Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Wesley Bell Ringer 2019 summer tour - Day 8 - Gorham ME to Rindge NH

Today was an action packed day for The Wesley Bell Ringers & crew.  

First stop - The first sight of the Atlantic ocean at the Nubble lighthouse.  Just long enough for photos, gift shop shopping, and a 5 minute lesson about the area from a volunteer named Dick who was happy to educate us all on the area. 

Smile Ed!

Chaperones happy to see the Atlantic

Checking out Maine

Some quiet time

Next stop - LUNCH!  A Wesley Bell Ringer tradition is for the senior ringers & directors to take time out for lunch together, without the rest of the group to celebrate their last tour.  This year Holden, Marko, Katie, & Anna took off for a seafood lunch in Portsmouth NH leaving the chaperones in charge of the rest of the group.  Some were lucky to find the area favorite, lobster rolls.  Some were lucky in finding souvenirs from the area.  Fun was had by all. 

The Wesley Bell Ringers minus the seniors

They were all good sports & posed for the chaperone photos

New uniform ideas, Katie? 

Last one for the day!

Senior lunch 2019

Third & most important stop - afternoon concert at The Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge NH.  It was The Cathedral of the Pines that originally brought The Wesley Bell Ringers to the New England area many years ago & today The Wesley Bell Ringers & group understood why.  This magical location was created for all people, all religions, & all special occasions & the choir was honored to be here.  Playing in an outside venue isn't something that the choir does often as it comes with it's own unique set of issues - bugs, heat, sound, more bugs, & sunshine, but as they have done at every stop along the way, this group of bell ringers provided an exceptional experience for one of the largest crowds they have played for so far on this tour.  As the choir moved through "Colors of the wind", emotions were evident on many ringers as they realized how special playing at this location is.  Cathedral of the Pines is an experience not to be forgotten.  

Pamela & her station

Grateful to play outside in NH

well over 100 guests came to hear the choir play

And the first dog at the concert!

The Wesley Bell Ringers on Summer 2019 tour are proud to have played at this magical location

Ed sharing his wisdom with Pamela & Louis

Sad to say goodbye to chaperones Tif & Carl.  They have been the most couple to travel with & will be missed for the last week of tour.  Thanks guys!  

Ed on his 52nd tour & 3rd time to Cathedral of the Pines.  

Feeling the love! 

Well done Wesley's! 

Last stop - Hotel night near Salem MA.  Sadly, the beloved pool time did not happen at this hotel spot, but after all that the group was able to see & experience today, it wasn't missed.  A great welcome at check in with a sign of welcome for The Wesley Bell Ringers, a bit of time to socialize in the lobby area, & then it was bed check & lights out as tomorrow is for exploring BOSTON!  

Rockstar status for sure!  

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