Friday, August 9, 2019

August 11th Singing in Springdale

Greetings Sacred Harp Friends!

I hope you've been having a lovely summer!  The major conventions in our region that I know of are over for the season, and we return to a regular fall-through-spring schedule.

Our next singing will be 1:30 pm, Sunday, August 11th at the Shiloh Museum's historic Meeting Hall in Springdale, AR.  Those interested can meet at AQ Chicken at noon for lunch. Visitors warmly welcome!

Camp FASOLA
Photo: It has been a wonderful summer indeed. Syd Caldwell and Dan Brittain made it to Camp FASOLA and slowed down long enough for someone to snap a picture wearing their camp T-shirts. Syd gave a report on camp activities at the last singing. The short version is "Everyone had a good time at camp and the nearby singings scheduled before and after the camp." Wish we had more singers who could attend.

Africa's 4th Verse
Several years ago, someone passed out strips of paper with the 4th verse of "Africa," number 178 in The Sacred Harp. Responding to a request by the alto section, The words from the 4th verse have been copied below in two lines so singers could write in the words below the bass clef if they wish: 

    4. "No,"  saith  the  Lord,   My stead-  fast  love  nev  -   er  fail    or  change!

Deep  on   the  palms    of   both     My    hands   I   have    en-   graved  your name.

And yet another storm...
Several locations in NWA have received as much as 6 inches of rain according to Station KFSM TV-Channel 5 and the Weather Channel this morning. A festival in Springdale received heavy rains, several low water bridges have been damaged in Crawford County and there were flooded roads and homes in eastern Crawford County. In Mountainburg, electricity has been restored, Pigeon Creek overflowed its banks and the Pigeon Creek Free Will Baptist Church was flooded and their community food bank supplies, on the side of the church next to the creek, were damaged or washed away. Pigeon Creek Road and several other streets and roads in the Mountainburg area have been closed due to flooding. Channel 5 News, already has reports and pictures posted of damage in the area. No reports of injuries so far. We are grateful for that.  ~  BR

At least Sunday, August 11th looks like clear and sunny weather. Stay on the high ground if you can and we hope to see you Sunday for the August singing. 

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Reminder for June 23rd Singing in West Fork

Hello Sacred Harp Friends,

Reminder: It's officially summertime!  Tomorrow we will have our regular 4th Sunday singing in West Fork, Arkansas.  Located about 40 minutes south of Springdale, West Fork sports a growing library with a (likely historic) community building which we have been able to rent once a month for a 4th Sunday singing.  They ask that we bring a couple of dollars each to help keep the doors open, so please bring a small donation if you can.  It's a nice little town and the building has a good ring to it, so if you haven't had a chance to join us there, here's an opportunity. As always, visitors and newbies warmly welcome!

Upcoming Singings: It will be a few weeks until our next singing in Springdale which will be on July 14th (another great reason to come to West Fork!). If you can't get to Mountain View and the Folk Center Shape Note Gathering, drop in after Sunday lunch at the Shiloh Meeting Hall from 1:30 until 4:00 P.M.

UPDATED:  The information about the Shape note Singing Gathering on Thursday through July 11-13, 2019, has been posted on the Ozark Folk Center State Park website. All the basic details are there. The short version of the program:
Saturday,
  • Thursday Eve- 6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. - Introduction to Shape note Singing concert/discussion in the White Oak Theater (located in the Administration Building)
  • Friday Singing and Teaching Seminar - Dan Brittain and Gaylon Powell will lead singing and teaching sessions on the stage of the main auditorium at the Ozark Folk Center. The morning session will run from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the afternoon session from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. Participants in the singing will be featured as part of the nightly performance at the Ozark Folk Center’s nightly concert.
  • Saturday Singing - A traditional singing, using both four-shape and seven-shape books will be held in the old Mountain View High School auditorium on School Avenue, one block south of East Main (the turn is between Best Drug Store and Conoco) in Mountain View. The morning session will run from 9 a.m. until noon and the afternoon session from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. 
Those attending the shape note sessions only can enter free of charge at the front entrance of the auditorium. Crafts ground visitors may come and go to the shape note session via the rear entrance of the auditorium.

LATE UPDATE 7/10/19: Upon arrival, a sign at the bottom of the hill leading up to the big auditorium says "road closed."  IGNORE IT.  Tell everybody you can who is coming to the Gathering.  Thanks. - Charley Sandage

As usual, Google has a list of available motels in the area and maps.  Click this link to download a map and schedule.

In House News: Lastly, Darryl's computer has been having some difficulties, and the most updated list of e-mails may have been lost.  If you didn't receive the newsletter in your e-mail inbox this week, please let Darryl know (his e-mail address is listed on the website as newsletter editor) and he'll put you back on the list.

Happy Summer, everyone! Hope to sing with you soon!

mb

P.S. The Sacred Harp Publishing Company has an update about the upcoming revision! Click here to view the flyer!
B.R. NOTE: Well, now if I can relearn how to send out mass emails without hitting the wrong button again... oops!

Monday, June 17, 2019

June is another busy month...

Updated: 06-17-19  Thanks to Darryl Criss for his solo effort getting out the email newsletter before the regular 2nd Sunday Singing in the Shiloh Meeting Hall. Sometimes life just gets in the way of doing the things we want to do. But in the meantime, we'll reprint his June message for the archive and add a few reports from other events:
Old Washington United Methodist Church
Hello All! 
I hope this email finds you all well. I haven't heard of any of our friends or members who were affected by the storms and flooding of the last few weeks , but our prayers go out to you if you were.
Along with this crazy weather. this year has gone along a seemingly break neck pace and we already find ourselves in June. The second Sunday is upon us and our regular monthly singing we be held at the Meeting Hall of the Shiloh Museum from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm. The hall located one block north of the Shiloh Museum's barn.
Cory Winters leads a new composition.
Both old and new singers are welcome to join the "singers table" at AQ Chicken at noon on the 2nd Sunday Singing in Springdale.
Also, don't forget the 4th Sunday Singing at the West Fork Library  Meeting Hall from 1:30 to 3:30.
The only calendar item I have, at this time, is the Annual Shape Note Singing School and Gathering with an All Day Singing on Saturday, Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR  July 11th - 13th.
Finally, a few weeks ago, Dan, Corey and myself attended the All-Day Singing in Washington, AR.  It was a great time with wonderful singing, fellowship and food. I have shared a few pictures below.  
Hope everyone has a good Saturday and hope to see you on Sunday. 
God bless
Darryl 
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If you'd like to get on the Shiloh Singers mailing list, Darryl's email address is listed in the sidebar on the right side of this webpage. Just send him a note as ask him to add you to the list.

The second week in June was also the week for the FASOLA Summer camp for adults held in Alabama each year.  Dan Brittain, (on right) director, composer and our local version of "The Music Man" and Syd Caldwell, our designated good-will singing ambassador to the rest of the world was also at the camp. Both of them paused just long enough to take a picture with their FASOLA T-shirts, but they both look like they were having a good time. Syd reported that he and Dan enjoyed all the singing and seeing so many friends from other groups who attended.

I'll try to follow-up with more of the latest info on the annual Shape Note Gathering and Singing School at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View in a few days. 

And finally, please don't forget the 4th Sunday Singing which provides more practice for new singers to become better singers and informal singing school for any new singers who just want to learn more about singing the songs that our ancestors knew and likely sang on their way west. We appreciate the West Fork Library and dedicated singers who helped and want to make it a success. 

Thanks to Darryl and Syd for the pictures. Sing on....