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Rhode Island Singing

Providence, Rhode Island

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The 14th 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 Vale Cofer-Shabica leading 59. Liz Cantrell offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Erik-Dardan Ymeraga 36b; James Baumgartner 34b; Tom Padwa 569b; Joanne DeVoe 31t; Laura Hodges 176t; Patrick Friesen 171; Molly Ellis 176b; Ross Parker 146; Danny Wood 133; Liz Cantrell 150; Nic Tuff 448t; Lynne deBenedette 300; Celia Devine 73b; Maura Burns 270; Charles Biada 42; Brian Harris 159; Vicki Hayes 47t; Cris Martinez 131b.


The class was called back together by Tara Mulder leading 71. Leaders: Micah John Walter 77t; Joanne Fuller 290; Eric Beecher 209; Sally Langendorf 310; Porter James 400; Laura Borrelli 142; Michael Nord 411; Stina Soderling 200; Emily Hale Sills 72b; Jeremy Galvagni 168; Will Fesperman 384; Bob Parr 304; Elizabeth Stoddard 216; Sophie Soloway 315.


Jason Woofenden led 81t to call the class to order. Leaders: Tyler Benjamin 480; Joshua Barnett 474; Angharad Davis 91; Jennie Brown 192; Wendy Sibbison and Jason Woofenden 99; Topher Lawton 344; Ruby Francis and Devereaux Fuller 196; Judy Contompasis 335; Tara Mulder 89; Bill Holt 550; Mary Skidmore 163t; Myles Louis Dakan 318; Philippa Stoddard 197; Chris Noren 236; Anna Kellar 49b. Liz Cantrell offered prayer before the noon meal.


Patrick Friesen called the class back together leading 313t. Leaders: Matthew Leger-Small 328; Emma Rose Brown 444; Alvaro Witt Duarte 292; Molly Merrett 172; David Wright 283; Deidra Montgomery 187; Tristan Gordon 138b; Ian Quinn 426b; Gwen Gethner 360; M.B. Gowins 454; Ben Sachs-Hamilton 455; Becky Wright 316; Robert Stoddard 475; Yael Tarshish 440; Mike Richards 446; Eric Hildebrandt 551; Jesse Vear 101b. In a business meeting, James Baumgartner and Jesse Polhemus were elected co-chairmen of the 2018 Rhode Island All-Day Singing.


Tyler Benjamin led 105 to bring the class together. Leaders: Mel Novner 101t; Rebecca Maxfield 240; Judith Morris and Sophie Soloway 178; Leon Pulsinelle 314; Christopher Kain 49b; Bill Ashton and James Baumgartner 162; Kerry Cullinan 452; Joan Frankel and Bill Holt 414; John Hughes 107; James Powell 276; Mary Skidmore 385t; Joanne Fuller 542; Myles Louis Dakan 532.

Treasurer Tara Mulder reported that all expenses were met. The Arranging Committee said that seventy-nine leaders led eighty-three songs.

The class sang 62 as the closing hymn. Sophie Soloway offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Co-chairmen—Vale Cofer-Shabica and Eric-Dardan Ymeraga; Secretaries—Joanne DeVoe and Tom Padwa