Monday, June 18, 2018

Quick Update—Singing Opportunity June 30th

Photo Credit Syd Caldwell 6/10/18The time and date of the Grand Opening of the Shiloh Meeting Hall (formerly the Odd Fellow's Hall) has been confirmed: July 30th at 2 P.M. Sacred Harp singing will be at 2 inside in the A/C, and there will be a presentation for the grand opening and other musical groups following. We appreciate being invited to use the Shiloh Meeting Hall for our future singings.

For those of you who use Facebook (those that don't may still be able to access the presentation; I'm not sure), some of our group were involved in a presentation about Shape Note Singing at the Fayetteville Public Library earlier this summer (it also includes a little information about the Shiloh Meeting Hall). The above link should lead to a recording of the presentation.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Early Summer Singings

Our next 2nd Sunday singing will be June 10th from 1:30 to 4 at the Shiloh Museum. As per usual, those interested can meet at AQ Chicken at noon for lunch.

The Shiloh Museum is quickly finishing construction on the Odd Fellow's Hall, and plan a dedication on Saturday June 30th , likely at 10am, but the time is not set in stone. Allyn Lord, the museum's director, has suggested that we might sing at the dedication, so we'll take a head count of those who think they can attend at our meeting on June 10th, and firm up any details.

Soon after, July 5-7, will be the Annual Shape Note Singing in Mountain View, AR. This will be a weekend full of shape note singing, including singing and teaching sessions with Dan Brittain and Gaylon Powell, and singing from both four-shape and seven-shape books. Follow the links above and below for more information. Mountain View Maps to the Ozark Folk Center Gathering and Saturday, July 7th Schedule.

We had a wonderful time at our NWA Shiloh Singing Convention on May 5th at St. John's Episcopal Church. Over the course of the day, we had around 25 singers total in attendance. Donations were raised to cover the cost of the minutes books and the use of the St. Johns's Kitchen; we agreed the remainder would go to St. John's efforts toward reconstructing their daycare into a landing place for women and families facing domestic abuse.

Our regular singing on May 12th, Mother's day, was also quite lively. Thank you all for your kindness to my grandmother when she visited; she really enjoyed hearing our music and meeting some of the folks I sing with. It was a wonderful Mother's Day for us!

At both meetings, we announced the transition from B.R. managing the website and newsletter to Darryl and Margaux covering the jobs between them; Darryl will send out the newsletter and Margaux will manage the website.  I think we'll all miss B.R.'s warm style, but he's ready for a rest, and so he's passed the torch to Darryl and I.  Thank you, B.R., for your work all these years, and for your training these last months. And we thank all of you in advance for your patience.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Update: Three Singings in May

First Singing: Our yearly Northwest Arkansas Sacred Harp Singing Convention will be Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm in the St. John's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 707 W. Central Ave., Harrison AR. We'll be having a pot-luck lunch, so bring your favorite prize-winning hot dish, cold dish, snack, or dessert to share.  I'm told refrigeration and microwave heating will be available.  For more information, please see the map and flyer below.  There's a rumor about an informal jam following the singing, so those interested in playing or listening might want to bring an instrument, a pair of spoons, or just plan to hang around for a bit after 3.

NWA Sacred Harp Singing Convention 2018 Flyer

Second Singing: As we discussed at our last meeting, we will have our regular 2nd Sunday singing at the Shiloh Museum on May 13th 2018 from 1:30-4:00. As usual, those interested can also join a group of singers at AQ Chicken in Springdale at noon for lunch before the singing.

Third Singing: B.R. has been in touch with folks from the singing in Washington, AR, and has confirmed that they will be having a singing on May 19th 2018 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm at the Washington United Methodist Church in Washington, AR. Here is a link to more information and an interactive map: Washington AR Singing