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University of Georgia

State Botanical Gardens, Athens, Georgia

February 27, 2000

The twenty-seventh session of the Social Harp and Sacred Harp singing was held at the Visitor Center of the State Botanical Gardens, Athens, Georgia on the fourth Sunday in February.

The Social Harp” by John G. McCurry was first published in 1855 and was reprinted by the University of Georgia Press in 1973. “The Social Harp” is used in the morning session and “The Sacred Harp” is used in the afternoon session.

John Garst called the class to order at 10:30 a.m. with song on page 101. Morning prayer was led by John Hollingsworth.

The business session was held with the following officers re-elected: Chairman: John Garst; Vice Chairman—John Hollingsworth; Secretary—Charlene Wallace; Arranging Committee—Lee Rogers and Judy Mincey.

John Hollingsworth led song on page 190. Leaders: Lee Rogers 44; Judy Mincey 135; Charlene Wallace 27; Hugh McGraw 78; Henry Zittrouer 66, 30; Karen Morris 27b, 98; John Plunkett 195, 188; Berkley Moore 161b, 21; Liz Bryant 60, 182.


The class was called together with John Garst leading song on page 187. Leaders: Don Bowen 209; Sharon Kellam 216, 87; Andy Anderson 129; Margie Dietz 119; Tim Meeks 229, 163; Earlis McGraw 158; Kelly Morris 156; Billy Hollingsworth 79b; Ted Mercer 53; Martha Ann Stegar 38; Richard DeLong 154; Tom McGraw 76; Richard Johnson 176; Bruce King 237; Angelia Benton 86.


The afternoon session was called to order by John Hollingsworth leading song on page 49. Leaders: Sharon Hamrick 276, 306; Kevin Kelly 442; Raymond Hamrick 369.

John Garst requested Hugh McGraw to lead “Tender Hearted Christian” by William Walker, 1846. It was recorded to be played at a music conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

Leaders: John Plunkett 541; Sharon Kellam 37; Richard DeLong 308; Andy Anderson 542; Earlis McGraw 163; Margie Dietz 294; Don Bowen 45; Angelia Benton 358; Billy Hollingsworth 551; Judy Mincey 540; Kelly Morris 147; Ann Roberts 182; Henry Zittrouer 270; Liz Bryant and Lynn Bryant 142; Tom McGraw 480; Martha Ann Stegar 200, 70; Bruce King 183; Berkley Moore 209.

Announcements were made. John Garst led song on page 62 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer led by Chaplain John Hollingsworth.

Chairman—John Garst; Vice Chairman—John Hollingsworth; Secretary—Charlene Wallace.