Convention

Please join us in Portland on Saturday and Sunday, October 15-16 for the Oregon session of the 2022 Pacific Northwest Sacred Harp Convention! Registration opens at 9 am, where we will be checking proof of negative antigen test (see Covid policy below). We will sing from the 1991 Sacred Harp 9:30-3:00 both days, with dinner on the grounds at noon. Loaner books will be available.

Venue

The Laurelhurst Club, 3721 SE Ankeny St, Portland OR. The venue is fully accessible via a ramp from the sidewalk, and there is plenty of nearby on-street parking.

Singing School

There will be a Singing School on "Leading with Intent" Friday night (Oct 14) taught by long-time singer and teacher Jonathon Smith. We will gather at the Kennedy School Community Room (in the SE corner of the building) at 5736 NE 33rd Ave. Doors at 6:30, singing school from 7:00 to 8:30. Beverages and food are available at the Kennedy school, but if you need to eat a full meal please plan to do so before or after the event. Please be prepared to show proof of vaccination and a same-day negative covid test to attend.

We will have a social on Saturday evening. There will also be a social on Sunday featuring local band the Waysiders. More info about these socials will be shared at the singing.

Housing

Please direct inquiries about staying with local singers to Thom at poshhousingcommittee@gmail.com, the sooner the better. There are also numerous AirBnB's within walking distance; search in the Belmont/Sunnyside, Laurelhurst, and Kerns neighborhoods. Your best hotel options are the Aloft, Holiday Inn Express, and Residence Inn at the airport (PDX), all modern hotels adjacent to MAX light rail stations that are a single easy transfer away from The Laurelhurst Club.

Childcare

We are planning to have a supervised play area for kids in the upstairs mezzanine of the Laurelhurst Club on Saturday and Sunday! RSVPs and a willingness to be available to your children throughout the day are appreciated.

COVID Protocols

The plan is to sing indoors with optional masking, and singers should be fully vaccinated including boosters. We will have windows open in the singing venue for cross-ventilation, and we will be using a CO2 monitor, which is a good proxy for ventilation efficiency. We will also be asking people to take an antigen test twice during the weekend - once on Friday evening or Saturday morning depending on whether you attend the Singing School, and again on Sunday morning. Please plan to bring two tests per attendee (all ages) if you are visiting us from afar. Please test yourself at your home/accommodation before leaving for the Singing, and snap a picture of the negative test result with your phone. We will also have some tests available at the door if you forget yours or if you have difficulty procuring tests. We will post a detailed update to these protocols in the days leading up to the Convention. Thank you for cooperating with this policy to keep us all safe.

For more information contact Emma at poshchair@gmail.com

OK then, we hope to see y'all there!