Monday, May 19, 2014

Ozark Folk Center schedules Shape-Note Singing and Singing School July 11 and 12

Ozarks Folk Center
Thanks to Dan Brittain for passing along the following announcement from Gaylon Powell in Jarrell, Texas on the Shape-Note Singing and Singing School to be held at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View in July:
Shape-note singers will convene on the stage of the large auditorium at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas, on Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12.  A continuous singing/singing school will be led by Gaylon Powell and Dan Brittain, both well known in the nationwide (and beyond) Sacred Harp and shape-note world.   Holly Ruth Gale and Charley Sandage will assist. These sessions will run each morning and afternoon on both days from 9am to 12 Noon and from 1pm to 4pm on each day. Participating singers will be invited to join in the evening musical performance in the auditorium on Friday night.

If you plan to come to the Ozark Folk Center on those days for singing only, you can come in at no cost at the front entrance of the auditorium.  If you're visiting the craft area and want to drop in and sing or just to listen and learn, you can enter directly from the grounds through the back entrance of the auditorium.  Someone will be on hand to welcome you in traditional "all day singing" fashion.
 Additional details will be added as they become available.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Another chance to sing on Sunday, May 11th at Shiloh's General Store...

First of all, the reason for this extra edition of the newsletter is to remind everyone that couldn't get to Harrison that there's a second opportunity to sing in May at the regular 2nd Sunday singing in the General Store at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale on May 11th. We start singing at 1:30 P.M. and usually sing until about 4:00 P.M. For any first time singers or visitors, the street address is 118 W. Johnson Avenue, Springdale, AR 72764. Anyone is welcome to visit, listen, tap their feet or grab a book and sing along with us. Extra books are usually available for visitors to use and if not, we'll share.

Syd reported that 18 singers were present at the May 3rd NW Arkansas Sacred Harp Singing Convention in Harrison and several guests. Syd and I are still working on pictures from the event and we'll try to get several posted to the web page as soon as we can get pictures from his iPad to my HP desktop via the Internet. Our thanks to all who attended, all who helped with the pot-luck lunch, and especially to Dan Brittain, our Chairman, who has coordinated and organized the May event at St. Johns Episcopal Church for several years. 

Having just returned from a big Tillis Family Reunion in Florida, I plan to catch up with some Arkansas style chicken and dumplings at AQ's Chicken House in Springdale about noon. We can always add a chair or two around the table and any singer is welcome to join us. Just ask the receptionist for the singing group. We'll also do the after singing milk shake or coffee at Denny's to help soothe any sore throats or add a little caffeine for those with a long drive home.

I'm looking forward to hearing all about the Harrison singing from those who were there and hope you can attend and enjoy a pleasant Sunday afternoon singing in Springdale.