2018 Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention

War Memorial Building, 310 Appleton Street, Holyoke, MA 01040

March 10 and 11, 2018
10:00am to 3:30pm

 

The Sacred Harp, continuously in print since 1844, is the backbone of one of this country's oldest, most vital, and soul-stirring musical traditions. You have to sing it to believe it! The convention is free, and beginners are welcome! We'll have books available to borrow. Come and go as you please!

We'll have dinner on the grounds at 12:30pm both days, and a social on Saturday evening at the home of a local singer.

There will be a pre-convention singing on Friday evening, 7-9pm, in the sanctuary at First Churches (129 Main Street, Northampton, MA).

The War Memorial Building and the First Churches Sanctuary are both wheelchair accessible. There will be childcare offered on Saturday and Sunday.

Convention Officers

Lodging

Housing is available with local singers! Questions? Email wmshc.housing@gmail.com

Other lodging options:

Homewood Suites by Hilton Holyoke
357 Whitney Ave, Holyoke, MA
413-532-3100

Quality Inn and Suites
117 Conz St, Northampton, MA
413-586-1500

Autumn Inn
259 Elm St, Northampton, MA
866-539-8430

Hampton Inn Hadley-Amherst Area
24 Bay Road, Hadley, Massachusetts, USA 01035
413-586-4851

Transportation

Driving: Get directions to the War Memorial building. There is ample parking in the 2 lots diagonally across the street from the building (but not the McDonald's lot directly across the way). Street parking is also available and free on weekends. 

Public Transit: PVTA busses serve the cities and towns surrounding Holyoke. See below for bus options from various departure points to the Holyoke Transportation Center on Maple Street, across from Veteran's Park. Arriving at the HTC, facing the park, turn left onto Maple Street and walk about 3 blocks. The War Memorial Building will be on your right, just after the intersection with Appleton Street. It's about a 6 minute walk.

From Northampton, take the B48 bus that leaves every hour starting at 9:00am on weekends from the Academy of Music on Main Street, arriving at the Holyoke Transportation Center in 30 minutes.

From Amherst or South Hadley (UMass, Amherst Common, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke), the R29 bus leaves from Haigis Mall at UMass at 9am and arrives at the Holyoke Transportation Center at 9:50am.

From Union Station in Springfield, the P21E leaves every hour, starting at 9:05am, arriving at the Holyoke Transportation Center within 30 minutes.

If the return schedule does not match up with your needs, please ask for ride assistance at the convention welcoming table.

See more public transportation options to and within Western Massachusetts. Contact the Convention Chair for advice on who to contact in your home singing community to arrange carpools.