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Where We Come From...

The Blue Ridge Ringers represent ringers from several counties in Western North Carolina: Henderson, Transylvania, Polk, and Rutherford. Some of the churches represented by our ringers are: First Presbyterian, First United Methodist, Fletcher United Methodist, Good Shepherd Lutheran (Brevard), Sacred Heart Catholic (Brevard), St Christopher's Episcopal (Spartanburg), Thermal Belt Unitarian Fellowship (Tryon), Trinity Episcopal (Asheville), Tryon Presbyterian, and Fairfield Mountains Chapel (Lake Lure). Most of our ringers are also members of church handbell groups.

Other church handbell groups have been represented in the past: Covenant Presbyterian, Ebenezer Baptist, First Congregational, Fletcher Seventh Day Adventist, Grace Lutheran, Immaculate Conception, Pinecrest Presbyterian, and St James Episcopal. These churches all have their own handbell groups.

We hail from North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and California, and we represent hundreds of years of handbell ringing! We are mothers & grandmothers (& fathers!) and even great-grandmothers. Our other areas of interest are as varied as our ages and origins. We are an intergenerational team of handbell enthusiasts with six decades of age working together. Perhaps our subtitle could be "Ringaholics Anonymous!"

Our Goals..

• To attract, organize, educate and rehearse qualified handbell ringers in all aspects of handbell music.

• To provide an opportunity to experienced handbell enthusiasts to ring with others of similar interests and skill,

• To experience, learn, and ring a wide variety of music of increasing difficulty

• To introduce and promote handbells and the art of handbell ringing to those in the community unfamiliar with this instrument, to educate others in the community through performance of handbell music, and to encourage the public appreciation of and interest in handbell music.

• To encourage and further the acquisition of handbells and the music of handbells in area churches and schools;

• And last, but not least, to have fun!

A community handbell ensemble in Hendersonville, North Carolina