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Rhode Island Singing

Providence, Rhode Island

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The 13th 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 Laura Hodges, who welcomed everyone, and led 59. Liz Cantrell offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Sophie Soloway 36b; Erik-Dardan Ymeraga 474; Ross Parker 547; Molly Bledsoe and Lynne deBenedette 89; Tara Mulder 101t; Kiri Miller 564; Danny Wood 74b; Brian Harris 131b; Micah John Walter 80b; Celia Devine 362; Barb Ames 235; Ben Vincent 426b; Bob Elliott 335; Leyland delRe 280; Andre Kuney 82t; Anna Kellar 65; Sally Langendorf 348b; Leon Pulsinelle 39b; Vicki Hayes 48t; Jesse Flynn 106.


The singing resumed with Eric Beecher, who led 67. Leaders: Ian Quinn 462; Declan M. Miller and Jesse C. Polhemus 294; Mary Skidmore 379; Elizabeth Stoddard 171; Alvaro Witt Duarte 99; Sarah Faichney and Ben Bath 512; Mary Andrews 378t; Willis McCumber 27; Chris Holley 268; Tara Mulder 35; Jeremy Galvagni 348b; Krista Guerrieri 339; Ivy Hauser 360; D.J. Hatfield 218; Charles Biada and Carson Evans 47b; Emily Hancock 77t; Claire Hogan 79; Keillor Mose 71; Jesse Vear 328; Emily Hale Sills 540. Liz Cantrell offered a prayer before the noon meal.


Patrick Friesen called the class back to order by leading 121. Leaders: Bethany Towne 419; Linda Shea 361; John delRe 466; Deidra Montgomery 320; Lydia Llewallen 179; Gwen Gethner 505; Matthew Leger-Small 475; Sasha Hsuczyk 411; Angharad Davis 500; Laura Borrelli 196; Michael Nord 434; Liz Cantrell 300; Christine Andrews 456; Rachel Hall 181; Robert Stoddard 298; Molly Merrett 573; Christina Wallin 327; Philippa Stoddard 272; Doron Henkin 377; Paula Picton 349; Peter Golden 111b; Lindsay Kruse 454; Kyle Johnston 501.


Molly Bledsoe led 162. Leaders: James Baumgartner 441; Greg Vallette 503; Chris Coughlin and Rudy Torres 472; Julie Botnick 69t; Mike Richards 73t; Wendy Sibbison 477; Tristan Gordon 234; Gerald Clark 172; Serena Putterman 86; Ben Bath 304; Tyler Benjamin 168; George Dyment 444; John Hughes 112; Patrick Friesen 430; Eric Beecher 209; Lynne deBenedette 274t (for Tom Padwa and Joanne DeVoe).

Laura Hodges and Sophie Soloway thanked all present for joining us to sing, and the officers and volunteers for their efforts. A business meeting was held for the purpose of hearing committee reports. Treasurer Tara Mulder 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 eighty-seven leaders led eighty-three songs. The class resolved to meet again on Saturday before the third Sunday in April, 2017. Announcements were made.

Laura Hodges and Sophie Soloway led 62 as the closing song, and the class took the parting hand. Liz Cantrell offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairpersons—Laura Hodges and Sophie Soloway; Secretary—Jesse C. Polhemus