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Maidencreek Singing

Maidencreek Friends Meeting House,
Near Leesport, Pennsylvania

Saturday, August 31, 2002

The Berks County Sacred Harp Singers hosted the seventh annual singing on Saturday before Labor Day at Maidencreek Friends’ Meeting House near Leesport, Pennsylvania.

Guy Bankes called the class to order at 9:30 a.m. leading songs on pages 34b and 311. Gina Balestracci led song on page 386. Willie Israel offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Betty Hanf 155; Doron Henkin 335; Teresa Rodriguez Farrisi 333; Gabriel Kastelle 328; Willie Israel 86; Dennis Leipold 59; Charlotte Ehrman 66; Thom Metzger 162; Donna Abrahams 532; Ted Stokes 72b.

RECESS

John delRe brought the class back to order leading song on page 37b. Leaders: Susan Bingham 361; Nancy Tkacs 178; Aldo Ceresa 288; Ginny Landgraf 447; John delRe 348t; Diane Mennella 460; Nancy Crawford 344; Barbara Swetman 145t; Guy Bankes 68b; Paula McGray 300; Stephen McMaster 142; Mary Ann Daly 492; Bradford West 245; Leyland delRe 313b; Kathy Manning 222; Laura Densmore 29t.

RECESS

Susan Munch brought the class back to order leading song on page 84. Leaders: Molly Sayvetz 287; Roland Hutchinson 553; Eileen Metzger 504; Nicola Collett 347; Peter Pate 176t; Juanita Heyerman 501; Claire Simon 481; Kathy Collett 217; John Daniel delRe 48b.

The memorial lesson for the deceased was conducted by Kelly Macklin leading song on page 70t. The following were remembered: Phyllis Jane Moore Brown—Indiana; G. Robert Jacks—New Jersey; Linda Smart—New York; son of Warren and Doris Nolt (3 years old), David Nagy, and Charles Rhyne—Pennsylvania; and the victims of 9/11 from all over the world.

Claire Simon led song on page 340 for the sick and shut-ins: Phil Shea—Nova Scotia; Marilyn Darch—California; George McClure—New Jersey. The memorial lesson was closed.

LUNCH

Guy Bankes brought the class back to order for the afternoon session leading song on page 63. Leaders: Diane Mennella “Iowa”; Roland Hutchinson “Bloomsburg”; Mary Ann Daly “St. Peter”; Thom Metzger “Dow”; Diane Mennella “Talitha Cumi”; Roland Hutchinson “Usher”; Ginny Landgraf “Ten Thousand Charms”.

RECESS

Barbara Swetman brought the class back to order leading song on page 148. Leaders: John Hewes 434; Rosemary Greenaway 69t; Brenda Pena 490; Hal Kunkel 380; Daniel Henkin, Gilead Henkin, Hannah Henkin, and Nicola Collett 71; Kelly Macklin 240; Kurt Deffenbaugh 107; Dennis Leipold 200; Juanita Heyerman 495.

RECESS

Stephen McMaster brought the class back to order leading song on page 146. Leaders: John delRe, Leyland delRe, and John Daniel delRe 129; Eileen Metzger 383; Bradford West 362; Gina Balestracci 419; Donna Abrahams and Nancy Tkacs 198; Susan Bingham 454; Kathy Collett 86; Peter Pate 354 (t? b?); Kathy Manning and Kelly Macklin 442; Charlotte Ehrman 569b; Rosemary Greenaway 384; Aldo Ceresa 455; Brenda Pena 73b; Paula McGray 352; Doron Henkin 474; John Hewes 342; Teresa Rodriguez Farrisi 133; Hal Kunkel 179; Betty Hanf 350; Gabriel Kastelle 531b; Molly Sayvetz 163b; Willie Israel 269.

Guy Bankes and Laura Densmore led song on page 62 as the closing song. Willie Israel led the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Guy Bankes; Secretary—Laura Densmore; Treasurer—Ruth Schaffer.