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New England Sacred Harp Convention

Burlington, Vermont

September 30 - October 1, 2017

Saturday, September 30

The class was called to order by Anna Mays leading 72b. The opening prayer was offered by Joseph Pensak.

Leaders: Anya Skibbie and Peggy Kadima-Mazela 171; Carly Goss and Rachel Rudi 30t; Judy Contompasis 81t; Scott Luscombe 548; Sinead O’Mahoney 299; Traci Naylor 542; Joseph Pensak 547; Sara Sandberg 47t; Dan Coppock 42; Chris Frantz-Dale 319; Nora Sabo 84; Liz Patton 34t; Bill Schults 163b; Nicandra Galper 315; Kerry Cullinan 378t.

RECESS

The class was called to back order by Ian Smiley and Chelsea Smiley leading 421. Leaders: Philippe Doyle Gosselin 534; Nathan Aldrich 94; Lynette Combs 30b; Dan Hertzler 99; Jeremy Galvagni 300; Corrone Bryant 73b; Annie-Lou Chester 479; Liz Cantrell 500; David Rosenberg and Jean Rosenberg 34b; Erik Dardan-Ymeraga 569t; Emma Swartz 101t; Isabelle Gervais Chapman 318; Jonathan Spencer 365; Ann Pearce 86; Rachel Taylor 344.

RECESS

The class was called back to order by Emily Hale Sills leading 312b. Leaders: Ben Sachs-Hamilton 168; Mary Skidmore 270; Elka Schumann 65; Scott Harriman 422; Cora Wareh 438; Em Ekelund 442; Katy Hunter 330b; Chris Bracken 102; Faiz Wareh 296; Christine McDow 178; Leonard Spencer 250; Jesse Vear 385t; Frank Griggs 477; Tova Houpt 143; Allison Steel 162; Nathan Rees 371.

LUNCH

The class was called back to order by Ethan McNerney, Carly Goss, and Joanna Wiley leading 105. Leaders: Lynne deBenedette 182; Holly Laws 215; Mary Hay 159; Jonathon Smith 272; Becky Wright 434; Ina Shea 312t; Deidra Montgomery 196; Linda Shea 475; Buell Cobb 423; Corinne Ducey 474; Patrick Friesen 151; Christine Andrews 274t; Philippa Stoddard 498; James Baumgartner 419; Ruth Wampler 279; Mike Hinton 426b; Tarik Wareh 158; Jim Goetz 47b; Sally Langendorf 314; Ateven Sndersen 266; Mike Richards 392; Pattie Wareh 228; Michael Nord 200.

RECESS

The class was called back to order by Deidra Montgomery and Rachel Rudi leading 56t. Leaders: Myles Louis Dakan 179; Bill Holt 224; Marilyn Murata 195; Laura Hodges 181; Jonathan Surrency 213t; Wendy Sibbison 36b; Peter Irvine 426t; Susan Jaster 485; Nancy Tkacs 569b; Tristan Gordon 112; Anne Kazlauskas 118; Barbara Swetman 313b; Emily Hancock 430; Stina Soderling 146.

Anna Mays led 347 as the closing song, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, October 1

The Sunday session of the New England Convention was brought to order by Anna Mays leading 52t. Ruth Wampler offered the opening prayer. Leaders: Peggy Kadima-Mazela 147t; Anya Skibbie and Carly Goss 82t; Rachel Rudi 283; Kerry Cullinan 466; Sue Dwelle 503; Dan Coppock 207; Nicandra Galper 448b; Peter Irvine 460; Troad 448t; Jeremy Galvagni 479; Joan Frankel 414; Emily Hancock 111b; Debby Moody 306; Eric Sandberg 229; Jesse Vear 286.

RECESS

The class was called back to order by Sinead O’Mahoney leading 189. Leaders: Michael Nord 332; Masti Mayrand 133; Nic Tuff 49b; Anne Kazlauskas 218; Deirdre Browne 151; Bob Mills 160b; Cat Walsh 89; Ateven Sndersen 155; Jean Rosenberg 254; Christine Andrews 399b; Wendy Sibbison 497; Jim Goetz 282; Deborah Marsh, Donna Carlson, and Shannon Green 294; Lilly Israel 106; Sue Peters 32t.

RECESS

The class was called back to order by Judy Contompasis leading 46. Leaders: Becky Wright 119; Jonathan Surrency and Ben Fink 236; Ina Shea 432; George Sigut 209.

Deidra Montgomery and Peter Irvine conducted the memorial lesson. Deidra Montgomery spoke and led 556 in memory of the following deceased: Eloise Wootten, Johnnie Chafin, Susie Denson, and Gravis Ballinger—Alabama; David Berg and JoAnna Berg—Arizona; David Abrahams—California; Martha Hayes—Colorado; Bob Bonnell—Florida; Johnny Lee, Delorese Lee, Hugh McGraw, and B.M. Smith—Georgia; Connie Birkenmeier and Jim Keefer—Maine; Robert Hancock—Maryland; Jon Sullivan, Lowell Kingsley, and Henry Sparrow—Massachusetts; Charles Wells, Colette Gurtz, and Edward Swetman—Minnesota; Eric Lougee—New Hampshire; Bill Mates—New Jersey; Barry Redlich, Brendan Rush, Mary Bryan, and Francis Collins—New York; Barbara Cole—North Carolina; Christopher Warrenburg, John Bayer, and Loraine Bayer—Ohio; Michael Sensor, Tony Farrisi, and Skip Trout—Pennsylvania; Maurice Trial and Edith Owen—Texas; Bill O’Neill, David Ellerson, Martha McIntyne, Jane Ostrander, Pat Colteryahn, Ruth Hooke, Carol Fox, Robert Hall, Peter Diamondstone, and David Gay—Vermont; Anne Coulter—West Virginia; Tom Paley—England; Reb Sholom Brodt—Israel; Uncle Ree-Ree—France; John Scott—Quebec.

Peter Irvine spoke and led 67 for the following sick and shut-ins: Melanie Hauff, Chris Holley, Bobbie Goodell, Marran White, Consuelo Branson, Merv Horst, Kathe Pilibosian, Chloe Rombach, Dorothy Leachman, Linda Brazeau, Cheri Haire, Jared Richmond, Jean Seiler, Ron Bornick, Margaret Bornick, Mary Jean McCarthy, Marnie Evans, Jean Coppola, Ben Pirie, Michael Kaye, Tom Wells, Linda Wells, Howard Verman, CC McKegney, Wanda Powlin, Nancy Castle, Mike Ramsey, Bob Noyer, and Sarah Scott. Dan Hertzler closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: Daniel Hunter 116; Linda Coppock 504; Ishmael Stefanov-Wagner 273; Ron Trial 452; Sally Langendorf 401.

LUNCH

The class was called back to order by Cora Wareh and Emma Swartz leading 499. Leaders: Linda Shea 168; Jim Coppock 269; Nathan Rees and Jonathon Smith 436 (in memory of Susie Denson); Laura Hodges 387; Buell Cobb 83t; Myles Louis Dakan and Kimberly Dakan 227; Mike Hinton 340; Barbara Swetman 383; Jean Rosenberg and David Rosenberg 49t; Tristan Gordon 399t; Nancy Tkacs 108b; Mary Skidmore 198; Tarik Wareh and Pattie Wareh 564; Emily Hale Sills 388; Gerald Clark 138b; Frank Griggs 260; Bill Holt 550; Mike Richards and Faiz Wareh 484; Stina Soderling 40; Moira Smiley and Ian Smiley 454; Philippa Stoddard 373.

RECESS

The class was called back to order by Dan Hertzler leading 131b. Leaders: Corinne Ducey and Patrick Friesen 123t; Marilyn Murata 492; Isabelle Gervais Chapman 378b; Traci Naylor 192; James Baumgartner 157; Susan Jaster 174; Ruth Wampler 268 (for Chris Holley); Annie-Lou Chester 163b; Scott Harriman 341; Chris Frantz-Dale 417; Ben Fink 267; Rachel Taylor 48t; Ben Sachs-Hamilton 148. Announcements were made.

Anna Mays, Anya Skibbie, Peggy Kadima-Mazela, and Rachel Rudi led 62 as the closing song.

Chairman—Anna Mays; Vice Chairmen—Anya Skibbie and Peggy Kadima-Mazela; Secretary—Rachel Rudi