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Maidencreek Singing

Leesport, Pennsylvania

Saturday, September 5, 2009

The 14th annual Maidencreek Singing was held on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend at Maidencreek Friends Meeting House. The class was called to order by Guy Bankes leading 28b. Ruth Wampler offered the morning prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Guy Bankes; Secretary—Ina Shea.

Leaders: Ruth Wampler 394; Ina Shea 70t; Laura Densmore 148; Tom Tucker 100; Lorah Hopkins 503; Dan Hunter and Bethany Towne 328; Becky Wright 505; Lamar Matthew 112; Barbara Hohenstein 543; Carol Stevens 350; Doron Henkin 428; Laura Florence 48t; Ted Stokes 144; Patricia Neiderer 50b; Betty Hanf 479; Oliver Kindig-Stokes 439; Judy Clay 86; Gerry Hoffman 182; Kelsey Sunderland 113; Laura Keeler 448b; Dennis Leipold 84; Gwen Gethner 312b.


Paula Picton and Bethany Towne brought the class back together leading 59. Leaders: Frank Evans 87; Sarah Whites-Koditschek 455; Myles Dakan 273; Heather Batson 270; Cindy Wasson 27; Leland Kusmer 300; Dan Coppock 304; Anna Mays 80t; Guy Bankes 68 (t? b?); Suzan Greenberg and Jael Greenberg 377; George Seiler 99; Patty Lambert 344; Eileen Metzger 39t; Leon Pulsinelle 216; Fiona Nugent 346; Claire Simon 504; Dean Jens 245.

Terry Ryan began the memorial lesson leading 339 in memory of the following deceased: Katherine Warren, Richard Altman, Bob Guida, and Louis Ryan—New York; John Anthony Brogan and Tadd Gero—Pennsylvania; Jimmie Denney—Georgia; Ivan Tominack—Maryland; Alan Parrish—Tennessee.

Diane Mennella led 70t for the following sick and homebound: Victoria Bolles, Bill Farnon, Aiden Gardner, Brian Howard, Nancy Katzen, Linda Marker, Kim Collins Moreno, John Plunkett, and David Wampler. George Seiler closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Barbara Swetman 542; Jim Picton 347; Nancy Mandel 77t; Katie White 288; Lauren Bock 371; Ames Bielenberg 108b. A blessing for the noon meal was offered by Ruth Wampler.


Guy Bankes and Anna Bowen brought the afternoon session to order leading 475. Leaders: Mairi Quodomine 447; Gina Balestracci 419; Thom Metzger 522; Jennie Brown 396; Sheila Nugent 362; Tom Fahrbach 434; Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg 532; Susan Bingham 340; Brian How 313b; Jon Giles 524; Mary Gowins 391; John Hewes 497; Jean Seiler 492; Aldo Ceresa 507; Erin Kelly 207; Roland Hutchinson 553; Kevin Griffin Moreno 309; Terry Ryan 299; Diane Mennella 212. Roland Hutchinson and Christa Farnon instructed the class in singing the German shape note song “Jerusalem” from Die Pennsylvanische Choral Harmonie. The session ended with announcements of future singings.


The class was brought to order by Gerry Hoffman leading 278t. Leaders: Tom Fahrbach 422; Barbara Swetman and Dennis Leipold 35; Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg 527; Sheila Nugent, Fiona Nugent, Thankful Batterson, Patience Batterson, and Mercy Batterson 318; Myles Dakan, Becky Wright, Ames Bielenberg, Mark Kharas, Marissa Roque, Lara Keeler, and Anne Krikorian 319; Ruth Wampler 491, Gerry Hoffman and Katie White 40; Lauren Bock and Kelsey Sunderland 418; Steve Hoyt and Lynne Hoyt 282; Nancy Mandel and Catherine Donaldson 82t; Barbara Hohenstein and Lamar Matthew 163b; Mary Gowins 332; Eileen Metzger 383; Gina Balestracci 287; Rachel Speer and Sandra Whittle 284; Jennie Brown 325; Jon Giles 181.

Guy Bankes thanked those whose efforts contributed to the singing’s success. Guy Bankes, Laura Densmore, and Ina Shea led 62 as the closing song. George Seiler dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Guy Bankes; Secretary—Ina Shea