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Connecticut Sacred Harp Singing Convention

Middletown, Connecticut

July 28, 1996

The Connecticut Sacred Harp Singing Convention took place from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on July 28, 1996 at the First Church of Christ, Middletown, Connecticut. It was preceded by a day long singing school led by Virginia Ely and open singing on Saturday. The convention was called to order by Susan Garber leading song on page 84.

The class was organized by electing the following officers: Chairman—Susan Garber; Vice Chairman—Virginia Ely; Secretary—Bonita Cartoun; Arranging Committee—J. P. Mandler; Chaplain—Peter Hanson.

Chaplain Peter Hanson offered an opening prayer. Leaders: Virginia Ely 34b; Susan Garber 267; Virginia Ely 87; Ed Johnson 347; Alan Fannin 59, 63; Karen Snowberg 49 (t? b?), 99; Mabel Green 45t; John Whitfield 47b, 178; Barbara Swetman 481, 299; Jim Desmond 133, 110; Bobbie Goodell 503; 174; Peter Hanson 81t, 58; J. P. Mandler 47t; Susan Garber 222, 358; Kay VanReyn 268; Eric Johnson 150, 155; Peter Hanson 479, 454; Alan Fannin 112, 82t; Karen Snowberg 447, 198; Mabel Green 24 (t? b?); John Whitfield 111t, 107; Virginia Neville 209, 410 (t? b?); Mary Neville 217, 163b; Susan Garber 200.

LUNCH

The class was called to order by Susan Garber leading song on page 148. Leaders: Sarah Hines 86, 146; Barbara Swetman 73b, 39t; Jim Desmond 218, 122; Bobbie Goodell 123t, 66; J. P. Mandler 77b; Leonard Spencer 216, 442; Susan Garber 236, 183; Eric Johnson 40; Peter Hanson 51b, 64; Alan Fannin 430, 285t; Bobbie Goodell 117.

A memorial lesson was led by Virginia Ely in memory of friends who have passed away including: Roberta Adams, Joe Beasley, Johnnie Sue Beasley, Evie Duncan, Ruth Fansler, Andrew Garber, Robert Mottingdorfer, Mary Morley, Emil Schell, Betty Schell, Sue Shoaff, Joe Smith, John Snowberg, and Dewey Williams.

The sick and shut-in friends were remembered which included: Betty Burke and Margie Jenkins. Susan Garber led song on page 218, a favorite of Joe Beasley, and Virginia Ely led song on page 340.

Leaders: Karen Snowberg 547, 532; Mabel Green 63; John Whitfield 111b, 38b; Barbara Swetman 125, 168; Bobbie Goodell 313b, 186; J. P. Mandler 569b, 474; Virginia Neville 73t, 528; Mary Neville 73t, 528; Mary Neville 267, 378 (t? b?); Sarah Hines 497; Leonard Spencer 70b, 195; David Barron 189, 272; Sarah Hines 266; Barbara Swetman 91, 180. Susan Garber led song on page 62 as the closing song. All were invited to attend the 14th annual Connecticut Convention which took place on the third Sunday and Saturday before in July, 1997 at the First Church of Christ, Middletown, Connecticut.

Chairman—Susan Garber; Vice Chairman—Virginia Ely; Secretary—Bonita Cartoun.