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Mountain Heritage Day Singing

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The 34th annual session of the Mountain Heritage Day singing was held in the Outreach Center Gym, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina. The morning session was sung from The Sacred Harp (1991 edition). The class was called to order at 10:30 a.m. by Hugh McGraw leading 32t. Mike Nichols offered the opening prayer, and led 128. Bob Meek led 209. Dr. James Dooley, Emeritus Professor of Music at WCU greeted the singers, remembered the late Dr. Eva Adcock, the founder of the singing, and led 127.

Leaders: Tim Reynolds 148; Dan Huger 276; Eddie Mash 344; Judy Mincey 178; John Plunkett 297; Darrell Swarens 72b; Diane Esekenasy 155; Shannon Primm 550; Steve Walker 107; Chris Wilhelm 569t; Mary Baumeister 569b; Nathan Rees 75; Rebecca Eldridge 168; Stephanie Fida 542; James Eldridge 300; Virginia Eldridge 503; Michelle Cull 448t; Virginia Douglas 49t; Wayne Dell 45t; Robert Kelley 407; Carl Blozan 159; Sandie Scott 282.

RECESS

Bob Meek brought the class together leading 49t. Leaders: Adrian Eldridge 337; Becky Walker 480; Caroline Parsons 335; Will Peebles 48b; Jonathan Smith 186; Ed Smith 341; Sarah Jane Thomas 146; Greg Smith 145b; Marilyn Burchett 294; Katherine Eldridge 117. The blessing for dinner was offered by Adrian Eldridge.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was sung from The Christian Harmony (1873/1994). Dr. Dooley brought the class together at 1:30 pm leading 117 in memory of Dr. Eva Adcock. Dan Huger led 103b (in memory of Judith Lee Rogers).

Leaders: John Plunkett 133; Diane Eskenasy 51; Homer Smith 46t; Bob Meek 287; Adrian Eldridge 59b; Tim Reynolds 346; Stephanie Fida 337t; Darrell Swarens 105b; Michelle Cull and Annaliza Cull 226t (?); Rebecca Eldridge 231t; Sandie Scott 100; Judy Mincey 50 (t? b?); Virginia Eldridge 68b; Wayne Dell 78t; James Eldridge 293; Eddie Mash 198.

RECESS

Dan Huger brought the class to order leading 74t. Leaders: Carl Blozan 381A; Paul Mooney, Jr. 136; Chris Wilhelm 63t; Katherine Eldridge 210t; Edna Vickers 59t; Ed Smith 116t; Steve Walker 280t; Nathan Rees 215b; Greg Smith 55b; Mike Nichols 367; Becky Walker 67b; Will Peebles 344; Caroline Parsons 147t; Jonathan Smith 215t; Sarah Jane Thomas 299; Mary Baumeister 80t; Robert Kelley 149b.

Announcements were made. Dan Huger led 200b as the closing song and the class extended the parting hand. Tim Reynolds offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Mike Nichols; Secretary—Michelle Cull, Dan Huger