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Cape Cod Singing

Falmouth, Massachusetts

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The annual Sacred Harp singing on Cape Cod (formerly the East Sandwich Singing) was held at the Friends Meeting House in Falmouth, Massachusetts, on Saturday before the second Sunday in February. The class was called to order at 10:05 a.m. by Bill Holt leading 52t. Brian Harris offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Chuck Micciche 68b; Liz Patton 448b; Christina Wallin 48b; Mike Richards 67; M.B. Gowins 283; Chris Holley 422; Joanne Fuller 278t; Brian Harris 85; Laura Hodges 110; Isaac Hutton 159; Devereux Fuller 196; Ernest Chamberlain 457; Jennie Brown 564; Alvaro Witt Duarte 440; Mary Skidmore 312b; Leon Pulsinelle 133; Ruth Wampler 436; John Hughes 287; Angharad Davis 189; Chris Martinez 111t; Philippa Stoddard 325; Charles Biada 286.


Laura Hodges called the class back together by leading 81t. Leaders: Rachel Taylor 480; Patrick Friesen 39b; Hollie Long 73b; Liz Cantrell 192; Erik-Dardan Ymeraga 132; Joan Frankel 414; Jesse Vear 51; Christina Wallin 56b; Micah John Walter 292; Darlene Dalton 448t; James Baumgartner 73t; Chris Geissler 180; Effie Cummings 203; Keillor Mose 218; Lynne deBenedette 456; Mike Richards 172; M.B. Gowins 556; Chris Holley and Devereux Fuller 376. Liz Cantrell asked a blessing before the noon meal.


The afternoon session began with Bill Holt leading 148. Leaders: Brian Harris 327; Laura Hodges 284; Joanne Fuller 500; Isaac Hutton 538; Devereux Fuller 168; Ernest Chamberlain 178; Jennie Brown 475; Alvaro Witt Duarte 472; Mary Skidmore 142; Leon Pulsinelle 114; Ruth Wampler 383; John Hughes 107; Angharad Davis 197; Chris Martinez 515; Philippa Stoddard 534; Charles Biada 224; Patrick Friesen 505; Rachel Taylor 313b; Hollie Long 46; Liz Cantrell 328; Erik-Dardan Ymeraga 214; Joan Frankel and Bill Holt 284; Jesse Vear 460; Christina Wallin 326.


Alvaro Witt Duarte led 32t to bring the class together. Leaders: Micah John Walter 212; Darlene Dalton 59; Liz Patton 176b; James Baumgartner 372; Chuck Micciche 268; Chris Geissler 277; Effie Cummings 147t; Keillor Mose 200; Lynne deBenedette 445; Bill Holt 299.

A business session was held in order to hear reports from various committees. The Chairman thanked all involved, and a resolution was made to hold the singing at the same place in February, 2018. The Treasurer (Christina Wallin) reported that expenses had been met. The Secretary reported that seventy-eight songs were led by thirty-seven leaders representing ten states (Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana).

Brian Harris offered the closing prayer. The officers led 62 as the closing song, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Bill Holt; Vice Chairman—Chuck Micciche; Secretary—Liz Patton