I had been looking forward to tonight for a few weeks. Ages ago, my friend Katie had mentioned that she was interested in joining a shape note singing group. She described it as the music featured in the movie Cold Mountain . Anyhoo... I am no longer a member of the knitters or weavers guild, so I've been looking for something interesting to do. Tonight was the monthly meeting of the local group. So tonight, despite the temperature approaching zero and winter storm advisories, I drove an hour to East Aurora and joined the group. It was kind of challenging to learn the music symbols and new (to me) songs, but I haven't had such a good time since I can remember. The picture above is an example of the sheet music used in shape note singing.