May 2015 Singings

Updated May 1, 2015

May we sing? We may! and can and will!

Special note: Augusta singing this Saturday, May 2, Singing at Zion Baptist Church in Marietta this Sunday, May 3; Mentone Rhododendron Festival on Sat. May 16; Jack Smith singing at Oakhurst Baptist on Mon.,Memorial Day, May 25, 5th Sun. singing May 31 at Mount Pisgah in Sylvester.

May 1, 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) and the Georgian Harmony. Directions: From Athens: Take Hwy 29 north, towards Danielsville. At the light near the Ingles store, bear left onto Hwy 106. At the next 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.

May 2, Sat. before 1st Sun., Augusta Old Line Primitive Baptist Church, 3646 Old Petersburg Road, Martinez, Ga. 30907. 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. with an introductory lesson at 9:30 a.m. Covered dish lunch at noon. Info: Agnes Roberts, 706-798-6410; Joyce Heath, 706-868-5262, joyce.d.heath -at- gmail -dot- com; Diane Goldman at 706-513-0479 or dianegoldman-at-msn-dot-com. May 2, Sat. before 1st Sun., 30th annual Huntsville All Day Sacred Harp Singing, Burritt on the Mountain, Huntsville, AL. 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. Directions: From downtown Huntsville, take US 431 (Governors Drive) south to top of Monte Sano Mountain. Turn left onto Monte Sano Boulevard. Turn left onto Burritt Drive. Follow the Museum signs. Info: David Ivey - (256) 258-8660, David -at- DavidIvey -dot- com.

May 3, Sun., The Marietta-Cobb Shaped Note Singers would like to invite anyone not singing this coming Sunday, May 3, 2015 to join us at Zion Baptist Church; 165 Lemon Street, Marietta, for our May Day Singing. The time is 2:00 pm. Info: Patricia McGregor, mcgregor3691 -at- comcast -dot- net.

May 7, 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 . May 9, Sat. before 2nd Sun., Nan Herring Sacred Harp/Christian Harmony singing, Furman University, Greenville, S.C. 10:00am - 3:00pm. Dinner on the grounds. Directions at: . Contact: Leon Carnell, carnelllh -at- att - dot- net.

May 13, 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:

May 16, Sat., Mentone Rhododendron Festival singing, St. Joseph's on the Mountain Episcopal Church, 21145 Scenic Hwy, Mentone, Alabama 35984 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Central time. Facebook: Info: Susan Cherones, 706-859-1124, or TrueSu-at- aol -dot- com

May 16, Sat., (one week later this month), Savannah monthly singing, Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church, 50 Diamond Causeway, Savannah. 1:00 p.m. – 4:00p.m. Website: Info: Gene Pinion, genepinion -at- gmail -dot- com, (912) 655-0994.

May 17, 3rd Sun., evening, 6:00p-8:30p 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. Metered spaces are free on Sunday. Contact Amy Wells at 404-436-4522 or amyarmstrongmidwife at gmail dot com for additional information.

May 17, 3rd Sun., Liberty Hill Church (or Community Center across the street), Lamar Co., Ga. On Highway 36, approx. 5 miles west of I-75. Directions: From I-75, take either Barnesville/Jackson Exit #201 or High Falls Exit and go west toward Barnesville. Covered dish lunch. About an hour from Atlanta.

May 17, 3rd Sun., Cane Creek Church, 3.5 miles east of Heflin, AL on U.S. Hwy. 78. Directions: From east to west, turn right after mile marker 181. Church is located between mile marker 180 and 181.

May 19, "'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:

May 21, 3rd Thurs., 7-9 PM, Chattanooga, TN - Old Fire Hall, 4501 St. Elmo Avenue, Call Judy Mincey at 770-773-0818, or email mincey.judy -at- yahoo dot com .

May 21, 3rd Thurs., Bremen, Ga. monthly practice signing. Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church, 7 p.m. Directions: Take I-20 west to the Bremen exit (exit 11, Highway 27). Turn left (south), go to top of hill at BP service station, turn left onto Holly Springs Rd., go to dead end, turn left, go to dead end, church is on left. Info: Jason Stanford, jason.t.stanford -at- gmail -dot- com.

May 23, Sat. before 4th Sun., The Piccolo Spoleto Festival and Lowcountry Sacred Harp present an All-Day Sacred Harp Singing, Gage Hall, 4 Archdale Street, Charleston, South Carolina. Singing school: 9 AM, Singing: 10am to 3:30pm. The 1991 Sacred Harp Loaners will be available. Dinner-on-the-grounds at noon this year; bring a covered dish if you can. Directions: From I-26 take exit 221-B right onto Meeting St. Proceed 1 mile and turn right on Calhoun St. at Marion Square. Go 2 blocks and turn left on St. Philip Street. After 2nd light road bends into Archdale St. After 2nd church Gage Hall is on left. Parking is off alley behind hall. (See May 24 for information about Christian Harmony singing the next day.) Info: Michael Walker at mischawalker - at - aol - dot - com; Tom Ivey at iveyt - at -cofc - dot - edu, (843) 853-3976 May 23, Sat. before 4th Sun., Mount Pisgah Singing Society, Stroud (Chambers County) AL. 9:00 a.m. (Central time). 14 miles north of Lafayette and 7 miles south of Roanoke on U.S. Hwy. 431 at Stroud. (Cooper Book).

May 24, Sun., Charleston Christian Harmony Singing, Gage Hall, 4 Archdale Street, Charleston, South Carolina. 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. See May 23 for directions. Information: Tom Ivey at iveyt - at -cofc - dot - edu, (843) 853-3976.

May 25, Mon., Memorial Day, Jack Smith Memorial singing, Oakhurst Baptist Church, 222 East Lake Drive, Decatur GA. Singing from 1991 Sacred Harp from 10 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., covered dish lunch. Info: Malinda Snow, (404) 892-6836, msnow -at- gsu -dot- edu, or John Plunkett, 470-230-5757, bildad12 -at- hotmail -dot- com

May 27, 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:

May 31, 5th Sun., Mount Pisgah, Sylvester, Ga. 10 miles southwest of Sylvester. From I-75, take Hwy. 112 to Ashburn and through Sylvester. Turn left on Evergreen/Doerun Road. Go 5.5 miles; church is on the right.


June 6 and 7, 1st Sun and Sat. before, Holly Springs Primitive Baptist Church, near Bremen. 9:30 a.m. 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.

June 7, 1st Sun., Liberty Decoration Day Singing, Liberty Church, Henagar AL. 9:30 a.m. (Central Time). From Henagar crossing, take Hwy. 40 west 0.6 miles to the Farmer Telephone Cooperative, turn right and go to dead end, turn right, take first left past Henagar Methodist Church onto Liberty Road, church is on right, after 1.3 miles. Info: David Ivey, 256-922-8090, david -at- davidivey -dot- com.

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