Sacred Harp Sing at Landmark ParkMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Apr 03 2017 5:47 PM
The sweet and powerful sounds of Sacred Harp music will fill the air on Saturday, April 15 when the park will host a Sacred Harp sing in the church. The sing will get underway at 10 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. The singers will gather under the spreading branches of a nearby live oak tree to enjoy a traditional dinner on the grounds from noon - 1 p.m. Prior to the sing, there will be a short introduction for visitors unfamiliar with the tradition (also known as Shape Note or Fasola) beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Sacred Harp singing is a nondenominational American tradition that was born out of Colonial “singing schools” whose purpose was to teach beginners how to sing. A Sacred Harp sing is not a performance, but rather a shared experience that emphasizes participation by everyone. For many singers, a Sacred Harp sing not only serves as a community event, but also functions as a religious observance. Singers attending this event may simply show your songbook for free admission to the park. For more information, please contact the park office, 334-794-3452.