May 2022 Atlanta Sacred Harp Newsletter
May 1st - 1st Sunday - Eugene Forbes Memorial Sacred Harp Singing - Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church, Ashland, AL. 9:30am (Central) with dinner on the grounds at noon. Church is 5 miles south of Ashland on County Road 5. Contact: Shellia Harris.
May 5th - 1st Thursday - the monthly singing held the 1st Thursday of the month at Emory Presbyterian Church is canceled for May. We hope you’ll plan to join us on the 1st Thursday of June.
May 7th - Saturday before the 2nd Sunday - The Pumpkintown Shape Note Singing (formerly the Furman University Singing) will be held on the Saturday before the second Sunday in May, from 10am until 3pm, at the Oolenoy Community House. We will sing from the Sacred Harp (1991) and the Christian Harmony (2010). We will celebrate our return to singing with a traditional dinner-on-the-grounds.
This will be our first year singing in this location, a two-room schoolhouse built in the late 19th century, now a site for traditional music performances and jams. (See their Facebook page for pictures: https://www.facebook.com/oolenoybluegrass/.) The address is 5301 Dacusville Hwy, Pickens, SC 29671. It is about 13 miles north of Easley, SC on SC Hwy 135, although those traveling from the north or west may want to access it from Scenic Hwy 11. (Check Google Maps for detailed directions.) The building has a refrigerator, oven, and microwave.
We encourage everyone to be responsible for their own well-being and to be considerate of the other participants. Don’t come if you have Covid symptoms or if you think you may have been exposed recently. We will have hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial soap, and disposable food service gloves available for the safety of all singers and visitors.
May 15th, 3rd Sunday - Cane Creek Church, 3 1/2 miles east of Heflin AL on hwy 78. Info: Glenda Collins
May 15th 3rd Sunday evening, Haygood United Methodist Church 1015 E Rock Springs Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. 6:30-8:30 pm. Plan to meet in the Fellowship Hall. Info: Amy Wells at 404-436-4522 or amyarmstrongmidwife -at- gmail -dot- com for additional information.
May 29th - Fifth Sunday - Mount Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church, Sylvester GA. 10:30am start with dinner on the grounds. Info: Tim Meeks. tmeeksify-at- gmail-dot-com
May 30th (Memorial Day) - Jack Smith Memorial held at Oakhurst Baptist Church on Memorial Day is canceled for this year. (Once it looks safe to gather and sing again and things are a bit more back to normal, we will hold a FINAL session of this singing. Details TBD.)
Looking ahead to June:
Holly Springs - This will be a one day singing this year on Saturday (before the 1st Sunday).
Raymond Hamrick Birthday/Memorial Georgian Harmony Singing, Saturday before the 2nd Sunday at the Community Center in Roberta, GA
Annual ‘June’ singing at the Alpharetta City Hall, 2nd Sunday.
The National Sacred Harp Convention is scheduled to take place this year, but will only be on the Thursday and Friday before the 3rd Sunday in June.
Saturday before the 3rd Sunday - Christian Harmony singing at Blue Ridge Primitive Baptist Church in Chatsworth, GA (unconfirmed at this point in time)
3rd Sunday - annual Sacred Harp singing at Hopewell Church near Roopville, GA.
Very sad to relay this news:
After many decades, it is with great sadness that we announce the permanent cancellation of the DeLong-Roberts Memorial Sacred Harp Singing held the 4th Sunday in June. We appreciate all the love and support you have shown our singing over the years and we will always remember the joyful singing and wonderful fellowship we've enjoyed. Thank you from the DeLong and Roberts families.
—--- Janice DeLong Paulk and Jesse Roberts, Jr