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All Day Sing and Dinner Too!

By: Col. Carlis B. Wilson

Tables Under Shade Trees
In the mid to late forties there were some churches in Adair County which were known for having "All Day Singing and Dinner on The Ground. These events had good turn outs and were much enjoyed for their good singers and outstanding country food.

I was very young back then and can't recall the locations or the names of the churches that were involved in these events. I do remember one of the churches had a long row of tables built under the shade trees to the right front of the church for serving the food.

Long Sing And Good Food
There were a good number of singers that showed up for these special times. They started in the morning and went until noon, with a break for the food that was looked forward to as much as the sing. The tables would be covered with a lot of food prepared and brought in by the families that attended the gatherings. After eating and a time of visiting, the afternoon session would begin with more singers. This session would last for about 2-1/2 hours, then there would be time to check out the food again for those good homemade cakes and pies and some more visiting of friends and other family members, before leaving for the day.

All Day Dinner and Singing
These sings were much talked about as to just when and where they would be next. The young mischievous boys would ask from time to time, "When are they going to have another all day dinner and singing on the ground? It seems that they could remember the big dinner with plenty of food best of all.

In Later Years
The church at Antioch would have special sings. Sometime there would be music instructors to present some of the new songs as well as how some of the older ones were sung. I can almost hear some of those with their outstanding singing. I attended all of the churches in the community with my relatives, but the Antioch church seems to be the most remembered.


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