Kicking off celebration of local Rotary’s centennial
Hundreds of young people, like these children from the Greene County Early Learning Center, will have the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds from the Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower for free this year, thanks to a sponsorship by the Rotary Club of Jefferson.
“Our club is happy to sponsor admissions for youth aged 18 and under as we kick off our celebration of 100 years of serving the community,” said Tori Riley, who will become president of the club for its centennial year 2021-2022.
The club’s sponsorship supports the Bell Tower Community Foundation’s vision that all children be able to hear the story of the Mahanays’ philanthropy and experience seeing the countryside and rooftop art from the Paul Nally Observation Deck, all opportunities that have made the tower Iowa Tourism’s rural 2021 Outstanding Attraction.
Children from the Early Learning Center are back row, from left: Adam, Logan, Clarissa and Ava. Front row, from left: Ariyah, Axton, and Aiden. Jefferson Rotarians in the back, from left: Jacque Andrew, board member, Steve Schwaller, secretary, Tori Riley, president-elect, and Jon Law, president.
A lot of Iowans are planning their summer vacations right now, but no one has plans like Austin Schneider and Seth Varner. The pair of college students are coming to your town this summer in their quest to visit every single incorporated town in Iowa. Eric Hanson spoke with Schneider and Varner about their plans for the ultimate Iowa road trip in the latest edition of “This is Iowa.”
Click this link to the This Is Iowa segment that Eric Hanson shared on the newest rooftop art in downtown Jefferson. Artist ARCY was commissioned by Jamie Daubendiek and Jefferson Telecom for this mural that can only be seen from the Paul Nally Observation Deck of the Mahanay Bell Tower.
The Jefferson Matters: Main Street & Chamber Community Ambassadors visited the Bell Tower for quite a few reasons on May 3. The Tower officially opened for the 2021 season on May 1 and will be open weekends in May and then daily from Memorial Day through the end of September. The Mahanay Bell Tower was named Iowa’s Outstanding Attraction in the rural category by Iowa Tourism last week after their annual conference. Bell Tower Staff members were introduced with Tower Coordinator Pat Richards giving some updated news. Bell Tower Foundation President Carole Custer welcomed everyone and introduced Bell Tower Foundation members. Many of those present took the elevator to the Paul Nally Observation Deck to see the newest rooftop art installation. The bells rang and the view was awesome even though the wind continued to blow!
Jefferson Telecom has made a huge contribution to art in the community by commissioning artist ARCY to paint a rooftop art installation on the roof of the 101 N Chestnut which houses Greater Life Chiropractic. ARCY has been painting for days as weather permits to complete this very challenging installation of an elderly farmer from the Midwest. Pictures have been taken by a drone, but the only way to really see this masterpiece is to ride the elevator in the Mahanay Bell Tower to the Paul Nally Observation Deck. The enclosed observation deck is full of windows to view the countryside and the downtown. This is the 5th installation of rooftop art in the downtown. It is amazing! Thank you to Jefferson Telecom for this wonderful gift to the community.