Sunday, February 26, 2017

5,000 steps without getting on a treadmill!

Handbell Workshop

Day two of the annual Baptist (we're Presbyterian) handbell workshop began at 8:30 Saturday morning.  In years past there have been as many as 20 choirs, but apparently handbells have waned in popularity because there were only six choirs this year -- 2 Presbyterian, 1 school, and 3 Baptist.

Since HPC did not field a complete choir, it was nice to know that the missing notes would be filled in from other choirs!

My spot -- 3 bells B and C (lower clef), 3 chimes, and 2 mallets, all in the space of my music stand: 

By noon I had logged over 5,000 steps on my Fitbit -- just standing and stepping in place!  It was an exhilarating day topped by a worship service where we performed the 4 pieces we had been learning.  (And I'm still humming all the melodies ... )


  1. What fun. My former boss of the quilt shop that I worked at was in the Bells Choir at her church (which is Presbyterian too). In fact her whole family played a part in their choir. I didn't know they had workshops for numerous churches to attend. That's really neat. I also know that getting 5,000 steps on your FitBit is hard while standing in place. I am a Fitbit wearer too and when longarming it hardly moves at all, yet I'm on my feet for hours on end. Good job.

  2. I have vague memories of my grandmother going off to bells practice when I was a kid. I don't think I ever got to hear a concert, but we did watch a bellringing performance on TV together. I was fascinated by an instrument made of people. 8)

  3. I love handbells. I've never played, but my church had a choir years ago. It, too, has gone by the wayside.

  4. Oh, all those bell choirs together must have been wonderful! I have a musician friend whose talent include playing handbells solo . . .


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