The thirty-fourth annual all-day Oxford Sacred Harp singing will be held on Sunday, March 9, 2014, beginning at 9:45 am sharp, at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center, corner of University Avenue and South 14th Street in Oxford. Those coming to Oxford from the east on U.S. highway 278 (also known as highway 6) will exit for Downtown Oxford (South Lamar Boulevard), turn right and proceed one half-mile north, to the first stoplight. Turn right on University Avenue and go two short blocks. The Powerhouse is on your left, with the large blue water tower behind it. From Memphis or Jackson, take I-55 to Batesville and US 278 (hwy 8) to Oxford, take the Downtown Oxford exit (South Lamar Boulevard), turn left and proceed as above. The building, which is the headquarters of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, looks like a real powerhouse, and there is ample parking in front and on the side street. The entrance is at ground level, no stairs. Please note that March 9 is the first day of daylight savings time.
The singing, which takes place annually on the second Sunday in March, attracting singers from Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and other states, is sponsored by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, and the University of Mississippi department of music. For further information, call Warren Steel at (662) 236-5356 or e-mail email@example.com
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[ Photographs of the 2010 singing (Martha Beverly) ]
The thirty-third annual Oxford Sacred Harp Singing was held in the Powerhouse Community Arts Center on the second Sunday in March. The class was called to order by Warren Steel leading 138b. Earl Ballinger offered the morning prayer. Mark Davis then led 33b and the class entered into a business session. The following officers selected to serve: Chairman: Warren Steel; Vice Chairman: Mark Davis; Secretary: Brenda Chafin; Arranging Committee: Lisa Geist. Leaders: Brenda Chafin 542; Hubert Nall (AL) 566; Angela Myers (AL) 67; Natalie Davis 79; Ann Jett (AL) 269; Tim Cook (AL) 287; John Wall 338; Tracy Neyman 268; Gravis Ballinger (AL) 182; Susan Dickey 274t; Richard Mauldin (AL) 168; Velton Chafin (AL) 506; Earl Ballinger (AL) 177; Judy Caudle (AL) 349; Lisa Davis 334; Stephen Smith (AL) 288; Wanda Capps (AL) 222; Mark Tew 318; Milano Neyman 117.
Warren Steel and Steve Lewis (AR) called the class to order leading 411. Leaders: Chris Ballinger (AL) 84; Hugh Bill McGuire 122 (in memory of Virginia Carter); Dameron Neyman 45t; Arlon Gardner 163t; Jan Murray 285t; Steve Adams (AL) 378t; Jeff Corbett (AR) 66; Kathy Williams (AL) 276; Sarah Tidwell 146; Danny Creel (AL) 475; Bobby Neyman 479; Logan Green (TN) 162; John Van Horn 201. Memorial lesson: Ken Tate read the names of those deceased in the past year: Myrtle Ann Beasley, Harrison Creel, Earnie Jett, Pernie Pelfrey, Charles Creel, Bill Tanner, Virginia Carter, Nellie Davis, Aubrey Enochs, and Julietta Haynes. He then led 347 in memory of the deceased. John Van Horn led 65 for the sick and homebound, including Josie Hyde, W.M. Allen, Stella Pratt and Henry Guthery; he then offered prayer. End of memorial lesson. Leaders: Larry Ballinger (AL) 163b (in memory of Pernie Pelfrey); Glenn Keeton (AL) 86; Holly Ruth Gale (AR) 155; Sarah Beasley (AL) 340; Anthony Graham (AR) 312.
Warren Steel and Jack Barbera called the afternoon session to order leading 57. Other leaders: Seth Holloway (TN) 300; Susie Bishop and Dena Holley 354b; Ken Tate (AL) 85; Matt Bell (TN) 32b; Henry McGuire 543; Julie Heeren (TN) 108t; Devon Newburn and Ben McLemore 47b; Chuck Howell 373; Neil Strickland 174; Stanley Wise 31t; Josh Winslett 77t; Dorothea Maynard (TN) 498 (in memory of Myrtle Ann Beasley); Nikos Pappas (AL) 235; Vicky Neyman 178; Lisa Geist (AL) 528; Ann Jett, Danny Creel and Wanda Capps 512 (in memory of Harrison Creel); Gravis, Earl and Larry Ballinger 472; Tim Cook and Hubert Nall 64; Glenn Keeton and Stephen Smith 504; Kathy Williams, Judy Caudle and Angela Myers 500; Richard Mauldin and Nikos Pappas 232; Ken Tate and Chris Ballinger 111b; Seth Holloway, Dorothea Maynard and Sarah Beasley 319; Brenda and Velton Chafin 192; Hugh Bill and Henry McGuire and Sarah Tidwell 236. Following announcements, Warren Steel led the closing song on 76b, and the class was dismissed with prayer by Sister Susan Karina Dickey.
Chairman - Warren Steel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice-Chairman - Mark Davis,
Secretary - Brenda Chafin
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