About the Berks Sacred Harp Singers

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Oliver Kindig-Stokes leads 522 “Ye Heedless Ones” at the 2014 Exeter All-Day Singing –  courtesy of Rachel Hall’s AmericanRootsFYS film series (click on image to view film)

The Berks Sacred Harp Singers first began as a small in-home singing group in the 1990’s, and eventually moved to their present home in the rustic Exeter Friends Meeting house in rural Berks County, Pennsylvania.  Local singers welcome visitors from other singings to drop in whenever they are in the area.

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A Regular Exeter Sunday Evening Singing – photo courtesy of Rachel Hall’s AmericanRootsFYS film series (click on image to view film)

Berks Sacred Harp hosts two major annual events: the Exeter All-Day singing on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend, and the Maiden Creek All-Day singing on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.  In addition, the group meets twice monthly on the third and fourth Sundays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for regular practice singings.  Newcomers are welcome, and may either choose to simply sit and listen, or may join directly in the singing.  Loaner books are always available, and experienced singers will gladly offer their support.  There is no cost to participate, but free-will offerings are gratefully accepted.

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Group organizer Ted Stokes leads 336 “Eternal Home” – Photo courtesy of Rachel Hall’s AmericanRootsFYS film series

For more information, please contact:

Ted Stokes: 610-689-4083 or edwardbstokes@gmail.com

Driving directions:

The Exeter Friends Meeting house is located at 191 Meeting House Road in  Douglassville, PA 19518, near the junction of Boone and Meeting House Roads in Exeter Township.

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From Reading: Take 422-East through Exeter & through the Rte. 345 intersection (formerly the northern extension of Rte. 82), with Birdsboro on the right. Ease into the left lane & turn left approximately ¼ mile past the Rte. 345 intersection. Cross 422 West on Daniel Boone Road and continue 2.1 miles (past Daniel Boone Homestead & past Old Tulpehocken Rd. on the left). Cross narrow one-lane bridge and turn left onto Meeting House Road. The Meeting house is ¼ mile up the hill on the right.

From Pottstown: Take Rt. 422-West approximately  8 miles through Monacacy and through the Limekiln intersection. The right turn onto Daniel Boone Road is about a mile up the hill on the right [traffic light]. Continue 2.1 miles (past Daniel Boone Homestead & past Old Tulpehocken Road on the left). Cross narrow one-lane bridge and turn left on Meeting House Road. The Meeting house is ¼ mile up the hill on the right.

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Yellow swallowtail butterfly landing next to the Meeting house for an early evening feeding – Photo courtesy of Berks singer Theresa Rodriguez

 “Creatures with all their endless race
Thy pow’r and praise proclaim…”
~ Isaac Watts 1719 (Cobb #313b)