Thursday, June 8, 2017

June Singing and Planning for July...

This will be a brief reminder that the Shiloh Singers monthly singing in the General Store on the grounds of the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History this Sunday afternoon, June 11, 2017. The singing will start around 1:30 P.M. and will conclude about 4:00 P.M. Gosh it feels good to get back on normal Arkansas time!

Visitors, guests, young or old who wish to learn more about Sacred Harp singing with shape notes are welcome to sit in on the session. We even have loaner books so you can follow along and if you wish, you can sing along or just pat your feet to the music. We are very informal and all are welcome.

If you arrive a little early, singers and visitors are welcome to join those who meet around noon at AQ Chicken House on Business 71, officially at 1207 N Thompson St, Springdale which is only a few blocks from the Museum. Just tell the staff you're looking for the Shiloh Singers and they can usually point you in the correct direction.  

Second, if you look at the singing calendar on the right-hand side of the webpage, it's time to make plans for the Annual Shape Note Gathering, Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR. The event is scheduled for Thursday evening, July 6th, Friday, July 7th, and a all-day singing on Saturday, July 8th at the Stone County Historical Society in the Old High School Building at 204 School Ave., just off of Main Street in Mountain View. More information is found on the 2017 Regional Singing Page (page 4 of this website) with additional details about the schedule. If you want more information contact Charley Sandage, Email: cvsandage@gmail.com 

If you can't get to the Shape Note Gathering in Mountain View, the Shiloh Singers will be back at the General Store on Sunday, July 9th. Hope to see you at one or more of the singings in June or July.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Four singings in Arkansas in May with links to updates...

Sometimes life gets in the way of all our own plans and best intentions. This month's Shiloh Singers news update will be more interactive than usual and we'll use links to more information about opportunities to sing:

Northwest Arkansas Sacred Harp Singing Convention - Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:30 A.M. until 3:00 P.M. in the St. John's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 707 W. Central Ave., Harrison, AR. A pot-luck lunch will be served so bring your prize-winning hot dish, cold dish, dessert to share. Microwave heating and refrigeration available.
This singing has always been one of the highlights of each year for the Shiloh Singers. It doesn't seem to matter what the weather is - and this year the forecast is "sunny" - there always seems to be strong singers in each section to help new singers and enough food to feed all those present while everyone gets to visit with friends during the noon meal. Visitors are always welcome and loaner books are available. Hope we'll see you there.

Regular May Sacred Harp Singing - Sunday afternoon, May 14, 2017 - 1:30 until 4:00 P.M. in the General Store on the grounds of the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History at 118 W. Johnson Avenue, Springdale, AR. We usually hang a large sign on the store's front porch to make it even easier to find us. Again, loaner books are available for visitors who want to sing or just tap their foot. Sacred Harp singing simply celebrates and preserves a way of singing that was enjoyed by pioneer church members who didn't have pianos or organs. We have a lot of fun.

While we try to keep a short calendar on the Shiloh Singers home page, we also use a special page to include more details and contact information about regional singing events in Arkansas and surrounding states. We've recently updated the page for two singings in Central and Southern Arkansas.

Old Washington UMC
The Saturday, May 20th Historic Washington (AR) United Methodist Church Singing has grown each year with singers from East Texas and all around Arkansas. Somehow, singing in a historic church with wooden floors and a high ceiling and moving the church pews to form the square seating arrangement for singing, produces a sound that's hard to reproduce in modern buildings.

The 132nd annual "Old Folks Singing" in the Tull Community uses the Christian Harmony book in the morning and the Cokesbury Hymnal in the afternoon with dinner on the ground between the two sessions. The singing started as a "thank you" to everyone in the Tull Community for helping rebuild the Ebenezer United Methodist Church after a fire and everyone enjoyed the singing, dinner and fellowship so much they've repeated the event every year for 132 consecutive years. Yes, they're having a good time!
One more thing... The Sacred Harp Publishing Co. produces a newsletter several times a year. The April issue covers "Never Published Writing on Sacred Harp Singing" and highlights the life and writing of Raymond C. Hamrick. A serious work for those who wish to learn more about Sacred Harp singing. Once on the website, you can look at previous issues, subscribe, translate the text or even set up an RSS feed.
Hope to see you at Harrison and some of the other singings in the region. Sing on!!

Friday, April 7, 2017

April Singing in Shiloh Museum General Store...

I'm sure everyone marked their calendars for the Shiloh Singers next regular singing which is this Sunday, April 9th from 1:30 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. in the General Store at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale. As usual, visitors are always welcome and hope you'll bring a friend. That also goes for Sunday lunch at Springdale's AQ Chicken House around noon. Just ask for the Sacred Harp Singer's table.

Photo: Missouri State Sacred Harp Singing Convention, St. John United Church of Christ, Pinckney Township, MO.

Thanks to all the St. Louis hosts and all the singers at the Missouri State Sacred Harp Singing Convention on March 11th and 12th. It's always an excellent event to start the spring and summer singings for those living in the nation's heartland.

Hope that all of you will come to sing with us on Sunday and visit with friends.