Washington has two weekends each year that are fully devoted to Sacred Harp singing, and two Saturday-only All-Day Singings; Oregon has two weekends, and a Saturday-only Singing. [See Oregon's website under Related Websites for details.] We've also a Saturday-only Singing that meets in Washington but is organized by Oregon.
All-Day Singing doors generally open to attendees at 9:00 a.m., and singing starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. There is a potluck meal at noon, called "Dinner-on-the-Ground", (see under "Guides & Tutorials" for more) and singing resumes at 1:00 p.m. Things wrap up about 2:30 or 3:00 p.m. each day. There is no admission charged (though a freewill offering is collected to pay the rent for the venue and the miscellaneous expenses of putting on the event), and anyone may wander in off the street to join us. Songbooks are available for loan, and for sale. There are also usually singing-related items for sale. Travellers are invited to arrange for housing with local singers - email us (see below).
The Pacific NW Convention-Washington will meet in 2017 at the Ballard Homestead, 6541 Jones Ave NW, Seattle 98117. Incoming Chair is Clarissa Fetrow, and Rising Chair is Kate Coxon. This is a Denson Book convention. [explanation: the Pacific NW Convention has two sessions, one in the Fall and one in the Spring.] In 2017 for general questions send email to chair@PacificNWSacredHarpSingers.org and if you need to find housing with a local singer send email to conventionhousing@PacificNWSacredHarpSingers.org
Portland Double-All-Day met in 2015 at The Little Church, 5138 NE 23rd Ave. On Saturday the Denson book is used, and on Sunday The Christian Harmony is used.
The Mount Rainier Cooper Book Singing (on Saturday) and The Willard Birthday Singing (on Sunday) will meet in 2017 at the Buckley Hall, 127 N River Rd, Buckley, WA 98321. There is a Social on the Saturday evening at the Willard-Hallock home on the outskirts of Buckley. On Saturday and Sunday the Cooper book is used, and on Sunday is added the Willard Hymnary (available at the singing). Kathy Vlach and Karen Willard are co-chairs.
The Vancouver B.C. All-Day Singing will meet in 2016 at Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, 1803 East 1st Ave, Vancouver BC Canada on October 1. Doors open at 9:00 am and the day ends at 3:00 pm. Freewill offering, Dinner on the Ground. This is a Denson Book singing.
The Pacific NW Convention-Oregon will meet in 2017 at the Laurelhurst Club, 3721 SE Ankeny St, Portland OR on the 3rd Sunday and Saturday before in October. This is a Denson Book convention. [explanation: the Pacific NW Convention has two sessions, one in the Fall and one in the Spring.]
The Alaska Sacred Harp Convention will meet in 2015 at Sitka, Alaska. There is often (but not always) a Singing School on the Friday early evening, with all-day Singing on Saturday and a Social on Saturday evening. This is a Denson Book convention. If you arrive in town on Thursday, singers are often interviewed that evening on the local radio station; Friday often has whale watching; and there are tons of hiking possibilities.
The all-day singing in Olympia is tied to the academic calendar of Evergreen State College, and thus changes every year. In 2017 it will be held on Saturday, March 11, at The Woman's Club, 1002 Washington St SE, Olympia, WA 98501. This is a Denson Book Singing.
Questions? Email us at PNWSHS@PacificNWsacredharpsingers.org