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
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