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Augusta Sacred Harp Singing

Augusta Old Line Primitive Baptist Church, Martinez, Georgia

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The 4th annual Augusta Sacred Harp Singing was held at Augusta Old Line Primitive Baptist Church, 3646 Old Petersburg Road, Martinez, Georgia, on Saturday before the first Sunday in May. Tom Ivey began the meeting at 9:30 a.m. with a singing school and history. He explained the shaped notes and the four-part harmony sung by Sacred Harp singers. After the lesson and history, Joyce Heath welcomed everyone, and Frank DeBolt offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Joyce Heath 100, 101t; Tom Ivey 313t, 313b; Oscar McGuire 34b, 129; John Gentry 421, 106; Frank DeBolt 569b, 323b; Sharon Strong 551, 38t; Agnes Roberts 155, 358.

RECESS

Joyce Heath brought the class back to order by leading 127. Leaders: Mary Brownlee 47b, 178; Tom Ivey 236; Sharon Strong 512, 524; Agnes Roberts 40, 143; Mary Brownlee 183, 84; David Brodeur 217, 480; Michael Spencer 205, 370; Robert Kelley 275t, 275b; John Plunkett 332, 133. John Plunkett offered the blessing before the noon meal.

LUNCH

Joyce Heath called the class back to order at 1:00 p.m. by leading 318 and 335. Leaders: Oscar McGuire 283, 112; Michael Spencer 216, 354t; Robert Kelley 403, 405; John Plunkett 33b, 271b; Joyce Heath 63, 354b; Tom Ivey 196, 198; Oscar McGuire 276, 344; John Gentry 503, 515; Tom Ivey 267, 192.

The class entered into a business session with the following officers elected to serve: Chairman—Joyce Heath; Vice Chairman—Agnes Roberts; Secretary—Diane Goldman.

Leaders: Oscar McGuire 485; John Gentry 229; Frank DeBolt 142; Sharon Strong 350; Mary Brownlee 556; David Brodeur 107; Michael Spencer 420; Robert Kelley 351; John Brownlee 448t.

Joyce Heath thanked all who attended and helped with this year’s singing. Announcements were made. Oscar McGuire offered the closing prayer, and Joyce Heath led 62 as the closing song. The class was dismissed.

Chairman—Joyce Heath; Vice Chairman—Agnes Roberts; Secretary—Diane Goldman