Thursday, April 5, 2018

Upcoming singing April 8



Hello Sacred Harp Friends,

Our
next regular singing will be Sunday, April 8th from 1:30-4:00 in the General Store at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale.  As usual, you're welcome to join in the festivities, bring your children or a guest or two, and enjoy helping continue a traditional form of singing that came west with families loaded in wagons with our ancestors. Loaner books are available so guests can follow along and hopefully sing along if moved to do so. As usual, anyone who arrives around noon at Springdale's AQ Chicken House is welcome to join our table for good food and conversation. Just ask for the singer's table at the reception desk.

One of the tasks for the April Sunday singing is working on any final plans for the Northwest Arkansas Sacred Harp Singing Convention in Harrison, AR on May 6, 2018, from 9:30 until 3:00 with a potluck lunch. More detail will be published with the May updates.

 2018 Missouri State Sacred Harp Convention - On Saturday morning, the only "snow drops" were little white flowers found under the trees.


Sacred Harp singers from all points of the compass filled St. Johns United Church of Christ.



The alto section was well represented.


I'm very pleased to report that we had 11 Shiloh Singers at the Missouri State Sacred Harp Convention on March 10th and 11th. As usual the Saint Louis Shape Note Singers rolled out their welcome mat and conducted another wonderful singing. Missouri also includes a number of very fine cooks who prepared and organized two noon meals and food for a Saturday evening "gathering" at a local church in Washington, MO. There was plenty of time to renew friendships and catch up with family news. After a few years you recognize how much taller the children have grown and share a note of sadness when you notice an occasional empty seat. My hat's off to everyone who made this year's Missouri State Convention a memorable event.

Alexis Walker, Cory Winters and Margaux Burleson leading during the convention. Credit: Martha Beverly
David Ivey and Syd Caldwell lead the Convention. Credit: Martha Beverly
 


We also enjoyed a small show shower with big fat snow flakes instead of just "snow drops" under the trees on Sunday morning. Even a thin layer of snow is always appreciated by "native Floridians" such as myself who normally only got to see snow if they drove up to north Georgia!  Credit: Julia McElrath


Bill Caldwell cleans a windshield before heading back home on Sunday afternoon. Credit: Julia McElrath
 An additional well deserved photo credit: A special thank you to Martha Beverly for taking photos at Sacred Harp singing events and posting 14,416 of her photos on her website with 3.1 million views since 2006. 
You can visit her website at:  https://www.flickr.com/fasolakazoo/albums/Martha's "Albums" are neatly organized by event and date showing photos of song leaders.
 

While we're thinking about pictures of friends, Martha was in Ann Arbor for a recent singing. Syd Caldwell noticed that Martha had taken a snapshot of Michele Raine (L) and Marian Mitchell leading during the March 24, 2018 singing on the University of Michigan campus. Michele formerly sang alto with the Shiloh Singers of NWA in Springdale and is fondly remembered by her many Arkansas friends.

One More Thing:  You may have noticed some minor differences in the introduction used for the webpage update for today's edition. I'm sure you'll see more improvements and a fresh ideas in the near future. I ran out of different ways to say, "We'll be singing on Sunday at the Shiloh Museum" several years ago.  I've been doing this newsletter since 2012 and I'm very pleased to announce that Margaux Burleson (alto section) and Darryl Criss (bass section) have agreed to work together on the webpage and newsletter respectively. You can help them by sending news of nearby events while I rest my typing fingers and like other old soldiers, quietly fade away. It's been fun and I've really enjoyed singing with you and plan to continue for many more singings in Springdale, in Missouri and elsewhere for as long as Katy will let me out of the house. Take care of yourselves out there.

BR549




Sunday, March 4, 2018

We'll be singing in Missouri on March 10 and 11...

It looks as if the Shiloh Singers will be well represented at the Missouri State Sacred Harp Convention next weekend. I just wanted to post a reminder for anyone who might have planned to show up at the General Store next Sunday. I wish everyone could be there with us to enjoy one of the best early singings of each year.  

Our next local singing at the General Store at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History will be April 8, 2018 at 1:30 PM. We'll also need to do the final planning for the Spring NWA Sacred Harp Singing in Harrison, AR on Saturday, May 6th. 

Keep on singing...

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Singing on Sunday, February 11th and Missouri in March...

Just a couple of quick items. The Shiloh Singers of NWA will be singing on Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 1:30 until 4:00 P.M. in the General Store at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale. As always, children, visitors and guests are welcome. Bring someone with you. We'll also have a table at the Springdale AQ Chicken House "around noon" if you want a warm lunch before singing. 

Click on image for full .PDF
One of the items will be a short discussion on the Missouri State Sacred Harp Singing Convention on March 10 & 11, 2018. The important details are included in the .PDF copy of Missouri Convention flyer. Click on the image for a full size copy. The Shiloh Singers usually stay in Washington, MO and two motels are listed on page 2 of the flyer with discounted rates and phone numbers. Don't wait until the last minute. Besides the Missouri Convention schedule, we also need to talk about ride sharing and trying to make sure that everyone who wants to sing in Missouri can get there. If you plan to attend the Missouri Convention but can't get to February's Springdale singing, please send me an email so we help coordinate a "share-a-ride." 

One more thing: Get a pencil or your smart phone and mark your calendar. The Saturday before the first Sunday in May, which is Saturday, May 6th, the NWA Sacred Harp Singing Convention will be held in Harrison. More details will be published in March and April.

We'll send out another reminder about being "in recess" during March before leaving for Missouri. Hope to see you in Springdale this Sunday and at the Missouri State Singing Convention in March. ...And we'll all sing on!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Oops! January Singing on Sunday Canceled...

UPDATED: Saturday, 1/13/18


A little October snow and ice in
Yellowstone National Park, not
a prediction for Arkansas...yet.
After waiting until the last minute to send out the January singing reminders on Friday, I checked the Saturday noon weather forecast and found that the Saturday night and Sunday forecast had flipped-flopped overnight. Out of "an abundance of caution" and after several phone calls, we've canceled the Sunday, January 14th, singing in the General Store due to inclement weather. Syd has called the museum and asked for a note to be put on their Facebook page and the front door of the General Store while I work on this 2nd edition of the January newsletter. The official forecast for tonight and Sunday:

NWS Forecast for: Springdale Municipal AR
Issued by: National Weather Service Tulsa, OK
Last Update: 12:55 pm CST Jan 13, 2018
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Sunday: A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 35. Wind chill values between 5 and 15. South wind 5 to 15 mph.

That usually means we might see anything from a few flurries to a slight accumulation in spots or no snow at all. We just don't know where any of those conditions may or may not happen. What I worry about are the places where a slight accumulation has turned into ice in a shady spot just beyond the crest of a hill. There's no need to take any chances. So we'll miss the usual chicken and dumplings at AQ's, visiting and singing with everyone and just make plans to try to get together again in February.

We've also had two additional updates that we had planned to mention at the singing and in a 2nd newsletter update next week:
From Bill Caldwell in Joplin...


I have a general update that can be shared with our singers.  I was able to
take the collar off on Thursday, the 11th.  I'm still going to physical therapy
to get the range of motion back for my neck.  I can move it but it's stiff and I
don't have fast enough reaction time looking left or right yet to drive. 
That'll take a couple more weeks or so.  But I'm back to work part time and have
been able to do a good portion of my regular duties in a half day.  I'm hopeful
to be able to be at February's singing barring weather excitement. Thanks to
everyone for their care and prayers!

Syd Caldwell and Bill both mentioned the sad passing of Darrel Swarens, one of
the singers we used to see each ear in Missouri. 

His smiling face was always a welcome sight at Missouri and any other
singing he attended. He put his whole heart into his singing.  We'll miss him.

Be safe out there. We'll try again on February 11th. Hope to see you then.


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ORIGINAL NEWSLETTER, Friday, 01/12/18


Bring a sweater...

Singing on Sunday ~ The Shiloh Singers will conduct their regular January singing on January 14, 2018 in the General Store on the grounds of the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History from 1:30 until 4:00 P.M. One of the reasons I've waited to send out the newsletter has been to keep an eye of the weather. I was once told that three days was about as far as our Army weather forecasters could see ahead with their M-1 crystal ball. The forecast for Sunday is for "Partly Sunny" with sweater weather and not very highs in the upper-thirty degree range. It certainly looks like roads around Springdale will be dry. The store's heat pump has always produced enough heat to stay warm. We also know that spirited singing will add a few more degrees of warmth to the gathering. As usual, the "early arrivals" are invited to share a table at Springdale's famous AQ Chicken House around noon. 

If you have any concerns about the weather, we all now have a tool that even our Army didn't have during those long winter maneuvers in Germany's snow 50 years ago. You can check the driving conditions before you leave home visiting the "I Drive Arkansas" website at http://www.idrivearkansas.com/  then click on the blue snow flake to check out the current winter road conditions. I've recently used similar road condition websites in several other western states, and in my opinion the Arkansas' site is one of the best for being easy to use and understand.

Long Range Planning ~ People have already asked about the dates for the Missouri State Sacred Harp Singing Convention and the NWA Singing Convention in Harrison. 

The Missouri State Sacred Harp Singing Convention is scheduled for Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11, 2018. I expect the St. Louis Shape Note Singers will likely put their flyer on their website in late January or early February. I usually post a link or copy on the website and in the newsletter.
The NW Arkansas Sacred Harp Singing Convention is scheduled for May 5th this year. We'll try to include more info in the newsletter or on the website as we get closer to that date.
The Fayetteville Public Library's Summer Reading Club has requested our help with a program during June or July. We need to discuss how we could assist and possible dates at this month's singing. 
Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter ~ The December 1917 issue of the publishing company's newsletter is available online. Covering a wide range of topics from the history of Sacred Harp singing, building a community of singers, lessons learned from other singers and even a detailed article about how to repair songbooks or any book for that matter. You can check out the current edition at: http://originalsacredharp.com/newsletter/  and if you enjoy learning more about Sacred Harp singing you may sign up on their "infrequent newsletter mailing list."

That's all for a quick update. Hope to see you in Springdale on Sunday afternoon.