2017 Regional Singings

Latest Update: 8/8/17

The FaSoLa website contains a comprehensive list of local or practice singings. See:
 https://fasola.org/singings/ 



CALENDAR OF ARKANSAS AREA REGULAR SINGINGS AND SPECIAL EVENTS


A partial list of Sacred Harp singing events in North and South Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and East Texas is being revised for 2017. Further information will be posted when available.


REGULAR SINGINGS


The Oklahoma City Sacred Harp Singers meet a 2624 Sunflower Dr., Edmond, OK. Singing 6:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. Nancy Price reports they've added a number of new singers which she added is "totally wonderful!"

The Shiloh Singers of NW Arkansas
conduct a regular monthly singing on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 1:30 until 4:00 P.M.in the General Store of the Shiloh Museum at 118 W. Johnson Avenue, Springdale, AR 72764, EXCEPT for a recess in March of each year to allow NWA singers to attend the Missouri State Convention on the 2nd Sunday in March and the Saturday before. For more information see: https://shilohsingersnwa.blogspot.com/

Tulsa Friends of Sacred Harp Singing
have an event page on Facebook and a website, ShapeNoteOklahoma. More information about there events can be found at: https://shapenoteoklahoma.org/ or contact at: info@shapenoteoklahoma.org


SINGING CONVENTIONS, SPECIAL SINGING EVENTS

MARCH - 2017
2ND SUNDAY AND SATURDAY BEFORE:

Missouri State Convention
-  Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12, 2017, 9:30 A.M. - St. John's United Church of Christ - Pinckney, MO - Info: Karen Isbell or Paul Figura  Website: https://www.stlfasola.org/ (Sacred Harp, Missouri Harmony)

APRIL - 20174TH SUNDAY AND SATURDAY BEFORE:

Rusk County Convention -
Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and 23, 2016 - Old Pine Grove Church - SE of Henderson, TX - Info: Robert Vaughn, 903-863-5379 (Sat. Christian Harmony, Sun. Cooper Revision)

MAY - 2017
SATURDAY BEFORE THE 1ST SUNDAY IN MAY:


Northwest Arkansas Singing Convention - Saturday, May 6, 2017. 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. - St. John's Episcopal Church, 707 W. Central Ave., Harrison, AR - Info: Dan Brittain, (Sacred Harp, Missouri Harmony)


3RD SUNDAY AND SATURDAY BEFORE:

"ARKANSAS SHAPE NOTE SINGING WEEKEND"

Historic Washington Arkansas Singing -
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M. - Historic Washington United Methodist Church, next to the state park, in Washington, AR  Info: Robert Vaughn, 903-863-5379, rl_vaughn@yahoo.com (Sacred Harp, Cooper Book)

132nd Annual "Old Folks' Singing"
- Sunday, May 21, 2017, starting at 10:00 A.M. - Ebenezer United Methodist Church, in the Tull community, south of Benton, AR. GPS and map readers use: 8319 State Hwy 190 N, Benton, AR 72015. More Info: Karen Westbrook, 501-778-6242. (Christian Harmony until lunchtime, then dinner on the grounds, Cokesbury Hymnal in the afternoon.)

JUNE - 2017
3RD SUNDAY

Zion Hill Memorial Singing -
Sunday, June 18, 2017, 10:00 A.M. - Zion Hill  Baptist Church, Brachfield, TX  - About 12 miles SE of Henderson, Take FM 840 toward Brachfield from Henderson, then turn right at the Welch Cemetery on CR 368. Church is on the left. Always held on Father's Day. - Info: Robert Vaughn, 903-863-5379 (Cooper Revision)

JULY - 2017
2ND SATURDAY

Annual Shape Note Gathering, Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, AR - , July 6-8, 2017

July 6, Thursday - A short welcome and introductory singing from 6:00 until 6:45 P.M. to introduce the event in the small White Oak Auditorium located in the Administration Building. Folks can go to the main show in the theater and buses will be available afterwards to take attendees directly to the main auditorium for the evening program.

July 7, Friday - On the stage of the Folk Center Auditorium, a presentation of all the oblong shape note books in use today. We will have samples from each to sing from.
  9:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. - Morning sessions
11:30 A.M. -   1:00 P.M. - Lunch
  1:30 P.M. -   4:00 P.M. - Afternoon session

  4:00 P.M. -   TBA - Free Time for Dinner and time announced to be back before show.
  7:00 P.M. -   The singers will sing as part of the regular Friday evening show.

July 8, Saturday - An exciting way to end the shape note gathering. There will be an All-Day singing at the Stone County Historical Society in the Old High School Building at 204 School Ave., just off of Main Street in Mountain View. 
  9:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. - Morning session 
11:30 A.M. -   1:00 P.M. - Lunch   
  1:30 P.M. -   4:00 P.M. - Afternoon session

Just a reminder to plan on a Dutch treat for lunch. We called it "foraging" on your own when I was in the Army. Of course, we will try to update the Shiloh website if updates become available.

Shiloh Sacred Harp Singers of NWA Monthly Singing


July 9, Sunday -  Knowing that not everyone can get to Mountain View for the Shape Note Gathering and Singing on Saturday, we still plan on having our REGULAR monthly singing in Springdale in the General Store from 1:30 until 4:00 P.M. following the normal Sunday schedule. The normal lunch group will be at AQ's Chicken House in Springdale around noon for lunch and we'll see who might be available for post-singing pie and coffee. This really sounds like a good four days of singing and I certainly hope you can sing at one or more of the events. We'll also bring an extra fan or two to keep things as cool as we can.

AUGUST - 2017
2ND SUNDAY AND SATURDAY BEFORE:

East Texas Convention -
150th Annual - Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13, 2017 - Henderson Civic Center, 1005 Hwy 64, Henderson TX - Info: Robert Vaughn, 903-863-5379 (Cooper Revision)

OCTOBER - 2017
SATURDAY BEFORE 2ND SUNDAY:


Columbia Singing - Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 - Dripping Springs Christian Church,
2701 Dripping Springs Road, Columbia, MO - Info: Wendy Hoffman, 73-446-1075

SATURDAY BEFORE THE 4TH SUNDAY:


NW Arkansas Fall Singing -
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, 9:30 A.M. 3:00 P.M. (Sacred Harp, Missouri Harmony, Cooper)


Special thanks to Robert Vaughn, Mount Enterprise, TX, for developing the original list of regional singings in Arkansas and East Texas in 2015. While every attempt has been made to produce an accurate list, please contact me at br.black@cox.net if you notice any corrections or additional events in the region.




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