First observe of how many Notes compass the Tune is. Next, the place of your first Note; and how many Notes above & below that: so as you may begin the Tune of your first Note as the rest may be sung in the compass of your and the peoples voices, without Squeaking above, or Grumbling below.

Plan ahead.

August’s Brooklyn singing (Second Sunday, that’s August 12) will be followed by ice cream social unless weather prevents — that is, if my apartment is not TOO hot. Hot, okay, just not TOO hot. I’ll have some fairly basic flavors and many things to put under, in, and over them. Also wine, cider, beer, probably a specialty drink (there’s something with watermelon juice and elderflower liqueur that sounds intriguing) and Coke. Someone, please drink this Coke.

September’s BK singing (9/9) is the last monthly before the All-Day. Is anyone (particularly new singers) interested in a lesson or discussion session on convention etiquette?

Between these two events falls the always-delightful Maidencreek (Pennsylvania) singing on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend: September 1 this year.  Our All-Day is the Saturday before the third Sunday in September: September 15. It’ll be at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights, the same location as last year’s.


Schedule changes for April 2018 updated

There won’t be an Upper East Side (Manhattan) singing on the third Sunday of the month because (many of) the New York singers are decamping to New Haven for their always-excellent All-Day Singing. You can too: The 7:02 out of GCT gets there really early, the 8:02 a little late. Or you can go to Providence, RI, on Saturday for their All-Day and meet us in NH on Sunday. Twice the fun!

Also note that the Midweek singing on April 11 will be at Ch. of the Ascension, Fifth Avenue and 11th St., and the location of the April 18 Midweek is not yet known.

UPDATE: The April 25 Midweek will be a house singing at Aldo’s. We are turning over the idea of a Fifth Weekend singing, possibly including the Northern Harmony; stay tuned (so to speak).

Manhattan Singing Changes for March 2018

So the third Sunday Manhattan Singing, more usually known as the Upper East Side singing, will be: held on Saturday instead of Sunday; at Ascension on Eleventh and Fifth rather than at Epiphany; at 2:00 instead of 1:30; and will feature a Beginners’ Singing School (if there are any beginners, at least). But otherwise, just as usual!


Blame Shakespeare, not politics. Second Sunday in Brooklyn is on, though, Nov. 13.

October 2016 singings in New York City

Late on this (as on much else). Second Sunday in BK as usual; Wednesday singing October 12 will have to move, location not yet discovered so watch your emails and the NYC singing FB page; Third Sunday at Epiphany as far as I know; Christian Harmony sendoff party on the 22nd courtesy Mary Ellen as regular Menno House meetings will be on hiatus for the holiday months of November and December and Keystone conflict in January. (But look out for a supplementary seven-shape house singing some time in those three months.) Out of town: New York State singing in Ithaca, Oct. 15-16; Sadsbury (PA) Cooper Book singing Saturday Oct. 22.

September 2016 NYC singings

Coming up this week, the Brooklyn singing (Sept. 11 at 2, St Paul’s Carroll Gardens) — bring your blue and tan books if you have them, as we sometimes are a loaner or two short. Help me carry the loaners back to my house afterwards and be rewarded by the sangria promised last month but deferred because of the heat (please, please let it be less hot this month!). Of course we need the loaners for —

THE NEW YORK CITY ALL-DAY SINGING on Saturday, September 17. 9:30 to 3:30 at Middle Collegiate Church on East Seventh Street (enter just off Second Avenue). See the NYC Sacred Harp website or the Facebook event for more details. New York singers, please plan to bring something tasty  for Dinner on the Grounds; see what others have planned here.

The monthly Third Sunday Manhattan singing returns from summer hiatus and will be hosted upstairs at the same location on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2:00.

TODAY, JULY 10: July singing and ice cream social

igloo ice cream

if I lived in an igloo*, would that be cool enough for you, Jon?

I may have omitted mention of the actual singing. 2 to 5 pm at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Clinton & Carroll Streets, Brooklyn. Beware, the southbound F train isn’t stopping at Carroll St., so go past and loop back, or take the 2, 3, or 4 to Borough Hall, or the A or C to Jay St. and walk (or catch the 57 bus along Court St, or the 61 to Columbia St and walk across the highway).

This weekend, in fact, July 10, 2016. I thought we’d have three suggested “sundaes” (of course, mix and match as you like):

AFFOGATO: Over ladyfingers, coffee or vanilla ice cream; coffee; crushed chocolate espresso beans; whipped cream; coffee liqueur

S’MORES: Over graham crackers, vanilla or chocolate ice cream; Marshmallow Fluff; chopped milk chocolate; chocolate sauce. Possibly actual marshmallows, but no open flames, sorry.

TROPICALIA: Over bananas, citrus or berry sorbet; chopped dried pineapple, dried coconut, mango; spiced rum.

Details are subject to change, as the shopping’s not done yet. Please feel free to invite non-singing friends with a fondness for frozen treats to meet us at my place after 5.

*Image from the Los Angeles Public Library: the Igloo Ice Cream Parlor, complete with iceberg and stranded ship; 4302 W. Pico St., 1927.