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Rhode Island Singing

Providence, Rhode Island

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The 12th annual Rhode Island All-Day Singing was held in the Providence Friends Meeting House on Saturday before the third Sunday in April. The class was called to order by Molly Bledsoe, who welcomed everyone, and led 155. Liz Cantrell offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Bob Elliot 84; Sophie Soloway 59; Laura Hodges 297; Jesse C. Polhemus 175; Liz Cantrell 52t; Lynne deBenedette 36b; Eli Petzold 344; Erik-Dardan Ymeraga 142; Patrick Friesen 99; Tara Mulder 106; Nathan Bergmann-Dean 74b; Maura Burns 42; Jeremy Wagner 107; Emily Hale Sills 131b; Willis McCumber 176b; Sue Hanson 117; James Baumgartner 171; Sally Langendorf 75; Ben Sachs-Hamilton 371; Bill Holt 101b; Kitty Kagny 379; Myles Louis Dakan 546.

RECESS

The singing resumed with Vale Cofer-Shabica, who led 270. Leaders: Will Fesperman 186; Serena Putterman 425; Alvaro Witt Duarte 133; Jeremy Galvagni 85; Devereux Fuller 268; Magdalena Eriksen 229; Rebecca Maxfield 455; Matthew Leger-Small 306; Kelly House 236; Sophie Soloway 105; John Hughes 122; Joanne deVoe 31t; Andre Kuney 213t; Becky Wright 498; Al McCready 504; Elizabeth Stoddard and Stephanie Kierstead 534; Michael Nord 436; Cheri Hardy 440; Ellen Lueck 112; Mason Shefa 152. Liz Cantrell offered a prayer before the noon meal.

LUNCH

Kiri Miller called the class back to order by leading 34t. Leaders: Robert Stoddard 145t; Linda Shea 328; Bridgett Hill Kennedy 500; Rachel Hall 74t; John Plunkett 466; Corinne Ducey 278b; Chris Noren 168; Anya Skibbie 111b; Ian Quinn 488; Alexa Gilmore 424; Leah Velleman 224; Aldo Ceresa 411; Dana Borelli-Murray 384; Chris Holley 448t; Paula Picton 182; Gwen Gethner 333; Emily Hancock 299; Joanne Fuller 192; Charles Biada 343; Mary Skidmore 383; Terry Ryan 110; Philippa Stoddard 419; Bobbie Goodell 496; Molly Dorman and Rachel Hall 68b; Deborah Marsh, Donna Carlson, and Bridgett Hill Kennedy 159.

RECESS

Jesse C. Polhemus led 319. Leaders: Eric Beecher 542; Evan Druce 300; Elizabeth Oettinger 102; Celia Devine 70b; Peter Golden 97; Rachel Stevens 131t; Gerald Clark 271t; Wendy Sibbison 475; Molly Brewer 277; Matthew Leger-Small 348b; Ellen Lueck 119; Aldo Ceresa 399b; Bridgett Hill Kennedy 82t; Leah Velleman 160b; John Plunkett 446; Corinne Ducey 196; Robert Stoddard and Elizabeth Stoddard 312t.

Molly Bledsoe and Bob Elliot thanked all present for joining with us to sing, and the officers and volunteers for their efforts.

A business meeting was held for the purpose of hearing committee reports. Treasurer Sophie Soloway reported that all expenses had been met, and that the remaining funds would be donated to the Religious Society of Friends in thanks for the use of their meeting house. Secretary Jesse C. Polhemus reported that 79 leaders had led 88 songs. The class resolved to meet again on Saturday before the third Sunday in April, 2016.

Announcements were made. Molly Bledsoe and Bob Elliot led 62 as the closing song, while those who wished took the parting hand. Liz Cantrell offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairpersons—Molly Bledsoe and Bob Elliot; Secretary—Jesse C. Polhemus