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Maidencreek Singing

Leesport, Pennsylvania

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The 21st annual Maidencreek All-Day Singing was held on Saturday before Labor Day at Maidencreek Friends Meeting House. The class was called to order by Ted Stokes leading 479, and then he offered the opening prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Alex Forsyth; Vice Chairman—Peter Frank; Treasurer—Katy Hunter; Chaplain—Justin Bowen; Secretary—Linda Baysore.

Alex Forsyth made opening remarks, and then led 60. Leaders: Katy Hunter 72b; Linda Baysore 333; Ina Shea 312b; Dann Pell 135; Guy Bankes 311; Rachel Hall 76t; Kirsten Jensen 77t; Barbara Hohenstein 38b; Leon Pulsinelle 177; Theresa Rodriguez 171; Elizabeth Patton 430; Gerry Hoffman 297; Katie White 547; Doron Henkin 336.


Joel Bassett called the class back to order leading 67. Leaders: Bethany Towne 142; Thomas Ward 390; Doug Kurtze 102; Brian How 86; Tom Tucker 100; Gary Ryan 442; Sara Lott 57; Sandra Cryder 384; Fritz Rasenberger 271t; Solon Gordon 269; Nancy Britton 228; Ben Cocchiaro 436; Alice Beattie 189; Terry Ryan 200; Dennis Leipold 270; Roland Hutchinson 524.


Kevin Beirne called the class back to order leading 322. Leaders: Dan Hunter 324; Micah Walter 564; Laura Densmore 76b; Lorah Hopkins 320; Jason Steidl 502; Maura Burns 497; Nancy Mandel 230; Jesse Flynn 288; Mary Jane Wilkie 332; Emma Swartz 172.

Rachel Hall led 330b for the following sick and shut-ins: Skip Trout, Larry Wootten, Claudene Wootten Townson, Paula Picton, Merv Horst, Joanne Trimarco, and Murielee Kurtze.

Doron Henkin conducted a memorial lesson, and led 476 in memory of Betty Hanf.

Chris Holley conducted a memorial lesson in memory of the deceased. Chris Holley and Sasha Hsuczyk led 146 in honor of the following deceased: Fred Woodward, Betty Hanf, Oliver Kindig-Stokes, Edward Stokes Sr., Catherine Stokes, David Stokes, Polly Biddle, Corey Kissinger, Cooper Fisher, Mary Mullen, Jacob Ellsworth, Lance Barclay, Randy Simmons, and Phoebe Hopkins—Pennsylvania; S.T. Reed—Alabama; B.M. Smith and Earlis McGraw—Georgia; Janelle Davis—Illinois; Edmund Battersby—Indiana; Lou Anne Smith—Louisiana; Francis Bliss, John Vear, and Roy Dow—Maine; Annie Dawson—Massachusetts; Leon J. Pulsinelle, Joe Neighmond, and John Miranda—New Jersey; Ann Henry and Peggie Wade—New York; Joyce Fagan—New South Wales; Loraine Bayer—Ohio; Leonard Joseph Rowe—Rhode Island. Justin Bowen closed the memorial lesson with a prayer.

Leaders: Joanne Fuller 566; Asa Horvitz 448t; Jesse Polhemus 216.


Alex Forsyth and Dann Pell called the class back to order by leading 275b. Leaders: Alex Forsyth 101t; Charles Biada 411; Kevin Griffin Moreno 196; Laura Hodges 396; Sam Kleinman 422; Jon Giles 536; Ian Quinn 300 (for Paula); Deidra Montgomery 181; Mike Richards 475; Emma Rose Brown 405 (in memory of Oliver Kindig-Stokes); Gedney Barclay 397; Justin Bowen 30b (in memory of B.M. Smith); Tom George 197; Kevin Beirne 428; Becky Wright 316; Dennis George 455; Carol Huang 498; Mary Skidmore 215; Gwen Gethner 126; Angharad Davis 419; Erin Kelly 399b; Patrick Friesen 222; Liora O’Donnell Goldensher 426t; Katy Hunter 36b.


Emma Rose Brown called the class back to order by leading 111t. Ian Quinn led the Pennsylvania German Lesson with “Joseph’s Lied” or “Joseph’s Song.” A short history lesson of the Pennsylvania German Lesson at Maidencreek was given by Guy Bankes.

Leaders: Joel Bassett 431; Ted Stokes 155 (in memory of Betty Hanf); Ruth Wampler 83b; Jesse Krikorian 342; Margaret Youngberg 456; Gerald Clark 511; Matthew Kaufmann 47b; Nancy Tkacs 30t; Will Fesperman 31t; Jesse Vear 439; Corinne Ducey 423; Gina Balestracci and Joan Trout 408; Jordan Lewis 383; Jessica Keyes 425; Justin Bowen, Tom George, and Dennis George 73t; Sasha Hsuczyk 348b; Sonia Chin 441.

Alex Forsyth, Peter Frank, Katy Hunter, and Linda Baysore led 62 as the closing song. Justin Bowen offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Alex Forsyth; Vice Chairman—Peter Frank; Secretary—Linda Baysore