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Swannanoa Gathering Shape Note Singing

Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The 2nd annual Swannanoa Gathering Shape Note Singing was held at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. Books used were The Christian Harmony, Carolina Edition; The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition; Southern Harmony. Jane Spencer called the singing to order at 10:00 a.m. by leading 61t (CH). Ron Pen offered prayer.

The first session included selections from The Christian Harmony. Leaders: Chris Wilhelm 103b; Robert Kelley 268; Don Wiley 153; Caroline Parsons 215t; Michael Spencer 361; Diane Eskenasy 51; Julianne Wiley 26b; Mary Baumeister 206b; Tina Becker 367; Frank DeBolt 204t; June Jolley 54t; Marty Sullivan 255t (?); John Plunkett 133; Carl Blozan 381-A; Dan Huger 248b (?).


Jane Spencer brought the class back to order leading 67b (CH). Leaders: Jane Spencer and Dot Lane 209t (CH); Stephanie Tingler 236b (CH). The following leaders selected songs from the Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition: Ron Pen 455; Emily Holzer 410t; David Bowen 128; Shannon Primm 540; Maggie Foote 146; Robert Kelley 90; Ron Pen 282 (by request); Michael Spencer 113; Caroline Parsons 430.


The afternoon session was called to order by Jane Spencer leading 112, continuing the session from the Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Leaders: Chris Wilhelm 475; Diane Eskenasy 155; Ken George 569b; Julianne Wiley 63; Mary Baumeister 180; Frank DeBolt 452; John Plunkett 461; Carl Blozan 159; Dan Huger 29t; Stephanie Tingler 196; Meghan Cornett 421; Nathan Morrison 497.

In a brief business meeting officers were elected to serve for the 2009 singing as follows: Chairperson—Jane Spencer; Vice Chairperson—Ron Pen; Secretary—Chris Wilhelm.

Leaders and selections from the Southern Harmony: Ron Pen 6t; Jane Spencer 318; Robert Kelley 173b; Michael Spencer 41; Maggie Foote 8t; Mary Baumeister 260; John Plunkett 114; Dan Huger 134; Ron Pen 285t; Robert Kelley 108 (t? b?); Michael Spencer 102; Maggie Foote 272; Mary Baumeister 63; John Plunkett 295; Dan Huger 267t.

Ron Pen led 267 as the closing song. Dan Huger offered prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairperson—Jane Spencer; Vice Chairperson—Ron Pen; Secretary—Chris Wilhelm