Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Monthly Singings for October 2016

Here are your East TN Old Harp Shape Note Singings for October 2016. All are invited, tunebooks provided. Website is www.oldharp.org.

Sun. Oct. 2nd, 2 PM, Annual (Since 1921) Valley View Baptist Church Singing, Wears Valley, Sevier Co., TN. From Townsend, TN, turn left or east on Rt. #321 over into Wears Valley. When you pass Headrick Chapel on the right, you will go another 4.4 miles to Valley View Rd. (on right after "s" turn.) Church is .7 mile from Wears Valley Rd., on Valley View Rd. Bruce Wheeler for more info, 865-428-2239.

Sunday, Oct. 9th, 6:30 pm, Epworth Monthly Singing at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave., Knoxville, TN. Claudia Dean at 865-673-5822.

Sunday, Oct. 16th, 2 PM, Annual Dollywood Singing, in Pigeon Forge, TN. Show your New Harp of Columbia tunebook for free entry. For more info, David Sarten, 865-428-0874.

Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 6 PM Old College Monthly Harp Singing, McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, 522 West Madison Ave., Athens, TN. For info: Museum, 423-745-0329, or Cora Sweatt at 423 745-0248

Tuesday, Oct. 18th, 7 PM Sevier County Monthly Old Harp Singing, Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Rd., Pigeon Forge, TN. David Sarten at 865 428-0874.

Sun. Oct.23rd, 2 PM, Annual Maryville College Singing, Center for Campus Ministry, Maryville, TN. Park at Fayerweather Hall. Tom Taylor for more info, 865-984-8585.

Sunday, Oct. 30th, 3 PM, Franklin Monthly Old Harp Singing, Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 210 N. Main St., Greeneville, TN. Jeff Farr at 423 639-8211.

Coming up in November:  

Holiday Homecoming, Great Smoky Mts. Heritage Museum, Saturday, November 19, 2:00-3:00PM.  We will sing in the auditorium.  Free  admission to the Museum is also included. Our group will receive a stipend.
Directions:  Follow Hyw. 321 to Townsend.  Go through the traffic light in Townsend and follow signs towards Cades Cove.  The Museum is on the RIGHT ontop of the hill and very well marked before you enter the Park. Robin Goddard for info:865-982-6148.

Wednesday, Nov. 23rd, 6:30 PM, 10th Annual Larry Olszewski Memorial Singing and Thanksgiving Eve DOG

Tina Becker 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Monthly Singings for September 2016

Sun. Sept. 4th, 2 PM, Annual Wears Valley United Methodist Church Singing, Wears Valley, Sevier Co., TN.  From Townsend, TN, turn left or east on Rt. #321 over into Wears Valley.  The Methodist Church is about 10 miles on the left.  Bruce Wheeler for more info, 865-428-2239.

Sunday, September 11, 5:30PM --UT's Music of Appalachia Class taught by Sean McCollough will be our guests for a potluck at 5:30PM followed by singing 6:30-8:00PM.  It's held at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave., Knoxville, TN.  Please plan on attending!  We need salads, simple casseroles, vegetables, etc.  We also need singers!  For more info, Claudia Dean at 865-673-5822.

Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 5 PM  Old College Monthly Harp Singing, McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, 522 West Madison Ave., , Athens, TN  Cora Sweatt at 423 745-0248.
Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 7 PM Sevier County Monthly Old Harp Singing, Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Rd., Pigeon Forge, TN.  David Sarten at 865 428-0874.

Sun. Sept. 25th, 10 am to 3 pm, Annual Headrick Chapel Singing and Dinner on the Grounds at Noon.  Wears Valley in Sevier County, TN.  From Townsend, TN, take the turn onto Rt. #321, east to the Sevier Co. line.  One hundred yards past is the Chapel, on the right.  David Sarten 865-428-0874 or Bruce Wheeler 865-428-2239.

Saturday, July 23, 2016


Robin Goddard leads a group of shape note singers at the Little Greenbrier School House on July 17 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. According to the National Park Service’s Smokies Guide, the singers are continuing a tradition in which mountain people learned the rudiments of music through the use of shape notes.
published by PAUL EFIRD in KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL  July 23, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016


Monthly Singings for August 2016

August 11-14, Camp Do Re Mi, Little Switzerland, NC. Singing School Camp. Filled.

NO Monthly Epworth Old Harp Singing,  Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave., Knoxville, TN. Claudia at 865-673-5822.

Sunday, August. 21st, 2:00 - 4 PM, Yes, 2:00, Cades Cove Primitive Baptist Church, Great Smoky Mtn. Nat'l Park, TN.  From Knoxville, TN, take Alcoa Hwy. past the McGhee Tyson Airport and take the left fork into Alcoa.  Stay on this road as you enter Maryville and continue on #321S to Townsend.  Continue straight through Townsend into the National Park.  At the fork of the river (the "Y"), turn right to Cades Cove.  The Cades Cove Ranger Station has the last non-primitive facilities before you return from the singing.  Take the Cades Cove Loop, and the Primitive Baptist Church is the first church on the left, you travel down a short road to get to it, last year there was a sign for the singing.  Add one hour to the travel time due to tourist traffic jams.  For more info, Robin Goddard at 865-982-6148 or Tom Taylor at 865-984-8585.

Tuesday, Aug. 16th, 5 PM  Old College Monthly Harp Singing, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 123 S. Jackson St., Athens, TN  Cora Sweatt at 423 745-0248.

Tuesday, Aug. 16th, 7 PM Sevier County Monthly Old Harp Singing, Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Rd., Pigeon Forge, TN.  David Sarten at 865 428-0874.

Sunday, Aug. 28th, 3 PM, Franklin Monthly Old Harp Singing, Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 210 N. Main St., Greeneville, TN.  Jeff Farr at 423 639-8211.

Tina Becker, alto

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Monthly Singings for June 2016
Here are your JUNE 2016 Old Harp Shape Note Singings for East Tennessee.  All are invited, tunebooks are provided, and it's free!  Website is www.oldharp.org.

Saturday, June 4th, 10 AM- 3 PM  Greeneville/Franklin Annual Old Harp Singing, New Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Greeneville, TN  37743.  Potluck at noon.  Bring a dish to share. Directions from Knoxville: Take I-40E towards Asheville, at exit 421, take I-81 north toward Bristol.  Take exit 30, turning right onto TN-70, go 7.5 miles.  Turn right onto Cox Rd., church is on the right.  For info, contact Jeff Farr at 423-620-8267.  

Sunday, June 12th, 6:30  Epworth Monthly Old Harp Singing at Laurel Theater.

Tuesday, June 21st, 5 PM Old College Monthly Harp Singing, McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, 522 West Madison Ave., Athens, TN. For info: Museum, 423-745-0329, Cora Sweatt at 423 745-0248.

Tuesday, June 21st, 7 PM Sevier County Monthly Old Harp Singing, Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Rd., Pigeon Forge, TN.  David Sarten at 865 428-0874.

Sunday, June 26th, 12 PM Annual Beech Grove Primitive Baptist Church Dinner and Singing. Sevier County, TN.  From Pigeon Forge heading toward Gatlinburg on Rt.#441, take the first right onto Caney Creek Rd.  Look for a sign for the church.  It is two miles or so on the left.  Bring a dish to share, for more info, Sharee Green, 865-654-3557.

CANCELED Sunday, June 26th, 3 PM, Franklin Monthly Old Harp Singing, Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 210 N. Main St., Greeneville, TN.  Jeff Farr at 423 639-8211.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Monthly Singings for May 2016

Here are your May 2016 Old Harp Shape Note Singings for East Tennessee.  All are invited, tunebooks are provided, and it's free!  Website is www.oldharp.org. Please note a couple of changes.

Sunday, May 1st, 2 PM, Sevier County Annual Old Harp Singing, Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Rd., Pigeon Forge, TN.  David Sarten at 865 428-0874.  Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, Mother's Day, May 8th 6:30 PM Monthly Epworth Singing at the Laurel Theater, 16th and Laurel Ave., Knoxville, TN.  Claudia at 865-673-5822.

Tuesday, Mar. 17th, 5 PM Old College Monthly Harp Singing, McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, 522 West Madison Ave.,  Athens, TN  Cora Sweatt at 423 745-0248Cora Sweatt at 423-745-0248.

Tuesday, May 17th, 7 PM Sevier County Monthly Old Harp Singing, Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Rd., Pigeon Forge, TN.  David Sarten at 865 428-0874. 

Wilderness Wildlife Week, LeConte Convention Center, 2986 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN. Singing School: Thursday May 19, 3:15-5:15 pm, South 3
Old Harp Singing: Sunday May 22, 2-3:30 pm, LeConte Hall Stage

The singing school is open to up to 30 students, so we need a good showing of regular singers to assist, especially with lead where we seem to always be thin.  Come help with the school (and singing).  Bring loaner books as well.

Other items of interest involving fellow harp singers at WWW, may be others I missed:

Judy Bryant, “900 Miles and Then Some: A Hiking Journal” 5/18, 2-3 pm, North 2
Wilson Family Singers, 5/19, 5-6 pm, LeConte Hall Stage
Robin Goddard, “The Walker Sisters of Little Greenbrier” 5/20, 10-11 am, Greenbrier Hall B
Robin Goddard, “Portrayal of Maymie Grimes Hill, Principal of Smoky Mountain Baptist Academy” 5/20,3-4 pm, Greenbrier Hall A
Veta King and Dwight McCarter, “Mountain Memories” 5/20, 5:15-6:15 pm, Greenbrier Hall B
Whaley family singers 6-7 pm on 5/20, Greenbrier Hall C
 
 Sunday, May 29, 3 PM, Franklin Monthly Old Harp Singing, Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 201 N. Main St., Greeneville, TN. Jeff Farr at 423 639-8211

Friday, March 25, 2016

Monthly Singings for April 2016

Here are your April Old Harp Shape Note Singings for East Tennessee.  All are welcome, loaner tunebooks are provided, and it's free.  Website with schedule is www.oldharp.org.  
 
Sunday, Apr. 10th, 2 PM, Tuckaleechee United Methodist Church Singing, Townsend, TN, contact Tom Taylor at 865-984-8585. From Knoxville, take Alcoa Hwy, (Rt. 129) past McGee Tyson Airport.  Go left at the fork.  In Maryville, stay on Rt. 321 to Townsend (20+ miles). Turn right at the billboard saying Tuckaleechee Caverns.  The church is a mile on the left.  John Wright Dunn was the moderator until his death. 

No Epworth (Knoxville) Second Sunday Singing this month, since there's a singing, details above, on the same day.
Tuesday, Apr. 15th, 5 PM Old College Monthly Harp Singing, McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, 522 West Madison Ave.,  Athens, TN  Cora Sweatt at 423 745-0248.

Tuesday, Apr. 15th, 7 PM Sevier County Monthly Old Harp Singing, Middle Creek United Methodist Church, 1828 Middle Creek Rd., Pigeon Forge, TN.  David Sarten at 865 428-0874.

  
Sunday, April 24th, 3 PM, Franklin Monthly Old Harp Singing, Greeneville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 201 N. Main St., Greeneville, TN. Jeff Farr at 423 639-8211

TentativeTuesday April 26Appalachian Cultural Day at Pigeon Forge Primary School, 1766 Walden’s Creek Rd, Sevierville, TN 37876.  It is about 0.5 miles off of Wears Valley Road in Pigeon Forge.

While we do not have the schedule yet we expect it to be similar to past years where we start singing around 9:30 AM and sing for about 30 minutes for each of five classes.  We typically end by mid-afternoon with lunch provided by the school.  We will send out a reminder closer to the date with the actual schedule and more detail. David Sarten at 865-428-0874.

TentativeApril 27th from 3:30-4:30  Sing at Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, TN 
This would be for a group known as The Retired Experiment Station Directors.  They are a regional (Southeast, I think.) group of retired university deans/directors.  They are having their meeting in Knoxville this year.  One of their “outings” is to tour the heritage center in Townsend and take in the history of the area. Contact Joe Sarten: jsarten@utk.edu.

Thank you,

Tina Becker, alto