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New York State Sacred Harp Convention

Ithaca, New York

October 13-14, 2000

Friday, October 13

The twelfth annual New York State Convention was held at the Bethel Grove Community Building, Ithaca, New York, on Friday and Saturday before the third Sunday in October. The Friday evening session was called to order by Eric Bean leading song on page 34b.

The class organized by electing or appointing the following officers: Chairman—Eric Bean; Vice Chair—Juanita Heyerman; Secretaries—Thom Metzger and Donna Abrahams; Arranging Committee—Barbara Swetman and Gina Balestracci; Chaplain—Cuba Ray.

Leaders: Barbara Swetman 31b; Thom Metzger 200; Ginny Huszagh 474; George Seiler 183; Laura Densmore 350; Paula McGray 36b; Laura Timmerman 146; Pat Geritz 47t; Richard Schmeidler 66; Denise Morris 524; Mary Kay Friday 38b; Stephanie Levy 178; Bernard Collard 479; Eileen Metzger 114; Michael Kaye 163b; Ginnie Ely 328; Tom Tucker 42; Mary Ann Morrison 228; Bob Parr 131t; Roland Hutchinson 446.


The class reassembled with Eric Bean leading song on page 148. Leaders: Jean Seiler 273; Dan Hertzler 189; Cathy Tucker 344; Gina Balestracci 419; Donna Abrahams 532; Ernie Blake 163t; Tim Wheeler 30b; Hal Kunkel 333; Deanna Anderson 106; Anne Kazlauskas 110; Hugh Anderson 40; Guy Bankes 327; Hinton family 81t; Nancy Crawford 335; Juanita Heyerman 122; Scott Luscombe 315; Dennis Leipold 475; Jim Ulrich 497; Eric Bean 260; Bernard Collard 362; Tom Tucker 510; Mary Kay Friday 147b; Donna Abrahams 209; Thom Metzger 383; Cathy Tucker 236.

Ginny Huszagh led the closing prayer.

Saturday, October 14

The class reassembled with Eric Bean leading song on page 46.

Eric Bean began the singing school by leading 49b and continued with 87, 294, 155, 178, 268, and 48t.


Eric Bean continued the singing school by leading song on page 45t. Singing school leaders then instructed the class with the following songs: Denise Morris 128; Paula McGray 73t; Ginnie Ely 38b, 47b, 155, 445; Eric Bean 46, 480. Barbara Swetman gave the blessing.


The afternoon session was called together with Eric Bean leading song on page 217. Leaders: Juanita Heyerman 159; Jim Ulrich 168; Barbara Swetman 203; Diane Mennella 314; Stephanie Levy 497; Mary Kay Friday 91; Bradford West 426b; Donna Abrahams 474; Margaret Bornick 442; Hugh Anderson 551; Kelly House 475; Ginny Huszagh 220; Cathy Tucker 385b; Ronald Bornick 186; Denise Morris 506; Dennis Leipold 384; Laura Timmerman 235b; Jean Seiler 222; Richard Schmeidler 147t; Nancy Crawford 229; Dan Hertzler 503; Ellie Soler 277; Laura Densmore 408; Gina Balestracci 182.


The singing resumed with Eric Bean leading song on page 569 (t? b?). Leaders: Bob Parr 496; Deanna Anderson 481.

Bernard Collard of the United Kingdom gave the memorial lesson and told an intriguing story illustrating the importance of death as a way out of this world and into the next.

Laura Densmore read the names of the deceased, and Dan Hertzler led song on page 30b in remembrance of: Marie Aldridge, Rosa Hughes, Virgil Phillips, and Ruby Phillips—Alabama; Susan Garber—Connecticut; Dollie Hudgins—Georgia; Kathy Benforado—Massachusetts; Bennet Hertzler—New Mexico; George Berger, Pamela Carson, Karen Hamilton, Karen House, Matt Savoie, and Linda Wolkenbreit—New York; Bill Ackerman—Vermont.

Guy Bankes read the names of the sick and shut-in, and Tom Tucker led song on page 510 for: George Belliveau, Bryce Butler, Dot Garber, Ken Gardner, Betsie Gardner, Peter Henkel, Harriett Henry, Priscilla Hertzler, George A. Seiler of California, David Todd Spiak, Edward Swetman and Marlys Swetman. The memorial lesson was closed.

Leaders: Patricia Garrett 48b; George Seiler 122; Eileen Metzger 77 (t? b?); Susan Hengelsberg 59; Michael Kaye 28b; Ginnie Ely 454; Diane Mennella and Marsha Tucker 547; Kelly House 236; Mary Ann Morrison 191; Bradford West 99; Tim Wheeler 377; Jim Ulrich 300; Pam Good 106; Scott Luscombe 324; Ellie Soler 143.


The singing resumed with Eric Bean leading song on page 430. Leaders: Margaret Bornick 352; Anne Kazlauskas 284; Marsha Tucker 86; Guy Bankes 549; Thom Metzger 428; Hal Kunkel 401; Bernard Collard 63; Tom Tucker 457; Roland Hutchinson 553; Juanita Heyerman 114; Stephanie Levy 198; Barbara Swetman 196; Mary Kay Friday 180; Donna Abrahams and Edith Berger 142; Hugh Anderson 299; Nicola Collett 131t; Cathy Tucker 144; Ron Bornick 84; Dennis Leipold 85; Katherine Collett 178; Laura Timmerman 34t; Jean Seiler 312b.


Eric Bean brought the evening class together by leading song on page 47t. A portion of the class was then devoted to singing new and out-of-book songs. Leaders: Gina Balestracci “Ten Thousand Charms” (Kunkel); Roland Hutchinson “Liberty’s Trumpet” (Hutchinson); Barbara Swetman “The Good Old Way, Second” (Wattersons and Stokes), “The Stone Forever Stands” (Metzger and Kunkel); Guy Bankes “Relly’s Third” (Hutchinson); Dan Hertzler “Mount Hope” (Hertzler); Bernard Collard “Psalm Sixty-Nine” (Jarvis), “Babylon Streams”; Thom Metzger “The Fire That Goes Before” (Metzger); Laura Densmore 98 (CB); George Seiler and Edith Berger 117; Bob Parr 456; Richard Schmeidler 254; Nicola Collett 146; Gina Balestracci 112; Katherine Collett 1 (EH); Tim Wheeler 313b; Michael Kaye 31t; Ginnie Ely 373.

Eric Bean led song on page 62 as the closing song, and those who wished took the parting hand. George Seiler closed the convention with a prayer.

Chairman—Eric Bean; Vice Chair—Juanita Heyerman; Secretaries—Thom Metzger and Donna Abrahams.