Since the May meeting of the Damariscotta Area 4th Sunday Sacred Harp Singing Group was canceled, there will be two singings in June in the group’s summer location, St. Paul's Union Chapel on Dutchneck Road.

The first will be Sunday, June 9, from 2 to 5 p.m. This singing will not be followed by the usual potluck supper, but bringing a snack to share during the break is encouraged. The regular singing will take place Sunday, June 23, from 2 to 5 p.m. There will be a potluck meal afterwards for those who would like to bring something to share.

As always, the group welcome beginners, curious friends and passing strangers to join them in song. The singing is primarily from the “The Sacred Harp “ (1991 Denson edition), a shape note tunebook that has been in continuous publication with periodic revisions since 1844. The music consists of hymns, fugue-ing tunes, anthems and other songs in a style rooted in Colonial New England; popular in Maine up until the Civil War; and in areas of the rural South and West up to the present day. Books will be available to borrow or purchase.

For more information, contact Barb Ames at 721-9732 or singing@mainesacredharp.org. Dutchneck Road is off Route 32 south, 2.5 miles from Route 1. Once on Dutchneck, take the left fork when offered; the chapel is about two miles down.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.