Take a listen to this interview with local musician Rick Morain who continues to share his talent with the community by playing the carillon for the Tower Tunes Live concerts.
Now that the mini bell towers are in place for 2020, do you have some ideas for how to decorate the Mahanay Bell Tower? Here are a few coloring pages that can be printed. Color your own bell tower and share with us on our Facebook page – Mahanay Bell Tower with the #IHeartBigBellsJeffersonIowa. The world wants to see your ideas!
Thanks to Kevin Richards for his drawings for this project!
The board of directors of the Bell Tower Community Foundation and the Greene County Board of Supervisors say the tower will officially re-open on Wednesday, June 10, in time for the “Chews Jefferson “promotion by Main Street Jefferson that day. A live 15-minute bell concert featuring Mahanay Maestro Wendy Vanderlinden will occur at 12:15 p.m. and visitors are encouraged to get a take-out meal from any Jefferson restaurant and observe social distancing at seating on the plaza and enjoy listening. The tower will be open its regular summer hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through September. Live Tower Tunes concerts will be held each Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. Any changes will be announced on the tower’s Facebook page and its website: mahanaybelltower.org
Tour director Pat Richards and the tower staff will be wearing face coverings and ask the public to do so as well. Disposable face coverings will be provided at the tower for visitors who may not have them already. Social distancing will also be observed in the tower atrium, in the elevator and on the Nally observation deck. Hand sanitizer will be available and tower staff will sanitize popular areas after individuals and groups of visitors complete their tours of the tower. Carole Custer, president of the board, said, “The health of both the staff and visitors is of primary importance and we hope that visitors will observe these requirements. “
Richards said she has received many calls about when the tower will open so “we are anxiously looking forward to showing off our tower and the bells this season. “
Lunchtime on Wednesdays will be one of the best times to be in Jefferson. Chews Jefferson will continue this year with a new twist on last year’s promotion. A Tower Tunes Live concert will be played each Wednesday in June and July from 12:15 – 12:30. Various local musicians have volunteered to play their choice of tunes. Rick Morain will kick off with the first concert on June 3.
With COVID-19 precautions, the organizers encourage residents and visitors to purchase take-out meals from any of the outstanding restaurants in the community. Specific restaurants will not be targeted for each week with no special meals planned.
Promotion co-chair Angie Gingery suggested, “Set a goal of a new restaurant each week as you enjoy a different concert. People can gather safely throughout the Square to enjoy their lunch and listen to the Tower Tunes Live concerts.” Suggestions are the Bell Tower Plaza, Thomas Jefferson Gardens, Sally’s Alley, or in their cars throughout the area.
The Promotion Team of Jefferson Matters: Main Street is working with the Bell Tower Community Foundation to offer these special concerts.