Atglen Open Air Singing, an annual affair held in Kennel's Woods adjacent to the Maple Grove Mennonite Church, 0.5 mile (0.8 km) north of Atglen, Pennsylvania, was started in 1933 by Joseph G. Kennel (d. 1949). It meets annually the last Sunday afternoon of July. The program consists of the singing of hymns interspersed with short talks by visiting speakers, and in recent years with special singing by quartets and trios. Maximum attendance was in 1950, with 7,580 persons from 10 states and Ontario. In 1958 the attendance was 3,280. The annual offerings for relief or missions averaged $1,300 throughout the 1950s. During this time the organization consisted of a chairman (Earl J. Kennel) and a secretary (Vernon Kennel). The last open air singing took place in 1964. There was at least a temporary revival of the tradition in 2008.
Maple Grove Mennonite Church. "Church News and Information." http://maplegrovemennonite.blogspot.com/2008_05_01_archive.html (accessed 30 March 2009).
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Kennel, Vernon and Sam Steiner. "Atglen Open Air Singing (Atglen, Pennsylvania, USA)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. March 2009. Web. 20 Apr 2014. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Atglen_Open_Air_Singing_(Atglen,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=62485.
Kennel, Vernon and Sam Steiner. (March 2009). Atglen Open Air Singing (Atglen, Pennsylvania, USA). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 20 April 2014, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Atglen_Open_Air_Singing_(Atglen,_Pennsylvania,_USA)&oldid=62485.
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