Tour groups of all ages and sizes are welcome to make an appointment to tour the tower. Considering the size of the group, Pat Richards, the staff coordinator would make sure there are more staff members to make the tour run smoothly. Call the Chamber of Commerce at 515-386-2155 to get the ball rolling on a visit to Jefferson and include the Mahanay Tower among other great destinations in Jefferson and Greene County.
Upcoming groups coming in August are classes of children from the Early Learning Center, and a Mystery Tour of about 30 people on a bank sponsored tour from Storm Lake. In July, a bank in Des Moines had 48 people make a day of being in town. There are often groups of ladies spending the day in Jefferson with the Tower as part of their itinerary.
Tours are available throughout the year even after the Mahanay Tower closes for the season. Labor Day will end the daily hours for the tower but it will be open the weekends in September and October from 10 am – 4 pm.
The Tower Tunes Live Concerts daily from 12:15 – 12:30 pm have been so successful. Residents plan to be downtown around the square to listen to the tunes. Visitors time their visits to include this special concert. People have found their favorite places to experience this live music. Quite a few sit in their cars with the windows rolled down. Others bring lawn chairs to the courthouse lawn to sit in the shade and listen. The benches around the courthouse are occupied by Tower Tunes concert goers.
Quite a few of the musicians have enjoyed playing a theme such as songs from movies, love songs, songs from TV shows, musicals, and composers. Twenty-six people have played the Carillon so far with musicians from surrounding communities and states. Most have felt more comfortable after playing it the first time. Those interested in playing the Carillon should send an email to mahanaybelltower @gmail.com and you’ll receive a link to a Doodle calendar to sign up to play. Musicians must have 15 minutes of music prepared to play for the Tower Tunes Concert. We can make arrangements for a practice time prior to the Concert.