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Maidencreek Singing

Leesport, Pennsylvania

Saturday, August 31, 2019

The 24th annual Maidencreek All-Day Singing was held on Saturday before Labor Day at the Maidencreek Friends Meeting House. Sasha Hsuczyk called the class to order by leading 60. Mary Capron offered the opening prayer. The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Co-chairmen—Hayden Arp and Keillor Mose; Treasurer—Harry Scott; Secretary—Joyce Forry; Arranging Committee—Ruth Wampler and Joel Bassett. Hayden Arp and Keillor Mose led 108t, after welcoming the class and making a few announcements.

Leaders: Doron Henkin 101t; Elizabeth Patton 277; Lamar Matthew 35; Colleen Hayes 30b; Guy Bankes 344; Joyce Forry 72b; Ryan Nash 189; Linnéa Clark 448b; Claire Simon 472; Doug Kurtze 48t; Ina Shea 121; Len VanderJagt 270; Rachel Hall 51; Sue Peters 569b; Brian How 183.


Leon Pulsinelle called the class back to order by leading 89. Leaders: Jasmine Mendoza 282; Ted Stokes 498; Kelly Clare Riggle and Laura Densmore 143; Hal Kunkel 396; Lorah Hopkins 320; Dan Hunter 458; Harry Scott 475; Ian Boswell 268; Carol Huang 197; Max Grafe 122; Roland Hutchinson 242; Elsa Phemayotin 426t; Jason Steidl 506; Mary Helen Dupree 290; Charles Biada 544; Nancy Mandel 548.

Keillor Mose led the German lesson: a song called “Reading” (the name of a nearby town of Pennsylvania) with both German and English words.

Lamar Matthew led 31t and also sang a solo called “Guardian Angels” in honor of the following sick and shut-ins: Betty, Judy Clum, Scott Robinson, Richard Zuch, Claudene Wootten Townson, Larry Wootten, Kelsey Taylor, Angela Boone, Steve Hoyt, Ron Bornick, Margaret Bornick, Jacob Hval, Jennifer Jones, and Esther Wade.

Laura Densmore conducted the memorial lesson, and led 549 in memory of the following deceased: Marilyn Eichenlaub, Naomi G. Fidler, Nora Hoover, Harold W. Long, and Sam Slothour—Pennsylvania; Eleanor M. Pulsinelle—Alabama; Rodney Willard and Barbara Willard—Arizona; Joan Sowers—California; Michael Appert—Illinois; Mary Alice Medlicott—Indiana; Elizabeth Shea—Maine; Dick Levine and Marlene Levine—New Jersey; Jared Jacobsen and Linn Underhill—New York; Concetta Branson—Oregon; Michael Brigg—Wisconsin. The memorial lesson was concluded with prayer offered by Chris Holley.

Leaders: Chris Holley and Laura Densmore 278t; Jon Giles 512; Nicola Collett 245; Joseph Pensak 442; Chris Cotter 103; Barb VanderJagt 496; Al McCready 269; Kathy Collett 300. Katie White asked the blessing for the food before the noon meal.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Krista Guerrieri leading 162. Leaders: Myles Louis Dakan 353; Jenny Willard 349; Jesse Polhemus 272; Jen Rymut 400; Mike Richards 316; Cheyenne Ivey 182; Deidra Montgomery 556; Keith Willard 144; Rachel Rudi 460; Angharad Davis 392; Sam Kleinman 422; Gwen Gethner 440; Judy Contompasis 228; Emma Rose Brown 111b; Jan May 99; Becky Wright 542; Rachel Taylor 504; Laura Hodges 129; Gerry Hoffman 33t; Barbara Swetman 49b.


The class was called back together by Thomas Ward 495. Leaders: Katie White 547; Ian Quinn 511; Kathy Manning 113; Sasha Hsuczyk 419; G.C. Waldrep 383; Liora O’Donnell Goldensher 426b; Chris Geissler 446; Sarah Underhill 36b; Gary Ryan 567; Suzanne McFate 500; Mary Ann Daly 341; Patrick DeDauw 285t; Gina Balestracci 313b; Dann Pell and Miriam Delirium 29b; Tom Stokes 186. The secretary reported that seventy-seven leaders from sixteen states and one Canadian Province led eighty-three songs with one hundred ten singers registered.

Hayden Arp, Keillor Mose, Alex Forsyth, and Joyce Forry led 146 as the closing song. G.C. Waldrep offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Co-chairmen—Hayden Arp and Keillor Mose; Secretary—Joyce Forry