October 2016 Singings
Updated October 1, 2016
At last, we are into autumn - what a glorious time to go to singings! Note the special demo singing on the 7th near Sparta, Ga. (especially if you can help), the Seed and Feed on the 22nd (my favorite, and a very welcoming local singing for new and experienced singers), and the Union Convention on the 29th-30th.
Oct. 2, 1st Sun., South Georgia Sacred Harp Singing Convention, Liberty Hill Church Community Center (Lamar County, Ga.). Directions: From Atlanta, go south on Interstate 75 to exit 201. Turn right (west) onto Georgia Highway 36 and go about 7 miles. Liberty Hill church will be on the left in a small grove of oak trees; the Community Center will be on the right. Info: Oscar McGuire, omcguire -at- pstel -dot- net or cell #478-955-6135 .
Oct. 2, 1st Sun., United Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Jackson Chapel Baptist Church, 151 Carrollton Street, Buchanan, GA 30113. Info: Info: Joyce Hammock, jvhammock -at- yahoo -dot- com.
Oct. 6, 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.
Oct. 7, Fri., special demonstration singing at Powelton Methodist Church near Sparta, GA, for an event related to publication of the book Historic Rural Churches of Georgia. If you can help with this singing and be at the site by at least 12:30 p.m., and you haven't already contacted John Plunkett at bildad12 -at- hotmail.com, please do so, he'll share more details.
Oct. 8, Sat. before 2nd Sun., The Savannah Sacred Harp Singers, sponsored by the Low Country Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, will hold an All-Day Singing beginning at 10am, until 3pm, on Saturday, October 8th at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church, 10 Simmonsville Rd, Bluffton, SC. A brief introductory lesson will begin at 9:30am. Come and sing America's original roots music. For more information dial 912-655-0994 or visit savannahsacredharp.com.
Oct. 9, 2nd Sun., Cates, Brown and Sheppard Memorial, Muscadine Methodist Church, Muscadine AL. 9:30 a.m. (Central time). Take exit 5 from I-20, north to Tallapoosa, turn right on Hwy. 78, go about 7 miles past the border with Alabama to Muscadine, turn south on County Rd. 49, go 1 mile, church is on the right.
Oct. 12, 2nd 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/45458433401/?ref=ts .
Oct. 14. 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 February, April and September.)
Oct. 15, Sat. before 3rd Sun., Tennessee State Convention, Arlington United Methodist Church, 1360 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217. 10:00 a.m. Info: Ron Harper, tnharper05 -at- att -dot- net or Tim Reynolds, trcopes -at- gmail -dot- com .
Oct. 15, Sat. before 3rd Sun., Tri-State (GA-AL-FL) Convention, Union Hill Singing Hall, Highway 177, nine miles from Highway 79 at Millers Cross Roads near Bonifay, Florida. 9:30 am-2:30 pm. Info: Aubrey Barfield, taubrey1 -at- cox -dot- net, 850.420.3602, or Morgan Bunch, tallafala -at- gmai -dot- com, 850.378.3317. GPS 30.935116, 85.740998.
Oct. 15, Singing at New Echota Historic Site, 1211 Chatsworth Highway NE, Calhoun, GA 30701. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Singing will be in the reconstructed Supreme Court House. Your book is your entry. Info: Judy Mincey, mincey.judy -at- yahoo -dot- com, 770.773.0818 . Judy says "We may try a gospel number or two in Cherokee from the new Cherokee Hymnbook." Website, http://gastateparks.org/NewEchota, has GPS coordinates.
Oct. 16, 3rd Sun., Andrews Chapel, Upson Co. Georgia. The church is located between Thomaston and Yatesville. Directions from I-75: take either the High Falls exit #198 or the Barnesville/Jackson exit #201, and head west. Once on Ga. Hwy. 36, continue south through Barnesville. About 8.5 miles south of Barnesville, turn left (south) on The Rock Rd. Cross Hwy. 74 and drive to the stop sign. Turn left, east, on Andrews Chapel Rd. The church will be about a mile away, on the right. Directions from Thomaston: From Georgia Highway 74 leaving Thomaston heading east, turn right, south, on The Rock Rd and drive to the stop sign. Turn left, east, on Andrews Chapel Rd. The church will be about a mile away, on the right.
Oct. 16, 3rd Sun., evening, Church of Our Saviour in Virginia-Highlands. 6:00 Singing School, 6:30 Singing. This month's singing school will be an intro lesson taught by Faith Riley and Ellen Culpepper. 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.
Oct. 18, "'teenth Tuesday" Athens Area Sacred Harp Singing - 6:30pm - beginners instruction; 7:00 - 9:00pm - singing. Contact Shannon Primm at sprimm at yahoo dot com for directions. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/22285031545/ .
Oct. 20, 3rd Thurs., 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 .
Oct. 20, 3rd Thurs., 7-9 PM, Chattanooga, TN - Bluegrass Grill, 55 E. Main St., Chattanooga, Tennessee. Call Judy Mincey at 770-773-0818, or email mincey.judy -at- yahoo dot com . Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaSacredHarp.
Oct. 22, Sat. before 4th Sun., 40th Annual Seed and Feed Sacred Harp Singing, Emory Presbyterian Church, 1886 North Decatur Rd., Decatur. 10:00 a.m. Directions: From I- 85, take the Clairmont Rd. exit and go south (passing the VA hospital on the right) to the intersection of Clairmont and North Decatur Road. Turn right on North Decatur. Church is 1/2 mile west of the intersection of North Decatur Rd. and Clairmont Rd., on the right at the corner of North Decatur and Westminster Way (actually Westminster Way meets N. Decatur twice, so if you don't see the church, keep going on North Decatur to the 2nd Westminster Way. From I-20, take Moreland Ave. exit North, continue on Moreland Ave. as it becomes Briarcliff Rd., about 3 miles, turn right on North Decatur Road (a.k.a. Rock Springs Rd.), go about 1 1/2 miles past Emory University, church is on the left just past Haygood; turn left onto Westminster Way to get to the parking lot. Singing in the Fellowship Hall/Education Building. Information: Laura Akerman , liblna -at- emory -dot- edu, 404-325-5585, Debora Grosse, dygrosse -at- gmail -dot -com, or Kelly Morris, morriskk -at- hotmail -dot- com.
Oct. 23, 4th Sun., Coweta County Sacred Harp Convention, Historic Court House, 200 Court Square, Newnan, Ga. 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with dinner on the ground at noon. Directions: Take I-85 S to Exit 47; go right to Bullsboro Dr., 4 miles into Historic Downtown Newnan. *GPS coordinates: N 33 37.440, W 84 79.998 Info: John Plunkett, bildad12 -at- hotmail -dot- com, 470-230-5757, or Mark Puckett, 770-251-4951 (H), mspjmp -at- dishmail -dot- net for local information.
Oct. 26, 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/45458433401/?ref=ts.
Oct. 29 and 30, 5th Sun. and Sat. before, 148th Session of the Union Musical Sacred Harp Convention, at Sweetwater Chapel, 1000 Pleasant Hill Road, Lawrenceville, Ga. 30044 (hosted by Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church). 9:30 a.m. Dinner on the grounds both days. Info: Janice Paulk, jgpaulk -at- yahoo -dot- com.
Upcoming: Nov. 5, Denney Memorial at Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church, Carrolton, and Nov. 6, Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church, Bremen, Ga.
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