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Halloween Singing at Woodlands Garden

Woodlands Garden, Decatur, Georgia

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Amy Wells called the class to order leading 34b. Jeannette DePoy offered the opening prayer. Amy welcomed the class to the first of two outdoor afternoon singings scheduled for this autumn at Woodlands Pavilion, which has screened walls for improved air flow. Covid vaccination was required, and masks were optional. Because of the holiday, some singers wore Sacred Harp-related costumes.

Leaders: David Brodeur 475; David Smead 162; Jeannette DePoy 36b, 37b; Cathy Bonk 84; Malinda Snow 473; Amy Wells, Anders Wells, Corinne Wells, and Helen Wells 384 (for their costumes); Bill Dupre 99; Jesse P. Karlsberg 189 (in memory of Violet Thomason); Jim Neal 81t; Lauren Bock 496 (for her costume); Laura Akerman 290; Jessalyn Rogers 133; Lisa Bennett and David Smead 149 (for their costumes); Susan Posey 147t, 145b; John Plunkett 332.


Amy Wells called the class back to order leading 105. Andy Ditzler gave an introductory lesson in the tradition of the Union Musical Sacred Harp Singing Convention, which was cancelled for this year: a song in each mode of time, followed by an anthem. This introductory lesson was led in memory of Rebecca Over, who was the Chairman of the Convention when she passed away in August of this year. Andy Ditzler led 549, 283, 480, 77b, 381, 74t, 131b, and 507.

Leaders: Erica Hinton 284; Matt Hinton 192; David Brodeur 436; David Smead 387; Cathy Bonk 159; Malinda Snow 168; Amy Wells, Kristin Curry, and Daniella Curry 411; Bill Dupre 82t; Jim Neal 339; Anders Wells 76b; Laura Akerman 455; Erica Hinton 500; Corinne Wells and Amy Wells 472; Lisa Bennett 38b; Mark Bumgardner 178; Susan Posey 148; John Plunkett 409; Matt Hinton 65; David Brodeur and Andy Ditzler 208 (in memory of Darrell Swarens). Jim Neal offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairperson—Amy Wells; Vice Chairman—David Brodeur; Secretary—David Smead