Saturday, March 14, 2020

THE SHILOH SINGERS OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS ARE IN RECESS DUE TO THE SPREAD OF THE COVID-19 VIRUS

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Consistent with other organizations in the area and efforts to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus by governments and health agencies at all levels, the Shiloh Singers will be "In Recess" until further determination by the appropriate agencies that the public health risk of spreading the virus to other individuals is reduced to safer levels. Thus the suspension applies to both the regular 2nd Sunday Singings at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History Meeting Hall and the 4th Sunday informal singing and school at the West Fork Library Meeting Hall.

Any resumption of singing at either location will be posted on this website and announced in the monthly newsletter.

We hope that health concerns and the decline of COVID-19 infections will allow us to all sing together again soon.



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In addition, several singers have been working together to develop another "Calendar of Arkansas Singings." That effort continues and will be posted with a copy of this note to allow Arkansas Singers to plan ahead should conditions improve for safe travel and meetings. We will try to include contact information with each singing and will also ask the contacts to let us know of any change in their event's proposed schedule so that we can update our information as well.

When finished, a link to the new Calendar of Arkansas Singings page will be posted as a fourth tab at the top of each webpage on this website. I hope the information about other area singings helps and do make the effort to stay healthy and your family safe.

Friday, February 7, 2020

We'll be singing on February 9th in the Shiloh Meeting Hall...

Hello Everyone... 

I hope all of the Shiloh Singers enjoyed the singings in January. February singing will start with our usual 2nd Sunday singing on February 9th in the Shiloh Meeting Hall from 1:30 to 4:00 P.M. The usual group will gather at AQ Chicken House in Springdale around noon for lunch and catching up on news from all present. All singers or potential singers are invited. Just ask the reception desk for "the singers" and you'll be pointed in the right direction. 



We're already a week into February and only three weeks remain to make reservations and travel arrangements for the 35th Annual Missouri State Sacred Harp Convention in St. John's United Church of Christ on Highway 94, 11.5 miles west of Marthasville MO. Our group normally stays in Washington MO. Thanks to Darryl for sending out copies of the Missouri Convention Flyer with his monthly 2nd Sunday reminder. If you didn't get a reminder, click on the underlined flyer link above to download a full-sized, two page PDF copy that you can save, print or share. The flyer also contains information about convenient motels and phone numbers. Another consideration is travel. Car pooling is encouraged to save gas, reduce costs and generally have more fun. As usual, the Shiloh Singers will be in recess for the March 8th Sunday Singing to attend the Missouri Convention.


The Missouri State Convention attracts singers from the South-
East to the Mid-West; small towns and major cities. Come and
join in the good singing and fellowship that's open to all.


Don't forget the 4th Sunday Singing Class in West Fork!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Late January Post to get the latest Weather Forecast...

Hello Everyone...

Just a few quick notes to confirm that we do plan to have a 2nd Sunday Sacred Harp Singing in Springdale at the Shiloh Meeting Hall on Jan. 12th from 1:30 until 4:00 P.M. Those who think chicken and dumplings make a good lunch on a cool day are invited to gather at AQ's Chicken House around noon for food and fellowship. Everyone is invited, old singers or new.

With the Friday night and Saturday weather so undecided , I waited until the very last minute to work on the January update. Saturday's weather is showing a mix of sleet and snow along the western Arkansas border region. After that passes over us, the weather looks clear all the way west to Ogden, Utah! The Sunday forecast for Springdale is for "Sunny" and highs in the high 40's or low 50's.

Please check Arkansas' I-Drive traffic and weather monitoring system at https://www.idrivearkansas.com/#winter_conditions for the latest winter weather information. It's quick, simple easy to understand and works with any current Android or Apple smart phone, laptop or desktop that I know about. I use it all year but most of all during the winter.

If you're snowed in or iced in, or driving conditions are not favorable in your area, please stay safe and remember we also now have a 4th Sunday Singing in West Fork at their Library Meeting Hall behind the city library. It's a good place to sing, bring some snacks or cookies for the break and I think you'll have a good time and plenty of opportunity to learn new songs. That singing will be on January 26th at 1:30 until 3:30 P.M. Bring a friend too.

Syd leads the MO Convention
Long Range Planning
Join folks from all over the central and southern states for the 35th Missouri State Sacred Harp Singing Convention, Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, St. John's United Church of Christ on Highway 94, 11.5 miles west of Marthasville MO (GPS: 38.668206, -91.237433), 9:30 to 3PM both days. Loaner books available.

I'll post a copy of the printed flyers when available, but circle the dates. It's a good way to finish off a winter season and get ready for Spring.

Special Thanks
Thanks to Darryl, for getting out the earlier email about the singing.

Thanks to Walt who will have the Meeting Hall open and warm in time for our Sunday Singing.

Thanks to all of you who come and sing, share your knowledge of Sacred Harp, and share in the fellowship that comes from being part of a group of people who enjoy singing old songs as they were sung so many decades ago and preserving a tradition that we can pass on to another generation of singers.

Just stay safe while you're getting here.