The 2016 Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention will be held March 12 and 13 at Holyoke City Hall in Holyoke, MA.
More information coming soon. In the meantime, details from last year's convention are below.
2015 WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS SACRED HARP SINGING CONVENTION
Gateway City Arts, 92 Race Street, Holyoke, MA
March 7th and 8th, 2015
10:00am to 3:30pm
Please note that this year's convention will take place at a new location and will start at 10AM on both days.
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! Free -- No experience necessary -- Come and go as you please. Dinner on the grounds at noon both days.
- Convention Chair: Sasha Hsuczyk, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Convention Vice-Chair: Mike Nord, email@example.com
- Convention Secretary: Cheri Hardy, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Host Housing: Sheila Butcher Kelly, email@example.com
- WMSHC, Inc., P.O. Box P.O. Box 633, Northampton, MA 01061-0633
Homewood Suites by Hilton Holyoke
357 Whitney Ave, Holyoke, MA
Quality Inn and Suites
117 Conz St, Northampton, MA
259 Elm St, Northampton, MA
Hampton Inn Hadley-Amherst Area
24 Bay Road, Hadley, Massachusetts, USA 01035
See an extensive list of public transportation options. Contact the Convention Chair for advice on who to contact in their home singing community to arrange carpools.
From Northampton, you can take the B48 bus that leaves from the Academy of Music on Main Street and then drops you off at Holyoke Transportation Center on Maple Street, right across from Veteran's Park. From there it is a half a block over, take a left on Dwight Street, and then right on Race Street - Gateway City Arts should be right there! It is about an 8 minute walk. The very first busses of the morning on Saturday and Sunday arrive in Holyoke at 9:30 am, just in time.
There is free street parking on Race Street as well as surrounding streets. Additionally, there is garage parking nearby on Dwight Street.
There will be a Friday night singing from the Shenandoah Harmony at the First Congregational Church of Hadley on March 6th from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Get more information at the Shenandoah Harmony singing Facebook page.