Friday, August 3, 2018

August Singing and October Singing School

Our next regular second Sunday singing will be August 12th from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the newly refurbished Shiloh Meeting Hall.

We usually meet at A.Q. Chicken at noon prior to our singings, but it's been suggested that this month we try Western Sizzlin.  Unless I hear otherwise, let's plan on meeting there at noon.  The address listed online is 4900, 3492 W Sunset Ave, Springdale, AR 72762. It's just down the street from the Denny's where some of us meet after singings.

If you received the Newsletter Extra this month, you know that a local nursing home has offered us an opportunity to come sing with their residents.  Here's B.R.'s note about it from the newsletter extra:
"My request is that all of you bring your smart phone calendars and equally smart thinking caps to next Sunday's singing and see if there are two or three possible dates that would work for a "Sacred Harp Singing as a Community Service" visit to the Springdale Health and Rehab Center. On previous occasions we've held our regular 2nd Sunday singing at the Museum and then left a little early to drive over the a local retirement center for about an hour of singing. We have not committed to singing in Oklahoma this September, so that date might be convenient. In any case, please let me know"
So, let's see if we can work something out for September or October, and if we can't find something that works this fall, perhaps we can look at dates later in the year.

Looking a couple of months into the future, after our regular singings on September 9th and October, 14th, we'll have Fall Singing School on October 26th  from 6:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. followed by our Singing Convention on October 27th from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. with a potluck at noon. Both will be held at the Shiloh Meeting Hall. More details to follow in the coming months.

Hope to sing with you all soon!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

July Singings

I don't know how it was for all of you, but June seemed to fly right by.  Our July singings are upon us! July 5-7, will be the Annual Shape Note Singing in Mountain View, AR. Here are Mountain View Maps to the Ozark Folk Center Gathering and Saturday, and the July 7th Schedule.

Sunday, June 8th (this Sunday!) is our regular 2nd Sunday singing at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.  We'll meet in the historic Shiloh Meeting Hall that opened last weekend.  As per usual, we'll meet at AQ Chicken at noon for lunch.

We had a good group and a wonderful time singing at the Shiloh Meeting Hall Grand Opening, both before and after the presentation. We have reports that many of the attendees enjoyed their exposure to Sacred Harp and inquired about it, and many of those who had encountered it before let us know how much they enjoyed a re-introduction.  Several people told us about their memories of singing Sacred Harp with family or in Primitive Baptist Churches as children.

Hope to sing with you soon!

                                         Photo Credit: Darryl Criss

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

More News on Saturday's Singing...

UPDATE: Wednesday, June 27, 2018

We received a note from Syd Caldwell that brings up a good point. Both Bill Caldwell and Andrew Albers were willing to come sing but understandably wanted to sing more than just a 30 minute segment before the dedication. Syd has arranged for the General Store to be open. (We'll need a box of Sacred Harp books and a box of Missouri books anyway.) Thus the revised Shiloh Singers schedule for Saturday, June 30th, looks like:
    2:00 P.M. - Shiloh Singers form a square and sing inside the Shiloh Meeting Hall before the dedication
    2:30 P.M. - Ringing of the Meeting Hall Bell, Dedication and remarks by distinguished guests and visitors.
    3:00 P.M. - Reception and Open House continues with additional entertainment. Shiloh Singers will adjourn to the General Store to continue singing.

After the singing in the General Store, Syd and several others suggested the singers go to supper together at the Market Place in Springdale before returning home.

After moving the historic building to W. Huntsville Ave. in 2005, then developing a plan for working on preservation and renovations since 2007 at a cost of over $1.1 million, it's quite an honor to be the first group invited to use the renovated building and to open such a festive ceremony with songs that might have been sung in 1871 when the building first opened.

Late addition: Syd heard from Mary Ellen Wilkinson that she wants to come. If that's the case we would have singers from Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Looking forward to singing with as many as can come on Saturday. I think the reopening and dedication will be a meaningful experience that all who participate will remember.

"While it is possible to change without improving, it is impossible to improve without changing." - Joseph M. Carroll