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Maidencreek All Day Singing

Maidencreek Meeting House, near Leesport, Pennsylvania

September 5, 1998

The Berks County Sacred Harp Singers hosted the third annual all day singing on Saturday before Labor Day at Maidencreek Meeting House near Leesport, Pennsylvania. This date can be in either August or September, depending on the calendar.

The class was called to order by Guy Bankes leading songs on pages 34b and 77b. The morning prayer was led by Ginny Landgraf.

Leaders: Ginny Landgraf 106, 182; Donna Abrams 173, 63; Barbara Swetman 168, 481; Ted Stokes 56 (t? b?), 49b; Laura Densmore 228, 415; Betty Hanf 347, 479; Jim Wantland 497, 159; Dennis Leipold 127, 59; Diane Menella 318, 101t; Kat Kinkade 328, 419; Molly Sayvetz 501, 544.


Jean Seiler called the class to order leading song on page 47t. Leaders: Ruth Shaffer 229, 274t; Gina Balestracci 272, 273; Guy Bankes 77t; Karen House 99, 385t; Doron Henkin 428, 36b; Bradford West 300, 112; Gabriel Kastelle 125, 101b.

The Memorial Lesson was given by Ted Stokes for the following deceased: Dorothy McCandless and Julia Buckman; Jerry Sheppard—Alabama; Mary Berueffy—Maine; Susan Wantland—Maryland; Joe Hollyday—Massachusetts; Neal Sanford—New Jersey; Bill Wakefield—New York; Edna Lundgren, Cora Shaffer, and Bruce Martin—Pennsylvania. Ted Stokes led song on page 267 for the deceased.

Guy Bankes led song on page 65 for the following sick and shut-ins: Phil Goulding—District of Columbia; Horace DeLong—Georgia; Tom Padwa—Maryland; Margaret Bornick—New York; Kristina Middlekauf and Bruce Conrad—Pennsylvania; Shirley Green—Virginia. The Memorial Lesson was closed with prayer led by George Seiler.

The blessing for the noon meal was offered by Gina Balestracci.


Guy Bankes called the class to order leading song on page 155. Leaders: Ruth Shaffer 155 (in German), “Harrisburg” (in German); Roland Hutchinson “Relly’s Third” (own composition); Gabriel Kastelle “Forsaken” (own composition); Doron Henkin “Works Of Wonder” (own composition); Kat Kinkade “Yanceyville” (own composition); Bob Todd “Bosold” (composer, Ann Bosold); Gabriel Kastelle “Encouragement” (own composition); Kat Kinkade “Deluge” (own composition); Molly Sayvetz and Doron Henkin “Ten Thousand Charms” (Hal Kunkel, composer); Gabriel Katelle “Coldwater” (composer, McCurry); Doron Henkin “Lisbon” (composer, Chandler).


Peter Pate called the class to order leading song on page 37b. Leaders: Jim Ulrich 178, 299; George Seiler 268, 480; Gerry Hoffman 297, 442; Bonnie Tober 200, 38b; Tim Brown 163b, 198; Hal Kunkel 314, 304; Peter Pate 457, 115; Frank Evans 191, 315; Tim Wheeler 547, 383; Susan Bingham 454, 340; Elie Soler 46, 277; Roland Hutchinson 515, 518; Jean Seiler 68b, 236; Cath Oss 345b, 208; Guy Bankes 28b. The closing prayer was led by Gina Balestracci. The class ended with song on page 62.

In addition to the officers, thanks are due to: Doron Henkin and Ina Henkin—publicity; Doron Kenkin and Laura Densmore—Arranging Committee; Betty Hanf—site selection and preparation; Pat Pingel, Win Keck, and Peggy Keck—set-up; Susan Munch—registration; Jean Seiler, Bradford West, Ruth Shaffer, and Ginny Landgraf—pitching; Ted Stokes—after singing social.

Chairman—Betty Hanf; Treasurer—Ruth Shaffer; Secretary—Molly Sayvetz.