2017 Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention

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

March 11 and 12, 2017
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. 

Convention Officers

Lodging

Housing is available with local singers! Use this form to request host housing. (Local singers, please use this form to offer space to traveling 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: From Northampton, you can take the B48 bus that leaves from the Academy of Music on Main Street and drops you off at Holyoke Transportation Center on Maple Street, right across from Veteran's Park. 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. The very first busses of the morning on Saturday and Sunday arrive in Holyoke at 9:30am, just in time.

See an extensive list of 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.