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Catskill Regional Singing - Stamford, New York

United Methodist Church

August. 24, 1996

The fourth New York State Regional (Catskill) singing of 1996 was held at the United Methodist Church in Stamford, New York. The singing was called to order by Barbara Swetman leading song on page 34b, followed by introductory remarks. The opening prayer was led by Donna Abrahams. Leaders: Barbara Swetman 481; Margaret Bornick 38b, 268; Donna Abrahams 430, 48t; J. P. Mandler 49b, 276; Ron Bornick 299, 562; Dennis Leipold 285t, 207; Eric Bean 107, 47t.


Eric Bean led a singing school during which songs on pages 324, 49b, 45t and 178 were used as examples. Singing resumed with leaders: Tim Wheeler 348t, 142; Gina Balestracci 183, 569b; Karen Snowberg 447, 556.


Leaders: Roland Hutchinson 551, “Sappho” by William Billings; Eric Johnson 150, 99; Shirley Basch 146, 56 (t? b?); Michael Ryan 47b, 114; Diane Mennella 86, 488. Donna Abrahams made a few remarks about her father, Abraham Abrahams, who died 10 years ago today. She asked members of the class to name others whom they would like to remember and led song on page 373.


Leaders: Dan Brittain 298, 534; Ginny Huszagh 189, 196; Barbara Swetman 127 for sick and shut-ins; Margaret Bornick 472; J. P. Mandler 155; Ron Bornick 454; Eric Bean 553; Gina Balestracci 455; Karen Snowberg 532; Roland Hutchinson 218; Eric Johnson 378t; Shirley Basch 191; Dennis Leipold 348b; Michael Ryan 181.


Barbara Swetman called the class back together leading song on page 91. A short business meeting was held to discuss future dates and places for the Regional Singing. Albany singers will host a singing on the fourth Saturday in February, 1997. Announcements. Leaders: Diane Mennella 448t; Kathie Miller 159; Dan Brittain 269; Michael Ryan 117; Margaret Bornick and Donna Abrahams 236; Eric Bean 528; Ron Bornick 128; Gina Balestracci 274t; Karen Snowberg 547. Eric Bean thanked Chris Hauser for locating the site and acting as hostess for the singing. Eric Johnson led 378b. Barbara Swetman led song on page 106 as the closing song. The closing prayer was led by Donna Abrahams.

Chairman—Barbara Swetman; Arranging—Dennis Leipold; Secretary—Margaret Bornick and Karen Snowberg; Local Arrangements—Chris Hauser.