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Chimes Ring In LaPine


Posted By:  Liz Goodrich
Date Posted:  12/5/2003

Join the handbell choir, Bells of Sunriver at the LaPine Public Library on Saturday, December 20th at 1:00 p.m. for a performance of favorite holiday tunes and an audience “chime-a-long.”

“Bells of one kind or another have been around for at least 2000 years,” says Jan Tuckerman, member of the handbell choir. “A fourth century Italian bishop took a brass kettle, hung from a rope and hit it with a hammer!” Still popular, 10,000 handbell choirs are listed in the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. Playing together since the mid 90’s the Bells of Sunriver are under the direction of Barbara Brocker. During the busy holiday season, the choir will break up into ensembles and play at various locations including several other libraries, retirement communities and St. Charles Medical Center.

Bell history is full of notable characters and landmarks from around the world. According to Tuckerman P.T. Barnum first brought handbells to the United States in 1840’s. And the most famous bell of all? “Most people think that Big Ben (of London) is the clock or the clock tower. It’s really one of the bells on the Parliament building.”

This program is free and open to the public. For more information about this or other library programs, please call 312-1032.

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