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Maidencreek Singing

Leesport, Pennsylvania

Saturday, September 5, 2015

The 20th annual Maidencreek All-Day Singing was held on Saturday before Labor Day at Maidencreek Friends Meeting House. The class was called to order by Oliver Kindig-Stokes leading 60.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Ted Stokes; Vice Chairman—Peter Frank; Treasurer—Sasha Hsuczyk; Secretary—Lori Cabirac.

Gabriel Kastelle offered the opening prayer. The Chairman and Vice Chairman made opening remarks, and then led 135 and 401. Leaders: Sasha Hsuczyk 286; Lori Cabirac 318; Elizabeth Patton 142; Leon Pulsinelle 36t; Bethany Towne 35; Laura Densmore 528; Alex Forsythe 64; Paula Picton 146; Lamar Matthew 156; Theresa Rodriquez 236; Andre Kuney 299; Dann Pell 101t; Ben Bath 30t; Guy Bankes 532; Joel Bassett 145t; Fred Steinruck 28t.


Oliver Kindig-Stokes called the class back to order leading 207. Rachel Hall led the traditional Pennsylvania German lesson with “Das Ketlicha Bloot”. Leaders: Sasha Hsuczyk 328; Terry Ryan 182; Elizabeth Pilar 197; Nancy Tkacs 26; Katie White 547; Scott Robinson 63; Nancy Mandel 275t; Barbara Hohenstein 344; Sam Kleinman 542; Harry Scott 104; Aldo Ceresa 189.


The class was called together by Guy Bankes leading 486. Leaders: Dennis Leipold 503 (in memory of Raymond Hamrick); Jordan Steinruck 66; Jon Giles 389; Katy Hunter 176t; Micah Walter and Anna Rose Walter 312b.

A memorial lesson was conducted by Deidra Montgomery and Rachel Rudi. Deidra Montgomery led 48t in honor of the following sick and shut-ins: Betty Hanf, Lance Barkley, Phoebe Hopkins, Otto Rapp, Elsie Eberly, Skip Trout, Larry Wootten, Claudene Townson, Virginia Glass, Shisue Sugimoto Gardens, John Fruin, Hilde Ward, Elle Ard, John Golden, Annie Dawson, Katherine Glatter, Susan Bingham, Joel Remney, Barbara Sweatman, Loraine Bayer, Cynthia Wilson, Ethel Strube, and Lauren Scott.

Rachel Rudi led 521 in memory of the following deceased: Jane Brooks, Eleanor Anderson, and Timothy Florrant—Pennsylvania; Robert DuPree—Alabama; Brenda Hansen, Mike Shields, Joe Nishimura, Burdie Carter, Oscar Marin, Jim Sanchez, and Robert Hon—California; Dan Adams—Connecticut; Brendan Egan—New York; Renee Windsor—Oregon; Julia Reifel—Washington. Chris Holley closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Ina Shea 79; Liora O’Donnell Goldensher 324; Forrest Quay 545; Becky Wright 71; Doron Henkin 192; Gerry Hoffman 176b; Lorah Hopkins 320; Erin Kelly 490; Gina Balestracci 524. A blessing before the noon meal was offered by Lamar Matthew.


The class was called to order by Carol Huang leading 128. Leaders: Dan Hunter 42; Sonia Chin 419; Corinne Ducey 47t; Chris Holley 201; Jesse Polhemus 336; Marilyn Murata 319; Gabriel Kastelle 77t; Chris Cotter 498; Angharad Davis 548; Gideon Dresdner 340; Ben Cocchiaro 384; Tom Stokes 383; Linda Shea 448b; Gerald Clark 191; Ellen Lueck 377; Mike Nord 183; Chris Coughlin 436; Julie Botnik 216; Levi Silvers 285t; Roland Hutchinson, Leon Pulsinelle, and Mary Capron 254.


Ian Quinn called the class back to order leading 105. Leaders: Tom Tucker 348t; Jordan Steinruck and McKenzie Steinruck 117; Jesse Vear 426t; Christine Andrews 445; Laura Hodges 454; Ian Quinn 269; Patrick Friesen 496; Carol Huang 399b; Clare Chapin 276; Emma Rose Brown 527; Will Fesperman 82t; Gwen Gethner 56t; Evan Druce 300; Jesse Krikorian 260; Jason Steidl 417; Doug Kurtze 47b (by request); Kirsten Jensen 385b; Jesse Flynn 282; Rachel Rudi and Deidra Montgomery 456.

Ted Stokes and Peter Frank led 62 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Kirsten Jensen, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Ted Stokes, Vice Chairman—Peter Frank; Secretary—Lori Cabirac