Updated: 1/12/13 7:30 P.M. - The Shiloh Singers of NW Arkansas will be singing in the Country Store on the ground of the Shiloh Museum this Sunday, January 13th, at 1:30 P.M. weather permitting. As of early Saturday evening, the much closer look at the weather headed out of Canada has been less optimistic. The 6:00 P.M. weather reports are calling for a "Winter Weather Advisory" with freezing rain Saturday evening with sleet or freezing drizzle after midnight. A low of around 25 degrees and north winds of 10 to 15 mph are expected in Fayetteville and Springdale. Total nighttime ice accumulations of 0.1 to 0.3 of an inch are possible. Decreasing clouds "should" start to clear off during the morning turning sunny before mid-day with a high of 33 degrees. Even so, there's still a possibility of ice on roads and bridges that are not frequently salted and some spots could be slick.
Earlier this week, the long-range wild-guess for Sunday's weather in the
Fayetteville - Springdale area was for partly cloudy and colder
temperatures but no severe weather (like snow or ice) was expected. The expected
highs are in the upper 30's. We planned to fire up a second coffee pot to
also have plenty of hot water for tea or hot chocolate.
No excuses needed with weather alerts and I think caution is warranted particularly
if you're using less traveled roads. Katy and I will test
the roads on the way to early church in Alma. Then I'm going to load
up and then make the final decision about 10:45 Sunday morning.
I-540 is usually salted if any snow or ice is found.
I just hate not to be there to welcome anyone who shows up... but we'll be
As usual, we'll head for
AQ's Chicken House in Springdale for lunch if the weather has improved. (Hot chicken and dumplings really go well with a cool day!)
The event, hosted each
year by the St. Louis Shape Note Singers, is held on the 2nd
Sunday in March and the Saturday before, which will be March
9 and 10, 2013, Last year, nine Shiloh Singers
were able to join an estimated 140 singers from as far away as
Wisconsin, Ohio, Alabama and Georgia.
Photo: 2012 Missouri Convention - "It's always fun to sing with a
church full of good singers!"
There's no better way to learn to sing Sacred Harp songs than to
sing with the supporting voices of over a hundred dedicated singers
from all over the region. Or you can follow my example by sitting
next to an experienced singer and trying to follow their lead as
closely as you can. They'll figure out that you're trying to learn.
After two days of singing, you'll return home a little hoarse but a
much more experienced Sacred Harp singer. Hopefully, we'll have some
extra car space to share for those who are new singers or who don't
want to drive that distance. I'll send out more detailed information
on the schedule and accommodations as soon as it's received.
Syd Caldwell asked that I remind everyone that Texas will host two
Sacred Harp Conventions in January and February.
29th Annual William
J Reynolds Singing
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Cowden Hall, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1809 West
Broadus, Fort Worth, Texas.
Contact: Dan Brittain
for more details or email: Timothy
Studstill, or the
School of Church Music, (817) 923-1921, ext. 3100. (1991
The Texas Sacred Harp Convention
Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24, 2013
Coker United Methodist Church, San Antonio, TX
231 E. North Loop Road, off Highway 281, north of the airport.
featuring photos of log buildings in
the Arkansas Ozarks.
Photo: Learning about collecting bird carvings at the 2012 Cabin Fever Reliever.
We certainly hope you'll be singing with us this year and hope to
see you Sunday afternoon if the weather clears. We'll warm up the Country Store with good
songs and good fellowship.