Join us for a special 4th of July concert played by Rick Morain. Rick will play a selection of music on the 4 octave carillon.
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. “
The Bell Tower Community Foundation has scheduled special Tower Tunes Live concerts for Memorial Day weekend. A variety of patriotic songs and hymns will be played by three musicians over the weekend to celebrate this important holiday.
Wendy VanderLinden will play on Saturday, May 23 from 12:15 – 12:30 p.m. Yvette Bardole will play on Sunday, May 24 from 12:15 – 12:30 p.m. Rick Morain will play on Memorial Day, May 25 from 12:15 – 12:30 p.m. with this concert offered on Facebook Live.
At this time, the Mahanay Carillon Tower is not open to the public for tours but the community can still enjoy the music of the bells. The bells continue to play each hour digitally with the Westminster Chimes at each quarter hour. The four octave carillon also plays several selections after each hour.
Other special Tower Tunes Live concerts for the summer are being planned. The Chews Jefferson concerts every Wednesday in June and July will also take place.
Please check the Mahanay Bell Tower website at www.mahanaybelltower.org or the Facebook page for info on the Tower.
The Bell Tower Foundation oversees the staffing and marketing of the Mahanay Bell Tower through the partnership with the Greene County Supervisors and City of Jefferson. Board members include Carole Custer, Peg Raney, Jean Feldmann, Nancy Gerken, Wendy VanderLinden, Don Van Gilder, Tim Christiansen, Bob Schwarzkopf, Pete Bardole and Pat Richards.
The Mahanay Carillon Tower opens official on May 3, 2020 on the weekends only until Memorial Day when it begins with the daily schedule. At this time, the Tower is not open for tours. Enjoy listening to the bells as they ring the Westminster Chimes each quarter hour. The bells play two songs after each hour.