Bloomington Sacred Harp

Shape note singing in and around Bloomington, Indiana since ~ 1978

What’s going on this Summer?

John Hoerr with shape note singers at the Indiana State Fair

UPDATE: The Second Annual John and Loraine Bayer Memorial Singing will be held on Sunday, July 14, near Dayton, OH. We will sing from from 9:30 to 3:00 with Dinner On The Grounds at mid-day. (I hear the acoustics are “magical.”)

It will be held at Bear Creek Old German Baptist Brethren Meeting House, west of Dayton Ohio at 185 South Diamond Mill Rd, New Lebanon, OH (https://goo.gl/maps/GAvzP6HCHk92) about 1/4 mile south of intersection with US Rt 35.

This genuine tribute to a wonderful Sacred Harp couple will be held in an acoustically magic venue. Please come and join us! – John Bealle

Seeing how the Summer is already flying by, I thought it would be efficacious to post some upcoming Shape Note events that you may want to visit during an upcoming day-trip or to incorporate into a longer vacation. For a more extensive list of updates, check out our Google Group site and consider giving us a heads-up on our Facebook group. You’ll find our local meetings listed here.

For starters, how ’bout a singing that has a 167 year history? This was posted by Sarah W. on our Facebook group.

…y’all should consider the Chattahoochee Convention when planning summer trips! Located at Wilson’s Chapel, about an hour outside of Atlanta, the Chattahoochee Convention is the oldest surviving Sacred Harp Convention (having been established in 1852). It takes place on the first Sunday and the Saturday before in August. This year, that will be August 3-4. You can turn it into quite the vacation! The Sacred Harp Museum is in Carrollton, GA, B.F. White is buried in Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, and the Raymond Hamrick collection in the Pitts Theology Library at Emory University contains rare Sacred Harp historical documents and an unparalleled hymnal collection. Also two weeks later is Camp Doremi (7-note camp) in North Carolina! C’mon down y’all! We’ll have a nice dinner on the grounds, grab a glass of lemonade or sweet tea and sing a few tunes!


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chattahoochee_Musical_Convention?

19th Annual Exeter All-Day Singing, Pennsylvania.

Date: Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
(Registration at 9:30 am)
Please join us for the Exeter All-Day Singing to be held at the historic Exeter Friends Meetinghouse, 191 Meetinghouse Road, Douglassville, Pennsylvania. We will sing from the 1991 Denson edition of the Sacred Harp. All are welcome regardless of experience. There is no admission for the event. Loaner books will be available. More.

July 6-7 103rd Henagar Union Convention, Liberty Baptist Church, Henagar AL (Directions from Bloomington, IN)

Sounds amazing! 

3rd annual East Kentucky Double All-Day Singing

Join us in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains for our 3rd annual East Kentucky Double All-Day Singing! This full weekend includes singing Saturday from the Sacred Harp (1991) with dinner on the grounds of the Calvary Campus, and Sunday from Sacred Selections (a 7-shape mountain gospel book) with dinner on the grounds of the historic Hemphill Community Center.

And while you’re here, enjoy local opportunities to experience live old time and bluegrass music, traditional mountain dancing, more home-cooked food than you can imagine, and an Old Regular Baptist communion service with lined-out hymnody. Housing/location/travel details.

Aldridge Memorial:


Sunday, June 9th 2019. Aldridge Memorial – Pleasant Hill Church (Johnson School House), Fayette County AL, on Hwy 44, Old Fayette Road. Info: Elene Stovall, Bridget Kennedy or Joan Aldridge.

Where are you headed? Let us know here.

We usually go up to sing at the Indiana State Fair around mid-August. Stay tuned for details…

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