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


August 2016 Singings

Updated August 23, 2016

Update: The Biweekly Singing on August 24 is canceled.

Feels like a nip of fall just now... but whether cool or hot, avail yourselves of these August singings, especially the Chattahoochee and all the great singings on the 3rd Sunday weekend. And bring your fan! Note: no Chattanooga singing this month. Also note Songs Abound this coming Friday.

Aug. 4, 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 Westminster Way. Experienced and new singers, all are welcome. Contact: David Brodeur, david .at. davidbrodeur .dot. com.

Aug 5, Fri., Songs Abound (Third), 7:00-9:00 PM, hosted by Andy Ditzler, 522 Grant St SE, Atlanta GA 30312. New compositions in the Sacred Harp style by local and international composers, a historical Sacred Harp lesson, and extended lessons from alternate tune books. This month Aldo Ceresa of NYC will lead an extended lesson from D.H. Mansfield's "The American Vocalist". Composers Calum Woods and Michael Walker will also lead their own works.

Aug. 6 and 7, 1st. Sun. and Sat. before., 163rd 164th Chattahoochee Sacred Harp Convention, Wilson's Chapel, 289 Hutcheson Ferry Rd Whitesburg, Ga 30185, southeast of Carrollton, Ga. 9:30 a.m. John Plunkett's directions: Take I-20 to Hwy 61, south to Carrollton. Turn left at the 166 by- pass (there are 2 places to turn onto 166, take the 2nd's a big intersection), go about 1 mile and turn left (south) on Old Newnan Road. Old Newnan will eventually come to a fork and bear to the right, you want to go straight (left) onto Cross Plains Road. Go past Cross Plains Baptist Church and the old School House; at the 3 way intersection jog slightly to the right and take the dirt road, which is Hutcheson Ferry Road, Wilson's Chapel is about 100 yards down the dirt road on the left. Alternate route: I-20W to exit #30/Post Road (just past Douglasville), go south until you get to Highway 166, turn right onto'll stay on this for a good ways, don't worry about any turns until you get into Carroll County. Look out for Cross Plains-Hulett Road...(there is a convenience store on the right)...turn left onto Cross Plains-Hulett Road. It will eventually intersect with Cross Plains Road and when it does, turn left onto Hutcheson Ferry Road (the dirt road). Wilson's Chapel will be on the left. John's been going this way a few years, thinks it might be a little shorter. GPS: 33.557058, -84.966422 Google maps: 272 Hutcheson Ferry Rd Whitesburg, GA 30185 Info: John Plunkett, bildad12, 470-230-5757.

Aug. 10, 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:

Aug. 13, 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.

Aug. 16, "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:

Aug. 18, 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 .

Aug. 20, Sat. before 3rd Sun., Rome Primitive Baptist Church Singing, 5585 Martha Berry Hwy. (U.S. Hwy. 27), NE, Armuchee, Ga. (eight miles north of Rome). 10:00 a.m. Directions from Atlanta - Take I-75N to Adairsville/Hwy 140 (exit #306?) and turn left onto Hwy 140. This will dead end into Hwy 27, turn left, church will be on the right. Contact: BM Smith, 706-234-9200 (cell), 706-767-3985.

Aug. 21, 3rd Sun., Cleburne County Convention, Edwardsville Baptist Church, Edwardsville, AL. 9:30 a.m. (Central time). Info: Cecil Roberts, 770-574-7832.

Aug. 21, 3rd Sun., Cedar Creek Church, 9 miles southwest of Cordele, Ga. Directions from the Fasola website: From I-75 take exit 99 going southwesterly on Georgia Highway 300, also called the Georgia Florida Parkway. 11 miles from this junction, the church will be on the right. Watch for it after passing Cork Ferry Rd. If you’ve crossed Antioch Rd, you’ve gone too far.

Aug. 21, 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.

Aug. 24, 4th Wed., CANCELED Biweekly Singing at St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church, 543 Cherokee Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30312 (across from Grant Park) 7:00pm-9:00pm. Contact: Matt Hinton 404.918.4914, mattandericahinton -at- yahoo dot com, or John Kelso 678.668.5766 . Facebook:

Aug. 27-28, 4th Sun. and Sat. before, Lookout Mountain Convention , Pine Grove Church near Collinsville, AL. 9:00 a.m. Central time. Directions: From I-59 north from Gadsden, turn east on Alabama Highway 68 (exit 205), follow signs to U.S. 11, go south on U.S. 11. Look for sign to church between mile marker 210 and 211 (turn is almost in line with Mile Marker 211, Hwy. 469). Go 2.6 miles, follow signs. Info: Rodney Ivey, rodlivey -at- yahoo -dot- com, 256-899-5855

Aug. 28, 4th Sun., Christian Harmony singing, Tickanetley Primitive Baptist Church, Ellijay, Ga.. Singing-10-11; Preaching 11-12; Lunch 12-1; Singing 1-3. Directions: From Ellijay take Highway 52 east for about 16 miles. Turn Left (at Stanley Grocery) onto Roy Road. Follow it for about 8 miles as it winds. Turn right on Tickanetley Road. Watch for church signs. The church is on the right. Info: Paul Mooney, Jr., 706-273-3378

Aug. 28th, Sun., United Note Singing (7 shape gospel), Hickory Log Baptist Church, 179 Belletta Drive, Canton, GA 30114-2002, (770) 479-3347.

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