from Bekah Kennedy Caruso (1969):

Bekah writes:
          “Bill  and I are going with our choir at First Pres, Nashville, TN, to Ireland the 3rd week of July.  We’ll sing at churches in Galway, Connemara, and Dublin.  This follows earlier choir trips to Scotland and to France/Switzerland, both sites with significant denominational history.
          “This past March, having relinquished my bell director duties at church, I began ringing with a community handbell group, Music City Bronze.  We’re preparing for three weekends of concerts in late November/early December.  After years of playing with Malmark black and white handles, I’m having to adjust to the all-black handles of the Shulmerich bells the group owns.  Not easy for this keyboard person, but I’m getting there!
          “Son Paul is a captain in the U.S. Air Force, an Intelligence Officer at Vandenberg AFB, CA.  His wife (Sept. 23, 2012), Meaghan, daughter of a career Navy officer, teaches science and math at a private high school in Santa Barbara.”
          So–a question from your class Secretary:  Bekah’s email makes me wonder how many others of us are playing in handbell choirs? Judy West Kidd is, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal, in Richmond, VA, and I’m in the handbell choir at Bruton Parish Church, in Williamsburg, VA. Any others?
Morgan Alberts Smith '99 is the web producer and social media manager for Mary Baldwin's Office of Communication, Marketing, and Public Affairs.
  1. Susan Christ Campbell Reply
    I have been directing and/or playing handbells since 1975. This is my 40th year doing bells. Currently directing the Grace Notes Bell Choir at Payson (AZ) Unifed Methodist Church. I started the bell choir at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Phoenix and directed at First Presbyterian Las Vegas, NV and Scottsdale (AZ) Congregational UCC. In addition I spent 8 wonderful years playing in a professional group, Scottsdale Handbell Ensemble, Kay Cook, Director. My current group is the best ever. They will try anything and rise to every occasion. They are beloved at Payson UMC and make me so proud.

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