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Fox Valley Folk Festival Singing

Geneva, Illinois

Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Fox Valley Folk Festival Singing began at 11:00 a.m. on the Sunday before Labor Day. Marcia Johnson called the class to order leading 32t.

Leaders: Ted Mercer 34b; James Page 284; Melanie Hauff 148; Lisa Grayson 29t; Sarah Kierstead 105; Ted Johnson 222; Jim Lawrie 335; Jim Helke 546; Herb Schroeder 36b; Judy Hauff 107; Anita Shaperd 106; Susan Geil 344; Grace Scrimgeour 547; Ryan Wheeler 278b; James Page 272.

LUNCH

Ted Mercer brought the class back to order leading 276. Leaders: Margaret Smith and Marcia Johnson 52t; Carol Munro Mosley 171; John Gearen 178; Lisa Grayson 269; James Page 273; Judy Hauff 300; Jim Lawrie 268; Stephanie Fida 146; Kris Richardson 217; Sarah Kierstead and Lisa Grayson 485; Anita Shaperd 328; Susan Geil 81t; Ted Johnson 89; Herb Schroeder 332; Sue Kessell 200; Grace Scrimgeour 216; Ted Mercer 86; Bruce Holmes 47t; Marcia Johnson 288 (in memory of Pauline Childers).

Judy Hauff gave a brief summary of Sacred Harp traditions and shape-note singing.

RECESS

Lisa Grayson brought the class back to order leading 348b. Leaders: Jim Helke 186; Stephanie Fida 99; Melanie Hauff 215; Ryan Wheeler 208; Jim Lawrie 63; Sue Kessell 464.

Announcements were made. Marcia Johnson, Ted Mercer, and Lisa Grayson led 267 as the closing song. Carol Munro Mosley dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Ted Mercer; Secretary—Lisa Grayson