Saturday, July 26, 2008
The 2nd annual Swannanoa Gathering Shape Note Singing was held at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. Books used were The Christian Harmony--Carolina Edition, The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition, and Southern Harmony. Jane Spencer called the singing to order at 10:00, welcoming all present. Jane Spencer opened with 61t (CH) and Ron Pen led in prayer.
The first session was from The Christian Harmony. Leaders: Chris Wilhelm 103b; Robert Kelley 268; Don Wiley 153; Caroline Parsons 215t; Michael Spencer 361; Diane Eskenasy 51; Julianne Wiley 26b; Mary Baumeister 206b; Tina Becker 367; Frank DeBolt 204t; June Jolley 54t; Marty Sullivan 255t; John Plunkett 133; Carl Blozan 381-A; Dan Huger 248b.
Following a recess Jane Spencer brought the group back with 67b; Stephanie Tingler 236-b. The second session proceeded with lessons from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. Leaders: Ron Pen 455; Emily Holzer 410t; David Bowen 128; Shannon Primm 540; Maggie Foote 146; Robert Kelley 90; Ron Pen 282 by request; Michael Spencer 113; Caroline Parsons 430.
Jane Spencer reconvened the singers, leading 112. Leaders: Chris Wilhelm 475; Diane Eskenasy 155; Ken George 569b; Julianne Wiley 63; Mary Baumeister 180; Frank DeBolt 452b; John Plunkett 461; Carl Blozan 159; Dan Huger 29t; Stephanie Tingler 196; Meghan Cornett 421; Nathan Morrison 497.
In a brief business meeting we voted to keep the same officers for the 2009 singing: Chairperson--Jane Spencer; Vice Chairperson--Ron Pen; Secretary--Chris Wilhelm. Selections from Southern Harmony followed: Ron Pen 6t; Jane Spencer 318; Robert Kelley 173b; Michael Spencer 41; Maggie Foote 8t; Mary Baumeister 260; John Plunkett 114; Dan Huger 134; Ron Pen 285t; Robert Kelley 108; Michael Spencer 102; Maggie Foote 272; Mary Baumeister 63; John Plunkett 295; Dan Huger 267t.
The singing was closed by Ron Pen leading 267 from The Sacred Harp. Dan Huger led in prayer.
Chairperson--Jane Spencer; Vice Chairperson--Ron Pen; Secretary--Chris Wilhelm; Arranging--Dot Lane.