Ring the bells of Christmas

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As December approaches, Oliver Handbell Ringers are putting the finishing touches to “Christmas Fantasia”, a mix of songs and traditional carols. Besides presentations to folks in our seniors’ residences, there will be two performances, Friday December 12 at 7:30 pm and Sunday December 14 at 3:00 pm, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 6044 Spartan Street, Oliver. This will be the first time we have played in that new sanctuary and we look forward to the sounds of bells and chimes there.

The Ringers range widely in age, the youngest being seven and others up to – well, senior citizens! Pictured above are our youth members (from left Paige Riley, Aria Janow, Liam Riley, Devin Riley and Kelan Harty, with Laura Harty in front). The group will be joined by Songburst ( a voice ensemble), narrator Mal Bearman, handbell soloist Helen Wollf and returning musical director Sue Gay. No tickets, but a freewill offering will be taken to support the Ringers’ activities. In addition, we ask that our audiences bring a contribution to our local Food Bank, to help those less fortunate at this time of the year.

So be sure to add one of our performances to your Christmas plans!