The Bell Tower Community Foundation has scheduled a special Tower Tunes Live-Community Easter Sing-Along event for Easter Sunday. Becky Greiner will play Easter hymns on Easter Sunday, April 12 at 12:15 pm on the Mahanay Carillon in downtown Jefferson. This event is not just a concert, but a community sing-along in the local homes. The hymns are a selection of familiar and beloved songs for all denominations. Step outside on your porch or driveway, or park your car and join in singing. Foundation members encourage the public to participate through the social distancing guidelines.
Because of Easter Sunday services cancelled in local churches, the Mahanay Bell Tower offers a unifying musical opportunity to worship together on Easter Sunday. The bells continue to play each hour digitally with the Westminster Chimes at each quarter hour and several selections after each hour.
The list of hymns that will be played are listed below and the public is encouraged to access the lyrics by googling each or find them in your own hymnals. A couple of verses of each hymn will be played.
Please join the community at the Tower Tunes Live – Community Easter Sing-Along on Easter Sunday.
Selections will include:
Christ, the Lord, is Risen Today
Just As I Am
How Great Thou Art
Rock of Ages
I Know that My Redeemer Lives
My Faith Looks Up to Thee
In light of the CDC recommendations and the safety of our staff, the Mahanay Bell Tower will not have tours available until further notice. We look forward to welcoming visitors when the time is right to offer the tours again. Please enjoy the songs and chimes of the 47 bells from the comfort of your own homes and yards.
Thank you for understanding.
The Mahanay Bell Tower may be closed for the season, but this is a great time to get your season passes for 2020. Passes are available for individuals for $15 each. Adults 19 yr. and older are the only ones who would need to pay because generous sponsors pay for those 18 and younger.
The season pass would allow the individual to enjoy the Mahanay Bell Tower as many times as they would like through the year of 2020. People who frequently take family and friends to the tower would truly benefit from these passes. At $3 admission each time, it would only be 5 trips for the entire year to make this pass totally worth it!
Purchasing the pass also supports the Bell Tower Community Foundation as they work to provide great staff and marketing of the tower to the state and beyond. Please consider purchasing a pass or two for friends or family. They are available year-round at The Welcome Center at 201 E Lincoln Way.
As always, appointments can be made up until the opening in May by calling the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce at 515-386-2155.
The Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower will be a location for several holiday activities this season. Each Tuesday and Thursday between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Tower Tunes Live concerts will be played from 5:15 – 5:30 p.m. by local musicians. These musicians will choose their own music so listen for a wide variety of holiday tunes while shopping in Jefferson.
The schedule is:
Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Pat Richards
Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Lois Last
Thursday, Dec. 5 – Rick Morain
Tuesday, Dec. 10 – Rhena Lane
Thursday, Dec. 12 – Yvette Bardole
Tuesday, Dec. 17 – Wendy VanderLinden
Thursday, Dec. 19 – Danille Curtis
On Thursday, Dec. 5, Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit with children in the Paul Nally Observation Deck of the Bell Tower from 6:45 – 7:30 p.m. as part of the Christmas Tree Lighting activities in Jefferson.
The Tower also celebrates the holidays with Christmas bells that light up in the observation deck of the tower. Board member Craig Berry worked on restringing the bell frames with LED lights to be a beacon of Christmas throughout the holidays in downtown Jefferson. These lights can be seen for miles as people approach the community.