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Sadsbury Cooper Book Singing

Sadsbury Friends Meeting House, Christiana, Pennsylvania

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The 7th session of the Sadsbury Cooper Book Singing was held at the Sadsbury Friends Meeting House in Christiana, Pennsylvania. Connie Webster brought the class to order leading 30t. Lamar Matthew offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Lamar Matthew 199; Doron Henkin 486; Laura Densmore 54t; Barb Hohenstein 42; Guy Bankes and Anna Bowen 182; Erin Kelly 55; Joel Bassett 56; Roland Hutchinson 587; Carol Stevens 49t; Elizabeth Patton 560; Rachel Hall and Ed Welch 159; Terry Ryan 268b; Gina Balestracci 574.


The class resumed singing with Barb Hohenstein leading 505. Leaders: Ted Stokes 438t; Dann Pell 500; Ruth Wampler 242; Krista Guerrieri 504b; Julian Bender 49b; Connie Webster 392; Lamar Matthew 393; Doron Henkin 514; Laura Densmore 504t; Barb Hohenstein 98; Guy Bankes 494; Erin Kelly 391; Joel Bassett 478; Evan Druce 511t; Roland Hutchinson 175; Carol Stevens 463; Elizabeth Patton 426t; Rachel Hall 378b; Terry Ryan 522; Gina Balestracci 38t; Ted Stokes 559.

Laura Densmore rose to welcome Ed Welch, grandson of a North Carolina circuit rider and shape-note singer, and also to describe Sadsbury’s connection to our fellow singers in Hoboken, Georgia. Lamar Matthew offered the blessing before the noon meal.


Connie Webster called the afternoon session to order leading 106. Leaders: Dann Pell 107; Krista Guerrieri 384; Ruth Wampler 571; Julian Bender 48t; Evan Druce 63; Connie Webster 573; Lamar Matthew 485; Doron Henkin 386; Laura Densmore “Pennsylvania” (written by Stanley Smith); Barb Hohenstein 45b; Guy Bankes 70b; Erin Kelly 411; Joel Bassett 137; Roland Hutchinson 451; Carol Stevens 72; Elizabeth Patton 589; Rachel Hall 73t; Terry Ryan 314.


Terry Ryan called the class to order leading 422t. Leaders: Gina Balestracci 139; Susan Munch 50t; Ted Stokes 450; Dann Pell 133; Elsie Eberly and Laura Densmore 333; Krista Guerrieri 71; Ruth Wampler 552; Julian Bender 68t; Evan Druce 340; Erin Kelly 410; Roland Hutchinson 484; Terry Ryan 572; Gina Balestracci 408; Evan Druce 300; Connie Webster 36t; Doron Henkin 380t; Guy Bankes 269; Lamar Matthew 96; Laura Densmore 336t; Barb Hohenstein and Carol Stevens 563.

Connie Webster led 527 as the closing song. Lamar Matthew offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Connie Webster; Secretary—Barb Hohenstein