The regular May 27th Sunday Singing at the Shiloh Museum Canceled
I sincerely hope that the number of people in our group who will
be traveling in May is evidence that the economy is starting to
improve. I suppose the discussions about travel plans started at
the NWA Sacred Harp Singing Convention in Harrison and Syd
counted up all those who plan to be traveling or who have other
commitments on May 27th, the 4th Sunday. So far, it looks like
our group will be about eight "regulars" shy of a quorum in May.
Accordingly, Syd suggested I publish the May newsletter early
and let all the Shiloh Singers know so people won't drive a
great distance only to find a sign on the door of the country
store building that the singing had been canceled. So please
help spread the word to any of the Singers or friends who might
talk with during the next week or two in case they missed
getting the email and plan to attend the May 27th singing.
Syd also contacted Susan Young at the museum who will post a
note about the cancellation on the door prior to the scheduled
singing. I know everybody hates to cancel a singing, and none of
us want this to become a habit, but it looks like the right
thing to do in this particular case.
Saint Johns Episcopal Church in Harrison hosted the NW
Arkansas Sacred Harp Singing Convention on May 5th. Twenty
singers and guests enjoyed a good singing and a well-supplied
pot luck lunch in the Parish Hall. Thanks to Dan Brittain for
coordinating the event and getting the word out to all the
regional singers each year. And a special thanks to the cooks,
who as usual, brought out their best recipes for the mid-day
Picture: The Shiloh
Sacred Harp Singers of NW Arkansas gathered on the steps of
the St. Johns Episcopal Church Parish Hall for a group
picture during the afternoon break on May 5, 2012. (Click on the image for a larger version from Picasa.)
Gail Cowart reports that the Discovery Box Project
continues to make excellent progress. Gail had two HD video
cameras at Harrison to help record some of the singing for
possible use with the instructional video planned for the
But Gail was most enthusiastic about the recent video taping
session with the Youth Choir at First UMC in Fort Smith, "The
Youth Choir is the best." Dan did a good job
training the young singers in a special shaped note singing workshop
that was recorded. Before the workshop was over, several young
singers were standing in the center of the hollow square leading the
group. "Holy Manna" (thanks Mary Ellen ) is their favorite song and
Gail hopes the young singers will sing it at one of the church's
regular services next Fall.
After the Youth Choir's special Mother’s Day program, the Youth
Choir is on summer vacation.
Hope you enjoy the rest of May and we'll look forward to singing on
June 24th at 1:30 P.M. in the country store at the Shiloh Museum of
Ozark History. See you then...