ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Handbell choirs from six area churches gathered at Grace United Methodist Church in Zanesville tonight to spread a little Christmas cheer. Chuck Archer, with The Thursday Music Club, says the organization held its 30th Annual Zanesville Handbell Festival as a way to give back to the community.
“The Thursday Music Club sponsors some music events in the area and scholarships and things like that. One of the annual events that it sponsors is the Annual Zanesville Area Handbell Festival. This in fact is our 30th Annual Handbell Festival where handbell choirs from churches, schools, wherever are invited to participate in what is called a massed ring—where all the handbell choirs together ring the same music.”
Lee Afdahl, of Minnesota, served as guest conductor for the evening; after filling the same role five years ago. Afdahl says he was excited to return to Muskingum County for the festival.
“As I told the ringers earlier today, it’s always a compliment to be invited back to a place and five years ago I wrote a composition for this event and people have been enjoying that at bell festivals across the country and across the world since then. So, this organization helps bring forward that idea.”
The Thursday Music Club will host another concert event on December 15 at the Central Trinity United Methodist Church in Zanesville.