Editor’s note – The registration deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 24 2013.
By Brenda Sullivan | HTNP News Editor
Bell collectors and enthusiasts will meet in East Hampton, CT for a day of fun and special programs.
The New England Chapter of the American Bell Association International INC. will hold its Spring 2013 meeting from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at Angelico’s Lake House Restaurant, 81 North Main St. in East Hampton.
The public is invited to enjoy a day of displays, bell sales, and educational programs.
A preregistration fee of $15 includes lunch and must be received by April 17 (late registrations will be accepted if space allows).
To download the registration form, click on this link
“Bell enthusiasts from all over the Northeast show up at our meetings”, said Jennifer Whitlock of Manchester, New Hampshire, who chairs the New England Chapter of the ABA.
In addition to displays and sales of all kinds of bells, the April gathering will include a presentation about mission bells.
Connecticut’s first State Troubadour, Tom Callinan, will perform just before the noon lunch, including his song “The Bells of Norwich” written for Norwich, Connecticut’s recent sesquicentennial celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation.
The daylong event will feature a visit by Mathew Bevin, CEO and president of Bevin Bells, who will speak at 1 p.m. followed by remarks by State Rep. Art Linares.
Bevin, whose company is rebuilding after last year’s devastating fire, will discuss his company’s history and products along with the significance of East Hampton’s history as “Bell Town U.S.A.”
Bevin Brothers Manufacturing was founded in 1832 and is the last of 30 or so bell makers that have occupied the small town since 1808.
About the American Bell Association
The American Bell Association was founded in 1940 as the National Bell Collectors Club and held its first convention in Chicago in 1946.
Today, with 40 chapters in the U.S. and abroad, the ABA hosts numerous events and publishes a bimonthly magazine called, “The Bell Tower.”
Friends of the Norwich Bells will host the April 27 meeting of NECABA, where it will also sell copies of its newly released CD, “Ring Out Rose City,” that includes recordings of more than 100 of the bells of Norwich, CT.
Questions? Please call Kevin Harkins of Friends of Norwich Bells at 860-886-0762.
You can also contact the Norwich group at Friends of Norwich Bells, 25 Broadway No. 204, Norwich, CT 06360. Phone: 860-319-5717.
Posted April 16, 2013 based on a press release as edited and added to by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan; updated April 19 with extended deadline.
Related link: Keep the Bells in East Hampton http://keepthebellsinbelltown.com/?page_id=2
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