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Kentucky State Sacred Harp Convention

Pisgah Presbyterian Church, Versailles (near Lexington), Kentucky

May 16, 1998

The seventeenth annual Kentucky State Sacred Harp Convention was held on Saturday before the third Sunday in May 1998. The class was called to order at 9:00 a.m. by Raphael Finkel, Convener for the morning. Charles Coulston gave an invocation.

Raphael Finkel led song on page 73b. Leaders: Keith MacAdam 49b; Martha Wilson 38b, 78; Norma Yost 81 (t? b?), 59; Charles Coulston 155, 99; Bob Sears 47 (t? b?); Alix Baillie 344, 85; Ron Pen 524, 128; Raphael Finkel 66, 523b; Bob French 180, 245; Mary Brinkman 551, 147b.

RECESS

Keith MacAdam brought the class to order leading song on page 569 (t? b?). Leaders: Cammi Adams 268; Norma Yost 117, 269; Martha Wilson 479, 159; Charles Coulston 209, 189; Bob Sears 147t, 63; Alix Baillie 504, 455.

The memorial lesson was given as follows: Mary Brinkman spoke of her mother, Margaret Smith Brinkman of Missouri who died January 18, 1998, then led song on page 49t in her memory; Keith MacAdam remembered his father, David L. MacAdam of New York who died March 9, 1998, then led song on page 31t in his memory; Ron Pen eulogized Edna Ritchie Baker, Kentucky, well-known Appalachian musician/folk singer, who died this past year, and then led song on page 159 in her memory. The memorial was closed.

Leaders: Robert Adam 106; Raphael Finkel “Lansdowne” (his original composition); Bob French 49 (t? b?).

LUNCH

The afternoon session was brought to order by Charles Coulston leading song on page 313b. Leaders: Denise Morris 361, 362; Keith MacAdam 293, 196; Cammi Adams 291, 289; Norma Yost 146, 133; Charles Coulston 497; Alix Baillie 181, 148; Philip Todd 320, 368; Ron Pen 183, 35; Robert Adams 409; Raphael Finkel 528, 489; Bob Meek 515, 68b; Bob French 506, 30b; Denise Morris 402, 200; Keith MacAdam 40, 481; Norma Yost 107; Charles Coulston 300; Alix Baillie 191. Announcements were made. The class was dismissed with song on page 267.

Organizing Committee Members: Mary Brinkman, Raphael Finkel, Keith MacAdam, Lorena Moore, Ron Pen; Secretary—Charles Coulston.