This site has a lot of history about Winchester's festival. It's a beautiful time of year to visit the Valley and experience the hospitality and rich history of the area as well as take in as many of the numerous events as you can fit into one day! There are dances, carnivals, concerts, celebrities and sports personalities, and the world's largest firefighter's parade!
Yes, this is a shameless plug for the best handbells around! (We love you Sam!!) Seriously, our group uses Schulmerich handbells because we do think that their sound and quality are the best around. To learn more about their product, click here.
Click here to read more about this organization made up of church and community handbell groups. Find out what is going on in the handbell world, and what groups are in your area to join or perhaps catch a concert.
Yet one more shameless plug by us! Thanks to Connie, the 6th Dimension no longer has to kill ourselves lugging in case after case of bells to our concert venues. Yes, we still have to put them in and take them out of the truck, but once on solid ground, we easily wheel in the cases and unload them! Solidly constructed cases have nothing more than a few scuff marks from all the traveling around, and they are a uniform size which makes packing a vehicle MUCH simpler! We don't know how we managed before we found these cases!
This is a truly awesome group!! We have been lucky enough to hang out with them a few times, and have been to many of their concerts. (And I think between the 6 of us, we own every one of their CDs! ) This community ensemble puts on a fantastic concert, and even has a "rock 'n' roll" series that includes such songs as "Stairway to Heaven" , "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Yakkity Sax!"
LoiteRING around in Duluth, Michigan, you will find this incredible group. They are a "church based ensemble with a community group feel" their website boasts. They are a full size choir (about 11 - 12 ringers) but like us, ring "director-less." Take in a concert, or purchase a CD of theirs and you won't regret it!
This group from Northern VA was featured in a special on WETA (local public station) in a show titled "An American Journey" where they presented the music of the people who built and are building this great country of the USA . The program included tunes by Sousa, Ellington, Porter, Joplin, and many others!