June 21, 2018
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Community hand bell choir closes in on fundraising mission, seeks musicians

ROCKPORT — In January, Penobscot Bay Ringers embarked on a capital campaign to purchase five octaves of Malmark hand bells and Malmark choir chimes — a total of 122 instruments. Thanks to response from the local community, only three hand bells and three choir chimes remain nonsponsored.

Leigh Smith, the group’s co-founder and board member, said, “Penobscot Bay Ringers is touched and deeply appreciative of the overwhelming support we have received in this campaign.”

To help close out the campaign in a timely fashion, an anonymous donor has come forward with a gift to match up to $1,000 in donations received for the Give-A-Bell Campaign by April 30. The combination of funds would allow Penobscot Bay Ringers to place its complete order of instruments and supporting equipment.

Bell sponsors may honor or memorialize loved ones with personal inscriptions on the bell handles. Donors of choir chimes will have their names inscribed on a plaque attached to the chime case. Sponsorships may be contributed by individuals, families or organizations.

In the two years since it was formed, Penobscot Bay Ringers has made 19 appearances throughout midcoast Maine and beyond. Most notable was an invitation to ring at the Boston Handbell Festival at Old South Church in May 2010.

The group has staged three full-length concerts and has performed at a variety of charitable events and private functions. Coming concert dates are May 21 at the First Congregational Church of Camden and May 22 at Bartlett Woods Retirement Community.

To make a financial contribution to the Give-A-Bell Campaign, call Leigh Smith at 230-6628, email Amy Rollins at penobscotbayringers@gmail.com or write Penobscot Bay Ringers, P.O. Box 82, Rockport 04856.

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