I smiled when I read Chris Arbutina’s column in Sunday’s paper (“Time flies with a bell in hand”).
I, too, play handbells and I’ve often told my friends that it is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Learning to focus on only two notes while making sure you fit in perfectly with 12 other people playing their two notes is extremely difficult. But the end result, when done well, is extremely satisfying.
Arbutina’s column, however, didn’t mention that the community has the opportunity to hear the beautiful sounds of handbell choirs this weekend. The 22nd annual Nittany Valley Handbell Festival will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the State College Area High School North Building gym.
More than 20 choirs from around the commonwealth will perform, with guest conductor Cathy Moklebust, an award-winning handbell composer.
It’s an under-the-radar community event but, thanks to Arbutina, I hope music fans will take the time to attend and learn why bell ringers are so dedicated despite the challenge.