October 2014 Singings

Updated October 2, 2014

Some great singing opportunities in our area (Seed and Feed at Emory Presbyterian on the 25th) and beyond (South Ga. convention on the 5th; Savannah all day on the 11th; Cates Brown and Sheppard on the 12th at Muscadine; Andrews Chapel on the 19th), and some unique events (Music in Athens Sacred Harp Symposium and Singing, Oct. 30; evening singing schools taught by Jesse P. Karlsberg in Dahlonega on the 15th and Athens/UGA on the 23rd.).

Note: the SOFA singing in Alpharetta has been cancelled for October; next SOFA singing should be February 2015.

Also note: Some additional information about the theatrical production "Flies at the Well" calling for Sacred Harp Singers can be found in this newspaper article: http://www.times-herald.com/local/20140928flies-in-well_auditions. There's one more audition session on Saturday, October 4.

Oct. 2, 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. Experienced and new singers, all are welcome. Contact: Malinda Snow, (404) 892-6836, msnow -at- gsu -dot- edu.

Oct. 3, Fri. before 1st Sun., Singing at the home of John and Elsie Hollingsworth, Ila, Ga. 7:00 p.m. Singing from the Christian Harmony (7 shape). Directions: From Athens: Take Hwy 29 north, towards Danielsville. At the 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: John Hollingsworth, john -at- billnet -dot- org, (706) 789-3916.

Oct. 5, 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. http://fasola.org/maps/?index=130&size=small Info: Oscar McGuire, omcguire -at- pstel -dot- net or cell #478-955-6135 .

Oct. 8, 2nd Wed., Biweekly singing at Trinity Anglican Mission at 7pm. Trinity Anglican Mission is off of Collier Rd on the Westside of Atlanta - 2270 Defoor Hills Road Northwest Atlanta, GA 30318. Contact: Matt Hinton 404.918.4914, mattandericahinton -at- yahoo -dot- com, or John Kelso, 678.668.5766.

Oct. 11, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Savannah All Day Singing, at the Faith Primitive Baptist Church, 3212 Bee Road, Savannah. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Directions: Take Victory Drive to Bee Rd., near Daffin Park; go South on Bee Rd., church is 1/3 mile on the left. Website: http://www.savannahsacredharp.com/ Info: Gene Pinion, genepinion - at- gmail -dot- com, (912) 655-0994 .

Oct. 11, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Middle Tennessee/Tennessee State Convention, Christ Family Church, 7575 Nolensville Rd., Nolensville, Tenn. 9:30 a.m. Info: Ron Harper, tnharper05 -at- comcast -dot- net or Tim Reynolds, trcopes -at- gmail -dot- com .

Oct. 12, 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. 14, 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- yahoo -dot-com. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/22285031545/.

Oct. 15, Wed., singing school taught by Jesse P. Karlsberg, Georgia Mountain Unitarian Universalist Church in Dahlonega, Georgia. 5:30-8:15. The singing school is open to the public and will draw a mix of community members and students in a class on the history of religion in Appalachia at University of North Georgia. Jesse says: "I would be thrilled to have the support of any Sacred Harp singers who are free this Wednesday night to help these newcomers learn to sing. We will start with the rudiments and move on to learning and singing songs from the Sacred Harp as the singing school progresses-so if some of you are only able to make it by 6:30 or 7:00, your presence would still be more than welcome. This is also an opportunity for any on this list who would like to attend a singing school to do so in scenic Dahlonega! Hope to see many of you Wednesday night." Directions to the church: From GA 400 you come up Crown Mtn. (not a real big one) and crest it right above the town. When you come down to the town you will encounter a traffic light at Morrison Moore Pkwy. (a.k.a. the bypass). Turn right at the light and immediately turn left on to Park St. The UU Church is the first building on the left; you will easily see it from the light. The church's address is 439 South Park Street, Dahlonega, GA 30533. Info: Jesse P. Karlsberg, jesse -at- jpkarlsberg -dot- com .

Oct. 18, Sat., Singing at New Echota Historic Site, part of Frontier Day celebration. Gates open at 9 a.m.; singing begins at 10 AM in the reconstructed Supreme Court Building. Dinner on the grounds at noon and sings resumes from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Judy Mincey writes: "This is fabulous tiny room with amazing sound. Come fill it up!" Map: http://gastateparks.org/NewEchota/#directions. Information: mincey.judy - at- yahoo -dot- com; 770-773-0818.

Oct. 18, Sat. before 3rd Sun., Tri-State Convention (Cooper Book), Piney Grove Primitive Baptist Church, 1947 Broad St., Headland, AL. 10:00 a.m. (Central Time). Info: Stanley Smith, sacredharper -at- outlook -dot- com. Note that this will be followed by another singing in southeast Alabama on Sunday, Oct. 19 at Darien Primitive Baptist Church in Luverne. : Stanley Smith, sacredharper -at- outlook -dot- com .

Oct. 19, 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. 19, 3rd Sun. evening, , Church of our Saviour in Virginia-Highlands. Starting with a (singing lesson from 6:00 p.m. - 6:25 led by Jesse Karlsberg and Lauren Bock, followed by singing, 6:30 pm-8:30pm. 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 Armstrong at 404-436-4522 or amyarmstrongmidwife at gmail dot com for additional information.

Oct. 22, 4th Wed., Biweekly singing at Trinity Anglican Mission at 7pm. Trinity Anglican Mission is off of Collier Rd on the Westside of Atlanta - 2270 Defoor Hills Road Northwest Atlanta, GA 30318. Contact: Matt Hinton 404.918.4914, mattandericahinton -at- yahoo -dot- com, or John Kelso, 678.668.5766.

Oct. 23, Thurs., Jesse Karlsberg will be teaching a short singing school at the University of Georgia in Athens from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.; more details will be supplied later.

Oct. 25, Sat. before 4th Sun., 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. 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. 30, Thurs., Music in Athens: A Sacred Harp Symposium. From 4:15 p.m.-9:30 p.m. This will be a celebration of the Sacred Harp culture in Athens, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Ron Pen (University of Kentucky), followed by a round-table discussion moderated by Jesse Karlsberg featuring shape-note scholars and participants such as Buell Cobb, John Hollingsworth, John Garst, Kevin Kelly, and Matt Hinton. A "dinner on the grounds" will be followed by a traditional singing at 7:15. The event is open to the public. For further information and updates, see https://www.facebook.com/events/622012491253007


Nov. 1, Sat., Denney Memorial, Emmaus Primitive Baptist Church, Carrollton, Ga.

Nov. 2, Sun., Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church, near Bremen, Ga.

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