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Mountain Heritage Day

Cullowhee, Jackson County, North Carolina

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Mike Nichols called the class to order, welcoming singers and visitors to Mountain Heritage Day. Judy Mincey led 59 as the first lesson. Ken Smith offered the opening prayer. Judy gave a brief explanation of the open square and singing parts, and then led 31t.

Leaders: Mike Nichols 72b; Ed Smith and family 45t; Ken Smith 44; Dan Huger 99; Steve Walker 49b; Wanda Queen 354b; Joyce Parton 441 (for Raymond Smith); Chris Wilhelm 66; Mary Baumeister 108t; David Smith 440; Kelly Smith 503; Will Peebles 155; Diane Eskenasy 180; Laramie Lapham 358; Michael Spencer 166; Ellie Snyder 270; Robert Varkony 68b; Jonathan Wood 354t; Jonathan Gaylord 82t; Annie Harlow 159; Ed Smith 277; David Smith 198; Ken Smith 112; Kelly Smith 426t; Jonathan Gaylord and Keri Gaylord 335; Dan Huger 86; Judy Mincey 282 (by request); Diane Eskenasy and David Smith 63; Jonathan Wood 417; Dan Huger 47b (by request); Kelly Smith 208; Steve Walker 107; Mike Nichols 128.


Mike Nichols reconvened the class leading 117 (CH) (in memory of Dr. Eva Adcock, who held the first singing at Western Carolina University over 35 years ago).

Leaders: Ed Smith 355 (CH); Judy Mincey 50 (CH); Dan Huger 88 (CH); Steve Walker 131 (CH); Ken Smith 272 (CH); Ken George 228 (CH); Rory Smith 180 (CH); Angie Lawless 248 (CH); Jane Spencer 235 (CH); Wanda Queen 226t (CH); Mary Baumeister 70t (CH); David Smith 153 (CH); Kelly Smith 372 (CH); Will Peebles 344 (CH); Diane Eskenasy 51 (CH); Laramie Lapham 287 (CH); Michael Spencer 163t (CH); Ellie Snyder 307 (CH); Robert Varkony 76t (CH); Jonathan Wood 365 (CH); Jonathan Gaylord 67b (CH); Annie Harlow 165 (CH); Nick Gattis and David Smith 214 (CH); Wanda Queen and Ed Smith 258 (CH); Mike Nichols 255 (CH); Judy Mincey 64 (CH) (by request); Kelly Smith 204t (CH); Steve Walker 30t (CH); Jane Spencer 349 (CH); Ken George 109 (CH); Will Peebles 432b (CH); Dan Huger 369 (CH).

Following announcements, Kelly Smith, David Smith, and Ed Smith led 200 (CH) as the final lesson. David Smith offered the closing prayer.

Note: Over the course of the day the class learned that Ed Smith, a life-long singer, expected this to be his final singing at WCU due to illness. Many family members attended and led lessons in his honor.

Chairman—Mike Nichols; Vice Chairman—Judy Mincey; Secretary—Chris Wilhelm, substituting for Mary Baumeister