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In memoriam: Carolyn Bradley

Carolyn Bradley

On Saturday, April 10, 2021, Bells of the Cascades was saddened to say goodbye to our beloved member Carolyn Bradley—who passed away earlier this year—at her memorial service in Tigard, OR. We were honored to perform three pieces in tribute. It was, in fact, our very first public appearance as an ensemble since February of 2020.

Carolyn was like our team Mom. She always tied perfect, uniform bows on the backs of the women’s dresses, cleaned all our eyeglasses, and provided us with Altoids before each performance. She reminded the women to wear lip color and earrings. Her dedication to BOC went far beyond that, though. She led the membership committee, worked hard on her music outside of rehearsal, and attended nearly every rehearsal, even throughout her illness and treatments. She had a beautiful smile and shared it freely.

As serious as she was about her music, Carolyn had a fondness for telling jokes. She would occasionally approach one of us with what seemed to be the beginning of a serious conversation, only to end it with an unexpectedly devastating punchline. She was filled with faith and brought a calm, good-natured presence to our ensemble.

Now that there are more men in BOC, there aren’t as many dress bows to be tied, but there are more bow ties! No matter the attire, Carolyn’s spirit of excellence in both performance and appearance will continue on in all we do. We miss her.

    

In memoriam: Tim McDonough

Tim McDonough on the Bells of the Cascades Cruise V. Tim is on the right, in the white suit.
A group photo of Bells of the Cascades with Tim McDonough (back row, on the left side)
Bridgetown Sound with Tim McDonough (center, middle row)

Members of Bells of the Cascades are deeply saddened by the passing of former member and former President of the group, Tim McDonough.

Tim met his wife Karin on Bells of the Cascades Cruise V and shortly thereafter moved to Oregon and joined the ensemble. He was an incredibly talented ringer (and singer) and a truly kind man.

Tim died Dec. 8, 2020, at the age of 53. Here are a few photos of Tim with the group, as well as one after he left Bells of the Cascades but joined Bridgetown Sound, and helped facilitate a collaboration between the two groups. Bridgetown Sound has recently launched the Tim McDonough Memorial Music Education Fund.

Our condolences to his wife Karin. RIP Tim.

Read & Ring 2020 - CHANGES

Join Bells of the Cascades members for Read & Ring 2020!

EVENT POSTPONED. 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.

At this time, we are postponing this event until a yet-to-be-determined date. 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!
  

Community Concert Series Performance!

Update: Due to concerns about COVID-19 and public health, Woodburn UMC has CANCELLED this concert. We hope you all stay healthy!

Bells of the Cascades is celebrating 30 years of ringing this year! As part of that celebration, we’ve been asked to be featured performers on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at Woodburn United Methodist Church, for their “Who’s On Third?” community concert series. Here are the details!
 

30th Anniversary Concert Performance!

"Tell Me A Story" Bells of the Cascades 30th Anniversary Concert

Update: We have sadly decided to POSTPONE our 30th Anniversary celebration until either August or September, 2020, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please stay tuned for further updates, and please take care of yourselves and your loved ones!

“Tell me a story!” That’s what we’ll do for you, in music, as we celebrate 30 years of bringing handbell ringing to the Portland/Vancouver area on Sunday, May 17, 2020. Each of the pieces in this concert has a story behind it. We’ll share them all, along with the beautiful, exciting, haunting, uplifting, and FUN music to go along with them. Held at First United Methodist Church in Portland, this is definitely not a concert to miss!
Here are the details!
 

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