This past weekend was the Western Mass Sacred Harp Convention, held every March in Northampton, Massachusetts since...I don't know...1999? Western MA is where I grew up, and where I started singing, so it'll always have a place in this loud hymn-singing heart of mine.
Here's our pal, Jonathon, leading a tune (page 189, Montgomery) at this convention a few years ago. Incidentally, today is Jonathon's birthday. Wee!
We weren't able to attend this year, and it's a shame because this is the first year they've held the annual convention at their regular weekly singing location instead of at the Center for the Arts. Pretty neat. It must have felt almost like having an weekend-long convention in your living room. I'm really enjoying going through everyone's photos and videos of the singing.
Not to be outdone... the North Country Monthly Singing will be this coming Saturday! Beware the Ides of March!
That's right... this Saturday, March 15th
6 - 9 pm at WREN921
921 Main Street
Berlin, NH 03581
Come with your voice and a snack to share. We will teach you what you need to know if you've not sung this music before.
And THEN! In April we're hoping to make it to the Portland, Maine monthly singing. They sing on the first Sundays of the month, so it looks like we'll be headed their way on Sunday, April 6th. You'll join us, right?