall/Education Building. Experienced and new singers, all are welcome. Contact: Malinda Snow, (404) 892-6836, msnow -at- gsu -dot- edu (May discuss some of the logistics for the United, so join us if you can).

Sept. 5, Sat. before 1st Sun., Georgian Harmony singing, Roberta Civic Center, Roberta, Georgia. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Dutch Treat lunch at (nearby eateries include Hudson's BBQ, Subway, Big Chick, and about 3 other local places). Directions: 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, which is actually an old wooden church (good acoustics), is located at 93 South Mathews Street, just south of the old part of the town, next to the recycling center. South Mathews is one block east of Highway 341. Contact/info: John Plunkett, bildad12 -at- hotmail -dot- com, 470-230-5757

Sept. 6, 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. 6, 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. 7, 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. 9, 2nd Wed., Biweekly singing at Trinity Eastside, 630 E. Lake Dr., Decatur, GA. 30030. 7 p.m. bring a snack and a friend. Contact: Matt Hinton 404.918.4914, mattandericahinton -at- yahoo -dot- com, or John Kelso, 678-668-5766. Facebook:

Sept. 12 and 13, 2nd Sun. and Sat. before, 9:30-2:30 on Sat., 10-2:30 on Sun., 112th annual United Sacred Harp Musical Association, Church of Our Saviour, 1068 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, Georgia. Social Sat. 7-10 pm at house of David Brodeur and Andy Ditzler. For directions and information on parking and hotels, see

Sept. 12, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Savannah monthly singing, 2:00pm-4:00pm at the Faith Primitive Baptist Church, 3212 Bee Road, Savannah. Info: Gene Pinion, (912) 655-0994 or genepinion -at- gmail -dot- com.

Sept. 12, 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. 15, Tues., Athens, Ga. monthly "teenth Tuesday" singing from the 1991 revision Sacred Harp, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the home of Shannon Primm. Info: Shannon Primm, sprimm -at- Facebook page:

Sept. 17, Third Thursday, Chattanooga,TN, 7PM-9PM, Old St. Elmo Fire House, 4501 St. Elmo Avenue. Contact Judy Mincey. Mincey dot judy at yahoo dot com. Or 770-773-0818

Sept. 18, 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. 19, 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. 20, 3rd Sun., 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. 20, 3rd Sun., evening, Church of Our Saviour in Virginia-Highlands. 6:00 - "Intro to Singing" led by Jesse Karlsberg and Lauren Bock", 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. 23, 4th Wed., Biweekly singing at Trinity Eastside, 630 E. Lake Dr., Decatur, GA. 30030. 7 p.m.; bring a snack and a friend. Contact: Matt Hinton 404.918.4914, mattandericahinton -at- yahoo -dot- com, or John Kelso, 678-668-5766. Facebook:

Sept.26, 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. 26 and 27, 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 205-435-3314, emleepc at yahoo dot com

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