Minutes of Sacred Harp Singings

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Fox Valley Folk Festival Singing

Island Park, Geneva, Illinois

Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Fox Valley Folk Festival Singing was held on the Sunday before Labor Day at Island Park in Geneva, Illinois, as part of the Fox Valley Folk Festival. Jim Helke called the class to order at 11:00 a.m. leading 565. The session was opened with prayer.

Leaders: Jerry Gripshover 28b; Ted Mercer 27; Eileen Ferguson 34b; Mary Rogel 228; Rochelle Lodder 313t; Kris Richardson 155; John Seaton 37b.

Carol Ann Munro gave a short explanation of shape notes and Sacred Harp singing for newcomers and led 142. Leaders: Linda Selph 475; Sally Youngquist 186; Sarah Kierstead and Jim Helke 268; Janelle Davis 480; Orwin Youngquist 65; Susan Kauffman 40.


Ted Mercer brought the class back to order leading 87. Leaders: Doug Stapleton 178 (for Carol Kimmel, who was sick that day); Michael Appert 535; Erica Detemmerman 89; Mary Rogel 150; Susan Kauffman 66; Eileen Ferguson 366 (?); Kris Richardson 217; Rochelle Lodder 216; John Seaton and Hilda Fischer 47t; Lisa Grayson 268.

Carol Ann Munro gave another brief introduction to shape note singing, and led 392. Leaders: Linda Selph 384; Janelle Davis 29t; Jim Helke 198; Jerry Gripshover 49t; Kerry Cullinan and Ted Mercer 68b (for Mr. Cullinan’s mother, who recently passed); Sally Youngquist and Martha Tabis 503; Doug Stapleton 99; Michael Appert 209; Susan Kauffman 117; Sue Kessel 288.

Announcements were made. Jim Helke led 347 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer.

Chairman—Ted Mercer; Secretary—Rochelle Lodder