2020 has been quite the year so far! Bells of the Cascades, just like all other handbell ensembles, has had to cancel events and adapt to the current medical/scientific guidelines on living with the coronavirus. Therefore, our Read and Ring event on Saturday, August 8 will not take place as originally planned.
We are keeping the date, but we’re changing the location and adding a virtual video stream that we will make available to anyone, anywhere, for a suggested optional donation. We ARE going to also be holding a modified, in-person program at Salmon Creek United Methodist Church in Vancouver, WA. We will set up tables and bells at appropriate distances, and we’ll require that all participants wear a mask. Some members of Bells of the Cascades will be attending at their discretion.
Although we are still refining the details, we expect to offer two 2-hour (or so) sessions during the day, and some part of it will focus on music that may be well suited to our new circumstances, particularly off-the-table arrangements such as 4-in-hand quartets and 8- and 12-bell arrangements. We want to provide options that are flexible for distancing and a way for bells to be included in worship (live or streamed) without risk.
If you would like to join us, please come back and watch for updates to this site, visit us on our Facebook page, or sign up for our mailing list and watch for emails. As soon as we can, we’ll be announcing the details!